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Welcome to the latest Tarot Blog Hop set by Arwen Lynch who gave the following brief:

“Do you combine Tarot with any other divination system? Why or why not?”
That’s it. Short and sweet. Simple. You can answer it however you like.
Karen Sealey
Now my first reflex answer was – No, no I don’t combine tarot with other divination systems! Why? Because most of my tarot is done fast paced at events and when it comes to setting up and packing away, I like to be in and out like the SAS and not worrying about whether or not I have everything…
But then it occurs to me… in the comfort of my own home, I tend to use lots of different divination systems and then yes, yes I will combine other divination systems with tarot… and yes, yes I do know that that vice versa version of the question makes me sound like a pernickety pedant… but hey ho! Virgo is as Virgo does…
So… recently, I’ve been working a lot with casting crystals and for many years I’ve done it with a big bag that’s getting bigger and bigger and so I decided it was time to mix things up a bit and try something else, so I opted for the 16 stone method of 10 planet stones and 6 stones for pockets of life…
So let’s give you a drive-by crapshoot of a reading…

Ok – so here you have the 16 stones tossed down and I’ll outline quickly the key things that caught my eye… Ok, so there’s a big cluster in 10th house which reflects the nature of the question in question… But more interestingly to me was – one of the first things that I look for is where the Sun stone (central yellow one) is and where the Life stone (top right green one)is… So… the Sun stone tends to depict where you’re at and the Life stone – where you feel you are at… so preferably I like to see them close together though not necessarily central. The Life stone is way off yonder and as I look across the two stones I see that they are part of a line of four stones, where outside the circle at around 8 0’clock is the Love stone and in the 8th house is the Mars stone pointing towards the 7th house. So in brief, I’m seeing that regarding work, the loving feeling has been somewhat lost and although the querent has a strong presence they are feeling adrift… the cause of that feels to be pointed out by the Mars stone which hints as blockages caused by passive aggressive relationships…

So… this where the Tarot comes in and with this casting method, I like to use A.T. Mann’s Mandala Astrological Tarot…

Why? Because crystals are very good at giving the big picture but the problem with that is that it’s easy to slide into a slip-stream of a solipsistic swim-a-thon dissolving into drowning in an ocean of onanistic observations never arriving at a cut and dry answer…

So… the Tarot… it keeps it short and sweet… it cuts the crap and culls the deadwood away to see the live shoots…

So… above, 3 cards were pulled to see where to focus on pulling that Sun stone and Life stone into a conjunction… The cards write the hit list and then all the misses are removed… 

The Life stone was left on as it was part of the question and the cards stripped down the cast, leaving just the 5th and 6th house occupied, leaving a  very succinct answer to the original work question. Ah! but there’s a stone sat in Aries that has been accidentally left behind… or maybe not, as that stone is Saturn and as it happens the position in Aries matches the Querent’s natal chart but we’re keeping this short and sweet so I’ll wrap it up here and toss you out to my neighbours…

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Pause & Ponder…Tarot Charms & Resonant Rocks…

 

I’ve always been quite smitten with synchronicity, serendipity, coincidence, happy accidents, random happenings… call it what you will 😀

So… I decided to play a little with it…

I took a few of my toys and made a little game…

I call it Pause and Ponder…

You can play it if you like…

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So… First we pause…

Let the images below roll through… and if one should take your eye… then pause…

Are you ready?

Go…

 

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So… Did anything catch your eye?

If so… then note the number and read below…

There you have points to ponder…

Oh… and for any Tarot heads out there… Feel free to pull a card for each question…

Whatever floats your boat 😀

1. Tiger’s Eye

  • In what circumstances is it best to keep your distance?
  • How can you maintain a gentle but firm approach in relationships?
  • When faced with upheaval or sudden challenges, how do you focus on steering towards your dreams and aspirations?

2. Snowflake Obsidian

  • How do you communicate effectively, with and without words?
  • How can you focus inwardly to release pent-up feelings and allow your emotions to blossom?
  • What changes do you need to make, to allow something new into your life?

3. Unakite

  • How do you develop your spirituality without losing touch with reality?
  • What does complete freedom feel like?
  • What are your most cherished hopes and desires… How can you obtain them?

4. Clear Quartz

  • How do you recognise when your physical, mental and emotional states are in balance?
  • In what ways can you expand your horizons?
  • How does being receptive and resourceful allow you to put innovative ideas into practice?

5. Rose Quartz

  • In what group situations do you experience acceptance?
  • How do you interact with family to achieve the goals you have set for yourself?
  • What support is available to you, that may not always be immediately obvious?

6. Citrine

  • How does pleasure have a profound effect on the way you express your dreams and desires?
  • When you take time to reflect deeply… how likely are you to change the decisions that you make?
  • When the writing is on the wall… how do you find a favourable way forwards?

So…

Did you give it a go?

Let me know…

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Lets hear a big Woo HOO for Ruby Woo

I think I’m going to have to start of with a shame faced confession… Anybody who knows me, will know that my usual rate of getting things done is pretty damn quick and if I say I’ll get back to you soon… well my soon, is what most people call now…

So… It has come as quite a big surprise for me, that I’ve had this  blog post sitting on the back burner for such a long time… and it has caused me a few blushes, as I promised so long ago to write it… and every time I’ve crossed paths with this lady, I’ve had to say… Oh… I promise you, I’ve not forgotten… but you got shuffled in my play list… so… without further ado…

Let’s put our hands to gather and give a warm welcome to my next guest…

One of Leicester’s most loveliest of lovelies…

The Most Gorgeous… Delightfully Delicious… The Goddess of Glitter…

MISS…… RUBY WOO!!!

Miss Ruby Woo is a Leicester based Curvy Cutie known for her fusion of Cheesecake style, love of Musical Theatre and fair amount of Glitter. Also known for her freelance choreography made her debut with the Bijoux Belles Leicester in the summer of 2010 and then went onto becoming a regular performer with the Demon Belles burlesque society in 2011. Since her beginning Ruby has grown as a burlesque performer and even ventured out into the world of organising events with the 3BurlyGirls.

So… yes… I have bumped into Miss Ruby Woo, several times out and about … So… as well as bumping into each other… I think 3 times now at charity events that Ruby and her friends have expertly organised…we’ve crossed paths at ArtShark… and a few other places…
And generally we are both pretty busy and only have enough time to have a quick chat to admire one another’s sequins and glittery sparkly things… and so it came to pass that on one such occasion, we had a conversation that went something like this…
Oooh… I’d love to get a reading but I never get time to stop and sit…
Oooh…. Don’t worry… I’ll blog you one…
So… I saw Ruby a couple of days ago and I said… OK…. I honestly have done your reading and it’s sitting in draft… I just can’t seem to find a punchline to pull it all together… So… she laughed at me and suggested that maybe all the glitter has gone to my head! and why don’t I draw her picture instead…? I said… We’ll see what happens…
So… of course… in true tarot fashion… once you decide to let go of something… it decides to come to you…
Ruby Woo had sent me this…
 A couple of questions: I would like to know what you and the cards or crystals or anything you want to use have to say about me as a performer? And what can be said about the 3BurlyGirls?
So let’s see who came to share the stage… What do my cast of runes and characters from  Mystereum have to tell…?
Well… this all feels very good and quite exciting to me… there’s just so much creative energy around! On a personal level – what are you holding back from? Dig deep down into what really makes you want to shake your tail feather and bring all that classy sassy out to play!
Unleash your X-factor and make some sparks fly with the illusive star quality that you have within. I don’t feel that I have much to tell you here, that you don’t already know… I would say that you excel at putting ideas into action and that you are very capable of moving into any new areas that you wish to… I would maybe suggest applying some intense focus to any ideas that you have that are in early stages and thinking about exactly how far you can push and extend them, as there seems to be good scope for taking things quite a distance…
When it comes to the 3 Burly Girls… I’m looking at those 6s in there and it’s tipping me into a bit of tarot maths… as instead of 6… I see 3! as in 3 x 2 x 1 … So… look at the permutations and combinations that are available…with each of you as a solo performer, the number of ways you can pair into 2s and also last but not least, as a trio…
It feels to be that things are a lot further along than you may have realised or appreciated and that many obstacles have been overcome, the key point being the teamwork and how you interact with each other… there feels to be heartfelt honesty in how you communicate and also a good intuitive grasp of what is needed to make things work and pull together. And speaking of intuition… I kinda get an image of lots of to-ing and fro-ing over water… either frequent ferry crossings? or maybe a cruise ship? It seems very evident that you all love what you are doing and to just stick with it… The Pazzazz is there!
When I look at the Runes… they reiterate the travel aspect, also there seems to be big dose of good luck coming into play – new connections and surprise links… so pay attention to those chance encounters, they may well lead to useful directions (and in a stage whisper… I’m going to say… ‘Voice’…. who uses their voice? what are your connections with singers/vocalists/choirs…?)
So… expect the unexpected! But also… PLAN for it!! Sort out your finances and any extra cash you have, STASH it! Get yourself a lump sum that’s ready to go… make sure you don’t miss out on an offer that is too good to miss… Stay vigilant with the £££… you’ll need that as well as your passport…
But… I’m looking at those cards… and I still feel something is missing… mmmm…. what could it be?
I’m looking at those sixes… two of them… yet the imp in me says that for devilish delights you really should have 3…
So… I grab my next nearest deck… The Whimsical Tarot… and what do I see…
Ha! Now I have 666…
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Hey Ruby Woo!
I drew your picture!
Though the pastel portrait may have to wait…
It’s in the post…
I promise…
🙂
So… don’t forget to go check out Ruby Woo’s latest events…
And go pay the 3 Burly Girls a visit…
Though… before you dash off… Let me make you a special offer…
Fancy a speed read?
Get yourself over to…
I’m offering 10 skype reads for £10 each…
Drop me a message and barge past the bouncer by quoting
3 Burly Girls!
I’ll email you back with details of how you can pay and get into my VIP guest lounge…
And on that note… I think I’ll let Ruby Woo and a few more of her friends play you out with this video by Andrea’s Oriental Dance…
Oh… and on a final final note…
anybody who knows any musicians looking for a chance connection…
You may want to check this out…
jjhpen

Around and around and around…

There are 3 things that have been circling me lately… The Sun… The Ace of Pentacles and the Ouroboros…

So… a round and a round and a round…

And when did these begin to show up?

When I noticed a pattern that has been repeating in my life…

There have been 3 occasions where I’ve decided to follow new interests… and along side each one, has arrived company that feels the need to tell me just how I should be doing things and pointing out to me how I am going wrong… or I’m not good enough… or I should stick to what I know and stop making a fool of myself…

And always this information is delivered as being for my own good and that they only have my best interests at heart…

Funny thing is… this never comes from people who actually know anything about me…

So… I think to myself… Well… once is unfortunate… Twice is careless… Three times… Now that’s a pattern…

So… I asked myself… what should I be learning here?

And then somebody else started showing up…

Dear old Hanged Man…

XII The Hanged Man (c) 2010 Jordan Hoggard

XII The Hanged Man
(c) 2010 Jordan Hoggard

And I’m going to quote here directly from Mr Hoggard’s Imagination Primer that comes in that very chic box with the magnetic click that houses the Tarot in the Land of Mystereum…

IMAGINATION TOOLS FROM THE HANGED MAN

  • I give you a place of your own to clearly float in your mind.
  • I introduce you to illumination. Hang out with it once in a while.
  • I gift you a place to hang your idea solar system in these rings. I suggest you create orbits for your biggest ideas so they move naturally.
  • THE WHEEL mentioned to suggest that you play with your magical scale here when you want, too. It moves smoother here without resistance.
  • I gift you perspective for your play here so your play gives you more to explore later. For now, simply experience the insights you have while hangin’ out here.

So… I sat with him a while and we had a little chat and he said… Karen my lovely… you are way too easily distracted by pretty colours… Take away all the colours and see what you can hear…

So… I took some black card and a silver sharpie and I stripped him down to the bare bones…

And to my mind came Odin and the Yggdrasil tree… so I reached for my runes as well… and as HM is XII, which is basically a 3… I took out 3 runes and cast them to the Hanged Man…

Hanging with The Hanged Man...

Hanging with The Hanged Man…

 

And it really does make me laugh, that my runes have such a rockin’ sense of humour…

So there I have Eihwaz, associated with the Yew tree… Sowelu, associated with the Sun’s energy which has plopped itself down right on top of the ouroboros that sits on the HM’s tree… And there bursting out through the border is Teiwaz… The rune of the spiritual warrior…

And I was going to wax long and lyrical and then it occurs to me, that all I’ll be doing is repeating what the HM has already told me… and I am getting tired of the lather, rinse, repeat cycle…

And then instead of being distracted by colours, I find myself wandering off for a touch of I-Ching…

The Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 6, verse 5… and I think HM will dig this…

Lift up the self by the Self

And don’t let the self droop down,

For the Self is the self’s only friend

And the self is the Self’s only foe.

And if you want to hear more, straight from the HM’s mouth… go visit here… CLICK!!!

Cast in the role of High Priestess…

Every so often, a card will cross my path and I decide to while away a few days with it…

So…

This week I have been mostly sleeping with the High Priestess…

High Priestess (c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

High Priestess
(c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

And it  turns out, she likes to sleep… she likes to sleep a lot…

So… I’ve just emerged from a two day sleep-a-thon and I’ve probably slept  the number of hours I would usually sleep in two weeks…

And the dreams have been fast and furious and pretty exhausting… But irritatingly, they escaped my memory… and attempts I’ve made to catch them in a note book…. well… you could class that as an epic fail! My hand threw them down in scrawl that even a pharmacist would struggle to transcribe…

So… another plan was needed to snare the messages…

And I often find that one of the best ways to draw down the energy of the card, is to literally draw the card…So… out came the card and a trusty sharpie… and as my hand followed the sweeps and curves of the lines, I started to laugh, as I thought back to earlier in the week, to day 1 with the High Priestess…

So… I had taken myself off for a walk, to a favourite park… a vast and wide green haven sitting in the hurly burly of the city and I had planted myself under an avenue of trees… the wind whipped up and the leaves shook and the rustles soon swept out all the city sounds and I lost myself for who knows how long… certainly long enough to lose the feeling in my legs…

I stood a while and shook my legs and then I headed off walking in a free wheeling, lolling, rolling gait and absently minded found myself in a shop in the centre of town. I stood in the shop and wondered what I’d gone there for… then I drifted over to a chap behind the counter and found myself saying –

OK… I don’t know if I’ve dreamed this or not…. but… I have it in my head, that you have a set of crystal runes for sale…?

He says – No… we used to do them years ago… but not anymore… in fact I don’t know where you would get any…

Oh! I’m sure you do have some… A set of mixed stones with runes?

NO! Have you tried (huge list of shops all over the midlands…) or maybe the internet?

No no NO! I said… I’m sure you have some here!

He calls over the chapess from the other side (other side of the shop… not other side…OTHER SIDE! :D)

Do you know where this young lady can get a set of crystal runes?

Oh… she says… We did have a set of rose quartz but they are gone… do you want me to see if I can order you some in?

NO! I said… I want a mixed set of crystal runes in a silver box and I want to buy them from you … today… I’ve already seen myself using them later… you must have some! Go look and tell me what crystals you have got…

And she wanders off to the cabinet at the back and I turn back to the chap and I say to him – I’m not leaving here without them…

He gives me an indulgent smile… and I wonder if he is thinking – oh please don’t hurt me crazy lady…

The chapess sprints back waving a box in the air – WELL BOGGER ME!!! LOOK WHAT I’VE FOUND!!!

Do you want to handle them?

No! Bag’em Blossom! Those babies are mine! They called me down…

So… I thought to myself… well why strain my brain trying to remember my dreams…

Let’s call in a supporting cast to see how I am cast in the role of High Priestess…

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Cast in the role of High Priestess

So… let me introduce my cast of runes…

So… let’s start at the bottom… where are my foundations placed?

Here is Wunjo – Joy… it is a rune of restoration, of finding joy by becoming fully connected with new energies and also with energies that have been held deep down and previously blocked off… It is associated with the joy that comes through work, particularly creative endeavours where work is done with the hand…

Next I move up to the moon… What am I being told in dreams?

Welcome Berkana – The Birch Tree… this is a rune of growth and rebirth… it is a rune of inception. It feels to be a place where gentle patience is required whilst new ideas flow in to blossom and ripen into their new forms…

I turn to the hands… what energies should I be receptive to and allow myself to receive?

Kano – Torch… This one makes me laugh, as it talks of being open to receiving gifts and offers of help from a male partner to a female partner… and I’ve been very blessed in that department this week… Mr S has indeed been most generous and so I will not lecture him on blowing the budget but instead offer up sincere thanks! 😀

Dagaz – Day… This talks of transformation… not rapid… but more slow and measured… like taking 10 years to become an overnight success! It also relates to the Sun, so I want to flip that back to tarot as the Sun is one of my birth cards and I read this as transformation coming from allowing my own personality out to shine… by being open to living a life less ordinary…

And finally in the centre… how do I draw all these energies together?

Gebo – A Gift… This rune talks of partnerships on every level, love, business, union with higher self/divine…

And I will gift to you by sharing a phrase I have just found in The Book of Runes by Ralph Blum…

‘… in partnering of every kind, remember to let the winds of Heaven dance between you.’

Gebo – the gift of freedom, from which all other gifts do flow…

 

Casting Chrysalis Crystals…

So… it’s a bit of rainy day today and it feels like a good day, to be busy doing nothing in particular… so… I thought I would share something I have been playing around with for quite a while…

Yes… I’ve been playing with Mr Jordan Hoggard’s 78 spreads for quite a while, in quite a few ways… with tarot and oracles or for playing with sketches, or pieces of writing and sometimes even as place to go meditating… a private pool for skinny dipping…

And often, I like to get my crystals out… so here is the most recent cast…

009 Spiracle Miracle (c) Jordan Hoggard

009 Spiracle Miracle (c) 2012 Jordan Hoggard

Chrysalis Crystals

Chrysalis Crystals

So… let’s have a quick sprint through the ‘Spiracle Miracle’ Spread…

1. What chrysalis protects your transformations for new growth?

The ability to tap into unconscious wisdom, intuition, the psychic self and then to communicate visions clearly. Being alert to deceptions to remove energetic blocks. Developing the trust that inner magic illuminates outer world.

2. How is your chrysalis connected?

By speaking from the heart – being aware of and guided by feelings to resolve emotions. Sensing the emotions of others and using the ability to adapt ideas to real human situations.

3. How do your inner wings aspirate inspiration?

Trusting own feelings in any situations where strong feelings are held. Look for the truth of a situation rather than being swayed by sympathy.

4. What body of ideas will emerge to breath new life?

Getting back to grass roots and trusting the evidence of the senses… a re-connection to the knowledge that you are born just knowing…

5. What inner sun(flower) prepares you for each new breath?

Patience… recognising and allowing natural endings to phases of life. Finding balance and harmony. Allowing the optimism that is created by new ideas to come into focus.

I kind of like that… it sits quite nicely with… The Knight of Wands…

That’s my play for today with my supporting cast of crystals 😀

How will you play today?

😀