Pents and Swords


It’s a sunny day, and cheery outside, with birds twittering and flowers and trees blossoming. Finally throwing off the shackles of winter around here!

And evidently it’s a pents-and-swords sort of day, all practicality and getting stuff done, but with much exuberance! The fellow in the 7 of Pents does make me think quite literally of the gardening I’d like to get done (I saw a planter box on legs at Leila’s kindy and have been wondering if my woodwork skills are up to the task of making one for home? Saw one in the shops for $125, which is more than I’d like to pay for a wooden box that is going to be filled with dirt. But I digress!).

But it’s also a straightforward “reap what you sow” card, which could potentially have some quite negative connotations, depending on your situation. In my case I’m 99.99% positive that this is referring to my writing, and the fact that I’m finally at the end – well, the final quarter of the book, and man, has it been a ride getting here!

The juggler is me (it’s all me, me, me, sorry), but this time I’ve got my fancy hat and hose on and I’m wondering how to manage it all. I do have to say that lately things have got much, much easier around the house. My daughter is now going to kindy three times a week, which gives me three nice chunks of time to myself each week – and I am really feeling positive, and getting stuff done as a result! Not quite at the point where I could go head off on that sailing boat for a bit, although I did book myself in for a weekend stay by myself at a cute bach in Otaki, one weekend in October.

The Page of Swords is looking all exuberant and dreamy, and that’s a bit how I feel today too. Those clouds! The birds! And the world feels a bit like my oyster today (and I’m so excited by the prospect of finishing this book, and then planning the next books I’m going to write next year, and then starting the editing process (slashing with the sword)…the page in me could go on and on).

It feels positive, and wonderfully dreamy and blue-sky-ey.

Where-ever you are, take some time to go look at those clouds. I bet they’re amazing 🙂

Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck
By Pamela Coleman Smith
Copyright © 2009 by US Games
ISBN: 978-1572816398

Such a hermit!

So today I drew these cards:

And I can’t help but heavily identify with the silent hermit with her head up among the stars, dreamily meandering. A life of inner satisfaction, of not seeking attention, of following one’s own path with only your own small light to guide you. I think in my heart of hearts the Hermit is one of my touchstone figures. (Along with the Empress, and oddly, the Devil. Hey, I’m a Capricorn.)

Next to the Hermit is the Page of Cups. Who could this represent? Hm, let me think:

Uh-huh. Good luck with that hermiting.

The Ace of Swords I take as representing all of the mental and writerly pursuits that are developing  in my life. A new job. Some new writing projects I’m trying to get under way. Even just that sense of wanting to get on top of things, to find some clarity; things I’m getting from my new meditation habit.

The Hermit very much likes this Ace of Swords. It promises hermity excitement: advancement of the mind, sharpening of one’s abilities. The sort of activity every good hermit looks forward to doing at home in their cave. Solo.

But as straightforward as that sort of environment may seem, there’s the sense of the inevitable there too. A person who spends all their time in an ordered environment, with every step planned and executed as expected, is missing something, I feel.

A bit of chaos. An emotional burst. Passion.

It makes me realise how things would be if I didn’t have Leila in my life. Sure, I’d probably be getting more words written per day, and have more “me” time. But there’d be less spontaneous joy, fewer surprises, and laugh-out-loud moments.

I’m currently in the middle of the Creativity Pack for the Headspace meditation app, and I’m learning as my meditation practice deepens, that conditions for creativity are optimal when you can fluctuate between keeping the mind busy, and then letting it be open. Working with the tension between letting something go, and then bringing it back. Release, and control.

That’s what I’m getting from the cards today, anyway 🙂

Paulina Tarot
By Paulina Cassidy
Copyright ©2009 by US Games
ISBN: 978-1-57281-629-5

When you’re stuck at work

Last week I read for T, who was feeling really stuck in his work situation. He’s been with the same company for a long time (15+ years) and up until recently he’s found the work really satisfying. He came to me to see if I could help him clarify his situation at work.

We sat down together and came up with a spread that would help address his questions.

T’s Work Spread

1: T himself. Where he is right now in regards to the situation.

2: What he wants and needs.

3: The situation at work.

4: What’s holding him back?

5: How to go forward?

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Five-card reading for myself

It’s been some time since I did a larger reading for myself. In the good old days when I was a tarot newbie (back in high school in the early 90s) a Celtic Cross was pretty much all I’d do. It just seemed to be the “done thing”. I’ve since learned that smaller readings don’t necessarily give smaller results. If anything, your mind isn’t stretched in so many directions at once, and you can really go deeper into your reading.

That said, in adding some new five-card readings to my shop I decided it was high time for me to do one for myself. I used the Victoria Regina:

five-card draw

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Reading for a small person

Hello! I’m sorry I’ve been away for so long. From time to time I get busy with life, other hobbies and other concerns. Since my last post we’ve sold our house, packed up, moved to a lovely little seaside suburb, and filled the new place with boxes. We’ve slowly been unpacking, but it’s taking longer than we’d hoped it would, as our snippets of spare time usually get rapidly filled.

Leila, my little one, is now one and a half! She’s really a big girl now. And for the most of this year she’s been doing really well with her sleeping. She’s got into a good routine, seems to go down pretty easily at night and, apart from a few peeps here and there, sleeps through the night.

Last night was something different. I haven’t seen her like this in a long time. She seemed to go down without any trouble, but she woke up at around 11pm (right when Steve and I were tucked up and turning out our lights). She was really upset. Crying and crying. And nothing we could do would settle her. We tucked her in again, gave her her dummy, put on her “musical bug” that she loves to have in bed with her. I gave her a feed. I even brought her into our bed (something we never do), thinking that might calm her down.

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The coming week

Wow, so many decks, so little time. I can’t believe I haven’t written about the Haindl yet! The Haindl, created by Hermann Haindl with his amazing and Germanically-freaky artwork, with symbolism that incorporates (quoting the box here) “many esoteric and religious traditions, particularly Native American, the Holy Grail, the I Ching, Kabbalah and the Runes.”

Rachel Pollack wrote two books about this deck. Two. I have read them, and I don’t doubt that there are immense riches to be gained from referring back to her books every two seconds, but I don’t have the time or the patience to do so these days.

Fortunately if you have a little bit of an imagination there is still a great deal you can get from these cards. And I sincerely do feel that once you are able to “speak the language” of tarot, it really is your prerogative to read the cards any way you choose.

But I digress.

I didn’t have much time really today to dedicate to a reading (the bubba has been sick and putting her down for naps has been an exercise in frustration most days this week). But in any case I grabbed my handy Haindl, gave a quick shuffle, and asked: “what’s in store for me over the next week?”

I drew three cards:

Haindl - three card draw

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