Mabon Tarot Blog Hop

Thank you for joining me from Chloe for TABI Tarot blog.


I look at Mabon as the beginning of my favorite time of the year, Autumn. It shows us the harvest of our work as well as the glory of the summer’s end with the beauty of the fall leaves. We transform from the bright light of summer to the golden light of fall.

As we go out into the world, we go through the “Interesting Years” where we try new things and begin to find out who we are and what is really important to us.  We find our own paths and leave our parental homes to find out own places.  We grow and change our viewpoints as we discover our personal goals that feeds our souls.

I find that when I get stuck in this process I do personal readings.  Here is my Transformation Reading to find my own goals and get back on my Transformative path of life:


The first card is where I am at.

The second card is my goal or path to follow.

The third card is my resources.

The fourth card is the people who can help if I let them.

The fifth card is the hidden gift that will help me grow if I let it in.


Here is the reading I did this Mabon for this layout, using the Druid Craft deck:

1) Queen of Swords- Strong, independent woman, you have many ideas in your head and much you want to do.

2)Magician- You are working on being a leader and trying to get the tools at your disposal to be of the best possible use to you.

3)The 6 of Wands- You have many friends and people you can call on once you put your intentions out into the world. You just need to sound the call.

4)5 of Wands-There are friends who will remind you about the details which you may be overlooking because you are too focused on the big picture. They can hep you get grounded if you listen but may distract you as well. Keep that in mind when you ask for their councel.

5)Cernunnos-You have grand ideas and must fertilize them for them to flourish. Your gift is the power to feed their growth as you wish. You must take responsiblity if you follow this path.


So over all this says to me that I can transform the ideas and dreams into solid plans with the help of friends and good colleagues.  I can do what needs to be done to make dreams reality as long as I feed the dreams and not give up when things get hard.

I hope this simple spread can help you find your goals and transform them from dreams to reality.

Now hop on over to  Kareena Narwani blog for more on the Mabon Tarot Blog Hop journey.

TarotBlogHop-Ostara~ Paint a Journey with a New Life

Thank you for joining me here from Aisling

As I was thinking about how I could approach this topic, I thought about the renovations being done to the chapels in Florence and Rome. As the frescos are being restored, the colors are coming back to life. It struck me ,that when painting all colors break down to the three primaries, red, blue and yellow. This of course got me thinking of a a three card spread to help me paint a journey with new life. So here is my spread for using this delightful color palate to start painting your own journey.



Red- This is your Passion Card! It is what drivers you to use your talents and challenge yourself.


Blue- This is your Nurturing Card. It is what helps you get grounded and find your center when you are feeling chaotic and overwhelmed.


Yellow- This is your Energizer Card. It helps you to move forward with your plan or your goal.


Using this spread I found helped me find focus and revitalize myself to find new ways to handle my upcoming projects.

Continue your hop over to Matt’s blog:

Couples’ Readings Spreads

Sometime I get approached to do couples’ readings. These can be tough because you are dealing with two people and have to make sure they both participate in the reading. To help with this,  I have each person shuffle the cards a few times and then ask one of them cuts the deck in two piles. The other person then chooses which pile represents their partner, leaving the other pile to represent them. While they are shuffling I ask what they want to know more about in this reading. If it is just a general reading I then lay out the cards as follows:

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This spread can give each person a better perspective in to how they see the other person as well as themselves and where they meet in the middle to make their relationship stronger. Of course sometime things come up that they may be ignoring but you can work with them to look at these issues as you pull  more cards. If they are open to talking, ask them where they want to focus and pull more cards for those issues.

Another spread I like is inspired by my friend Anastasia and her Triangle Spread.

It is a way to have a couple look at themselves and what they bring to their relationship as well as how they can grow together in the relationship. Here is the spread:

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This one really looks at each person as individuals as well as their place in their relationship. It is a way to make sure they work on themselves as well as building a life with their partner. Each person has goals they want to achieve and by sharing these goals with each other they can be stronger as a unit.

Both of these spreads work to look at couples and their issues. I think it depends on the couple and what they want to explore in their reading.

Court Cards….those pesky courtiers

Court cards have always presented a challenge to me when following the general way of interpreting them. If you look at A.E. Waite’s descriptions, he imply that these cards are people you may or may not know. For example the write up for the King of Wands is this:

“Divinatory Meanings: Dark man, friendly, countryman, generally married, honest and conscientious.” -The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A.E. Waite, ill. by Pamela Colman Smith [1911]

So do you know a “Dark Man who is friendly or generally married?” I might but I don’t think of that when I see the King of Wands. I see fire, passion and putting ideas out into the world! And what about the other courtiers? The Queen of Pentacles? Here is what we have from Mr. Waite:

“The face suggests that of a dark woman, whose qualities might be summed up in the idea of greatness of soul; she has also the serious cast of intelligence; she contemplates her symbol and may see worlds therein. Divinatory Meanings: Opulence, generosity, magnificence, security, liberty. Reversed: Evil, suspicion, suspense, fear, mistrust.” ~-The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A.E. Waite, ill. by Pamela Colman Smith [1911]

Wait… what? More dark people? But what about pale redheaded people? Or Blondes? I know these are descriptors of types of people. But for me the court cards are more about their symbols and how it embodies the element more than the person on the cards. I look at the Pages of each suit as the beginning of a new cycle in the suit. You have gone through the rough bits of the pips and now you get to do bigger steps to make your plans a reality. Then the Knights come and encourage you to carry those plans into action moving out of the planning phase you have started as the Page. Then you become the Queen when you refine your plans. Next you embody the King by bringing those actions and plans out into the world.

But again how can you work with these cards? Here is a quick reading to try:

Shuffle up the court cards and draw 3 cards, face down, with these ideas in mind:
1) What are you needing to bring into your life? What element do you need to add and where do you need to add it?
2) What element are you fighting and to what degree?
3) What do you need to clear out of your life to make room for more of what you need?

Now what happens when you get all the same element? Look at the figures and where do they fit in your plan levels? Are you at the Page stage or the King stage? Do you need to refine your goals and be the Queen? Or is it time to charge forward and put your plan into action as the Knight? Only you know where you are but each of these levels can help you move towards your goal or plan.

Here is my drawing of cards I did as an exercise at Tarot Cafe SF on Tuesday Jan 18:

1) Queen of Cups- Let more emotion in to your world and add it to your celebration of the Goddess.
2) King of Swords-You fight your own authority on topics. You don’t always think of yourself as an expert even though you know your stuff.
3) Page of Swords- You need to let go of the thoughts of lacking in your world. You have more to share than you let yourself believe.

Now each person will know what their association is with the images before them. This is what I saw for myself and how I saw it using the Druid Craft deck.

Another thing you can do to help with the Court cards is focus on each one for a day or a week and see where you notice them your daily life. You will be surprised when you see the Page of Pentacles showing up or who embodies the Queen of Cups for you.

Take some time to look around and note these people and qualities. Does it make the court cards in questions more real for you? It works for me and I am generally surprised where I see them appear.

Dark Side of the Ten Of Cups

When I first began exploring Tarot Cards, I decided to have a reading from a friend who was using the Rider-Waite-Smith(RWS) deck.  I got the Ten of Cups as my final outcome card in a Celtic Cross spread.

She said that this was a great card and things were going to be fabulous in the future.  I saw the beautiful cups and the rainbow and thought “It is a lovely scene, but what do those children dancing in the bottom mean?  I don’t have kids and just got divorced.”  I wondered what it could mean.  What had Pamela Coleman Smith drawn and what message was being conveyed?  Why was it that way?  You can’t see the couples’ faces, only the “happy” children dancing up a storm under a rainbow full of cups.  In the book that accompanies the Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Arthur E. Waite stated that the Ten of Cups shows an “appearance of cups in a rainbow; it is contemplated in wonder and ecstasy by a man and woman, evidently husband and wife.”  But I was not sure how this applied to me and my situation.  I started to look at other decks and how other Tarot artists viewed this card.

I started with the Ten of Cups in the Voyager Tarot deck by James Wanless, which shows the Ten as a golden cup surrounded by flowers. The cup is a golden lion with flowers coming out of it and all the flowers are in full bloom. It appears to be abundance in all it’s glory.

In the Halloween Tarot, the Ten of Cups is depicted as the Ten of Ghosts and all the Ghosts are strung around the card as decorations at a party. The full moon is shining down on the couple in the card as well as the two little children who seem to be dancing in the bottom corner of the card.
In the Archaeon Tarot, the Ten of Cups appears as a Geisha standing by a darkened wood with ten cups arranged on the ground before her. Her demeanor seems pensive and the woods foreboding.

It became clear to me that every artist had taken a differing view of ways to express this last card of the Cups suit. But how should one read this overflow of emotions?

As I continued my studies, I found out that Tens are the extreme of the Minor Arcana.  They represent as far in the suit as one can go and this can be both good and bad. This water card is at the end of the cup pips. It represents having been through all the other places and it is now at the end of it’s journey.  It is the final cups card before you go into the court or cycle back through the pips. It stands ready to be the answer to all and yet the last question in the emotion cards.  Cups are the element of water with it’s ebb and flow.  When looking at the other pip cup cards, the Ten stands out as it doesn’t appear to have water in its cups in the RWS deck. It is encompassed in the rainbow after the flood.  Could it suggest that one has to survive the floods of emotions to reach one’s rainbow or emotional dreams? Traditionally, the Ten of Cups is seen as the overflowing of emotions or having achieved the end of the journey in the Cups.  But when it is laid in different positions in a spread, it is interesting to see how the position effects the meaning of this card. If one focuses on the location of the card in the spread instead of just using the main meaning of the card as the deciding factor of its message, the reader can really expand what this card could be conveying to the querant. In other words, try applying the meaning of the location in the spread to give perspective on the possibly meaning of the card in that location. For example, when it appears in the hopes/fear position in a Celtic Cross spread, how often does a reader skim it as “Oh see you hope for a family and complete joy“?  Why not also consider it as fear of never having a family or kids?  Or what about the obsession with finding the “perfect mate and family” and not looking at how the querent can improve themselves to meet the lofty goals as promised by the Ten of Cups? What other meanings could be seen here? What if you hate rainbows? It could be seen as no more rain, but it could also be seen as no more water to help things grow.

In the different positions in the Celtic Cross spread, one might want to add that position meaning to the wonder of abundance in the Ten of Cups.  Another example is using a 3 card spread of Past, Present, and Future. As the Ten of Cups moves through each position, how can it change how it is viewed? When it appears in the Past position, it can imply having a good foundation to have built upon. When in the Present position, it could  imply having achieved your goals in your job or family life. Finally, when in the Future position it could be considered to represent a goal one is working towards or rejoicing the good time one has worked hard to achieve. Try it in a spread you have not used before and you can see even more depth to this card. Each spread position can effect how the reader can take the meanings of the Ten of Cups and express it for the querent.

Of course there could be a meaning of negativity one might need to consider for different querents.  Upon looking at the the Ten of Cups, one can’t see the faces of the two “adults” in the scene in the RWS card. The woman could be screaming, crying or weeping because she is being held captive by the man who has his arm around her waist.  He could be keeping her there as he points up to the sky saying “See, you are mine.  Even the heavens say it is so.”  The children could very well just be evil henchmen dancing as their master has captured the princess. It depends on the querent and what they see as well. Or perhaps this ‘ideal’ setting is exactly what the querent doesn’t want, having recently escaped a restrictive relationship or household and now is on their own; in this case it represents what they got away from.  It could be that they feel that everyone around then is telling they must get married and have children and that isn’t their ideal. The Ten of Cups can imply dependency; that only in partnership can ‘happiness’ be found. For some people, this is exactly what they should NOT be seeking at this point in their lives; someone with a co-dependency problem may see this card as vindication of their habits and self-harming nature. Again, it depends on who the reading is for and the question at hand. On the other hand, perhaps the Ten is a goal but hints that trust, partnership and occasionally letting someone else handle things is needed. Not exactly what a Type-A, dominant, control-freak wants to hear, but maybe what they need to hear. The Ten of Cups, like every card, can contain bitter and necessary truths under the guise of idyllic rainbows.

I have found that the meaning of the Ten of Cups -and all cards for that matter- changes with the position I find the card in, for every reading I do. When the Ten of Cups is in the beginning and it cross the first card, generally people are looking for the rainbow of their dreams. When it showed up in the past influences, it could be about letting go of old dreams that weren’t their own. When it comes up in the future influences, it is more about looking for their own view of happiness.  If it is in the hopes/ fears position it is sometimes the hope for a family and children.  It also represents the fear of never finding that ideal. Each reading brings on a new way to see the Ten of Cups.  And each placement is a correct way to view the Ten of Cups. It is what the querent needs it to be.  And the Ten of Cups, like the water it represents, ebbs and flows as it shows up in any reading.

2 Card Reading at SF Tarot Cafe, April 20, 2010

We had our second SF Tarot Cafe meet up and I lead the discussion on 2 card spreads. Some folks had not used just 2 cards for spreads before so this was new way to look at a short precise read.

Some of the ideas that did come up were as follows:

What’s the Problem? What’s the solution?
Ying And Yang
What is in the dark and what is in the light? (What can you see in the reflection that you are missing in the direct view)
In a relationship reading-He said, She said
What is below the surface of the standard 3 card reading or what is below the table?
Appearance and reality
If yes than this. If no, then this.
Self and others
What you show the world and What is really going on for you.

These were all examples of ways to use the cards in a two card spread. After a bit more discussion where I shared the 2 card reading I did before the meet up about how I would do as a presenter*, we broke off into pairs and did two card readings for each other in our pairings.

I got to work with Sarah, who had brought The Inner Child Cards which were amazing. I love fairy tales so these really struck a cord with me. We did a reading for Sarah about her living situation and she seems to get a new prospective on it.(I hope!) Then she read for me. I asked about continuing with the Tarot Cafe and really making it part of my monthly routine. I give up two nights a month which I was hanging out with my friends to game and now I am choosing to do Tarot(which I love to do) with people I am getting to know.
I pulled the VI-Hansel and Gretal for what am an getting from this and XI The Midas Touch for what might I be losing.
Sarah said she saw nothing but Heart in me staying with this and it was what I need to do. It is fulling and touched my heart as well as I was going to touch others by continuing this. And while I am leaving “treasures ” by not being with the others all the time, it will make the times together just that much more special. We then pulled two more cards to get a little more depth to the reading and got 3 of Crystals and I – Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. Again she saw more heart and fulfillment by staying with what I was loving and that the magic lamp would still be there for me when I was able to rub it.

It was a really what i needed at that moment. I was able to hear it and it was just out of 2 cards.

For more on these wonderful cards,check here: Inner Child Cards review

I think we all had a good time and will probably try a 2 card spread next time we need a direct and simple reading.

* Oh and the cards I pulled earlier in the evening were “What you show”_ King of Pentacles, and “What are you feeling” -6 of Pentacles from the Druidcraft Tarot . So what does that tell you?