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Oh yes, me and my brother and my mum, not forgetting her, went out to my dads childhood home to get some snow off the roof. It was sort of needed. A beautiful day with sun and almost no wind to talk about. Lucky for us the snow was not of the wet sort so it was fairly easy to take care of and a wonderful neighbor made it possible for us to get up to the house. I really didn’t look forward to make my way up to the house with snow high up on my thighs… first that and then trying to get some snow away. No, not fun at all. But this turned out to be a wonderful day and the neighbors invited us for some coffee afterwards. I’m not complaining at all, just wish I could have a day like that tomorrow too, well not the shuffling, but the weather and being out there again. But first it’s Monday and the rest of this week coming and then we’ll see what happens. Kids have an early break from school coming. Hoping for great weather that week so we can go down and have some fun on the ice (with all the other people probably) and maybe take some time visiting relatives we haven’t seen for some time either. Her grandparents should be on the list for sure! She’s got a late Valentines Day card for them.

Yesterday was also a fun day. They had an open house at a school where the kids can come and learn to play musical instruments, there is theatre, art and many other things like that going on. And this year the theme was a couple of sisters running a PI business so kids age 5-9 could come and get a “certificate” that they had learnt all about being a PI. Making your own fake nose, a beard or mustache, finding thieves (lots of those running around), dress to avoid being “recognized” and getting your photo taken in your choice of clothes and so many other things too. Three hours later most kids went home tired but happy and excited.

You want some photos of this days visit? Here you go!

Sunny day

Sunny day

House

House

View from the house

View from the house

Window from the inside

Window from the inside

 

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So, been a little away from tarot and blogging again. Not feeling up to it really, and then it’s been other things happening that had to be taken care of first. It’s a little hard to stay inside when the sun is up and staying longer and longer during this time of year. Somewhere it said that where I live right now the days are getting 50 minutes longer each week. Guess why it’s hard to stay inside and do tarot and things?

Book of Shadows Tarot vol 1

Book of Shadows Tarot vol 1

To go on with these exercises in Face to Face, I got to the pinpointing one and they say it’s about “intuitively locate the centre of an individual card”. To fine-tune the bridging part and get some relevance when it comes to individual cards in a spread. What we are going to do? Pick 5 or 6 cards randomly from our deck, use our index finger and hover a hand over them and when we feel ready let our index finger find the physical center of that card. When we’ve done that we’re going to take notice of what it is right there, if it’s a part of something, a hat, a green spot on a shirt or whatever is there. And like the previous exercise they suggest we do this for a week perhaps.

But it doesn’t end there, they have a second part of it when we feel secure enough with the first one. This time we’re going to let our finger drop on the “centre of meaning” in the card we felt was the one. So, not the physical centre as before but the part we feel is the most important, could be a major thing or a small one, doesn’t matter.

What we are supposed to learn? To make sense of all these images by finding the meaningful parts (those that are meaningful for us that is). They compare it with picking up a language by listening, identifying words and phrases and when we feel ready, use them ourselves. We are asked to remember the scene from Karate Kid where he is asked to wax the car, paint the fence and see no use for it. But later realise that this taught him the movements for block and defence.

From my Book of Shadows I picked randomly and spread out Maiden of Water (Knight of Cups), Transformation (The Chariot), Elemental of Air (Page of Swords), Crone of Fire (King of Wands), 5 of Earth (Pentacles) and 7 of Fire (Wands). So what did I find at the center of the cards?

First card I picked and looked at its physical center was 7 of Fire. It’s an old man and in the center I find his bare left arm and in particular his wrist that seems to have some leather thong wrapped around it. Considering his age it seems to be very smooth skin and not as wrinkled as one might think of considering his age, a strong arm. Second one is 5 of Earth and this one happens to be in the middle of a waterfall. Different shades of green and you can almost feel/hear the water running there, the movement is almost visible. A third try with the same cards give me Maiden of Water, something that could be a  necklace worn by a young woman standing in water with a setting sun behind and a dolphin jumping over her head and outstretched arms. Not a detailed one, just a simple string of beads that can be pale blue or purple. Hard to tell.

Next part of this exercise, and some other cards, gave me 7 of Air (Swords), 8 of Fire (Wands), Mother of Fire (Queen of Wands), 3 of Fire (Wands), Ace of Earth (Pentacles) and Crone of Water (King of Cups). Now it’s about finding the centre of meaning instead of the physical centre. Picking up the Ace of Earth and putting my finger on the gnome in the lower left corner. There are other symbols as well, but today and at this moment it’s the gnome. A typical picture of one really, red cone-shaped hat, pointy ears, big white beard and a possibly blue or green jacket. Age and wisdom, symbolic for the earth element, nature and animals. But make him cross and you might find things doesn’t really work out for you. Next card is the Crone of Water. She’s holding a bottle in her hands but it’s her face I’m drawn to. No emotion, almost a feeling of anger and yet I have the feeling of her holding a lot of emotions inside that she’s not letting anyone see. And a last one this time, Mother of Fire. A woman with long, red hair standing in front and to the left of a small fire. And it’s the fire that attracts me right now. Is there something in the fire besides wood? Could be a small container of some sort, but why is it in there then? If it is there, that is. Heating something up in the fire? Or this is the fire that’s starting to build up inside many of us this time of year up north with the returning light? Who knows? This is the fun part really, that none of us will interpret things exactly the same as any one else of us, we will find different things that is the center of our attention most every time we draw a card, even the same card. And since we are all different it could be fun to see how others see these same cards and compare what draw our attention to it.

Next exercise in the book is about practicing our skills in readings. Using the bridging and pinpointing and see what comes out of it. Hopefully I will write about that a little sooner then the last one. And just one thing that I noticed doing this exercise is that using cards that might have some more details and symbols could be of help. Not necessarily, but there will be more to choose from, it’s not a lot of tiny details in this one.

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Talking stick artistic representation.

Talking stick artistic representation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…and refused to give it back last night. Sigh and double sigh. The not so fun effects of not being able to make your body tired both physically and mentally when you’ve been off for some days. Wish I could’ve wrenched that stick from my brain and gently wacked it to sleep, but no. It kept talking about several different things and mostly about the elements. If I had given in for it I would’ve already written this in the middle of the night and perhaps I could have gone to sleep a little earlier, but now I didn’t because the physical part off me felt very content in the bed, warm and cosy. What element you might wonder, and for a good reason, if you search that word on Wikipedia you get a whole list of possible things that it might be. But in this case I’m more into the four elements earth, air, fire and water, or in whatever order you prefer to have them and if you add others or not.

 

 

I’ve been thinking about this before in my other blog (the one in my own language) and found out that there are many ways of adding symbols, correspondences like colors, crystals, incense, seasons, time of day and much, much more and how you can find these in different directions depending on what path, culture or tradition you are following. These elements can change direction quite a bit and it doesn’t matter if we talk in relation to tarot or in more religious or spiritual ways.

 

 

Just to take an example, when I started out with tarot, and the first course in it I took, I learnt that Wands/Fire was in the East, Cups/Water was in the South, Coins/Earth in the West and Swords/Air in the North. And now you see it in a circular motion clockwise like most others, but no! She started in the East, went over to West, up to the North and down to the South and then it all started over again. This is the only time I’ve seen this way of setting up the elements, but not many years ago I found that same way of not going clockwise.

 

 

English: A ritual circle. Used on a Wikipedia ...

English: A ritual circle. Used on a Wikipedia page about ‘magic circles’ used in Wicca and similar faiths. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Within a year or two I learnt more about wicca and the coven had different ways, so now it was East/Fire, South/Air, West/Water and North/Earth and that felt more like it fit me. But they had, as in Faery or Feri Wicca some additional points that I wont add now because it will feel confusing enough before I’m done. And I can understand if people, especially beginners, don’t know what to think or believe when they find out how many different ways you can put this. Later years I found another system that put East/Fire, South/Earth, West/Air and North/Water and that still takes some mind bending for me, and then you add that it was like in my first tarot course, not clockwise. I can find logic in it when I read about it, but it still doesn’t work smoothly. And at the same time I really like the North/Water because I like that direction and I can’t imagine myself living somewhere without water close by. Maybe it has something to do with Cancer being my rising sign in astrology? I don’t know, this is just the way I am.

 

 

But it’s nothing wrong with coming up with your own system as long as it works and makes sense for you. I started, or my brain started really, twisting and turning this and made a complete mess of it all… I live along the coast and it’s in the East according to the compass so if I really decided to I could have water in the East, just as well as fire because of the rising sun. Then in the south I could of course have fire because the warmer winds come from that direction and the summer heat so fire and air could fit in there. West then? Mountains (earth) but also the water fits in there because many of the rivers starts up there in the west and go down and the rain come from that direction many times. And then we have north, could be mountains again (earth) and some rivers do start up there too so there’s water, or we could add the cold northern winds. Sigh, back again. Oh well, whatever you decide to use will be fine by me, as long as it works out for  you.

 

 

Where all these directions and things come from? Partly it’s shamanic, others come from different occult traditions and others, well, who knows? Why not start a research and find out more? I promise, you can find out lots of things and maybe go from ? to ! with some of it.

 

 

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So, my plans for continuing with the exercises in the book I started with, didn’t exactly happen the way I wanted. But life doesn’t happen as one wish all the time we find out with time and experience. This time the intervention was named stomach flu… oh yes, that wonderful thing that turns you into something with no energy and a brain that has some similarities with a zombie. At least when first daughter gets it and our needed sleep was interrupted several times during the early Tuesday morning. Tired beyond belief we sat there most of that day not doing more than necessary. Deciding she would stay at home Wednesday too just to give her tummy a chance to get back to normal, sensitive as it can be a little now and then. So on Wednesday she felt better, started to get some real food down but still not quite so well as one would’ve wished. And then this generous little soul shared her flu with me so on Thursday I felt like a wreak with muscles hurting, head hurting and not in the mood for anything. My beloved mother came to my rescue and took care of my daughter during the day so I would have some rest and she wouldn’t worry about me all the time. So my day could be spent dozing, watching some tv and just exist. It was a gift that is worth more than any money in the world. Sorry to say, but grandma was given that loving “gift” too, but she’s feeling better already. But if my daughter felt anything like I did, I can understand it took her four days to feel ok again.

Altar for Reading Pagan's & Witches Imbolc Gat...

Altar for Reading Pagan’s & Witches Imbolc Gathering & Expo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, Saturday, I’m feeling better too, but my energy level isn’t what I wish it was, and some food and thoughts of food still makes me feel a little off. Not planning any fantastic dinners or something. And my plans for celebrating Imbolc went out the window. I ended up with some candles and thinking of what it represents in my world. Oh, if you wish to read some more about Imbolc I found this one at Patheos interesting too. How it can be so big differences depending on where in the world you live and what it looks like outside. Some parts, even around the northern hemisphere, starts to show signs of spring, but up here in my area we have longer days but still lots of snow left and that sort of spring where the trees starts to bud and you can start to see the first green straws of grass and perhaps the earliest flowers wont happen until late April and probably not until May. Depending on how early it becomes that is… Today it’s snowing slightly so it’s not any signs of  spring really, but I can feel it inside of me and see that it will come closer soon. Visited a fire festival recently and that became sort of the celebration I couldn’t do the day I had hoped for. If you look at this link from Youtube you can see the performance they had for 2012 and some other things going on like a fairytale walk with the gods of Ásatrú and returning of the missing runes, sled rides, a celebration that it might have looked like long time ago, the snow and other fun things going on. The location for this? Gammelstad, outside Luleå in Sweden

I had another plan for this week too, tarot related again, but it was an interesting webinar with James Wells and Leaving the Stories that Binds us. He had it on the Gaian Tarot Circle and it was really interesting to follow. I was interrupted halfway or so but thought I could go back to it later that evening. That didn’t happen as I found out, but it’s still there for me to listen to when I log into the forum again. I really like his way of working with tarot and his thoughts.

Oh well, daughter coming home for some lunch, and bringing a friend along so I better get that soup heated for them. And maybe there will be something for me also, feeling my tummy reminding me about that simple rule about eating small portions but a little more often until everything in the body is back to normal again.

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