Are you interested in historical decks? As part of my research for the talk I’m giving at the UK Tarot Conference in mid October, I’ve been looking at a few, and reading up on them. This week, it’s the Lo Scarabeo version of the Book of Thoth Etteila Tarot (2012). Unfortunately, what I actually wanted was the Grand Etteila (Grimaud, 2015), but that will have to be another week…
Anyhow, never one to turn my nose up at a deck, I pulled three cards:
Keywords: Inheritance, Delay, Usury.
I can just imagine Etteila saying to someone that the inheritance they are hoping for is going to be delayed, and they’ll need to go to a money lender 😀
It’s funny, because I heard last week about someone I work with having a situation that is rather like that…
A legacy isn’t only about money, though. For myself, I’ve recently started an official course in a subject related to what my mum has been working in for the last thirty years.
My mother studied acupuncture back in the Eighties. She even missed my high school final exams because she was in Beijing, working in a Chinese hospital.
Now, I am studying to qualify as an EFT practitioner. For those of you who don’t know, EFT uses tapping with your fingers on acupressure points as part of a technique for releasing emotional disturbances. It’s effective with PTSD, stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and much more.
So, I am taking on her legacy, with a delay. And I hope, in so doing, I will be able to pay her back with interest some of the love and support she has offered me over the decades.
On top of that, though, there is a part of me that feels a bit like I’m taking from Peter to pay Paul, another ‘usury’ concept. I have so much on, and this course is just one more thing. Am I going to be constantly stealing time from one thing to do another?
Yet, this feels so important to me. It fits well with the client work I already do, and it can be such a powerful technique. Over the past couple of months, I have made really radical changes in my lifestyle (for the good), all thanks to tapping.
Top of that list of benefits I’ve experienced is that I’ve dropped my sugar consumption.
For most of this year, I’d been eating on average two packets of biscuits worth of sugary stuff (over 300 grams a day, most days). Cakes, chocolate, and of course biscuits. There’s a part of me that has felt that sugar is something I can never give up. My great-grandmother, at 89, was still eating chocolate every day. My grandpa died with some chocolate in his pocket. ‘For the children’ – yeah, right, grandpa 😀
Over the last three weeks, I have not only quit eating any of those, but I have even been cutting sugar out of my diet in processed foods and the like. Making home made pesto sauce to avoid the cheese, home made bolognaise sauce because the ready made stuff has sugar in it. Even avoiding dried fruit, like dates, because I realise that fructose is a real binge trigger. No bread, either!
The best bit is, I’ve felt joyful doing this. Not deprived, not suffering, but really happy. And I’ve dropped 4 kilos (nearly nine pounds).
One way or another, I will find the time for all the things I have going on. The time for studying, seeing clients, writing papers, and even blogging 😉 There’s a form of EFT that is called Energy EFT, which promises to fill you with joyful energy in any circumstance. So, maybe I won’t have to steal from Peter, my cup will simply be filled so I have energy to spare 🙂
To read journal prompts based on these cards, click here.