Congratulations Emma and Sue! I look forward to having you in my class 🙂
A big huge thank you to everyone who entered ♥ It took me all evening to read each and every post and I have to say…I am impressed. So many of these entries were really, really good and choosing a winner was not an easy task. Thank you everyone for taking the time to be creative and share your thoughts on these cards – you are all bright and shining Tarot stars 🙂
I realize that times are tough right now and not everyone can afford to take my 4-week Tarot course (even if they really, really want to!).
I decided to offer a free scholarship for one student….and then a very generous student of mine (who wishes to remain anonymous) offered to pay the tuition for one lucky person – so now there are TWO scholarships available!
So…if you’d like to enter to win a free scholarship to my upcoming course The Daily Tarot Girl’s Guide to Intuitive Tarot Reading, here’s how to qualify….
PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE POSTING:
1) You must actually want to take my course. So if you’re not familiar with it, take a peek over here and make sure it’s your cup of tea!
2) Have a look at the 3 cards below – they have advice for you about the week ahead. Using ONE SENTENCE PER CARD (yes, I know that’s hard!), what do you think that advice/message is?
*Please feel free to get creative here. Have fun with this! Be as serious or playful as you like. Your interpretations may or may not match the “book meanings” of the cards – that’s okay!
3) Post your interpretation in the comment section below.
The deadline for entering this challenge/contest is Monday, Sept 7th @ 12 noon PDT. I will post an update to this blog post, announcing the winners on Monday evening!!!
This is a true story, although names and details have been altered slightly for the sake of confidentiality…
A friend of a friend – let’s call her Sarah – came to me all in a flap! She was so excited because she’d just met someone who seemed like the perfect guy – handsome, sweet, witty, rich and worldly. They had an instant connection and she agreed to a date with him on Saturday, just three days away.
She was pretty certain they would end up marrying and having babies, but she wanted to see what the Tarot cards had to say about it.
Her question was what is the long term potential of this relationship?
I shuffled and drew three cards: The Tower, Five of Cups and Ten of Swords.
I gave her my take on these cards and she was NOT happy. She was very disappointed in the reading and even though I tried my best to find a silver lining and steer things in a positive, empowering direction, it was nearly impossible!
I will share my experience of this reading in next weeks post which will be called My client hated her Tarot reading (and here’s how I dealt), but first I want to hear your take on these cards…
How would you interpret this reading? What advice would you give to Sarah? Please post your answer in the comments below 🙂
This afternoon as I was reading Andy Matzner’s The Tarot Activity Book, I was inspired to try one of his Tarot projects: creating my very own Tarot display jar!
I’m going to give you a run-down on how it went…but first I want to tell you about Andy’s book.
The Tarot Activity Book is just that – a whole book full of Tarot crafts, journalling exercises and fun activities, none of which involve reading the cards – which is refreshing.
Tarot’s usefulness extends far beyond the realm of readings and this book helps you use Tarot in ways you’ve never imagined.
One of the activities in his book is to make a Tarot mason jar. Mason jars have become trendy ever since hipsters started drinking green juice out of them with straws. A cafe in my neighborhood started using them as lightbulbs and the place became an instant hipster haven. Hordes of plaid, beards and tuques suddenly began beating their door down! It was wild!
Step 1: fill mason jar with salt or sand
You only need about 1″ of salt or sand. You could use soil if you’re really earthy, or that pink Himalayan sea salt if you like pretty shit.
This is to provide a base to put stuff in later.
Step 2: decorate the jar
I skipped this step because I’m lazy and also because I just knew it would end up looking like crap.
Andy suggests using acrylic paint to pretty up the inside or outside of the jar or even gluing bits of fabric or papers on it. Someone good at crafts would do a good job of this – me? Not so much. I know my limits.
Step 3: choose a Tarot card to go in the jar!
This is the best part. I chose The Star because it helps me remember to relax and let go and stop trying to control everything and everyone.
If you’re trying to manifest something, you could choose a Tarot card that represents what you want to bring into your life.
Or, if you want to channel a particular card’s energy, like the Queen of Wands or The Empress, you could choose that for the jar.
OR… if your a fan of doing daily one card draws, you could put your daily draw card in your jar and change it up each day.
Step 4: Put nice objects in the jar
Choose some objects that relate to your chosen Tarot card or that are special to you and place them in the bottom of the jar, around the card.
I chose some pretty colored crystals, but you could use jewelry, sea shells, flowers, and other trinkets.
My cat decided to help me with this step by knocking all my crystals off the table, one at a time…
Step 5: Illuminate! (optional)
Put a battery operated candle or string of lights in your Tarot jar to create a magical glow!
I first used a string of fairy lights for my Tarot jar but I didn’t love how they seemed to obstruct my view of the Tarot card. A smaller string would have been ideal.
I then tried using a real tealight and this was a terrifying disaster! I almost burnt my Tarot card and the flame was so bright it also seemed to obstruct the card.
I think the best option is one of those fake plastic tealights that use a battery. It will create a soft glow without turning your jar into a Tarot inferno!
Unfortunately I didn’t have any battery powered tealights on hand, so I’m just making due with the show-stealing string lights until I find some.
Step 6: Display your Tarot jar!
Proudly display your Tarot jar somewhere you’ll see it, like your desk, bookshelf or bedside table.
Whenever I look at my Tarot jar, I’m reminded that there is order in the chaos and that everything is working out the way it needs to. It’s okay for me to let go and trust…
Check out The Tarot Activity Book!
If you liked this crafty Tarot exercise and find yourself thirsting for more, Andy Matzner’s book has lots to offer. With almost 100 Tarot activities and exercises, this book helps you go beyond readings to develop a whole new dimension to your Tarot journey.
It’s been ages since I’ve done a Tarot challenge on my blog, and it feels like now is a good time! Here is your situation:
It’s a hot Summer night and you’re sitting outside at your local, late night cafe shuffling your Tarot cards and flipping through your new Tarot book. Suddenly, a total stranger sits down at your table. He’s tall, lanky and wearing those weird hipster glasses that everyone now thinks is “normal”. He has a creepy Leave it to Beaver style haircut and he smells like strawberry shortcake.
“I’m in the middle of a torrid love triangle,” he confesses to you, “and I need to know what I should do.”
As you begin shuffling your cards, he gives you the dirty details…“I have been madly in love with my best friend Damien’s ex-girlfriend Jane for three years. She has reciprocated these feelings – well, sort of. I think she might just be using me for sex, but I’m okay with that. Anyhow, Jane has recently got back together with Damien and now we have to keep our love a secret. I am not really sure how to proceed – do I stay with Jane and tell Damien? Do I continue sneaking around? Or do I break it off with Jane, even though she’s the love of my life?”
You lay out three cards….
Based on this stranger’s situation, how would you interpret these Tarot cards? Please share your interpretation in the comment section below 🙂
If you would like to see how I read these cards CLICK HERE.
Here is my quick and dirty interpretation of these three cards:
"Well, mysterious stranger, the Knight of Pentacles tells me that you're a creature of habit and you like to proceed carefully in everything you do. Part of you might be tempted to not do anything right now because you don't want to rock the boat and cause chaos in your life.
However, the 10 of Swords indicates you are feeling majorly stabbed in the back! And rightly so. It sounds like you haven't really acknowledged your hurt over the fact that Jane has taken back up with Damien. Part of you knows that if you do acknowledge it, how you feel about Jane will change dramatically.
TheAce of Swords seems to be encouraging you to take the initiative and change things. Stop hiding and pussy footing around! It's time for you to be honest with yourself about what you want and what you will not stand for. It's time to turn over a new leaf and start doing things differently from now on. I feel that this Ace denotes a fresh start - a new beginning in your life that quite possibly does not include Jane. But only you can know that for sure.
Out of the three options you presented, which one feels the most empowering and liberating for you? Do that!
I’m looking forward to reading your advice for this mysterious stranger!!!
Pretend you’re doing a reading for a man named Leonardo Rambucco – a dashing man with sexy, Latin looks and an air of mystery about him. He wears a cape (which would be weird on most people, but for him it totally works) and has a magnetic gaze.
He says “I am a magician who performs at children’s parties, but my dream is to have a big show in Vegas. What do you see in the cards?“
You shuffle your deck and draw…..
Death and The High Priestess!
Now here’s the challenging part. You absolutely must NOT say anything discouraging to sexy Leonardo, but you also must NOT sugarcoat this reading either. Your goal is to give him some good advice that will help him on his path.
So – how would YOU interpret these cards and what would you tell him? Please share your interpretation in the comments below!
You are doing a Tarot reading for Markus, a smouldering hot 25 year old. Markus is an artist – he specializes in painting pixies and water nymphs and he is really quite talented. But he can’t seem to make a living from his art, so for the past five years he’s been working nights stocking shelves at a sex toy distribution company’s warehouse.
He is fairly happy in his life but his dream is to paint pixies full time and quit his night job. He asks you “how can I be more financially successful with my art?”
You draw two cards:The Hermit and the Seven of Wands.
How would you interpret these two cards? What advice would you give Markus?
Please feel free to leave your interpretation in the comments below!
The purpose of this exercise is to practice your Tarot reading skills. Markus is just a character and situation I made up.
Markus, it's clear to me that spending time alone, meditating and pondering things will help bring about a solution for you (The Hermit). When your right in the thick of things it can be hard to see the forest through the trees and this is why you aren't sure how to make more money from your art. Get some distance and perspective from it - detach emotionally and look at your art through a different lens - a clear path will emerge eventually. Detaching might mean not taking things personally when it comes to your art, which leads me to the next card - the Seven of Wands.
The Seven of Wands shows that you are feeling defensive about this issue, like making money from your work will mean you have to be competitive or something. It also shows me that you fear attack and criticism. Perhaps part of you really fears having your art judged and critiqued and deemed unworthy. This seems to be the energy that is holding you back and creating fear for you.
The more you relax and let go of this idea, the more quickly you will earn and income from your art. Perhaps letting go of those fears will make you feel more comfortable about putting yourself out there and even networking with other artists. Again, look at The Hermit and notice how calm and detached she is - other's opinions don't define her, so she doesn't fear them.
One theme I notice is that both The Hermit and the guy in Seven of Wands are on cliffs or pedestals. The advantage of this is that you have a nice view of things - a birds eye view. The downside is that you have farther to fall. You may fear that once you attain success you could lose it, or people will judge you more harshly. It's clear you have much passionate and fiery energy around your art (Wands), but it needs to be balanced with the calm, cool and intuitive nature of The Hermit. Meditation, nature walks and reflection will help you discern the voice of your intuition from the voice of your ego so that you can let go of fear and pursue your dream with newfound energy, enthusiasm and calmness.
Imagine this: It’s 8pm on a dark and rainy night. Thunder and lighting boom and flash in the distance as you sit in your armchair by the fire, shuffling your Tarot cards.
Across from you sits Minxy Blue – a friend of a friend. Minxy is a high class escort who lives a lavish lifestyle, “escorting” distinguished gentlemen and the occasional celebrity. But she has recently met someone special who has a problem with her chosen line of work. His name is Vlad Smith and he has proposed to her on the condition that she quit her escort job and do something else.
Minxy loves Vlad but she also loves her work. She’s in a conundrum! She asks you “what on Earth am I supposed to do?”
Just then, two cards come flying out of the deck, landing upright on the table in front of you.
But here’s the challenge: Minxy doesn’t have the time or the patience to listen to you ramble about the cards. So make it quick! In just 3 sentences or less, interpret these two cards in a way that is helpful to Minxy:
Please feel free to post your interpretation in the comments below!
If you would like to see how I interpreted these cards, just click on the text below…
Speak openly with Vlad about how you feel about leaving your career (Two of Cups). But make sure you go within and do some soul searching to find out what is truly important to you right now (The Hermit). There is much light and brightness in these two cards which shows that now is not the time to hide from your feelings and issues, Minxy girl!