Tonight, my focus is on the 4 of Pentacles. He clings to control and his emotions are linked to the physical. Like all 4s in the Tarot, there’s a pause in action. In the 4 of swords we see rest and reflection. In the 4 of Wands we see foundation, achievement, and celebration. In the 4 of Cups we see boredom and reluctance. In this, the 4 of Pentacles we see see an inability to move forward for fear of losing control. In this, we can only do as well as the parameters that we have set for ourselves allow. A focus on security and the never ending search for fulfillment through that which you can hold. In this card, we push the world away to focus on what we value. Eventually we all yearn for more and connections must grow deeper. Conflict with ourselves brings about the need for change. ⭐️
I do love all the sixes in Tarot. They offer a reprieve, either by looking forward or looking back. The struggle of all the 5’s can be real so an upright 6 is a welcome treat to me.🌞🌙
Six of Cups
Nostalgia. Fond memories of childhood. Connecting the past to the present.
from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “Innocence. Happy memories, especially of childhood. Indulging in simple, childlike pleasures. Losing yourself in nostalgia and regrets. Hiding some ulterior motive under an apparently sweet and naive act.”
Simone Simon and Amy Reed in Curse of the Cat People
Six of Swords: Remaining serene through troubled waters. Changes and travel. Nightmares of the dream and physical realm. Not being able to escape your problems. Trying to run away.
from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “Getting through a hard time calmly and quietly. Making a profound change in your life, one that will take some time. Feeling ‘dead’ to the world. A period of mourning for a loss.”
Scene from Let’s Scare Jessica to Death
Pride in achievements. Self-confidence. Valor and bravery through tasks.
from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “A hard-won…
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Energy and advice: There’s that carb loving Devil again.😜 We may find the help we seek if we ask the right sources. Charity may be ours to give or to receive. The advice is to be careful of the things you put value on. The dirt is in the details so make sure you truly value what it is you’re attempting and that your interest in it will be lasting. Don’t get swept up in the feeling of need and sign up for more than you bargained.👹
I was cruising around the Internet looking up anything and everything about Tarot. I really love all the YouTube videos that are out. So many quality readers giving out advice and instruction. I scrolled down, and down, and down, when it became apparent just how many readers out there also teach. Soooo many teachers! It made me realize that after so many years of having the tarot be a major feature in my life (21 to be exact) I have never felt pulled to teach. I have never had a want to stand up in front of a class and teach methods and spreads. I do, however LOVE brainstorming and sharing the tarot with other readers, new or old. I have always felt I was too much of a student to teach. I feel like the Page of Cups; a bad teacher because I’m always off on my own dreamy adventure and my own adventure distracts me, but a good example. I’m dedicated, excited and always listening to the tarot!
I feel more like a companion when it comes to the advice I’ve given other readers who have asked. I feel like we are constantly learning from each other. No one is wrong. Everyone brings something different. I learn from the people I read for, even. Each new experience brings a lesson. Maybe it’s that I stay too open at times? I’m bad at concreting myself into anything. My mind is always changing and I would hate to drag a class full of people through the many faces of my mind.
How do you view yourself? Do you aim to teach others or be a companion? I do believe you can be both. I have taken quite a few classes in recent years and all the best teachers I found were. Maybe someday I’ll change my tune but for now I will stay a companion and ever evolving student of the tarot. Those who I meet on that path may hold my hand for a while but we each must work toward our own destiny.
My youth was filled with many magical moments. Just like it says in the book The Red Tent, my story begins with my parent’s story.
My mom was born and raised in a Jewish household in New York. Her father came from Russian Jews that had immigrated to the U.S. and her mother had converted to Judaism, having originally been raised in West Virgina in a mining family by parents that were holy rollers.
My father was born in Kansas to a minister and his wife. He was one of 6 children. He grew up steeped church and family and had a great passion for music. It was through music that my parents met. My father was playing a gig in Reno and my mom was the waitress at the time. Basically, the rest in history. She joined him on the road and eventually they made their way our to California where I was eventually born.
My parents had a lot of experience with various religions. All their experiences had led them to view spirituality, connection, energy, and the universe differently from the ways they were raised to.
My mom, as a Jew, was taught to discuss and question. To flip things all around and understand all the sides and possibilities. To never underestimate. I think she was and still is my biggest inspiration and influence. She raised me to never close myself off. Through her I was exposed at a very young age to very spiritual and life changing situations. Situations that were ripe with meaning and lessons and she never feared discussing real life with me. She always let me see.
My father brought a happy, musical influence in my life. He has always been a master of ceremonies. He brings people together wether it’s through music or action. He’s a special man. I thank him for my work ethic and ability to keep weird hours. Many musicians know what it is to be a night owl.
My family is very open. I’m the youngest of 3 sisters, all of us 7 years apart. My childhood was poor monetarily but rich with love and meaning. It was my oldest sister that gave me my first set of tarot cards. She travels the world (still does. We are all jacks of all trades and roaming hippies) and asked me if I wanted a set of tarot cards from Holland that she had picked up. They had no box or book and were in a foreign language. Being 10, I of course jumped at them! That was the major start! Then came years of learning the names of each card. Looking up things was not as easy as it is today especially for a poor kid. I could sometimes make it to the library but I didn’t always have a computer or even a house for that matter. My cards and their meanings traveled with me in my bag and in a notebook that I wrote myself. Many of my card meanings are deeply personal. They come from my own life and experiences. I associated them with the little sayings and signs I was taught to read as my mothers child. I based them on my own associations with certain colors or objects. I could always see a story in each card. Each line and color on all the cards were a jumping board for messages to come through.
I mainly kept this gift to myself, often finding it a comfort in the tougher moments of my childhood. I would read for my friends and family. Sometimes for fun. Sometimes for food or a cool hippy bracelet. I’ve never been too into money just as long as I have what I need and a little happiness. Back then I was only one person so my needs were simple and few. Eventually at the age of 16, I got married to my current husband and moved far off to Texas. There, my focus was on my family and my husband’s busy military career. It wasn’t until we moved back to California in 2004 that I reopened that gift box again and thumbed my cards. As time went on, the cards were everywhere for me. My passion, love, and knowledge grew and grew into what you see today. And it’s still growing. I will never NOT be a student of Tarot. It’s ever deepening and welcoming to me. It has been a part of who and what I am for over 20 years now. I’m always studying and always learning. I love the tarot like it’s a person. It breathes to me. It moves and is hot and cold. So ageless and evolving.
That is my tarot journey. More or less. If you have any questions please leave me a comment.:)
As many of you know, I am currently enrolled in the Tarosophy certification course. I’m actually about half way through.😊 I have been enjoying this course so intensely. Even after years of reading, it has opened my eyes to even more possibilities within the cards. They provide a logical, yet very intuitive approach to becoming comfortable and confident in your card reading skills. The instructor of this particular course is no other than Kim Huggins, the author of the companion book to the Tarot Illuminati set, of which I’m reviewing today.
During class, she used just a few images from this deck and I totally fell in love. I don’t always go for shiny things but this deck really spoke to me with its color and different take on expression in each card. To my eyes the pictures showed movement, almost like a 3-d effect. The details are just wonderful, right down to the card backs that resemble dragon eyes and compasses. I find all parts of these cards inspiring and expressive.
So I ordered this deck and loved it! I’ve had it for less than a week and have already done so many honest and illuminating readings with these cards. I’m so pleased, as are my clients. The artwork of Erik C. Dunne is so vibrant and entrancing, it is truly like entering the scene of the card, allowing me to feel the moment and the message. Above are just a few of my favorite cards in this deck. This was a tough choice, my friends. I mean, look at that dog on The Fool card! The strength and power shown on the Queen of Wands. The patience and thoughtfulness of the Strength card. The grace under pressure and courage of the Tower card. So expressive and so beautiful.
The companion book is beautifully written and Illustrated, making the study of it all the easier. Kim Huggins does a wonderful job touching on the meanings, themes, and concepts of each card. I’m very impressed, indeed.
If you are looking to buy another deck (like most of us secretly are) I highly recommend taking a good look at this one. I have to say, I was surprised that I loved it this much since I usually go for more simple, less vibrant cards. Again, I am shown the worth of expanding my horizons. I am forever the student.
All the Blessings,