Love it? – Hate it? – Take it or leave it?

A Deck Interview:

I know a lot of people use a RWS deck (in one of its many available forms) to read with as their primary and favorite deck.  I purchased it a while back initially for use as a study aid and to show card comparisons with different decks while teaching.  From time to time I will pull it out and see how a reading goes.  I decided to see what this deck had to say for itself and if it could convince me to use it more frequently.   Below is my Deck Interview with the Universal Waite Tarot.

Tell me about yourself.  What is your most important characteristic?

The Fool:  I am open minded, exuberant, daring, and ready to take a leap of faith with you to experience new and wonderful adventures.  I am ready to set off on an exciting journey, won’t you join me?

What are your strengths as a Tarot deck?

King of Wands:  I am honest and conscientious. I will instill motivation and drive in you to strive to be all that you can be.  I set the bar of success high, but I will be there to guide and teach you how to get the results you want.

What are your limits as a Tarot deck?

The Chariot:  I am quite gung-ho at times and can get a little carried away.  Be sure to hold on tight to the reigns and stay in control.

What are you here to teach us? (me)

Five of Pentacles: I am here to teach and remind you that I will be here for you anytime you need me.  Never fear that I will turn you away or leave you feeling unloved or empty.

How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?

Four of Wands:  By continuing to build a strong foundation and having faith.  Also, to remind you to celebrate and share me as much as possible with as many as you can.

What is the potential outcome from our working relationship?

Queen of Swords:  I will cut to the heart of the matter and get down to business.  I will endeavor to shed truth and clarity on any situation as well as demonstrating the high standards everyone need adhere.

Any final words?

Strength:  If used wisely, I will add my strength to yours and will endure for all time.

Well I think it is safe to say that I will use this deck more often for readings.  I believe it gave very valid and convincing arguments in explaining its merits to me.   What do you folks have to say about this deck?  Do you love it?  Hate it?  Take it or leave it?  Please share your experience and thoughts.

No Fun with Universal Waite

Universal Waite Tarot Deck

I don’t normally use this deck for readings.  I purchased it primarily for study, but once in awhile I do pull it out and see how it reads.  For a daily pull, this looks like no fun at all.  The 6 of Swords for situation, The Tower for the challenge or obstacle, the Knight of Cups for the advice and 5 of Cups for the outcome.    Anyone wanna tackle this one?  My first thought with the top two cards was, moving away from prejudices and or judgments.  But I dunno.  Would be interested to hear what someone else sees here.

Here a 3, There a 3, Everywhere a 3–3

That is kind of how it has felt the past few days as I keep seeing 3’s turn up, and in more than one deck.  Firstly the 3 of Trees and the 3 of Rivers from the Shining Tribe Tarot, then today the 3 of Pentacles and 3 of Wands from my Universal Waite Tarot.   Actually, the 3 of Trees showed up twice in the same day in my daily card pull.  The only suit I have not seen at all in this run, (thanks goodness) is the 3 of Swords.

For those who use the number of the card in question as significant, there are a few different ways that people interpret the no. 3.  Personally, I like the description that threes are the full expression of the suit, achievement.

Why so many 3’s?  After-all 3 is a good number and these in particular have been nice.  Celebration, abundance, teamwork, festive, harmony, triple-goddess, preparedness, resourceful, capable, very deep bonds, and people who share their life blood in some way.  (a child perhaps?)  These are all key words used to describe these different 3’s.     Busy, busy times but lots of love and harmony as well as celebration are coming my way!

Today’s 3 of Rivers, (Cups) 3 of Pentacles, and 3 of Wands all coincide with the Autumnal Equinox and the Harvest Full Moon.  Exciting and full of mystery and suspense.  The 3 of Rivers (above) is also about ritual, perfect for today and an opportunity to use by new Candle-Kit from Coventry Creations, and the Tarot Magic–Storm Cestavani line.

Mabon Blessings, Goddess Goodness, and Happy Tarot’ing to all!

Mundane? or More?

Mundane or more?  I guess it could go either way, depending on how you look at a spread at any given time.  And taking into account where your readers-mind is.  So, I was struggling with today’s reading for several reasons I think.  Fist, I’m not all that familiar with this deck yet and I was making it a lot more complicated than it needed to be.  Sometimes the message is very simple and mundane and you can miss a very down to earth but an important message that is there for you.

*Note to self;  Not every reading has a big spiritual significance.

Simply put, I will be given the opportunity to use whatever power or skill that is available to me to help someone.   The Magician has many talents and skills and what better way to use them, but to help someone in need.  The 3 of Trees feels like a happy, party type environment.  Pleasure, laughter, and abundance embodies this card and brings a festive feeling.   The 7 of Stones continues with the same theme of supporting others.  Mothering and protecting someone during a difficult time.

I pulled a fourth card to see if there was any indication of what the message was referring to specifically and turned over Awakening.

Quite literally, being woke up.  We will see if this plays out as I suspect it will.   Then this reading will all tie together nicely.

Stay tuned for an update and in the mean time,

Happy Tarot’ing!

Card images are the Shining Tribe Tarot, by Rachel Pollack and published by Llewellyn Worldwide.