Card study: Three of Pentacles

card study.jpgThis card is all about building a solid foundation upon which to grow in the physical areas of your life. There are few key points to know this. First of all, take note that this is being done communally. This is not a solo effort, but one that involves those we can trust and depend upon to do their part. Also notice that’s the foundation is still a bit precarious. The workers are struggling in their efforts which lets us know this is not an easy task. One of the workers appears to be off balance. So if that’s how our early efforts at Foundation Building feel, that is dead on!

The number three represents early foundation building, too. Four is considered a stable foundation. Three is a foundation with possibility for growing further UP. Three also represents the ideas of self-expression, expansion and creative work. These are elements crucial to the success of any venture we undertake.

If you are in the early stages of building a foundation, consider a reading with me. We can work through ideas, envision your journey, and plan a blueprint.


Card study: The Hierophant

img_20190104_095602_758Getting back to doing card studies. Got a whole slot of studies for the next few weeks on Deck. Pun intended. This week we are going to look at the Hierophant. You can see all of the shapes that support the idea of structure. Structured learning is an important part of this card. But notice a few other details that give us further insights.

The bird in the upper left reminds us to always try to see the big picture and have perspective on what we are learning. Birds also symbolize our connection to our souls. So we should try to include our souls as well as our heads in our learning. Birds also symbolize our desire to connect to a higher power, however we define that.

The second thing to notice is the presence of both male and female energy here. Traditional learning can be very male-dominated. This rendition of the card reminds us that even within the bounds of structured learning, we should try to value all types of knowledge and ways of learning.

Card study: Snakes in cards

Screen Shot 2018-06-11 at 7.30.11 PMI love using #thecosmictarot for client reads. They are so rich and the symbolism really helps people connect to the reading. The creator relied heavily on the informative and (fairly) universal framework of Jungian symbolism in crafting this incredible deck. I especially love how this deck invites clients to find images that resonate with them and interact with me through symbolic interpretation.

Yesterday I did a reading for a client going through major transformation. When this card came up, the imagery of the crumbling buildings and the figure under assault really resonated with her. I also pointed out the snake which symbolizes transformation in the lower left. We discussed what was happening with the snake and if that resonated with any sabotaging she might have been unintentionally doing with her transformations. I love writing about snakes because they are so rich in symbolism. Their shedding skin advises us to shed what no longer serves us so that we can emerge new and reborn. Our new skin might be tender; it needs us to get moving in order to toughen it up for this new leg of our journey. But we have the opportunity, like the snake, to experience continual renewal.

Card study: yin yangs

Screen Shot 2018-05-30 at 4.08.53 PM.pngAll three of these cards carry some heavy intuitive energy with them. So it’s no surprise that they all feature a yin yang symbol. The symbol is full of meaning including the idea of the balance between Light and Shadow.

The yin side represents darkness and absorption. It is female energy. It is considered the passive side, but passive does not mean waiting around. It means waiting for the right time before we do something. It means we consider before we charge in.

The yang side encompasses male energy. It represents penetrating energy that is active and goes forward (sometimes without thinking!) The “male” energy and “female” energy are two sides of the same coin. One cannot exist without the other. The symbol asks us to consider what seemingly contradictory Energies are actually complementary? And we are asked to see in what ways the world around us is interconnected.

It also asks us, what do we know intuitively in ourselves that we need to bring out from the Shadow and into the Light in order to make better decisions? Are we favoring one side of the symbol, or do we seek the balance implied in this complex symbol?


Card study: Symbols of balance in the Lovers

screen-shot-2018-05-15-at-7-20-40-pm.pngSo many symbols to unpack in this representation of this card! The Lovers can represent Love, but it often represents the idea of choice. We must choose between two paths, which could involve Love. Our goal in making our choice (and in finding love) is to strike a balance. So many of the cards focus on the idea of balance in our lives.

Let’s start examining the symbols in this card. The six-pointed star, or Star of David, is used in many traditions although it’s know best known as the symbol for Judaism.  It is often seen as a magical sign. The upside down triangle represents water and feminine energy while the upside triangle symbolizes fire and masculine energy. Combined, they aim to strike a balance between these opposing elements and energies. Although it has six points, it is associated with the number 7 because the center counts as a point. The number 7 signifies intuition and inner wisdom.  Additionally we have another symbol that combines masculine and feminine energy in order to denote balance. The yin-yang symbol represents femininity and masculinity, Shadow and Light, growth and the journey to growth.