Tea Leaf Cards : January

At the beginning of January, I did a full year spread for each month, using the Tea Leaf Cards. For January, I received:

Spear: Heartache over what you no longer have
Target: A goal-oriented person
Wind chimes: Peace and Harmony
Eagle: Triumph over troubles, obstacles

Spear made its presence straight away, via a fire in our laundry which nearly burned down the whole house. Long story short, we were (and still are) in the process of renovating the kitchen, part of which involved restoring the old floorboards (why people cover beautiful timber with hideous lino, is beyond me, but never mind). One morning after sanding the floorboards, we both went out – my partner went fishing, and I had some tarot work in town. During our absence, the floor shavings inside the sander combusted and the whole thing caught fire. Lucky someone drive past and stopped to alert the neighbours, who put the fire out before the fire truck arrived.

Still, there was quite a bit of damage to our laundry, and smoke and soot everywhere. So the Spear is all about losing something, in our case all the work done painting the walls in the kitchen (well, my partner has done and re-done all that!), as well as having a nicely charred floor in the laundry area. Oh well.

The charred laundry...
The charred laundry…

The Eagle ties in nicely with this story too, since we had a great resolution regarding the hired sander. This was a $7,000 piece of equipment which we hired, and for a while it looked like the hire company was going to charge us for it. Needless to say, aside from paying for a melted sander, we weren’t too keen on the idea considering the lack of instruction or any other information given when it was hired. In the end, my partner dealt with the whole thing admirably and the company advised they would not be billing us for the equipment, while making it clear they would not be held responsible for the damage to the house. I’d say the Target card definitely refers to my partner here.

As for the Wind chimes – it would be difficult to find a lot of peace and harmony in the first half of the month when all this was going on, but we certainly have had a bit of “counting our blessings” moments, as well as catching up with friends to have a laugh and unwind during the more stressful times.

Anyhow. Let’s hope February is a bit more easy going ;) Here’s a few photos of our work in progress, just for fun. The slabs of timber for the bench were from my partner’s father who is a carpenter and had a licence to harvest such amazing wood.

Wishing you all a relaxing and blessed February,





10 thoughts on “Tea Leaf Cards : January

  1. Ellen February 3, 2014 / 1:37 am

    What a story to remember. It is good you can see the positive sides too. Beautiful woodwork. I love it

    • Monica February 3, 2014 / 9:43 am

      Thank you! Yeah I’m sure we’ll have a good laugh about it later on. I’m a lover of woodwork, as is my partner. Especially the organic feel (not many straight edges here!) ;)

  2. Zanna Starr February 3, 2014 / 4:12 am

    Oh my! That’s a way too “exciting” way to start of the New Year, Monica. I’m glad the damage wasn’t any worse. The renovations are beautiful, especially the wood.

    • Monica February 3, 2014 / 9:45 am

      Thank you Zanna, yes the year started with a bang ha ha. I might just move into the kitchen when it’s done :) I should show the “before” photos, but they are a nightmare! Think brown and cream patterned lino, and brown/cream/yellow patterned bench tops (but not the same as the floor!), probably circa 1970s/early 1980s.

  3. Megan White February 3, 2014 / 3:24 pm

    Hi Monica :-) You are so lucky that the fire was caught before it got out of control. I love the wooden bench x

    • Monica February 4, 2014 / 9:53 am

      Thanks Megan! Yes indeed. Or that it didn’t start at night while we were sleeping. Considering all the alternatives, overall we felt pretty lucky, though I suppose it would have been better if it didn’t happen at all, but life’s like that. The wooden bench is a hit with everyone :)

  4. Magic Mentha (@MagicMentha) February 4, 2014 / 7:12 am

    Yow! I am sorry about the fire. I find the Tea Leaf Fortune cards to be very accurate, personally! You reminded me to whip them out. Perhaps I will do a reading for February even though I said I wouldn’t post until Valentine’s Day.

    Your kitchen is looking lovely. I really adore the natural slab of wood–such a cool edge! May your February and beyond be mellow and fun.


    • Monica February 4, 2014 / 10:09 am

      Thanks Mentha! Same, I love the tea leaf cards for their accuracy and gentle art. The wood slab is stunning, after having some bookcases done in the same way it was a natural choice. :)

      I saw your last post – about not posting! – I guess time-wise I feel it’s best to write when you are in the mood for it, versus “I must update my blog once a week” etc. At least that’s what works for me ;)

  5. cmhventures February 5, 2014 / 8:29 am

    Reblogged this on CMH Ventures and commented:
    Really interesting deck. I’ve never seen anything like it :)

    • Monica February 5, 2014 / 12:49 pm

      Thank you, it is not a Tarot deck, but nonetheless an excellent one for divination, and very easy to use as well.

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