From a young age, I have always been drawn to supernatural and metaphysical subjects. I remember checking out every book I could find on the subject from my school library – witchcraft, mystical beings, palmistry, psychic abilities, ghosts and apparitions, mythology, crystals.
I bought my Rider-Waite Tarot deck many years ago, before my daughter was born. I found them in a New Age shop in Sedona, Arizona, one of my favorite places for all things metaphysical and spiritual. There are numerous different kinds of beautifully illustrated decks, most notably the Crowley-Thoth deck, but I was drawn to the very simple styling of the Rider-Waite deck. Vividly colored illustrations that are rich with symbolism make it great for beginners just learning Tarot. I also picked up a beginner’s guide, Introduction to Tarot, to learn the cards and the basics of Tarot reading. What I like most about this book is that for each card, along with the illustrations for both the Rider and Thoth decks, the author also describes the symbolism within the cards of both decks. If you want to get your own deck, there really is no right or wrong deck. Reading Tarot is less about the cards and more about your intuition and connection to the unconscious and your innate wisdom. Reading Tarot requires a receptiveness to listen to and trust your inner wisdom that is connected to all the energy in the universe.
My Tarot deck has spent many years packed away, until I recently resurrected them. Upon moving (back) to Oregon, I went through a rough patch where my life began to feel very monotonous and scripted. I was feeling quite uninspired and listless. I decided this bout of depression was in large due to the fact that since becoming a mom, I had lost a lot of self identity and lost focus of so many things that inspired and interested me. I become so focused on being the best, most involved parent I could be, that I forgot to focus on me. I let my own desires and interests take a back seat, and I started becoming resentful for the life I had given up. To remedy this, I decided I first needed to reclaim some of those sacred interests and belongings that used to bring me joy. I started burning incense again, bought myself a few new crystals, and dug out my cards for a consultation. I hadn’t read a spread in ages, so I was quite surprised at the accuracy of my first spread. It assured me that I had not completely lost touch with my innate senses.
I consulted the cards yesterday to get a glance at the year ahead. I found a spread that I liked on Tarot.com, which is my go-to consultant for spread ideas. Just like the deck, there is no perfect spread. I just find one that suits my intentions and best fits the questions for which I seek answers. Sometimes I tweak it to better suit my needs. It is more important that you feel connected to the spread and ask the right questions. My heart was really tuned into rekindling this Blog when I drew this spread, and the burning question on my mind for 2017 was how I could cultivate and focus it to offer my readers the best I could give of myself. I was pleading with the cards to regenerate my inspiration and enthusiasm that initially struck me with the desire to create this blog. Here is my Spread with the cards I drew:
2 – Horizon: What to expect in the coming year
3 – Obstacle: Challenges to be overcome in the coming year
4 – Strength: How to harness your inner power
5 – Advice: How to manifest and attain your goals
6 – Navigation: Guidance for the year ahead
7 – Clarity: Personal theme for the coming year
To read more about my interpretation of the cards in the spread, follow this link.
I would love to hear from you if you read Tarot or would like to try your hand at it, or if you have had your cards read, or if you would like to have yours read. Leave comments below.