Imbolc Awakening the heart

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Our blog hop wrangler, Joy Vernon, tasked us with this theme:

“…the still point of the center of the fixed stimulates germination and the awakening of the heart.”

I thought about it a long while. Thought I had a blog idea after someone attacked all Tarotists as abominations, but then I decided not to give that crazy any more space in my head.

I thought I might blog about saving a dog only to have to release it to animal control to be euthanizes. I opted to not burden you all with that sorrow.

Then last night just as I was going to bed, I realized what I wanted to share with you. My muse gifted me with a spread for you. I will do a reading for myself via video (below). Here is the spread.

Germination Spread

Seed: This card represents something you want. You can choose it intentionally by going through the deck until you see/feel/sense/know the card you need. Or you can draw it at random.

Soil: This card represents what surrounds your SEED. It is what supports this need of yours, this want. It is the nutrient-rich darkness that all ideas/dreams/whispers must exist in as it begins to burgeon with all your expectations and hopes.IMG_2016

Water: This card represents what you will have to do to bring your SEED to life. Here is your sweat, your salty tear, your moistened mouth as you wet your lips while you hunger for this SEED to burst forth into the light.

Sun: This card represents your heart, your heat, your very spirit. This is the warmth of your love, the heat of your desire, the brilliant inferno of lust for this SEED you have planted.

Time: This card represents what you will do while you wait. Waiting is a part of all things in life–especially growth. We cannot force things into being. We cannot reach beneath the soil to firmly yank the small green sprout upwards. But while we wait for our SEED to grow, there are things that we can do.IMG_2015

I invite you to do your own germinating as you continue your hop through the kickoff of our fifth year of the Tarot Blog Hop. This started as a seed itself. A discussion on Facebook led me to asking a question that then led me to inviting others to join me on a group exploration of one question. You can see that here.

Here is me doing my own Germination reading. (don’t forget to come back to continue the hop, y’all.)

And please? Leave comments as you go. Share the posts that speak to you. We do this as a community for you and for ourselves. Comments tell us you were here. Sharing tells us we touched you on some level.

May your seeds grow. May you find the courage to weed out the ones that don’t have strong stems. May your year bring you all the joy you deserve.

zentangle_seekjoySeek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

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I Don’t Like That Card

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Shadowscapes Tarot Devil
Shadowscapes Tarot

It’s Tarot Blog Hop time! I love this event. It brings me joy to know that we are carrying on into our third year of community blogging. Someone likened it to Brigadoon. In case you aren’t familiar with Brigadoon, that’s a magical town that springs up once a year. Only we spring up six times a year.

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This hop’s theme was given to us by Morgan Drake Eckstein. I have to admit that I nearly didn’t sign up because I wasn’t sure I could do the theme justice. See he wanted us to discuss distasteful cards. I don’t really think any of the cards are distasteful per se. The real problem is our reaction to them.

If I had a dollar for every person who said to me, “Arwen, I don’t like that card. Can I get a do-over”, I’d have a really hefty savings account. Add fifty cents for every time I bit my tongue to not say, “Dammit no”. But doing the math doesn’t negate the simple fact that some people really get a hate-on for certain cards.

Fradella Adventure Tarot Death
Fradella Adventure Tarot

They are what I call the BigBadBohemeth cards. They would be the Devil, Death and the Tower. Each one constitutes an icky, sticky situation. I’ve written musings, poetry, even recipes for these cards. I try my best to get folks to see that each card has a good side as well as a bad side. It is not easy to see the good in these three but then again it’s not easy to see the bad in the Star or the Nine of Water. But believe you me, both energies exist in all cards.

And, I think, both energies exist in most situations, most people. I’ll go out on a limb and say all. I’m a risk-taker; what can I say. Still, this is a blog post about distasteful cards so let’s look at those cards specifically.

My down-and-dirty interpretations are as follows:

Devil: Things that tempt you to do wrong

Death: Hard, unavoidable change that is going to be painful

Tower: Lies we tell ourselves come apart

Herbal Tarot Tower
Herbal Tarot

It occurs to me that we can do a spread based on these three cards. I’ll give you the spread and then a variation on the spread. I’d love to know if you do this. Tell me your results or feel free to link this post in a post of your own. I’ll get notified so I can come take a look.

Arwen’s BigBadBehemoth Spread

  • The Devil You Say — this position reveals something (or someone) that is pulling you away from your own rules. This is what you need to avoid if you would stay on the path you’ve chosen.
  • Death Rides A Pale Horse — this position reveals something (or someone) that must change if you are to move forward. If you want to break free of stagnation, pay attention to this card.
  • The Tower Will Fall — this position reveals a lie you’ve been telling yourself. Maybe it’s that you will get healthy by eating more pizza and sitting on the couch more. Maybe it’s that your job will miraculously get better. Whatever it is, here is the thing that must be unraveled so you can grow into your most authentic self.

Arwen’s BigBadBehemoth Spread: a variation

  • The Devil You Say — this position reveals something (or someone) that is pulling you away from your own rules. This is what you need to avoid if you would stay on the path you’ve chosen.
    • Devil Be Dammed — this card shows how to deal with the card in the Devil position.
  • Death Rides A Pale Horse — this position reveals something (or someone) that must change if you are to move forward. If you want to break free of stagnation, pay attention to this card.
    • Lead A Horse To Water — this card shows you how you will best navigate the change advocated in the Death position
  • The Tower Will Fall — this position reveals a lie you’ve been telling yourself. Maybe it’s that you will get healthy by eating more pizza and sitting on the couch more. Maybe it’s that your job will miraculously get better. Whatever it is, here is the thing that must be unraveled so you can grow into your most authentic self.
    • What Goes Up — this card shows where the lie has the strongest hold in your life. It gives a hint as to how you can safely negotiate the tower moment in your life.

Enjoy the hop, y’all! Hit the links below to scoot to the next blog or go back or, if a link is broken (it happens), you can use that Master link to find another blog.

Decks: Shadowscapes, Fradella Adventure Tarot, Herbal Tarot

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TarotBlogHop: Imbolc

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Oracular Anomalies is the subject we’ve been given for this Tarot Blog Hop. Did you know that this is the beginning of the fourth year of this? I’m so pleased that what started as a community-building exercise has gone on for this long. We’ve seen so many amazing voices join this chorus. I’m blessed to be a part of such a vibrant community. Like to join us? Go here.

As I thought about the topic, I had to look up the definition of anomaly. I had a good concept since I am a child of the original Star Trek series. “Mr. Spock, what do you make of it?” “It’s an anomaly, Captain.”

One of the definitions is “strays from common rules or methods.” Right. I see this a lot. Many consultants, readers, coaches, whatever name we want to call ourselves, try to set ourselves apart by pointing out how different we are. How we are anomalies in a sea of anomalies.

I mean, let’s face it. How do you stand out in a crowd of unusual? This is the thing that has my mind buzzing right now. There’s an inherent part of me that loathes promotion by demotion. By that I mean the need to sing my praises by putting down someone else. Or a group.

It’s something I work at but by the very nature of the beast, I fail at. For instance, I see someone on the Book o’ Face who is bitching about how he doesn’t like so-and-so doing something. But he doesn’t say this TO so-and-so. He says it to a locked down group of friends.

I get upset about him not saying something to so-and-so. I go to my Book o’ Face to post. My post says those who don’t go to the source are perpetuating the problem.

Um, Arwen? You just did the same damned thing.

So I’ve just stood out for the wrong reason. Back to anomaly me. How do I stand out in this fabulously flawed fellowship? Without putting down others? Is it even possible in our world of “my detergent cleans better than yours?”

Well this is a divination hop, right? Let’s ask the Tarot.

Anomaly Spread

1. What area am I most unique?
2. How can I play up that uniqueness?
3. How can I stand out the best?

Using the Chrysalis Tarot (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.) I got cards that made me smile.

Chrysalis Tarot
Chrysalis Tarot

1. The Pilgrim is how I am most unique.

2. The Poet is how I should play up that uniqueness.

3. The Mime is how I can stand out the best.

Without further commentary on these cards, I’ll just say, “MOOOOMMMMM! The Universe is mocking me again.”

If you have input on these three cards, feel free to let me know. I need to go practice my “I’m in a box” routine.

Please enjoy today’s TarotBlogHop. Use the links below to navigate your way around. If you get lost or find a broken link, use the Master List link to find the next blog.

As always, seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

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Life’s Purpose?

What are good questions to ask about your life’s purpose?

Today I wanted to share an affirmation that came to me after answering some questions posed by Nicole Ortega. She is doing the same blog challenge that I am doing.

In her post about Demystifying Your Life Purpose, she posed that there were common questions and more important questions. I commented that the three more important questions would make a good Tarot spread.

So here it is:

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Nicole Ortega’s Demystify Your Life Purpose Spread

  • What thought patterns are keeping me stuck?
  • Why do I seem to take two steps forward and one step back?
  • Where is my energy best focused right now?
  • How can I put this information to use now?

I added the last question. Using the Dream Raven Tarot deck, I pulled four cards. Here is my reading for myself.

Nicole Ortega Demystifying Your Life Purpose Spread
Nicole Ortega Demystifying Your Life Purpose Spread

1. What thought patterns are keeping me stuck?

Six of Swords The idea that I’ve won as much as I can. That the race is over. I see this as a warning against complacency. The Six of Swords is generally a positive card but this question is one of being stuck.

Since an air card shows up as the answer to the thought question, I take this to mean that I shouldn’t ever think the race is over. There is always a new leg to be run.

2. Why do I seem to take two steps forward and one step back?

Hermit I had to laugh when I saw the Hermit. I do tend to hole up then pop out for a bit. I think this card is about consistency. Consistency in studying what I do. Consistency in being available to do what I offer.

That’s a big one. Lately I’ve been finding it hard to make room for my work because of my work. Catch 22!

3. Where is my energy best focused right now?

Star Can’t get a much clearer answer than the Star, can I? Higher goals. Higher purpose. Higher everything. I need to reset my frequency. Retune my channel. Revive my spirit. Onwards and upwards, Arwen.

4. How can I put this information to use now?

Two of Pentacles I added this one to give me something practical, something doable, something immediate. And I get the Two of Pentacles which is a card of balance.

I am advised that I need to apply this information to both my personal as well as professional life. That this issue encompasses my all rather than just one side or the other. Since I’m a Pisces, this makes sense to me.


I’d like to give this spread a few test runs before I add it to my repertoire. If you think you’d like to consult with me using this spread, email me. I have five slots available.

This readings will be done via email so they will be $30 instead of my regular $55 for a half hour Tarot chat and will include a suggested affirmation for you based on the cards you receive. Are you ready to demystify your life purpose?

If you’d like to see more of this deck, I did a video review of this deck last year.

Want to get your own deck so you can do the spread yourself? I say fabulous. 😀 Here’s the deck on Amazon.

You can find http://nicoleortega.com/demystifying-your-life-purpose/.

The affirmation I get from this is:

I am still moving forward. I am consistent in my efforts. I revive my spirit. I am balanced. Loved and loving, I love each of you. Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Dream Raven Tarot, Schiffer Mind, Body, Spirit

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I’ll Huff + I’ll Puff!

Who is huffing and puffing in your life? Here’s a spread to help you find out.

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Today’s blog challenge is about jobs. I’ve had so many amazing jobs that I found it hard to nail just one down. Being an author is probably the very best of the best. I’m in the throes of promotion for my most recent book so I am sharing a spread with you. This spread is for discovering who the Big Bad Wolf is where you work.

Speaking of promo, I need your help. I’m using a tool called ThunderclapIt which uses the strength of social media. If you would like to help (and be in the running to win your choice of any of Marilu Mann‘s digital backlist or a seat in my fiction writer’s e-course), head here.

Sign up is super easy. I have done ThunderclapIt for several organizations (like Save the Sea Turtle and #96Elephants). I have never had any spam from this group nor has it accessed my account in any way other than what I allowed.

Now here’s the spread. This is included in my Fairy Tale Tarot Spreads ebook.

In the story of Little Red Riding Hood, Red had to deal with her nemesis, the big bad wolf. Her happy skipping through the forest was halted by the wolf but not ended. He obtained information from her that could be used against her later. At some point we all think there is a Big Bad Wolf in our lives.

This wolf could be someone we thought was a friend or perhaps a co-worker or even a family member. Sometimes it could even be ourselves. I’m huge on self-responsibility so my first thought is that I am responsible for the creation of any big bad wolves in my own life. Sometimes I am told that I am too hard on myself and need to realize that sometimes the Big Bad Wolf really is at my door.

So this spread is designed to take a look at those moments when we think the Big Bad Wolf is knocking. Is it a figment of our imaginations or a true threat to our happiness?

Big Bad Wolf Tarot Spread

  1. Who is the Big Bad Wolf in my life (remember that sometimes it can be yourself against yourself)
  2. What is the intensity of this threat? (Here is where you will see if the threat is real or paranoia)
  3. What type of threat is the Big Bad Wolf to me? (Emotional? Physical? Spiritual? Mental?)
  4. Why is the Big Bad Wolf a threat to me?
  5. How can I minimize this threat to me?
  6. Who can aid me against the Big Bad Wolf?
  7. What is the next task after I have defeated the Big Bad Wolf?

It’s important to remember a few things in this spread. One is that second question. What is the intensity of this energy. If you get a Knight of Wands, you can probably safely assume attack is imminent. But what about an Ace of Wands? For me this would make me lean towards the idea that the seed of passionate engagement is there but I have the ability to not nurture that energy. I can choose to step away.

Think of each card in terms of what choices it gives you. Enable yourself to find the tools you need to deal with this threat in creative, positive ways. And never forget the lesson those three little pigs and Little Red learned.

You can always turn to your friends and family for help. Red had the woodsman while the pigs had one another. That’s card six in this spread. I look forward to hearing what your readings turn up. Who is huffing and puffing in your life?

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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SPREAD: Sun, Holly + Oak

Saturday I shared a spread as part of the 2013 Yule Tarot Blog Hop. I promised to share my reading using that spread so you might see how it can work. I used the Dark Goddess Tarot which I am completely enamored of these days. It’s one of those “wow I didn’t expect that” connections that happen.

Saturday I shared a spread as part of the 2013 Yule Tarot Blog Hop. I promised to share my reading using that spread so you might see how it can work. I used the Dark Goddess Tarot which I am completely enamored of these days. It’s one of those “wow I didn’t expect that” connections that happen.

See the spread for the meanings of each position here.

Oak And Holly Spread

1. SUN: The Blue Dakini dances her way in. She represents the Three of Air. “If it is not real and true, sever the ties” is her message. Interestingly enough, this showed up for me in an online full moon circle that I did this past week with Ellen Lorenzi-Price (the creatrix of this amazing deck) and Nancy Antenucci. So my work with letting go of that which does not serve is going to grow exponentially. It’s in the Sun spot so there is already growth happening here…already in motion. I just need to keep this going.

2. HOLLY: The Four of Air follows (and yes, I shuffled the deck, sillies. 😀 ) Nut is this card’s Goddess. Nut will always make me think of my friend Ellen Reed. She passed some years back but Nut was a Goddess she loved. “Until dawn, rest as a star in my body” is her message. What a lovely one that is. I think this is saying that my health and healing are doing well and I can take comfort in that. Last year I worked hella hard on the diabetes thing. I will continue to work on it but perhaps it won’t be the all-consuming area it has been.

3. OAK: What area needs to be nurtured and pulled into the light to grow? Here is where you need to get busy. This area could use some elbow grease and a good helping of plant food to grow. Let this carry you into the next few months. So here is Baubo, the Siren of Earth. Baubo is a very earthy Lady. Read Her tale if you don’t know it. Her message is “this is life in the body: raw, ridiculous, sublime”. Taken into context with the positional meaning of the Holly card, I see that I need to get more into my body work. I need to be less mental (Four of Air) and more physical (Queen of Earth). So while my mental focus was good, I can step up the physical part.

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I’d love to hear from you if you do this reading. Or if you do any of the readings in the Yule blog hop–there are some amazing choices this time around. I always get some great new spreads.

Dark Goddess Tarot, Ellen Lorenzi-Price, 2013,

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on!

Messages, Nudges + Paths

I think a good reading does that though. It is a two way street where I get information for my client but there’s generally a soft nudge for me as well.

Hibiscus_Mockingbird 006Today’s post is a throwback. I know yesterday was Throwback Thursday but oh well. 😀

http://tarotbyarwen.com/?p=8053 is my Life’s Path spread. I shared it 9/30/2008. I have done this particular reading with many clients since then. It never fails to have a message for me as well as them.

I think a good reading does that though. It is a two way street where I get information for my client but there’s generally a soft nudge for me as well.

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Have a super day. And please?

Seek joy, y’all. pass it on!

Hibiscus, Arwen Lynch, 2008

Dragons, Problems + Solutions

How will your involvement in this problem change you?

Four Dragons, Lisa HuntToday’s card is not a card but a Tarot spread. It’s one of the ones featured in my eBook of Tarot Spreads.

The Four Dragons

Many moons ago, there was no water on earth save for the Eastern Sea of China. In this sea dwelt four dragons. They played together in the sea. Their names were Long Dragon, Yellow Dragon, Black Dragon and Pearl Dragon.

One day the most daring of them, Black Dragon, suggested that they play hide-and-seek in the clouds. So off they flew. Great waves broke over the sea as they flew up to the sky to play their game.

Pearl Dragon hid in a cloud far away from the others. While there, she saw something that broke her heart. She called to the other dragons.

“Come here! I am here! Come quickly.”

The other dragons immediately flew to her side for Pearl Dragon was their sister and they did not like her to be upset.

“What is it, little sister?” asked Yellow Dragon who was the eldest of the four.

“Look! Down there. Do you see what they are doing?”

The other dragons looked at the earth where they say people everywhere. All of them were putting out offerings of food and burning sweet smelling incense in prayer.

“What are they praying for?” said Black Dragon who was the youngest boy.

“For water! Listen!” The eldest sister, Long Dragon, pointed at an old woman.

The four dragons listened and heard her prayers.

“God of Heaven, God who is good, our children are starving. We need rain. Please send rain.”

And the dragons looked and saw that the crops had died. The grass had yellowed beneath the blazing sun. Nothing could grow without rain.

Long Dragon was moved to speak. “We must do something! The people will die if it doesn’t rain soon.”

Yellow Dragon listened to his brother and sisters as they all agreed. Then he nodded.

“You are right, brother and sisters. We must go and ask the Jade Emperor, the God of Heaven, to let it rain.”

He launched himself into the clouds closely followed by his siblings. They reached the Heavenly Palace in short time. But the Emperor was not happy to see them.

“Why do you charge in like this? Who has told you to leave the sea? I am in charge of all things in the three worlds, heaven, earth and sea.”

Even though they were very scared of the Jade Emperor’s anger, the four dragons had to speak.

Long Dragon took a deep breath and bowed to the Emperor. “Please, Your Supreme Highness, please listen. The crops on earth are dying and so are the people. Please, we beg you to send rain.”

The Jade Emperor didn’t care. He was busy listening to the music of his fairy singers. He agreed to send rain so that the dragons would return to their home.

The dragons waited in their sea for ten days without any rain at all. They flew to see the people and they wept. The people suffered greatly! They ate bark and roots and even some had to eat the white clay from the ground.

And the Dragons hung their heads. They knew that the Jade Emperor would never care about the people. They had to do something, but what? They sat thinking. Then Long Dragon announced she had an idea. The others leapt up demanding to know what it was.

Long Dragon pointed to their home, the Eastern Sea.

“Look there! All this water in our sea. Why should we not scoop it up and toss it towards the sky. Then it will come down like rain to save the crops. What do you think of my idea?”

“It is a good idea!” Yellow Dragon approved. “But, Jade Emperor will hear of this and blame us.”

Black Dragon set his jaw and looked at Yellow Dragon with a fierce gaze. “Eldest brother, I may be only the youngest brother, but I will do anything to save these people and their crops.”

The others agreed wholeheartedly. And they all flew up from the sea with huge mouthfuls of water. They swooped all about the sky spraying water. Back to the sea and up to the sky until the sky was black!

The people looked up. Could it be real? Was it really happening? They hugged one another and shouted for joy as the sky began to pour water down on them.

“Praise to God of the Heavens! He has heard our prayers.”

The plants drank in the water and straightened their stalks with glee. Wheat and sorghum and rice all began to turn green again.

But the God of the Sea saw that his dragons were misbehaving and he reported them to the Jade Emperor who was furious.

“How dare those four dragons bring rain? I told them I would do it! They must be punished!”

And he ordered all of his generals and their armies to arrest the dragons and bring them to him. The dragons came quietly to the heavenly palace.

The Jade Emperor called the Mountain God. “Bring me four mountains!”

The Mountain God whistled up a wind to bring in the mountains.

“Each dragon must be pressed beneath a mountain so that they may never escape.”

The Mountain God did as he was told but he was sad. As he did it, he told the dragons this, “The only thing that can harm my mountains is water.”

The four dragons never regretted their actions. They remembered what the Mountain God had told them and realized that they would have to transform themselves. Even though it meant never being able to play hide-and-seek or tag with each other in the sky and the sea, they turned themselves into four rivers which dug their way out of the four mountains.

Now they flow past high mountains and deep valleys crossing the Imperial lands of China from west to east. They are the Heilongjiang (the Black River) who lives in the far north; the Huanghe (the Yellow River) who cares for central China; the Changgjiang or Yangtze (the Long River) who flows in the south; and the Zhujiang (the Pearl River) who lives in the very far south.

The other Gods realized that it wasn’t fair for the four to never see one another so they created openings into the Eastern Sea where the siblings can see each other. And the great land of China was blessed with the gift of water.

RETOLD BY Stephanie Arwen Lynch October 16, 2005

This is a very simple spread in that it is only 6 cards.

The Four Dragons Spread
A Fairy Tale Spread
Overall theme: Doing good for the sake of doing good

Sometimes we have to tackle a problem in several steps. From the Chinese tale of the Four Dragons, I offer this problem solution spread.

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1~~5~~3
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Card one is the Pearl Dragon (The Zhujiang aka Pearl River): The Pearl Dragon sees that there is a need.

Card two is the Yellow Dragon (The Huanghe akaYellow River) : The Yellow Dragon identifies the problem .

Card three is the Long Dragon (The Changjiang (Yangtze) aka Long River): The Long Dragon shows you where to go for help.

Card four is the Emperor: The Emperor is the block. Here is what you have to defeat to solve the problem.

Card five is the Black Dragon. The Black Dragon is the risk-taker.
Here is the risk you have to take to remove the obstacle to your problem.

Card six is your change. In this tale all four dragons changed into rivers. How will your involvement in this problem change you?

Four Dragons, Lisa Hunt, Illustration from Fairy Tale Tarot Spreads eBook by Arwen Lynch

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Books, Cards + Tattoos

Books, Cards + Tattoos…

Tattoo_BirthCardsSo today’s card is a book. I know, right? That’s kind of cheating, isn’t it? Well not really since I never promised you a card garden.

EAR WORM

Yes, yes. I am in a silly mood. Part of that is because I taught a class today (Sunday) which always revs me up. I love teaching.

We were working with Bonnie Cehovet’s Tarot, Birth Cards and You. It’s an excellent discussion of the concept of Birth Cards.

I asked Bonnie for some ideas on what to offer in this Meetup class. She was, as always, completely generous with her time and knowledge. I took her ideas and added a few of my own.

I encourage you to work with Bonnie’s book if you are interested in this concept.

For our class we determined our own birthcards (mine are pictured in the tattoo you see on this post–art work and tattoo by Dirk Mellot of Epiphany Tattoo, Aurora, Colorado). Then we did a brief guided meditation followed by activities that included writing an affirmation and doing a reading.

The spread we used was designed by me. I wanted to share it with you as well. Based on Bonnie’s book, I wanted to explore the concept of the theme as represented by the Birth Cards.

HOW CAN I MANIFEST MY LIFE’S THEME

Shuffle entire deck. Draw three cards.

1. How can I manifest the energy of this theme in my life?

2. What stands in my way?

3. What strengthens me on this journey?

We paired off and read for each other. So person A put their birth cards out and person B used their own deck to shuffle and draw and read for person A. It went very well. Our Meetup has folks who’ve read for 30 years and those who haven’t even bought their first Tarot deck. I love this mix of energy.

So for today’s journal prompt, even if you don’t know your own birth cards, let’s use this.

“How can I manifest my life’s theme?”

If you do use this spread, I’d love to know the results. If you want me to do this reading with you (including finding your birth cards and life’s them), book a half hour reading with me. I’d love to have a Tarot conversation with you.

Tattoo, picture by J. Mellott, all rights reserved

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.