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Tarot Face to FaceI’ve started with this book now, finally I might say… I bought it last year, pre-order even since it wasn’t released when I found out about it. But if you would like to take a peak at it and what’s inside you can go here Tarot Face to Face by Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin. Yes, same authors as Around the Tarot in 78 Days. Just not so many pages and, in my opinion so far, easier to grasp. Still to see though, I’m only on chapter one so far and trying out the first exercises. I’m not a beginner to tarot, started counting years the other day and it’s added up to 20 now (amazing how fast the years go by), but there is always new things to learn and I think that if I had held this book in my hands then in the beginning of my tarot path, things might have been a little easier to grasp. I only had three books back then. Two in my language and one that came with my Hanson Roberts, the last one was good but the two others wasn’t really ideal for a beginner and no one around to ask about things you didn’t understand.

Back to the book then. I have so far found some things like their way of taking things in a slightly different order than many other teachers and books interesting. They start out with talking about symbols among other things, and that those are part of the essential skills one needs to work with tarot and that symbols really can mean anything at all, depending on culture, belief and many other things. And that is why it’s so hard arguing with others about what a tarot card really means, since symbols are multivalent as it said in the book. It depends on the context what meaning we give to them. “Thus meaning is given to a tarot symbol by the question that someone asks you, the deck you are using, the moment you’re performing the reading, as well as your own experience, knowledge, and intuition.”

Three of Swords from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

Three of Swords from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They looked at the 3 of Swords in a RWS and made comparisons of interpretation of that symbol today and back in medieval times, before “courtly love” was in use. Today we might look at that pierced or broken heart as sorrow, back then it would have been seen like a more physical or medical thing, that someones heart was really broken.

In this first chapter they talk about Bridging and that is one of the important skills to learn at the beginning and they define it as “visually and/or intuitively connecting the symbols of the cards in a way that makes sense in the context of the reading.” And they used Six of Swords and The Star as an example where the sword card shows daylight and that the stars only are visible at night, that the star is a beacon on a journey, both cards have water but The Star is more controlled and that they might have something to do with flow.

First exercise is to take two cards from our own deck of choice and see what bridges we can make between them. We are to use comparisons, contrasts, themes, distinct symbols, colour, shape, form, numbers, or anything else that occurs to us, but we should not “try to interpret the cards, nor make sense of them individually“. Whatever pops up in our minds is ok, even if it doesn’t make sense. And we should write all things down in a journal or notebook where we can go back and look at it later.

I grabbed my Book of Shadows – As Above deck just because it will be interesting to see how it will work out, what new ideas I can come up with and pulled 8 of Fire and 10 of Earth. And then I started and wrote down: Fire and Earth, Fast – Slow, Creative – Thoughtful/Controlled, Fire in Water, The Universe, Male – Female, Destruction – Creation, Burn away – Create new. Out of fire and burning away the old comes new life, creating something new, rising out of the flames and the nourishing Earth.

Now to continue practice, they gave the suggestion to work with this exercise several times a day during a week just to get the hang of it and using different cards. This will be fun and see what the next exercise will tell me, it’s about pinpointing.

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Candle

Candle

Got an e-mail today from a friend in the US, the man she’s been sharing living quarters with for some 30 years died early Sunday morning. It’s a hard blow for her, his grown daughter and other family and friends, doesn’t matter that he was past 70 and he had lived a long life considering. But when you know what cancer does to people, especially when it’s spread in the body and there is no cure, would it be fair to wish them to stay longer? To keep living just because we, the ones they will leave behind, want them to stay just a little longer because we ain’t ready to let them go? Of course there is pain killers, things that probably would knock us off our feet if we took them, but it doesn’t help all the way. And to see someone who’s been a big man,  and you know he probably was really good-looking when he was younger, turned into something that is more skin and bones. No, I rather live with the pain and loss and let him move on, leave the pain behind and go wherever his belief takes him.

I’ve met this man, he made it possible for me to visit this wonderful friend of mine since many years back. We met over the internet in a group about tarot, and one thing led to another and we started to talk over the phone a little now and then and finally, some 10 years later, decided it would be fun to see each other in real life. Started saving money, my husband helped out too, and finally we could start making plans for when and what to do when I got there. Just to have the car break down and all our savings gone more or less. Then this wonderful man makes his move. My dear friend calls me, and that made me puzzled, because I’m usually the one who made the calls, and she tells me she have some wonderful news to tell me. He gets the phone and tell me that he want us to be able to meet, and would I be able to make it on $2000? I’m dumbfounded and just stammer that I wont be able to pay those money back in a long time, and what if I can’t pay them back at all… and so I go on for a little longer. Then he says, you don’t have to pay them back, I want you to have them so you can come here and you two can do these things you’ve planned for! I can tell you I was so happy, amazed and Goddess know what, that I’m not sure I made any sense when I tried to thank him. And sure enough $1500 came to me in time, we paid the flight tickets and off I went, leaving hubby and my almost 2-year-old daughter at home.

Santa Barbara from Courthouse tower Photograph...

Santa Barbara from Courthouse tower Photograph taken from the top of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, March 20, 2005, by Antandrus, looking west-northwest towards the Mission and San Marcos Pass, showing the Upper East Side of the town. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is no way I can tell about all we did and all I was able to see. Arrived at LAX and we met for the first time, talked, went to a restaurant, saw the Pacific at evening, hearing the crickets and saw a coyote. Then we finally found the hostel and when we get there my friend hands me an envelope and says that this is from the one who made all this possible. In it I find a card, a cute one with a dog on it and a welcome and hope we will have lots of fun. And another $500! Just to make sure I would have enough money to really enjoy myself. And we did have fun! First day in Los Angeles I spent some $150 on books and tarot decks at the Bodhi Tree (unfortunately it’s closed now)… and another suitcase. So much fun. And when we left Los Angeles we went on to another friend of hers and then some Pagan Pizza in Santa Barbara. Loads of fun and really wish there could be something similar here where I live some day. And then back to this friends house where we were going to spend the weekend, lots of tarot and a Pirate Fair. Amazing, and oh so hot! A visit to a small town and a small pagan shop where I couldn’t resist a book and some other things.

SF Bats

SF Bats

Back in Santa Barbara, I met this sweet man for the first time in my life, a tall and smiling man with white hair and a warm and loving hug for us both. Santa Barbara was very interesting to see, so different from where I live, and the way there was also special. We talked for hours and when we unpacked we showed him what we had bought for us and for him. After three days we went on to the train station, we were going to San Fransisco and attend SF BATS and stay at the Green Tortoise Hostel and that was really a blast. We had so much fun, so tired in the evenings but wouldn’t mind do it again. Meeting all these wonderful people, see Hight Street, finding the little shop The Sword and the Rose and so much more. Feet hurting, stomachs growling at the end of the day because we completely forgot to eat. And then back to Santa Barbara again, calling this wonderful man to tell him that we will be three hours late because of some things that had happened so he wouldn’t sit there waiting for us in vain. And when we get off the train he greets us with a big bear hug and his white Stetson on top of his head (as he wasn’t tall enough already! I’m almost 5’7 and I reached his shoulders!). He asked us if we had fun and what we had done, laughing at things we had made mistakes at and things others had said and done. And then we were back at their home, my last night there. So most of the time circulated around packing, re-arrange stuff so it would fit down my suitcases and then in the morning a last check that all was there that had to be there. Then he shows up and asks me in his deep, warm voice if I had any money left when I was going home. I said, honestly, that it wasn’t much but considering all I had been given and that I would have food on the flight back home I would manage. He didn’t agree, just said that “You take these, you might need them” and hands over another $100! I can never tell anyone how much he ment to me and my friend during those two weeks.

It would have been a dream come true to have met him again before all of this happened, but I know that he’s happy, no pain, no problems or worries any longer. But I will miss this special man who made all of this happen, and to all his family and friends I send a big hug and a thank you for the chance to come to know this man and be given these wonderful memories. I asked him if he would like to become an honorary uncle for my daughter, nothing expected from me or her, just a way of saying thank you for the wonderful gift. So it became that I started to send him birthday cards with my daughter on the photo and a wish for a happy birthday for him. You will be missed by many, including me. Take care, wherever you are.

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As I noticed in my last blogpost that with warmer temperatures all this beautiful snow on the trees would be gone, and so it is now. We have had a change of temperature, and I don’t mind really, it gave us a wonderful day in town, and the walk into town (only 2 km so not much at all). This is some of the photos taken and my daughter (7 yrs old) held the camera at some times, the two first photos are hers. What do you think of our giant woodpecker btw? These animals and slides are made every year here in town since 1986, for those of you who want to see the previous ones can go here, Snow animals. I don’t know if it’s possible to have the text in english, but in the left margin you can find them listed by year and what animal. Have fun.

Taken on our way in to town.

Taken on our way in to town.

Daughter with camera again

Sunshine over the ice

Woodpecker

 

Woodpecker

Woodpecker

Slide down the back

Slide down the back

 

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Sun is returning

Sun is returning

Every year it’s sort of magical, how the light returns and the days grows longer with each passing week this time of year. It can be really cold some days but I don’t care really, the light is fantastic and I guess this is one of the reasons why I still live up here. For someone who haven’t been around to see this it might be hard to understand the feeling when you see the days getting longer, just a little every day. If you had daylight maybe 2-3 hours a day and then with each week you suddenly have another 30 minutes to 1 hour, it makes a difference. And then around Summer Solstice we have the sun above the horizon close to 24/7.

Cold but beautiful

Cold but beautiful

Sometimes people have asked me, what is your favorite season? And I can’t decide, they are all special, having something that I long to see every year. The returning light this time of year, how the snow slowly melts, the first shade of green, first flowers, birds and their young, see the kids play, warmth, light. The fall comes and you see how the leaves change, the air is colder, things start to wither and then the first snow, darker evenings so you can see the stars again… and the magic of a starry sky and a bright full moon, big soft snow flakes (mittens as we call them sometimes) falling, covering the ground and sparkles in the light and so it goes on.

Magic

Magic

Today I was taking a walk with my camera and took some photos, thinking that if my darling husband had still been here I know he would’ve been really waiting to go out ice-fishing and in some ways I miss it, but I prefered to go later in spring since it’s longer days and warmer. But to see this, the snow on the branches and the sun making them sparkle is special this time of year, disappearing with the rising temperatures…

Natures own art

Natures own art

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I know, haven’t been here for a long time. Might blame it on the holidays, but that’s not the only reason. I just haven’t had the inspiration or the energy for it. Simple as that. And part of it has to do with having a daughter who’s been having her time off school during the holidays and being a night person too… not much time or chances to work on my own then. But now I’m back and hope I can find something more to write about.

 

Red sky in the morning ...

Red sky in the morning … (Photo credit: wallygrom)

 

So to start with I used a spread called Year Ahead Spread by Joanna Powell Colbert. Found it at her Gaian Circle forum. It’s a little different from those I’ve been using before (mostly a modified Celtic Cross). This one is using a year card. And that is? some of you might wonder right now. If you’re familiar with numerology it’s quite simple. Just use this year, 2013, instead of your birth year and add day and month and you’ve got it. And for those of you that doesn’t, here is a fast one:  Add the digits of your birth month and day, and add the new year. For example 1 of September 2013 (1+9+2+0+1+3) and you will have 16, The Tower or go a step further and you’ll have 1+6=The Chariot (or as it’s called in the Book of Shadows Tarot, Transformation). As you can see in my spread I’ve used The Tower as my card. And I used Druidcraft for this one.

 

Year Card

 

…1…2…3…4

 

……..5…6

 

7…8…9…10…11

 

……12…13

 

  1. Page of Wands – What issue do I need to focus on during the coming year to bring growth and wisdom into my life?
  2. 4 of Wands – What positive energy (or helping energy) will flow my way? (2 cards; read the positive aspects of the Year Card plus another)
  3. 10 of Wands – How will I be challenged? (2 cards;  read the shadow aspects of the Year card, plus another)
  4. Death – What or who will help me?
  5. 5 of Wands – What energies am I releasing with the Old Year?
  6. 4 of Pentacles – What will help me release that energy?
  7. 7 of Cups – What’s the energy around my Health in the coming year?
  8. 10 of Swords – What’s the energy around Relationships in the coming  year?
  9. The Lady – What’s the energy around my Work/Career in the coming year?
  10. 6 of Cups – What’s the energy around my Finances in the coming year?
  11. Page of Cups – What’s up for me on my Spiritual Path in the coming year?
  12. 4 of Cups – What can I do to have a successful year?
  13. Queen of Swords – What wisdom can emerge for me during the year to come?

 

What I need to focus on during this year will be a lot about daring to go forward, be active and show the world that I exist and what I know, what I have with me that can be of interest for others. To be seen and follow the path I feel is right for me.

 

The positive or helping energy that flows my way this year might be the feeling that there will be insights that I wont have to run around like mad to find. Rather try to slow down and narrow things to focus on a smaller area at a time. Somehow I will be showed where the most important things are.

 

The challenges that will come in my way this year will probably be found in the fact that I have to do so much more this year then I did before. Things that’s felt stable isn’t any longer and I have to rebuild and maybe not in the exact same spot as before.

 

What or who will help me is the old wisdom, the dark Goddess who in her wisdom and knowledge will help me let go of what has been, to realize where I have to go and how, what is holding me back from what I can become and who I already are on the inside.

 

The energies I let go of with the old year is the opposite things I’ve been having around me, instead I will be focusing more on my own and let others have their problems without making them mine.

 

What will help me to release that energy can be something about, in some way, getting rid of the things that doesn’t do me good and save what is important (how unusual, huh?). Let go of the feeling of holding on to all you have or have had just because it feels secure and safe. Not feeling that the material stuff is the most valuable in life.

 

The energy around my health during this year seems to be a lot on the emotional side. Might have problems walking away, having a way of getting stuck in old patterns and having some difficulty to see what is positive and can help me on the way.

 

Relationships during this year wont be my best side, it’s still to much of the old stuff around me that’s taken it’s fair share of my energy and trust. I don’t want to be, and don’t have the energy to be, hurt again and might choose to keep away and just deal what the stuff that is. Or might be betrayed by one or several people?

 

The energy around my work/career seems to be in a growing position and development. Something new is on it’s way, either from what I’ve already been doing or something completely new. Feel safe and secure in what I feel is happening and feel good about it.

 

The energy around the financial part during this year doesn’t seem to be to cumbersome, a more relaxed and feeling good about this. I can enjoy what I’ve had and what I have without feeling any pressure. I have what I need and feel happy about it.

 

On the spiritual path there is a stillness, an inner feeling of focusing and balance. I turn to the west and the element of water, fall will be a special time of year. Nothing new is starting up, rather I’m moving from where I am and already have and am.

 

The things I can do to have a successful year is stop looking at what I don’t have, rather on what I really have and the joys it give me. Look further than just the nose and not being so single minded. See more sides of where I am even if I’m not moving myself very far.

 

This wisdom can show itself to me during this year will yet again come from listening inwards, but also to the winds and intuition. The old one has something to say and if I listen to the message I can also find myself in the position of being the one who can give advice and wisdom to others when and if they look for it.

 

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