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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My Thoth Lit Up

So… I’ve had a Thoth deck since 1990… though I’ve hardly used it as it just never really seemed to sit right with me. The colours always seemed so dull… And it’s always seemed a very masculine deck to me… Probably because around the time I first encountered it, I often found myself in the company of men who used Thoth, and who would BOOM such phrases as SOLAR PHALLIC OUTBURST!!! or RUIN!!! DEATH!!! DESTRUCTION!!! 😀 yeah… I’ve kept (and still do keep) some very strange company 😀

But… I’ve kept that deck on my shelf and maybe every once a year or so, took it down and had another look, hoping that one day I would find its charm…

So… recently, my friend Charlotte invited me over to her place for a Life Path reading and I was very intrigued, as she works with Thoth, using a method that she has been taught by her grandmother. It was too good an offer to resist… So it was, that I came to find myself sat in the sun and finally seeing some colours…

Thoth ~ Tree of Life

Thoth ~ Tree of Life

Now, the spread above, started out as a beautifully laid out Tree of Life, but as we talked, we walked the cards around a bit and also added a few…

But the moment when the cards came to life for me, was when Charlotte pointed to the 4 of Wands and asked me a question along the lines of ~ What is it that drives your ideas?

And then I did something without thinking and picked up the 4 of Wands and also the Ace of Wands and did this…

Ace  of Wands ~ 4 of Wands

Ace of Wands ~ 4 of Wands

Hahahaha!!! Now I see you Thoth!! That is what drives and turns my ideas… Creative sparks, ignition of burning passions… Ironically… SOLAR PHALLIC OUTBURST!!! 😀

I should have listened to those boys!

Suddenly I saw that spread as a living 3D structure… or should that be 4D as it moves through time or maybe 5D and beyond…?

So… there are many paths along the Tree of Life and we walked and talked at length of many things and most things…

But… I’ll share a thread of thought here about the Fool…

So… The Fool sat at the very top of my tree… and our conversation turned to talk of boundaries and how they vary and change for a whole plethora of reasons… And to loosely quote, Charlotte said to me … Look at the shape around the Fool… The Fool sets his own boundaries… Imagine them as a trail of light left by a sparkler… You should go away and think about that…

And I had a wry smile… as two days earlier, I had created an image during a free flow of thoughts which I won’t go into other than to say I don’t know exactly how I made this image… but I do know, I won’t be able to make it again… And when I’d made it I looked at it and it seemed deeply resonant to me… but… What was it?

Ha!! Now I knew…

The Fool's Boundaries (c) Karen Sealey 2013

The Fool’s Boundaries
(c) Karen Sealey 2013

The Fool’s Boundaries… I’d done my homework 2 days before the assignment was set!

But that often happens for me… I have a sense of time and sequencing that would give Quentin Tarantino a headache…

So… anyway… Later that night when everyone else had gone to bed… I decided to get out my Thoth and recreate the spread and see what else I could learn about the Fool and his boundaries…

So… I lay out the cards and I scratched my head…. Something felt to be missing… What was it??

So… I thought… Well! Why have a dog and bark yourself? Hey Thoth! What’s missing? I drew a card… The Ace of Cups…

Funny… The other 3 Aces are already out… OK… the Ace of Cups completes the set… but WHY? What does that mean?

I pulled down the Fool from the top of his tree and placed the Aces around them in the pattern they were in my spread and placed the  4th Ace in the gap like so…

The Fool and The4 Aces

The Fool and The 4 Aces

And I looked at it and I thought… Now why does that look familiar? And then I glanced across at the pile of face down cards and laughed… Oh! The Aces are placed like the back of the deck…

So… I turned the  Fool…

The Fool turns his back...

The Fool turns his back…

Oh! OK… the Fool can set his boundaries as and where he likes and sometimes that simply means just turning your back…

Then I laughed some more as I focused in… to the symbol… in the centre… of the cross…

The Rose Cross

The Rose Cross

Oh… and sometimes setting a boundary is knowing when to tell someone…

You can kiss my fluffy tail! 

Or… maybe I should get my Thoth out again and go try this…

A Rosicrucian Spread

😀