Alternative Tarot Course · Daily Tarot Card · Swords

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.

Alternative Tarot Course · Daily Tarot Card · Wands

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.

Alternative Tarot Course · Tarot · Tarot Spread

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.

Alternative Tarot Course · Daily Tarot Card · Wands

daily tarot card: Eight of Wands

eight of wands
eight of wands, morgan greer tarot

The eight of wands is one of my favorites.  It implies forward movement and action — the directionality of the wads if forceful, bold, and obvious.  As a card of the suit of fire, the impulse to do, be, and create with this card is very overt.

The wands themselves are juxtaposed with the peaceful river scene, which symbolizes deep breath and balance.  One cannot be all demanding action, there must be yin to the yang for the task to be accomplished in the most fruitful way.

The expended energy should be focused and not spent furiously, aimlessly.  Inherent in this card is the pause before the action, the need to organize, to be in formation, before action.

In addition, I feel that there are a lot of the same questions in this card that are in the three of pentacles, my card from yesterday.  What am I creating?  Where is my energy going?  To sit with this card is to examine where we are on track versus where we are missing the mark and to purposefully chose our next step forward.


My card progression over the last five days is: five of wands, the World, the Hermit, three of pentacles, eight of wands.  Cycles, balance, depth, breath.  Bringing what is inside my mind, what is craving space, outward.  Making my outer world in alignment with my inner world.  Playing, flowing, being.  There is less emphasis on overt action and more of a call for stasis, which is appropriate as we transition into 2019, a Hanged Man/Empress year, a year I’ve chosen as a “depth” year, a year my partner and I have agreed to enjoy slowly together, as a family, as we put down roots in our new home.


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.

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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.