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Birthday Tarot reading for a friend…

28 Dec

The following Tarot reading is for my dear friend V. It is a birthday present. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MATE!!!

I’ve put this reading online so you can always look at this wherever you are in the world. I am using the tree of life spread, which is comprised of ten cards. In recent times I have been using this spread a lot as it provides a lot of detail. I asked the cards how your life might develop over the next year. The reading is as follows:

Card 1 – Aims and ideals of the Situation: Four of Swords
The card in this position represents what you would like to achieve. The card here, the four of swords, is associated with rest retreat and solace. It is possible that you have just been through quite a difficult time, either with work or with relationships and you are seeking some kind of mental and/or physical space where you can gather yourself. This is suggested because there is a particular emphasis in this card upon spiritual healing. In other words, some form of revitalising ones essence. So I would say that my you are in search of some form of inner healing or recharging.

Card 2 – Influences on the situation: Queen of Pentacles
The queen of pentacles can represent one of two things. If it represents a person then it is a woman who is dark of complexion, but not black haired. She is earthy, worldly, practical and generous. She will enjoy all aspects of the hearth and home. She will be spiritual, but grounded in the world. She will be in her thirties or older. If she is younger then she will have an old head on her shoulders.
If this card does not represent a woman then it is a warning to look after your finances, health and or property. Interestingly, this card may suggest you need to treat yourself to some sensual pleasures. So, like the card before it, there is the suggestion that you need to take care of yourself.

Card 3 – General Nature of Question: Princess of Pentacles

The card in this position defines the nature of the question more completely. The card here is the Princess of pentacles. Because of its position I do not think it represents a person. The princess of pentacles, when not presenting a person, can represent the beginnings of a new period of creativity in your life. This may be thought of, not so much as a new phase but as a transitional period in which one ways up ones past creativity and begins to think about how one would like ones creativity to manifest in the future. It could be that you’ve outgrown the skin your in. Again, this card is very interesting, as it seems to follow on from the logic of the previous cards. This card seems to suggest some kind of personal revaluation of oneself in the world, or ones relationship to the world. Perhaps this is the reason for the need for solace or spiritual revival?

Card 4 – The Key: The Chariot

The card I this position represents the key to the situation. It is normally something that has greater significance than you may have realised, or perhaps something you have not considered at all. The Card in this position is the Chariot. Some people say that this card has to do with controlling oppositional forces in ones life. Yet, I would tend to say that it is about understanding how differing forces may compliment each other, acting as polarities rather than as opposites. The implicit suggestion here is the need to make two aspects of your being, which currently feel out of kilter, work together for you. This does not mean that both aspects needs resolved into one. Rather, the way in which they operate in tandem is what must be sorted out. A positive thing about this card and its position is that it suggests that you have the ability to do this.

Card 5 – Influences of the present: The Star

The card in this position is suggesting the things in your present that you need to take account of to benefit form this reading. The card in this position is The Star. Key words for The Star are Intuition, hope, healing, calm and openness.  The Star seems to very much relate to some of the suggestions made at the start of the reading.  The Star is a very positive card. It suggests inward feelings of positive self-esteem. It can also suggest that you are the recipient of much love (whether you know it or not) at this time in your life. It is also associated with creativity, the drawing up of ideas form the unconscious. This is a very powerful card to have positioned in the present. It suggests that you need to take stock of your own creativity and the love that others have for you. Perhaps, it is a suggestion that it is a time to contemplate ones place in the world through consideration of the aspects of The Star, so focus on the positive aspects of what is important about being alive.

Card 6 – Influences of the Future: Two of Swords
The card in this position represents what one will have to look out for in the future. The card here is the two of swords. Inherent in this card is the suggestion that two things – people, feelings or views – are set in opposition.  This card suggests procrastination. So while you may currently be in or in need of a state of self-reflection, this card suggests that you may not reach a state of resolve for the matters that are troubling you. Alternatively, if you do reach a state of resolve then it will be an uneasy one, which will give way to some form of conflict, which will then clear the air.
The other way to look at this card is to read it as a suggestion that one is to try to avoid reaching a situation of over procrastination, as this will not aid you in your life, rather it will hinder your development.

Card 7 – Effect of the significator: five of Swords
This is the affect that you have on the situation. This card is very telling, as it is the five of swords. This card literally represents playful conflict. The kind that one may have with a work colleague or friend. This card also holds a warning: be aware that what starts in fun can very quickly become serious, earnest conflict. Therefore the card here may suggest that while you have entered into something for fun, that you should be aware of where it may lead. When we enter into conflict for fun, we often assume that other people understand this, but this is not always the case.

Card 8 – Effect of the Environment: Four of Cups
This card not only represents the affects of the physical environment but also the affects of the general conditions of ones life upon the situation. The card here is the four of cups. This card is associated with a period of stagnation. It suggests that you may currently be feeling like you life has somehow got stuck. This card suggests that it may now be time to lie fallow for a period. To let ones creative juices slowly revitalise. Like the cards at the beginning of the reading, this card also suggests that it is time for you to have some kind of spiritual healing. There is the suggestion of the use of some form of ritual for this. There is also the suggestion that you need to reconnect with nature. If water cannot flow it becomes stagnant. Ergo you need to connect to the spring that fuels you.
Another reading of this card is that it is a warning to not ignore gifts or opportunities through laziness.

Card 9 – Hopes and Fears: Seven of Wands
The card in this position represents the things you either hope or fear will happen. The card here is the Seven of wands, which again is a card associated with conflict. This card suggests that you are involved in a struggle that either challenges your supremacy, leadership or more over, your judgement. Yet there is also a suggestion here that you will find this struggle exhilarating. A positive aspect of the conflict noted by this card is that you will be able to find some vantage point form which to survey the problem. So your decisions in relation to it will not be entirely blind or knee jerk.

Card 10 – The final Outcome: Nine of Cups
The car din this position represents the final outcome of the situation. This is not set in stone as it were, but should rather be treated as a signpost to what might be, depending on how you navigate the situation.
The card in this position is the nine of cups. This card is quite favourable in this position. All the nines are associated with a move towards completion in some way. The completion tends to have more relevance spiritually than physically. The nine of cups suggests that you may have realised a dream or a wish that you have held for a very long time. This card suggests a full and rewarding emotional life. It suggests that although you may have faced difficulties in the past, but now you are surrounded by close relationships and social warmth. It suggests a healthy connection to your creativity and to nature. Life is treating you well is the message in this card.
Yet one other aspect of this card which I feel you would want to know is that it also contains a question: In all the success and warmth that this card brings you, are you forgetting anyone who should be celebrating with you, or who may also deserve some thanks or praise?

All in all these cards suggest that you are currently in a period of great contemplation and are seeking some form of vantage point from which to consider a situation. It also suggests that you are in need of some form of spiritual healing in order to arrive at this vantage point. I don’t know why, but I have the feeling that this situation may only be internal, but may also involve another person. Ultimately though, these cards suggest that this situation will have a successful outcome.


Winter Solstice 2008

23 Dec

I finally got home last night after being away celebrating the Winter Solstice with a fewelect friends in the Mountains high above Glen Cloy, on the east coast of Northern Ireland. We had went on the 20th to set up camp inorder to be ready to celebrate this sun festival on the 21st. As we were high up in the Glen’s there wasn’t another human being for miles, so we were free to do pretty much what we wanted.We spent the day of the 21st gathering stones and building a semi-permanent magick circle. We marked the cardinal points of the circle with medium sized stones, which we stood upright on their ends. Once the circle was complete we lit a fire and relaxed for the rest of the evening. Normally we would drink when we were up in the glens, but given the significance of the following day, we all wanted to have a clear head for the morning.The ritual the following day was interesting since all of us are on quite different magickal paths.

The solstice took place early at 12:04 (GMT). To cut a long story short, Our ritual began about an hour before with some light meditation, with all of us projecting our energies into the stone circle to empower and charge it. We called in the cardinal points and evoked the elements and their elemental forms. We then invoked the male god power (The Lord), the ruler of the dark part of the year. We burned pine incense and my witch friend delivered a Wiccan incantation. This is not something I’m normally into, but in this particular situation in the wilds of the Glen’s, it somehow seemed appropriate. It ended with the evocation of the female power, the Goddess  (The Lady) and a few other small ritual actions. After the celebratory parts of the ritual we then set about casting a number of spells for personal and communal growth. Afterwards there was much drinking, eating, laughter and music. I enjoyed my time high up in the glens.

Tarot for 2008

17 Feb

Since the Beginning of the year I have been meaning to do a Tarot reading for each month of 2008. I wanted to do this as a kind of experiment to see how accurate my readings may be. Now, in the middle of February, I’ve decided to actually do this. So this morning I got out my deck of Tarot cards and drew one for each month of the year. The results were as follows:

January: Princess of wands
The Princess of wands, when not referring to a person, can refer to the initiation of new projects or just a general quickening of the pace of life. I think it’s fair to say that January was a bit like this. We were in the stages of preparing the SPART Action Winter Games and it was the first time we had worked with some of the new people involved. So there were both new projects and new relationships on thew boil.

February: Two of Pentacles
This card again relates to the concept of play, but also to balance. Pentacles are concerned with the more material aspects of life and therefore this card could be seen as framing the significance of the need to balance the desire for play with the economic realities of such play. This card again is true as the Winter games was mostly financed by my own pocket.

March: Princess of Cups

This card, if not referring to a person, is associated with the beginning of some kind of artistic endeavour. Such a card is no surprise in any reading about me. but what would the project be? Last night Gerard, Paul and I were discussing forming a noise band. Maybe it’s referring to that? this card can also refer too the birth of a child, or the beginning of a new relationship. It may also signify that I have some urge to enter into a deeper exploration of my own motivations and emotions. It’s pretty open.

April: The Hermit
An Interesting card to appear here. April is the month of my Birthday, and often I get very contemplative and introspective around this time. That’s not be confused with feeling morbid, but rather I always take some time to take stock of myself and what I’ve done since my last birthday. I don’t really do big birthday parties anymore. Last year I went to an Island with my girlfriend and watched sea lions do yoga on a beach. So, the idea of hearing an ‘inner call’, which is often associated with the hermit is pretty apt in this month.

May: Nine of Pentacles
This is a very interesting card to find here in my spread. This card is associated with material success in the world and therefore also the good things in life. This card may suggest that I will receive a windfall or some other form of unearned income, it suggests that I will have reached a stage where I no longer need to work to earn a living. Some how I doubt this, but then again you never know. An alternative reading of this card would go like this: Pentacles are associated with the material things in life. Nines suggested the deepening of experience. Therefore we could say that this card suggests that in May I am going to come into a deeper understanding of the realities of what it takes to make the world tick in the material sense. So this is as much about marrying any of my idealism to the material realities of the world. It’s an interesting card to have here. I wonder what exactly it’s about?

June: Four of Pentacles
As has been said Pentacles are associated with the more material aspects of life. The symbol of the pentacle in ritual magick relates to the element of earth. The number four is also associated with the physical world and so the idea of earth is doubly emphasised in this card. Therefore this card may refer to some very worldly undertaking such as creating a business or political plan or giving some heavy consideration to the advancement of my finances. Implicit in this card is also a slight warning against too strong a preoccupation with empire building or excessive accumulation. Such behaviour would lead to loss of compassion, greed and general miserliness. This card is very interesting given the card for the previous month.

July: Queen of Pentacles
This card may represent a woman who is generous patient and pragmatic. If it doesn’t represent a woman then it could represent a situation the need to take care of my body, finances or possessions. It could also symbolise something to do with my relationship, or that I need to give some attention to my need for bodily fulfilment. Stranger and stranger is all I can say.

August: The Wheel
What a card and at what a point! In straight up honesty I am hoping to hand my PhD in either during or at the end of August, so the wheel in this position is a very promising sign: This card is associated with the completion of cycles and the beginning of new ones. Hopefully this is a sign that I will finish up on time.

September: Princess of Pentacles
Now, this is a strange card to have here. This card is normally associated with the beginning of new undertakings in the world. So then again, following the last card maybe it’s not so strange at all. Academic years normally begin in September so perhaps it is the sign that I will get or begin a new job working for a University during this month.

October: Seven of Swords
Now this card ca be read in two distinct way. The first reading suggests that the intellectual and agile quality of the swords combined with the mystical characteristics of the number seven combine in this card to herald a new and exciting atmosphere that will totally refresh me. The other reading suggests that I may be proposing some bold and daring idea that is challenging to someone or something. Perhaps this card is a sign that my PhD viva may take place in October.

November: Three of Pentacles
This card suggests that my work will flourish as I build on my previous efforts. This card essentially signifies an increase in my skills during November. I am guessing this card refers to my academic skills. On another note, it might suggest that I will be doing a bit of renovating to my home.

December: The High Priestess
What a card to finish the year on. The High Priestess signifies that I am reaching a time to enter into stillness. A period of time which is for the deepening of my intuition. Hence, I will need to be still to hear my inner voice. December is often like this for me. but lets see, if this is truly what is in the cards.