Thursday, July 30, 2009

The MOON

Oooo...the moon! (She'll be full in about 6 days!)

This is a card a writer can work with. Check it out:

In her book Solitary Witch, Silver Ravenwolf says this is a card of "Intuition; deception; night work; instinct; struggle for sanity; change; possible confusion; magick; gossip; stuck between a rock and a hard place; self-esteem issues; empathic."
And http://www.salemtarot.com/ says: "When the Moon appears in your present, things are not as they seem. Deception of one’s self, or from another, is strongly indicated. Extreme caution when dealing with others is advised. New information comes to you, possibly in dreams or through a vision. In any case, when the truth is exposed, it must be dealt with. Accepting the darker, wilder side can bring peace; denial only brings chaos."

Presently, I have some characters dealing with a bit of this....mwahahahahaha!

The WORLD

Okay, so I've been gone and neglected my tarot of the day for a few days. I've been busy. I need more hours in the day. Like 12 more. Would we all really have mental breakdowns if we had more time in each day? (K says so in MIB.) I mean don't egg farmers control chicken's day/night environments so they lay more eggs? Wouldn't we be more productive too? Just think, 36 hour days, and you still work only 8? That's 10 to sleep, and you still have half of the day left for all your chores, helping the kids with homework, and just relaxing. Wouldn't we all be happier?

Anyway. So, on with the card.

http://www.salemtarot.com/tarotcard_The_World.html says, "The World is the twenty-second card in the Major Arcana, and is given the number 21 to indicate the subconscious mind of the High Priestess (2) uniting completely with the conscious mind of the Magician (1)."

Now there's something that hadn't occurred to me before. And how the central figure in this card is often considered a Hermaphrodite, that blending of female subconscious and male conscious is made a bit more interesting.

Salem Tarot also says, "A figure dances in the center of a giant victory wreath. The creatures that symbolize the four elements have materialized, taking on more realistic forms." and "The dancer passes through the wreath, entering a new phase of development, holding two wands. These wands channel the energy outward and inward, in an endless flow. The Wheel has come full circle, and the Dance of Life begins again, coiling ever upward toward divinity."

A fascinating card, to be sure. But there's more!

"The World is a card of unlimited potential put into experienced hands: the opportunity of a lifetime. Its image literally states “the sky’s the limit”. If you have been waiting for your chance, this is IT. You have the tools to accomplish your goal, and the door is open. The World is a card of action. Of all the Major Arcana, only the first (The Fool) and the last (The World) show movement. While The Fool is like the dawn of creation and its promise, the World is like the hallmark of self-actualization. The benefits indicated by this card are truly as limitless as the cosmos it represents."

And who doesn't want to hear that the door is open?

Friday, July 24, 2009

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Fool. Again.

We've seen this one before...and recently. Hmmm.

I gave your the definition from The Mystic Eye last time we saw this card, so this time I offer the definition from a website I'm rather fond of. (Italics are my doing, not the websites.) http://www.spiritualguidancetarot.com/judgment1.html "When the fool card is drawn you are about to embark on an adventure or you are in the midst of a course of action that has some degree of newness and excitement to it. A great deal of potential lies ahead. It is important at this time to maintain balance. In this card the young man dances along happily. He is fully in the present moment and enjoying himself very much. He isn't caught up in the past and he isn't worried over the future... he is fully present and aware. This allows him to make the most of the potential of any given moment. At this time you benefit by pouring all your energy into the task at hand - if you get too caught up in wonder/worry over the future or spend too much time looking back you stop moving. You can only discover how much you are capable of if you are willing to make the most of the circumstances you find yourself in presently and learn from them as you go. This is a card of fresh starts/new beginnings.

So, with edits about done, I'm going to pour all my focus into that, then move back to BOOK THREE and "make the most of the circumstances" the characters have found themselves in...mwahahahaha.

So...what do YOU take from this card?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Star

FROM: http://www.ata-tarot.com "...the Star will light your way. Its light is not a blinding flash like the lightning bolt of the Tower, but a soft radiating glow that warms and comforts..." and "When you cannot help yourself, the Star tells you to look to the heavens for guidance. Or, more appropriately, look to the spark of divinity that lies within yourself that you could not see or acknowledge before. Each of us has a little piece of the Star deep inside, waiting to cast its light into the world to light the way." Also, "The Star is a card of faith, both in your own power, and in powers greater than your own. ... What exactly is faith? It could be said that faith is a conscious belief in an unconscious experience, of which we may not be directly aware, but of which we can still feel the effects. This definition fits both belief in a deity and belief in your own abilities. Having faith in any power will allow that power to manifest in your life. Believing that something will happen is as sure a way as any to make it happen."
See the above website for more, as their explanation of the card is long and detailed. It's a great site, very insightful, referencing other cards in their explanations to make a full understanding of the Tarot, not just this single card.
I've been drawing many Major Arcana cards. I wonder what that's all about???

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Judgment...

Again with this site: http://www.spiritualguidancetarot.com/judgment1.html
I just really like this one!

The Judgement card (misspelled the correct spelling is Judgment...just a bit of trivia thrown in there ;) ) represents fairness, discipline, control. It is a merciful card not harsh and it calls us to be more disciplined and fair with ourselves. Don't settle for less than you deserve whether that is at the hands of others or by your own hands. When this card comes up you are asked to look at yourself and your situation with a high degree of honesty. Are you truly doing what is in your best interests? or merely what you "think" you want? In this card the Angel Gabriel sounds the trumpet - it is a wakeup call to look for your higher purpose at this time and live up to those higher standards. Accept and honor yourself enough to do the right thing even if it isn't necessarily the easiest thing.
Whoa. Heavy....

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Magician & my weekend...

http://www.spiritualguidancetarot.com/magician1.html says the Magician is "...the ultimate card of manifesting. In this card he points his hand to the sky and looks at all the elements on the altar before him. When this card comes up your thoughts/beliefs are about to take shape - this can mean an enourmous surge of determination and creative energy or it can indicate challenges due to negativity. When you catch yourself saying "I can't" what you believe will manifest, but fortunately the opposite is also true, when you believe in yourself and are determined positive goals will manifest for you as well. Take your energy and consciously direct it towards positive thoughts and actions at this time and you will get a lot accomplished!"

No more negative self-talk! Not for me or for you out there!!
I met this weekend with someone who influenced me in the past, through simple honest encouragement. We talked about many things Friday, but the most important thing, the thing I want to share with everyone is this: the seed you plant, an idea, a pat-on-the-back, an encouraging word --or the negative flip-sides of those-- has the potential to grow in those you plant them with. People can, through their self-talk, nurture those seeds, for good or for ill, and that may be what flourishes in their life. Granted this is up to them, what they do with what they are told, but if there are people in your life whom you care about, take the time to be honest and be encouraging. You never know what may happen in twenty years that they might thank you for. (That's how it worked in my case, anyway....)
With that said, I'm off to write, write , write and manifest those words onto the page!!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Made the PNR List!

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I am certainly delighted to be included. Thanks to Missy and the PNR staff!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Botanical Gardens of Cleveland



It was an evening of research. Warm but breezy, and despite the free concert nearby, it was quiet. The sounds trickled in like the ghost of a concert. Few people were around and I preferred it this way, being a Mojito-virgin & a Cleveland-Botanical-Gardens-virgin before this camera-in-hand stroll. The refreshing Mojito kept me from becoming parched. I only had to adjust one pic for "leaning."
No Tarot today. The world feels like all is right.





Wednesday, July 15, 2009

3 of Pentacles

Today its a quickie post...

A cool Tarot site to visit: http://www.ifate.com/cardoftheday.html


Today their card is the Three of Pentacles. Meaning: "Work: An emphasis on the fundamentals of hard work and the fulfillment of seeing a job done well. Advancement and new opportunities come through diligence and perseverance."


Let's hope so. Now, I'm off to do research at the Botanical Gardens tonight.

Monday, July 13, 2009

3 Card Spread; NRRRadio

http://www.llewellyn.com/free/tarot has options of the spread you randomly draw as a reading, not just a single card spread. I went for the smaller three-card spread and selected the Shapeshifter Deck, a deck that I am unfamiliar with. I got:
*) Transcendencein the Past position. A card in the left position indicates what has happened to affect your question in the past.The seeker has progressed to a time of renewal in a new cycle of life. The opportunity to be reborn is at hand, but the seeker must make the decision to make positive changes.
*) Seeker of Earth: Tarvos in the Present position. A card in the middle position indicates what is affecting your question at this time. Like the bright light of the sun, you are unstoppable. No one can deter your forward progress.
*) The Journey in the Future position. A card in the right position indicates your questions future. A time of revelation and understanding are at hand. Doorways and opportunities open unexpectedly, their importance depending on the foundations you have laid in the past.

I cannot show the card pictures this time--trust me, they are lovely. Or don't trust me and hit the link above and see what you get!

Also, I went and hung out at NRRRadio (www.nrrradio.com) last night and ended up being interviewed rather impromptu...or at least I was surprised. I'm naive. :-) A bunch of wild guys with their own station. Can you say dangerous? They are outrageous, and get to say whatever's on their mind. It was a blast to hang out and see behind the scenes. Stay posted as there will be a book giveaway in the future. I will give a heads' up!

Friday, July 10, 2009

KNIGHT of CUPS & the weekend off...


http://www.salemtarot.com/tarotcard_Knight_of_Cups.html says: "The Knight of Cups, dressed in blue to denote his sensitivity and emotional nature, signifies a dreamy, caring, loving individual from your present. This Knight pursues his thoughts and fantasies, and intuitively attunes to the needs of others. He may signify a lover who does not wish to commit, who is attractive, but passive. He does what he believes in, and is considered a charmer...someone you know, or is this you?"

To me this is a card indicative of the true romantic, or the spirit of romance. So I guess I'll be working on that romantic element in the WIP. And since I intend to use this weekend to get a lot of work done, I'll post more Tarot on Monday!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

ACE of CUPS



Whoa. I got an Ace for yesterday's Tarot of the Day too! Hmmm...


http://www.learntarot.com/sa.htm says of these Ace pairs... "An Ace-Ace pair shows that a new spirit is entering your life." It draws the energy of the Ace of Swords "intelligence, reason, justice, truth, clarity, perseverance" and adds "the Ace of Cup's deep feelings, intimacy, attunement, compassion, love."


For the Ace of Cups specificially it also says: "Using emotional force: getting in touch with your feelings, letting your heart lead the way, empathizing with others, expressing deep feelings, responding viscerally. Developing intuition: trusting your inner voice, responding to messages from within, experiencing direct knowing, enhancing your psychic awareness, getting in tune with yourself, going with your gut reaction. "


I think the card is attuned to my WIP. Hee hee.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

ACE of SWORDS



The suit of Swords deals with the mind and intellect, and here with the Ace, as with all Aces of the suits, you see that raw energy is available.


In Silver Ravenwolf's book Solitary Witch, she sites the Ace of Swords as, "A striking new idea, using your intelligence to attack a problem in a new way, a personal victory."


My own interpretation is more along the lines of "adversity will teach you to see things in a new, creative, and beneficial way."


Well, on Monday, I had the Two of Wands indicating that I'd solve some of my "writing time" issues, and I'll take this as "problem solved..."

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

QUEEN of CUPS



The Queen of Cups is a dreamy, secretive, creative woman. Hmmm...could this be me?


http://www.sacred-texts.com/tarot/gbt/gbt70.htm says: "The personification of the soul on the house of Capricorn, the Tenth, manifesting into the world that which it carries. As such this queen is to us the image of the married woman and the mother and of all that which woman can give to man and mankind, by her virtue both of soul and body. So the card must also mean the realisation of hopes and wishes, consequently success, etc. The 'wisdom' is here more of the practical blend, usefulness, knowing how to act with care and prudence."


Wow. Would be nice to be such a fabulous sounding person, huh?

Monday, July 6, 2009

TWO of WANDS


The Two of Wands, in my interpretation is indicative of a new partnership, the forming of a new goal--especially a creative project, success, and overcoming obstacles and hardships by using your own initiative. It's a goal card that says you've got an idea that has potential...now get to work and make it manifest!
The suit of Wands typically deal with Communicating, as a writer...hmmm, communicating is kind of a thing for me. In novel form. So, I of course like this suit.
http://supertarot.co.uk/minor-wands/two.htm says: "...the Two of Wands means taking control of the territory around the action" (indicated by the ace of wands) and, "Making something one's own. Making a statement of ownership."
I've discovered that having the kids home from school is as much of a writing distraction as I feared it would be...and overcoming this obstacle, is only done when I buckle down and make it so. I have to make writing time my own. When I don't "take control of the territory around the action" (i.e. my writing room...) I don't get much done.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

THE FOOL

THE FOOL

http://www.themysticeye.com/info/tarotcardm.htm defines the meaning of this card as: New beginnings, new adventures, new opportunities, unlimited possibilities, pleasure, passion, thoughtlessness, rashness.

Since I am embarking on a Fourth of July camping excursion, I'll take this as the new adventure. *And I may not blog tomorrow...*

I hope you all are doing something fun with people you care about this weekend!

Friday, July 3, 2009

THE HANGED MAN

www.ata-tarot.com/resource/cards says: "As the card of the paradox, the Hanged Man also urges you to look at things in a new and different way. If your mind is yelling at you to do something, then doing nothing could be the best thing to do... don't try to force anything to happen while the Hanged Man is about. By trying to force changes, you ensure that they never happen. Relax and let things happen instead of trying to interfere. Instead of fighting against the current, let it take you wherever it is flowing."

My experience with this card concurs. My take is: What you're trying to do now won't work that way, change your approach. So, for that scene giving me trouble, today I'm going to work differently. I may even skip ahead to another scene altogether and come back to this one later. But I'm in a different room (bedroom, not office), different chair (okay, so it's not technically a chair...I'm stretched out on the bed with my feet up), and even a different computer (laptop instead of desktop). C'mon progress....

Thursday, July 2, 2009

High Priestess

http://www.ata-tarot.com/resource/cards/ defines the High Priestess this way: "...arguably the most difficult of the Major Arcana to qualify with words alone, because so much of her power and ability is veiled in mystery..." and, "She is, above all else, the base of potential that is the source of the power wielded by the Magician. She is the unlimited potential that allows him to transform and create whatever his Will desires. Understanding this type of balance, as found between potential and creation, masculine and feminine, is the key to unlocking some of the mysteries of the High Priestess. We see the clear progression of the theme of balance; instead of integrating opposites, the Priestess keeps them separate and keeps them in balance nonetheles. She herself is the scales; this symbolism is found in many Tarot decks. Without this balance there can be no power."

Here's a link to a free one-card reading site: http://www.spiritualguidancetarot.com/freetarotreading.html Their interpretation of the card says: "Take time for meditation and reflection. In the stillness our answers often make their way to us. If your mind is too busy with its chatter you cannot hear this silent wisdom. Be still and listen to your intuition/higher power at this time. "

So, for me, today I'm analyzing the work I've done so far on the WIP (Work in Progress) and make sure I'm accomplishing what I'm aiming for.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

TAROT of the DAY, relaunch

I know, I've done the Tarot of the Day thing before and kind of drifted out the habit.... Deadlines can do that if you're not vigilant. So, yeah, I'm going to try to be more vigilant. And, if I forget, you can always follow this link (you'll need to put it in your fav's list so you don't have to come back and find this post...) But this is a pretty cool link and it gives you a choice of decks, and spreads.

http://www.llewellyn.com/free/tarot.php

So, without further adieu, the Tarot of the Day is: Ace of Pentacles.



MEANING: A prosperous cycle is now beginning. Material success is now within your grasp. With a little effort, this time could be the beginning of a profitable career.



Wow. Isn't that cool? I swear I didn't load the reading. Totally random.