Crossover Cards

Phew!  I am verrrry behind with my tarot studies in the Alternative Tarot Course!  I was hoping that January would slow down a bit — and the first half definitely did — but the second half of January was crazy with social and work commitments.  I’m happy to say that I’ve continued to pull a card a day, and have done a pretty dang good job staying committed to my at-home yoga practice.  I’m feeling good!  Anyway, I digress.

Part of week 2 includes analyzing the elements in the tarot.  One of the exercises asks me to pick some minor arcana cards that I view as “crossover” cards, cards that I feel communicate more than their corresponding element.

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Four Aces

The first exercise in the Alternative Tarot Course Week 2 is all about the aces.

Beth Maiden writes, “Pull out the four ace cards from your deck and lay them out in front of you.  What doors might be opening here, what sort of thing might each ace be suggesting you do?  How might you best take advantage of these opportunities?”

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daily tarot cards: Four of Swords, Nine of Pentacles

four of swords
four of swords, morgan greer tarot

January 7, 2019

The four of swords is a card of pause, rest.  It’s a moment before action, a sleep before big moves.  It emphasizes that the moments in between acting are just as important as the action.  This card has a very Hanged Man energy to it, in that it’s all about the pause, surrendering to the moment.

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven.”  — Ecclesiastes 3:1, from Notes From the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot

“No one slays a dragon every day,” continues the Pagan Otherworlds guidebook (if you haven’t noticed this is my go to tarot guidebook).  Just living takes enough energy and it’s important to allocate your energy appropriately.  Know your limitations, know your boundaries.  Live.  Enjoy it.

nine of pentacles
nine of pentacles, morgan greer tarot

January 8, 2019

This is one of my favorite cards of the deck, if not one of my favorite cards ever.  The person in this nine of pentacles knows what’s up, this person don’t give a fuck.  I drew this card this morning and didn’t have a chance to journal about it, but kept the thought of it, the feeling of it, close through the day.  The nine of pentacles is lusciousness, confidence, and deep joy.  It is knowing what you’re doing is working.  It is interest and pursuit.  It is being on your path and not caring what anyone else has to say about it.  The nine of pentacles is your inner being winking, and your outer being clicking into alignment.


I’m trying to blog my daily tarot card every day…but sometimes that’s just not feasible, therefore I will double up on cards like this.  Also, I’m going to start tagging cards based on their suit or if they are a major arcana card, mostly just for my own sanity and ability to look it up again afterward.  Yay!


I am blogging my experiences here with Beth Maiden’s Alternative Tarot Course which asks students to draw a card each day, reflect on it, complete weekly readings, and other assorted exercises.

 

daily tarot card: Three of Pentacles

three of pentacles
three of pentacles, morgan greer tarot

What am I dedicated to?  What am I creating?  Building?  The three of pentacles asks me to look at how I spend my time on what matters to me.

The artisan in this card works on a church, which is a project that takes a long time, it takes a vision, it takes a creative drive that lasts.  This card is all questions to me: wondering how I apply my creative energy, how I bring my imagination, my dreams, to life.  What a card to pull the day after the Hermit, who urges us to go after the wild life.

Lindsay Mack says the pentacles “really help us to discern how…we marry our human stuff with spiritual soulwork, and how we can make those things one thing, and how they can both be in alignment with each other.”  Yes yes yes!  She talks of how speaking of the pentacles in terms of money really short changes (!) the suit because the tarot really isn’t about the external anyway.  And, man, I so identify with that in how I read the pentacles.  (Ps, if you haven’t listened to her podcast, Tarot for the Wild Soul, please listen to January’s Monthly Medicine.)

I love the way the sun shines through the stained glass in this card, and that the figure is in shadow.  It makes me feel seen, witnessed; the stained glass draws me in, shining light on my inner self.  It says everything we do is part of “the whole,” each moment, each tiny decision affects the outcome.  This card is about taking what lies inside my creative, emotive body and bringing it physical.


I am blogging my experiences here with Beth Maiden’s Alternative Tarot Course which asks students to draw a card each day, reflect on it, complete weekly readings, and other assorted exercises.

daily tarot card: Six of Pentacles

six of pentacles
six of pentacles, morgan greer tarot

This card is a give and take, maybe portraying a miser, someone who keeps tabs, and makes sure the books are balanced.  There seems to be more people in need than are giving out.

This is a very practical, earthy card, in the sense that it is very stereotypical “pentacles” to me, and thus relating to the element of earth.

The red strip divides the card, and the six pentacles, right down the middle.

This card makes me ask how I can keep things fair and balanced, how everyone can be happy.  The man, however, doesn’t seem to be particularly pleased to be giving out his money but it seems that he views it as his duty.

To me, I see this card most playing out in my domestic life (I really hate reading the pentacles as solely relating to material possessions and money).  I see this card in my home, with my partner.  I see this card as a reminder or nudge to keep things tidy, with everything in order, and my partner and I on the same page.  This card is about acknowledging the “other’s” needs and offering what you can in return.

I’m neutral about this card, but if I read it beyond money and balancing the books, it’s easier to relate to.  When I read it as just sharing myself, my gifts, my time, it is easier to understand.

Today, the day on which I drew the card, I felt this card pushing me to get some chores and jobs done around the house, making sure things are set for the week and the New Year.  (Though that could have just been my anxiety around my to do list, but who knows :))


I am blogging my experiences here with Beth Maiden’s Alternative Tarot Course which asks students to draw a card each day, reflect on it, complete weekly readings, and other assorted exercises.