Another week, another….Friday? Seems I’m in a pattern to miss #tarotthursdaythree on actual Thursdays… But that’s ok, because it’s St. Patrick’s Day, so this is a holiday edition as well. Enjoy!
1. Classic deserted island scenario: You’re stranded for a year on an island, but can bring along one companion. Who from the court family keeps you company?
Oh snap — reading other’s answers, the Fool kind of popped in to my mind. Like, he has this wild, free, careless energy that would keep me motivated and entertained (and, intermittently, completely annoyed) during our year of exile. BUT then I read the question again and it said court family *duh*. Hmm. Who makes a good friend to the Queen of Swords (me)? The most similar energy, I believe, to the Fool in the court is the Page of Wands. So now I’m thinking about Lost; have you seen the show? It was the first TV show that I was totally obsessed with in high school and college. It’s about an airplane that goes down on an island and the survivor’s existence there. Of course, that’s not all it’s about but that’s a decent one sentence summary. Kate, similar to the Queen of Swords, is the character that I identify with, and she has two men that keep her entertained (heh) and fuel her will to survive. One, Jack, is kind of the King of Pentacles: he’s got his shit together (kinda) and is the classic leader figure. The other, Sawyer, is the “bad boy,” full of kinetic, crazy energy (that he eventually tempers, to a point), but he is similar to the Page of Wands. I think the Page of Wands/Sawyer would be able to help me not murder myself (literally) while stranded on a desert island and would be resourceful enough to keep us alive for a year. As long as it’s ONLY a year…….
2. What are off-limit topics for you; inquiries that make you say “I won’t go there”? Or is anything fair game?
Hmmm. I haven’t specifically outlined topics I “won’t touch” but others’ answers were really good here (and that’s probably because most seekers have asked me for general guidance, nothing too specific or crazy). In my “terms of service,” I’ve outlined clearly that the insight and inspiration my readings afford do not replace the advice of a professional in any field. If someone comes to me for a reading and doesn’t know how to formulate a good tarot question, I’ll help them form a good open ended question that will get the energetic read of a situation and that I feel comfortable answering with the cards.
3. How do you get “in the mood” or mind-frame to read?
In the mood, awww yeah. It kinda depends. I love to light incense, meditate for about 5-10 minutes before a session (lately, while listening to classical music), cleanse with palo santo or sage and Florida Water; this is my general routine. But, sometimes that just feels like too much and too formal so I just grab a beer and shuffle. Really, shuffling is the primary activity that focuses me and gets me in the groove. As described before, my standard shuffling ritual is somewhat in depth — I shuffle the whole deck nine times, then split into three piles, shuffle each pile nine times, then shuffle the whole deck nine times, and shuffling the whole deck nine times between each card position. I perform this shuffling ritual always between clients (the only thing I consistently do for each client) because it helps to center me on the querent/query and reset the deck (in my opinion). So I guess my final answers is: I shuffle.
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Who would you bring on a desert island that wouldn’t make you go crazy? What topics make you cringe? What gets you in the mood, baby? Let me know your answers in the comments below, or link me to your post!