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: foxy!

Screen Shot 2018-08-22 at 3.29.41 PMI love the fox for this card. Yes the seven of Swords can symbolize that you were someone is not being completely truthful. But this can also be strategic and self-protective and not necessarily malicious. The fox here asks us to see through any deceptions that we or others might be putting up. But he also advises us that sometimes keeping to ourselves can be best in tricky situations.

Card study: Four of Cups and Horses and Castles

Screen Shot 2018-03-24 at 7.50.55 PM.pngThe castle and mountains in the background speak big achievements and hard-won success. Depending on the context that could mean great achievement has been hard-won and is not appreciated. Or perhaps we are being told that it is going to be hard work to get out of our heads and appreciate what’s in front of us but that the payoff is big.

Castles also represent protection. Protection is not always what we need. Protection can be confining. Protection can keep us from seeing truth that we need to in order to grow. We don’t want to be the princess locked away in a castle, waiting to be saved.

I find the horse in the background to be the most interesting part of this card. Horses carry many symbols with them. They are the freedom that we have harnessed so that we can have our own freedom of movement. Horses also signify our animal self combined with keen and sensitive intelligence.

Card study: Eight of Swords and Mirrors

Screen Shot 2018-03-24 at 7.43.54 PMFirst notice that the people are standing on a surface that mirrors back to them. Mirrors are usually a reminder that we need to examine our own behaviors and choices and take responsibility for them and accept the consequences.

Mirrors also reflect light and the world around us. What are we not seeing that is right in front of us? Usually the answer is truth when mirrors are shown. Often that truth is unconscious and needs to be brought to the surface.

We also see a sky that is relatively calm. Yes there are a few clouds but it’s not going to storm. Things are not as bad as we think. And the wall is behind us, because while we feel we are backed into a wall the reality is there is wide open space if we’re willing to traverse what’s in front of us.

Card study: Ace of Swords and Laurel Wreaths

Screen Shot 2018-03-04 at 4.45.58 PM.pngBecoming familiar with symbols is a great way to start to read cards more intuitively. Laurel wreaths appear in many decks. They symbolize great victory in battle. The battle metaphor is an important one to remember when you see these symbols. That is what the experience has most likely felt like to the querent. Often, the journey toward mental clarity has been hard fought for. If we read this card as a new idea or breakthrough, the wreath reminds us that we might have a battle ahead as we implement our idea or our new knowledge.