Seek and Ye Shall Find

What do I need to learn today?   “Seek and ye shall find” is the phrase that sprang to mind when I pulled these cards this morning.   The Hanged Man is me in limbo.  Not moving forward or back, and unless I actively seek the guidance I need I will remain in limbo.  Even though the Queen of Spirit is sitting, her mind is busily engaged and hard at work.  She shows me that all I need do is ask and I will be shown a course of action, or at least guidance.  The Ace of Swords is pure potential and ready to spring into action.  The path shown, once selected, is clear and the Eagle symbolizes clarity in thought and vision.  He is ready to get this party started.  He actually looks a bit impatient too.

I best not keep him waiting….

This is a "Twitch" Free Zone

The Holiday Season is knocking on my door, and officially launches for me today.  For some people this time of year can be  a very stressful time.  I won’t say I never feel stressed, but really not very often.  I am pretty laid back and take things in stride.  I very much go with the flow most of the time.  What can stress me though is the people around me and their stress levels.  Having a lot of company, the extra cooking, and all the things that go along with playing hostess-I don’t fret over.  Fretting, or Twitching as I like to call it, only gets in my way, not to mention aggravates the hell out of me.  LOL  To counter this twitching energy I really need to stay centered and calm.  The King of Pentacles reminds me that I need to be aware of his practical energy and draw upon it.  Twitching begets twitching — staying centered and level headed will hopefully be as contagious.  Justice is a sharp reprimand for me to remember to deal fairly with those who would dare to Twitch in my presence.  (I’m not mentioning any names, haha.)

This Fool is carefree and eager, but he looks pretty focused to me.  Keep-it-simple-stupid, or more commonly known as the KISS method of doing things,  is the phrase that sprang to mind.  Too many times we can get caught up in the season and go over board.  Stay on course, remember what is really important and don’t fret the small stuff.  This is a time for celebrating, sharing, being thankful, and counting your blessings.  Yes, we should do this all through the year, but, it never hurts to be reminded and made more aware of these things.  The Holiday’s are the perfect time for this.   Eat, Drink, and be Merry as the Three of Cups advises us, and nothing says that more to me than sharing that attitude, and food, with friends and loved ones.

So I think I may make a sign and hang it with the Seasonal decorations-No Twitching Allowed-  it will go nicely with my “Thou Shalt Not Whine” sign.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

Review – A King’s Journey Tarot

A King’s Journey Tarot

by Chanel Bayless & illustrated by James Battersby

A King’s Journey Tarot is a self published deck that is available in two forms: the deluxe kit or the economy package.   The deluxe kit includes a 94 card tarot deck, a tarot bag for storage, a full sized 8.5 x 11inch fully illustrated spiral bound companion book, bonus cards, an illustrated book by James discussing the design process among other tid-bits, and shows some raw sketches by Chanel.

For a complete list of the package options, see the official web-site:  http://www.tarotreadingsite.com

The cards measure 2.75 inches x 4.25 and fit nicely in my hand.  At first glance, the card stock seemed very thin, but they shuffle nicely and retain their shape.  The finish is a balance between a matte and a gloss.   Not too glossy that they slide all over the place, but just enough that they don’t stick together either.  The colors are rich and vibrant-the images beautifully illustrated with scenes you can imagine stepping into.  The cards are not labeled or numbered but, I think they are easily recognizable with the exception of one or two cards.  The backs are reversible.

Above you see The Lovers, The Chariot, and Temperance.  These I needed to look up in the companion book as they were not obvious to me which cards they were.  The story line that follow these cards, the key-words and descriptions, explain them quite well.

Even though the deck has an additional 16 cards, you don’t notice anymore bulk than most decks of 78.  Where do those extra 16 cards fit in?  I’m glad you asked.  With most traditional tarot decks, you find 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana.  In A King’s Journey Tarot deck, you find this same structure with one major difference-the suit of Spirit.  To support this extra suit, two Major Arcana cards have been added.

Of the suit of Spirit, Chanel has this to say, “As I was designing A King’s Journey, I noticed that the story felt unfinished when I came to the end of the traditional tarot deck.”  “The Spirit Suit holds our core beliefs, represented in A King’s Journey as virtues and vices that guide our life.  It is what we try to live up to, and what we may not have a handle on.   This energy flows through all the elements of our life.”

The added Major Arcana cards are:  22 – Daath, whose Virtue is Detachment and Vice is Doubt in Future.  Of 23 – Soul, (upright) Gifting seeds of knowledge to a younger generation.   (reversed) Chip on your shoulder, or bitterness.  These are only a brief description for each card.  All the images can be seen on  A King’s Journey web-site as well.

The rest of the deck consists of the traditional 22 Major’s with Strength as 8, and Justice 11.  The four suits are:  Wands, Swords, Coins, and Cups.  The court is made up of, Princess, Knight, Queen, and King.

Let’s take a closer look at the companion book.  Its spiral bound!  It lies flat for easy perusal and quick reference.  Each card is shown in color in both the up-right and reversed positions with their keys words, phrases, and meanings.  Very user friendly, as well as attractive.   There is an introduction to the artists, examples of spreads, tips on how to formulate a question, a discussion on a Timing method and how to use it in your readings, also a quick reference to the elements and numerology meanings.  A couple of pages have been set aside for a fast reference guide to Court Cards.  We readers all know how difficult Court Cards can be to read.

How does it read?  From the very first, I was impressed with how easily it read, even using the suit of Spirit.  In the book Chanel mentions that the deck can be used with or without the extra suit. The Spirit Suit can be used as a stand-alone oracle, or easily integrated into the rest of the deck.

A King’s Journey Tarot has quickly become one of my favorite decks and I can safely say that I will enjoy many years to come reading and learning with it.   I would like to send my thanks to Chanel Bayless and James Battersby for creating such a treasure.

For questions or to order your own deck visit: http://www.tarotreadingsite.com

James can be found online at www.jamesbattersby.co.uk

The Llewellyn Tarot — An Interview

I had looked at this deck for quite awhile before I bought it.  The images are beautiful as well as inviting, and the stories in the accompanying book invite me to step into the landscape and visit for a spell.

An interesting note, IMHO, is that this interview has no wands and three of the cards were four’s.  These four’s feel very slow moving, although determined and steady.  A bit reminiscent of the Tortoise from the famous fable of the Tortoise and the Hare.   Slow and steady wins the race.  Let us see how this plays out.

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

Eight of Pentacles.  I am very skilled. I have apprenticed and perfected my craft and take great pride in the results of my labors.

What are your strengths as a Tarot deck?

Four of Swords. I know from experience when to keep silent.  Patience as well as introspection are virtues I have learned and know the value.

What are your limits as a Tarot deck?

Four of Cups. My limits are expressed in the limits of your dreams.  Don’t be afraid to dream bigger and better as doubt and naysayers have no business here.

What are you here to teach us? (me)

Four of Pentacles. At times you need to guard your gains, whether they be possessions, property, or ideas.  Don’t be afraid to expand in new directions closer to home or personal interests.

How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?

Page of Cups. By trusting and being optimistic.  Having compassion and understanding will be a better teacher than anyone or anything else you may seek out.

What is the potential outcome from our working relationship?

Queen of Swords. Self reliance is what I can teach you and show you how to trust yourself.   Confidence is the key.

Any final words?

Seven of Swords. “Rejecting outside expectations for an individually fashioned lifestyle.  Release from the grip of material questing for higher pursuits.   Independent thinking.”   Sounds easy enough as this is my MO anyway.  This just re-enforces my way of thinking and looking at my world.

The Llewellyn Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson can be purchased  here.