Tarot Challenge Day 5: Self-Soveriegnty

IMG_0614Day 5: How can you achieve your long-term goals?
Deck: Prisma Visions
Spread: Simple Hermes
Cards: Ten of Pentacles (r), Death (r), Four of Chalices (r), Ten of Wands (r)

The is more a list of don’ts than dos. Don’t resist change. Let it come. It will be for the best. When that change comes, let it come on slowly. Don’t make rash decisions the moment you see glimmers of a new dawn out of fear of the light. One ray of sunshine at a time, you will learn what it is to have the warm sun on your face again. Don’t put too much stock in the opinion of any one person. You are you. You are different. You are unique. You are always the final authority on you.

Planetary Day: Jupiter
Planetary Hour: Mercury
Moon: Full in Virgo, v/c

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Tarot Reading: If There Was Ever a Time In Your Life NOT to Throw Like a Girl, That Time Would Be Now.

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Query: General
Deck: Prisma Visions
Spread: Simple Hermes
Cards: Ace of Cups (r), Ace of Swords (r), Five of Chalices, Three of Pentacles

The immediate past has been an emotionally and intellectually barren time for you. It is time not only to move past it, but to willfully and deliberately cast it away from you. Do not simply drop it into the abyss, but cast it out with all your might. After you have done so, take the good that is left and go back to work. Go back to building the cathedral of mind and spirit you were working on before this frightening, yet temporary downward turn.

-M.

Planetary Day: Mercury
Planetary Hour: Mercury/Moon
Moon: Waxing in Virgo

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Tarot Challenge Day 1: General Reading: Let your lover do what Lover’s gonna do—doo-bee-doo, doo-bee-doo.

IMG_0610_2Day 1: A general reading/overview of your life right now.

Deck: Tarot of the Absurd
Spread: Simple Hermes
Cards: Ace of Cups, The Lovers, Temperance, King of Swords (r)

This is a full and blessed time for you individually as well as for you in your relationship. You and your love have reached new depths of understanding, one to another, and, as you complement each other so well emotionally as well as intellectually, you are set to achieve some mighty things as partners, meeting strength for strength. The caution is that you not try to control things with your intellect. Use your intellect, but give the reins to your heart and spirit.

-M.

Planetary Day: Jupiter
Planetary Hour: Sun
Moon: Full in Virgo

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The Chthonic Hermes Card

IMG_0133It just occurred to me that I never posted the picture of this card, the Chthonic Hermes card, from the “Circus Freaks” deck I received last Christmas, (not sure how I feel about the title of the deck). This card is all him, no doubt about it. From the tip top of his top hat to the tips of his long, limber fingers, it is him. Also, the jack of diamonds, the gambler—could any card be more perfect?

And there is a very woo-ish tale surrounding this deck…

Since 2011, I have carried a deck in my purse at all times that I have given to Hermes. It is not a holy artifact. I use the cards often to play with my family and friends. The deck I had since 2011 though was not entirely a positive thing. It was given to me by my terrible ex’s stepmother when he was in the hospital and insisted I stay with him night and day for a week, (if you ever have an urge to sleep in a chair for a week, from experience I strongly encourage you not to do it). It was that surgery, (unnecessary surgery), that ended up giving him an excuse to get hooked on pain killers and use alcohol again, the unbearable consequences of which resulted in me leaving him. So that deck, even though I gave it to Hermes, was tainted somewhat by that association.

Here’s the woo: Last christmas, when I went to put the new deck in my purse, not intending it to replace the Hermes deck I already had, I discovered my old deck, which was in the side pocket of my purse, had been somehow completely ruined by water even though nothing else in my purse was even remotely wet. The box was falling apart. The ink on the hopelessly warped cards had run to disfigure the cards beyond repair. Apparently, Hermes really wanted that new deck and to have both he and I released from ownership of the old deck which was heavy with distress and despair.

Then this card… and I discover he is not only of the deck, but in it also, (and even the art is heavy with gold).

-M.

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On Hekate: On Attitude

HekateAs pop-ish as I realize this picture is, it’s the attitude that is most accurate—in fact, spot-on accurate. Hekate was, in my dream, as far as it is possible to get from the common fluffy assumptions about her. She is not, in any way, what one would call “nurturing”. She is not your patient, gentle guide to the secrets of witchcraft. She will teach you what she feels like teaching you… maybe, but only if she decides you are worthy, and even then, she is inclined to change her mind—sometimes for good reason, sometimes for the smallest of infractions such as wearing her least favorite color, and sometimes simply on a whim because it amuses her to watch your pride crumble at her feet.

She has an unshakeable sense of high honor and rightful duty (less common among the gods than you would hope). Her standards are exacting. When something or someone violates that sensibility, her wrath rains down in an unforgiving torrent of choking ash and fire as if she were personally shoving one of her torches down your throat.

A shared sense of this high honor and rightful duty is, in part, what makes her and Chthonic Hermes such well-matched lovers. If you can believe it though, between the two of them, Chthonic Hermes who turns a cold, deaf ear to the pleadings of the throngs of dead he escorts, is by far the softer of the pair. We must remember she is significantly older than he is. He is her lithe young man. Perhaps she is more jaded. She is certainly more wise.

-M.

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Galaxy Shoes (dream)

516ea84a7428f2b07f57088247104201Her gentle benefactor made for her a pair of shoes as a gift of love and mystery. They were crushed suede pumps of a cloudy, midnight blue. Across the foot, in a Mary Jane strap, three strands of milky pearls buckled with a gold, pearl, and lapis brooch that looked as if it were its own system of sunlight, planet, moons, and esoteric meaning. He slipped the shoes onto her feet over her black stockings. He kissed her knee and rested his cheek there. He said, “These are your galaxy shoes… and they are only mine to give.”

-M.

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Tarot Reading: Is It a Flood or an Excuse to Have Surfing Contests in the House?

IMG_0540Query: Give me wisdom for the day.

Deck: Prisma Visions
Spread: Simple Hermes
Cards: The Hanged Man, Six of Wands, Page of Pentacles (r), Ace of Cups (r)

You struggle with your emotions today. The cup overfloweth, but you do not see it pouring out blessings. Rather, you see it flooding the living room and warping the hardwood. Because of this, all the biting sorrow you have gone through in the past few days, the sorrow that has exposed your very bones, is not leading you to the victorious untangling and wealth of understanding you had hoped for. This is not because these things have not happened, but because you are blind to them, again, worrying about the mildew multiplying underneath the squishy carpet—a carpet that needed to be replaced anyway.

-M.

Planetary Day: Mars
Planetary Hour: Jupiter
Moon: First Quarter in Taurus, v/c

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