September 30, 2009

A bit About Tarot - plus a bonus

The History of Tarot~
Master researcher Stewart Kaplan states that tarot started as a card game in the early 1400's, 'Tarocchi'. However, it would be another 200+ years before tarot would be used as a means of 'parlor fortune-telling'.
These fortunes where very much tongue and cheek. 'In early spring, you will meet an older man who will take you as his bride'.
Another 100+ years later, an archeologist associated the pictorial of the cards to the Egyptian book of the Dead. Several years later the deck was given occult meanings by Eliphas Levi, a master in Kabbalah, who associated the cards to the magical aspects found in the Hebrew alphabet.

This was the beginning of where today's tarot used for divination gets its magical associations.
The most popular tarot deck published specifically for divination was in 1910. This is the popular Rider Waite Smith deck. Rider being the publisher, Waite being Arthur Waite, a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn and Smith being Pamela Coleman Smith the artist commissioned to create the decks imagery.
Shortly there after, Aleister Crowley had the Thoth deck published. He was also a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn and his artist was also a woman, Lady Frieda Harris.
Where the Waite deck is more European and medieval in look and feel, the Thoth deck has more of an Egyptian/Kabalistic feel to it.

The Tarot Deck~ ‘What defines a Tarot deck?’
There are no hard set rules in tarot other than the structure of the deck itself. The Tarot is a deck of 78 cards which are divided into two Arcanas; the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana.
The Major Arcana is a small deck of 22 cards numbered 0-21. They are considered the Trump cards of the deck. The Minor Arcana is very much like a regular deck of playing cards, having four suits and a set of four court (face) cards. The Minor Arcana are numbered from Ace to 10 and have Page, Knight, Queen & King for the court cards. Some decks will give different names to the court cards and the Trump cards.
Any deck that falls short of this format is not really a tarot deck, with the exception of a Trumps only deck.
The Tarot is just one of many kinds of divination decks in print today.

Myths of Tarot~
Two common areas of misconception are how one gets a tarot deck and who can touch it.
It is often said that you should be given a deck for it to work. I can personally tell you that the process of choosing your deck can be a wonderful experience. However, gifted decks are often found to be special in some way.
There are three different lines of thoughts on people handling tarot decks.
1- ‘Never let anyone touch your deck, their energy will enter the deck and not work for you..’
2- ‘The person getting the reading MUST shuffle and cut the deck to put their energy into the reading.’
3- Energy is energy and it does not matter who touches them.

I agree that there is energy, that is a fact, and energy does transfer from one object to another, that is life. Energy is constantly in motion.
For some readers having the clients shuffle the cards is how they connect to the energy of that person.

‘OH NO- I got the DEATH card! Am I going to die?’
The Death card is often feared because so many think that this card means that they or someone close to them will die. This is rarely the case. If the Death card shows up in a reading, it is usually a card that reflects a message of change. Out with the old and in with the new.

How Tarot Works~
Each individual card has a very specific root meaning to it and while it may be similar to other cards- it is still different.
For example, all Ace cards speak of new beginnings. If the card is a Cups card then it is about some emotional beginning and if it is a Swords card then it is some new way of thinking. The depth of the cards meaning just builds from there.
The finer details are found in the numerous symbols that are seen in each card, as well as how several cards interact with each other.
View a written reading report HERE

'How does a person read for another if they are not sitting with them?'
This is again about energy, the collective unconscious, the Anima Mundi which means World Soul. There are many who believe that we are all connected in spirit. It is this place of connectedness that a psychic will reach into and gather the information that is needed. Some use guides to help them through the Ether, others will use runes, tea leaves, what ever.

~ Who I am as an Intuitive Reader of Tarot ~
My love of playing cards started when I was very young. I was a challenging player in any game taught to me.
My interest in card reading started when I was 12 and my aunt read for me with a pack of playing cards. It would be a few years before I had an actual Tarot deck and that was over 18 years ago.

When I do readings, all I want is the question or focus for the reading, I can also do a ‘general’ reading where no question is asked and the cards are just drawn and the message from spirit is relayed.
The card images and symbolism triggers my connection to the Anima Mundi. It may be a vision, a smell or some other impression I feel that brings more depth and color to the reading.

BONUS - You could WIN a reading!
If you have a question about the art of tarot reading or the tarot deck itself, you could win a Tarot reading.
To enter you will need to join Under A Magic Moon
(you can un-join after the contest is over)
Read the contest rules and ask your questions in the Common Questions About Tarot.

Good Luck to All

September 20, 2009

I love dragons. And if there is anything I love to paint more than anything, it is the wonderful magical and wise creature that is the dragon.
Dragons can be found in many cultures and play various different rolls.
In the East the dragon is seen as a creature to respect and honor.
Dragons are considered good luck as well.
In ancient times, Dragons where like gods causing natural phenomena such as storms, earthquakes and stellar events.
 When there was a solar eclipse, it was said, "The dragon is eating the Sun"
Dragons are known to be shapeshifters, able to hid themselves in any natural landscape.
Some Dragons have wings, some do not. There are 4 legged and 2 legged dragons.
Not all dragons breath fire and require a virgin sacrifice.

Many worlds with dragons can be found in literature.
Pern is one world created by Anne McCaffrey.
On Pern, the dragon help the humans, yes, humans, transplanted from Earth.
These Dragons did breath fire, but only after eating a phosphorous based rock.
Every so many 'years', a planet in Pern's solar system would come close to Pern and send a deadly organic eating organism raining down on Pern.
Dragons and their riders would take flight and scorch the organism in the air before it could land on the fertile farmlands below.

The Stories about Dragons are endless.

See my Pagan of Etsy "Balance Challenge" entry

August 13, 2009

Winner of Name the Painting

The title with the most votes is #11 Serenity's Balance, followed very closely by The Universal Connection.
The winner of the tarot reading is Howling Caterpillars!
Thank you all for your votes.

July 22, 2009

What Title Do You Like?

Choose the name for this painting and be entered into a drawing for a FREE tarot reading.


1-Below the swirl of the cosmos
2-Rebirth of a soul
3-I welcome that which welcomes me
4-the universal connection
5-universal peace
6-Synchronizing Harmony
7-Goddess of balanced energy
8-Points of Interest
9-Vertical Allignment
10-Energy in Balance
11-Serenity's Balance
12-Quieting the Chaos
13-Energy Mesh
14-Nature's Necessity
15-Capturing your original spark

To vote & enter, just leave a comment with your choices

May 9, 2009

Women in White

The other night I was introduced to some women of spirit. There where three of them dressed in white business suits. They where not angles nor where they ghosts. The represented the spirit energy of women who have passed.

Two of the women felt familiar to me and I will need to meditate some to get to know them better.
These women brought with them a message of magic and mystery.
The spoke of studies, teaching and healing.

The also brought with them a man who presented me with something wrapped in velvet, I have yet to see what that item is.

They spoke of a future meeting with another, one who is a bit silly and wild.

It will be interesting to see what happens at time goes by.

March 22, 2009

I have always been a natural spiritual person.
As a child I looked to the Heavens and especially the Moon.
Her Silver Beauty Mystifies Me.
I grew up without the religious doctrines of the norm and from that I am grateful that I was able to fully explore the Great Mystery without any pre-fed ideas.
My father left me with quite the legacy. He was a scientist and a psychic-visionary, the latter I was unaware of until after his death. He taught me much about the natural world and fed my interests in science. I wish I had known of his other abilities and skills. I had so much of my own Universal exploration going on while a child I had no idea what it was or that is was ‘different’ or normal as the case may be. If I had known that he was familiar, then I could have talked to him about that as well. Why it was kept a secret I will never know.
For what ever reason, I was left to walk this journey on my own. I have discovered so much and still have so much more to discover.
Those things that feed my head, heart and soul are of the mystical arts & ancient culture/history- Astrology, Alchemy, Symbolism, Tarot, Sacred Geometry, Dreams, Meditation, OBE/Astral travel, Lemuria, Atlantis, mythology, (even the bible), etc. you name it, I have dabbled in it, all in Light & Love of course.
I have taken my Tarot and Astrology skills to a professional level giving others the guidance they need in the moment.
I am currently in the process of writing a 'How To' focused on Astrology and Tarot. But, with all subjects in this area, it extends beyond just Tarot and Astrology and touches on many other aspects both internal and external.

I am my father’s child so I am also a visionary; just as there are the mundane senses of sight, smell, touch, etc. I have all the same senses psychically; some are more prevalent than the others but I am working to change that.
I have an odd connection with death and the dead. I mostly sense spirits or ghosts, but on occasion I can see them. I am not a Medium in the sense that I can communicate directly with them, but I have used tools for communication with those who have passed on.
I have been told that my hands have strong healing energies, but that is something I have yet to explore deeper even though I have tested it out.
I have a natural way with animals. This was recognized by a retired wild animal trainer who ‘made’ a job for me just because of what he saw in me. I am eternally grateful to him for giving me that experience.
It is from the days of my childhood and young adult that I was shown many things by the Spirit and at the time I did not know what it meant. I had not understood why I had such a distaste for the government as a child, what reason would a child have to feel that way? It was because of what I was shown. I suppose that is the reason why I did not like history lessons or social studies.
As I grew older and watched the events of the world unfold, I had many a jaw dropping moment when I realized that I had been shown these things so long ago. That is when all the pieces began to fall into place and I started to feel more ‘put together’ and had a clearer understanding of who and what I am in this world.


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