A fellow blogger recently said she feels she can’t blog unless she’s doing something new: using a new deck or a new spread or something else. On the one hand, I see her point. On the other hand, I know that I enjoy posts from other bloggers even when they are using a comfort deck. Each time you read the cards, there is the potential for a new insight, a new understanding, a new perspective. You don’t need the cards or the spread to be fancy or new, that’s just the buy-now culture infecting our minds.
So, this week, although I recorded an unboxing video yesterday, I am using a comfort deck. I didn’t feel like something new and shiny, but rather something warm, supportive, and familiar. For that, I turned to Emily Carding’s wonderful Tarot of the Sidhe (Schiffer, 2011). And I didn’t use a spread, new or old. I simply pulled three cards, no positional meanings, just the cards and whatever they wanted to say:
The King of Swords looks straight out at us, his view filtered through the blade of his sword. His is the Gift of Judgement, and he talks of clarity and insight, of being decisive, but basing those decisions on knowledge and information. He tells me it’s time to get back on the dragon, at least to the extent of starting to gather the facts I need, and of starting to plan what it is I will do next.
To what end such planning and fact gathering? Judgement is at the centre, looking over her shoulder at us. Her energy flows towards the final card of the reading, the Four of Wands, subtitled Foundations Blessed. It’s time to move towards my calling, to direct my energy to creating a solid new foundation that will bring joy, following my passion.
Well, hey, as a double Gemini there’s a lot I’m passionate about. And while I feel a clear calling, it can express itself in many ways. So, I drew a card for two different aspects that I feel particularly drawn to right now, and a third for “what else?”
For the first project, I get the Hermit. It’s a rather dark card: boiling red passion, but a long path ahead. The goal may be in sight, but it’s quite a journey to get there. Oh yeah! Still, each journey starts with a single step, and the King of Swords invites me to think about what that first step should be.
For the second aspect, I drew Dancer Six (Six of Cups). A figure is thrown into the air, subtitled Born of Joy. Below are five more people, launching that figure up out of the water. To me, this can speak of the strength we gain from the people in our past (adding in some RWS interpretation). However, I also see it being about the support and help we can draw on from those around us. It makes me think about several ways in which this calling could do with the help of others, and several ways in which its focus can be on community rather than individuality.
Finally, for “What else?” I see Maker Six (Six of Pentacles). Interesting to have two sixes here – a nod to this being a time of stability and community. This card is subtitled Generosity. How can I be generous towards others in a way that aligns with my feeling of calling? Volunteer work is definitely one of the things on my mind. And what generosity could I call upon? How could I allow others to offer me something, to receive with gratitude something that will nourish me? I have a few ideas on that count, too.
The first step is to decide on first steps 😀
I started bullet journalling last year, but haven’t done anything of late. So, I pulled out my bullet journal, and discovered the last time I wrote in it was the 23rd of January! Okay, time for a new list, and to get started on moving things forward afresh…
To read journal prompts based on the main reading, click here.