Saturday, July 9, 2011

A New Day, A New Deck

The Witchy Tarot wasn't speaking to me, and I pulled out my bag of decks, and well, something just kept telling me I needed to go to the store. When something tells you to go, it's always best to just do it. I had 3 or 4 decks in mind, but when I got there they didn't have any of them. However, the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight (English and Spanish Edition) by Christina Benintende box caught my eye. I quickly whipped out my IPhone, jumped on Aeclectic Tarot, and pulled up the images of the deck. Needless to say, I was blown away. The box already felt right in my hand, but when I saw the pictures my heart skipped a beat. It wasn't until I got home that I realized this is a Lo Scarabeo deck. I've been wanting one of these for a while, but could never decide which one.

This deck is exactly what I need right now. The artwork is amazing, the quality is surreal, and the cards are a perfect blend of "cute" and serious, with a TON of subconscious imagery thrown in to boot. There are always times when I dream about spending more time on Tarot, writing books about Tarot, and doing readings (as opposed to working a "real" job), so what better time to get a handle on my current situation? Here is the reading I did:

IV The Emperor - when I pulled the cards out and looked at them (the first thing I do when I get a new deck), I thought, "Well, I don't know what I'll do with this one if it comes up in a reading." And then, I drew it as my first card. Just so you know, Tarot has a sense of humor. ;)
I can easily see this card as the two sides of myself. The one wanting to make a career and have a path that I have always thought is the "right" way of living. And my other Self, who wants to strike out on my own, run my own business, and have complete control over my life. Notice, however, that the world sits in perfect balance between the two sides of the personality.

I actually took a couple of years off, but lost the motivation to make it on my own. I think that, at least at this juncture in my life, I need both a "career" (with a regular job) and my own thing on the side to feel successful.

 VI The Lovers - Even though things may be crazy and up in the air all around me, I have a great husband who supports everything I do and loves me no matter what. I have to remember that no matter what happens, I will always have a little home, and a place to ground and center myself.

 4 of Wands - Even amidst all of the action that may take place in my daily life, I can still come home to my man and take a breather when necessary. Looks like there is a long road ahead, and it could be very exhausting.

 Outcome - III The Empress. I can't really think of a better card for an outcome in this reading. Success is inevitable, happiness will be guaranteed, and I will feel like I have the whole world in my hand (which in my case actually means I will have balance and happiness, plus a good income).

What is really funny about this card, is that my husband is there again, supporting and lifting me up. You can't see him? He's a Pisces! :)

 Possible Obstacles and Pitfalls - King of Pentacles. The description of this card in the pamphlet is, "Different people like different things. Those who pay attention can easily please others. However, those who are overlooked will absolutely not be pleased." This card can be taken on several levels. First of all, I should not overlook possible clientele while I am venturing out and offering readings. Judging a person by how he or she looks is something I tend to do, and you just never know who might really want (and need) what you have to offer.

I also need to make sure that I focus on and take care of my relationship. I have not had the energy nor have I taken the time to take care of my husband lately. If you want your marriage to stay strong and healthy, you have to pay attention to it, and not overlook all of the wonderful qualities of the other person. The people in the cards are leaning back to back. Do you remember in Forrest Gump when Bubba said, "You lean against me and I'll lean against you?" That works in a lot of relationships.

For this card, I asked for any other possible warnings or things I should look out for. I drew the 6 of Chalices. Again, this card can be taken in several ways. The first thing I thought of was the bear is my own fear and self-doubt. It is huge and my greatest obstacle. It is only be confronting it and making friends with it that I will recognize it as the little teddy bear that it is.

The description in the pamphlet also makes me think that this is another instance in that I will find odd and unexpected friendship and support. People who I may not think will like me or my ideas will become my biggest defenders.

For the last card I drew I asked what would happen financially. I got the 8 of Pentacles. The girl in this card is calm, happy, and relaxed. There is enough money, and she is not concerned about finances.

The description is, "...doing the same thing over and over again can be boring. So...try something new."

I don't think you could get much more clear on that.

The Tarot of the Sweet Twilight is a fabulous deck, which I believe I will enjoy for many years to come. Not all of the cards are given to traditional or Waite-Smith meanings. Instead, the author encourages you to look deeply, absorb the card, and see what it evokes in you. After all, the most important thing is not a set of prescribed meanings, but rather your relationship with the cards.
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  1. These cards grew on me as I worked my way down through your reading. Interestingly, when I saw the bear, my immediate reaction was that it was a big Mummy bear there to take care of you, listen and protect.

  2. I like the image of the big Mummy bear. :)

    It's tough to get into the cards when you start off with the Emperor.