Tarot Cards are great for galvanizing creative insights. One method of problem solving I love is interviewing the characters in the cards to gain different perspectives on a situation. It’s sort of like consulting friends to understand various solutions to the same issue. What’s nice about this method is it doesn’t demand that you have a deep understanding of tarot spreads or require intuitive or psychic abilities. BUT you do need to have symbol literacy and be imaginative.
I call this approach “Consulting the High Council of Tarot” and I’ll explore it here via a real life example.
An independent business owner was being trolled by people complaining about the prices of her tarot services. She was wondering how others would deal with this situation. “Consulting the High Council of Tarot” is a great method for working through situations like this.
I suggested she interview what I call the “High Council” characters: The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor and The Hierophant using the template question below:
What would _______ do if people publicly complained about the prices of their services/products?
Any one of the below responses or a combination thereof would be a viable approach to the issue at hand.
Quick witted objective problem solver. Poof he would quickly create a $5 automatic service. The potential client e-mails a question and an automatic e-mail replies with two cards and their card meanings as pre-written by none other than The Magician. This solves the price issue and the guidance is still distilled through his words.
1. You and Your Contribution – This is what you bring to this relationship at this time.
2. Other’s Input into the Relationship – This is the lesson that they are bringing to the relationship at this time.
3. Composite Energy – This aspect of the spread is the chemistry part of the reading. When you both get together do you radiate success like the 6 of wands or disappointment like the 8 of cups?
4. The Insight – This part of the spread is the wildcard/intuitive position. It usually speaks to me in one of four insightful ways:
A. It represents advice on how to make the relationship more beneficial to all.
B. It represents the ideal of what the relationship could be.
C. It gives a warning as to where the relationship is heading.
D. It reveals a hidden aspect of the relationship that wasn’t known about before.
Tip: Feel the energy present in this position and let your intuition guide its significance.
This spread can really give you a bird’s eye view of a relationship. For example, in a relationship reading you both may represent positive energies in positions 1 and 2 but card 3 shows you in what way your connection is not mixing right. Armed with that information alone can take empowered steps to repair revealed issues. If, for example, I represent the 8 of Swords to my wife’s 2 of Cups I see that I need to make the relationship more lighthearted and reach out to her in an emotional way.
Early on in school, I was taught that a Noun was a: person, place or thing. Then one day I came back from summer break and all of a sudden the powers that be changed it. A Noun became a: person, place, thing or idea. The rationale was that sentences like: The relationship will prevail…technically are grammatically correct. A relationship is an idea and it can do things like prevail. What l learned from this Noun definition upgrade was that the better you define something the more deeply you understand it….including a relationship.
To paraphrase the spiritual teacher, Marianne Williamson, according to A Course in Miracles everything is a relationship. When I first heard her teach this idea it really struck a chord with me. The idea is very intriguing because presented this way it means that life simply is a relationship. This frames life as dynamic and enables us to be empowered by remembering if something is not going as desired then we can fix our relationship and it fixes the issue. This idea redefined life for me a lot like the new definition of a noun did. All issues in life stem from unhealed relationships and this spread can help to heal them.
I adapted this spread from the Osho Zen Tarot guidebook that came with the deck. The book describes it as the “relating” spread and reads: “This spread offers a spontaneous insight into your relating with the other…” But if we take a page from Marianne Williamson’s playbook then we can use this spread to gain insights about our human relationships (people), places, things or ideas. It may as well be called the “Noun-Spread.” So, if you’re having money issues you can use this spread to gain more insight about your relationship with money. It’s a common practice for tarot card readers to interview their new decks. Simply put, a deck interview is when you do a reading about how you and the deck will best work together. This is my go-to spread for deck interviews. If you’re thinking about moving to a new city…you can use spread for that. You’re free to use it for all things NOUN.
Only do one relationship reading about a specific person, place, thing or idea per week. If you did this relationship spread about that hot guy you went on a date with Wednesday. Don’t use this spread about him specifically again until the upcoming Wednesday…AKA 7 days later. I have many reasons for this but I’ll only spell out one here. Life is dynamic and things change so you can ask the cards the same question again after enough time has been allowed for development of the situation. Each day of the week represents the 7 visible planets. After 7-days each planet has had a chance to weigh in on the situation.
If you’re using this spread to heal a relationship then it doesn’t matter if you’re doing a reading about a person without them knowing about it.
That’s what tarot is for. It’s a tool to help you consciously connect with your intuition and what’s unconsciously already within your psyche. The use of tarot as a tool is a healthy way of consulting with your unconscious to help you gain insights that you can use in a way that benefits all involved. Tarot is but one tool to help you explore unconscious material that wants to be expressed. Using this tool is a much better action then the alternative of unconsciously ruminating about a relationship issue.
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The “feeling” of Eclipses are similar to the feelings associated with the Major Arcana Card energy in Tarot because they seem to herald a number of events into your life.
As Jessa Crispin puts it in her book ‘The Creative Tarot,’ “While the Major Arcana might feel like things that happen to us, the Minor Arcana feel like the things that we do in the world.”
To me, this 2016 Solar Eclipse in Pisces on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:54pm PST is less about our willful strides toward manifesting intentions and more about understanding the energy present so we can better stay afloat with the changing tides in the month ahead.
So, in this post I will spell out the good, the bad and the interesting potentials of this Pisces Solar Eclipse.
The Air sign of Aquarius and to a lesser degree Libra fair mostly well in this chart. Venus works to create harmony and desire. People heavy in Aquarius energy bode to do well or at least have more positive experiences around what this eclipse changes in their life. To use this placement to your advantage you can embody Venus like themes. Take care of your personal appearance as it will make you feel better. You can do things in all areas of your life that make you more desirable such as: Career, reword your resume; relationships listen to and be more open to your partners; and generally you can just allow yourself to be creative. Venus is part of that law of attraction concept so if you think more positive thoughts during this month it should go a long way to helping you manifest positive intentions.
Both malefic planets Saturn and Mars are in the mutable sign of Sagittarius. This means all the mutable signs, Pisces, Gemini and Virgo are taking a hit this time period. Buckle in for the ride because this setup lasts off- and-on until Sept. 27, 2016 when Mars finally moves into Capricorn. Sagittarius and Gemini in particular are getting hit hard this month. Jupiter is doing his best to lighten the load that Saturn and Mars are inflicting on the Moon, Mercury, Sun and South Node. With this configuration we may experience events popping up that we wish to complete and give immediate closure to but for some reason we just won’t be able to. Being able to manage our stress levels while working through ambiguity is key working with this eclipse. You may get so far on one task before having to abandon it for another. Do your best and don’t get tied to the outcomes. Allow yourself leeway to approach tasks without the need to perfect them and you’ll make out a lot better in the days ahead.
Jupiter is a big player in this chart. A bulk of the planets are in Sagittarius and Pisces both signs Jupiter rules. So to make the most of the eclipse energy you’ll need to align well with this Jupiter placement, which asks for thorough research and a grounded approach. Key words for Jupiter include: wealth, abundance, optimism, generosity and justice. Jupiter in Virgo however wants to express ideals in a tangible and structured way. Balancing Jupiter’s idealism in Virgo’s energy is a difficult feat. It’s as if we are being asked to find the wisdom from a data set and or get closer to God by reading a book. If you optimistically embrace a tangible structure to be of service to others you will gain in wisdom what this placement has to offer and set yourself up for a more harmonious month ahead.
Here’s to a Steller month!
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