Monday, December 21, 2015

End of Year Tea Leaf Fortune Cards

Hello, Y'all!

Here is a quad of cards I pulled for the remainder of 2015, of which there isn't very much! So here we have Grapes, Bow, Dog and Target. It looks fairly pleasant, which is nice. The Target card returns (I posted that card yesterday), but maybe the target this time is to try to have fun.

Sending you all merry wishes,

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A Trio for 2016: A New Approach to Setting Goals

After completing a number of household chores (laundry, unloading dishes, cleaning up after breakfast, tidying up and so on) I felt a bit introspective and decided to pull out my beloved Tea Leaf Fortune Cards. I did a few pulls, and one of them was this trio you see here.

The idea behind this reading was that I felt somewhat fed up with the sort of haphazard way I've been approaching goals and goal-setting and also being somewhat tired of my same old things (art, tarot) or at least several aspects of those things. Not only that, but feeling like what I get for my troubles is often the discarded crumbs of prosperity rather than a true flow in terms of financial feedback.

I found myself feeling clingy and desperate about the relatively small amount of money I'd be receiving from the recent holiday show and sale, that is late in arriving. But, if I had been a bit more focused in terms of saving money and going after goals I really want, I wouldn't feel desperate about clutching for that little bit of money coming in. For most people, it's just chump change. But it's the largest amount of money I get at one time in a year. And it's less than $200.

I realized, when I thought of this, that I want this to change. I have this very limited view of my earning power, largely fueled by years of insecurity and the implanted notion that artists don't make money and that I'm especially bad at making it. But, I know this is a limiting belief and not a true rock wall.

What occurred to me is something that my husband has pointed out numerous times: I'm doing what I think I CAN do, not really what I want to do. This leaves a sort of open-ended discussion that's essentially up for grabs. What this inner dialogue brings up is, "What DO I really want to do, and how can I go about that in a natural way that isn't so tense and forced?" Though some things have been suggested to me, nothing really feels right to me. So, I am trying to facilitate a kind of allowing of new ideas to come into being, even if it's just within my own mind. I'm going to just throw caution to the wind and try some things that sound interesting.

That's what I see reflected in the messages of these cards. The Eye shows using intuition to focus and figure out, and Butterfly shows the flowering and improvement found in this pursuit. The Target shows the goal-setting itself, which I find to be an affirmation and confirmation of the query.

Much Love,

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Lenormand Yes or No: Will I Receive My Payment?

Lenormand Yes or No Answer: YES!
Update: It turns out this is true! It was just slightly delayed because the payments were not sent until Saturday, which is the day this was posted. The pay should arrive tomorrow!
Second update: It's been three weeks and it still hasn't arrived. I'm hoping the holiday post office chaos is to blame. I'll update once again if and when it arrives!
Third Update: I did, in fact, finally receive this payment after three weeks. Normally it's less than 2! I'm guessing it was a mix-up with when/how/who was sending the payment. 

Two weeks ago today I read tarot at a local holiday art show and sale, like I do every so often. Now, generally we get paid within 2 weeks of the sale, usually before that. So far I have not received payment so I was concerned about it being sent somewhere wrong or otherwise having an issue with payment. I did, however, give them my new address at least twice, so I'm hoping that helps.

I decided to employ the Lenormand yes or no query duo that I've been using periodically with very good results, and the answer looks pretty positive. We see Letter, which is often very literal, showing a letter or message being sent. This would be about right--and envelope with a check in it. This card is paired with the friendly Clover card, showing positive news and good fortune.

A common meaning on many of the Lenormand websites was lottery winnings or a raffle ticket. I think this can translate fairly well to payment from a holiday sale, don't you?

I'll be sure to update!

Much Love,

Friday, December 18, 2015

Seek: Time Alone Before the Holidays

Here is a card I pulled for today. This makes perfect sense to me. It's the Hermit (this deck's version) and today is, in fact, the last day of my daughter's school before winter break for three weeks. So...I am trying to spend a little time alone to regroup before all the get-togethers and whatnot commence.

However, so far today I've spent most of the day running around doing errands and generally not relaxing and rejuvenating the way I originally intended. So, I'm going to try to slow down right now, since I have about 3 hours left before my daughter will be back home, and attempt to go to that zen place I was hoping to visit.

I'm going to eat lunch at home, pop by the bank near my house, then come home and just do nothing for a couple of hours before my husband and daughter get home. Because right after that I have to hurry and cook an early dinner, then rush off to my daughter's play tonight!

Much Love,

Friday Focus: 8 of Wands, Patience & Progress

I pulled this card about today. I have received this card often enough to be pretty familiar with it, especially considering the extensive reading I've done on card meanings over the years. But I still sometimes get a new meaning or a slightly new twist on an old meaning. One such meaning, taken from Psychic Relevation website, is this:

When this card appears, nothing seems to be moving ahead. Don't try to force things, as that is likely to backfire on you. Speaking metaphorically, sometimes our actions are all in the wrist, all you can do is put your best out there and see where it lands. You've put your best out there. Now wait.

Haha. OK. Yessir card! It's funny, because even though that does make sense for this card, my main meaning for this card is usually that something is imminently happening--and quick!--when this card shows up. That, and the whole thing about quick communication and a flurry of activity. This can go hand in hand with what this quote from Psychic Revelation is saying. Similar to the energy of the 3 of Wands, setting something in motion then awaiting the outcome. But...with this card I'd say the wait is considerably shorter. Most times, when I've seen this card come up in a reading, the aforementioned results happen within hours or a few days, as opposed to weeks, months or longer. It's a quick return, relatively speaking.

In any case, I have felt tired and impatient. I was even impatient waiting for an order of organic glycerin soap base in the mail today. When it was 30 minutes later than usual I was testy. I reminded myself, 'What's the big deal? Why so impatient?' Same with any other things I'm contending with. Why do things have to be 'just so'? I feel like I get into this tense place around the holidays nowadays. I find it harder than ever to live in the moment. I want to relax more--to try to not take anything seriously. Before you know it, things will move forward. Usually the wait is not that long.

Another quote from Free Tarot:

This card is the card of sudden action. Like a javelin falling from above, or lightning striking from the sky, the Eight of Wands is saying that things are going to show up quickly. This tends to be the card of news and sudden surprises, so don't take this card lightly. Unfortunately, this card is also a big mysterious – it gives little inclination as to what sort of activity, news, or surprises may be coming, simply that they are.

Sometimes it's better to wait rather than to blindly and fiercely push ahead, just because you're tired of whatever circumstances were handed you, or that you helped create. For instance, because the mail was later than usual I spent the extra time folding laundry that I had gotten behind on--something that wouldn't have happened then had it not been for the enforced waiting time. The delay was slight (30 minutes), which is more 8 of Wandsish. But I was able to slow down and actually finish folding the loads I needed to fold, then work on the soap after I got my daughter from school.

Sometimes we're impatient simply because we want to control everything and everyone, and that's one of the ways that we do that--by being testy and impatient and nipping at the heels of the world. But...that only causes aggravation in the end.

Peacefully yours,

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thursday Focus: Throat Chakra & Clear Communication

I don't have much to say about this, just that I agree with the clear communication thing, especially with social connections, appointments, and family get-togethers, all of which are going on now! I think we all get confused by the profusion of holiday events, shindigs, last minute details and not to mention (at least here, where it's winter) inclement weather to contend with!

Wishing you all clear blue skies,

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tiwaz: A Trajectory of Daring

I pulled a single rune as a focus for this week, and sort of for the remainder of 2015. I got this Sagittarius-esque rune, Tiwaz. It's about focus, daring, bravery, justice, luck and safety on a journey...a lot of things I associate with Sagittarian energy. Rather appropriate for the Sagittarian birthday season right now!

I have been trying to focus my energies and not get too scattered by the myriad of activities, appointments, get-togethers and other life transactions happening now. Using a quote from

Tactical genius, courage, bravery, dedication, daring. Protection on sea voyages. Negotiating and legislative ability.

coral (fossilized)Tiwaz is named for the Norse god Tiw, after whom Tuesday is named. Tiw is the Norse equivalent of Zeus or Jupiter. He was the god of war and justice, fair law and regulation, and success through sacrifice. He was courageous, fearless, the master tactician and a consummate diplomat. He allowed a wolf to bite off his right hand in order to bind the wolf's chaotic force and thus protects warriors (both physical & spiritual), the disabled and the left-handed. Tiwaz also represents determination and male sexuality. It symbolizes new challenges and initiations into new understandings.
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There is a need for courage now, as your victory is already assured if your heart remains true. Make use of all the skill and wisdom you have acquired so far. Protect your faith, as it will be challenged. But truth, honesty and justice will always win through.

I find it interesting that Tiwaz is linked to the day Tuesday, which is today. Haha. The Norse mythology is fun to read about because my daughter, in her Waldorf-style charter school, is learning all about Norse mythology right now. She's performing in her class play on Friday called, 'The Theft of Thor's Hammer' and it's supposed to be a comedy, so it should be fun.

Sending you all positive focus,

Monday, December 14, 2015

This Week's Foci: Love, Teach, Detach & Heal

Here is a quad of cards I pulled for this week. It's interesting to note that every single one of these is a major arcana card. Kinda neat. I don't have a specific idea of what to make of these, but it gives me themes to work with.

For the Lovers card, it made me think of today's date day with my husband. He took off from work to be home with me. Yay! I will do my best to enjoy being with him, which shouldn't be difficult.

For the Hierophant (aka Teach), we have a woman and a dog sitting in front of what looks like children. Perhaps I'll end up participating in something with the school--the nature walk or maybe the play my daughter is performing at the end of the week.

The Detach card (aka Justice) made me think of not worrying too much about any given thing. This card is one that I see with people who are feeling emotionally bogged down by the dramas of others. You have to know when to relax and look the other way. Maybe this just speaks of the holiday chaos, with family coming into town and just general business with school ending and all that.

Heal (aka Star) makes me think of doing relaxing, self-care type activities. Breaking free of any heavy shackles (great image) and allowing myself to relax, receive, rejuvenate. A good directive!

Sending you all love and warmth!


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Tattered Nomad Meets Tea Leaf Fortunes: Happy Birthday, Pele Rose!

I pulled out both my Tea Leaf Fortune Cards and the Tattered Nomad Oracle. I love them both! I pulled three cards from each deck. And I couldn't help but think of my daughter, Pele, whose 10th birthday is today. I'm so proud of her!

Tower-This card shows the subtitle of a solid foundation, and success with effort, which is almost the opposite of the Tower in tarot, showing instability and an unstable/rocky foundation which must change in order to pave the way for success. It has a nice, solid feel. Like an old building that stands the test of time.

Tree-This card is about family dealings. Get it? Family tree? Unlike the Lenormand, the Tower and Tree mean somewhat different things. In my opinion, better things. The Tower can mean isolation, an institution or other sort of standoffish thing in the Lenormand tradition. And the Tree can be about growth or health. In this deck it's somewhat neutral but about family.

Younger Woman-This made me think of my daughter, again, perhaps because it's her birthday today. She's definitely a young woman and not a little kid anymore. The fancy hairdo reminds me of how she fixes her hair up every single day with pony tails or braids or whatever she feels like.

Woman-Now, this I'm unsure of. It could be about me, it could be about my daughter's rapid learning and growth, as I mentioned before. It feels like feminine confidence and power, which is great!

The Umbrella-This is one of Shaheen's bonus cards. It is about things being uplifting, optimistic and easy. I love this! What a great card. Floating up, carried along by the knowing that all is well.

The Sun- Not unlike the Sun in Tarot tradition, this speaks of clarity, brightness, success and goodness. It is similar to the Umbrella in that way. It feels like a warm benefic force!

I love the growth and good energy I see in this reading. It reminds me of the love and good feelings I have for my daughter, and my belief in her abilities and well-being. She surprises me in amazing ways every single day. Happy birthday, Pele!

Much Love,

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Various Readings Using the Albano-Waite Mini

It's funny, because even though I did these readings (I think it was yesterday, but I'm not sure) and I photographed them, I did not remember to take specific notes on what the readings were about. However, I remember enough to piece together what the general gist of a reading is--which may be more important than being overly specific. I find that when I see the readings with fresh eyes I might see something new that I may've missed in an ironically myopic specific reading about a worrying topic. So, with that in mind. Here are the basic ideas and meanings I see:

Quadrant 1: 9 of Pentacles and 5 of Pentacles. I do strongly recall this was a financial question. So, the money-minded cards I pulled made sense. To me, this seemed to represent a choice between feeling strong, confident, financially-independent and solvent, empowered, a business woman (9 of Pentacles) or feeling very poverty-stricken, weak and battered in the realms of the financial world. I can base my worth on wealth, resources or my so-called sense of success, or I can feel good about myself regardless.

Quadrant 2: Death, Moon, 5 of Pentacles, 8 of Wands. So the 5 of Pentacles shows up again in our current events spread. Death signals the end of a cycle, things naturally changing. The Moon shows deep, subconscious patterns, some uncertainty and a need to navigate those uncertainties. Trust the process of that. Processing in general using tools like journaling. The 8 of Wands shows moving beyond things--progress, speed, communication.

Quadrant 3: Success Quad. Well, I call it that. It's showing relationships, creative choices, things culminating, celebrating successes, being independent and believing in your abilities to create in the world, and having what you want and need.

Quadrant 4: Ace of Wands and Star. This feels like a fresh start. Creative energy, hope, healing and possibility. It's OK to move on and do something new and feel good about it.
Sending you all goodness for the remainder of your week and weekend.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

An Invigorating Creative Awakening: Judgement and Sacral Chakra

I thought these two cards were lovely together. Green and orange are one of my favorite color pairings. I like this version of Judgement. To me, Judgement is about hearing a call to something new, something in your life that makes you sit up and take notice. It's like an invitation to move onward and upward. I love the image and idea of blossoming.

The sacral chakra is about creativity, vital energy, joy, and interest in life. I think this combination of Judgement as blossoming and the sacral chakra is really lively and spunky.

Sorry for the small type on the sacral chakra card. It had to be pretty small to fit in this grid. Haha! Basically it says that the sacral chakra is about creativity, joy, passion, etc, like what I mentioned above. The part I found interesting is that it recommends envisioning a glowing orange ball. Then, in the Judgement card we see...a glowing orange ball! Or, yellow-orange. :D

I do feel that I could use some serious revitalization and sprucing up of my creative energy. I feel like there is some limitation and stagnation happening there. Things don't seem to be flowing. 

Anyway. I guess that's all I have to say for now.


Creative Commission Stalemate

I love my Albano-Waite Mini. It's so darling! The colors are great, and I love how tiny it is. I have a silly obsessive with tiny tarots. Anyway! That's not really relevant to this reading, so...

I've had a number of commissions recently, and even though I am grateful for them, I've found them a bit tiring. I think I was at a stopping point and then I felt like I was pushed just a little bit beyond that and I should've stopped while I was ahead.

The weird thing is that, despite these commissions, I've actually found myself at a deficit financially! Of course, I should receive my tarot reading payment sometime in the next week or two, depending on the speed/efficiency of the people processing the payments from the holiday sale.

Anyway. I felt tired and burdened today, and it seemed like everything was going badly. I put in a lot of time and effort but it seems like it was mostly wasted. But, it's OK. I'm just trying to let it go. I've put both my tarot and art sites on holiday hiatus and it is definitely time to do so.

Much Love to Ya'll,

Monday, December 7, 2015

Single Card Focus: New Vitality

This is the Ace of Wands from the Psychic Tarot for the Heart Deck (app). I have the physical deck as well, and it's one of the main decks I used for the readings I did this past Saturday for a local holiday art show & sale. It takes some getting used to with the strange color associations with each suit, but once you do it's really a lovable deck.

What's not to love about the card? I mean, unless you hate rainbows, but I love them. The Ace of Wands breathes fresh energy and vitality into a stale situation. I love the concept for this card. This artist really rocks and has great energy in their work. I will have to look them up and see some of their other work.

What does this card mean for me? I guess I would say that I've been feeling a bit 10 of Wands lately rather than Ace of Wands. In fact, my husband pulled a card for me the other day when I was asking about whether I'd get more commissions so I can make some money. I got the 10 of Wands, which talks about being careful not to burden yourself. He shuffled and pulled again and I received the same card. Sure enough, right after that I got a really nasty sinus pain flare-up. It got bad after I did 10 readings back to back with no break on Saturday.

Today, I'm feeling better because I did some hard-core self care on Sunday with multiple angles of neti pot rinses, immune boosting, probiotic foods and supplements, homemade broth with turmeric and garlic, and a bunch of other things. As a result, I'm feeling about 70% better. I know, though, from experience that I can easily feel worse again if I push it.

Perhaps this is a reminder to stay fresh and not overburden myself. That's my goal this week--to keep it simple, because this week is going to be rather busy, ultimately. A few social visits, a commission (my last of the year), and my daughter's birthday to plan for the Sunday, plus the school's Winter Faire on Saturday. And my parents coming back into town for a month on Saturday. I'm just going to take things one thing at a time. They are all good things, really, but I am easily worn out if I'm already feeling a bit burnt, so I have to be mindful as I finish out the year.

Hoping you all take good care of yourselves. :)


Friday, December 4, 2015

Public Reading Fears and Money Woes

Here is a spread a pulled recently (a day or two ago?) and when I look at it I think it makes sense. The hard part, as many of you might attest, is putting into words why something makes sense. You can see it holistically but trying to articulate that in blog format can be a challenge. I guess that's why I opt for shorter readings rather than longer spreads. By the time I've gotten to the end of the reading I've lost the plot. That's why I single card focus can be so powerful. A reminder, an affirmation.

So let's see. I'll try to go at it card by card, but only allowing a short explanation:

The High Priestess: This made me think of tomorrow's tarot reading gig at a local art center, something I've done every year or two for the past decade or so. I'll be there for about five hours, maybe slightly longer, doing readings. The High Priestess isn't necessarily a tarot reader, but in this context I feel it's appropriate.

The Hierophant: This feels sort of official. I get this a lot for people who teach or are students. I think that meaning is the most common one. I am not teaching (even though I did teach art in this art center when I first moved up here) but it just feels official, like a kind of framework.

Nine of Swords: Anxiety. I definitely can relate to that. I feel like, even though I've done this many times before, and I've been reading for quite a long time, I still get anxious before any sort of tarot group event. I think it's partially because group energy overwhelms me. I prefer one on one readings in a very intimate setting. When it's for an event it feels a little bit like a spectacle. But anyway!

Death: I actually don't quite know what this means here, but I think it is about not fearing change, moving from one phase to the next, not being phased by it (pun intended), and allowing something new to be born. That's how my creative cycles work. I do a commission or two, then move on.

The Devil: Another kind of intense card. I see this as the negative cycle card. If we get into a habit (negative habits are definitely the domain of the Devil in tarot) we can go around and around in it. Anxiety is one very common negative habit. So is negativity in general. I find that I get caught in negative loops and then do too many screens or carbs or (insert other escape) to compensate. When anxiety runs the show is when anxiety rules and takes over--leaving us open for bad habits. 
With all these majors and one minor, I feel like this reading is showing that overall, there are a lot of big and positive things happening. I got three commissions in a row for art pieces, and I'm doing tarot readings tomorrow, but I still get caught up in negative thinking and worry (9 of Swords and Devil), and that I need to go back to the idea of trusting my intuition and being in tune with the cycles of change, seeing what needs to be dropped and where I want to go next (High Priestess/Death).

I definitely see the Devil as being about money worries as well. Many times when a client or friend gets the Devil in a reading, not only does it signify their bad habits, negative thinking or other addictions, but it also highlights a kind of fear surrounding money. They're basing their actions on being afraid of being broke and not on their inspiration. I think this is what I've been doing lately. I am investing too much emotional energy on making a quick buck rather than being calm and in touch with what would make me happiest and healthiest. The irony of this is that, even though I got three commissions recently, I actually have less money than I usually do! I think this is, in part, due to the fact that there were some recent expenses with holidays and shipping a few things, but overall I feel that there's some weird negative fixation on money that makes things worse rather than better. I see the message here to relax about it, which I plan to do now.

Much Love,

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Lenormand Yes or No: Artistic Commissions Part II

Lenormand Yes or No Answer: YES!
Update: This was true. It looked for a time like it might not go through, but it did!

Hello Lovely Folks,

This is definitely redundant, so I apologize. worked so well last time, that I had to try it again. This time I basically asked the same thing: will I get any more commissions before the December 9th cut-off or is that it? Again, I got an answer that felt like a yes.

The Sun and Bouquet. Both fairly cheerful cards, especially so in combination. The definition I saw on Learn Lenormand was pretty basic:

Sun + bouquet (9): success and happiness

So, again, I'll update when I find out this answer.