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I haven’t bought any new tarot decks for quite some time. There hasn’t been much to interest me. I’m not a big fan of photorealism and ornate images in my cards, and these seem to be popular trends in card design nowadays. Also, I’ve been working to pair down my “stuff.” This includes tarot decks (although not as much as, say, books!). However, I’ve been getting the urge to try some new decks; and picked up a couple that I was aware of when I saw them in the local new age shop.

One caught my eye online some time ago, and after seeing it in the store in its compact and sturdy box, I decided to get it: The Healing Light Tarot. The deck is created by Christopher Butler, and the artwork is in the style he is known for. He has also created the Quantum Tarot (with Kay Stepforth), the Son Tarot and a Lenormand deck whose name escapes me at the moment.

Of course I had to test this deck out, so I decided to ask a political question: Will Donald Trump leave office for any reason in 2018? I used the modified tree of life spread that works so well for these kinds of questions.

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I attended a class on change management and leadership yesterday. That sounds like a mouthful, doesn’t it? Simply put, it’s about understanding change and how to successfully implement it. This class was geared towards the work world, although the nature of change in our home lives was discussed for comparison and contrast. It was a fun class with a sassy, high-energy teacher. She pointed out that most of the material is common sense, but people tend not to think things through or make time to do the essentials.

I wanted to share what I learned with my peers at work, but I’ve been asked if I’m willing to extend that to people who are “higher up”, including the person in charge of my department. That’s a little scary for me! So I pulled out my Greenwood Tarot and asked: What can I expect the outcome to be for me, if I present to this group? (You can click on the image to see the full size.)

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I recently took a look at the influences surrounding President Trump for the rest of 2017. The central card, indicating a fiery, female influence in the Queen of Wands, was puzzling enough to me to warrant a follow-up reading.

I again used the Greenwood Tarot, but this time I asked for a description of the woman indicated by the Queen of Wands from the prior reading; and used the astrology or horoscope spread. This spread is a 12-position circle, where each position relates to one of the houses of astrology for meaning. I start the first house at the “9 o’clock” location on the left, then run counterclockwise around the circle. Combined we get a snapshot to describe the Queen of Wands. Let’s see what came up.

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For all the fuss about the Greenwood Tarot being the Holy Grail of tarot decks, I don’t feel like there are many examples showing how it reads. Do people actually read with this deck if they’re fortunate enough to own it, or is it so rare that they don’t want to use it? Maybe because it’s been out of print so long (since 1996), people aren’t motivated to post about it? Maybe the current crop of bloggers don’t own it, and tend to focus on the shiny new decks? I’m not pointing fingers there, just pondering aloud.

A google search for Greenwood readings didn’t turn up much for me within the first several pages of results. Heck, there aren’t that many reviews out there. Maybe it’s really rare among the tarot readers who post on the web. Well, here is another reading to help rectify that situation.

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I am doing a test run with the Greenwood Tarot, and wanted to see how it would answer the question: what kind of energies will surround Trump (and by extension the United States) for the rest of 2017? I used the modified Tree of Life spread I learned from Josephine McCarthy.

First Triad – Root

The root of this spread is the 7 of Cups (Mourning), a definite vibe of sorrow and things lost, and a very death-o-matic vibe. The next two cards seem interesting as they have some correlations on either side of the Tree here, with the right being a positive aspect and the left showing negative aspect. The King of Cups (Reindeer) is a male-female polarity card, and it is referring to the powerful reindeer, both rutting for dominance and to the fact that (according to the guidebook) they eat mushrooms which are apparently visionary in nature. Opposite we  have the Lovers, another card of male-female polarity and a very energetic card with sexual undertones to my eye. Altogether, I get a sense of power and posturing while there is a balance of masculine and feminine energies or aspects, all stemming from a deep seated loss (of innocence?). This makes sense if I consider Trump’s blustering and aggressive nature, in business and now in politics. Except for Invanka, his daughter, I don’t see much evidence of valuing women. (Even the First Lady seems strangely absent from the news.)

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On Saturday I had the opportunity to do a quick predictive reading with same-day confirmation. I wondered whether my partner would work his on-call shift at his part-time job, so I whipped out my trusty Lo Scarabeo Tarot deck to ask that question. As usual, I focused on the question and let my mind calm while shuffling the cards until I felt they didn’t need to be shuffled anymore. I had decided on a three-card spread, and this was the result:

20141123-will-he-work-today3 of Cups, Chariot, 8 of Swords (Lo Scarabeo Tarot)
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I’m attending a winery event this weekend, and was thinking about doing some readings there. It was popular when I did so the last time. However, part of me just wants to go, drink wine and enjoy myself. Without worrying about people unloading their problems, trying to find semi-privacy or — worst of all — watching that my cards don’t blow away in bursts of wind when sitting outdoors!

So I sought some advice from the cards. What do I need to know about reading at the winery this weekend? I chose the Dreampower Tarot.

reading_20140616Whirlpool – Child of Fire – 3 Fire (Intention)
Warrior of Earth – 10 Fire (Power) – 2 Fire (Leaping)

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In my previous post, I introduced El Gran Tarot de los Tattwas, along with a brief of the tattwa symbols as commonly understood in the West. In this post, I wish to share my first daily reading with this deck, which was done on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

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I used a variation of the daily spread which you’ve seen me post several times, if you read my blog. Except instead of going clockwise around an “X” shape, I laid the cards to go clockwise around a cross shape.

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I recently shared a couple of readings regarding whether “Nick” would be offered a job for which he’d interviewed. I am now able to share the outcome of these readings.

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In my previous post, I did a reading with my Dreampower deck to ask if “Nick” would be offered a job for which he’s interviewed. As I mentioned, I’m not fully conversant yet with the Dreampower so I opted to do a tarot reading as well. I used my Lo Scarabeo Tarot and asked the same question: Will Nick be offered the job?

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Knight of Swords – Page of Swords – Chariot – 8 of Coins – 6 of Wands

This is my favorite yes-or-no spread, from Tarot Prediction & Divination by Susyn Blair-Hunt. The card values are used to determine a positive or negative answer, and then the meanings are read for more information. In this picture I’ve raised the affirmative cards. It is a “qualified yes.”

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