Palming Aces…

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Welcome to the latest Tarot Blog Hop, wranlged by Arwen Lynch Poe, who posed the question:

How can I best foster the energy of the Aces in my life?
My thoughts leading to a spread went roughly like this:
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Smith-Waite Tarot Deck ~ Centennial Edition ~ (c) U.S. Games Systems. Inc.

Ok… so whip your Aces out of the pack and lay them to one side for now.
From the majors, pick out The Empress, The Wheel, The World, The Sun and The Magician… place these as imaginary fingers going from left to right as shown above with The Empress as the thumb to The Magician sat as the pinky… In the palm of the hand, place The Tower…
Next, select the Ace that you want to work with… place the Ace in the palm over The Tower and imagine that it is a seed that is going to be cracked open… visualise it breaking apart…
Now… place a card at each finger and much like the 3 Magi or the good fairies that visited Sleeping Beauty… imagine each card that is laid down as being a gift bestowed by the Major…
So you might say…
I am The Empress and I give to you the gift of the 8 of Swords…
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Smith-Waite Tarot Deck ~ Centennial Edition ~ (c) U.S. Games Systems. Inc.

 So here are the cards I pulled for myself:
The Ace of Swords was chosen… the question relates to a creative project but the Ace of Wands does not feel to be the best fit here as the fun creative part has been done and now it comes to the brutal editing…
So… In brief…
I am The Empress and I give to you the gift of the 8 of Swords…
The ability to wiggle free of perceived restrictions and the means to find your way out of the corner that you feel that you’ve backed yourself into…
I am The Wheel and I give to you the gift of the 6 of Cups…
A reminder to return to the original source and exchange of ideas and the ability to find the patterns and cycles…
I am The World and I give to you the gift of the 7 of Pentacles…
This one made me laugh somewhat as every time I’ve thought about this project recently, the words that come to mind are – ughhh… it’s just withering on the vine… So this feels to be a timely kick up the ass to give me the strength and patience to reap what has been sown before it does indeed shrivel away…
I am The Sun and I give to you the gift of the Queen of Cups…
I’ll help you to bring back and restore that loving feeling!
I am The Magician and I give to you the gift of the 9 of Pentacles…
Let’s finish this spell and bring things to a fruitful ending… money’s not really the issue here… I’ve been speaking to The Empress and we both agree it’s time for you to complete this so you can cut free and move on to the next task…
And speaking of moving on…
 I have neighbours either side waiting to hear from you 🙂
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12 Days and 78 Cards of Crimbo

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For this blog hop, Arwen Lynch Poe set the tone with-

It’s that time of the year again! The dreaded office party. Oh no! But we are going to make it fun. Now is the time for our Winter celebration. You may call that Yule or Chanukah or Kwanzaa or Solstice or Christmas or some other name. For this hop, your challenge is to join us in an office party. Crazy right? But read on! You are to create a Winter gift for your readers. That can be your insight into which Tarot/Lenormand/Oracle card is the most like Winter for you. Maybe there’s a deck you find seasonal. You could offer a recipe that is tied to a Tarot card. Maybe tell us a story about holidays past. Create a spread, write a poem, design a card. Whatever you choose to do will be a perfect gift of you to the rest of our Tarot community. So gather round for this Winter Tarot Blog Hop as we do our own version of a virtual Secret Elf office party.

Well, unfortunately, folks… I am a party pooper of gigantic proportions and I’ve got my feet up and I’m indulging in some 1980’s TV…

But… before you draw any Grinch comparisons… I have got you a little gift… Some folks say that TV rots the brain… but it gave me a little food for thought and something for your tarot table… see… you hear nonsense…

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If you add up all the numbers 1 to 12…then you get a number that sounds more than somewhat familiar to Tarot readers everywhere… you get that magical 78… So…I’m sure many of you will have managed to slip the name of a new deck to Santa and those of you that have been good have goodies to play with… as for the naughtier amongst you…I’m sure you’ve already got plenty to choose from… so gather your decks… and here… I bring to you…

 

The 12 Days of Christmas 78 Card Lego Spread

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Lego? I hear you say…

Yes… Lego…OK… you have all the pieces… there’s the picture on the box of how it looks when constructed…

(OK… I said I’d got you a gift… I said nothing about it being a good gift…)

The bad news is…

Ahh…. the instructions got tossed along with all the torn up wrapping paper…

so… you’re just going to have to wing it and build your own version…

Design it how you like!

The GOOD NEWS is…

No batteries required!

You have 12 days to do it…

But best of all…

It doesn’t induce mind-bending nauseating pain when you accidentally tread barefoot on it in the dark…

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Hey!!!

Hear that…?

Pesky Carol Singers…

I’m off to release the hounds…

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On the 12th day of Christmas, my old Thoth gave to me…
12 Dudes a-dangling
11 Ladies lusting
10 Wheels a-turning
9 Lanterns burning
8 Actions pending
7 Wins for claiming
6 Souls inflaming
A FIVE POINTED STAR
4 Stubborn rams
3 White swans
2 Pillars tall
And a Magus with a monkey
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To escape to safety… throw the dogs a mince pie or better still…

Hit one of the links!

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Yule tbh…

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Yule… to be honest…

Every year, I’m less and less enamoured…

Over the years, I’ve eliminated bit by bit all the things that irk me…  which has got easier and easier as most of the family and in-laws self-culled into a couple of categories… the deceased and the estranged…

But still my humour gets increasingly dark… A friend of mine blames it on me being an equinox baby… Karen you were born when things were in perfect balance… of course you’ll feel the gloom as the days shorten and darken…

Whatev’! My sunny disposition disappears into the shadows…

So basically I’ve forced myself out of hibernation for this…

The title filled me with chagrin…The Joy of Gifting…

Gifts!!! OH NO!!!! Please No… don’t give me gifts… or more precisely, please don’t give me gifts that I have to open in front of people… It fills me with horror… I have one of those faces that moves and betrays every fleeting thought… and I am a genuinely dreadful liar… Opening gifts with an audience… Looking at faces eager to see a pleased reaction and the agony of unwrapping and discovering what’s inside… please, please, please don’t let it be something I’ll hate… Because guaranteed, my face will crumple… And then the donor will ask me – don’t you like it? And there will be a painfully long silence until I say… errrr no… actually no… I don’t… Which generally goes down like a fart in a spacesuit but I have this highly mobile and expressive face so white christmas lies aren’t going to fool anyone… I’ll get told that there was no need to be so rude and my face will gurn as in my head the words flow…. rude? rude? me rude? why have you done this to me? what on god’s green earth made you not only think of me but also think that I would like this??? don’t you know me at all?? do you know anything about me? why? why? why? honestly…

Yeah… generally…. given the choice of opening gifts and skinning myself alive and rolling in rock salt… I’d go for the latter…

And don’t even get me started on the levels of mortification I feel when I realise that I’ve given a truly bloody awful gift… I have seen someone’s crestfallen face and caught their look of utter despair before they pulled their facial muscles into a mask of social niceties and I have broken down in tears and wailed… I know!!! I know!!! It’s awful!! I’m sorry!!! I don’t know what I was thinking… I think I was pre-menstrual and just wanted to get out of the shop… I’ll make it up to you! I promise!!

Though… interestingly… surprise gifts on random whims on non-official and non- pre-determined dates… Spontaneous splurges… I abso-bloody-lutely LOVE!!! I’m a very merry unbirthday to you! type of girl… An out of the blue gift of the tiniest thing will launch me instantaneously into a happy happy joy joy dance and squee overload!

Anyway!!! Enough of the bah humbug… I guess I’d better put the Grinch on ice and get down to the task in hand…

Arwen asked us to draw some cards for the following…

 

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So… here’s some cards I drew… I’ll apologise in advance to any Lenny readers as I’m not studious but I like the images and so I make things up… Besides…. they’re not Lenny’s cards… they’re mine!

1. What gift would you give the world if you could?

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Well… after that petite outburst… this may come as no surprise…

I give the gift of choice… pick what you like, when you like and do with it what you will…

2.  What gift would you want from the world?

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Yeah… this is probably kind of selfish… but I’d like a tip off on how to move into somewhere big enough to run both my home life and my business from. I live in a house full of creative people and it’s chaos! The kids are getting bigger, the space is getting tighter and the house fills with all manner of art supplies and musical instruments… Myself and Mr S have tried all manner of conventional routes and lost count of the number of times we’ve felt to be on the brink of progress just to be informed by a suit behind a desk, that ‘computer says ‘no…” Maybe it’s time to start backing the horses, to throw a few quid on some long shots and try and pull off an against all odds accumulator… But then again… the house always wins in the gaming business…

3.  What gift have you gotten that has brought you joy?

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Oh… OK… this is kind of personal… That’s definitely Mr S there in the middle and I’m doubly sure as the coffin sits beside him… He’s a sexton, he’s spent 35 years standing next to coffins… Ok… so it’s popped up in the cards, so now I have to tell you something I don’t talk about… See… Me and Mr S have this strange kind of thing we do in the bedroom… Ha!!! Calm down!! It’s not going to get TMI!!! Sorry to disappoint you!

Whenever I have a major decision to make on which direction to take, just before I fall asleep, I will place my hands on Mr S’s head and say to him bring me a picture, find me an image… Now I never tell him what the question is but every time I do this he will bring me three images, which at first seem very random but then there will be a word that connects them and that is where my answer lies… he calms my mind and lays my worries to rest… and that’s not joy as in happy happy joy joy but I feel joy in a deeper way, in a sense of profound calm and clarity… and that feels joyous…

4. What gift have you given that has brought you joy?

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Well… this is how I reciprocate to Mr S… I saw these cards and I instantly knew what they meant because he’d told me about a year ago what my greatest gift to him was. He sat and thanked me one day for being his pillar of strength through his darkest times and always being there and patiently waiting for him to pull himself out of black wells of depression, for giving him a reason to want to make fresh starts and to see the world as a brighter place.

5. What is one last thing you would like to share about this season?

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Ha!!! Sorry folks… The Grinch is back!!

Ok… basically I am finding this delightfully hilarious as I’m seeing laid out, the conspiracy I indulge in with all my very best friends every year… We have a little plan… we aim to see each other for a good old chinwag around mid-December, then we make a pact to blissfully ignore all the festivities, not write cards, not swap gifts, we laugh and make jokes and wish each other the best of luck in surviving the onslaught of family bliss that’s due to unfold and we agree to speak again in the Spring… See you when the clocks change! Catch you at the equinox! Though… to be honest… we rarely last that long and usually we start to  emerge around February…about the same time as the crocuses start to pop up…

And on that note… I’m heading back off into hibernation…

I may be packing more Joy come next hop…

I’m solar powered don’t ya know?! 😀

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Hsi Wang Mu and Feminine Power…

The September issue of Soul Path Magazine is all about Hsi Wang Mu and feminine power…

I created a little decks-ercise inspired by a chance encounter with a frog…

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A Year with the Goddesses…

It’s amazing how time flies… It only seems like yesterday that I was contacting Lyn Thurman to talk about writing for Soul Path Magazine…

Yet a couple of days ago I was submitting a piece on Hsi Wang Mu for the forthcoming issue… which will be my 13th…

Here are the faces I’ve met over the last 12 months…

It’s been a pleasure…

Joy got outta the closet…

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Come on in… Did you arrive via Tarot by  Arwen or Chloe McCraken’s Inner Whispers?

This blog hop was set by Olivia Destrades of First Earth Tarot… she said something about tell me your personal story about Joy…

Well… you asked for it… So here it is 😀

It all started as an ordinary day in an ordinary way like so many other ordinary days that had gone before… and there seemed to be nothing unusual with that particular Saturday morning lie in until… Mr S popped his head around the door and tossed the post onto the bed and said –

Woman! What on earth have you been up to now?

I swiveled a bleary eye in his direction and asked him what he was on about…

This he said… and he picked it up and waived it around… this!

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What? Junk mail? You wake me up for junk mail?

Yeah… Who the hell is Joey Blessing? Have you got a secret identity? Are you living a double life?

I heaved a weary sigh and educated the last Luddite in the ins and outs of  computer generated spam and how I guessed that maybe  my business name – Pure & Blessed may have been picked up and that this was some sort of random best guess…

Oh… He says and starts to wander off then I hear him chuckling as he walks back into the room and says – Hey!! Drop the E and that is you?

What? What do you mean?

JOEY!!! JOEY BLESSING!!! Drop the E and that’s you down to a T… JOY!!! JOY BLESSING!!! 😀

I rolled it around my head and thought mmmm I wonder what sort of person Joy is? I like that name… I’m going to take it and play with it!

So… she was pretty much a quiet whisper at first, somewhere in the back of my head but she was there and I’d not long set up in business… and Jeez!! Good staff are hard to find… even when you can afford to pay them… But when you’re setting up on a shoestring…Pffft 😀  So… I set Joy B to work… I gave her lots of little jobs… Mostly things that I found a bit daunting. Every so often I would get an offer out of the blue and get asked – can you do this? And I’d think oh… I’m not sure… but Joy would leap in and call out – Sure! Yeah! No problem! I can do that! So… thanks to Joy and her BIG mouth… I found myself doing some pretty varied things… Things that I’d never imagined myself doing… One such thing was delivering a talk on creative marketing ideas for small businesses.

And there were many other things but that talk was where Joy started deciding that she’d had enough of working for me and wanted to venture off and start doing her own things… So… before I know it, she’s only gone off and signed up for a course in stand up comedy… She gets a taste for it and suddenly starts getting offers to go compere…

Look… here she is… my imaginary Girl Friday…  She didn’t even give me notice that she was off!

Joy Blessing out to play with Misty Mina and Venus Velvet

Joy Blessing out to play with Misty Mina and Venus Velvet

So…old Joy B… she’s a bit of a messed up mystic and waffles on about how she got sacked for being useless from Armchair Oracles and Midnight Moaners and when it comes to divination when she not garbling confusing messages from the other side, her weapon of choice is the sarcasm ball…

Anyway… I’ll try and get her to hush down for a minute whilst I tell you about a little Tarot game I play…

So… over the last couple of years, I’ve been along to many Burlesque events and tossed down my cards to speed read…

And I noticed something very interesting started to happen…

Now, the method I was originally using was The Treasure of The Stones… and if you want to find out how that is done correctly then I suggest you go track down Jordan Hoggard…

I’m not even sure I remember the method any more as I’ve bastardised it so many times… But what I noticed was that time and time again I read for performers and they would go oh!!! WOW!!! That top line is me and the bottom line is my Alter Ego…

So… here’s what I threw down for Karen/Joy…

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The Alter Ego Spread… Or maybe… Me and My Shadow… Hey… pick your own name for it! 😀 what ever suits you best…

So… I’m not much in the mood to do a full reading and I asked Joy but she started whining about her rights…

So… I’ll whizz through to this… and skip right through to the end, because… as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before… I am inherently lazy…

Mystereum meets Motherpeace

Mystereum meets Motherpeace

Well… I’d looked at my cards and Joy’s XIII stood out… That position is for where things are heading…

So mmmm…. Death…. Transformation… What does Joy want to transform?

Well… apparently or so she tells me… When she’s on stage she experiences a kind of hyper-reality… an acute awareness of all the senses firing… floods of words jostling to come out… thinking forwards and backwards at the same time… feeling every cell in the body come alive… and it’s a bit intense…

So, I lay down the Motherpeace over dear old M as it seemed to calm those dynamic energies and also because it pleasures me beyond all reason that they sit so sweetly and neatly within the swoops of those arches…

And over Death now sits the 9 of Wands in serene Lotus position… All those intense energies fanned out behind like a peacock’s tail in display and in the centre… zen… like… calm…

I said-Hey! Joy! What do you think of that?

She just laughed and said what she always says… Yeah! No worries! I can do that! 😀

You’ve been a lovely audience!

You can exit left for Arwen, Straight ahead for the Master List or right for Chloe

En- JOY!!! 😀

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Card images from:

Tarot in the Land of Mystereum by Jordan Hoggard (c) 2010

Motherpeace mini round tarot deck by Karen Vogel & Vicki Noble.

Photograph courtesy of Louise Smith/Missypixels.com