Archive for September, 2007

Choose your card for the week of September 30, 2007

September 30, 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. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the week.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. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the rest of the week.

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. If you would like to read about your card, click on the card interpretation link under the appropriate suit/major arcana on the right.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment!

Five of Swords Page of Cups Ace of Wands

The Magician Nine of Swords Nine of Pentacles

Choose your card for the week of September 23, 2007

September 23, 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. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the week.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. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the rest of the week.

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. If you would like to read about your card, click on the card interpretation link under the appropriate suit/major arcana on the right.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment!

Wheel of Fortune The Fool Nine of Cups

King of Swords Eight of Cups Three of Wands

Another Tarot Table Talk Podcast: Writing with the Tarot #1

September 16, 2007

The High Priestess

This is the third Tarot Table Talk Podcast and the first in a series that offers exercises to use the tarot for personal and creative writing. You can listen to Writing with the Tarot #1 here. This episode is an MP3 and is 31.1 MB. While the podcast itself lasts 22 minutes, this does not include writing time. Feel free to use your recorder’s pause button liberally and to take as long as you need for your written response to each prompt. You may choose to do all of the exercises in one sitting, or break them up over several writing sessions. You might even want to bring the recording to your writers’ group or tarot group.

This episode is co-hosted by Susan Gold and Evelyn Pine. To participate, it doesn’t matter how much or how little you know about writing or the tarot. It offers exercises that will help you get started on—or deepen—either journey.

In this episode

This episode begins with a warm-up writing exercise to help those who are new to the tarot to focus on the details of a card. The warm-up is followed by a self-reflective writing exercise inspired by each of the four suits of tarot. We conclude with a creative writing exercise that will generate ideas for setting, story, and character.

What you will need

To do the writing exercises, you will, of course, need a favorite writing instrument—pen, pencil, or even a computer, and a tarot deck. You can find a tarot deck at any book store—though we encourage you to support a new age or independent book store. A great independent online tarot store is The Tarot Garden.

There are thousands of decks out there, and you might want to first go to Aeclectic Tarot, which has reviews of decks and sample images from them. Whatever deck you choose, just make sure that every card is rich with scenes and imagery. If you are still having trouble selecting a deck, you might try the classic Rider-Waite deck or the Golden Tarot deck.

Once you’ve got your deck, pen and paper—or computer, find a place conducive for writing.

We’d love to hear from you

This podcast course is a work in progress, so we would love to hear your feedback. We would also love to hear about your writing process for these exercises. Don’t be shy about posting!

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, be sure to visit Tarot Insights for a listing of Writing with the Tarot workshops. Susan and Evelyn will also be presenting a Writing with the Tarot session at the Bay Area Tarot Symposium on October 6, 2007.

Choose your card for the week of September 16, 2007

September 15, 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. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the week.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. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the rest of the week.

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. If you would like to read about your card, click on the card interpretation link under the appropriate suit/major arcana on the right.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment!

Strength Queen of Cups Six of Wands

Two of Swords The Tower Nine of Pentacles

The High Priestess Goes Swimming

September 13, 2007

The High Priestess

Sometimes when The High Priestess card turns up, I’d like to shove her stately ass aside and tear down that pomegranate veil. I want to take a good look at that body of water behind her. I imagine stars out there, and maybe a dock. Mostly I want to dive deep and swim far.

I love to swim. I’ve always loved to swim, and this week I’ve gotten back into the water after a long absence. That first afternoon, when I slipped in and sprung off the wall, going as far under as my breath would take me, I thought of The High Priestess—queen of the watery world of the subconscious.

Swimming on the surface, you can hear the pool’s generator, which hums rather loudly, and then there’s the kids, of course, laughing and screaming their heads off in the recreation lanes. Submerge, and you can’t hear a thing, not even your name. It’s utter solitude down there—just you, alone, till you have to come up for air. Could there be a better place to turn within? To tap into those experiences and feelings submerged long ago?

My question is, Why does The High Priestess screen off the pool behind her? Is she afraid we’ll catch her swimming in the nude? Or maybe she just doesn’t like to share a lane!

Choose your card for the week of September 10, 2007

September 9, 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. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the week.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. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the rest of the week.

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. If you would like to read about your card, click on the card interpretation link under the appropriate suit/major arcana on the right.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment!

Four of Wands The Star Eight of Pentacles

Ace of Cups10 of Wands Knight of Swords

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Death, the Four of Cups, and The Hermit

September 2, 2007

Death Four of Cups Hermit

Yikes! Would you want to be the guy at the center of this spread?! With two powerful forces like Death and The Hermit at his sides, no doubt big things are coming his way, and while it seems to promise transcendence and growth, it’s hard to imagine there’s not a little shake up in store for this guy. He looks fairly peaceful underneath his tree, contemplating the possibilities in the cups before him. Or maybe he’s feeling apathetic or restless, disatisfied with his choices. Either way, is he prepared for the jolt that’s about to transform his life?

I pulled these cards yesterday—could that be me at the center of the spread?!—and The Tower card came to mind. The Tower represents an event or a situation that shakes us up and forces us to take action or reexamine our beliefs. The circumstances that ignite The Tower may be unforeseen and beyond our control, but the card also warns us that being immobile or passive for too long will inevitably force a situation to a crisis point.

Ideally the gifts of Death and The Hermit will accompany The Tower. The Death card teaches us that after a life-changing event, there is no turning back, and therefore we have the chance to redefine ourselves, or to liberate ourselves from sadness, bitterness, or guilt. The Hermit encourages us not to ruminate as we think about our challenges but to become more introspective and thoughtful as a result of them.

 

Choose your card for the week of September 2, 2007

September 2, 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. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the week.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. You might also consider the card that symbolizes how you would like the week to go, or the kind of energy you need to get through the rest of the week.

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. If you would like to read about your card, click on the card interpretation link under the appropriate suit/major arcana on the right.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment!

5 of Wands Eight of Swords 7 of Cups

King of Pentacles The Sun Four of Wands