Laundry Shmondry

6 of Swords

Fairy Tale MRP

Something funny today, I drew this card while waiting for the stop light to turn green.  I know it’s unsafe but I was meaning to draw a card when I get home today but Patrick called me to have lunch with him, so I had to change plans.  Having my Fairy Tale tarot deck in my bag, I took it out and shuffled it during stops.  Then after the third stop light, I cut it quick and pulled this one… viola, the six of swords!

I don’t know this fairy tale, so I will interpret this intuitively.  I saw a girl sewing clothes inside her room while she watches six swans fly by.  She is busy being alone doing chores and responsibilities but she is missing the beauty that is happening outside her little room.  This reminded me of my chores that I needed to do today.  But I just can’t say no to Patrick’s lunch invitation so I accepted it.  I was pretty much outside of my room and ignoring my laundry and paying attention to the beautiful swans… or the beautiful things in life (like free lunch and shopping).  *sigh*  But now I’m back to my apartment and I’m ready to start my intended plans for today.  Well after this entry of course.

Deck:  Fairy Tale Tarot by MRP

Sacred Days of Yule

I’m playing catch up so I can do this Sacred Days of Yule Tarot Spread. I just discovered it a few days ago from the forum. The direct link from the author is here.  I’ll post the complete spread with pictures at the end of this exercise.

1. Mother Night of Dreams: – Dec 20th This card reminds us to look for a particular message in our dreams tonight. The ancients believed that our dreams on this night foretold some of the important events in the coming year.

Unfortunately, I cannot remember my dream that night. But I can recall a few dreams here and there and most of them are family and friends related. I miss them so much that they keep popping in and out of my dreams.

I’m really happy that I pulled the 9 of Pentacles for this position. This card is about material prosperity. It’s that stage in one’s life where you feel stable and everything is going according to plan. I want to use this card as my motivation to start setting a proper budget, savings and all that other financial mambo jumbo. Right now I’m just spending as is, but my goal for next year is to be better at controlling it.

If I correlate my friends/family dream with the 9 of Pentacles, this could mean that my relationship with them will flourish. I’m guessing that some of my old friends from high school will come back in my life and my family and I will have a stronger relationship. I picked a really good card for the unforeseeable future.

2. Yule – Winter Solstice: – Dec 21st This card shows us how best to connect to the Light within and without – it symbolizes the Birth of the Sun.

I pulled the 8 of Wands for this position. This card is about a quick progress and development. It’s hard to read this card by itself, but I’m assuming that if I really want to know and learn more about my inner self (consciousness), all I have to do is push myself towards that direction. But how do I tap into that? Patrick has been motivating me to learn the Transcendental Meditation. He just had an initiation to that and he said it’s very beneficial. Maybe I should give this TM a chance. It’s a quick twice a day meditation, 20 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes in the evening. I’m going to think more about this and see if it will work with my work schedule.

3. The Time of Beth: – Dec 22nd This card points to the inner blocks and resistance that is holding us back from following our dreams.

This is very literal, but what’s blocking my growth is the Strength to move forward. This card is not just talking about physical prowess but inner strength as well. The confidence and trust in one’s self that anything is possible. I have a few ideas up in the air in regards to professional and personal advancements but my mind is still scattered. I still don’t know where to begin. I heard this before, but the hardest part of doing something is starting it. I’m still garnering my will and energy to actually do something productive.

4. Hopi Time of Renewal – Dec 23rd This card indicates the best way for us to seek purification and renewal, and to build tolerance for others.

A perfect card for this position – The Hermit. I need to find a sanctuary from my busy life. I need to really schedule that “me time”. Sometimes I’m so busy with work and other relationships that I scrimp on my personal needs. I think I need to pick one day a week and really preserve that day just for me, with no social commitments, no technology to bother me (like emails and cellphones)… just me, maybe a book and a coffee.

I like how The Hermit is portrayed in the Victorian Romantic. As usual, he is a man of old age. He holds an hourglass in his left hand and a scythe in his right. The scythe is about cutting your connection with the world and just be one with himself. The hourglass is about time-well-spent.

5. Feast of Mothers, Christmas Eve: – Dec 24th This card shows how we can connect with the spirits of our ancestors for communion and to ask for wisdom and guidance. It is also a time for Christians to reflect on the birth of Christ.

The Magician is the message of my ancestors to me. How creepy is this? In the Magician Card, there is a skeleton standing up beside the table, looking at him. He looks startled by the enlightening message from either the book that he is reading or the whispers from the other side. They’re telling me that everything is in my hands right now. Everything is under my control. I just need to re-assure myself and be confident of myself.

6. Festival of Life, Christmas: – Dec 25th This card shows us how to connect directly with Spirit.

The Fool is telling me to be a dare-devil this coming year. To be unafraid and look at the future with positive light. To be carefree and to trust that everything will go well. In this card, a circus performer is showing his act on stage, although he looks ridiculous to them, he is not afraid of what they think. This is his real self and he has nothing to be ashamed of.

7. Yuletide, Kwanzaa: – Dec 26th This card shows us how to express nurturance, to attend to our families and to express the protective energy within us towards others.

The Chariot. To be pro-active in the relationship. Don’t stay passive. Be interested in what they are doing and in return, they will be interested in what I am doing. I see a picture of four people in this chariot. It’s unlike any other Chariot cards I’ve ever seen. In this card, it seems like there is a teamwork and participation from different people in order to proceed in the right direction. A very interesting card that relates to dealing with family and friends.

8. Birth of Freyja: – Dec 27th This card points to issues of love, luck, artistic and creative expression and female wisdom.

The World.  This card has been showing itself in almost every deck I use.  May it be the Deviant Moon, Tarot of the Dead or even the Secret Tarot.  I’m always happy to see it because it reassures me that everything will be okay.  Whatever I’m doing is leading me to the right direction.  Seeing that this card is in the position for love and creative aspects, I’m positive that my extra-curricular activities and plans will work out well this coming year.

9. Feast of Alcyone: – Dec 28th This card gives us a personal inner message – one that speaks directly to our heart and spirit.

I love this depiction of The High Priestess.  According to the companion book, she is a witch who can foresee the future.  The smoke that is coming out of the cauldron is some sort of a divination.  This is fascinating to me because I like doing spells here and there.  This year would be a good year for me to really get into doing tarot spells.  I did a really powerful one a few months ago and I think I need to continue experimenting on this.  This card is especially telling me to continue seeking the truth and the mystery… the hidden ones that can only be uncovered by continuous learning and understanding of the arts and esoteric.

10. Day of Nymphs – Dec 29th This card encourages us to connect to our playful side, our inner child and how best to cultivate this aspect of ourselves.

Nine of Cups showed up for this position.  I’m assuming that this card is telling me to be contented with what I have and enjoy the simpler things in life.  The picture is showing a guy who has a cup that is either filled or empty.  But whatever it is, it doesn’t bother him.  I’m thinking that this is encouraging me to be creative this coming year.  I need to find things that I already have or something that I already know and make use of it.  I have a feeling that this card is advising me to not be wasteful as well, and to not focus on the negative side of things.  To connect with my inner being, I have to accept experiences as they come.  I need to lower expectations and make them reasonable as to not fall flat when they are not met.

11. Day of Rest: – Dec 30th This card shows us how to walk our path in a relaxed and confident way….with the ability to deal with stressful situations in a philosophical, detached way.

Another perfect card for this position… The Six of Swords!  When I pulled it, I immediately thought “Look at the brighter side!”.  The picture shows people sailing towards the castle and they are not too far from the coast anymore.  Their travel is at an end and they will be safe again.  I also see this as a “travel” card or a vacation.  Patrick and I are actually thinking of doing a cruise this year and this may well predict that future.  How amazing!

12. New Year’s Eve, Hogmanay – Dec 31st This card shows us how to release the old and let in the new. This relates to both our external lives and our inner being.

5 of Cups.  2009 was a huge turning point in my life.  A lot of big decisions has been made.  A lot of disappointments has been experienced.  But a lot of good things has also happened in my life.  In this picture, I see a woman who looks to be somewhat disappointment.  She seems to be focusing too much on what she is seeing and not realizing that she has a full basket of beautiful flower behind her.  This card is telling me to finally let go of the hurtful past and learn from it instead.

Overall, I’m really impressed with this reading.  This yule spread extends and predicts the coming 2010 events too.  I’m glad to see a lot of major cards in this spread.  I’m thinking that 2010 is another huge one for me.

My Transition

10 of Cups

Victorian Romantic

This is a late post, but I got the Six of Swords yesterday.  When I pulled it that morning, I’m not quite sure what it means.  I usually read this card as a physical travel or a transition of sorts.  But I wasn’t going anywhere since I’m working the whole day.

I just understood it when the day was over.  The companion book gave meanings of “going quietly through a transition” and “accepting a challenge without complaints”.  And that is what just happened at work.  I was assigned a case without having a second nurse, so I did pretty much everything on my own.  It was a start of something good.  Now I can do what I’m used to doing, without someone else getting under my skirt (LOL).

This is a really pretty image and I’m liking the companion book a lot.  The references to the paintings and artists are amazing.  I’m having more appreciation to arts!  Which brings my attention to buying Giclee prints.  Baba Studio has a lot of prints to sell but I can’t afford them all.  I can only dream.  But right now, I’m waiting for 3 prints from them.  I bought “The Lovers” print from the VR, the “Tarot Reader” print from the Baroque Bohemian Cats, and the “Strength” print from the Bohemian Gothic.  One from each will do me for now.  I’m excited to get them in hands soon!  I’m still pondering if I should frame them or not.  My walls are not big enough for them all.

Deck:  Victorian Romantic Tarot – MRP

Leaving the Fantasy

Archeon Tarot

Whenever I see the 6 of Swords, I always associate it with traveling or leaving something behind. In the picture, the boat seems to be sailing away from the swords. The swords mean conflict or problem, so in my interpretation I can safely say that the situation will soon be at ease. It’s a time of moving on and looking at the future instead of focusing on the past.

The 7 of Cups is a card of fantasy and day-dreaming. In this card, we see a woman riding a mystical flying horse (Pegasus, perhaps?). She is looking back at the beautiful cups behind her. Are these temptations? Or is she just admiring them? In the RWS, these cups are filled with different goodies. They are mixed with ‘wants’ and ‘needs’ or ‘fantasy’ and ‘reality’! We just need to practice objectivity and choose which one to pick. So easily said than done.

I hate to say this but my obsession with buying decks are slowly coming to a halt. Not completely, but slowly. Like the 6 of Swords, my obsession is slowly leaving. At first, I had a lot in my wish list… but now, I feel like narrowing it down to just a few. I’m still curious about OOP decks but I’m not out there looking to buy all of them. So far, the biggest weight on my wish list are the Victorian Romantic, William Blake Tarot, The Alchemical Tarot and Tarot of Durer. Just recently acquired my Waking with the Wild Spirit Tarot and I’m loving the artwork, although I think I will delay studying it. The Bohemian Gothic will soon be in my hands and I think that deck will calm me down until next month…. LOL. But by next month, I will really put a leash on it. This month’s spending spree is over.

Deck: Archeon Tarot by Timothy Lantz

Change of Plans

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First thing I’ve noticed in this spread is that they all have a body of water surrounding them.  So this spread is probably dealing with emotions, feelings and relationships.  I also noticed that the Queen of Cups is turning her back to the other two cards.  The Six of Swords and the Eight of Cups seem to be leaving and going somewhere else.

It may sound odd but I associate myself with the Queen of Cups. I’m very much in touch with my emotions. I’m caring, sensitive and moody at times.  So in this case, I decided to put myself in this interpretation.

The Six of Swords is about leaving the difficulties behind and going somewhere safer.  We do not see the faces of the people here so it’s hard to know what the emotions are.  But their posture says a lot.  Their backs are slouched and their heads are kept down.  It seems like they have experienced something bad but they are now saved by the ferryman.  This card is also interpreted as travel (or maybe driving around).  Hmmm… well, I’m going with Patrick to Encino to watch a movie with friends… so maybe this is what the cards are telling me.

The Eight of Cups is about leaving something known or familiar and exploring something new or unknown.  For me, it may also mean turning something down or changing my plans to something better.  I didn’t expect this, but Pat and I decided to cancel our dinner plan with friends tonight.  We thought we’ll just do something responsible around the apartment instead.  Well, he did laundry… I blogged.  =D  We also canceled the brunch for tomorrow with Brian because we want to sleep late tomorrow.  We just over-booked ourselves this weekend with social stuff and it seems too much.  But everybody was okay with us re-scheduling so that’s cool.

A Warning

Today’s cards (using legacy of the divine tarot) are:

Ace of Swords | Queen of Wands | Six of Swords

The Ace of Swords signifies mental clarity. The sky is being cleared off of the dark clouds. This might indicate a new idea coming up.

The next card shows a determined/confident woman looking straight at me with strong intent. She wants to do something. And when a Queen of Wands wants to do something, no one can get in her way. I hope she’s not mad at me.

The Six of Swords is telling me that she’s planning on traveling somewhere. Maybe she wants to visit someone. Is she going to visit me? Is she going to take me somewhere?

The cards today are a bit mysterious. I can’t wait how the day would transpire.

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UPDATE

In my reading earlier today, I thought the cards were telling me that I will be having a surprise get-together with a friend. I was very excited and I was actually waiting for someone to call me. But to no avail, nobody called nor texted about any events tonight.

While my prediction didn’t occur, the same cards still made an impact today.

The Ace of Swords is an element of air. Air means conflict or problems. It’s also good to note that a sword has two edges. One side means peace of mind, while the other means stress or conflict. Judging today’s events, I had both energies. In a way, this card was advising me to keep alert.

I have to keep reminding myself that the court cards are genderless. If I draw a king, it doesn’t necessarily mean a guy. Instead, I have to look for the qualities of the court card. In this case, the Queen of Wands appeared as a traffic police officer. I was pulled over this morning by this cop. I opened the windows, greeted the officer and politely/innocently asked what I did wrong. Apparently, I crossed a street with a “Turn Right Only” sign. I honestly told him I didn’t see it… I also added I’m new to the area, which is true. I still have an Arizona plate number and Arizona license registration. (But seriously, where was that sign because I didn’t see it!). At this time, I was thinking… if he represents the Queen of Wands, I better be nice. I do not want to F with him! I know that the Queen of Wands can be commanding and intimidating but she can also be generous, if treated fairly.

For some reason, after handing him my license and registration, he just briefly looked at my papers and said “Just go.”, while shaking his head a little (He may even have rolled his eyes too if only he didn’t have any shades….). I got the impression that maybe it’s not worth both his and my time to be going through this. The street that I crossed has barely any traffic and safety is not a big concern. And this is where I see the Six of Swords. Him letting me go from conviction. The card implies flight or going from a bad situation to a better situation. While still understanding what happened, I simply thanked him and drove slowly away. This event also reminded me of The Wheel from yesterday. Maybe I’m still carrying the good luck of that card until today.

So note to self: When swords appear in the reading, make sure to be extra careful with your surroundings. Practice and continue being alert. And be nice to cops!

Suit Yourself

Warning: My entry is from the book “What’s in the cards for you?” by Mark McElroy. If you don’t want spoilers from the book, please don’t proceed. Thanks.

So far I’m having so much fun with the book. It’s ingenious!

Today, the focus is on the pips (ace to 10). I had to rate my situation without knowing what suit they represent. And this is what I got:

6 of Coins | 4 of Cups | 6 of Swords | 5 of Wands

Material and Physical Satisfaction: 5
Emotional and Spiritual Satisfaction: 4
Mental and Intellectual Satisfaction: 6
Creative and Occupational Satisfaction: 5

The 5 of Coins is telling me my financial position right now. Like the poor person in the card, he seems to have no income going on. Right now, I’m just living off of my savings… yikes.

The 4 of Cups is telling me that I need to study other forms of spirituality or religion. My beliefs are becoming ordinary and boring. If I look, I might discover something new and beautiful.

The 6 of Swords is telling me that right now, my understanding of things is moving forward. I see this as part of my study of the tarot. My journey to self-discovery is actually moving somewhere.

The 5 of Swords is my occupational outlook. I’m still struggling with myself and these people in the card stem from one tree…. and that means I’m battling with myself. The cards keep telling me this.

The book suggests repeating the test after 30 days and see if it would change. =D I am definitely going to do this again.