Monday, 31 July 2017

Better this than a tower moment

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Hidden Realm, Seven of Wands

She has been wandering in dense fog for a long time. Her mind is a whirl of arguments and counter arguments. She once knew with clarity what she wanted or needed to do but when she hesitated uncertainty insinuated itself. The clarity she had was weakened and the energy of the original decision now has no outlet. A storm is brewing both within her and in the swelling clouds above. A bolt of lightening rips through the clouds and the ensuing thunder shakes her. The encrusted fear based confusion falls away as dust. She knows what she must do. She always did. 

Better a bolt of lightening than a Tower moment...

Sunday, 30 July 2017


Daily Draw: The Llewellyn Tarot, The Universe/The World.

I believe this card can mean culmination. The guidebook also mentions graduation as a key word. Something I have been thinking about a lot these past two weeks. It is hard to see but it appears there is a woman frozen in a mountain or iceberg in this rendition. This speaks to my feeling of being trapped between two conflicting commitments. One in which I have often felt oppressed, repressed and depressed. The other is challenging although not impossible if I apply myself and does give me a sense of accomplishment. The dilemma is the first yields an income whereas the second is crucial for my career (and my sense of self).  

To make sense of what I need to do I tried the horseshoe spread set out in the Llewellyn guide (photo of layout below). 

I chose the Page of Pentacles as significator as in this deck he is known as the student or scholar. Here is what I drew

Card 1: Past conditions - Strength - makes sense I have been trying so hard to make both things work

Card 2: Present situation - Six of Wands - odd as I feel anything but victorious

Card 3: Future outlook - Ten of Cups - interesting as it is a preoccupation with security which places me in this dilemma. 

Card 4: Best approach to the situation - Ten of Swords

Card 5: Attributes of others surrounding me - Four of Swords -???

Card 6: Challenges to be faced: Six of Cups - time to grow up and make decisions as a mature adult? 

Card 7: The final outcome - Ten of Pentacles - Guidebook says enjoying the fruits of your labour, freedom from financial concerns that would be nice!

The card that I am most drawn to is the 10 of Swords as the best approach to the situation. If this means the best thing to do is put an end to situation 1 then I've never been so relieved to see this card. Perhaps the income sacrifice is worth it? 

The other thing that strikes me is there are three tens in the spread. Again speaking of endings? 

Saturday, 15 July 2017


Daily Draw: The Llewellyn Tarot, The Moon

Occultation - when one celestial body obscures another as a result of moving between the observer and the object being observed. The star is no longer visible and here we have the moon representing the night and the amethyst sky the gift of intuition that gets us through it. 

Could the owl symbolising magic, mystery and wisdom be the high priestess in animal form returned to fool in a dream? When all cannot be seen it is not any imaginings but fretful imaginings that we should seek to avoid. I'm reminded of a quote I read this week 'when you are tired sleep'

the night was busy making the moon
i gathered my quilt
and softly
told my heart
we'd come back 

Nayyirah Waheed

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Calm focus

Daily Draw: The Llewellyn Tarot: Two of Wands

This two of wands is quite different from the Llewellyn Classic version I draw a little while back. The woman's posture (seated and eyes on the orb) here appears less expansionist and more calm and meditative. Her beautiful bodice in Gaugiunesque colours suggests to me she is a creative type. 

Perhaps she can use her artistic skills together with intuition to search out new possibilities and hidden options. The gold and rose sky hint that she will experience enrichment beyond monetary gain if she can remain centred and focused while continuing her practice. 

if the ocean 
can calm itself
so can you
are both
salt water

Nayyirah Waheed