Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Slightly More Extensive School Tea Leaf Reading

Not gonna make much of a comment on this. Overall, it looks very positive, which is representative of most of the readings I've done on this topic. Cautiously optimistic.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Butterfly & Bridge: Positive Changes for the School Year

Here is a duo I pulled regarding my daughter's upcoming entrance into middle school (6th grade) which is such a big milestone! I admit I'm nervous. With her having recently gone through puberty and starting her cycles, I am hoping this school year is much smoother than the last. I have noticed some maturity emotionally on her part just the past few months and I'm hoping that carries over into the school year, helping to mitigate any mood issues or other snafus of this age range, and for my daughter in particular.

This duo feels very positive and encouraging on this front, but of course I don't plan to be complacent--we have several supportive ideas that we're hoping to have in place during this time, others we've already begun, and I always have a back-up plan. I still love seeing these kind of cards in a spread, as I often see them when I'm feeling discouraged or nervous about an outcome, and they are usually correct in their interpretation of the situation, which is a good foil for my often worst case scenario outlook.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Showing My Artwork: Rider & Fish

Yesterday I was out and about with my family in a local coffee shop and I noticed (not for the first time) a series of art pieces for sale. There were maybe a dozen pieces by a single artist, and when I asked the barista about it, she explained that there was a new artist each month showcased. I have been to this particular coffee shop many, many times, which includes a bunch of times before it changed owners, and have considered showing some art pieces there, but beyond a handful of painted necklaces I have not done this. The barista also commented that it was very common for several pieces to sell. This piqued my interested and it made sense to me, since I noticed that most of the shows were of smaller pieces that were priced lower (under $100), and that this was the sort of work I did as well--I tend to do smaller pieces rather than giant paintings, and I tend to put a lot of detail in my work rather than make the work bigger. Small and medium-sized pieces are actually still quite time-consuming, but I think that I have never been particularly drawn to making large pieces.

In any case, the barista gave me the business card of the café owner and said I could contact her about selling some pieces, so I did so this morning, passing along to her some examples of my paintings and asking a few questions. So, this two card reading I pulled reminds me of that. In fact, I pulled it a few minutes before actually deciding to follow through with the e-mail. The Rider card often shows a message or delivery or some sort. The Fish card is frequently about finances or career. So the combination definitely seems like a message about a business-related proposition. Looking at

Rider + fish (34): financial news, business news, a businessman

Over at the site it says:

Rider + Fish = Financial Mail

Well, anyway. You guys get the picture. I admit I am always nervous when putting myself out there in any way. Regardless of whether I end up doing the series. I definitely get a bit of commitment phobia when it comes to these things. Haha.  Overall, though, I've been pondering doing something like this for quite a long time, so sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and do it, busting through the ennui and trepidation along the way.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

New Moon in Leo: Industrious Beginnings

Happy New Moon in Leo, folks!

So here's a three card draw I did regarding today's new moon. Generally speaking, new moons are allegedly an auspicious time to set new goals, especially in the area indicated by the lunation. I don't know about that--but I think it's a good a time as any to set goals, so why not?

The three cards I pulled were:

The World: A card that usually indicates something coming full circle--a metaphorical or literal graduation from one state to the next--accomplishment, travel, a pleasant and achievement-oriented ending, as opposed to a rude awakening as in the Tower. I definitely get a finish line kind of feeling from this card.

Daughter of Pentacles: I am not 100% sure but I think this is the Page of Pentacles? I'm a little confused--I suppose I could consult the book about this but I'm feeling lazy. I guess my impression of it is the most important part anyway. A lot of the time the Page of Pentacles is the student--or new physical beginnings. Something practical. This little fawn/deer seems very shy and vulnerable, but there's a certain beauty to that.

Son of Pentacles: this the knight? Ugh--I guess I should research this but I don't feel like it. This one feels a bit more active--maybe it's the antlers. It seems more dynamic. If it is, in fact, a knight, they often indicate progress and movement in a reading. Because it's the suit of pentacles it could, again, but something relating to physical concerns (money, career, health). So, in both Pentacles cards I see this thread of new physical beginnings. The fledgling start-ups after something else has already been completed in the World card.

I do think this is an opportune time to come up with career, health and money plans. I've been trying to find new ways to save and budget money, as well as tweaking dietary stuff. And I definitely am always brainstorming career ideas, and for some reason that is becoming more of a focus with school approaching for my daughter--I'm hoping I can focus a bit more on that when she's in school this time. I don't know how that will pan out but in order to start something I have to have an idea of what I want--a kind of outline. Maybe that's my next step.

Much Love,

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Artist's Motto: Create Stuff or Die

Here's my single card pull from The Artist's Inner Vision Tarot. The Empress. This is my 'advice' or guide post for the day. My take: be a mom! Haha. Ok. Er. Done. Kinda.


Also, it's a very creative and nurturing card--which can have many applications. Here's a quote from the card description:

The Empress signifies a time of domestic security and peace. She can represent an impending marriage, fertility, motherhood or simply domestic bliss, a happiness that is only achieved through the sharing of a close and personal love. This can be sexual in nature, or it can be a caring, sustaining, parental love. The Empress is also harbinger of creativity, bringing not only the birth of children, but the birth of ideas and creativity.

As an artist and mom, I'd say this card applies to me about 100% of the time. You know that biker slogan, 'Live free or die'? Well, artists and makers of all sorts kind of have a similar slogan which could be, 'Create stuff or die.' The moment we stop being creative and nurturing something to life, is the moment we stop really living.

Ok! Well. That about covers it for now.
Have a swell day,

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

For the Love of Love: Two of Cups

Good Morning, Everyone!

I have to say, I really love the 2 of Cups in this deck. I love the glow (literally) in their faces and the swirl of hair and the water theme.

This was a pull I did this morning, and I was thinking about how I really missed my husband when he's away at work.  Which is good, honestly.

If I didn't miss my husband and want to be with him, that would not be a good thing in my opinion! Sometimes love is painful just because you always want something from your partner--more love, more understanding, more time, or sometimes the opposite--you have too much togetherness and just need some time apart to regain your sense of self and disconnect from the consuming idea of 'other'...

But mostly I really love my husband and never feel like I see him enough. I think I often see this as a weakness--I worry that I am too dependent on my husband. But I also realize that's the nature of love: you risk a lot of yourself when you love someone, when you're married or partnered to someone. You engage in a very deep kind of vulnerability that's really only matched by having a child.

When you decide to love someone you risk the pain of losing them and all the other details of what comes with that. But, I like that. And I like my husband. I believe it's extremely important to craft meaningful alone times as well. Appreciating yourself is an art. I definitely didn't do it well for a long time, and honestly I still need a lot of work in this area, but right now I am going to celebrate my love of love.


A Career Focus Pull: Lots of Good Advice

Here's a pull I've had in draft for quite a while--maybe a few weeks? In any case, I've been enjoying working with the Dreams of Gaia Tarot.  This reading was about creative and career focus, and I thought the answer and insight given was pretty interesting.

Admittedly, I realize these meanings aren't the same necessarily as the traditional Rider-Waite (something I actually love, but sometimes I add both the meanings in for added measure) but here I did pull from somewhat traditional meanings--it's a hard habit to break, but I also gained some insight from looking at the card's images and descriptions.

First thing I noticed when looking at these cards is that three of the five cards depict strong female characters. I love that, as it gives a feminine bent to the reading. Looking at the cards individually:

7 of Fire: In this deck, the 7 of Fire shows a woman who is divining the future. I now see this as the oracle/tarot reader card. I think this really fits because one of the main creative services I provide is tarot readings. In fact, at present, I really am only offering tarot readings and small custom paintings over at my website. This may change at some point, however.

Key phrases from this card:

  • Only you know the answer
  • Look beyond the surface
  • Heed your intuition
  • Inexplicable coincidences

10 of Earth: Rather than a generational image of grandparents, their kids and children, this shows a solitary woman, which reminds me more of the 9 of Earth, the woman in the garden. But this woman really beckons to you, doesn't she? Of course the 10 of Earth always invokes a kind of richness and fruitfulness--as it's the highest number of the suit of earth. There's something sort of provocative (I don't necessarily mean sexually--I just mean sort of questioning or sassy--maybe chiding) in her expression, as if she's saying, 'Get a move on. Come with me, where things are good and you have what you need.'

Key phrases from this card:

  • A time of reward
  • Move through life with surety
  • Understand your place and purpose
  • Everything is coming together

5 of Fire: Two dudes fighting. It seems cheesy--almost like they're WWF wrestlers going at it in an arena. But it's all staged. In a career reading, which this is, I see the 5 of Fire as 'throwing in' to the ring of life. You can't know what will happen until you decide to compete--even if the whole thing is staged. It's healthy to put yourself out there.

Key phrases from this card:

  • Focus on your vision, not what others are doing
  • Avoid pack mentality behavior
  • Base your concerns in fact

4 of Fire: The reversed 4 of Fire shows up. This card, again, is very different from the traditional. It's someone shooting an arrow--which is a really good image in terms of having something to interpret. But it's upside-down. There's something lacking in the follow-through and method of this archer. That makes sense. I definitely tend to shoot myself in the foot as it were. The upright card recommends the need to focus. I see this in a couple ways. The reversal shows being completely out of whack with your desires--maybe I could benefit from a widening of my focus? Maybe I shouldn't pinpoint so tightly in on this one goal? My husband often tells me that I tend to think I can only do one or two things and I'm useless at everything else--but if you open up your eyes and see the other possibilities that life has to offer then you start to realize that you could be shooting arrows anywhere you want--or better yet--put down the bow and just go meet life up close.

Key phrases from this card:

  • Devote time to regular practice
  • Be willing and prepared
  • Establish a creative process
  • Creating impetus and momentum

8 of Earth: Again, this looks more like that lady in the 9 of Earth in a traditional tarot. It's another wonderful and affirming earth element card. I really like this. It's a very reassuring card, and I appreciate that. It recommends looking at your next big step, and making plans for the future in general, knowing that you can accomplish them.

Key phrases from this card:
  • Confidence in your future outcome
  • Money does not buy happiness
  • Do what you love, love what you do
  • Make plans for the future

So...that's it! I could go on and on but this is already way longer than my normal posts. Ha! I agree with the concepts in this reading regarding my life/career focus. I'll definitely refer back to it and see if I'm still really in touch with my personal goals.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Straightforward Reading About Career vs. Parenting

Last night I had (as my evening ritual) a deck of oracle cards that I use (and change out, just to add variety) for an evening reading and wind down period. What was on my mind is whether I want to make a more concerted effort in the realm of career and life path--or whether it's not a very good time. Without going into much detail about my daughter's health history, even though things are going dramatically better than they were 7-8 years ago, I still feel a lot of trepidation about going into the work force in any significant way. Especially given some rocky patches my daughter has had this past year whilst (even though I'm American I'm kind of digging the very British word whilst) going through puberty. And I realize and honor this stress in myself. Call it a kind of post-traumatic stress disorder, but also it's my own intuition telling me when the time is or isn't right to move forward in this area of personal goals.

Anyway. This is the trio of cards I received when thinking about this readiness or lack of readiness, as it were, to move forward. I have to say I was pretty floored by the answer. The Adult Children card came up first--and although my daughter is clearly not an adult (she's 11.5), she is adult-sized (taller than me, a size 9 shoe and developing into a young woman), and has displayed wisdom beyond her years despite obviously not having the emotional maturity of an adult. The card's description talks about this either being about adult children, a child beyond his/her years, or something about yourself as an adult child. But in any case, I feel this directly responds to my question about my daughter. The second card that came up was New Career--showing the advent of a 'boost' in interest in a new career direction and/or also just fresh energy being injected into a stale or stagnant career. Definitely true.

And just to bring it all home I pulled one more card about whether I should take action or not around this area, and the 'Take the Next Step Now' card came up, which again seemed very difficult to misinterpret. All in all the reading was very direct and literal. I find this to be true when I'm focused and sincere during a reading. If I'm flighty or don't care that much about the reading (which is never true when I'm reading for clients, but is often true when I'm impatiently reading for myself) it just doesn't go smoothly. If I care about it and I'm lending it my full attention, the readings seem to be extremely clear and helpful.

I just thought I'd share this with you all, as I find this happens frequently during readings, and sometimes I forget to share it with others. It's also great to record these things in a blog for future reference, when I need a reminder.

Much Love,