Don’t Let The Chariot Run Away With You

Hello Tarot Lovers,

The Chariot Tarot of the Magical Forest

Tarot of the Magical Forest

I was working with my new Tarot of the Magical Forest deck this week and I got to thinking about The Chariot. When I looked through this deck, The Chariot was one of the cards that I particularly liked. I think the hedgehog and his ox cart are charming. The thing that really struck me about the image though was the perspective, the angle of the image really intensifies the card. There is a sense of motion that is generated by the way the picture is tilted that has a very erratic energy to it. That got me to thinking about The Chariot in general. Most of the time when I think of The Chariot I think of concepts like “being in control” or “victory” or “harnessing energies” all generally positive and empowering. With The Chariot from the Tarot of the Magical Forest however, I finally made a strong connection with the more perilous aspects of this card. I started getting an image of this hedgehog in his ox cart barreling through the countryside, tearing up fields and nearly running down citizens. He’s bouncing up and down, barely able to keep his footing, clinging to the reins for dear life. You get the picture.

The Chariot Universal Waite Tarot

The Universal Rider Waite Tarot

I know for myself, that spending a lot of time working with the Rider Waite deck had made The Chariot feel more stagnant and its energy more benign. Its never really come alive for me because of the lack of motion in Pamela Coleman Smith’s image. But when you think about it, The Chariot is about motion. Not only is it a vehicle, its a fast vehicle. Chariot racing was a wildly popular sport in Ancient Rome and you can bet that if you didn’t have control of your Chariot in that environment  that disaster would ensue. That is the darker aspect of this card, the one I connected with in the Tarot of the Magical Forest. It says a lot about the chaos and destruction that follows when you let external things in your life drive you or your decisions. If you’ve ever felt like your life is running away with you and there is nothing you can do to get it back on track, you’re just holding on for all you’re worth and praying for everything to slow down, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

I think its important not to forget this when The Chariot comes up in a reading. Yes this card can be an image of power, control and triumph, but it can also pose important questions to the querent about who is controlling their life, are they letting themselves be tossed around in the back of their cart or are they firmly holding the reins and guiding their vehicle towards the destination that they chose.

four versions of the chariot

Tarot of the Magical Forest – The Steampunk Tarot – Universal Rider Waite Tarot – Legacy of the Divine Tarot

Deck-a-Week Challenge: Week 3 – The Deviant Moon Tarot

Greetings & Blessings. I hope everyone is having a lovely, tarot filled day!

Deviant Moon By Patrick Valenza

Deviant Moon Tarot Borderless Edition

Sunday marked the end of my third and final week doing my deck challenge. To read about the challenge click here.

This past week I worked with the Deviant Moon Tarot by Patrick Valenza. I love this deck and I was very excited to work with it.

I used the deck in my daily draws and for a couple personal spreads, including the large birthday reading that I did for myself.

Unfortunately this deck doesn’t have a companion book or guidebook which I would have loved to work with. The images are so complex and there is a ton of symbolism that I want a better grasp of. The good news is that according to the Deviant Moon Facebook page, US Games Systems has the manuscript for a companion book in hand and it should be released early next year. Here is the post. I’m really excited! I think a full guidebook will be incredibly useful.

Deviant Moon Tarot by Patrick Valenza

Deviant Moon Tarot – Four Card Spread

One thing that I found very interesting to do while working with this deck was to consider the phases of the moon pictured in each card (each card has a moon in it somewhere.). That way I could gauge the intensity of each card’s energy within a spread and incorporate that information into my readings. For example in the four card spread pictured above, the waning moon is featured in the Ace of Wands, which indicates that the Ace energy is waning. This matches its spread position beautifully, since its the card of the Past. Likewise the waxing moon is featured in the King of Pentacles card which indicates that the King’s energy is growing and becoming stronger, it is in the Future position, so that also lines up. The full moon in both center cards, the Present and the crossing card, emphasize the intensity of the present situations energies. Since the center card is The Moon itself, there is a strong indication that perception or misperception is coloring the entire spread and that how the querent perceives things has a significant impact on what energies come or go or stick around. Its actually rather auspicious when you think about it. I might add that this was a naturally drawn spread, I didn’t set it up that way as an example on purpose. Auspicious indeed. 🙂

The spread, if you are interested is a simple Past, Present, Future with a crossing card. Its laid out Present, Present Challenge (crossing-card), Past then Future.

Until next time, have a lovely week.

 

 

 

Tarot Card Daily Draws

Greetings Tarot Family,

Daily draws are a great way to become acquainted with a new deck, gain a more intimate understanding of the individual tarot cards and get some daily wisdom.

9 of Cups Rider Waite Tarot

Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot Deck

Almost every tarot book you come across and most tarot teachers that you encounter, will recommend that you use daily draws, especially if you are beginner. I personally didn’t start doing daily draws until a full year into my tarot journey. I have “rebellious tendencies” and can also be a bit lazy at times and the idea of committing to a daily practice, especially when everyone said I “should” do it, made me uncomfortable. I got over my resistance however, and I’m really glad that I did because pulling a card everyday really has deepened and enriched my understanding of the tarot. Its also helped improve my client readings and showed me patterns in my life that stood to be changed.

So now that’s I’ve convinced you that drawing a daily tarot card is the way to go, what should you know about doing it yourself?

To start off I find it best to draw my card in the morning. Its a good way to get yourself centered before heading out into the “real world”. This isn’t the only way to do it though, some folks like to pull a card the night before, as a part of their preparations for going to bed. The advantage of this is that you don’t feel rushed to get to work, or school, or some other obligation that usually occurs most mornings, and also taking time to ground yourself in the evenings can help you get to sleep more quickly. I personally always forget if I try to draw a card at night, but its definitely an option.

To prepare for my daily draw I usually light some Palo Santo or a small stick of incense, take a few deep breaths and try to achieve a lightly meditative state. If I have time I will actually meditate for about 10 minutes before drawing my card, but its not necessary, though I do recommend it.

When I draw my card I try to come up with a meaningful question. Some of my favorite general questions are:

  • “What should I focus on today?”
  • “What advice does the tarot have for me today?”
  • “What should I be aware of today?”
  • “What lesson can I learn today?”
  • “What energy is available to me today?”

or for something more specific:

  • “What can I focus on that will bring me the most joy?”
  • “What can I do today that will bring me closer to my goals?”
  • “How can I focus my energy to better align myself with my higher purpose?”

(These questions aren’t original by any means, I’ve picked them up from various tarot teachers along my journey, though at this point I can’t remember exactly from who.)

Rider Waite Tarot,  Journal & Pen

I highly recommend keeping a tarot journal.

Once I’ve drawn my card for the day I will write it down in my tarot journal along with my interpretation of how it answered my question. This can be in the form of bullet points, key words, short concise sentences or long intricate narratives. I’m always amazed how the format of my tarot journal entries change from day to day. I think it just depends on how I perceive the card’s message, some days its short and concise, some days its more complex. You don’t have to stick to one format or one template for journal entries, just so long as you scrawl some impressions down.

I really do think its important to have a place to document your daily draws. In my experience it helps connect with the message and also it gives me a reference if I want to look back on a certain period in my life and see what was going on. I spent one month where almost every single card I got was Major Arcana and looking back on that now it makes sense, I was experiencing a lot of significant changes and shifts at that time. Once the cards became more regularly minor arcana I knew that things were “settling down.”

Rider Waite 9 of Cups on Altar

Candle, 9 of Cups, Sage & Rose Quartz

If I get stuck at any point and I don’t feel like I understand what the card is trying to tell me or I’m not connecting with it, there are two things that I tend to do. I’ll either spend some time meditating with the card or I’ll leave it out on my altar where I can see it throughout the day and see if something comes to me later. I usually try to meditate with the card whenever this happens, but some days I don’t have time and leaving it out to ponder later is preferable to skipping the draw all together or entirely giving up.

At the end of the day I come back to my journal and write down any additional thoughts I’ve had about the card I drew in the morning. I’ll also try to associate the card with experiences that I had throughout my day. For example if I had drawn the Page of Pentacles and I spent a particularly large amount of time that day doing school work, I could associate the Page of Pentacles with my school activities or with my role as a student. If I drew the Seven of Wands and then at some point in the day I had to tell a friend that I couldn’t hang out because I had already committed to staying home and spending time with myself, I could associate the Seven of Wands with asserting my boundaries.

If you try this out, I would love to hear how it works for you and if you already use daily draws please share how they have made a difference in your tarot practice. Feel free to comment below.

Until next time love and blessings