Tarot… Dealing With Right Tools…

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Respect The Tarot

Welcome to the latest Tarot Blog Hop wrangled by Morgan Drake Eckstein…

When it comes to respecting the Tarot, I must admit to generally erring into healthy disrespect with a side order of irreverence and for the sake of my sanity, I’m going swerve expanding any further on that as over the years I’ve had my fill of humourless nut jobs trying to set me straight…  When it comes to punters then trust me… I’ve met more than my fair share of loons… likewise decks with strange aversions to mixing with Joe Average… and the whole lot I mentally file under the following…

When it comes to actual ritual then I’ve never been hard and fast with that as I’ve often read on the hoof and I read in all manner of places so I figure it’s not a good idea to get too precious about my actual workspace… I can pull a good Diva impression when feeling impish and spriteful but on the whole being flexible gets the next booking… So… I didn’t really think I had a ritual but the ever observant Mr S pulled me up on that one… I was hand on door latch leaving for a gig when he called out to me…

Stop! You haven’t done your thing!

What thing? I asked…

That thing you always do before a gig… you know… where you walk around the room mumbling and grumbling about you’re not in the mood and then you chunter on about how this is going to be the day you finally get busted and that people will work out that you’re not a tarot reader at all… you’re just some woman who makes up stories…

OH! Yeah!! That ritual! YUP! I’m so going to get busted today!! My cover will be blown!!

So… I think on it a bit further and I guess I do have a few of my own rituals/quirks/gig survival tactics…

OK… so first off as already covered is the bumble bee waggle dance and jig of despair… which I guess is mostly about shaking my self out of my extreme introvert mode to ramping myself up to being on demand witty and charming and looking like an effortless extrovert…

Then there’s the important part… singing in the car… again, this gets me out of my rut and into my groove but also, more importantly, it warms up my voice… My voice is my money maker… I can wing it without cards… If needed I can chuck out some palmistry or even get folks to empty their pockets or handbags to do a reading…but if I lose my voice then I’m pretty much screwed… The main question I get asked is  – How the F*** do you manage to speak for so long?

The secret… vocal warm ups… plenty of water and always a sneaky stash of Vocal Zone lozenges in my bag just in case things feel a bit off…

Then of course… I wouldn’t be seen dead without my nails being done… That’s partly due to 12 years of nail inspection as a Croupier… There is ZERO tolerance on dirty nails!!! but mostly because I like the mindfulness of application and it puts me into work mode…

Then we have THE BAG!!

This comes gigging with me for several reasons…

  • Contains stash of bottled water and Vocal Zone lozenges 🙂
  • It amuses me beyond measure when I arrive and people assume I’m carrying an instrument and say – Oh! You must be with the band!
  • I’ve never lost my keys but I get constant anxiety that I will lose my car keys and get stranded… so my case has a handy combination lock on it so I can pack away my valuables without fretting that things may go AWOL whilst I’m busy…
  • I’m a short arse and often for some strange reason, I get to places and they’ve set me up with a really high bar stool… so I can use my case as a handy stool to keep my feet on and steady my balance…

The Crystal Ball!

Though it’s not a crystal ball at all… it’s part of a sound and light machine… Again it has multiple uses…

  • It’s a good weight so useful to keep my table cloth pinned to the table… whether outside in a breeze or when you get one of those people who can’t stand up without dragging your cloth with them…
  • It fascinates small children and I pass it over and ask them to have a good look inside and tell me what they can see but not to tell me until I’ve finished talking to their Mum/Dad
  • I’m a complete air head for remembering whether or not people have paid me… I know I should decide an order to do things but some people pay before and some want to pay after, so now I pin the cash under the ball and avoid the awkward few moments of trying to recall whether or not I’ve been paid… Then as the person leaves the table the cash gets put away ready to start afresh…

And last but not least…

 OMG!!!

Lo Scarabeo! Thank YOU! Thank YOU!!!

THANK YOU!!!

Best free gift EVER!!!

An endless supply of free widgets to fix wonky table legs!!!

There is nothing that annoys and irks my Virgo more than a table that refuses to sit still…

Yay!!! Wonky be gone!! 🙂

Right! Mrs Sealey has left the building…

Go visit my (hopefully) more stable mates…

🙂

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Divination Rocks!

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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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Ad hoc hotchpotch

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The Magic of Images

Welcome to the latest Tarot Blog Hop… Joy Vernon threw down the gauntlet with this one!

Ah! Magic and tarot… I’ve always had a kind of haphazard relationship here and to be honest I’m more Jonathan Strange than Mr Norell… I don’t have a problem with structured and studied magic per se… it’s more that I’m basically inept at following rituals… invariably resulting in me accidentally setting fire to something or another… A new rug in the house is a dead give away of nocturnal shenanigans that have gone awry… When I dabble in magic it’s invariably a rumbling from within that rises to the surface and takes on a life of its own… Or often a little joke with myself that I’ve laughed at so hard that it’s found its way into reality… One thing I have learned the hard way is that it’s not a good idea to throw your arms into the air and shout “Hit me with your best shot!” … that’s a phrase that launched me onto a 2 year long rollercoaster of a ride with a lengthy hangover to boot…

I’m not fond of using words in magic… it seems too fraught with too many potential pitfalls and besides, I don’t want folks overhearing… I often work with images and if I’ve done a Tarot reading for a particular reason then I may draw something that I can leave laying around to keep my thoughts on track without it being an image that will invite intrusion or nosy questions from the curious… That’s a kind of wordless process where my mind floats and I forget my thoughts until the answers appear… and when I have the answers then the image is put away…

Sometimes I do use Tarot images… often if looking at my birth chart as the images give voice to the planets… I do have a bit of a predilection for making Thoth Hybrids as the underlying geometry links them together so mesmerisingly… These are not from my chart but are for the 3 decans of Aries mentioned in the brief for this theme…

I was also quite intrigued by the Picatrix descriptions that were given… this one, in particular, captured my imagination as when I read it, it brought very vividly to mind an old situation that took a strange turn…
“There rises in the third face of Aries, a restless man, holding in his hands a gold bracelet, wearing red clothing, who wishes to do good, but is not able to do it. This is a face of subtlety and subtle mastery and new things and instruments and similar things. This is its form.”
  • 4 of Wands
  • Venus will be in the third face of Aries this year from May 26, around 10 a.m. until 1:26 a.m. on June 6.
  • To achieve subtlety and subtle mastery and new things and instruments and similar things”

I decided to draw an image and let my mind float…I lost a couple of hours or so and from my first thoughts, my mind fell into free association football until I’d forgotten what I’d been thinking about… I drew this weeks back and it’s been sat there not knowing what would be written…

 

So… interestingly and somewhat cagily as I’m not revealing details here… over the last week or so I’ve had tides of information flood my way… bringing answers to questions that I’d pondered during this drawing… they seem to be appearing in reverse free fall as there is still no answer to the question at the top of the list but being as the time period for this picatrix has not yet come into play… I guess I’ll have to leave things running for a few more weeks…And… I won’t be revealing the outcome as although I may well be a haphazard magician… I do know that you don’t give away the prestige… 😉

Go visit my neighbours, they may be more forthcoming…

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Hark the Dark…

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Welcome to the Winter Solstice tarot blog hop wrangled by our hostess with the mostess Joanne Sprott who proposed going back to the Dark Side, the Hidden Realm beneath the autumn leaves and the snow.

Well… well… well… let’s see where this goes… My initial thoughts were along – ah! Darkness… it’s the new black! but that looked like it would end up in a ramble that would take more hours to write than daylight available for this shortest day of the year and luckily or unluckily for you… a couple of days ago I went to visit a friend in her new house who invited me to talk to her while she decorated so I pretty much vented my system of snark-filled rants that had been brewing… It was a pretty joyful day filled with laugher…which is not bad going for two Grinch-minded humbuggers! But hey ho! Such is the power of emulsion, copious amounts of cups of tea and satisfying slabs of chocolate… yes yes dark… dark like my soul!

So… as it happens… today I discovered a new word, which was quite a novelty as I have slipped into a habit of just making words up… Some of you may have come across the word before, but it’s a new to me word…

Hygge

It’s a Danish word and I think it’s one of those words that doesn’t quite translate literally as it sums up a feelsense and wellbeing and snugglenessness of things that make you feel cozy… And this kind of lifestlye attitude is embraced in the dark winter months and Hygge is found in comfort foods and simple pleasures that break up the general brrrrrrrrrrr of having to scrape ice off of everything and other such freezy winter delights…

So, Joanne suggested – pick a card or cards or develop a spread that you think reveals a useful message from the Dark or Hidden realm of life. What can we learn from those messages as we wait for the return of the Light, and how do you find uses for the dark times in your own life?

So here we have it…

starlight

Conveniently, the nearest deck I had to hand was the Starlight Dragon Tarot by Nora Huszka and Steph Engert.

Ok, you have me busted! It’s not so much a spread as a mandala…

In the centre there’s The Devil, which seem to be the perfect fire to sit and warm my butt to as we go into Capricorn, then I just shuffled an open invitation to see who else wanted to drop in for a chat…

So we have from top to bottom…

Death

4 of Swords         The Hanged Man

10 of Cups        The Devil           4 of Wands

Dragon Eye          The Wheel

9 of Pentacles

Now the thing is, as much as I’d love to talk you through this, I’m losing the battle to focus and I’m giving in to looking at

*f*a*i*r*y* *l*i*g*h*t*s*

🙂

So… I’ll leave you to either work out your own musings or to just sit and enjoy the pretty colours… whichever floats your boat…

I’ve got a big fleecy blanket, a mug of hot chocolate with my name on it, and a cat purring on the back of my chair, so that’s me sorted 😉

HAPPY HYGGE!

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Yesterday’s News…Tomorrow’s Tarot…

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Morgan Drake Eckstein was the wrangler for this hop and the theme thrown at us was:

The idea is to take some photos and\/or artwork that someone else has done, and turn it into a Tarot card. Yes, I am assuming that you get junk mail and\/or magazines. If not, there is plenty of random photos on the internet, including stock photo sites. And then, there are the meme making sites.

So… as it turns out… my junk mail is almost down to zero these days. The good news is that mail preference service works… The bad news is… the only thing that lands through my letterbox these days is takeaway flyers and menus and that didn’t provide the ingredients to give me any decent food for inspiration… A swift dip into my email inbox didn’t turn up anything either… I guess the new year spam cull was effective… So as I sat scratching my head, Mr S came home and tossed down the daily newspaper that had been left for dead on his table at work…

I opened it up and hit gold! (and I am a complete Muppet and threw the daily paper away without taking note of where this is… d’oh! ) but what a gift… Pretty much the High Priestess with no skills required… Mmm… would that be too lazy… mmm…

Tarot Junk 1

So I made my way through the rest of the pages and yes, no, maybe… mmm… sheets spread all over the room and narrowed down to a couple of images that caught my eye…

This one…

Tarot Junk 2

Now you see… I liked this one… but I just couldn’t decide… it seemed to be the hybrid offspring spawned by The Lovers on a 3 of Wands honeymoon… mmm…

Then this one…

Tarot Junk 3

Which made me laugh…

The Hanged Man’s Wife…

She laughs away merrily… oh! My silly husband… always hanging out by the pool and being such a martyr about it… hanging by his feet when it’s so much sweeter to hang your feet and let them dangle in the water…

But then I did what many women have done throughout the ages… Looked around at all the possibles strewn across the floor and then picked up the first one that I’d tried on and twirled around… asked… Does my bum look big in this… Then slipped on a few accessories…

Ta da!!!

From daily paper to evening wear…

Tarot Junk Moon

And I would have stopped there but a few days later I did get some junk mail through the door that was too cute to resist… The sign with ‘Find The Gap’ amused me… and so I turned the hedgehog into a Page of Pents student setting off to work his way around the world on his gap year…

Hit the links to open my neighbours’ post…

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Tarot Nuts in May…

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Ok…Ok… first off a little bit of an apology to my fellow hoppers… particularly to those who read the prompt I set and thought… OMG!!! WTF???

IMG_5550I ‘m sorry!! OK!!! I’m sorry!!

Especially to any newbies who may have felt that they’d just landed into an initiation by fire…

I’m sorry… I’m truly truly sorry…

But believe you me… I really did not think this through… and I opened up a classic case of the blind leading the blind…

See… that’s what happens when you let an idiot loose as the wrangler…

But… you know… I can’t promise that it won’t happen again… it very well may…

I have this terrible affliction where I’m visited by Loki… he lands like a crow on my head and he pecks away with K… T… K…T… K…T… I’ve got a fun game we can play… follow me… follow me…

I say… Loki! I’m too old for this… I’m all grown up now… I’m not KT anymore… I’m Mrs S!

He says… well yes… that may be… you may like to tell yourself that… but I know you from way back when and I know you’ll come and play… K…T…K…T… run away with me…

(I’m just going to give you a slight back story here… the first time I met Loki, I was 7 maybe 8… and I can’t recall the exact circumstances of how and why but I along with my little sister had just had a telling off from the woman across the road and we’d bolted home to hide in our back garden and as my ears were still ringing from her shouts, I heard another voice say… hey… pssst… over here…. I’ll show you how to pay her back…

So… I followed the voice and I grabbed my sister’s hand and dragged her along with me and soon we were mixing all manner of strange things into a potion… vinegar and mustard and marshmallows are the things I recall… the other ingredients are now a mystery to me… Soon we had one those plastic bags that you sealed with a twisty tie, the sort of thing that chest freezers were full of in the 70’s as big cavernous icy tombs were filled with all manner of crap  meals for the week that were more a display to the Jones’s that you had the wealth to buy the new fangled machine rather than  a nod to health and  nutrition… anyway… the bag was brimming and fit to burst… what were we to do with it? Loki said… she loves her roses… go pour it on one of the bushes… so we crawled on our bellies to sneak up on the flora without being spotted and we held our breath as we with trembling hands poured the vile concoction over a rose bush with a few red buds… Loki said… Good… now wait and watch and see what happens…

The weeks passed and the bushes began to grow… there were maybe half a dozen and they grew with sparse blooms but the one that we’d medicated with mischief… it grew and grew and grew… it bloomed the biggest fattest fullest most fragrant roses I ever did see or smell…

I watched with disbelief until I called Loki to come back… Loki????? What??? Why???

He said to me… K…T…. K…T…. Katey clever clogs!!! When you play with a trickster… things may or may not turn out how you imagine…

To be honest… that’s probably a lesson I should have paid more attention to… 😀 )

So anyway…. back to the hop in hand…

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Trust me… I really did shoot myself in the foot… I sat up in the crazy owl hours, burning the midnight oil and trying to work out how to fill the blank pages… mmmm….. this may work…. or maybe not… ideas wriggled and flipped like fish on a hook and all of them flailed and failed to land… then I had the idea that is responsible for the title that you see above … though that idea  got trashed (however the tin foil hat of the title still conveniently fits my new head of thoughts…). I watched the original idea unfurl out like emerging fronds of ferns and I realised that it would probably make for a very nice stage play or film adaptation  but in the hopping arena… something like that would be so lengthy that it would be verging on holding you hostage and would be tantamount to reader abuse…

Then…the postman arrives and a-ha!

Synchronicity… my timely friend

All my random thoughts suddenly roll together…

IMG_5553The Tarot Derive

lands and the box opens and sprawls its way across my room…

K…T…K…T… run away with me…

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meet Tommy Ten Sheds… silent sleeping partner…

BINGO!!!  THE BLOG HAS LANDED!!!

Shhh… don’t wake the cat…

IMG_5554So… I finally remember the lightning bolt of inspiration and what was going through my mind when I initially wrote the theme… I’d been thinking that so often when writing email readings, I’d been using the word may… and each and every time it annoys me… because it feels so tentative and flimsy and almost like a wavering waiver of disclaiming whatever comes off of your keypad next…

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In the good old days… writing was a slow fashion… it gracefully glided from a glistening nib adorned in bluey black gorgeousness… there lived style, discipline, authority  and craftsmanship and precision and skill of the hand to make elegant marks across the page, which gave time for the mind to play out the big picture and set all the pawns in a row… intelligent strategy of a long game described to people who were prepared to wait and then feel the weight of the considerations as they then picked up the pieces to take their turn and make their next move…

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Now on the great web…

Everything is whizzbang in all directions and people want answers yesterday…

Now I have no problem with firing quick thoughts and I am by all accounts a pretty nifty word slinger…

BUT…

What bothers me is…

It’s always a gamble!

Will the reader take the time to read what I actually wrote rather than what they think they read as they skim through the answers, whilst flicking between texts, LimpedIn, Twatter Wotszapp and f*ck  facebook…

I’m a pithy pragmatic soul and I may not always tell you what you want to hear and face to face… most people I see are down with that and in fact, that is why my frequent flyers return… because my ass is firmly rooted and grounded even if my words are off the wall… and they know I speak common sense even if it is in elaborately flowery and off-beat metaphor…

But with writing… there’s always that ??? as to how your words will land and what impact they will leave… I don’t really want to leave my boot print on somebody else’s crushed dreams…

So I find myself writing… well… it may be this or it may be that…

And I feel a heightened awareness of this pathetic trend of being fashionably butt hurt…

I have experienced first-hand people who I thought knew me, taking my words entirely out of context and twisting them to bang on about some point that they want to rant on about… and then slapping me with tags and hashtags… which I usually quieten with – let’s continue this face to face over a drink…

But then I think of The Oracle of Delphi and the inscription above the door…

Know thyself

And I remember that while I am responsible for what I am writing…

The seeker should also be responsible in what they are asking and also in how they may interpret  the advice that they sought out…
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Caveat emptor

Weigh up your question before you ask

Think about the direction you wish to travel

You are entering my domain

And if you come unprepared and  prodding wings expecting fairy dust to fall

Then you should not be surprised when you find yourself being blazed by a dragon

This is my world

I can move swiftly in any direction

I may stampede full steam ahead in the direction you seek

I may toss you a curve ball and send you reeling

So… think carefully

I hang in the balance between reality and imagination

I move up and down between the two

If you decide to drop into my portal

You may find that it’s not Wonderland

But a pothole into a wandering no man’s land

And if you don’t ask the right questions

You may be faced with just the

Final grin of the fading Cheshire Cat

And an echo of a voice that laughs

Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go…

🙂

Fortunately for you today…

You have landed when I am in good company. You can hit the links in either direction and you’ll be sure to find wonders!

May you always be blessed

🙂

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2016 Beltane Tarot Blog Hop MASTER LIST

Tarot Blog Hop

Welcome to the Beltane Tarot Blog Hop

I’m this hop’s chief cat herder wrangler and I set my fellow hoppers the following topic…

You may or may not have noticed that I have a penchant for puns and a fondness for free association…
So… as I thought about a theme for May day, it occurred to me how often the word ‘may’ gets used in readings…
So… what I’d like you to do, is take the word ‘may’ and play with it as you choose…
What does the word mean to you?
Is it a word that you use often and if so in what context?
Do you have a favourite quote/poem/song that uses the word?
Or you may just want to get out your crayons/camera and make a card…
Whatever you wish…
Take the word, kick it around, let it off the leash and have a field day with it…
Let it take you where it chooses…
You may just be surprised
🙂
Here’s the list of my talented colleagues and the links for each of their posts.
Click on any link and then you can follow the chain full circle to find out what they’ve all been up to…
  1. Chloë McCracken http://www.innerwhispers.co.uk/april-showers-bring-may-flowers/
  2. JoannaKate Grant https://thothjourney.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/beltane-fires/
  3. Ania M http://aniam.co.uk/blog/may
  4. Morgan Drake Eckstein http://gleamingsfromthedawn.blogspot.com/2016/05/may-day-may-day.html
  5. Jay Cassels http://metaphysicalangels.co.uk/tbh1
  6. Karen Sealey https://pureblessedtarot.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/tarot-nuts-in-may/ 
  7. Alison Coals http://alisonsalembic.blogspot.com/2016/05/beltane-tarot-blog-hop-2016.html
  8. Aaron Lozano http://www.turtlehearttarot.com/blog/2016-beltane-tarot-blog-hop-mother-may-i
  9. Meniscus (by Ania M) http://meniscustarot.co.uk/maybe
  10. Joy Vernon  http://joyvernon.com/Blog/maypole-tarot-spread/
  11. Nicole Dauch http://wp.me/p4OuGb-xr
  12. Chloë for Celtic Lenormand http://www.celticlenormand.com/2016/05/what-gifts-may-flowers-bring.html
  13. Louise Underhill http://www.priestesstarot.co.uk/2016/05/tarot-blog-hop-may-i/
  14. Joanne Sprott http://cosmicwhisperstarot.com/2016/05/01/power-may-tarot-blog-hop/
  15.  Katalin Patnaik https://katalinpatnaik.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/2016-beltane-tarot-blog-hop
  16. Christiana Gaudet http://www.christianagaudet.com/personal-blog/what-may-be