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Trying to find something to write about again and decided to try out a tarot spread I found on the net.

Ok, a surprise when I started to lay out the cards, one was reversed! I very seldom use reversed cards so how did this come to be? The answer came just seconds later when I remembered the cat who had managed to pull this deck down, and since the pouch wasn’t closed properly some cards fell out and I just put them back and made sure he couldn’t reach the cards again. Mystery solved.

But now I will try out this spread to see where I have my strengths and weaknesses as a tarot reader. Hard to tell since I’m not much into doing spreads for others. But I did one recently for one that I don’t know and didn’t know much about the situation either, but a very satisfied and happy client. I hope my interpretations of the cards turned out for the best and will be of some help with the problem at hand. No, I didn’t give them a “manual” on how to deal with it, mostly I told this person about how I perceived the situation and where things where right now in their life. Then I just gave some questions to think about during the spread, since most things is something you have to solve yourself with a little help here and there. And I used Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan as advice cards, something extra to work with or keep in mind.

Now over to my spread and I found it on a page called Little Red Tarot, and look at this page too where  you can find her Top 10 spreads. I’m using Gaian Tarot and the bottom or shadow card is Seven of Earth and top card is Two of Air.

Reading for the reader

Reading for the reader

7 The Canoe (The Chariot) – about me in general, what is my most important characteristic. Good question, who am I? With this card I would say someone who works towards a goal, maybe not the same all the time, but trying to get where I want. I’m somewhat a loner, nature and the sea is important for me and fill me with peace and inspiration. When something makes me interested and want to know more, I can become very focused on that particular subject or matter, sometimes to the brink of “nerd”. Besides that I’m relying a lot of feelings, intuition, even if I try to keep both feet firmly on the ground.

Explorer of Earth rx (Knight of Pentacles) – what strengths that I already have as a reader. That one was somewhat difficult since it’s a reversed card. What strengths should I have with this? A girl out in a forest with a deer and a badger, looking at something that catches her attention. She’s not afraid, just cautious and aware of her surroundings. I know my own limitations and what I’m not so good at and that can be ok sometimes, but I probably should focus more on the positive sides of myself. That I take care of my daughter, trying to be as good a parent as possible, that I’m strong in many ways, have a spiritual side that might not be visible for everyone but it’s there, living it in different ways every day.

12 The Tree (The Hanged Man) – what limits I feel as a reader. Ok, hanging upside down it can be hard to sometimes see the world as others do of course. That I feel I don’t trust myself, what I see and feel, when I do spreads for others. I have got confirmation that I’ve been on the spot several times, even if what I have written or said doesn’t seem to be coherent at all for me. But I’m not the one who needs to understand the message, the person asking the question does and apparently they do. If I just let go and trust what is there, that is. I’m not as relaxed and confident as this woman in the tree seems to be. Taking things as they come and when. No need to rush things.

21 Gaia the World – what key lessons I can learn on my developmental journey. Everything, all I want and care to learn. It’s all there, just a question of when and where I want to find it and learn more. Mostly I can learn to be at peace and feel secure in nature, and in myself, try to find balance and love of all beings and things in this world. Trust that things will happen as they should and when they are ready. The Goddess is in me and around me, in all I do and where we live.

Ten of Earth – how I can be open to learning and developing on this journey. Just walk along, listen, feel, touch, smell and taste. Take walks in nature, see the ever turning wheel of life and death, growth and decay. Find a quiet place now and then and just open up to what is around me. Nature will be my greatest teacher.

Two of Water – the potential outcome of this journey. So what will this tell me. A woman standing with a white wolf or dog that holds its front paws on her shoulder. The waterfall in the background… me having a deep and loving connection with special individuals in my life and in nature. Feeling refreshed, in peace, loving, spiritual and in harmony with most of my surroundings. One day, one step at a time.

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That was what I tried to tell it when I could hear daughter sleeping peacefully, feeling much better after her Scarlet fever. Me, on the other hand, have been somewhat bored some of the days when I haven’t been able to do what I would really have loved, walk outside with the camera, so I guess this is just a “symptom” of the week gone by. Back to yesterday then.

Runes

Runes

I tried to go to sleep, relax, find a comfortable position to sleep in, ignore daughter snooze beside me, and above else make my brain shut up! It was chattering about this and that, and mostly about making little clay amulets that could be used for offerings, gifts and whatever comes to mind. You know that simple clay you make for kids out of all purpose flour, some salt, and  water? That kind, maybe added some food coloring and then put runes and different symbols on them. Or as I’ve seen some people do, add dried flowers, herbs and spices. But my brain was into this with just using runes, Goddess and God symbols, and those from the tarot such as a symbol for wands, swords, cups,and of course pentacles. And what size should they be? Smaller so you could put it in a little pouch of some sort, or a little bigger so you could put it somewhere visible or wear it in some way? And talking about a pouch, maybe one could find small pieces of fabric and make some of those so people can put their messages and stones in it? It had lots of ideas in that way, and maybe if I had written it down it could have been easier to go to sleep, but I didn’t so today will be an early night for sure. And because daughter is back to school tomorrow, their days goes from 8.10am to 13.10pm with lunch and some shorter breaks included, so I think she can do it.

Something else that might have added to this chatter in my head is Pinterest, oh yes, I’ve fallen for it too. Fun place to be and you can find a lot of interesting things to look at and sites you wouldn’t find otherwise perhaps. Besides that I’ve been to the library and found a book about using silver clay so I guess my brain was just bored and needed something to do, just wrong time of the “day”.

I’ve had this idea before with doing these offering stones. If I start counting it is several years since my first round. At that time me and a friend were planning a tarot evening and we had lots of fun doing that! Unfortunately we had to cancel since my friend caught a bad cold and couldn’t do it. But the idea was to sort of make it an entry into a magical world, when you arrived you would have a magical “potion” to open your eyes to this world of tarot and magic. When everyone was there it would begin with some talk about something tarot and everyone would be able to talk to other people, grab something to eat or drink. Take a look at different decks, both tarot and oracle, a table where you could sit down, grab a deck and do a reading for someone else. Another idea was to have a fire going in some way outside, add little scraps of paper, a couple of pencils and perhaps some incense, and for those who wanted they could write a wish or something they wanted to get rid of, fold that little paper and put it in the fire. Lots of ideas in that way. What about the offering stones? They come in at the end of this evening, when everyone is going home again. Before they would leave the idea was that they could have a magical cookie to return to the ordinary world, they could take one of these stones from a pot or something and maybe we would have little notes that would explain the rune or symbol on it. Another one was if we had some tarot and oracle decks with missing cards that you could use by putting those in a bowl and people could pull a card on their way out, or a piece of paper that had a quote, a word, or just some kind of message for them to bring back home.

So, that is what my brain was holding the talking stick for. And yes, I did go to sleep finally, we woke up at 10am so it was really time to get up and the cat thought so too.

Lovely walk

Lovely walk

Otherwise nothing special going on lately. Nature at its best, some rain and warmer temperatures made everything explode as usual. Lovely outside and hoping it will continue for some more weeks now. The cat making us laugh with his silliness. Examples? One of them was when he apparently forgot he was going to groom himself and forgot to put his tounge back in, unfortunately we had no camera close to take a photo, he looked really goofy. That is about it, and despite young one being sick we have had lots of daughter-mum time, watching movies, playing games and just take things as they come.

We did go for a lovely walk earlier the same day as she got sick, and this is one of the photos from it. There is usually lots of birds around there so now they have made a nice path with places to stop and watch the birds and some signs that tells you what kind of birds you might be able to see and some facts about them. The place is called Mjölkuddstjärn, unfortunately I can’t find any information about it in this language yet, but I do hope they will add it soon.

Some other photos

Watching outside

Watching outside

On the balcony, oooh so interesting!

On the balcony, oooh so interesting!

Sleeping (daughters photo)

Sleeping (daughters photo)

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Photos of late

So finally the weather decided it would be a little more going outside friendly. Fantastic today, and much warmer again and hopefully it will last for some time now. I wouldn’t mind, and many others with me long for this. There isn’t much else to say really, some photos of the cat while he is sleeping and playing with the hair brush that daughter teased him with. Growing and still loves to snuggle in the morning and have some cuddle. When I’m back home he usually demands to have a nap and some more cuddle. The photos from outdoors was taken today and I could really feel the energy rising through me with the sun, ice is going away from the river and all the birds chirping telling everyone where they are and that this is their territory! Enough talking, here are the photos instead.

Sleepy kittty

Sleepy kitty

Playtime?

Playtime?

I got you!

I got you!

What are you doing?

What are you doing?

Still no summer

Still no summer

The ice is gone

The ice is gone

Just lovely

Just lovely

Still some ice left here and there

Still some ice left here and there

No time for a swim yet

No time for a swim yet

There will be leaves soon

There will be leaves soon

Mr and Mrs Mallard taking a swim

Mr and Mrs Mallard taking a swim

Just to sit there and relax

Just to sit there and relax

Some green in a protected and sunny spot

Some green in a protected and sunny spot

Just because I wanted to

Just because I wanted to

Even some green grass with the help of the stone that keeps the warmth

Even some green grass with the help of the stone that keeps the warmth

 

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So there hasn’t been much written by me lately, again I might add. But the funeral of my uncle is over with and our warmer days seems to have gone into hiding too. We even had some snow late last night and some of it was still here when we woke up. Colder weather so nothing unusual, typical May here.

Beltane then, I guess I don’t have to write so much about it really, there are so many people who are better at that who have already done so, Google is a great help for it. For once the weather was really great, sunshine, a little chill in the air but nothing you can’t find clothes for and me and daughter got on our bikes and even found a fire burning, and lots of people already there celebrating or just being there because that is what you do on that day. I wasn’t much different when I was a kid, it was fun but nothing I really knew the reason for, it was just a tradition. I didn’t go into any deeper aspects of Beltane with my daughter, just some interesting to know stuff why fires are lit, to have good crops later and that the animals would live and prosper. We had some fun at least, found some people we knew and talking some and then home and get a cup of tea and something to eat. I have some photos further down of that evening.

I found a spread for Beltane that I would have loved to try out then, but since I didn’t look at my e-mails earlier I missed it. It is from LoveDove Tarot and this is my interpretation of it with Gaian Tarot.

Beltane Goddess Mojo Tarot

Beltane Goddess Mojo Tarot

1. This symbolises your Chi/Life force right now. This is what your energy is tied up in or how it currently expresses itself.

The Emperor/The Builder

It is building, creating, finding ways of building my home, family and what to do about our future. And I think that sometimes I get so caught up in the details that I miss out on the full picture around me, the whole of my existence, my life. I have a home, fine, I have a lovely daughter and wonderful mum and younger brother. That is also great so that is not anything I have to put any major energy into. But I get caught up in the smaller things that is important in one way or another, but maybe not helping me along, getting me out there and do something more. And at the same time I love doing those little small things that might not make a difference to anyone else but me or those around that know/see the difference or understand what it is all about.

2. This card symbolises the blessing that is there for you to invoke on Beltane. This is Fire from Heaven but can sometimes come in a very different and non-fiery form. Either way, if it does look more like a challenge, it will be something that will unblock your Chi flow.

Three of Air

Books, pencils, tarot decks, oracle ones, time and space, writing and getting caught up in the words that either comes as a previous thought or just flows from your fingers without really making a stop at your conscious part of the brain. This isn’t very fiery, as in making things like running or creating things in more of moving around ways. So I don’t know if this is to be seen as a challenge or something else, just doing something that would be a blessing for me. Be creative in a way that suits me better than some other ways perhaps. Writing, using words, pictures, photos, having my own space where I create whatever comes through my “hands”. Maybe that would also get my Chi flowing again, getting outside finding some inspiration and then finding a quite spot somewhere and write whatever comes to mind. But where am I supposed to go with this? Time will tell.

3. The ‘Fire proof container’ card symbolises an influence in your life that you can harness in order to avoid burnout. It’s a protective energy. It could also symbolize a supportive person or an attitude you need to adopt if one of the court cards are found there.

Nine of Water

A woman standing in a cave with her arms stretched out welcoming, or hailing, the incoming light, all the elements are there from rock, to water, air and the warmth of the sun. The importance of being in balance with myself and my surroundings. I need to get out in the world, but I have to take it one step at a time and feel grounded and centered in myself, know that I can get in touch with Mother Earth and Father Sky anytime I need it and wherever I am at the time.

4. The Fire (if invoked) will burn away whatever is symbolized by this card, in order to free up more of your Life force energy.

Three of Earth

There is friendship and joy, the joy of doing things together, sharing the special times with creating and taking care of the blessings we have. So what is to be burnt away here? Friendship? Creating things with others? No, not really that, there is something else here, more of burning away the idea that I will wait for other people with similar interests to share moments like these with. Hm, how will I put this so it will come out right? I can’t sit around waiting for people to come and invite me to things like these, or finding them somewhere close, it would be better to start out on my own to begin with and then see what will happen. If there is people around who shares my ideas they will come, but if not at least I have done something myself. And that this might not be my best, working with herbs and such. There are so many other things to do besides that even if I find it interesting.

5. The Fire (if invoked) will feed this element in your life. This is where you should focus more effort in the next couple of months.

Elder of Earth (King)

An elderly woman at her spinning wheel out in the yard with fruit trees and a deer in the background. Is this what I should focus more on? Creating something, feeling like I’m doing something for myself and nature, creating a foundation for things to come. Preparing the material needed and just feel grounded and knowing the wheel is turning, ever turning to bring us further on with our threads of fate and life. This is something that will be interesting to find out, what and where?

6. +7. These two cards expand on card 5.

Eight of Air + Justice

So what are these two expanding on for what I need to focus on in the next couple of months? First card is a group of people sitting outside listening to the man who is holding the talking stick and perhaps he is teaching a lesson, or just explaining things, sharing his viewpoint on something they have been talking about. The other card is a man dressed in loose fitting clothes holding a burning heart in his right hand and a feather in his left. He is standing above running water with several animals around him and some beautiful flowers. He is balance between heart and mind, nature and humanity, Heaven and Earth. Keep the balance both inside and outside. Be willing to listen to what is said around you in the times to come, there are many wise words hidden and if you are willing to listen and wait for your turn to talk there is much to discover. During this time find your balance and get in touch with nature, listen to what it has to say to you while you find your inner balance between heart and mind.

Bottom card: Elder of Fire, Top card: Two of Water

This first photo was taken on a walk on my way into the central parts of town and I couldn’t resist taking it, so special. The three after that are taken at Beltane and the photo that looks like the ground is on fire is actually taken by my 8 year old daughter. A friend of ours said that with a little imagination you could see the head of a Chinese dragon, and I can only agree. Can you see it?

The four cards after that is taken on May 1st when I was taking a walk around where I live, I think I found a new friend! It looked like a snake peaking up along the tree, a true natures art. And the last photos are taken at my dads childhood home.

Another world or dimension?

Another world or dimension?

The fire from a little distance

The fire from a little distance

Closer to the fire

Closer to the fire

Forest fire, or a dragon head waking up with spring celebration?

Forest fire, or a dragon head waking up with spring celebration?

Not time for a bath yet

Not time for a bath yet

Just a walk along the river

Just a walk along the river

A new friend looking up

A new friend looking up

What it looked like from the other side

What it looked like from the other side

Scilla siberica first flowers out around the house

Scilla siberica first flowers out around the house

Rhubarb slowly coming up

Rhubarb slowly coming up

Mice and their work during winter

Mice and their work during winter

Crocus

Crocus

 

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