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Affirmative Magic

Hi, my name is Arwen and I do affirmations. 

It's true. It was sometime in the mid 80's that I became an Affirmation addict. At least I think that is when I first ran across this concept. My first real memory of learning about affirmations was in Marion Weinstein's fabulous little red book,

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Arwen, awesome! I too did not call em affirmations decades ago, I called em spells, LOL. I would tell my students that spell-craft
  • Danielle Blackwood
    Danielle Blackwood says #
    No, I guess I was a late comer to the web! I think maybe 1999! I missed that one
  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    That book was life-changing for me. And it is funny we both got computers! LOL Did you use Astrolog way back then? I think that's
  • Danielle Blackwood
    Danielle Blackwood says #
    Yes, I started studying Astrology in 1987! Wow! So long ago, it feels like another lifetime And yes, I think that was the progra
  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    Yes! I still invoke the "ten foot pole" rule. LOL Nice to meet another "oldie but goodie" from back in the day. Were you on PODS t
The Tarot Magick of Reversals

Not every tarot reader works with reversed cards. For those who do, there is a simple opportunity to add a bit of tarot magick to your divination work.

In both divination and magick, I like to think of card reversal as changing the energy of the card. The reversal may lessen the card’s energy, it may put the card’s energy in the past, or it may create healing from the energy of the card. A reversal may show a reluctance to accept the card’s energy, or that the cards energy is needed, but lacking.

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Posted by on in Paths Blogs

Before I talk about tarot as a Jungian Neo-Pagan practice, I want to take a time out and share some of my favorite tarot decks with you.

Mary-El Tarot by Marie White

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  • Danielle Aubenque
    Danielle Aubenque says #
    I too have the original Vertigo deck and it's my personal deck. I have the Geiger and Black tarot too. I use Crow's Magic for read
Party With Housewives And Zombies? NEVER!

There are just some combinations you should never do. Like inviting Aunt Tessie's ex-best friend and new husband who just happens to be Uncle Jack formerly of Jack and Tessie. Or pajamas with hiking boots. Or like bringing the wrong Tarot decks to a public event. Yep, I think there are some things that would be flat-out wrong to bring. Consider the social pitfalls of housewives and zombies and brides for instance.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Zombie_8Swords.jpgI like to have choices. With close to 300 decks, I have a lot of choices when gathering things up to work an event. Recently I was packing up to work a bridal shower. I had to figure out which decks to take.

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    I got to keep most of my favorites. I will not bore you with the complete list but one of them is Chesca Potter's deck. I really l
  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    I love the Potter deck. It's gorgeous.
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Yes, she was ahead of her time. Sigh, no way am I giving up her deck.
  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    If you ever lose it, let me know. I'm pretty sure I have two Wild Spirit in my current collection.
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Arwen, you are so sweet. Thank you! You should sell the extra one, then you'd have a few hundred bucks to buy even MORE tarot deck

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High-Tech Tarot

Okay, well, maybe it is not particularly high-tech to some of you, but for an old crone like me who seems to have an aversion to modern electronics, it seems that way. I don't pay for my apps, I hardly know how to use my smartphone, but this is something that I discovered awhile ago, and now would not be without. 

Yes, I still like the feel of the cards and yes, I still adore my Tarot of the Cloisters deck, but with the Galaxy Tarot app on my phone, if I have my phone, I have my Tarot. What's more, I can do readings, and email the screenshot right to my client. I can share specific cards, I can add my own notes, I can refer to the different aspects of the symbolism or different correlations; in short, there's not a lot I can't do with this. 

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  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Galaxy Tone is a great app on Kindle Fire! Wish they had a better deck selection, though. (Btw, was gifted a Cloisters Tarot last

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Before I discuss tarot as a form of Jungian Pagan practice, I want, in this post, to give a little background about how I approach tarot.  

b2ap3_thumbnail_f10-0413-tarot-deck-inset.jpgTarot, for anyone who does not know, is a deck of cards that derives from a mid-15th century card game called Triumphs, which is the origin of various modern trump card games like Euchre, Bridge, and Hearts.  The tarot card deck resembles the common 52 playing cards used today, with important differences.  There are four suits: Swords, Batons (or Wands), Cups, and Coins (or Pentacles).  In addition to the King and Queen face cards, there is a Knight (which became the Jack) and a Page.  These constitute the court cards, which are also called the Minor Arcana.  In addition, there are 22 trump cards, also called the Major Arcana, with names like the Fool, the Lovers, Death, and the Hanged Man, numbered 0 to 21.  All of the cards have evocative imagery on them, which accounts for their continued appeal.  The cards are now primarily used for divination, or fortune telling, rather than as a card game.  The deck exists in many versions.  The most well known historical deck is the Tarot de Marseilles and the most well known occult deck is the Rider-Waite Tarot, but there are literally thousands of variations.

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  • Deanna Anderson
    Deanna Anderson says #
    I linked to your article from my Goodreads site (it was shared with me on Facebook). I just wrote a book about Tarot, so linked th
  • Deanna Anderson
    Deanna Anderson says #
    Very interesting! I have never seen the Major Arcana described this way but it makes sense. Great article!
  • Finn McGowan
    Finn McGowan says #
    Very interesting blog. When it comes to the Major Arcana, a study of the BOTA deck can be extremely rewarding. What the difference
  • Neda Marin
    Neda Marin says #
    This was a wonderful read! I am just getting into studying the Major Arcana and had no idea the cards have been rearranged differe

Posted by on in SageWoman Blogs

Not to date myself, but I remember when we didn't have answering machines. Now I let almost everything go to voice mail. Before though, I had to stop and decide if I wanted to answer the phone. I can see some of you scratching your heads...what on earth does an answering machine or lack thereof have to do with Tarot? Well, sometimes I do that with my Tarot readings too. I just let my inner answering machine take over.

There are cards in the tarot that, for me, have instant meanings. Those are the ones that are so embedded in my brain that they seem automatic. But that may not be the best answer for my querent. They may require a bit more than a rote Tarot reading. So sometimes I like to turn my brain upside down so I can't do the auto-answer. I yank myself out of that Tarot rut I can sometimes get into when I'm doing endless readings.

It's not fair to my client. They don't know I had three people before them asking similar questions. They aren't to blame for my reaction. But I cannot drop into automatic mode. I have to prevent my inner answering machine from picking up.

Here are just two ways to kick yourself out of the "that always means" rote reading technique. I'd love to hear your own if you have some as well.

1. Odd Fellows

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By using a deck I'm not familiar with, I have to back up and take another look. I've been loving two self-published decks lately that really force me to let go of the automatic and search out the intuitive answer.

From the Wild Unknown Tarot, this Six of Swords is not your typical dude rowing a boat. Nor is the image of Scathach as the Six of Air from the Dark Goddess one I can immediately see the "moving from troubled times to calmer places" meaning I have tattooed into my brain.

I have to stop. I have to become more present in my Tarot reading.

When I put the two with the Rider Smith Waite (Radiant) Six of Swords, I see color similarities immediately. In a way, my desire to let go of the old meanings for the new is represented by the meaning of this card.

2. Same Old, Same Old

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