Archive for May, 2007

Take a Tarot Test! (4) Which Cards Best Describe You?

May 29, 2007

Because you are, of course, a complex and multi-faceted individual, there is probably not just one tarot card that best describes you. You might find two or even three cards with which you most identify.

To discover which of the major arcana cards, 0 – 9, best fit your personality, answer the questions below. Give yourself one point for a yes, and half a point for a hmmm-sort of-sometimes yes. If you give yourself five to six points for any particular card, you’ve got a match!

After answering the questions and totaling your points, click on Read the rest of this entry to see an image of your card(s).

Card A

  • Do you enjoy spending time alone?
  • Is clearing time for yourself a priority?
  • Are you introspective and self-reflective?
  • Are you aware of what motivates your feelings and actions?
  • Are you a good listener?
  • Do people come to you for guidance?

Card B

  • Are you nurturing?
  • Do you indulge your desires?
  • Do you freely express your emotions?
  • Do you appreciate nature?
  • Are you comfortable with yourself?
  • Are you comfortable with your body?

Card C

  • Are you spontaneous and adventurous?
  • Do you indulge your curiosity?
  • Do you take risks or leaps of faith?
  • Are you open-minded?
  • Would you describe yourself as unconventional and nonconforming?
  • Can you be hard to pin down?

Card D

  • Do you have drive?
  • Do you have direction?
  • Are you ambitious?
  • Are you competitive?
  • Are you self-confident?
  • Do you have willpower?

Card E

  • Would you describe your lifestyle as conventional?
  • Do you adhere to traditional social and/or religious values?
  • Have you sought out a like-minded community?
  • Have you followed a spiritual path that you have inherited from your family?

AND/OR

  • Are you a religious or secular educator?
  • Do you mentor others?

Card F

  • Are you organized?
  • Are you responsible?
  • Do you value structure and stability?
  • Are you assertive?
  • Would you describe yourself as rational and decisive?
  • Do you like to be in control?

Card G

  • Do you get passionate about causes?
  • Do you get completely absorbed in activities and things that you enjoy?
  • Do you like to share your interests with others?
  • Are you able to strike a balance between following your heart and being rational?
  • Do you avoid temptations that threaten your goals and values?
  • Are you fulfilled?

Card H

  • Do you have an abundance of creative energy?
  • Are you focused?
  • Do you turn your visions and ideas into reality?
  • Do you take initiative?
  • Do you usually follow through on projects?
  • Do you feel empowered to affect change or make things happen?

Card I

  • Do you have inner-strength and self-confidence?
  • Do you have courage?
  • Are you compassionate?
  • Are you able to charm difficult people?
  • Are you gentle but firm?
  • Are you resilient?

Card J

  • Are you intuitive? Do you listen to your feelings?
  • Are you perceptive?
  • Do you tend to reflect instead of act?
  • Are you attracted to the unknown?
  • Are you interested in metaphysical pursuits such as tarot?
  • Do you remember your dreams and take interest in them? (more…)
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Choose Your Card for the Week of May 27, 2007

May 27, 2007

If you are viewing this entry on Sunday or Monday, choose the card below that best illustrates how you expect your week to go. At the end of the week you can see if things went as anticipated.

If you are viewing this entry anytime between Tuesday and Thursday, choose the card below that best illustrates how your week is going. On Sunday you can see if anything unexpected happened to change your feelings.

If you are viewing this entry on Friday or Saturday, choose the card below that best illustrates how your week has gone.

Don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment! Click on Read the rest of this entry to read about the card you chose.

The Devil7 of CupsThe Moon

5 of SwordsKing of Pentacles10 of Wands

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Choose Your Card for the Week of 5/20/07

May 20, 2007

If you are viewing this entry on Sunday or Monday, choose the card below that best illustrates how you expect your week to go. At the end of the week you can see if things went as anticipated.

If you are viewing this entry anytime between Tuesday and Thursday, choose the card below that best illustrates how your week is going. On Sunday you can see if anything unexpected happened to change your feelings.

If you are viewing this entry on Friday or Saturday, choose the card below that best illustrates how your week has gone.

Don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment! Click on Read the rest of this entry to read about the card you chose.

The SunEight of SwordsAce of Cups

Eight of PentaclesTwo of PentaclesJudgement

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Would love to hear from you!

May 19, 2007

It’s a bit lonely out here at Tarot Table Talk. So far I’m the one that’s doing all the talking! I would love to hear your thoughts and insights on the cards, and I’m hoping I can encourage you to post some comments.

-Susan

Take a Tarot Test (3) Boats and Ships

May 19, 2007

Without looking at your deck, make a list of all the cards that have either a ship or a boat. Click “Read the Rest of this entry” to see a list of the five cards in the Rider-Waite deck that have these vessels and what they symbolize. (more…)

Tarot Birth Cards for Dummies

May 16, 2007

If you want to learn to read the cards and are feeling overwhelmed, a great place to start is with an exploration of your tarot birth card. Your birth card represents your potential. It embodies qualities you may have already developed as well as challenges inherent to the card’s theme.

There are different methods for calculating a birth card, but my favorite is the one my friend Carole Pierce of Crossroads Tarot taught me. It is simple, even for the mathematically challenged. (more…)

Take a Tarot Test! (2) Creatures

May 12, 2007

In a tarot deck, creatures abound. Without looking through your deck, can you make a list of all the cards that have mammals, sea creatures, amphibians, reptiles, insects? How about a snail?

Click “Read the rest” to see which cards in the Rider-Waite deck have these creatures and what they symbolize.
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Take a Tarot Test! (1) Water

May 9, 2007

Water is an important symbol in tarot. The suit of Cups corresponds with the element of water, but water runs all through the deck. No pun intended! Generally, water, like the suit of Cups, symbolizes the emotional, spiritual and subconscious realms, though there are many common idioms that also bring light to the cards’ meanings. We describe the need to ride the waves, or move full steam ahead, and we talk about what lies beneath the surface, water under the bridge, and our desire to move from rough to smooth waters.

Without looking through your deck, can you make a list of all the cards that have water? I’m talking about oceans, lakes, streams, rivers, waterfalls, puddles and rain. (Have I given too many hints?!)

If you are just learning the tarot, you might want to pull the cards with water from your deck for examination. Any exercise that gets you really looking at the images and thinking about the symbols will be helpful.

Click “Read the rest” to see which cards in the Rider-Waite deck have water. (more…)

Five Favorite Everyday Spreads

May 6, 2007

Spread #1

1. Where you are now.
2. Plan of action.

Spread #2

1. Heart.
2. Mind.
3. Plan of action.

Spread #3

1. What hinders.
2. What helps.
3. Plan of action.

Spread #4

1. The focus of your emotional energy.
2. How you are spending your time.
3. What’s missing or being neglected.
4. What’s going well, or where you find fulfillment.
5. Plan of action.

Note: I’m a big fan of the plan of action. Many popular spreads conclude with a position defined as future or outcome. I don’t believe that the tarot can be used to predict the future and find plan of action much more empowering.

Spread #5

When I’m reading for myself I usually don’t assign positions to the cards. I ask the tarot to show me a picture or tell me a story, I draw three cards and see what they have to say.

Three of Pentacles, Judgement, Five of Wands: Styles of Collaboration

May 3, 2007

3 of PentaclesJudgement5 of Wands

I pulled these cards this morning and discovered a whole new perspective on the Judgement card.

I usually think of Judgement as taking an honest look at oneself, making amends, seeking forgiveness, a calling or awakening, or some kind of “coming out.” Today, next to the Three of Pentacles and the Five of Wands, both, in part, cards with themes of collaboration, Judgement seems to illustrate another style for working together.

The angel reminds me of a snake charmer—the people rise hypnotically, answering the call to get the job done. Soon the blood will start flowing, and those ashen figures will come back to life. The angel might also be like a choir director or choreographer, uniting people in song or dance.

The figures in the Five of Wands need someone to take charge. They have great energy and are willing to work hard, but they haven’t figured out what to do with those sticks. The situation threatens to disintegrate into a literal battle.

It is difficult to tell what everyone is thinking in the Three of Pentacles. The religious figure seems to have regard for the artist—he is attentive, in any case. The figure in polka dots—a patron perhaps—holds out blue prints. Is she reminding the artist of their original plans? Admonishing him for deviating from the plan? Or maybe she offering guidance or offering him another project. The artist stands on the bench and seems to be accommodating. These three are civil and work is getting done, but we can’t tell what the power dynamics have been, nor whether or not there has been costly compromise.

This brings me back to Judgement with its powerful sense of unity.

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Exercise for Reflection:

Think about a time when you were called upon to collaborate with others. Go through your deck and find a card that symbolizes the role you played. Find other cards to represent the other people you worked with.

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