Trees and a weak winter sun.
(I didn’t make these B&W, it wss just a very grey day and it worked out that way.)
It’s been a while since I’ve done a tarot reading for myself, and so I thought I would do a general reading just asking about the year ahead. I didn’t focus on work, relationships, money, creativity, health, or any of the other things that occupy my every waking minute, I decided to just let the cards show me what the general focus would be. To that end, I did a 12 month wheel spread, beginning at the top with January.
(Note, though I don’t really read reversed cards, I have a lot in this reading. 8 to be exact. Will note which ones are reversed and examine that later, perhaps during the months themselves.) Overall, I have 4 wand/fire cards, 2 chalice/water cards, 2 sword/air cards, 2 pentacle/earth cards, and 2 major arcana cards.
I’m just reading the ‘focus’ section from Tarot Made Easy by Nancy Garen.
January: King of Cups (Water)- Focus is on activities centering around the home or a business that you can do out of your home, financial independence; day-dreaming about love and romance, and/or a person with a Cancerian type of temperament.
February: Page of Wands (Potential) REVERSED- Focus is on inventory and analysis; philosophical, spiritual, and work-related ideas, discussions and activities; the desire for expansion; sexual attraction, new beginnings, and/or a person with a Sagittarian-type temperament.
March: Ace of Discs (Abundance) REVERSED- Focus is on continuation and/or things that come together later on; new things replacing old; investments of time or money; potential partners or partnerships; and pleasure, satisfaction, and prosperity.
April: Queen of Discs (Expression) REVERSED- Focus is on hopes, wishes, and aspirations; verification and tangible results; compassion for or service to mankind (or the ministry); finance and profit; and/or a person with an Aquarian-type temperament.
May: 10 of Swords (Disillusion)- Focus is on unfinished business or conditions that have become stagnant and must be cleaned up, cleared away, or corrected before any further progress can be made, be it in yourself, your family, your home, your business, or your community.
June: Ace of Wands (Creativity) REVERSED- Focus is on potential, that which could be or is about to be, increased business or social activities, and new avenues of fulfillment or promise that come in from out of the blue.
July: 4 of Swords (Rest) REVERSED- Focus is on activity, with special emphasis on printed materials such as letters, papers, and graphs, as well as money matters, social affairs, self-promotion, and starting or renewing a business of your own.
August: 6 of Wands (Success)- Focus is on a period of frustration, tension, or anxiety caused by intolerable conditions or restrictions placed on you by time or circumstance; also by things that break, snag, fall apart, or just don’t gel the way you want them to. (This one doesn’t seem right according to the picture in the book, OR the picture on my card.)
September: 1 The High Priest- Focus is on new beginnings, manifesting desires, love’s urgings, houses or property, finance, and the future.
October: 6 of Cups (Nostalgia) REVERSED- Focus is on environmental changes, comings or goings, short trips or jaunts, friends, lovers, relatives, nostalgia, work or employment.
November: 3 The Lady REVERSED- Focus is on passive rather than active activities; feelings, emotions, inner promptings, and intuition, self-expression, socializing, or connecting; short- or long-distance trips; and “being” rather than “doing”.
December: 4 of Wands (Development) REVERSED- Focus is on a “mulligan stew” of experiences, with special energy directed toward interpersonal relationships, communications, particpation, short or long distance trips, and/or the quest for enlightenment.
Then I drew cards for specialized questions, asking about these things:
Health: 6 of Discs (Bounty)- (Read the physical body description) Guard against accidents on the home front and be careful of what you eat… you could harm yourself or experience a life-threatening situation. (yay? :-/)
Love: Knight of Discs (Husbandry) (Read the romance section) You will experience apprehension or disquiet over a schedule because you’ll feel it will wipe out your chances for a relationship; and/or you will intuitively sense that which is to come. (This picture looks a LOT like Bear. He’s also a Capricorn, soooo…)
Career: 7 of Discs (Prudence) (Read the work/career section) You’ll be dissatisfied with your progress and experience anxiety about your business or financial state, and will want to be much more successful or solvent. (duh..)
(I love that they’re all discs/earth cards!)
This morning, when I was taking our roommate into work, I nearly ran into 4 huge crows in the middle of the road who were fighting over some poor dead critter. I’ve always been a huge fan of the crow rhyme (have I listed it here?), and 4 is for birth. So I’m wondering what new thing will be coming into our life right now. Bear just had an interview that seemed to go really well, so hopefully that’s a sign of good things to come. 🙂
One is for Sorrow,
Two is for Mirth.
Three for a Wedding,
Four for a Birth.
Five is for Silver,
Six is for Gold,
Seven for a Secret Never to be Told.
Eight is for Heaven,
Nine is for Hell.
Ten is for the Devil’s Own Self.
Crow/Raven is also kind of a family totem, as it’s part of the name we adopted when we got married and in our various creative pursuits, so I pay special attention when it shows itself.
Later, as I was taking the dogs out, there was an enormous hawk sitting on the deck. He flew away, and I marveled at how big he was. His wingspan must have been 3 1/2 feet easily.
According to All Totems, hawk’s message is insight, adaptability, openness, visionary power and guardianship. So there’s an opportunity out there for me that I need to pay attention to. When Bear gets his job, I finally get to quit my job and start working from home again. I get to leave behind the pain of my stressful retail job, and do better for myself. I get to apply for insurance, regulate my sleep schedule, decide how much stress I’m willing to allow in my life, and act accordingly. It will be great for my writing, great for my fibro, and I’ll be making more money to boot. It will improve a lot of things for me.
This is something I’ve made for years and years. Be careful drinking it! It will hit you like a sledgehammer. A delicious, Swedish, Yuletide sledgehammer.
Heat one bottle dry red wine with one sliced orange, 3/4 cups raisins, 1/2 cup blanched almonds, 6 cardamom pods, 5 cloves, and a cinnamon stick. (spices should be tied in cheesecloth to be removed before drinking)
In another saucepan, combine a bottle of brandy and a pound of sugar. Heat a little, then flame the brandy to melt the sugar. (This is where I invariably set something- a spoon, kitchen towel, the counter- on fire).
When the sugar has completely dissolved and the flame is extinguished, mix the mixture with the wine.
Spoon into mugs with an orange slice, a few raisins, and almonds in each glass.
LOVE the pics in this piece. I have got to make it to Austria some November.