First my apologies for my disappearance. No excuses. I just didn't schedule blogging time into my day. I've missed y'all!
In 2008, I created a spread I called Gratitude As A Spiritual Practice. I based this on something Joanna Powell Colbert said about how she viewed Gratitude as a spiritual practice. Normally when I create spreads, I go for smaller patterns with seven or less cards. I find those work better for me. But this one seemed to really need more. So it ended up being a total of thirteen cards.
I wanted to share this here because I think I've been missing a serious practice of giving thanks. I seek joy daily, yes. However, there seems to be a nuance, a flavor, a texture that isn't quite right. It's my belief that it is gratitude. Not just a weekly gratitude list, but a pause in my day where I take stock of things. Where I acknowledge the joys and give thanks for what's going right in my life.
I saw those words on a bumper sticker this morning and they made me cry. Why? Because in the last year, who I wanted to be got overshadowed by who other people needed me to be. Things that were important to me, like working with my tarot cards, writing my books, articles and blogs, knitting my sweaters, and playing with my clay got shoved to the back burner while I performed duties that others needed of me. My New Year's resolution was to find myself again, and by gods, I'm going to do just that.
Within the next few weeks I'm returning to a project that I started nearly three years ago. I make pottery masks, and I have always wanted to do a series on the tarot. I think embarking on the whole deck may be a bit ambitious--at least at the start--but I do think I can execute the creation of the majors, all embodied in a 'green man' type of wall-hanging. It feels good to have a vision, and a goal, again.
This week may have been the week of the “Snowpocalypse That Never Was” in the media, and people complaining about how the press and the people making the decisions overreacted. Me? I’m firmly in the “better safe than sorry” camp in that regard. Even my card of the day for the start of the storm was the 5 of Pentacles… I was tending to agree with the weathermen that the storm would be as bad as they said it would be.
Recently, my friend SnowStar bestowed a major blessing on me, gifting me 67 divination decks from her personal collection.
Her amazing generosity was only matched by the gift's synchronicity: I've collected decks over my 30 years as a professional card reader, then lost a substantial portion of my collection due to a bug infestation two years ago.
SnowStar asked me which decks she sent particularly struck me, so I pulled together some personal notes I'd made, and thought I'd share them here with you, too. And please tell me about a deck or decks you particularly love. I love to hear about experiences with tarot or Lenormand decks.
The 6 of Wands from The Tarot of Delphi deck is depicted in the1885 artwork entitled The Triumph of Titus: The Flavians by Sir Lawrence Alma-Taderma.Here, the heir to the Roman Empire, Titus, receives high honors and praise.This image perfectly depicts the victory that is the 6 of Wands.
What is the role of friendship in a coven? What is a coven’s purpose? Must you be friends with the members of your coven for it to function properly?
A few months ago, we released a member of our coven and resolidified/unified our coven in preparation for the coming year, and to reassert our group mind without gaps or division in it. Things were brought up (things always are) when a member chooses to leave a magickal group, and this was no different. In it, it was said that this person was looking for friendship instead of a coven... that they didn’t want a coven in the first place. Which begs the question: is friendship/fellowship a requirement for coven life? MUST you be friends with your covenmates? Is this the role that the coven is supposed to take on?
So last month I acquired a set of Karen Mahony's Alice Tarot. Having done about 20 readings with it, I have to say that I'm very impressed with it.
The cards are of high quality, and have a bit of a metallic sheen to them to add interest and depth. I like slightly large cards, and these accommodate that. The backs are the same dignified or inverted. What I like most about them, though, is that this is MY Alice.
When I was a child I adored Alice in Wonderland. It was my story: Alice in Virgoland. I always had to eat that, drink this, do too much, be too curious, and I was never backwards about telling adults exactly what I thought. I won't say it did me any favors, but I certainly resonated with Alice! I had my images of what the characters in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were like (and I was terribly disappointed in Disney's version). So when I saw another reader post a layout with the Alice cards, and Alice looked like my Alice, I had to take a closer look.