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Shadowscapes King of Cups



So I’m the wrangler for this Tarot Blog Hop. As we wrap up the third year of this community endeavor, I wanted to shine a light into the way we gift. Not give, mind you, but gift. Sometimes I think we see giving as an act of GIMME, GIMME, GIMME where everyone has their hand out. Everyone wants a piece of you. It can be overwhelming.

So I thought I’d turn the tables a bit to see what gifts I’ve been given and what gifts I’ve given. I asked the entire group blogging to all do the same spread. I called it The Joy Of Gifting.

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From the call to join the blog hop:
Yule, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice,Winter. Whatever you call this time of year, it is a season of gift giving, gift receiving and sharing with family and friends for a majority of the world. Whether Papa Noel brings you a candy cane or the Winter Witch brings you switches, itโ€™s a time of anticipation. The anticipation of what I might be getting and what I am giving are equal joys for me. To that end, here is a spread for each of us to do.

The Joy Of Gifting Spread

Shadowscapes Page of Cups

What gift would you give the world if you could? I would give the world the Page of Cups‘ joyful outlook. Because this card speaks to me of youth and emotion and that fanciful thinking I know I indulged in, I would hold hands with each person I met and ask them, “Where do you think your bliss went? Where do you think your joy is hiding?”

It’s my life’s passion to help others rekindle their love affair with the world. There’s so much out there to be unhappy about that I think many of us forget to tally up the joys. The Page of Cups is that part of us who still jumps in puddles and laughs at dogs chasing their tails.

Shadowscapes King of Wands

What gift would you want from the world? Hello your royal highness! The King of Wands was a surprise for me. He’s such a passionate man always giving speeches and making sure the underdog has a voice. Then I realized that is the gift I want from the world.

Sometimes I lose my way. When I do, I’ve learned to ask my friends to help. Just the yesterday I had what I call a CR day. That’s when I’m CRanky, CRotchety and CRoss. So I asked my dear ones to share their joys with me.

And they did. And it worked. I found my path again.

Shadowscapes Five of Cups

What gift have you gotten that has brought you joy? When I saw the Five of Cups, I had to smile. There is sadness in this card with the overturned bowl and dead fish. But there is a joy in realizing that there is a bowl still whole.

The gift of knowing that even in sadness joy will come. That is the gift that has brought me joy this year. I understand that when I cry for what’s lost, I am cleansing my soul. I am making room for what’s coming.

Shadowscapes Devil

What gift have you given that has brought you joy? HAHAHAHA! The Devil? Really Universe? I guess that’s true. I can be a bit of a burr under the saddle for those who dwell in nothing but negativity. I pick at them little by little showing them how that limits them.

And there is the idea that the Devil can be a card of ‘Calgon take me away’. I can’t remember who said that but it was someone in the Tarot world. So my gift that I’ve given in the guise of the Devil is the knowledge that it’s okay to play.

Shadowscapes King of Cups

What is one last thing you would like to share about this season? King of Cups. Oh you handsome thing! He is my secret keeper as well as my compassionate soldier. In today’s world we are faced with so much ugliness. There are so many things to be genuinely outraged about.

I would share that the King of Cups knows how to fight battles without losing his humanity. He understands that rage and hatred can alter a person so that they don’t know themselves any more.

My last thing for you is a reminder to not let the world’s cruelties turn your own compassion into dust. Let your compassion be your shield even as outrage is your sword.

Before you go, here are this week’s TarotCopes for December 21-27, 2014

CARD OF THE WEEK: QUEEN OF PENTACLES Rule with compassion. By reviewing your roots you can see your future. Nurture your innate goodness.

AQUARIUS FOUR OF WANDS Organized chaos works for you. You know this. Embrace it. Home needs your passion so please focus. Structural changes.

PISCES HERMIT Study where you are. Open your heart to your place. Lonely doesn’t mean being apart. Reach out to those you feel a kindred spirit with.

ARIES QUEEN OF WANDS Time to show off a bit. Some may have forgotten how you shine. It’s up to you to remind them. Be gentle as you dazzle.

TAURUS STRENGTH When you know your own power, you don’t have to make a lot of noise. Outside praise isn’t as sweet as the song you sing to yourself.

GEMINI JUDGMENT There comes a moment when you must heed the call. You must rise up. You must sound your own clarion call to action. Rise Up.

CANCER QUEEN OF SWORDS Sometimes your mental focus makes you seem cold to others. That’s on them. Clarity of mind brings you incredible growth.

LEO WHEEL OF FORTUNE Do not be surprised by a gift given. Forgiveness is the gift you give yourself. Opportunities abound for you to show them.

VIRGO PAGE OF WANDS Playfulness is your guide. Learn a new game Play with others. Engage them in the seditious act of passionate living.

LIBRA THE WORLD If you could give a gift to the world, what would it be? Let it be your open heart, your loving soul. Experience life please.

SCORPIO HANGED MAN Take some time out for yourself. No need to sacrifice your quiet mind for the holiday chaos. Limit how much you indulge.

SAGITTARIUS SEVEN OF CUPS That mountain? It’s an out-of-reach dream ONLY if you stay stuck in what-ifs. Get started now. Time is fleeting.

CAPRICORN THREE OF CUPS Joy comes easily. Impromptu parties, old friends, new places combine to bring you a seriously happy week. Indulge a bit.

This week’s featured deck is the gorgeous Shadowscapes Tarot from Llewellyn. A truly evocative deck that utilizes fanciful creatures in mesmerizing swirls of color.


18 thoughts on “TarotBlogHop: GIMMEGIMMEGIMME!”

  1. ohhhhh….now I understand why you called upon us to send sparkles your way on CR day…so clever! Arwen, I really love your spread..forced me to think a bit about what I have been giving and receiving. Thanks for being a fab wrangler. Hope next time, the timing won’t be 2am singapore time. Hahahaha!

  2. I really enjoyed this Blog Hop. It was lovely to see the ways we each looked at this spread and what decks spoke to each of us.

    I loved that you used the Shadowscapes deck as I love this one. Stephanie’s art is lush and beautiful.

    Happy Yule!

  3. CR days. Thank you for that! Always nice to know what something’s called! I sure have plenty of them. Arwen, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this BlogHop. I almost didn’t sign up because I’m not much of a gift-oriented person. And my initial thought was that those questions in the spread were easy enough to answer without using my cards. But, as always, I found so much depth and truth and surprising insight in this spread. I’m so glad I participated! Thank you for that gift!

  4. Love the humour in your readings, Arwen! Especially touched by the 5 of Cups and remembering to count our blessings. The Devil card is hilarious, if you can’t have a few vices at christmas time, when can you! xo

  5. I love it! I love how you spread joy through the honesty of human experience…that we all have off days, but we can all find our way back to our joy. That’s a wonderful gift. And, as a Capricorn, I can totally confirm the 3 of Cups for that particular week…that’s why I’m writing this comment in January! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Funny and real, another wonderful post, Arwen. I especially liked it being bookmarked by the Page and King of Cups ๐Ÿ™‚ And thanks for the Tarotcopes, that one for Gemini sounds just perfect for me!

  7. Here I am, at the coo’s tail, as we say in Scotland (ie at the end!!). I love your CR days. Henceforth that’s what they will be called by me too! Beautiful cards and beautiful gifts! Especially the Tarotscopes!! <3

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