tarot tuesday: november’s stop|start|continue|focus

Each month I do a spread concerning what I should stop doing in the coming month, get started on, and continue with. I also pull a focus card to direct my path.

October’s spread, which I pulled using the Sun and Moon tarot deck , was all about flow; if you missed that post, you can catch up here.

November’s spread, which I pulled using the Osho Zen tarot deck (my deck for this month), is really about continuing to go with the flow, do what I know how to do, trust my heart, and trust the process.

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The Stop Card – Trust (Knight of Cups) + Clarifier Card – Laziness (9 of Cups): The Trust card, as denoted by the picture, really is the jump card. The don’t-think-about-what happens-when-you-get-to-the-bottom card. This card, in the Stop position, caused me a bit of trouble reading it within the context of the entire month; it almost seemed to contradict my Focus card for the month (Going with the Flow), so I drew a clarifier to find out a bit more about what exactly I am not supposed to trust. I pulled Laziness, and things immediately clicked. This month is about walking the walk as opposed to talking the talk. This year has been a year of transformation and discovery for me. I have really jumped into living more naturally. Into “zenning the fuck out” as I put it. Into meditation and my intuition. But lately, I’ve gotten much better at declaring these things, despite a slacking practice. This combination of cards is a gut check card. It’s a stop-just-talking-about-it reminder; it’s the just-do-it card combo.

 

The Start Card – Thunderbolt (The Tower): The Thunderbolt card is never thunderbolta positive card to see, and for me, to see it in the Start position for November was particularly jarring. My sister did a birthday spread for me when I turned 27, and for the month of December, she drew The Tower—the card of upheaval. Destruction. Ruin. So when I drew it as my Start card, I immediately texted her. [Insert sad emoji here]. I can’t interpret this card any other way than to start girding my loins. Start preparing for what is to come. It seems to be that part of the challenge in my Stop card combination is to make sure I am practicing my yoga and meditation, because I am going to need the strength it provides in the coming month.

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The Continue Card – Control (King of Swords): As I transition back into my office (I’ve been on a detail) and into a new performance year (just had my annual review!), I read the Control card not as a figure in my life (as the King of Swords can sometimes represent) but as a message to keep doing what I was doing when I left: harness the positive attributes of this King—organization, intellect, and good management of people and assets.

 

going-with-the-flowThe Focus Card – Going with the Flow (Ace of Cups): The Going with the Flow card is a card about beginnings, specifically in the emotional realm. I read this card as the start of an emotional journey, and, in combination with the Goddess Oracle card I drew for this new moon cycle (Guinevere, the True Love card), I have a feeling that it could mean things for my love life. Time to trust the process.

If you need a song to get you through this month, this is your tarot-inspired shower jam: Mama Said by The Shirelles

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tarot tuesday: October’s stop|start|continue|focus

Each month I do a spread concerning what I should stop doing in the coming month, get started on, and continue with. I also pull a focus card to direct my path.

September’s spread, which I pulled using the Linestrider’s tarot deck, was very much about dreams and how we manifest them; if you missed that post, you can catch up here.

October’s spread, which I pulled using the Sun and Moon tarot deck, is all about flow.

October’s spread, pulled with the Sun and Moon Tarot Deck

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tarot tuesday: September’s stop|start|continue|focus

As I mentioned in August, each month I do a spread concerning what I should stop doing in the coming month, get started on, and continue with. I also pull a focus card to direct my path.

August’s spread was about inner work that needed doing, if you missed my recap for my spread, you can get caught up here.

September’s spread, which I pulled using the Linestrider’s tarot deck, is very much about dreams and how we manifest them.

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tarot tuesday: August’s stop|start|continue|focus

At the beginning of every month, I do a tarot spread regarding the month ahead for a little outside-the-box inspiration. I pull a stop card (what I should stop doing in the coming month), a start card (what I should start doing), a continue card (what I should keep doing), and a focus card (what I should keep in mind).

Wait, don’t leave! Let me explain.

Allow me to pause for a second before I continue and offer a brief explanation of what Tarot is (or rather, is not), how I got into it, and why. If you still feel inclined to write me of as some Professor Trelawney Wannabe without a soul, I accept your position. (Just know I will put a curse on you! KIDDING.)

Which brings me to my first point: Tarot cards and the act of reading them is not witchcraft. It’s truthfully not much different than reading a poem or scripture (yeah, I said it) and interpreting a meaning and inferring guidance based on where you are at in your life. I think of it as self divination. I believe that all of the answers we need are already inside of us, but that we have to quiet enough to hear them. For me, reading Tarot is one way I get quiet, in addition to meditation and prayer. (Yep, still spiritual; please don’t throw stones.)

I got into Tarot via my sister. She’s been practicing for nearly a couple years (I think), and when she first told me about it, I will admit my reaction was likely similar to yours just now: Okaaaaaay. Whatever floats your boat. But I was supportive of course.

However, I eventually became curious, especially when she compared it to learning a foreign language, and when I went to visit in February, I signed up for my first lesson with her. She gifted me the deck you see below (Universal Waite Tarot Deck); traditionally, first decks are given, not purchased. (Keep in mind, just a tradition.) And away I went.

I’ve been dabbling since then, with her help and some self-teach. Biddy Tarot’s website and podcast have also been excellent resources. In no way do I claim to be an expert, just a practitioner; readings are my intuitive own.

Now, back to my regularly scheduled programming.

This month, this was my spread:

4-Card Tarot Spread (Reversed Five of Pentacles, Temperance, Reversed Four of Cups, Reversed Empress)

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