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Over the past few months I’ve had to let the blog posts slide in frequency, though it’s not for lack of trying. Tarot continues to be an integral part of my life, of who I am, and shaping to be. In saying that, I am joyously taking a slight detour through the woods, a new path, a new beginning.

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At the half way mark and feeling very much like the Empress (or a Queen…)

My partner and I are expecting our first child in July, and among the preparations (read: I’m enjoying doing as little as possible for as long as I can, in a very good way) blogging has fallen to the side. Initially it was a lack of energy and the common “morning sickness”, although now the more delectable endeavour known as “nesting” is taking place.

Through it all I am still reading cards, though almost exclusively for myself (save for a handful of clients), every week, if not every day. Cups of nettle and red raspberry tea are savoured in vintage Crown Lynn, so some things will never change.

Despite this, I have to acknowledge time will become an increasingly rare commodity, and the blog is basically being put on hold. I am not even sure if I will keep it or delete it – it seems there’s 97 subscribers out there, and a few more regular readers, and I thank everyone for taking the time to browse through, comment, and give me feedback.

For anyone wishing to get in touch in the future, or request a reading, please go to my Whitsunday Oracle website (which is in a very draft stage – one more project to tidy up before the big day…) and you’ll find contact details there.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a lovely Tarot story about the beginning of my journey into pregnancy: a while before I fell pregnant, I asked the Dark Goddess Tarot for a Goddess to guide and help me through the journey of conception and birth. I needed a bit of encouragement and strength at that time, you know, when you really need the energy of the world to acknowledge and support you.

The Empress card from the Dark Goddess Tarot by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince

The Empress card from the Dark Goddess Tarot by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince

It so happens that I drew the Empress card, which was a very strong message of support and guidance for me at the time. I have actually taken this card out of the deck and kept it framed, either by my bedside table or on my Tarot study table, ever since. I know I still have a long way to go – and the best part is yet to come, but having her as my guide is exceptionally reassuring.

Again, thanks to everyone for taking the time to read and/or comment on my little corner of the world. I’ve loved it all and am grateful to live in a time when the Tarot world is so widely, and openly, created and shared. I thank all the women and men who have contributed towards making this world available and beautiful, despite considerable challenges over the past few decades.

Wishing everyone a blessed journey ahead,

Monica

Part 1 of the series was published here.

 

Another music festival. One of the stall holders, whom I befriended at an earlier festival, asks for a reading in exchange for some of her merchandise. I am always open to trading a reading for a beautiful dress, or an acupuncture session, hand-made soaps, and anything in between :)

We agree on the best time for both of us, what with busy trading days, which is after dinner. I have to say that reading tarot by candlelight is a beautiful experience and rather different to the daytime energies. I would do it more, if it wasn’t for the good music and evening merriment which I certainly enjoy partaking in.

So she arrives for her reading, and tells me of her worry. Her partner is French, and he tried to re-enter the country after being back home to France. He was pulled up for questioning by the airport staff, and he was declined entry, on the grounds of using the wrong visa. Australian airport border security can be pretty strict, from what I have heard.

Anyway, this was a devastating blow and now the future was really up in the air. She wanted to know whether he should try and re-enter the country again, and if this would be successful. She planned to travel and meet him in Thailand, and for both of them to try and enter the country on their way back.

So I’m shuffling the cards, trying to remain unbiased, trying to focus on the moment, and let all other thoughts go. But the mind chatter sneaks in, and I catch myself thinking the chances of success are slim. I push the thoughts out of my mind and do my best to focus on the shuffle.

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3 of Cups: if this is not celebration, joy and happiness, I don’t know what is.

I don’t remember all the 3 cards I drew, but they were very positive, and I do remember the final one as being the 3 of Cups.

There’s no denying the answer is positive, and I discuss this at length with her.

She leaves feeling upbeat and I am ready for a glass of wine under the stars. I try not to think too much about the reading – it’s a key rule that once it’s done, it’s done, but you know, I definitely do. I wonder what if, and then I just have to let it go.

A few months pass by, and I get the courage to ask her what happened. She replies they were indeed successful, although it took some time going through the situation and explaining it to the airport authorities. She’s ecstatic and looking forward to all their upcoming travels through the country at music festivals.

I breathe a sigh of relief, and wonder why the sweet Jupiter do I doubt myself sometimes?! I make the resolve to trust my ability and really, do more meditation to still my busy thinking mind (with Moon in Gemini, this is awfully difficult). But really, I’m just very happy for them, and for me too.

Many blessings,

Monica

 

It is May 2013 and I am reading tarot at a local festival. It is hot. The sun beams down on the awning shade cloth above me, and the cosy tarot nook I carefully set up starts to heat up like a sauna.

A woman of middle age comes in for a reading. She sits down and I can tell she is slightly nervous, or worried rather, though she doesn’t make a fuss about it. I do a general spread first, which I usually start off with, and go through the cards. Being general in nature, my answers mirror this. At the end, I ask her if there is anything specific she would like answered. She replies yes, and asks about having children.

Ace of Pentacles and Page of Pentacles: a positive result for conception and pregnancy

Ace of Pentacles and Page of Pentacles: a positive result for conception and pregnancy

I remember drawing 3 cards using my Rider Waite Smith deck, and they strongly indicated a yes. I explained what I saw, although at this stage my mind had its doubts. These primarily focused around the woman’s age, which although I did not know, I guessed around early to mid forties.

Now I am well aware of the advances in modern medicine concerning pregnancy and so on. Still, my mind had its doubts.

The woman then proceeds to tell me that she has had a number of IVF treatments, which resulted in pregnancies, however none were successful. I think it was around 3 or 4. She then told me this was the last round of IVF she was prepared to go through, due to its emotional and physical toll.

This only served to increase my doubts about giving her such a positive answer. You might think that as a tarot reader, I never have such doubts, or at least I never should have. That is wrong. I am not God. I live in a world where for most of my early years I was exclusively taught to rely on my mental faculties. You know, worship of the IQ and all that. It was only in late twenties that I truly opened up to the other realms of intuition, gut instinct, etc. After swinging the pendulum from one side (mental) to the other (intuitive), I am now finding a balance between the two.

So in a reading like this, I have the cards telling me loud and clear one message, while in the corner of my mind there’s a few other thoughts going on: she’s too old, she’s had IVFs and pregnancies that did not succeed, etc etc. This was a particularly charged situation: someone who is nearly at the end of their patience, endurance, and hope, on a matter that, to most women, is as vital as the blood flowing through our veins. You can forget all about women’s role in life via a career, or running a business, or political leader, or scientist: try telling someone who wants to have children more than anything else in the world, and cannot, that being a mother is not the only thing there is to life. Let me know how it goes…

I know I have to trust the cards. I reinforce what I see, and explain the cards to her in detail. As she gets up to leave, I say, “well, you may have a son”. I don’t know why I said that, it just came to me. And then she leaves, and I am left thinking about the reading as the sweat beads drip down my back, and I know I shouldn’t think about it for now it is done, but it stays with me.

I actually saw two more women that day with the exact same question, though they were younger. It seems to be a very common question, and I understand the pain and hunger that sometimes accompanies it.

It is May of 2014. Same festival, same heat. I am almost done reading for the day, and looking forward to a cool soak in the crystal river that graces the festival fringe. I am just about to leave the stall, when a woman rushes towards me with a pram.

“Remember me?”

Initially I didn’t. And then I did. She was beaming, and in that radiant glow introduced me to her baby son.

That experience really shook me. Again, there are those who will say it shouldn’t – but it did. Experiences like this mean a tremendous amount to a tarot reader. Not because of some ego drive, not because of some power trip, or anything like that. On the contrary, as I soaked in the river afterwards, and looked at the blue skies and the hills and the trees and all the goodness of this Earth, I actually felt really, really humbled. I was also happy, very happy of course. Her radiance diffused all around me.

I guess I am writing this in part for myself, for those moments when I doubt what I do and why I do it. But I also write this for anyone who has doubts and questions what they see. It’s a natural part of being human, but if your intent is good and honourable, the cards will not lie.

Wishing everyone a blessed week ahead,
Monica

 

 

 

 

A Happy New Year to everyone, may this year bring blessings and fruition of dreams to all.

It’s been a good break to think about what I would like to do over the coming year, which promises to be epic and filled to the brim with personal immersion into tarot and astrology – as if that wasn’t already the case! However, I have formalised my vision firstly by enrolling in a Kepler College course, Introduction to Astrological Symbolism and Practice. While some of the material may be familiar to me, I am aiming for a solid foundation building up to their Diploma, which will take a few years to complete.

Secondly, I am very excited to have enrolled in the Dark Goddess Lodge six-year exploration of the Goddess with the tarot deck by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince. I would highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in the Goddess, tarot, and spiritual studies, which will take place at each New and Full Moon for the coming six years – granted, that’s a long time, yet I already honour these cycles every month of every year.

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For the coming Full Moon in Cancer, I did the first spread offered by the Dark Goddess Lodge using the MAAT Tarot by Julia Cuccia-Watts. It was a spread based on the first Goddess to be studies, La Santa Muerte (Death), shown above. I won’t post the spread details here, suffice to say it reaffirmed it is well worthwhile to take part in this monthly mediation and celebration of the Goddess.

So it looks like I’ll be fairly busy in the first half of the year, in a good way. I’m also part way through cleaning and painting my tarot room. Being a natural hermit, having a room of my own dedicated to my tarot and astrology work is paramount, and I’ve missed not having this (I’m sure other readers can relate!). Currently I have a table and study nook set up in our bedroom, and while, the room itself is very large and spacious, nothing beats having personal space. Once it’s all done, I’ll post some photos up in a couple of weeks.

Until then, I wish everyone a beautiful and enthusiastic start of the year :)
Many blessings,
Monica

Thunder and lightning

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Above is a photo taken about a week ago, giving you some idea of just how dry it has been.

The grass is crunchy.

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After months of no rain, you start to really ache for some rain drops. You see the grass turning brown, and even the weeds dry up, and you start daydreaming about rainy days.

The flowers of a native tree, whose name I really do know, yet it's eluding me today...

The flowers of a native tree, whose name I really do know, yet it’s eluding me today…

And then finally, last night, the skies opened up. I think Zeus was right above us, for the lightning and thunder were relentless. Every few seconds the skies lit up, and the thunder kept rolling endlessly. It was quite the experience, I tell you – and it went on for what seemed like hours, though I couldn’t tell for sure since we fell asleep at some point, despite all the apocalyptic backdrop.

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So this morning’s first cards somewhat reminded me of rains and water, and lots of it – the Ace of Cups and the 2 of Cups. These are from the fairly new 78 Tarot, “a global art collaboration” of 78 different artists.

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I love collaborative decks, even though I don’t use them for public readings, but I just like the different styles of art and fresh ideas.

These three cards welcome a great day in my opinion, even though the rain has now subsided and the sun is out again.

Wishing everyone a splendid weekend,
Monica

Student’s Tarot Spread

Here is a simple spread for anyone contemplating a course or a degree or vocational undertaking.

Of course, one doesn’t need Tarot to let them know whether doing a degree in the Arts, or an apprenticeship in woodworking, is the right path for them – most people have some inkling, or desire, of their chosen interests – proving the freedom to choose is there, naturally.

Still, it is good to get the Tarot opinion, I feel. Especially given the plethora of courses nowadays, from astrology, to herbal medicine, baking, glass work, psychology and so on.

I haven’t done a spread for myself since I won’t be embarking on a study anytime soon, but hope this is of interest to other Tarot enthusiasts out there (if you click on the picture you’ll see a larger size). Enjoy!

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Blessings,
Monica

Teacher’s Tarot Spread

As I mentioned previously, I am now teaching an introductory course in Tarot. I am running this over 8 weeks, with 2 hours per week. There are 5 students and myself, which makes for a close, intimate experience, and lots of practice time as well.

I wrote this spread up to help myself understand my new role as “teacher” and get some general guidance with this new path. Overall, I am pretty comfortable with teaching Tarot and speaking in front of others – but this is only in this context, i.e. that of Tarot. I guess this is mainly because I revere and love the subject (this is most important!), I understand it fairly well (but there’s nothing like trying to teach it to make me learn even more!), I’ve had excellent, surreal and atrocious experiences and a whole range in-between with reading cards, and I also know most of my students as we are friends outside of class.

Nonetheless, it is good to have some insight and guidance into my new teaching path, so I penned 5 questions, and shuffled a personal favourite – the Fey Tarot.

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Fey Tarot: Queen of Swords – 2 of Chalices – The Tower – The Wisest – 8 of Chalices

1. What do I need to know about being a teacher?
Queen of Swords: the card leans towards the rationing/ thinking/ objective and also highly discriminating – these are the predominant qualities I do and/or should use, which makes sense, though she looks rather intense – it’s those penetrating eyes, I think. This Queen is a great role model for a teacher in general, because the element of air (swords) rules all forms of communication, which is what teaching is all about.

2. What do I do well as a teacher?
2 of Chalices: I interact well on a personal level with students – the 2 of Cups is about having a personal, deep bond with someone as well. It’s about exchange and connection on a one-to-one level, which I hope I do. With 5 students, I try and give everyone the opportunity to engage and communicate.

3. What do I need to improve upon?
DSCF7867 The Tower: I need to not be afraid of stepping outside conventional boundaries, and infuse my teaching with my own personal style. I think as a new-ish teacher I tend to err on the side of safety and limit myself to conventional approaches to teaching. Note that the fay in the card, while flying (aiming) high, is still within the confines of a brick tower, although the foundations are slowly coming apart brick by brick… I like that.

4. Advice for me on being a teacher
DSCF7865The Wisest: this corresponds to the Hierophant in traditional deck, which is a fantastic card to get as advice, for the Hierophant is the teacher of mysteries, occult etc. Also, see how the fey in this card is reading/ studying – this implies that, apart from teaching being a natural path for me (well, I am a Sagittarius after all!), I should always keep on learning and studying. This is something I naturally plan on doing, since I love being the eternal student, but it’s nice to get it as a guidance anyway.

5. What does the future hold for my Tarot teaching work?
DSCF78638 of Chalices: I wasn’t too sure about this one. I think it signals a new direction possibly, though I note how the fey keeps her eyes on that splendid chalice: I will always teach, I know that much. Where, how and when, are just details to be filled in :)

 

 

 

If you want to try this as a spread, keep in mind there are lots of other questions you can add – for example, “What is my teaching style?” etc.

Next time, I will do a Student’s Tarot Spread, although, since we are all students in life, I’ll keep it a bit more generic.

Wishing everyone a blessed week ahead,
Monica

 

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