Tarot Tuesday's Big Reveal for April 16, 2019

/ Tuesday, April 16, 2019

It's time for our Big Reveal! If you haven't done so, please go to the Wildly, Witch Facebook page and select your card. For those who have, let's do this!

This week's featured deck is  The Witches' Tarot by Ellen Dugan and Mark Evans.





From Amazon:


"Here, the Hierophant becomes the High Priest, Wheel of Fortune becomes Wheel of the Year, and Judgement becomes Karma.
Based on the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck and filled with images that speak to today's magickal practitioner, witchcraft takes center stage in this stunning deck designed by highly respected Witch and Tarot reader Ellen Dugan. Featuring the vibrant artwork of award-winning artist Mark Evans, Witches Tarot is the perfect combination of Tarot and the Craft.
In addition to card descriptions and meanings, Dugan's companion guide features spell-enhancing spreads―such as the Triple Goddess Spread, the Four Elements Spread, and the Wheel of the Year Spread―that you can use in both Tarot readings and magickal practice."


Card 1: 10 of Wands



The Ten of Wands represents a situation that started off as a good idea, but has now become a burden. It signifies problems, responsibilities, being overburdened, overloaded, and stressed. It can indicate that you have a huge weight on your shoulders, and you feeling obligated, saddled, and restricted.  

This Minor Arcana card can signify being taken for granted, struggle, major challenges, drudgery, and duty. It suggests that you have taken on too much, and may be heading for burn out. This card does also indicate that the end is in sight.  If you keep going you, will be successful. 

Keep the end-goal in sight, and don't give up. Also, plan for a little self-care/mini-vacation once this goal is achieved. You need a break!

Key words: Overburdened, overloaded, responsibilities, stress, problems, weight on shoulders, duty, drudgery, obligation, saddled, restricted, burn-out, uphill struggle, taken for granted, taking on too much, delays, struggle, resistance,  lost your way, lost focus, major challenges, lack of fun/ spontaneity, keep going, end in sight.




Card 2: The Queen of Swords





The Queen of Swords can represent an older woman in your life, who will step in when you are vulnerable,  and protect you, or help you to overcome a problem. It represents being intelligent, sharp witted, witty, honest, truthful and candid. 

This Minor Arcana card signifies being realistic, discerning or skeptical; and it can signify that you will receive constructive criticism from someone, and you would do well to listen to it. It can also represent open-mindedness and self-reliance. However, this card can also indicate that you may be suppressing some pain or sadness from past events. 

As a person, the Queen of Swords  represents a mature female, or feminine person,  who is chatty, quirky, forthright, and supportive. She may be an air sign such as Aquarius, Gemini, or Libra. She is a woman who may have known loss or suffering herself; and has gained much inner strength and wisdom from her experiences. She is someone who will always defend those who cannot defend themselves. She has strong empathy and is a great person to have in your corner if you are vulnerable as she will defend you. However, she will not suffer fools gladly; and if you are in the wrong, you can expect her to call you out on it without mincing her words! She can have quite a sharp tongue on her at times. She is strong, quick-witted, principled, fair, funny, sophisticated, independent and capable and will not be clingy or needy.

Additionally, this card can represent that this is exactly the kind of energy you need for what you are facing today. 

Key words: Honest, truthful, candid, protective, independent, chatty, communicative, witty, funny, principled, fair, constructive criticism, strong, quirky, realistic, objective, discerning, problem solver, skeptical, intelligent, sharp wit, self-reliant, open-minded, sophisticated, mother, repressed pain or sadness, divorced,  graduate from the school of hard knocks

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It's time for our Big Reveal! If you haven't done so, please go to the Wildly, Witch Facebook page and select your card. For those who have, let's do this!

This week's featured deck is  The Witches' Tarot by Ellen Dugan and Mark Evans.





From Amazon:


"Here, the Hierophant becomes the High Priest, Wheel of Fortune becomes Wheel of the Year, and Judgement becomes Karma.
Based on the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck and filled with images that speak to today's magickal practitioner, witchcraft takes center stage in this stunning deck designed by highly respected Witch and Tarot reader Ellen Dugan. Featuring the vibrant artwork of award-winning artist Mark Evans, Witches Tarot is the perfect combination of Tarot and the Craft.
In addition to card descriptions and meanings, Dugan's companion guide features spell-enhancing spreads―such as the Triple Goddess Spread, the Four Elements Spread, and the Wheel of the Year Spread―that you can use in both Tarot readings and magickal practice."


Card 1: 10 of Wands



The Ten of Wands represents a situation that started off as a good idea, but has now become a burden. It signifies problems, responsibilities, being overburdened, overloaded, and stressed. It can indicate that you have a huge weight on your shoulders, and you feeling obligated, saddled, and restricted.  

This Minor Arcana card can signify being taken for granted, struggle, major challenges, drudgery, and duty. It suggests that you have taken on too much, and may be heading for burn out. This card does also indicate that the end is in sight.  If you keep going you, will be successful. 

Keep the end-goal in sight, and don't give up. Also, plan for a little self-care/mini-vacation once this goal is achieved. You need a break!

Key words: Overburdened, overloaded, responsibilities, stress, problems, weight on shoulders, duty, drudgery, obligation, saddled, restricted, burn-out, uphill struggle, taken for granted, taking on too much, delays, struggle, resistance,  lost your way, lost focus, major challenges, lack of fun/ spontaneity, keep going, end in sight.




Card 2: The Queen of Swords





The Queen of Swords can represent an older woman in your life, who will step in when you are vulnerable,  and protect you, or help you to overcome a problem. It represents being intelligent, sharp witted, witty, honest, truthful and candid. 

This Minor Arcana card signifies being realistic, discerning or skeptical; and it can signify that you will receive constructive criticism from someone, and you would do well to listen to it. It can also represent open-mindedness and self-reliance. However, this card can also indicate that you may be suppressing some pain or sadness from past events. 

As a person, the Queen of Swords  represents a mature female, or feminine person,  who is chatty, quirky, forthright, and supportive. She may be an air sign such as Aquarius, Gemini, or Libra. She is a woman who may have known loss or suffering herself; and has gained much inner strength and wisdom from her experiences. She is someone who will always defend those who cannot defend themselves. She has strong empathy and is a great person to have in your corner if you are vulnerable as she will defend you. However, she will not suffer fools gladly; and if you are in the wrong, you can expect her to call you out on it without mincing her words! She can have quite a sharp tongue on her at times. She is strong, quick-witted, principled, fair, funny, sophisticated, independent and capable and will not be clingy or needy.

Additionally, this card can represent that this is exactly the kind of energy you need for what you are facing today. 

Key words: Honest, truthful, candid, protective, independent, chatty, communicative, witty, funny, principled, fair, constructive criticism, strong, quirky, realistic, objective, discerning, problem solver, skeptical, intelligent, sharp wit, self-reliant, open-minded, sophisticated, mother, repressed pain or sadness, divorced,  graduate from the school of hard knocks

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It's time for our Big Reveal! If you haven't done so, please go to the Wildly, Witch Facebook page and select your card. For those who have, let's do this!



"Amazon description: At a time when we seek a closer connection with the natural world, this beautiful deck invites us to celebrate the earth and the rhythm of her seasons. Combining the two great streams of Western Pagan tradition--Wicca and Druidry--Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, together with artist Will Worthington, have created a tarot of extraordinary depth and relevance that can help guide and illuminate your life. The Druidcraft Tarot's powerful images have emerged from a vast store of teachings and story-telling rooted in our ancient past. Use them as gateways to your inner spiritual world, and deepen your knowledge of yourself and of the earth. Let the natural wisdom of Druidcraft bring you insight and inspiration for the life issues that you face today."

Card 1: The Ace of Pentacles




 Someone's been doing some magic! The Ace of Pentacles represents new beginnings and prosperity. It is a very good card to get in a Tarot spread as it signifies starting something new, which will be very uplifting for you. 

You should be feeling very optimistic when this card appears, as it brings with it feelings of  inspiration and exciting energy. This Minor Arcana card also signifies abundance in all areas of life, as well as security and stability. The Ace of Pentacles Tarot card can indicate that you will be ready to make your dreams a reality. The time is coming for you to manifest your goals, achieve your dreams, and to realize your potential. You will be motivated, and ready for the challenge.    

Key words: financial new beginning, new financial opportunities, new job, new business, money, investments, savings, prosperity, security, stability, abundance, manifestation    





Card 2: The Hierophant (Lord in this deck)




The Hierophant is the card of traditional values and institutions. The Hierophant can represent a counselor or mentor who will provide you with wisdom and guidance; or a spiritual or religious adviser such as a priest, vicar, preacher, imam, rabbi, or a monk. 

Alternatively, you may be dealing with someone who is very set in his/her ways. The institutions The Hierophant Tarot card can represent include economic, religious, political, social, family, educational, social welfare, and medical. 

Its appearance can signify that now is a time to conform to convention, or tradition. It’s not a time to rock the boat. It can also be an indicator that you will take part in some sort of traditional ceremony, or that you may start creating some new traditions or rituals of your own.

Key words: Traditional institutions, traditional values, conventional, conformity, marriage, commitment, religion, beliefs, knowledge sharing


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It's time for our big reveal! Today's deck is the Wildwood Tarot by John Matthews, Mark Ryan, and Wil Worthington.

"The Wildwood Tarot will take you on a mystical journey for answers . . . 
Look to the heart of a primeval forest where deep ancestral wisdom lies to help make sense of your world today. Based on seasonal rhythms and ancient festivals, The Wildwood Tarot gift set draws inspiration from pre-Celtic mythology and shamanic mysteries. This stunning new tarot card deck introduces us to classic forest archetypes—including the Green Man and Woman, Archer, and Blasted Oak--and explains how to use them as a meditation system, divinatory oracle, or reference. Will Worthington's powerful pagan images connect us with a long-lost world that can help us make sense of our own. So step back in time and you'll better understand where your life’s path may lead."


Card 1: The 3 of Swords



The suit of swords is represented by arrows in the Wildwood deck. The 3 of Swords is one of those "omgs, I did NOT want to see that card today" kind of cards. But, it's the kind of "ass-kicking" some of us need at times, and it can bring us to a state of empowerment, if we heed the Tarot's message.

In general, this card can point to very deep emotional issues that must be addressed before the querent can move on. You may also get some clarity around your relationships today, as the Three of Arrows (aka Three of Swords) is all about seeing the heart of a relationship with a steady, focused gaze. The way to deal with sorrow is to take it into our hearts, accept it, and go beyond it. 

This can lead to true empowerment, and is also your warning sign of something to come. When we're able to see something coming, it's so much easier to handle.

Key words: Heartbreak, betrayal, loneliness, removal, absence, division, depression, separation, sadness, heartache, unhappiness, upheaval, grief, sorrow, upset, disorder, confusion, alienation, loss, distraction, ill-health, conflict, disillusion, trauma, serious misunderstandings, tears





Card 2: The Five of Cups (Vessels, in this deck)




In traditional tarot, this card represents sadness, loss, grief, despair, abandonment, guilt, remorse, and regret. But, John Matthews and Mark Ryan take it to a different place, and I find it refreshing. They call this one, "Ecstasy."


From their blog:

"Here the Wanderer experiences a brief glimpse of inspiration, an access to the divine which releases a spontaneous rush of joy, ecstasy. But here the Wanderer learns that even these heightened feelings are short lived, and is plunged back into a darker state. Thus the more usual meaning of the 5 of Cups, longing or despair, undermines the sense of wonder and delight, making it bitter sweet. 

We felt and feel that this makes more sense of the Wanderer’s ongoing story, especially as it is followed by the Six of Vessels, which denotes the welcome return of the inner unity expressed in the Two. With this comes the remembrance of wholeness set against the fleeting passage of ecstatic wonder in the Five.
The weight of loss, the memory of that divine impulse, is such that in the Seven the Wanderer mourns his/her lost delight. From this moment, as the Wanderer accepts the path of fate things begin to turn.  A rebirth begins in the Eight of Vessels, followed by a bursting fourth of joy that he/she wishes to share with all. From this flows happiness, the waters overflowing the spring, and the joy of the Wanderer, which had been present all along, issues to the world. 

In this way we see that while the 5 of Vessels appears to contradict the more traditional meaning, it is essentially the same. The ecstasy of the moment is fleeting and serves as a reminder to the Wanderer of the way things had been and perhaps might be again. It is a crucial turning point in his/her journey.
"

 With the new moon coming this Friday, it's a great time for release, no matter which card you chose. Feel it fully, then move on. It's time to clear out the old, and bring in the new.

Let me know how I can support you in this week's endeavor.

It's time for our Big Reveal! If you haven't done so, please go to the Wildly, Witch Facebook page and select your card. For those who have, let's do this!

This week's deck is The Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore and Aly Fell.

Amazon Description: Where the past and future converge...

"With a turn of the wheel and a spin of the cog, the oracular machinery lumbers into action. The curtains slowly draw back; the time has come to reveal your destiny.
Created by award-winning tarot expert Barbara Moore and brilliantly brought to life by artist Aly Fell, The Steampunk Tarot deck offers a glimpse of the future through a lens to the past. Retooling the gears of the Rider-Waite tradition, each card's intricate artwork depicts a scintillating fusion of man and machine, nature and technology, science and alchemy, romance and fashion. The included manual offers tips, original spreads, and guidance in card interpretation." 

Card 1: The Wheel of Fortune




 
Do things in your life suddenly seem to be moving as if guided by some destiny? Are you at a critical turning point in life or in a relationship? Are you aware that every action taken could result in major changes? Is the sense that you are being swept up in the tide of events and that every movement you make only makes the changes all the more irreversible? Could you ever have predicted the shocking path that recent events have taken? If you are getting a Tarot reading at a time when the whole world seems up for grabs, the Wheel of Fortune will manage to make an appearance in that very reading. Don't be alarmed, though, for the forces of change represented by this card have at their core the ability to reveal to you your purpose in life.

The Wheel of Fortune in the present is perhaps the most momentous placement of any one card in any position in a Tarot reading. Get ready for fate to smile on you and transform the circumstances of your life into a manifestation of your self-awareness. This is a great card to receive in the present position when you have reached a level of knowing yourself well enough to spot the times you are letting yourself down. If you have been taking responsibility for your actions lately, this card in this position reinforces the power that comes with owning your decisions.

Key words: Good luck, destiny, change, karma, soulmates, decisive moments, cycles of life, fate, fortune, upheaval, chance.




Card 2: The 3 of Wands





An exciting card in any Tarot spread is the Three of Wands. The Three of Wands represents freedom, adventure, travel, moving abroad and foreign lands. It can indicate hard work paying off, success, and being happy with your choices. 

This card also signifies foresight, forward planning, moving forward, growth and expansion. It is a Minor Arcana card of self-confidence, self-belief, spreading your wings and experiencing life. It tells you that fortune favors the brave. It can also represent holiday romances and long distance relationships.

In a Health Tarot reading, the Three of Wands can signify recovery from an illness or injury and moving on after a period of ill health. As it is a travel Tarot card, it can indicate travelling overseas for treatment or getting vaccinated for travelling abroad. In a spiritual context, the Three of Wands indicates that you are feeling happy with your spiritual progress at the moment. You should be feeling fortunate and adventurous when it appears in your spiritual Tarot spread. It is a good omen for psychic development as it represents foresight.

Key words: Travel, moving abroad, foreign land, foresight, forward planning, moving forward, self-confidence, self-belief, freedom, success, happy with choices/outcome, hard work paying off, experiencing life, spreading your wings, adventure, long distance/ travel romance, fortune favors the brave, overseas trade/expansion, growth


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The time has come for her to visit, in what has become our annual ritual. She catches me by the arm, and as a polite gesture, I feign surprise. I am not at all startled; subtlety has never been her strong suit. She is bubbly, chatty, and full of energy. I have to admit, it’s difficult to remain dispassionate in the presence of such infectious effervescence. She is enthusiastic about EVERYTHING.

We walk along the corridor, she is sure to stop me to show off her first works; she calls them her “green phase”. She has certainly used every shade the eye can see. As a mixed-media artist, her verdant work is breath-taking.

We move to her newer creations, and I can see how she’s progressing in her craft. She’s added splashes of pale colors, and uneven textures that capture my attention; I am drawn into her vision. The smells run the gamut from fresh to loamy, creating an overwhelming cacophony of the senses. She claps in delight, as she takes in my reaction to it all.

Quite pleased with herself, she hugs me tightly. “See?” she whispers, “It’s not so bad. It’s just my turn on the wheel. Come on, let me show you something else I’m working on.” She brushes one of her long champagne curls from her face as she puts her finger to her lips, then motions for me to kneel down next to her. She pulls back some brush to reveal a litter of bunnies, just a few days old. I gasp, and she giggles, then pulls me away before the mother rabbit can see us.

She whirls me around in an ebullient dance, and just as I am getting my bearings, I notice the seedlings at the edge of the forest. I laugh, in spite of myself, “Witch Hazel? Really?” She roars, tears streaming down her face. “I couldn’t help it. The irony was too tempting. I knew if all else failed, you’d have to appreciate that, my beloved Witch.”

She does this to me every year; melts my heart with her playful presence. She draws me out of my introversion and brings me into her embrace. She never takes my reluctance as insult. Rather, she accepts the challenge with glee.

Her charms work on me- every single time. I take her hand, and we dance in what will become a field of sunflowers. She lets go of my hand, and pirouettes to the end of one of the rows. I yell, “Spring has sprung!” and she guffaws as she waves and moves on.

Next year, I’ll try not to be so reticent.


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