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daily tarot card: the Hermit

the hermit
the hermit, morgan greer tarot

Today’s card is one of my favorite of the majors, in part because the Hermit is my birth card, but also because I can so easily identify with it.

I love this Morgan Greer version in particular.  It could be dusk or early dawn by the deep color of the sky.  The Hermit stands on a precipice, looking into the abyss.  They know what they will find there, but they peer, contemplating, in wonder.  It is a long way down from where they stand, and they traveled a long way to get there.  Ever on a path, the Hermit is.  Ever exploring the galaxy of their mind.

“Life is transitory and though the imposing mountains may belie that fact, don’t be fooled into thinking they will be there forever.” — The Hermit, Notes from the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot

The Hermit is wise, true to themself, and has a thirst for knowledge and personal righteousness.  They walk a solitary path, unafraid.  They are ever searching, spiraling deeper into themself, into the world, on a quest for answers, meaning.  They do what is right simply because they should, not for glory.  They are Gandalf.  They know the value of living and “implores you to follow your dreams and make the most of your short, wild life on this planet” (Notes from the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot).


The next exercise in the Alternative Tarot Course for week 1 was to calculate and explore my birth card.  I already knew my birth card so I found it interesting for it to show up today!  The above writing is my exploration of this archetype.


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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week 1: what is tarot?

I first came across tarot when… those of you who happen to know this blog, may remember this story.  I came across tarot when a woman read tarot for others as a Karneval party trick.  I was so intrigued that I ordered the Original Rider Waite shortly thereafter.  I tried to read with this deck a number of times, but I wasn’t inspired by the art and the woman who read my cards did so so seamlessly that I had no idea what actually went in to learning tarot.  Five years later, and I was in London, at the Natural History Museum, fascinated by rocks and stones, an old childhood hobby of mine.  I purchased a pocket full of them, and traveled on to Edinburgh, where I found a beautiful labradorite ring in a shop.  I started Googling.  I have no idea what actually “led” me to tarot, but it wasn’t long before I had ordered the Wild Unknown and committed to actually learning tarot.

The reason I want to learn tarot is… I have already been practicing tarot for just over three years.  I’ve drifted away from tarot and my other spiritual practices in the last half of 2018 as my partner and I went through a lot of physical shifts (purchasing a home, doing renovations, and moving in to the home!), and I’m ready to re-center and re-ground.  I had enrolled in the Alternative Tarot Course in early 2017 and I’m using it now as a way to deepen my relationship with tarot, certain decks, and my spirituality.

Here’s how I feel about learning tarot in three words:
1.  Witchy
2.  Wild
3.  Connected

Ha!  *shrugs*

Tarot’s main purpose (for me) is… tarot has shifted a lot for me the more I’ve practiced.  When I first started reading, I had no idea what I was doing tbh and just followed along with whatever I saw people doing on Instagram.  I purchased way too many decks way too fast, participated in monthly challenges, in which I asked my cards very specific questions, pulled year ahead spreads trying to see the future, did huge spreads that didn’t inspire me, etc… Tarot for me, now, is all about using the tarot’s archetypes as a mirror, to reflect back what I already know within me.  I don’t ask the cards specific questions and steer away from large, complicated spreads.  Typically, I just pull a card and journal to see what comes up.

Here are some things I don’t believe about tarot… tarot can’t predict the future, tarot is not a box, tarot decks don’t have personalities, tarot is not the devil.

I think the most important qualities for a tarot reader are… a tarot reader should have an open and questioning mind.

In learning tarot, I hope to… dive deeper into myself, reflect, and connect.

I think my main challenges will be… not getting swept up into the witchy/spiritual/tarot culture of Instagram.  I did return to Instagram in order to garner inspiration from others, but, in late 2017/early 2018, IG led me far from my personal path, and I will strive to remain true to myself and my own feelings.

But I will try to overcome them by… I think I covered this above.

Any further thoughts… I’m grateful for this course, excited to learn, and to get back into a healthy habit for me.


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.

This is the first exercise, “What is tarot?,” from week 1.

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daily tarot card: the World

the world
the world, morgan greet tarot

I find that the World doesn’t “say” much but rather implies an emotion or state of being.  I starting journaling about this card not knowing what to say, thinking that I didn’t have much to say, but as tarot and journaling go, once I got started, the associations were easy to make.

I’ve been playing around with a word for 2019 — flow — and I feel it in this card.  I saw an image a while ago that was a venn diagram labeled discipline in one circle, surrender in another, and the overlapping bit read “flow.”  It struck me how these concepts relate in that way.  The graphic reminded me of the quotation, “Discipline is the cornerstone of freedom.”  It’s a concept I struggle with, particularly in my creative life.  I keep this fantastical idea that when creativity strikes, everything flows, and hard work becomes a pleasure, but in reality, creativity is work just like any other job or calling, and requires dedication.  I heard a phrase on a podcast a couple weeks ago, “when discipline becomes devotion,” and that’s exactly this idea of flow in life, in creativity.

This is how I feel the World.  There is a sense of surrender, the discipline that got us here, that still lingers, and the flowing sweetness that is the continuing journey.

We never fully reach an “end” or “completion” though.  This Alan Watts speech came to mind:

The existence, the physical universe, is basically playful.  There is no necessity for it whatsoever.  It isn’t going anywhere.  That is to say, it doesn’t have some destination that it ought to arrive at … We simply cheated ourselves a whole way down the line.  We thought of life by analogy with a journey, with a pilgrimage, which had a serious purpose at the end, that the thing was to get to that end: success, or whatever it is or maybe heaven after you’re dead.  But we missed the point, the whole way along, it was a musical thing and you were supposed to sing or to dance while the music was being played.

Life is the flow of play.  The World reminds me of that state of being.  The World asks me to drop in, to pay attention to the cycles, to let the feelings, experiences, this sense of being, flow through me.


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: Five of Wands

five of wands
five of wands, morgan greer tarot

This card reminds me of struggle and strife.  It looks like a lot of people clamoring for a spot or for what they think is right.  I don’t think it’s anything violent, but as wands are the suit of fire and creativity, it brings to mind when people are excited and want their opinions and ideas heard.  How can everyone in this space be validated and given a platform?

It brings to mind, for me, situations where my partner and I don’t exactly see “eye to eye” and we need to find a middle ground in order to move forward.  We’ve done a lot of this while experiencing buying and working on our house.

A lot of times, it’s me who is loudest or most particular or wants my way.  In our relationship, I am more uptight and Andrew is more laid-back.  What I’ve learned of late is that no one person needs to be “right.”  I’ve learned things aren’t always perfect or just one thing or another.  There are grey areas and compromises that aren’t bad, but are simply a shift.

I feel this is the lesson of the five of wands: where there is clamoring and disagreement, there often needs to be a shift in focus or perspective in order to move forward.

Back to my example of our home, it means that our compromise of today is putting aside the current big project (painting the bathroom) and instead lounging with our cat, Gary, and watching all of the Lord of the Rings extended films.  It is giving ourselves space and permission to relax and enjoy and fill our cups before plunging into 2019.  It is putting aside the to do list to just be.

Relating this back to the five of wands, this does not take the focus off the bigger picture, but allows us to “live our truth” for today and simply be.


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 Cups

three of cups
three of cups, morgan greer tarot

The three of cups is luxury, joy, celebration, revelry, bliss, thankfulness, reflection.  This card is about looking back on what has passed and looking forward to what is to come and being so pleased about the whole juicy journey.

There is a sense of community and connection to other people — stereotypically female friendships, then familial ties — that doesn’t always resonate with me because I am so introverted and I don’t “thrive” because of relationships.  To be honest, this is probably something shadowy in me that needs some attention, but on the whole, at the moment, it doesn’t bother me.

Mostly, the three of cups speaks to me about lust for life and being proud of my journey.  It symbolizes the creature comforts of life, the beautiful things.  I love these three (white) women, how they all look a little different (tbh just their hair color and length), their beautiful floral crowns, the lush scenery, the massive goblets and the ripe fruit before them.  The cups are the suit of water, but I get a very grounded, rooted, feeling from this card.  This card encourages stability and a strong sense of self.

This is a lovely card for New Year’s Eve because, for today especially, it asks us to reflect, but only on the good stuff, and to say fuck off to all the bad stuff or whatever that didn’t work out this last year.  It asks us to be hopeful for the future, to look forward to what will come to pass, and to celebrate the cycles of life.

I really like this card, particularly this depiction.  I don’t always exactly connect with it because of what I said above re: relationships, but this version speaks very clearly to me.


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.