Hops, Fairies, + Blocks

Still, a brilliant procrastinator such as myself will stall trying to find the perfect deck, clean the cat litter box, take out the trash, organize those pictures from that 2002 trip. You know what I mean.

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It’s time for the Brigidmas Tarot Blog Hop. In my house it’s better known as staring at the pretty white screen on your computer wondering why the hell you signed up for this one.

Grin. Yeah, welcome to my version of writer’s block. I could blame Christiana. After all, she’s the wrangler for this one. She’s the one who suggested we write about healing or creativity or Tarot. I mean what the heck, Christiana! It’s just Imbolg, Candlemas, Imbolc, Brigid’s Day, Brigidmas.

Or is it Groundhog’s day?

Well, it’s that too.

Brigid is commonly held to be a Celtic deity. There are some who say she is a triple Goddess with areas of divine expertise in poetry, in healing and in smithcrafting. There are others who say she is a place-bound deity who is a well Goddess. I’m more in the former camp than than the latter.

Are you noticing how I’m totally avoiding actually writing about the topic? I’m goooooood, aren’t I? If I really wanted to, I could natter on about the Year of the Horse. It was New Year’s Day yesterday.

Still, it’s painfully obvious even to me that I am employing squirrel brain. So what do I tell my students of writing to do when they hit a block?

Pull a card. Yep, it’s one of the tips in my Tarot for Writers course.

Still, a brilliant procrastinator such as myself will stall trying to find the perfect deck, clean the cat litter box, take out the trash, organize those pictures from that 2002 trip. You know what I mean.

And if you can’t tell that I am literally typing what enters my brain, I’m glad for you. My brain–it’s a scary place sometimes.

How about a spread for taking down writer’s block? I can do that, right? I have several decks to choose from. A testament to my Tarot collection is that I have the following decks within easy reach:

Illuminati Tarot
Victorian Fairy Tarot
Egyptian Tarot
Ukiyoe Tarot
Cat’s Eye Tarot
Dreaming Way Tarot
Celestial Tarot
Robin Wood Tarot
Tree of Life Oracle

And that’s just on my table! I won’t list the decks floating around my living room. Nobody’s got time for that.

And nobody’s got time for writer’s block. So let’s do a spread. I like simple spreads that are 3-5 cards at the most. Lately I’ve been doing a bunch of free three card tarot readings. Three seems to be a good number for me.

Writer’s Block Smashing Spread

1. What’s the energy of this block?
2. What will help me break this block?
3. What will hinder me breaking this block?

This is the basis of most of my readings these days. The middle card is the issue at hand. In this case, this pesky block. Then I pull a card to see what will help me with the issue and one to see what will hinder me with the issue.

I grabbed the Victorian Fairy Tarot for no better reason than the soft colors appealed to me in this moment.

WritersBlock0041. The energy is the Ten of Winter. This is the Ten of Swords. A little fairy isn’t seeing that a HUGE badger is about to pounce. My take away from this is that my mind isn’t on the task at hand. DUH! 😀

2. The card to the left is what helps me. Here is another Ten. This one is the Ten of Spring or of Wands. Each of the fairies here has a task and they are seeing to it. I take this as prioritizing what needs to be done.

3. The card to the right is what hinders me. I had to laugh at this Four of Autumn or Pentacles. This is the miser’s card. The card that warns me to be careful with my resources.

Pretty clear answer to me. Focus, prioritize and budget my time wisely.

Oh look. I’m at the end of my post already. How did that happen? I hope you enjoyed this trip down my rabbit hole brain. Hop forward to Olivia’s blog or backwards to Christiana’s. If you find a link that isn’t working, just hit the master list to see all the blogs listed. There are twenty two participating this round. Leave a comment to let them know you were there. It’s the only payment any of us ask.
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Tarotscopes for December 15-21, 2013

This week’s deck has been charming the socks right off me! And as cold as it’s been in Texas, that’s bad. But I just can’t get enough of Lunea Weatherstone and Gary A. Lippincott’s fabulous Victorian Fairy Tarot.

Welcome to your weekly Tarotscopes!

Tomorrow night join me as I chat with Bindiya Aravandekar about her approach to coaching using the Akashic Records. We will be taking questions from the chat room. I’m really looking forward to this show and hope to see you there. The show is called You Never Know hosted by PEN.

Remember that I am doing three card readings via email for anyone who buys the downloadable workbook here. Buy the Life version, the Business version or the combo in downloadable form then email me to set up your reading. Yes, I believe in this workbook wholeheartedly because of my own personal experience in working with it. I am definitely an evangelist when it comes to this and I didn’t even COMPLETE it. No lie! 😀

I’m pretty thrilled with the results my 33 Days To Finish Your Book eCourse is producing. Folks are loving using Tarot to plot their way to “the end.”

This week’s deck has been charming the socks right off me! And as cold as it’s been in Texas, that’s bad. But I just can’t get enough of Lunea Weatherstone and Gary A. Lippincott’s fabulous Victorian Fairy Tarot.

 

Victorian Fairy Tarot, Llewellyn 2013
Victorian Fairy Tarot, Llewellyn 2013

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Tarotscopes for December 15-21, 2013

  • AQUARIUS KNIGHT OF SUMMER Time to reach out. Time to let someone know your feelings. The deep ones. The ones that make you blush. Yes those.
  • PISCES NINE OF SPRING Getting down to the nitty-gritty mentally is all good but don’t forget to open up your brain windows to let in some fresh thoughts.
  • ARIES STARS Look up. Allow joy. Seek higher goals knowing your way is lit/guided by the Universe. We WANT you to succeed so reach up, darling.
  • TAURUS NINE OF WINTER Tuck in this week. Shelter your passions. Don’t let outsiders ruin it. They cannot understand your need to hibernate.
  • GEMINI QUEEN OF WINTER Ice in your veins? No. Simple logic about what works for you. Your emotions are yours. You get to be in charge of them.
  • CANCER MAGISTRATE Compassion plus discernment are the keys. Be fair to you and to them for the best outcome. Don’t overcompensate please.
  • LEO QUEEN OF SPRING Let joy ride you. Be a beast of happiness. Spread the love because you can. Show others how to control their spirit!
  • VIRGO TEMPERANCE Filling your well is good. Be aware of each thing that you do. Balance work/play more. Delicate tasks require infinite patience.
  • LIBRA SUN Time to show off. Put on your glad rags. Shine up your house. Celebrate your loved ones. Just be happy. Spread the joy, sweetheart!
  • SCORPIO SEVEN OF SUMMER It’s okay to try things on. It’s okay to indulge in some window shopping. Trying on doesn’t mean buying. Sample this week.
  • SAGITTARIUS HERALD OF SPRING Listen for good news. Create headlines for yourself this week. Make a joyful noise as you LIVE your life for you.
  • CAPRICORN THREE OF SPRING Time to announce your big plans. Set things into motion. Join with others who sing your same song. Attract like minds.
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Cake, Solomon + Justice

That’s a hard job. To be fair to all without adjusting here and there for yourself. I learned this lesson as a kid.

Victorian Fairy Tarot The MagistrateToday’s card is from a brand-new deck. It’s by Lunea Weatherstone with art by Gary A. Lippincott. I saw this one online and wanted it for the artwork. I love the era it is set in. The Victorian Fairy Tarot looks delicate to me with the soft colors and fairies that abound. I shuffled the deck without looking through it (I normally view the cards first). My focus was what the deck wanted me to know about our relationship.

The Magistrate, or Justice, showed up. I did read the description to learn that the flower is the rudbeckia which means “justice.” I love that he contemplates the scroll in front of him while barefooted and outside.

This card really carries the compassionate side of justice for me. Our legal eagle is considering all the possibilities. No snap judgement from our judge. He is fair in all things even when it may not be the best for himself personally.

That’s a hard job. To be fair to all without adjusting here and there for yourself. I learned this lesson as a kid.

“You cut the cake into two pieces but your sister gets to pick which piece first.”

That is a living example of Justice. I had to cut the cake as evenly as possible. There was no making my slice just a bit bigger or making sure my slice had the best piece of icing. [Tweet “My mother was Solomon reborn and the cake was the baby.”]

Now we all have areas where it is hard to be fair to all without putting ourselves first. What are those areas in your life? I know for me one is my Tarot decks and books. I want to keep the best for myself. 😀

Your journal prompt for today is “How can I make the fairest decisions for all with compassion?”

The Magistrate, The Victorian Fairy Tarot, Llewellyn, 2013

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Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on!

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