Monday, October 18, 2010

Divination on the Sixteenth Day of Halloween...

After throwing a fancy Halloween party on Friday and hosting a plethora of lovely people from A Fanciful Twist's Party Saturday, I decided to kick back with a bottle of red wine and my Heart of Faery Oracle Deck and do some divination.


I poured a glass, sipped a bit and shuffled the deck. I didn't focus on any question in particular I just asked to be shown a focal point in the form of a three card spread. What turned up was interesting...



I had intended on it being a past, present and future spread but looking at it originally, it didn't seem to fit that pattern. The fact that two queens showed up in the reading seemed of significant importance. I left the cards on the table and went off to get some dark chocolate to enjoy with my wine while I pondered. However, when I came back something jumped out at me. There was no past, present, future theme. The cards in the first and third position were showing me the two sides of myself who have been feeling a bit neglected and out of balance with each other as of late while the central card was showing me the outcome of realigning and acknowledging them.

The Faery of Naughtiness represents my spontaneous, mischievous inner child. She likes to play and have fun and doesn't take anything including work, life or light hearted pranks, too seriously. She is my light, a source of joy and never becomes fixated on one thing for terribly too long. The Queen of Night however, is the darker more adult aspect of myself. She is a passionate, sensual woman who yearns for success and desires to fulfill her dreams, occasionally to an obsessive degree. She is often inspired but can be quite serious, even melancholy at times and can lead down a path to ruin if you let these aspects of her take over.

Between the two, the Queen of Day sits calmly. She declares that should I learn to acknowledge, accept and balance these two I can be more at peace than I have been in some time. She warns that excess of either aspect can lead to disappointment; an inspired painting that I work on in frenzy once finished may be an abject failure, too much play can lead to the forgetting of important daily matters. To have these women within me is a blessing for while one should not be serious all of the time, one cannot lose themselves in constant play either.

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I've only recently begun to work with cards of any sort again after nearly ten years of neglecting my first deck, the Universal Waite. I was given this deck at 14 and memorized the little white book as I thought this was the way to go about doing it. After a few years of getting garbled readings that meant nothing to me, I put the cards away in frustration.

Almost a decade later I found myself yearning to read them, but again, the Universal Waite refused to speak to me. My goal in picking the cards back up is to get away from the memorization of the little white books and learn to read intuitively. As I've had a very hard time connecting with much of the imagery of the Universal Waite I went off to find a deck that spoke to me. Over the past year, I've come into possession of the Housewives Tarot and the Paulina Tarot. I've had greater success connecting with the Paulina Tarot than the other two decks. The imagery is absolutely stunning and her figures are very emotional. I'm still learning the basic symbolic meanings of some of the images found in various tarot decks, so some cards are more difficult for me to read than others, but I know that once I've gotten the symbols down, the Paulina Deck and I will be very close.

While tarot still tricks and eludes me to a degree, I've had great successes with intuitive readings through the Heart of Faery Oracle deck, which I came across quite by accident while I was perusing the book store nearly two months ago. I was wandering in search of the mythology section, sipping a comforting pumpkin spice latte after a particularly awful morning, and passed by an end cap. Something caught me out of the corner of my eye and caused me to turn around to check out the display. Amongst the books of love spells and other things I never usually glance twice at sat a huge box with a regal woman on it. I recognized the art as Brian Froud's immediately and picked it up, not intending to purchase it. I never made it to the mythology section that day and instead headed home with my new deck of cards. The fae are funny like that, causing you to do things you never intended to do.

I find that I have a difficult time practicing with my decks because I rarely have anything specific I feel the need to ask them. This causes me to lack focus and my typical tarot readings to come out extremely scattered. With the Faery Oracle however, I've found that I need not focus on anything in particular, I just shuffle and ask them to tell me something. The readings I've done with them have occasionally come out as riddles that need to be solved, or less than a soft blow, but have always been honest. I really enjoy working with them and they have re opened the door to belief in the wee folk that I had left behind when I 'grew up' so to speak.

Now that I've rambled quite long enough, here are some questions I'd like to put to all of you lovelies. Do you read cards? If so, how did you go about learning? Do you read intuitively or by the book? Which decks do you use and what sort of successes have you had with them?

Feel free to post in the comments or on your own blog. If you post in your own space, be sure to let me know so I can stop by for a visit!

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Here are links to the folks who expanded on and shared the discussion in their own blogs:
My history with tarot at the Deepest Well
Tuesday Talk at Kally's Cauldron
A little about me and divintion at Witchy Gumbo

21 comments:

  1. My first post disappeared - sorry if this is coming across twice. I used to read cards back in college, but lost the cards somewhere along the way. I've been meaning to find a new set, but haven't had the chance yet.

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  2. Great questions! I will answer them in a post tomorrow! Your deck is absolutely amazing, by the way. It is a must have.

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  3. I've been using a deck that came with a package deal...don't get much emotional connection to it, and had not thought about getting a different deck for better readings...just go with the book that came also and gives me something to think about...life lessons, etc...like you, I don't seem to have questions, just looking for guidance...though now, I don't think I'd feel bad about looking for a new deck (except for spending funds that don't really need to be spent on one more deck...)

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  4. I have always been drawn to cards.. and although in the beginning I attempted to read "by the book" I have found that it is my intuitive readings that seem to be the most accurate.

    I think if one has the gift the natural instict in them will bring forth the message that is attempting to be told. A rigid set of rules that one may feel they must go through in order to come to the correct conclusion does not work for everyone.

    As for my deck, I love the druidcraft tarot. I found it some time back and it has spoken to me best.

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  5. i have read decks, but can't find mine :( i was an intuitive reader, but never really connected with my deck. i need a new one that i connect with more.

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  6. I started reading almost 20 years ago.. I tried the books, but found that I did better, and connected with decks better when I simply studied the deck and followed my intuition on it. I love the deck you show here in the pictures.. so glad you're getting back into it. I have worked with the Faery Oracle for about 6 years.. you're so right about the Fae!! lol
    Blessings!
    Kallan

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  7. Hello! Just found your blog. :)

    I tried learning with the book, but I get too easily confused, so I've chucked the books and go somewhat w/ the meanings, and alot with gut feelings. My main deck of late is the 2nd edition of The Pearls of Wisdom. Very busy, but for some reason it keeps calling to me if I put it away.

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  8. I do true readings once in a blue moon. I own the Art Nouveau Tarot Deck and the Mountain Dream Tarot deck which at the moment is used to communicate with Hekate. I enjoy both of them.

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  9. Hello darling girl. GK and I got interested in focus readings after we read that Lucas and Nydia had been doing readings.
    We've always known GK was a healer and I was really surprised to see how she interacted with the deck. She said mine made her feel left out...no connection....but when I purchased a deck for her...oh my, she was amazing and so we have read about 4 books on the subject and combine what is taught and what she feels. Makes me get goose flesh she is so assured of herself.....old soul. My deck is a million year old Rider Deck, GK's is The Halloween Tarot (pumpkins, ghosts, imps, bats created by Kipling West....go figure huh. Once again I just loved the effort and enthusiasm you showed in your Halloweeen party posting....darling. The Olde Bagg

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  10. Some fabulous questions. I think I'll talk a bit about it tomorrow in my blog post. Check it out when you get a chance: http://kally83.blogspot.com/

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  11. I have the Brian Froud Faery Oracle which look very similar to these but appears to be a different deck. I connect with them far more deeply than a regular tarot deck. I think the best readers tend to go with their gut more than with the books that come with decks anyway. It's all about finding that one deck that speaks to you. Great reading! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I'm currntly studing the Gilded Tarot deck. It came with a really great study guide that encourages you to keep a tarot diary. My goal is to finish the study guide an start practice readings by the end of this year.

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  13. I have the Heart of Faery sitting by my bed - I just love the artwork especially the Queen of Bedlam (I was born right near Bedlam so it has a special meaning for me!).

    I learnt to read by studying book and memorising keywords. But now I use the artwork to unlock my intuition and forget everything I learned.

    I have SO many decks I've lost count of how many I have. If you bond with Paulina you should check out Shadowscapes too - you'll love it.

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