Three-card Tarot Tuesday — 9.10.19

Hello! Following last week’s reading, I wanted to do another one of these with the Deviant Moon tarot deck, The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck, and The Illustrated Herbiary deck. So, just like last time, choose the stack of cards that you feel the most drawn to:

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Take your time choosing. Ready?

Feather

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First, we have Judgment. Judgment is the end that marks a new beginning — unlike The Tower, it is not necessarily an end marked by destructive upheaval. This is a very significant stage in your life! Judgment urges you to make a choice and step into the spiritual awakening that’s waiting for you. Trust your gut feelings, but use a healthy dose of logic to temper your emotions and make the decision that is most in line with the highest good. This is a time of awakening for you.

Butterfly energy comes during times of transition. Like the caterpillar to the butterfly, it marks some serious changes. (This is probably unsurprising, considering the appearance of the Judgment card!) Let your friends, family, and comforting routines be your support through this time. If you feel yourself becoming anxious or frustrated with what’s going on around you, now is the time to develop comforting new rituals to help see you through. Start a gratitude journal, take up a gentle form of exercise, meditate, or just set aside a few minutes every day to have a cup of tea and just get your head out of a place for a bit. Give yourself something stable to look forward to every day.

Mugwort calls us to travel in our dreams. Do you ever have lucid dreams? Prophetic ones? Ones you can remember vividly? Your dreams can hold messages for you that you might miss in the waking world. Start a dream journal and practice dreaming lucidly, so you can unlock the mysteries of the realm of dreams.

This is a time of big changes for you, and you might feel that you’re on uncertain footing. That’s perfectly understandable! Don’t overthink things — your intuition knows more than you might be giving it credit for. Follow your heart (but don’t give up your sense!), create comforting daily rituals for yourself, and listen to the messages of your dreams. You’ll get through this okay.

 

Shell

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Next, we have Justice. It is the card of fairness, truth, cause and effect, and… well, justice. You are at a point where your actions — good and bad — are coming back on you. As long as you have acted ethically and honestly, you have nothing to worry about. You may be at a point in your life where you seek justice; this tells you that it will be served. You may also be at a point where you’re faced with a difficult decision. Rely on your conscience to guide you, and be ready to accept the fallout for your choice.

Gazelle energy is vigilant — perhaps too vigilant. It can be easy to miss the forest for the trees, and miss out on the life you’ve made for yourself because you’re too focused on what can go wrong. Take a breath. Give yourself the chance to enjoy the present. Learn some grounding exercises to keep you in reality, realign your nervous energy, and keep yourself focused on the Now.

Mullein is the hag’s taper, and one of the plants that grows in between-spaces. It appears when it’s time to take a step back and look at the patterns we miss when we focus on details. Everything is linked by some thread of commonality — you are being called to find those threads and see the bigger picture evolve.

Are your actions haunting you, or are you waiting for justice to be served? Whatever the case, you might be feeling a little too antsy and hypervigilant right now, and it’s causing you to zero in on minutia in a way that isn’t helpful for you right now. Learn to ground yourself in the present moment, and avoid jumping to conclusions until you can get a bird’s eye view of your situation. You’ll have an easier time making the right decision if you do.

Bone

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Lastly, we have the Nine of Pentacles. Sweet! This is a card of material wealth, luxury, and abundance. You’ve busted your ass to get here, and now you get to enjoy the fruits of your labors (even if they’re a stack of paid bills and not, say, a new Maserati). If you’ve been supported by and relying on others for awhile, relax and enjoy your newfound independence. Treat yourself as a reward for your hard work!

Sometimes, the Nine of Pentacles shows up when we’re not necessarily rolling in dough. It’s important to remember that the concept of money is a relatively new one, but abundance isn’t. It can also refer to being surrounded by the bounty of nature, or other areas of life that are producing an abundant harvest after hard work. No matter what this card means for you, it’s a signal that it’s time to enjoy yourself.

Tarantula comes when you have a decision to make. You might even find yourself paralyzed or succumbing to choice fatigue. You might be tempted to make the choice that’s easy right now, instead of the one that you know will put you more closely in line with your higher purpose and long-term goals — don’t. Now is the time to prioritize your future growth.

White Sage clears the way. All members of the sage family are used for clearing something — from the fiber in chia seeds, to the mucilage of eye-clearing clary sage, to the smoke of garden or white sage. What do you have that needs letting go? Are you willing to follow your emotions here, and release things without analyzing why?

You’re entering a time of monetary abundance, and it can be a little intimidating. With this newfound freedom comes a lot of new choices to make. Unfortunately, it seems like you’re holding on to ideas that — while they may have helped get you where you are today — are no longer serving you. Trust that you’re going to be okay. Don’t be afraid to indulge a little, don’t hold on to the past, and choose the path that will allow you to grow.

I hope this was helpful. Stay tuned for next week’s reading! 💜

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A Free, Simple Card Reading for You

This week, I wanted to start trying something different. I picked up three of my divination decks, and decided to put together a small reading for anyone reading this post right now. It’s simple: just pick a stack of cards, scroll to the one you chose, and see what they have in store!

Not everyone agrees with doing “general” tarot readings, but I find that they can be very helpful — synchronicity is a thing. If you’re drawn to pick a card today, tomorrow, or any time in the future, there’s likely a reason why. So, even if a free tarot reading is a general one sent to nobody in particular, it can still hold a lot of insight.

So, shall we? Pick a stack of cards. From left to right, they are marked by a moonstone, an amethyst, and a rose quartz.

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Now, when you’re ready, scroll down to the cards you chose. Each stack comprises a tarot card from the Deviant Moon tarot deck, an animal spirit card from The Wild Unknown deck, and a plant card from The Illustrated Herbiary deck.

Moonstone

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Here, we have The Empress, Hummingbird, and Plantain.

The Empress is the embodiment of a loving, nurturing spirit, surrounded by abundance. She is regarded as a very feminine figure and, in some contexts, can even signify marriage or childbirth. You are in a period of growth right now, and are surrounded by the energy of abundance. If that is difficult to recognize against the background noise of your life, take some time to connect to the world with your senses — go into nature, bring a picnic of your favorite foods, and give yourself the gift of time to experience the earth beneath you, the fragrance on the breeze, and the taste of good food. Remind yourself of all that you have to be grateful for, and help cultivate the feelings of contentment and prosperity in your life.

Hummingbirds have really fun energy, I love them. With Hummingbird, there is a feeling of enthusiasm, creativity, and positivity — though this can turn into overbearing pushiness if this energy is out of balance. Since Hummingbird represents an open, curious, and creative mind, one way to bring this energy into balance is to learn something new.

Plantain’s advice is to rewild. This simple herb, often treated as a weed when it pops up in lawns, is a versatile and abundant source of medicine. Mash the leaves and place them on a bruise or bee sting. This is what Plantain asks you to do: connect with simplicity and the open-hearted, childlike side of your authentic self.

Overall, the advice here is to connect with nature and feelings of gratitude, simplicity, and the fresh curiosity you had as a child. Take time to enjoy the simple pleasures in your life, you are surrounded by them and much more prosperous than you might feel right now.

Amethyst

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Here is The Star, Firefly, and Vervain.

The Star is a very hopeful card. It is the promise of a new day that comes after a period of strife. It’s the feeling of new possibilities after experiencing untold hardships. It is hope, wishes, dreams, and a desire to connect with the energy of spirituality and inspiration. Be assured that you’re moving into a fresh period of your life, full of possibilities for growth and happiness.

Oh man, Firefly! Firefly is a burst of inspiration — bright and radiant, but brief. It is the energy of the creative breakthrough, but, when out of balance, it can feel like the creative burnout that turns into a block. Firefly’s advice is, “Creator, create!” Bring its energy into balance by stretching your creative muscles and making something.

Vervain is one of the most sacred herbs of many European magical traditions. It is the herb of between-places, harvested at dawn and dusk, and it encourages you to explore the liminal. Let magic into your life by opening yourself to the possibilities around you. After all, it is in the in-between places where possibilities overlap and we are presented with nearly infinite outcomes. If you had every door open to you, what weight would you be willing to drop in order to pass through?

Overall, the advice here is to embrace the new possibilities open to you. You seem to have come out of a difficult period, and you’re entering a new one that is giving you the chance to experience an incredible burst of inspiration, creativity, and growth. Are you willing to take it, or is the fear of what you have gone through going to hold you back?

Rose Quartz

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Here is The Chariot, Cobra, and Rose.

The Chariot is strength. It is girding your loins for battle. It is determination, action, and decisiveness in the face of a challenge. It tells you that now is the time to make a choice and take a stand. If you’re afraid that you lack the strength to do so, don’t worry — with focus and determination, you have what you need to be successful. Assert yourself, and don’t back down on matters that are important to you.

Cobra is a spiritual guardian. They are not ostentatious, they do not command the attention of a room, but they are patient, watchful, wise, and strong. When out of balance, this strength can turn into egotism. Balance cobra energy by remaining humble — give yourself the opportunity to learn something new from someone else, and recognize that there is still much that life has to teach you.

Rose is an herb of duality. It is the soft, silken petals and the blood-drawing thorns, the nourishing rose hips and the choking seeds. As such, it reminds you to embrace duality within yourself. You can be beautiful and fierce, soft and strong. Look at the things within yourself that you perceive as flaws, and recognize that they do not define you — you can still have a whole, open heart that is worthy of love.

Overall, it looks like you are in a period that demands a lot of strength from you. The Chariot assures you that you can succeed, if you are willing to stand up and assert yourself. Cobra tells you to remain humble — you have strength, but should not let your assertiveness turn into an ego-shield of narcissism. Rose says to embrace the contradictions within you. You can be assertive and soft. You can be successful and humble. You can push yourself to succeed without losing the tender, gentle aspects of you.

 

I had a lot of fun putting this together. To be honest, I was very surprised at how well the cards interrelated with each other. I’d like to do this again (maybe next week?) and I hope you’ll join me.