A Ramble About Rest, The Four of Swords & The Six of Pentacles

me1Hi Everyone,
I really wanted to write a post, since it’s been over a month, but I didn’t really know what to write about. So I’m going to start typing and we’ll see what happens.

PrintDecember has been such a blessing for me because it’s given me the opportunity to rest. November was insane busy and by the end I was definitely flirting with burnout. I did survive NaNoWriMo though, and my 50121 word novel is now safely tucked away to age like a fine wine…until I start editing it in a couple weeks or months that is. I also finished up the Fall Term at school successfully and good riddance, besides my Managerial Accounting class which was FANTASTIC, it was a pretty lousy term.

4 of Swords URWSI did a personal tarot reading for myself once November wrapped up and basically EVERY CARD was screaming at me to give myself a break and get some rest. Resting isn’t something I do well. I blame genetics and nurture. I come from a family entirely made up of Type-A personalities, also I’m a Leo and that fire energy won’t be denied. So I’ve had to figure out for myself how I can rest in a way that feels restorative to me. My version of rest often doesn’t look at all restful to other people, and that’s fine. The benchmark I use is whether or not what I’m doing is makes me feel more energized or more drained, and then I take it from there.

6 of PentaclesLearning to eliminate as much as I can from my life that falls into the “draining” category has been helpful. Also, choosing not to force myself to do things that I don’t want to do unless it’s important, has been very liberating. There are already things that I have to force myself to do; go to class, do laundry, cook meals, clean, etc, that are essential and it takes up a lot of energy just convincing myself to do them. Why would I want to waste that precious energy on doing non-essential things, like social activities that I feel obligated to attend, but don’t really want to go to, or spending hours on social media when it feels like something I am “suppose to do” instead of something that “I want to do.”

So for me, rest has been looking a lot more like the Six of Pentacles than the Four of Swords. Instead of a lot of literal rest, such as sleep or a lay down, it’s been more about conserving resources and being mindful about where I’m spending my energy, weighing each use of energy against it’s necessity and benefit.

100_0459The other great thing about December has been that without the obligation of school, I’ve had more time to read tarot and to reconnect with my passion for reading tarot. I really love slinging cards. I really love it. I started posting a Card of the Day here on the website because I wanted more opportunities to do readings and I’ve really been enjoying it. I also did a year read for a dear friend last week and it was so gratifying to work with them. I’ve since added the Plan Your 2016 Reading to my shop. I’m waiting to do my own personal year read until December 31, but I’m pretty excited. There are a lot of question marks for me for 2016, so I think a reading will be really helpful in terms of figuring out “where do I go from here?”

I’m going to wrap this up because it’s getting late, but it’s been great “talking” to you all and I hope you are doing well and navigating the holiday hullabaloo successfully, whatever that looks like for you.

Until next time,
-Cameron

PS ~ This is the part where my inner-critic is screaming “OMG, you can’t post this rambly piece of s#@$! No one will want to read it. Also, it’s SUPER un-professional”

Oh yeah? Well piss off inner-critic, I’m gonna hit “publish.” I’m gonna hit “publish” and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Score: Cameron 1, Inner-critic 0
😉

News & Updates July 2015: Ch-ch-changes!

(Yeah, I know the Bowie reference is overused and incredibly obvious, but I couldn’t resist.)
Eight of Wands - Universal Rider Waite Tarot

Eight of Wands – Universal Rider Waite Tarot

🙂 Hello Tarot Friends,

I hopped on the blog today because I wanted to let you in on some updates and changes that are going to be happening around The Tarot Parlor over the next couple months. I felt that getting my intention out there would be a good way to keep myself accountable and to keep everyone in the loop.

To start, The Tarot Parlor is going to soon be moving to its own domain address: thetarotparlor.com. The site isn’t live yet, but I’m looking at a tentative launch date between September and October. I will definitely let everyone know exactly when I make the switch. The big question that I’m chewing on at the moment is whether to leave the WordPress platform. It would certainly be easier to stay with WordPress and just transfer in the new domain name, but I’m not sure they will be able to efficiently handle the other changes that I’m implementing…

…which brings me to…

READINGS! I will be offering tarot reading services at The Tarot Parlor beginning the same time that the domain address switches over, so September or October. I’ve spent the last couple months cooking up some really fun and interesting options to offer, so I’m excited to finally share those services with you all. I’m not sure that WordPress is the best platform for e-commerce, which is why I’m trying to figure out if I should go somewhere else. People are raving about SquareSpace right now, so I may give them a try.

Now on to something that will more immediately effect my web presence and is incredibly personal…

…I’m taking on a new name…

…Not for my tarot blog/business. I love the name “The Tarot Parlor” and that is here to stay, as far as I can anticipate anyway.

I’m actually changing MY name!

What it boils down to is that I’ve been living for a lot of years with a birth name that I don’t like and doesn’t feel like a good fit for me. I’ve tried to just deal with it, but the more time I spend online and the more interactions that I have, the more folks I meet and introduce myself to, the less authentic and representative I feel like my birth name is. I’ve not felt like I can really put myself out there as long as there is this false label that I have to operate under. I’ve finally decided that its becoming a major block, and a source of stress and distress in my life, so its gotta go.

I want to assure everyone, especially those individuals who have been following me since day one (here’s looking at you Ellen. 🙂 ), that its still me, its the same person running the blog, doing the readings and sharing their insights, its just a more accurate label for me. Think of it as “I am re-branding myself.” 🙂 From now on I’ll be posting as Cameron, or Cam…and I would love it if you would refer to me by either of those name…and like I said, its still me, just me being even more me.

Well that’s all for now. Thank you everyone for your attention and support. This announcement has been a big and scary decision, but overall I am really excited for all the growth and change that is coming in the next couple months and Its exciting to have you amazing tarot people to share it with.

Tarot on!

❤ Cameron

PS ~ If I know you in real life don’t worry, the next time I see you we can talk about how this whole new name thing will change our real-world interactions. No stress and I totally understand if it takes a little while to get used to. Heck, I’m still getting used to it. 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤

Reading a Single Card

How much information can you get from a single card tarot reading? I’ve come across some incredibly detailed readings online where only one card was used. Recently I’ve been very drawn to the idea of trying it for myself. I’ve definitely done single card readings before, you can see some of them on this blog, but I really want to focus on seeing how much depth I can get from a single card, not just describing it, but to actually answer a query. I decided to do a one card reading for myself to try it out.

A little background on the question: I am currently trying to expand a hobby of mine (not tarot related) into a small business, or at least into something that would make a little extra money. I have currently taken steps to move that venture forward and I asked the tarot “What do I need to know about the current trajectory of this project?” I used the Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore & Aly Fell…

…and I got THE TOWER!!…

Steampunk Tarot The Tower

…Oh goddess!…

Well, as much as I wanted to re-draw, or tell myself I picked the card too quickly, or that I was distracted and picked the wrong card, I stuck with it. One of the most important things I have discovered in reading tarot is that you must stick with the cards drawn and trust that you received them for a reason. If you don’t, you will be second and third guessing yourself forever and experiencing self doubt and anxiety that is unnecessary and in no way helpful.

So, I sat down and looked long and hard at that card and tried to stay as objective as possible. I tried to consider what I would say to a client who may receive the same card.

I wrote down the following bullet points and keywords to get me started:

  • sudden change
  • the unexpected
  • be prepared
  • major arcana (major force)
  • breaking down
  • stripping away
  • intense energy
  • experimentation (I got this particular keyword from looking at the art and Barbara Moore’s description of the card. It almost appears like there is a mad scientist inside the tree structure and his experiments are causing sparks to fly everywhere.)

One thing I noticed about this card, which is different than a lot of other decks, is that the fire or lightening seems to be coming from within the structure, rather than from the sky. Also, there are no figures falling from the tower in this card, as opposed to most decks. Here is a picture of Pamela Smith’s art from the Waite deck as a comparison:

smiththetower

I figured it was worth noting the differences, since they seemed to give the card a different energy.

So, once I had a bit of framework, I started with the actual interpretation…

“You will experience some unexpected challenges as you continue with this endeavor. It doesn’t appear that there will be a lot you can do to avoid these bumps in the road, but you can learn a lot from them. These sudden setbacks have the potential to create a great deal of energy and motivation which may be used as a catalyst to move you further along the road to success than you would be able to do otherwise. The important thing is knowing how to direct that energy. During this time things will be moving rather quickly, try to flow with the pace. This is also an excellent time for experimentation. Creative solutions and unconventional approaches may bring criticism, but will ultimately result in a more compelling, authentic and fulfilling experience for you and your clients, so trust in your own unique vision, even as you are riding out the storm. When a problem arises it will show you what isn’t working, and from there you can formulate a new course of action. You have a strong foundation, so even if things go badly you will have a base from which to rebuild. The concept is solid, its just the delivery system that may need to be refined or revamped. A good thing to focus on right now is what works and what doesn’t and why. It also may be worth considering ways you can simplify and streamline your project. Get down to the essence of what it is you are trying to do. Having this focus will make it easier to channel the energy that is coming and to achieve the result you want.”

Overall I felt like I got a good amount of information from this card. Part of me wanted to keep digging and try to get more, but once the information stops flowing freely and I start feeling like I have to “think too hard”, I believe its an indication that there is nothing more that I need to know. Regardless, I felt like it was a very helpful exercise and it certainly has given me things to ponder as I continue with growing my project.

Blessed Weekend