There is this magical, mystical circle that happens every six weeks. We call it the Tarot Blog Hop. As my Yule gift to you, I'd like to invite you to hop on board to see where it takes you. The Tarot Blog Hop was begun by me.
I had this idea that a bunch of Tarot folks could all blog on the same topic on the same day. All the posts would go live at the same time creating a pop-up community. In my head, it was like Brigadoon--that magical place that appears once every hundred years. Little did I know that there was a reason it was only every hundred years.
The first question was "How can I be a better candle?" From there we've blogged on so many subjects that my mind boggles at it all. We've had anywhere from fifteen to thirty plus bloggers participate. The core remains the same while we have those that come and go as the topic entices them. I am so very proud of the way this online group has come together.
Now we are at the last hop of 2014. This marks the end of our third year. For this hop, I am the wrangler. That means I got to post the subject. I've challenged my fellow bloggers to do a spread about the joy of gifting. Here is what I've asked them to do.
Yule, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Winter. Whatever you call this time of year, it is a season of gift giving, gift receiving and sharing with family and friends for a majority of the world. Whether Papa Noel brings you a candy cane or the Winter Witch brings you switches, it’s a time of anticipation. The anticipation of what I might be getting and what I am giving are equal joys for me.
SPREAD: The Joy Of Gifting
- What gift would you give the world if you could?
- What gift would you want from the world?
- What gift have you gotten that has brought you joy?
- What gift have you given that has brought you joy?
- What is one last thing you would like to share about this season?
Here are the bloggers who are participating. I invite you to hop your way through them all then stop back here. Let me know what you thought of the different things you saw.
And if you are a community-minded blogger, come join us for the Mid-Winter (Imbolc) hop coming in February 2015. If you get lost at any point (sometimes posts don't up up as planned, etc), just click on "master list" from any of the posts to come back here.
Seek joy, y'all. Happy Yule! Pass it on.
Because I love gifting, I'm going to give one commenter their choice of either digital version of this. It's a workbook that has truly changed my life--personal and professional.
Cat's Eye Page of Wand, U.S. Games Systems Inc, used with permission
I've been doing a monthly podcast for over seven years now. It's the same thing over and over. GRIN! Well maybe it changes a bit. I pull a card for each sign of the Zodiac to offer my interpretation of the upcoming month. Recently I've added a card of the month as well.
Tarot and magic is an interesting subject. It's also a fairly old one or so I am led to believe. I wanted to share another super simple spell that can be done at the new moon. September's new moon is on the 24th (or 23rd depending on your time zone).
In my practice, I was taught that the New Moon esbats were a time for doing healing work. Sometimes we had a bowl for names of those we were doing work for. Other times we simply spoke their name into the Circle. New Moons were one of my favorite esbats with my training coven because they were a quieter working.
Using Tarot in a New Moon esbat for healing is not a precise science. There are 78 choices after all. And let's not get started on the number of combinations.
I've been doing a series this week on the Wooden Tarot, a self-published deck by A.L. Swartz. You can see the full series here.
What a fabulous card we have for our last day of the Wooden Tarot week. Don't despair. I am sure I will turn to this deck again. It has hooked me despite the few small quibbles I have.
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For those of you who are new to the Tarot Blog hop, the idea behind this is that the Tarot community joins together every six weeks to blog on a specific topic. That topic is proposed by whomever is wrangling the hop. We began in 2012 with an Imbolc hop that asked, "How can I be a better candle." This is our third year. The bloggers change and we are always happy for more to join us. You can learn more here. All those who work to promote camaraderie and community within the Tarot world are welcome.
This time I'm publishing my post here at my SageWoman blog, Tarot Templates. I wanted to loop this community in because there are some amazing blogs here as well. I hope some of the Tarot and Divination bloggers here will consider joining us for the Mabon Tarot Blog Hop.
Joanna (the lovely hostess of this hop) has asked us all to answer this question. "How do you channel your inner Queen of Pentacles?"
Well, I have so many ways! Zentangle, my fiction, my cooking are just the first three to come to mind. But I've already shared my Zentangles. I shared my love of cooking and tarot. And the Gods know I've shared my fiction. (do NOT click that last link if you are reading from work. NSFW, promise. It's all very naughty stuff. :D )
So how else do I channel that inner Queen of Pentacles? I had to tumble that around in my mind a bit. And it hit me. Spreads. I like to create spreads. I've shared a few here on Sagewoman as well as at my own blog. The process of creating a spread varies for me. Sometimes it is because I have a specific question from a client. I can break that down into sections to focus on. Other times it is because I have a quote or a poem or a saying that strikes me. I also have a series of Fairy Tale spreads. You can see my Four Dragons spread here.
What deck to use for the spread was a no-brainer for me. The kitschy, quirky, always fun Housewives Tarot from the aptly named Quirk Books has to be the deck the Queen of Pentacles would turn to for advice. But what about a spread?
In one of her many guises, the Queen of Pentacles is a mom. I see her as the mom Erma Bombeck mentioned when she said, "When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it's a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway."
The Tarot is one way to get some advice. So, here is the Queen of Pentacles Advice Spread.
Ask Your Mother
1. Advice on a current or potential relationship
2. Advice on your current or potential job
3. Advice on what you are doing wrong
4. Advice on what you are doing right
5. The last word
So here is what it might look like.
What advice would you offer me based on this spread? And as to the final piece of advice, can I just say, "OH SHUT UP, MOM!"
I hope that you have enjoyed this stop on the Lammas 2014 Tarot Blog Hop. Hop on with your bad self to the next post. Thanks for leaving a comment so I know you were here.
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This is day three of an ongoing week-long challenge to seek joy. The beginning can be found here. I am sharing day three here because it involves a very simple, often overlooked, type of magic. All you need are Tarot cards, paper, pen, a magnet and a fridge.