Death & Letting Go

IMG_20170421_032915Re: The Reader’s Reading I just did. My spread was pretty helpful overall, but the last card was a little fuzzy to me. I’m picking a card to meditate on for a while, to help guide my beginning tarot journey. Out of all the cards, Death is the card that immediately made the most sense to me. I flipped it and I didn’t need to know what it’s position in the spread was supposed to mean because I already knew what that card meant to me. I knew why it was there and what it was trying to tell me as soon as I flipped it. My boyfriend tells me all the time, “Carrina, you’d be happier if you could just learn to let things go.” I’m an incredibly passionate person and I feel everything intensely. This makes it hard to let things go, especially the little things. Continue reading “Death & Letting Go”

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Reading Myself as a Reader

Today, I did a six-card spread designed to provide insight into my journey as a tarot card reader. I can in no way take credit for this spread, I found it through Beth at littleredtarot.com; she calls it the Reader’s Reading. Follow the link to read more about it.

My Spread

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Daily Draw: Fri 4-21-17

IMG_20170421_012830Today, I pulled the III of Pentacles from my deck. The Pentacles is a suit that I don’t really connect with very much and struggle to read (that just means I need more practice with them). This card feels very structural to me. Institutional, almost. For whatever reason, I associate mountains with wisdom, so this seems like a card of institutional wisdom. School. I’m an American university student, so this idea of institutional education is very tangible in my life. Which makes sense when interpreting this card, because the pentacles are associated with the physical self or the body. These cards tend not to be too abstract.

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Consider the Ace

First things first, I am using the Wild Unknown Tarot right now, so all credit for this beautiful art goes to Kim Krans.

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When I think about the aces, I think of iconic images which represent, in some way, the spirit or flavor of the whole suit. They are the pure energy represented in the suit as the whole–they are the chief icon to lean on when interpreting the other cards in the suit. For the Wands, this is their undying energy; for Cups their bottomless pools of emotion. Then there are the Swords which seem to typically have a pretty dark feeling to them–even more particularly in this deck. And lastly there are the Pentacles with their overt physicality. All four feel like beginnings to the story of their suit.

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What is my Tarot Birth Card?

What is a Tarot Birth Card you ask? It’s a Major Arcana card corresponding to a number linked to the numerology of your birthday.

According to Beth’s (littleredtarot.com) Alternative Tarot Course, your birth card
“is calculated by simply adding together the digits in your date of birth. For example, my birthday is January 22 1982. I add the numbers together like this:
2 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 1 + 9 + 8 + 2 = 25
If you got a number over 9, add together the digits again (this is called ‘reducing’ in numerology.)
2 + 5 = 7
So my birth card is card no. 7 – The Chariot.” (Definitely check her out, she’s amazingly knowledgeable and her program is wonderful–it focuses on your understanding of the cards rather than memorizing a book), and for an even more in-depth explanation of the birth card, check out her post here.

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Daily Draw: Wed 4-19-17

WUT_8ofWandsToday my draw is the VIII of Wands. The only word that comes to mind is: spark. Wands typically feel higher-energy to me. Yesterday was the Ace of Wands, which I feel embodies that quality to the highest degree; the Ace is pure, unfiltered energy. The VIII is more like potential or direction. The spark has ignited and now the shift occurs. Shift in thinking in life in something. It feels like a card of movement and change. My life has movement and momentum. Rainbow lightning strikes the center of a wheel of wands. This lightning is the force to get this wheel spinning.

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How are we “Supposed” to Shuffle Tarot Cards?

Well, obviously, there isn’t necessarily a “right” answer to this question. The eternal advice with the tarot is: do what feels right. Most people choose to simply shuffle overhand, but due to my extensive experience (read: I’m a huge giant gamer nerd) with nerdy card games, I know that this isn’t an adequate method of randomization. That is to say, the cards remain in a trackable, predictable order when one only uses the overhand shuffle. Which is why I violently riffle all of my cards. I want the cards to truly be in the order that they fall in naturally, and this is the method that I think achieves that. Sometimes I’ll throw in a few overhand shuffles if the cards tell me that there is a pocket of cards somewhere that needs to be elsewhere. Other than that, riffle riffle riffle.

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