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Tarot Card of the Month: September 2012

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Why Tarot Reversals Need to be Read (or at least understood!)

Tarot Card Reversals — some long-time readers don’t believe in reading them while others abide by them to gain full understanding.  I’ve come across several who choose not to read reversals because they don’t want their readings to be “negative”. I’ve also seen some that don’t read reversals because someone told them that if they truly understood the cards they wouldn’t need to read the reversal.

For myself, I’ve always read reversals since Day 1 and I’ve never not overlooked the fact that a card came up reversed.  Through my experience, observation, and deep reflection over the cards over time, I do strongly believe that the reversed cards should be read — or at least the reversal meaning should be understood.

To highlight my point, I’m going to provide a short reading example.  Let’s say that I asked the cards the question: How can I increase my chances of a romantic relationship in the future?  The cards I deal are: Emperor Reversed, 9 of Cups, 5 of Cups Reversed.

The 9 of Cups often signifies “wishes fulfilled” and that there is potentially some satisfaction there.  However, the other two cards seem to not be quite as positive.

The 5 of Cups, when upright, shows emotional disappointment and loss.  Perhaps this person is still hurt from a past relationship, conflicts with a friendship, or problems in their family.  Regardless of the exact source, the person has likely dealt with some relationship problems and struggles to have this loss in their energy field.  However, since the card is reversed it is actually a hair bit positive (in the case with this card) because this card can signify depression.  As a reversal, that means that this energy is slightly “blocked” or “kinked”, which would mean for the 5 of Cups Reversed shows that the person is now at a moving on point from this disappointment even though the energy is still slightly present.  Is it significantly impacting them at this point?  No, but its not completely dormant either because if it was it wouldn’t come up in the cards.

The Emperor, when upright, expresses structure, discipline, boundaries, standards, organization, etc.  Since this card is reversed the energy is, as I said earlier, “blocked” or “kinked”.  This particular card, since it is one of the Major Arcana, is rather neutral and represents deep core lessons in the soul’s evolution.  There is a very significant lesson in this that could potentially really change the way person’s future is shaped.  So imagine to yourself what would  you  possibly see in a person who has the Emperor’s true energy “blocked”?  If a person has trouble with boundaries and standards what would you see?  That provides an answer to the reversal meaning.

In this case, I can see two potential interpretations for the Emperor Reversed:

1.  The person has “too strict” of standards that they don’t allow anyone in because they fear to be “dominated” as they may have in the past.

2.  The person should remember to have standards and not just settle with anyone.

Though these interpretations both appear to be at opposite ends of the spectrum, the irony is that they can both very well be true and resonate with the client.  Why?  Because at both ends of the spectrum there isn’t an equal balance.  To set standards and boundaries we have to have them, but not make them too strict.  An equilibrium has to be developed between the two, and it is then and only then that the true Emperor energy can be properly utilized.

If we did not read or consider the reversal then we may have easily looked this aspect over completely.  Yes we may have picked up on a need for “structure” but we would’ve missed in understand where the client fully is if we didn’t ask ourselves “If this energy is blocked, what would it look like?”  By reading and striving to understand the different potential interpretations of the reversal, we are then able to ultimately understand the full depth of the cards themselves better rather than simply look at them at face value.  It’s a complicated universe with many different variables — it’s a shame if we overlook these little things and miss them entirely, especially in this type of work.

 

Related posts:

Tarot Reflections

The Challenge of Trusting Your Own Intuition

Reading the 7 of Cups: The Good and the Bad

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The Challenge of Trusting Your Own Intuition

Earlier this week I did a post entitled Weather Tarot: How Will Typhoon Bolaven Go?.  I dealt the cards out of the sake of my own curiosity, as trying to predict the weather was something that I had never previously done with my tarot deck.  Plus, considering that this was going to be the first typhoon that I had ever experienced in my life, I kind of wanted a little insight as to what I can expect.

The cards that I dealt I felt were quite interesting, so I posted the spread for discussion in order to gain interpretations from others.

Since I was so fascinated by my previous tarot card spread, I also posted Weather Tarot Prediction: How Will Hurricane Isaac Go?.  This time, upon recommendation, I provided my interpretation in the initial post rather than leave it open-ended for readers to only interpret.

But there was an interesting thing I noticed arose within myself when I shared these readings and then provided my own interpretation: My inner self-defeating voices were saying “What if you’re wrong?” and so I wanted to hold back a bit rather than completely share the information I gathered from the cards.

What I find interesting now is how, despite my holding back, my prediction that there would be flooding in New Orleans and that they have not fully prepared or worked together for this storm, did in fact come true.  My initial intuitive interpretation was exactly right-on — so why on earth did I hold back and question it?  It’s a silly reaction that we all so often do.  I suppose to some degree I saw a potentially bad outcome and I didn’t want people to become fearful, but at the same time it is certainly still something that shouldn’t be hidden for the sake of warnings.

It’s a funny concept that not only tarot readers need to learn and deal with but also people of all careers, hobbies, and places is this: Have confidence in your intuition 100%.  Boldly say or follow whatever your initial instinct tells you.  The more confidence and faith you have in your intuition, then the more you open yourself up to intuitive messages.

 

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Reading the 7 of Cups: The Good and Bad

Ah, the 7 of Cups.  The the classic Rider-Waite deck, the image on the card appears as a man who is looking at a cloud of seven cups.  Each of the cups has several different images on it.  The one has a snake, a head, a person with some sort of cape, etc.  Without much surprise, basic meaning of the card is one of imagination or fantasy.  It can easily signify a person who is in a “daydream” state.  Is it a good or bad card to see come up?  I’ve found that there can be quite a fine line with this particular card, as it is ultimately very very neutral (as most all things in the world truly are at a spiritual level).  Lets dive into this a little deeper to provide some insights as to how this card can be read when it comes up in a tarot spread…

The trick in to understanding the underlying drive and energies behind a card such as this is to do two things: 1.  Be sure to check and notice the energy patterns in the other cards that you have dealt and 2.  Trust what your intuition tells you, which is, more often than not, your first initial instinctual reaction to the cards before you allow any thought to surface.

If you seem to notice a negative trend of energy in the cards, this card can easily be read as “someone who has their head in the clouds and isn’t quite facing the reality of their situation”.  You may see and intuitively sense that there is a lot of negative energy in perhaps the person that they are asking about or perhaps even simply not-so-pleasant things going on around them despite this inner positive daydream that they have going on.  In these circumstances, it is almost best to recommend the querent to stop the daydreaming for a moment and to fully look at their situation objectively with full mental clarity with no-emotional ties.

Now, on the flip side, if you notice positive things working behind the scenes and sense that this person is going through a good period of transformation or some mere evolving then this card can easily mean that they are doing some creative visualization, meditation, or hypnotherapy that is motivating their unconscious so they can learn or grow.  Despite what negative things could occur with this card’s energy as I mentioned previously, it certainly has a lot of good that can come out of it as well.  The trick, of course, is to find balance between these things by allowing ourselves to co-create with the universe rather than tell the universe what we want and desire and completely ignoring the intuitive messages being sent to us.

So, to sum this up, the 7 of Cups can certainly become a great positive influence for us and our evolution or it can cause us to be stagnant.  In order to be sure that it is pro-active rather than passive, we must be sure that whatever dreams and goals we set for ourselves through our creative visualization, affirmations, or meditation is that we are allowing ourselves to naturally flow with the universe rather than resisting it due to our emotional attachment.

Related posts:

Tarot Reflections

Why Tarot Reversals Need to Be Read (or at least understood!)

Love Tarot Card Meanings: 2 of Cups vs. 6 of Cups

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Weather Tarot Prediction: How Will Hurricane Isaac Go?

As many of you know, Hurricane Isaac will soon be reaching New Orleans this week, coincidentally exactly seven years after the Hurricane Katrina tragedy.

To dive into a deeper look at this hurricane and to see a possible outcome, I decided to ask my Tarot Cards using the classic Rider-Waite deck. The cards I drew were:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cards are: High Priestess, Hierophant Reversed, Ace of Cups Reversed, and 3 of Pentacles Reversed.  No particular spread was used, I simply ask the question and dealt the cards.

I actually only intended to draw three cards but I had the 3 of Pentacles Reversed fall out of the deck so that tells me that there is some significant energy of the 3 of Pentacles present.

The first thing that stood out to me when I saw these cards was the Hierophant Reversed and the 3 of Pentacles Reversed — it seems that perhaps despite warnings and recommendations by authorities people will not make the proper precautions.  There is a lack of really working together here.  It’s as if people aren’t or won’t be quite doing as they should be in some way.  The Ace of Cups Reversed is quite interesting as well — and it makes me wonder about New Orlean’s new levy that they set up after Katrina.

I hate to say it, but to be completely honest and sum up what my initial reaction was, I can’t help but get the impression that they haven’t quite prepared as much as they could have since Katrina 7 years ago.  The Ace of Cups R has water coming down from the top (as New Orleans is a city already below sea level).  Then the High Priestess I felt was a strong indicator to really “trust your intuition”.  I’d predict that there is going to be flooding in at least some areas but they aren’t fully preparing for them by evacuating.

But, of course, this could very easily be interpreted many different ways.  For those who are regular tarot readers, beginners or even complete novices — what is your interpretation of these cards?

Personally, I find this to be quite an interesting combination so I’m really looking forward to the different interpretations here!

 

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Weather Tarot: How will Typhoon Bolaven go?

As some of you may know, a Typhoon Bolaven has reached Japan today and will reach the mainland of Korea tomorrow morning (about 12 hours from now). So I have asked my tarot cards: How will this typhoon go?

The cards I dealt using the classic Rider-Waite are:

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That is: 9 of Wands, 4 of Pentacles Reversed, 9 of Cups Reversed.

So for any fellow readers out there or even the complete novices, feel free to make a comment and give your own interpretation as to what you think these cards are saying!

 

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My Long-Anticipated Vacation Has Arrived

Today I am leaving Korea and traveling to Japan for my week-long vacation.  My plans are to visit and tour through Osaka, Hiroshima, Tokyo, Kyoto and any other discoveries along the way.

Once I arrive back, I will be sure to share some of my experiences of visiting the Peace Osaka (WWII) museum, Osaka Castle, Peace Park in Hiroshima, and several Japanese-style temples, shrines, and castles.

So while I am meeting Geishas and savoring Japanese cuisine, you can check out my 2 blog series: The Keys to Happiness and Tarot Reflections if you haven’t already.

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** Please note: I will NOT be able to do any tarot readings, dream interpretations, or numerology reports this week.  If you would like a reading, then you may submit this week but please keep in mind that I will not be able to complete the reading until August 20 at the earliest.

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Are Tarot Cards Evil?

This is a video response to a common question I’ve heard from readers: “Are Tarot Cards Evil?”.

Enjoy!

 

 

Comments?  Questions?  Feel free to post your thoughts! 🙂

Tarot of the Sweet Twilight Preview

Here is a video I made to provide a little preview/review of one of the decks I own called Tarot of the Sweet Twilight.

 

 

Do you like the artwork on this deck?  Why or why not?  What types of decks/artwork do you find yourself mostly drawn to?

Tarot Card of August 2012: The Moon – How to Overcome Fear

I have recently decided to do a short video at the beginning of every month for “Tarot of the Month”.  For August 2012, the card I received was the Moon.  Check out my video below for a deeper understanding of the moon and some tips on how to cope with the challenges this card represents.

I hope that was beneficial to you!  If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions then feel free to comment below!

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