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Recent events, daily card reflections, and selection of Facebook exercises set by Alex McCullie for Tarot readers and enthusiasts.

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How are things going

Posted on 31 December, 2019 at 0:35 Comments comments (2)

"buckle your seat belt Dorothy, because Kansas is going bye-bye"


Using Tarot Major Arcana & Court Cards

Posted on 31 December, 2019 at 0:30 Comments comments (0)


I want to share how my current view and use of the Tarot. It has significantly clarified since working full-time with the cards over last few years. Submitting exercises and writing reflective pieces like this have sharpened my understanding. Again this is my approach only, and I am not recommending my take for anyone else.


My readings have two driving desires for seekers - spiritual growth (from the Majors) and diagnosis and healing (from the Minors). Like most of us I have always seen a difference between Majors and Minors but now they are more differentiated than previously.


The Majors are essentially my oracle deck. Each card makes a call to seekers to move forward on their spiritual journey. For example, The Devil is a call to 'break free' from recalcitrant material obsessions and desires. Don't get me wrong these are really tough demands and seekers need to know that they will have a series of successes and failures. That's life.


I emphasise diagnosis and healing with the Minors. I also treat the Courts and Pips differently. Unlike many others I see the Courts as a call to emulate the best qualities of the suit, such as steadfastness of the Pentacles, loving & compassion of the Cups, and acuity of Swords. The cards - Pages to Kings - emphasise these qualities in different ways. The Pips represent different phases of the current cycle of development in a particular aspect of a seeker's life. These cards offer reflections for diagnosis and healing. Again they highlight difficult areas for a seeker to face.


I should mention that my reversals are internalised versions of the uprights.


Leaving home?

Posted on 29 December, 2019 at 5:15 Comments comments (0)

You need to overcome any fears to fulfil your dreams of living independently (8S),as you are now successfully able to realise your desires (10W) with enough money (6P).

Exercise: Christmas gifts

Posted on 28 December, 2019 at 14:20 Comments comments (0)

Confusion from receiving a great, fulfilling gift from someone you believed didn't like you. Now you just don't know.

Tarot Court Cards

Posted on 28 December, 2019 at 14:10 Comments comments (0)

Opinion: let's talk Court cards, as questions arise regularly about them. I want to share my approach, which is somewhat unusual and non-traditional. As always, these approaches work for my readings, but may not work for you.


Let's get some of my assumptions out the way first. All my readings are for reflection and insight and not for divination. So, it isn't surprising that I do not see the Court cards as representing people in the seeker's life. Rather I treat them as exemplars of what the suits have to offer. I see all Court cards bringing positive messages of skill, energy and kindness to readings within their areas of influence, such as feelings for Cups or ambitions for Wands. Don't get me wrong the cards also come with warnings.


I see the differences among the cards are a combination of maturity and experience playing out through the suits. I shall refer to the cards as people to keep the language simple, but I do not see them that way. And, again, remember the Court cards are addressing one aspect of life (feelings or ideas or desires or physical aspects) rather representing whole people (who are far more complex than that).


Pages are the least mature, even though they have considerable innate capability. The Pages learn through open-minded trial and error (as young people often do), and may appear 'fickle' at times. So their behaviour is risky, as there is little appreciation of the real danger. You could imagine The Fool as a kindred spirit. So a very charming and warm Page of Cups will jump in and out of emotional experiences without any sense of malice. Or a sharp-minded and forthright Page of Swords will explore multiple ideas with little commitment to any one, at least initially. I would use these situations to prompt reflective questions for the seeker.


Knights represent more experience, and they explore their abilities and limits through deliberate experimentation. This will often involve genuine risk-taking, where the dangers are known ahead of time (unlike those of the Pages). I often see determination, as they build their skills. The warning is being overly ‘single-minded’. A grounded, steadfast Knight of Pentacles could pursue a particular material interest single-mindedly, such as share trading or gym membership, to see what can be achieved. Just don't get in the way.


Queens and Kings are the experienced cards that utilise their skills to shape their worlds for the better. The Queens make changes through influence and personal strength. The warning here is ‘overbearing’. An astute Queen of Swords is very persuasive and convincing in arguments to achieve her aims. However be prepared for tongue lashing if you are seen as blocking the way. By contrast Kings work through command and leadership to make change. Again in excess it might be ‘oppressive’. So, a steadfast, grounded King of Pentacles will establish systems and reporting mechanisms and even micromanage expenditures to control home finances, as an example. A King of Cups, who is probably very charming and seductive in approach, will seek to control emotional relationships in very explicit ways through rules of behaviour.


I hope this is of interest.

Creating a Tarot Reference Chart

Posted on 28 December, 2019 at 14:10 Comments comments (0)

Opinion: learning the Tarot, then here is one approach: build your own quick reference cards (but not copying others;). Create a series of tables with columns and here are some suggestions.

MAJORS: number, full name, primary keyword (as a "mental trigger"), brief description of the message upright & reversed

SUITS: name, primary action (e.g. feel for Cups), other keywords

MINOR NUMBERS: number, common meanings

MINOR COURTS: name, four columns for each suit, then fill in your interpretation of each combination

MINOR PIPS (1-10): similar to Courts.

SYMBOLS: most common symbols used and their meanings

COLOURS: most common colours used and their meanings

CARD COMBINATIONS: a list of card combinations you want to remember.

Then review and revise over and over again. Treat them as living documents and keep them with you for exercises in Facebook groups.

Hope that helps

Addition to avoid any confusion: one immediate criticism is the recommendation of a primary keyword I mentioned above. It would be a mistake to limit the range of meanings to one word. You miss too much. I use a keyword as a mental trigger to a wider network of related ideas. If that makes you uncomfortable then use multiple keywords.

Back to Uni Example

Posted on 28 December, 2019 at 13:55 Comments comments (0)

I see a lot of doubts and conflict in the cards about his desires and ambitions and ideas. On one hand he is trying to sort out his real desires (QP) while avoiding established ones (completing the course?) (7P). This conflict is leading to great anxiety over which way to go (9S). I think the parents have intuitively picked up these conflicts.

How is my work life going?

Posted on 27 September, 2019 at 3:05 Comments comments (0)


Disclaimer

Treat this reading as worthwhile and useful Entertainment Only and seek local professional advice for legal, financial, psychological, medical, and relationship issues. While reading the interpretation and advice, please remember you have control of and responsibility for your actions.


Purpose of the Reading

This reading is to encourage insightful reflection on your situation. Hopefully you ‘see’ things that otherwise would be hidden. The reading makes no special attempt to predict future events, as you are the one to take charge of life.

Your journey is completely yours. It is unique. Others may try to steal part of it, tell it in their words or shape it to suit them. Reality is no one can live it or own it but you. Take charge of your journey, it's yours and yours alone!” Kemi Sogunle


My Evaluation - Work

The cards, randomly selected, are from the Major Arcana, which usually refer to larger forces affecting our lives rather specific day-to-day events.


I read the cards as emphasising the spiritual side of your life even in a work environment, in particular spiritual growth and exploration. The card, The Fool, brings with it a sense of open-minded adventure with some risk-taking (need to move out of our comfort zones). The dog in the image reminds though to set limits as we are still part of a physical world with needs and responsibilities. A warning though is to stay grounded with your work needs. However overall you need to see work life as growth opportunities rather than just a series of tasks.


The Sun adds and exciting element of success as you embark on the journey. It suggests a real joy in extending yourself spiritually. Therefore activities such as mindfulness, meditation, quiet reflection, walking (unwired) in the country would all contribute to a joyous expansion of your being.


Finally the World suggests evry chance to completing this cycle of your life successfully for the next cycle.


I'm not underestimating the commitment required to make significant life changes. It requires time and energy, which often feel that we do not have. This is where a trusted friend or companion can help to support your quest.


(Fool - Ecstasy; Sun - Well-being; World - Fulfillment)

By Alex McCullie


Useful Background Information

Reading Theme

Engage in activites to enhance the spiritual side of your life. Seek awareness of higher values. And expect a joyous juorney of exploration.


Moral Message

See more to life than physical existence.


Useful Questions for Reflection

What would I do if I felt free to take a leap?

How willing am I to be vulnerable and open?

How might past experiences help in this new situation?

How can I take best advantage of the attention coming my way?

What are my highest spiritual goals?

How can I avoid being bedazzled by the energy swirling around me?

* How aware am I of my own connectedness to the world around me?

* What keeps me from having it all right now, today?




Useful Sources

Huson, P. (2004) Mystical Origins of the Tarot, Rochester, Vermont, Destiny Books

Waite, A. E. (1971) The Pictorial Key of the Tarot, Stamford, CT US Games System Inc

MacGregor Mathers, S.L. (1969) The Tarot, York Beach, Maine, Samuel Weiser, Inc

Cicero, C. and Cicero, S. T. (2003) The Essential Golden Dawn,T. Paul, Minnesota

McElroy, M. A. (2014) Guide to Tarot Card Meanings, TarotTools.com Publishing

Lerrner, I. and Lerner, M. (2002) Inner Child Cards, Rochester, Vermont, Bear & Company

Tyson, D. (2004) 1-2-3 Tarot, St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications

 

 

 



Should they marry now?

Posted on 26 September, 2019 at 22:35 Comments comments (0)

The seeker question is: "despite my parents concern, should I marry my boyfriend now?" He has just proposed.


'Yes' is suggested from the count of uprights versus reversals. However I read the cards as saying: "your impulsiveness to get your way (Devil - Reversed) will overwhelm your happy relationship to one of sorrow and resentment (5 of Cups) with surprising speed and force (Ace of Swords)". Be careful that you are marrying for the right reasons and not as a reaction to your parents' objections.


Will the relationship continue?

Posted on 26 September, 2019 at 22:30 Comments comments (0)

I read the cards as suggesting that "you see everything in terms of affection and mutual attraction (Lovers) while ignoring the seriousness of the arguments (3 of Wands-Reversed) until one of you will give up and leave (7 of Swords)". So, unfortunately, it may not last longer-term.


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