Divine Intervention?

Originally Posted January 29, 2009:

Sometimes I just love the way the Universe works! When I did my annual reading for 2009, I tried a new method using three different decks: one for the General Energy of each month, one for the monthly Blessing, and one for the Challenge. It was interesting to see which cards repeated themselves between the different decks and the different patterns that revealed themselves when I looked at the reading as a whole. [And I’m not going to concentrate on the fact that my year does NOT look like it’s going to be smooth sailing. Nope. Not gonna do that… ]

Anyway, back to this Divine Intervention. My Blessing card for the month of January is the Five of Pentacles. Lovely. But because it’s in the Blessing position, I’m able to remove myself a little and see a bigger picture for this month. (And I know exactly what this card means for me, so that helps.) Despite that, my initial reaction is always one of “good grief!” whenever it shows itself.

Enter Wald and Ruth Ann Amberstone with the Tarot School. Just so happens that this month they’ve had a series of teleclasses for an in depth look at the Five of Pentacles. Now, I’m always interested to hear what they have to say, because each time I’ve ever listened or participated in one of their classes, I’ve been greatly enlightened, without exception. It turns out that I had expressed an interest in attending these calls on their Ning group, but didn’t realize how my response would be interpreted from their side.

So I got home from work tonight and there was a message on my answering machine from Wald asking if I was still interested in attending. (I had already missed the first of three calls, but I could still attend and reap the benefits of the other two.) Of course! I had to juggle a few things around to get the “quiet time” I needed around the house, but I just made the 9:00 call-in time. Yay! Would I have participated if Wald had not called me? Definitely not, and not just because I plum forgot about it, but because I admit that I’m one of those people that needs a swift kick in the rear to get moving sometimes.

This class comes just in time to help me appreciate and integrate my Five of Pentacles card of the month, and the theme that seems to be emerging for me. [Although this is only a Minor Arcana card, I’m not naïve enough to think that the energies are not going to follow me around a bit longer than January. Some things just don’t get cleared up that quickly or easily. Yes… I know I’m being a bit vague here, but that’s ok. You don’t need to know everything. ] Next week we’ll be discussing how the aspects of this card that we’ve discussed thus far integrate themselves into our personal experiences. Gotta say, I’m really looking forward to it!

Bright Blessings!


A Little More Personal History…

Originally Posted January 8, 2009:

Good grief! Has it really been over a year since I posted last?? Ugh… Well, before I flog myself some more for being so bad at keeping up my blog and website, I’ll continue with my little personal history.

June 2001 I was reintroduced to Tarot through a friend, and in my obsessive way tried to find a great deck… without much luck. Then in August I found out that Barnes and Noble had an online university that offered free classes, and one of them just happened to be on Tarot. I signed up for the class along with a beginning Astrology class. If I had guessed, I would have thought that I’d gravitate to the Astrology class, that is a little more technical than Tarot, with charts to create and such. But I surprised myself when I ended up enjoying the Tarot class so much more.

I ended up purchasing the Universal Waite Tarot and Joan Bunning’s Learning the Tarot book that was recommended for the class. While visiting the message boards there, I found out about an MSN community group that was founded by some students from the class, and I joined up to find out what all of this online-stuff was all about. And the rest is history, really.

I “met” so many wonderful people in this group, people I’m still friends with today. Another big effect this group had on me was to trigger that Obsessive/Compulsive gene that causes me to buy every deck in sight, because I just “have to have it!”

Speaking of….. have you seen some of the decks coming out this year? I’m really excited about a few of them! The first several years of my Tarot fascination I must have gathered up almost any deck I could afford (and then some), as you can see from my list on my website. Then last year I became far more choosy. There were actually decks published that I didn’t purchase! I don’t know… maybe the stars’ alignment has something to do with it, thank goodness! I’ve just about run out of money.

Let’s see… last year I acquired: from Lo Scarabeo – Circle of Life Tarot, Mona Lisa Tarot, Universal Wirth Tarot, Tarot of the Angels, Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn, and the Dark Grimoire Tarot. I also finally got my hands on the Modern Medieval Tarot by AGM and mooned over the images of the Mystic Dreamer Tarot, published by Llewellyn.

There were a few more, but some that deserve their own paragraph is Kat Black’s Touchstone Tarot, her special edition published by Leisa ReFalo. Thank you, Leisa! What a wonderful deck! I use it a lot for relationship spreads of all kinds. With the focus on the person rather than the scene, this deck works well for that. I just checked, and the Tarot Connection doesn’t have any in stock, so I guess she sold out of her special edition. But never fear, because Kunati is publishing this deck later this year!

Another honorable mention is US Games’ Deviant Moon Tarot. What an incredible deck! I can almost guarantee you that you’ve never seen anything like this one! It’s fresh and maybe a little disturbing in some ways…. I need to get my review up on my site soon!

But the pièce de résistance this year is Emily Carding’s Transparent Tarot, published by Schiffer. You can see images and reviews of this deck here:   http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/transparent/  This is Tarot taken to the next level, a totally innovative way to use the cards. I was not disappointed with this deck!

Now, for this year, my 2009 wish list is rather small (of course that doesn’t mean that I won’t buy more), but the decks that are coming out, I’ve literally been waiting for for years!

Paulina Tarot, published by US Games Systems
Shadowscapes Tarot, to be published by Llewellyn
Legacy of the Divine Tarot, by Ciro Marchetti, to be published by Llewellyn
Tarot of Sweet Twilight, to be published by Lo Scarabeo

I’m literally chomping at the bit for these babies! Got my credit card all ready for their release… just gotta hold on a little… longer….

Well, I could go on and on, but my lunch break is almost up, so I’ll say good-bye for now!

Happy Tarot-ing!

A Little Personal History, Part I

Originally Posted on December 13, 2007:

I’ve been writing down ideas for things to post here on my new blog (I’m a total list person… just don’t ask me to finish anything!), and I have quite a few ideas. But where to start? Best to start at the beginning, I suppose. My original intent was to make this blog more of my own personal journey into the Tarot. There are so many wonderful blogs out there with tons of terrific information, but if I did something like that, it would end up being updated as much as my website… which is hardly ever. I am more interested in posting my own personal journey because it is unique, as each person’s is unique to themselves. So, I guess a short personal history is in order! (Although I’m sure you’re going to find out, if you haven’t already, that nothing is “short” with me. That is, except my height at only 5′2″! )

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been interested in anything paranormal, especially ghost stories and stories of ESP and clairvoyance. And I LOVE cemeteries… I’m not sure why… I just do. But my first exposure to tarot was when I was in college back in the late 80’s. I was majoring in Accounting at FSU in Florida and academic fun was hard to come by, you know. (Accounting can be a real snooze-fest.) A friend knew of a local tarot reader, so we went together and each had our cards read. Of course, back then, I had a common misconception that all tarot readers are psychic and should be able to tell you things that only you know. They should also know the winning lotto numbers and exactly what’s going to happen to you ten years into the future, right? So, I sat there with my arms crossed, not saying a word. I was every tarot reader’s worst nightmare! No wonder I wasn’t impressed with my reading.

But I was fascinated with the cards themselves. So I decided to buy my own deck. I mean, I could do that reading thing-y just as good as anyone else, I was sure…. (I can hear you laughing now.) I went to the nearest bookseller that I could get to without a car (and I don’t remember any Barnes & Nobles back in them olden days!). They had a big catalogue I looked through; I had no idea there were so many choices! I ended up with US Games Medieval Scapini Tarot because the artist was Italian and so was I. Not a very good reason, I know. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a marvelous deck, but not a good choice for a beginner like me who didn’t know how to do anything without a complete list of instructions. (Accounting, remember?) I did try reading with them. I laid out the Celtic Cross like the little white book (LWB) showed me, and I looked up each card’s meaning in Nancy Garen’s Tarot Made Easy, but when I was going to be able to read without a book? How did I know which meaning fit my card? And what did that meaning have to do with the picture I was looking at? So continued frustration and upcoming finals sent my deck to the back of my closet, not to be seen again until 2001!

To Be Continued…

My First Blog Post… Ever! :-)

Originally Posted on November 4, 2007:

Yay! I finally figured out what I’m doing here (for the most part), and have set up my first blog! Yippee! 🙂

Ever since I discovered Mary White’s blog for her Mary-el Tarot (before I even knew what a blog was), I loved the way she journaled her thoughts right there for everyone to see. It gave me a better sense of her paintings and what she was thinking when she was creating the image in her head.

Well, I’m not a painter or an artist, but I have lots of thoughts, about Tarot among other things, that flow through my mind constantly. And some of them might even be worth posting here. 😉

a.k.a. EarthAngel2911

My New WordPress Blog

Several years ago I created my own website, For the Love of Tarot, because I had a new obsession, and I had a lot to say about it. Well, I’ve never been very good at keeping it updated, but I try. 🙂

Then blogs became popular and my website host made it available. I guess I’m a little better at keeping my blog updated, but not much. Now that blogs are everywhere, there are a lot more choices in providers, so I’m trying out several. And that way, if I ever choose to close down my website, I’ll still have my blog. 🙂
Anyway, the next several posts are copied from my original blog, and from then on I’ll update all of my blogs together. And I suppose that eventually I’ll keep the one I like working with the best. 🙂

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