Set ’em up Jo…

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The theme for this blog hop was set by Joanne Sprott, who prompted…

Give us your take on the influence of the Sun and/or Mercury in the Tarot or your favorite oracle deck…

This amused on several levels… firstly I guess, because… well… I am just so easily amused in general! Secondly… In my Astrological birth chart, I have 5 planets hanging out in Virgo which is ruled by Mercury (I also have a wry smile at the thought of Virgo corresponding to The Hermit… and wander off sideways to wonder if that has anything to do with me often being asked as to whether I’m a very noisy introvert or an extremely antisocial extrovert… )

Thirdly… Last blog hop, I was spinning around with my personality card The Wheel… So Mercury brings to mind my Soul Card – The Magician… and The Sun… well that brings out the 3rd card in my birthcard pairing… My Shadow card is the Sun…

So all these thoughts and a few more I forget whirl around and soon I’m heading away to play with Night Sun Tarot… I lay out my Birth Chart Mandala to see what I can hear…

 Astro Birth Chart Mandala

I say…pssssst…. Merc! What are you talking about?

He hisses back… Merc? Call me Hermes… I’m talking about Psychopomp and Circumstances…

What is that supposed to mean…

The Sun chips in…Take a closer look and see where we shine…

So I pull out all the cards where these two appear and I shuffle them up and ask again…

What are you talking about?

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And this is what I heard…

Sun & 10 of Swords - Sun/Gemini

Sun & 10 of Swords – Sun/Gemini


So… this is what it’s come to… Our glory days coming to an end and here we are… sitting it out somewhere in a bar near the ending of our Universe… We used to be so revered… One by one they turned against us…

Magician & 10 of Pentacles - Mercury/Virgo

Magician & 10 of Pentacles – Mercury/Virgo

I know what you mean man… Time was when they believed in Magic… and now when I levitate… They don’t believe it… they mock and say I just sit on a barstool… Breaking down every little detail… over analysing us to death… Still… I guess the advent of that new religion didn’t help me… and all that stuff about thou shalt not and ‘Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.’ I’m Mercury Man… yet I still get tossed out with the golden calves…

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6 of Chalices – Sun/Scorpio & 3 of Wands – Sun/Aries

Well… bottoms up my friend! Here’s to the past and who knows what the future will bring… Do you think we’ll ever be glorious again…

 

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5 of Pentacles Mercury/Taurus

 

Who knows… all things go around… and speaking of which… I’m getting a bit short on Dinars… Any chance of you getting a round in?

 

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8 of Pentacles – Sun/Virgo

Well… I’d like to mate… though I’ve been advised to save a few quid for a rainy day… 

 

 

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8 of Wands – Mercury/Sagittarius

Rainy day! Don’t make me laugh! You’re the Sun! You make it shine wherever you go… Loosen up… Live a little… Even for immortals, life is too short to have regrets…

 

 

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4 of Pentacles – Sun/Capricorn

Yeah… that’s easy for you to say… you’re used to being foot loose and fancy free and going wherever your whims take you… Some of us have to be solid and stable… some of us have responsibilities, dependants…

 

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3 of Chalices – Mercury/Cancer & 6 of Swords – Mercury/Aquarius

Yeah, yeah, yeah… I’ve heard it all before… I get it! You are the centre of the Universe! Well… if you want to stay in your rut, then that’s all fine and good by me… but yeah… I have wanderlust… And I think I’ve just heard them call ‘Last Orders!’ So… Let’s make it one more for my baby and more for the road…

 

 

 

This way for the Exodus…

I have Alison Coals to the left of me and Arwen Lynch to my right…

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Don’t follow me… I’m not going where you’re going…

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Hello Hopsters! 😀

So… we’ve been asked to talk about quantum leaps in our understanding of Tarot

An interesting point to ponder…

My understanding shifts and changes on a constant basis. I consider it to be an evolving process as my mind makes feedback loops from what I read and what I see in the world around me… little nudges and tweaks dotted with the odd a-ha! moment every so often. I’ve got a few ways of thinking about Tarot that I use regularly and I wrote about them fairly recently (click here if you’re nosy 😀 )

But quantum leaps…

Well… I guess they have come when I’ve thrown myself out of my comfort zone and into something that makes me think – Oh! F**K!!! Why are you doing this?! Such as my first proper paid reading job (as in being paid cash rather than cakes or books or scarves or trinkets or flowers or  favours…) I got a phone call and the voice on the other end said – Am I right in thinking you read tarot?

Yes…

Then a conversation followed where they asked me to read at a psychic supper and I could hear myself saying yeah… no problem! while my head was screaming – Shut up you moron!!! What are you doing????

So… my first paid gig was back to back readings for 30 people, which I managed to somehow survive and I went home to  high five myself, then wonder why I’d spent the whole week before mad dashing to the toilet (Virgo digestive system… sorry TMI! 😀 )

Elemental Tarot ~ Caroline Smith

Elemental Tarot ~ Caroline Smith

I do have a bit of a habit of throwing myself in at the deep end or maybe putting my head in the tiger’s jaw… I will often say yes before I give myself time to talk myself out of it because I’m quite dangerous when I think and I can talk myself out of anything… But mostly these days, my conversation with myself goes along the lines of  – What’s the worst thing than can happen? Will you die?

Will I die?

No… (which on a side note is how I ended up doing stand up and also is why I’ll never end up skydiving… 😀 )

But I guess my first quantum leap in understanding Tarot came from within the pages of this book…

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This is the first Tarot book I ever bought… I struggled to find a book… I’d seen a couple but they made no sense as the ones that crossed my path were all geared up for RWS… and I didn’t have a RWS… no… my first deck was that Elemental Tarot (up above) and it has its own system… But I saw this book and opened it and it was filled with pages with a big blank rectangle for you to sit your own card on… It claimed to work for every deck… So I grabbed it…

Now… when this blog hop topic came up, it occurred to me that I’d never heard anybody mention this book or met anybody who had used it, so I decided to Google it ( a luxury unavailable in my embryonic tarot reading life… 😀 ) And I had to laugh out loud as I heard it hailed as…

THE WORST BOOK ON TAROT EVER WRITTEN

and blimey! even people calling for it to be burnt!!!

Honestly!! Burning books??? What sort of sacrilege is that? Especially by those who maybe a few hundred years ago would have been heading for a similar fate… chased by villagers with pitchforks…

And I read comment after comment…

And I gave thanks that I bought it in a time before reviews…

Though actually… now I think about it… I’ve never made a decision to buy or not buy based on a review as I’m bloody lazy and who has time to read all that… there’s an epidemic of them and even reviews of reviews…I digress… I often do…

But, anyway! I waded my way through this thread and I laughed louder and louder…

I could understand where all the comments were coming from and I could even understand why it had put someone off reading tarot for nearly 20 years…

But… I don’t read books in order or as instructed… So… I did start at chapter one… and my head started to fill with all the pomp and ceremony involved and I thought…. really? this is going to take an eternity… and then it said that the book had to be followed in strict order and worked through card by card… so I did what any relatively sane person would do and I skipped straight to the last chapter and skimmed backwards… because I had cards in hand and I wanted to read there and then…

And there, tucked away in the back (which I’m guessing a lot of people missed because they dumped the book by 2nd or 3rd chapter…) there was my quantum leap…

Visualise your card and make it as big as a door and step inside… (or words loosely to that effect)

Bingo! I was in! This was easy peasy… No different to all those hours spent with Alice in Wonderland… Just slip inside and have a chat!

And I’ve done that ever since…

I’ve always been cautious about following books to the very letter… ever since Mr S showed me this many years ago…

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The Secret Rituals of the Golden Dawn by R.G. Torrens

See… the thing is with following things to the letter, is that you need to already know what you’re doing…

Mr S will often laugh at these pages and tell me of those who he knew, those who he had heard brag that they’d performed this… to the VERY letter…

So… a question for our wrangler…

Morgan… What do you think? Typo? Or Crowley humour?

To exit… you may go West or head to the Esat…

Boiiinnnggg!!!

 I’M GONE!

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Hop now!

Arwen Lynch or Joanne Sprott will be there to catch you 😀

Or maybe you’ll land in the safety net of the mister last…

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