daily tarot card: Ten of Cups

ten of cups
ten of cups, morgan greer tarot

The ten of cups is easily recognizable as one of the most joyous cards of the tarot.  On a cursory glance, the bliss does radiate from this card and I really love this interpretation (hell, let’s be honest, I love the Morgan Greer period).

As a ten, this card is the pinnacle of the cups pip journey.  The Fool has gone from the faint inkling of a fledgling emotion to actualizing the full emotional spectrum.  The two of cups is generally considered the “soulmate” card, but the ten of cups is better at covering the depth and breadth of love.  This depiction in particular conveys a sense of teamwork, a bond between two folks, be it loving or friendship; whatever it is is a deep, intimate bond.  Yeah, this is love, this is family, but also this is the unlikely Fellowship of the Ring, know what I mean?  It’s folk who have come together, for whatever reason, and share a special bond, of mutual trust and respect.

This card is also about a lust for life.  It’s about seeing where that river runs, walking among that forest, sharing a drink with your people, chasing the rainbow.  It’s having a conversation with a coworker that’s not about work, preparing a meal for loved ones, it’s exploring, changing, creating, knowing.

While this card is of cups and therefore “watery” and emotional, I also get a strong earthy vibe from the forest and mountains in the background.  There are the two folks sharing a psychedelic beverage, marauders celebrating a victory.  It’s a very rooted and stable emotionality portrayed here.

I took the ten of cups’ message to work with me today.  I always think of the mutual transaction of relationships when this card shows up, how it takes two.  One of the nicest moments was when a coworker thanked me for chatting with her about her recently passed pet companion.  I ended it with my bestie on my couch, with my cat, chatting about our upcoming weddings.  It was a damn good day.


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: Four of Swords

four of swords
four of swords, morgan greer tarot

My first repeat card of the year!  The four of swords, from the Wild Unknown, was a card that showed up a lot for me when I was first learning tarot.  I’m noting my daily card pull in a tarot tracker I’ve set up in my bullet journal so I’m curious to see how things pan out this year…

For week 2 of the Alternative Tarot Course, Beth has us read our cards as part of its suit, as one facet of its element.  The Swords are of air, describing our intellectual selves, how our mind integrates, and the cause and effect of our choices.

In the four of swords, there is a lot of “air” showing up.  The four swords are suspended, pointing downward.  If you think of the sword as a kind of wand, the down-pointing swords could signify a downshift in energy, or keeping our energy closer to ourselves, aka conserving energy.  There are misty clouds in the background which implies there is something afoot that the mind is processing.  The processing of the mind is not an overt action and is therefore seen as quite passive.  However, what the mind is accomplishing is active in that it serves to move the “action” forward: helping us to get from point A to B.

The figure in the image is shielded and laying down — potentially in a tomb, but lets go with “resting” for now.  If the figure opens their eyes, they will see an altered image through their shield.  There is an arrangement of leaves near their head.  The laying down and the leaf arrangement imply alignment with the earth element, and encourages grounding and centering of the querent.

The four of swords is all of these things.  A pause, a time to process and center, to cut through the bullshit and get to what is important.  The mind composts and integrates in times of non-action.  This card asks:  where can you pull your energy back to yourself to re-center and re-calibrate?  What lurks below your minds surface that needs a pause to process?

January, besides being the month of fresh New Year’s resolutions, is like a sigh after the craze of the holidays.  Collective culture would have us go right from non-stop consumerism and family gatherings into major overhauls of our mind/body/self without a real break to gather our energy back to us.  (And also, like, life gets in the way of all that shit — but that’s another story.)  So much energy is given away in December that folks may now feel off kilter.  That the four of swords showed up again, just two days after pulling it last, prompts me to examine my energy expenditures and urges me to place more value on my boundaries, my silence, my peace, and what re-charges me in this time.


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 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: Ten of Wands

ten of wands
ten of wands, morgan greer tarot

This figure in the ten of wands carries a heavy load; they’re trying to accomplish a lot in one go.  This card implies that sharing the load or cutting the load down would be useful.  What can I release?

The ten of wands is a good reminder for someone like me who just wants to do it all, and do it all in one go.  It’s like a massive to do list, and being anxious and amped and just wanting it ALL DONE.

This card really is a call out, a reminder to seek balance, to not storm through and steamroll over everyone else and their plans and ideas.  It reminds me that its alright to do a little bit at a time, focusing my energy instead of spreading it thin.


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.

The Reader’s Reading, myself as a tarot reader

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the tarot reader’s reading

This is the week one reading from the Alternative Tarot Course.  I’ve moved away from larger spreads (and, really, this one isn’t even that big) because I feel like I can gain a myriad of insights from just one card at a time and I don’t need six cards telling me different things at the same time.  However, Beth Maiden does craft my favorite spreads, so I’m happy to be re-entering the spread game with her at the helm.

1. About me in general: what is my most important characteristic?  Three of Cups

Connection: making connections, feeling connection, celebrating connections, and focusing on the good stuff.  Yes, tarot isn’t all roses, but even the messy stuff brings about big shifts if we are honest with ourselves.

2. What strengths do I already have as a tarot reader, what am I bringing to this course?  XX, Judgment

Plugging in, reconnecting with the small, quiet parts of self, and analyzing the task or question before me.

3. What limits do I feel as I start this course?  Three of Wands

I feel like this is a warning in the sense that it’s easy to get carried away, in looking beyond the shore and forget that life is what is right here, in front of me.

4. What key lesson can I learn on my developmental journey with tarot?  XIV, Temperance

I mean, this is the perfect card for a tarot journey.  As Lindsay Mack says, Temperance is “where we learn, holy shit!  When I’m not operating from ego, spirit drops in even better than I imagined, even better than I dreamed.”

5. How can I be open to learning and developing on this journey?  King of Swords

Straight up connecting with my eternal student, airy, swords-y mind.  Making a plan of attack, and staying dedicated to learning.

6. What is the potential outcome of my tarot journey?  Ten of Wands

Letting go of what no longer serves me, to tackle tasks with my full head and heart.

The conclusion of the week 1 lesson is to select a card from this spread which most represents my tarot journey, and to keep it close through this course.  While the King of Swords may most represent a student and dedication to the course, I feel that Temperance is the card I most want to emulate during this time.  I love how Temperance tasks ego with taking a back seat, how Temperance has struck a balance between spiritual and earthly pleasures, how Temperance is a symbol of what is Right.  Temperance is why we humans bother with the tarot at all: to get a glimpse, a notion, of the divine journey beyond and outside ourselves.


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.