The topic that tarot bloggers around the world are writing on today is: what to do when ‘distasteful’ cards come up in a reading.
For me, one of those cards has been the Hierophant. In its negative aspect, this card can signify dogma, and authoritarian people and institutions. Having this quite unpleasant view of the card when it came up in a reading many years ago, I decided to use magic to try to befriend it, or at least understand it better.
My first attempt wasn’t terribly successful! I did a pathworking with the Radiant Rider Waite version (US Games, 2005), and ended up getting thrown out by the two acolytes :b
Next up, I decided to try a more friendly version, the Ancestral Path Tarot (US Games, 1996). That was far more positive and insightful, connecting me with the value of learning in a structured way, even about esoteric subjects. A lesson I’ve carried forward, and which is part of the webinar on Tarot Magic I’ll be running on 23rd May.
Another, larger part of that webinar is another magical approach I also used with the Hierophant. This time, it was for a querent. The card came up in her reading representing issues she was having on her University course. She was struggling with the bureaucracy, and with the rigid requirements that didn’t allow much in the way of free-thinking. So, I suggested we work a little magic to turn things around. After all, she didn’t want to give up on her course: bits of official paper are necessary in this day and age.
We chose the Ace of Swords to represent the energy that would help her move forward: finding clear ideas, focusing in, and cutting through the crap when necessary. And the Six of Wands as a reminder of her goal of receiving the accolades and support that come from gaining a degree.
Back then, my ideas around magic were less clear and less structured than they are today. I simply went through creating the spell with her and advised her to lay the cards out somewhere she would see them for a month. These days, though I still use this Bridge Spell (the bridge from where you are to where you want to be), I have plenty more suggestions and advice on how to activate a spell and make it as effective as possible. Still, that’s a story for another day: the 23rd of May.
So, that’s one way that I deal with ‘distasteful’ cards when they come up in a reading. If you’re interested in this approach, why not come along to the webinar? It costs just £12, and will be at 4pm BST. For the USA, that’s 10am East Coast time and 8am West Coast time. Hurry, though, as I’m limiting it to 20 people, so that everyone can get individual input in designing their spell!