Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My first reading with my tarot cards

Before I begin this post, I am sorry to anyone who isn't interested in tarot cards or the world relating to spirituality and tarot.  I do recommend having a go with the tarot cards, even if it is an online reading.  I find them fascinating and will wonder how and if they will come true in one way or another.

I have already searched for different spreads to use to do readings for myself or if any of my family or friends want me to do their readings.  I have a few daily readings, a yearly (which I have just completed), Past Present Future and a birthday spread.  I decided t choose the Yearly spread as my first reading  because I am very curious to know about next year, since I am planning on going to university for my first time.  The spread which I had decided to follow was from here


The positions from 1-12 are the general outlooks for the months of the year.  1 being January and 12 being December. 

The positions of 13-20 are the general aspects of life for the new year.  *The person who created this had planned for the Minor cards to be used, however, at the end of the thread, they suggested that using all 22 Major cards (which was a coincidence to them) gives the reading a different reading.

Cards 13 and 14 are about Ambition/Creativity (would be Wands if using the Minor) ; 15 and 6 are about Health/Money (Pentacles); 17 and 18 are for Relationships/Emotions (Cups); 19 and 20 being for Mind/Struggles (Swords).

For the cards 21 and 22 are the energies.  21 is the recurring energies which were carried through from the past year, whereas 22 are the new energies manifesting for the new year.

With that said, for you to know the different positions, this was my reading:
Note: rv means reversed; got the meanings from here

---Sun (rv)-----Devil-----Moon (rv)-----Judgement (rv)-----Magician-----Death----
Empress (rv)---High Priestess/Chariot--Hanged Man/Justice--Hierophant (rv)/Emperor (rv)--Temperance/Lovers (rv)---Hermit (rv)
---Strenth----Fool----World----Tower----Wheel of Fortune (rv)-----Star (rv)----

  1.  The Sun (reversed) [Jan]: When the card is reversed, it means that "the sun sinks down instead of rising up. The innocence, wisdom and clarity of childhood loses his banner and his seat on the horse, the sunflowers wilt. The Sun provides life to flowers and to people; if it is reversed and going down, then its light and warmth is fading, and so is the life it supports.
    It suggests that I, the querent is unable to recapture youth and childhood, or that I am refusing to see the light as I would rather be in the shadow.
  2. The Devil [Feb]: The first thing to take note of this card is that "the Devil isn't "Satan" but Pan, the half-goat nature god and/or Dionysius.  These are gods of pleasure and abandon, of wild behavior and unbridled desires. With Capricorn as its ruling sign, this is a card about ambitions; it is also synonymous with temptation and addiction.... As a person, the Devil can stand for a man of money or erotic power, aggressive, controlling, or just persuasive. This is not to say a bad man, but certainly a powerful man who is hard to resist..." 
    Means that I am probably allowing myself to be enslaved and should know that any "chain" is freely worn. 
    * I would be starting university in February, so it may mean that I will be enslaved to work hard etc...?
  3. The Moon (reversed) [Mar]: "Turn the card upside down and the creatures are not gazing up at the Moon - the Moon gazes up at them instead. This suggests that what rules and commands the wild is no longer in charge. Base as these instincts may be, they do have a gut feeling that they are following. It's certainly topsy-turvy for the light to be looking up at them, for them to be in charge instead. It is out of primordial ooze, out of chaos, that order comes (the Sun will follow the Moon), but upside-down, it suggests that order is moving into chaos instead. That even the guiding light of the moon has been subjected, and only the primitive reigns - unchecked, directionless, with no purpose or hope of coming to an end." 
    I am most likely to be having a complete mental breakdown or a merciless plummet into a drug addiction.
  4. Judgement (reversed) [Apr]: "Turn the Rider card over and folk "fall" out of their coffins rather than rising up out of them. The angel is below rather than above, and coffins fill the sky. This is certainly ominous. It suggests not a release from the grave so much as the graves opening up and spitting out their dead. We've switched from Resurrection to Zombie Movie. Not pretty. This suggests that, as in a Zombie film, the querent is not only having trouble getting rid of their baggage - but is surrounded and overwhelmed by it. The more Zombies the querent kills, the more that seem to surround them. The sins of the past, of people from the past, keep turning up. There seems to be no escape; and the querent spends all their time trying to get out from under those coffins. They never get a chance to renew themselves."  
    Could possibly mean that I have a recurring illness which stops me from having a job or life.  "There seems to be no escape from the past and no hope for a new future."
  5. The Magician [May]: "...The Magician is the male power of creation, creation by willpower and desire. In that ancient sense, it is the ability to make things just-so by speaking them aloud ("And God said 'Let there be Light!' and there was Light")... The 4 suits laid out before him remind us of the 4 aces, which in the Tarot symbolize the raw, undeveloped, undirected power of each suit. When the Magician appears, he reveals these to you."
    Means that I will receive a vision, an idea, a magical, mental image of something is what I want the most: solution to a problem, ambitious career, love life, a job
  6. Death [Jun]: "Death card can signal a death in the right circumstances (a question about a very sick or old relative, for example), but unlike its dramatic presentation in the movies, the Death card is far more likely to signal transformation, passage, change. Scorpio, the sign of this card, has three forms: scorpion, serpent, eagle. The Death card indicates this transition from lower to higher to highest.  This is a card of humility..."
    May possibly mean that I will be brought low but only so that I can go higher than ever before.
  7. The Star (reversed) [Jul]: "The waters of knowledge and healing that the Star pours out fall into the sky, and both pond and urns and earth are left dry. The Star is no longer in the sky, and so can't shed its light on the earth.  This is a time of darkness.  Only in this instance, there really is no hidden promise. Everything has run dry."
    No one will be offering me future or hope for a future.  I will be in a desperate situation and I may possibly be dying or suicidal with a good reason [WTF?!] "They are getting no help; they are alone with no guiding light, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually bereft. It is a very bleak and black time for them."
  8. Wheel of Fortune (reversed) [Aug]: "There seems, on the surface, little difference if we turn this card upside-down - it's a wheel, a circle, with no top, no bottom. And yet, using Rider-Waite [I use], we can see a change. The Sphinx is at the bottom. The "Set" creature (chaotic/devilish creature) is at the top. The Serpent switches sides and is moving up instead of down.  To understand, think of it this way. The Sphinx is at the top, hovering above the Ferris wheel. You ride up to talk to the Sphinx. Then you ride down and have to deal with Set. Then back up again.  Reverse the card and the implication is that when you rise to the top, you meet Set instead of the Sphinx! What ought to be good luck is going to be bad. In this case, the promotion that should give you what you want, that ought to be good fortune, lands you in hell instead."
    This is worse than "bad luck" and whoever in the external forces who create that luck are unreliable; you can't trust the luck you're getting to be what it seems.
  9. The Tower [Sept]: " Tower is a card about war, a war between the structures of lies and the lightning flash of truth.  It stands for "false concepts and institutions that we take for real."
     I can expect to be shaken up, blinded by a shocking revelation.  
  10. The World [Oct]:  "The World card pictures a dancer in a Yoni.  The Yoni symbolizes the great Mother, the cervix through which everything is born, and also the doorway to the next life after death. It is indicative of a complete circle. The Dancer has one leg crossed over the other, just like the Hanged man. She is, in a sense, his opposite, the hanged man right-side-up. As the Hanged Man saw infinitely inward, the Dancer sees infinitely outward. Which brings us to the Lion, Bull, Cherub and Eagle standing for Leo, Taurus, Aquarius and Scorpio, the fixed signs of the Zodiac (these link the ever turning World card to the ever turning Wheel of Fortune). These are symbolic of the four elements, four compass points and the four corners of the universe. All within the Dancer's sight and power."
    It tells me that the end of a long-term project is in sight and will be accompanied with a raise, celebration and success.  "With Saturn as its ruling planet, this card can also indicate that the Querent, now an expert in their subject, is likely to become a teacher or sought-after lecturer. And, finally, on a more mundane level, the World card indicates travel, not short business trips, but long, fantastic trips. Maybe a lecture tour, book signing, or just a trip around the world. This is a wonderful card of wholeness, perfection, satisfaction and happiness."
    * In October, I would be in exams and it is curious because I want to become a teacher and being with ACU, you can travel to other "sister" schools around the world for six months and even transfer to a school in the southern states of Australia.
  11. The Fool [Nov]: "The Fool is the card of infinite possibilities. The bag on the staff indicates that he has all he needs to do or be anything he wants, he has only to stop and unpack. He is on his way to a brand new beginning."
    I should be watching my step by not daydreaming or fantasising, or I will fall and end up looking the fool.
  12. Strength [Dec]: "This is a card of courage and energy.  It represents both the Lion's hot, roaring energy, and the Maiden's steadfast will. The innocent Maiden is unafraid, undaunted, and indomitable. In some cards she opens the lion's mouth, in others she shuts it. Either way, she proves that inner strength is more powerful than raw physical strength."
    This assures that I can control not only the situation but myself as well.  "It is a card about anger and impulse management, about creative answers, leadership and maintaining one's personal honour. It can also stand for a steadfast friend."
  13. High Priestess [Ambition/Creativity]: "The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you.  The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know in order to make a decision about a problem or a job, an investment, love, career, family, etc."
    Means that I will be learning some very odd things.  Very odd.
  14.  The Chariot [Ambition/Creativity]: "The chariot is one of the most complex cards to define. On its most basic level, it implies war, a struggle, and an eventual, hard-won victory; either over enemies, obstacles, nature, the beasts inside you, or to just get what you want. But there is a great deal more to it. The charioteer wears emblems of the sun, yet the sign behind this card is Cancer, the moon. The chariot is all about motion, and yet it is often shown as stationary. It means a union of opposites, like the black and white steeds. They pull in different directions, but must be (and can be!) made to go together in one direction.Control is required over opposing emotions, wants, needs, people, or circumstances; to bring them together and give them a single direction, your direction. Confidence is also needed and, most especially, motivation."
    Can mean a new motivation or inspiration, which the situation moves again.  It can also mean a trip (usually by car), a vehicle or a message.
  15. Temperance [Health/Money]: "There is, however, another angle to the card, that of merging seemingly impossible opposites. Sagittarius, the centaur, merges beast and man into a unique creature. This is a card about moderation.There is, however, another angle to the card, that of merging seemingly impossible opposites. Sagittarius, the centaur, merges beast and man into a unique creature.And then there is the bow and arrow, one moving, one stationary, working together to point the way."
    May mean that I should "temper" my behaviour, but could also mean to remind myself that seemingly irreconcilable opposites may not be that different at all.
  16. The Lovers (reversed) [Health/Money]: "The Lovers card is very interesting when turned upside down. Right-side-up, the Angel dominates. This is important as the card (Rider-Waite style) is dominated by Gemini - which stands for not only partnerships, but communication and the mind. Hence, the card is symbolically talking about a spiritual or mental connection. Turn it upside-down, and the Angel is grounded. What ends up on top are the genitals of our naked man and woman--and the mountain between them. We get, in essence, a hint of the up-right Devil card, with baser, earthier desires behind the choice. "
    I am not using my head or intuition; communication between the two halves is not happening except below the waist.  "Likewise with other choices a person might make like choice of career, cause, or religion. They're doing it for practical, earthly reasons, not because it makes them feel whole. That mountain is there between the two halves - they cannot be united as they should be. They will never form a whole."
  17. The Hanged Man [Relationships/Emotions]: "The Hanged Man, in similar fashion, is a card about suspension, not life or death. This is a time of trial or meditation, selflessness, sacrifice, prophecy."
    I should stop resisting, which makes myself vulnerable, sacrificing my position or opposition and in doing so, gains illumination.  I will see the world differently, with almost mystical insights.
  18. Justice [Relationships/Emotions]: "With Libra as its ruling sign, Justice is about cold, objective balance through reason or natural force. This is the card that tells the Querent that they can't keep smoking and drinking without consequences to their health. It is the card that advises cutting out waste and insists that the Querent make adjustments, do whatever is necessary to bring things back into balance: physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually. In a more mundane sense, this card may signal a court case, legal documents, adjustments in a marriage or partnership. The outcome of all of these may not be exactly what the Querent wants, but it will be a scrupulously fair outcome."
    It means that I cannot smoke and drink [which I do neither and never plan to in the future] without consequences to my health.  Or I may not like a particular outcome but it will be fair.
  19. The Hierophant (reversed) [Mind/Struggles]:  "Right way up, symbolically, the Hierophant is grounded, and his words come from the earth, not from heaven. Meanwhile, his listeners are in power and control, using those keys with impunity to lock away secrets, rather than open them up. Upside-down, this card is very reminiscent of spiritual institutions who control information, maintain earthly power (where the leaders are rich and living in luxury, while their flock is poor and in need). They offer up rules for the purpose of being in control, like the acolytes above the Hierophant, rather than helping the community morally and spiritually. We see this likewise in folk who take the moral high-ground in order to get their agendas favoured, while making opponents look immoral in order to undermine them. There is a strong pressure in this card to conform...or else. "
    I am unsure what it ^ means.  But possibly that I have good understanding, concord, overkindess and weakness. (?)
  20. The Emperor (reversed) [Mind/Struggles]: "The essence of the Emperor is his throne. He is solidly seated on that chair, in command. Turn him upside-down and several things happen. First, the crown falls off his head, the sceptre and sphere from his hands. He himself falls out of the chair, and the chair also falls. This is a trio of damages. The ruler loses all emblems of command, and the kingdom loses not only the commander but the seat of power. All that is left are the bare rocks. It predicts not merely a loss of authority and control on the part of the Emperor, but a loss of both ruler and foundation for the kingdom."
    Means that the throne and all trappings of rulership (crown, sceptre etc) are gone.
  21. The Empress (reversed) [Recurring energies carried through from the past year]: "Turn the Rider-Waite image upside-down and we not only unseat the Empress, we uproot all her trees and scatter all her grain. Her crown of stars falls off her head, and the stream (the one that starts in the High Priestess card), drains away. Her feet are no long planted on the Earth. If we turn this card upside-down we go farther than just not being able to grow - we tear out what is already growing and living and kill it. We uproot everything, including the Empress. Viewing this card upside-down gives us perhaps the most terrible interpretation of it, the wanton destruction of all that is growing and thriving and beautiful. This is the card that might come up when discussing the cutting down of rainforests or desecration of natural landscapes or anything beautiful, the destruction of works or art, of someone's business or home or family. This is abuse or even violence. Growth isn't merely neglected or stopped; it is actively, vindictively prevented."
    "Emotionally preserve the essence and quality of life; mentally give birth to new ideas; physically nurture your life creations and spiritually protect them with a healing and compassionate hand"
  22. The Hermit (reversed) [New energies manifesting for the new year]: "The most telling thing about the Hermit upside-down is that he loses his lantern. In the blocked interpretation the lantern can be re-illuminated. But upside-down, the lantern is gone. The Hermit is totally in the dark...and all alone."
    Means people having mental problems, where they cannot concentrate, cannot think and cannot remember or see things clearly anymore.

    That is the end of my reading.  I believe that it seems quite reasonable and likely to happen.  I am not shocked that February is "The Devil" because of starting university.  I think that when the New Year arrives, I shall be looking back at this post to check up whether it is true or not.

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