Advice to stay grounded and centered this week: Knight of Wands.
Loyalty to friends and passion in works. Always on the go and ready for exploration. Take on challenges with a strong will and sense of humor. Display feelings on the sleeve so everyone knows you’re for real.
Sometimes to stay balanced doesn’t mean keeping your head down. Especially if one’s nature is already as such, you need a little oomph to counter-balance it.
Walls are limitations to freedom; However, our energy, focus, and resources are finite. Boundaries become grounding when we reach degrees of exhaustion. The balance in this is where do walls become obstacles and where do they become self-preservation?
Can we have both? Maybe these things are negotiable?
Four of Pentacles, The Hermetic Tarot (1979, Godfrey Dowson)
Card of meditation is (again) The Magician. Never cock block creativity! When inspiration strikes be the lightning rod it grounds through you. Otherwise the power is internalized and can become corrosive.
This may feel like an impulse to think about, act on, write about, dance to, draw, paint, or speak. Let it out and let it flow. You are the conduit through which the Universe is attempting to make things manifest. It can be the urge to resolve issues and problem solve through conversation or action. You don’t want the Cosmos to be bitter, do you?
A super busy day so I’m only posting my reading from this morning now!
Looking back at the previous days and reflecting: The Sun reversed.
I thought maybe it’s a soured joy or love. Embodiment of success with an air of doom. But I’m considering that it means finding light in the dark. Yesterday I was surrounded by friends and laughter almost out of nowhere. It may not last, but it felt so so nice and needed in that moment.
The next few days coming up: The Magician.
I was thinking a lot about hosting a group ritual and got very excited so maybe I should go through with it! But really this card tells me to have no doubt, no hesitation with making dreams reality and to just follow through with that deep inner divine inspiration to act on dreams.
I’ve been in such a slump, I hope the cycles will change in my favor soon enough.
The Rider-Waite Tarot (1910, A.E Waite and Pamela Colman Smith)
Hello, I have been dormant with my updates for sometime now. My relationship with Tarot has been very distant as well. I consider it a natural and necessary break that will happen every so often.
Card of Meditation: The Fool An irresponsible handling of power. One who looks in the wrong directions before taking a leap of faith. Listen to the warning signs around you as they are trying to help your cause. No matter how you try to prepare, you may fall to opposing forces regardless. What could save you is your own passionate spirit swept up in these moments of ignorance… or bliss.
The Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot (1910, A.E. Waite and Pamela Colman Smith)
Typically on the “giving” side of this card, it’s about a mutual agreement or exchange. Your wealth of information and skills are needed by others. You can take a direct advisory role, or simply be a role model. Either way this is a card of action, and actions work more powerfully than words.
Be charitable and engaged in the needs of others. Yes, there is something to gain from this yourself, and it can appear in a variety of ways.
I’ve had some interesting opportunities pile up on me lately. I owe it to my openheartedness. I’ve freely shared my thoughts, expectations, and desires. This has very well paid off, but now I’m not so thrilled about the fun sucking that comes with responsibility.
I want to be successful without exhausting myself, if such a thing is possible. I think some of it has to do with understanding how much I should engage myself in group settings.
When I push my ideas into fruition the feedback that comes from it is quite explanatory. I should trust this feedback as validation that my application is justified and necessary. Where there is conflict and resistance I’ll back off.
Where the advice is “be happy” I’ll try not to laugh… but then, I think laughter is what’s missing from this picture. I’ll do my best to integrate it into all aspects of my work so things don’t seem so empty.
Thoth Tarot (1969, Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris)
I’ve been recently undertaking research on personality types to better my knowledge of the court cards. This has always been an interest of mine, especially when incorporating the work of Carl Jung and his openness to shadow work and mysticism.
My recent studies are going beyond Jung’s model. I’m now learning a more contemporary form of psychometry as detailed by NERIS Analytics (16personalities.com). Their model is a bit different, although there’s many similarities.
This new model, however, blows away previous correlations I’ve become accustomed to. I realize the previous correlations were somewhat aimlessly based. For example, correlating introversion with female court cards and extraversion with male court cards. I believe personality types cannot be assigned on the basis of gender, or for that matter, be assigned by any physical definition (though I’m not denying those traits as factors). I also want to avoid any “trait for trait” correspondences, as that tends to diminish the integrity of some choices. I want to see the court cards as disembodied archetypes to better understand the individual inside-out, rather than outside-in. I will be incorporating this concept as I continue to design my own Tarot deck.
I’m looking forward to learning the 16 personalities from this model and attempting to know the court cards better. I’ll be certain to share my progress and conclusions.