Weekly Creativity Prompt – My Addiction

Prompt: Pull (at least) three cards from your deck and use them to share with us about something you are personally addicted to.

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Tarot

I have always connected most strongly with cards when it comes to methods of divination. I love the feel of them and by the time I was sixteen, I already owned well over a hundred.  Although I was (and am) familiar with a large number of different types of divination, and even practice a few of them, I know where my bread is buttered and I have always made damned sure to keep my collection of decks safe, secure, and growing. (The Chariot)

The thing is, though? I did slack a bit on collecting now wand then. Most of the time it was because finances just didn’t allow, other times it was because I had other things to focus on, other addictions to delve into, other interests to explore.   Out  of fear?  I hid my divination practice from Gideon.  I hid it because I was worried that although he’s not a particularly religious person, that if I delved too deeply into what exactly “I’m pagan” meant and that I read the cards… I might loose him.  This was something I couldn’t abide.  But with each year that passed?  I felt like more  and more like I was withholding something important from him and our relationship.  So… I decided to tell him (The Lovers).

I was very nervous at first, but he took me by surprise.  He asked a lot of questions, and then?  He asked me to teach him.  I was so surprised and amazed, but I took him under my wing to begin teaching him the tarot (The Hierophant), and something amazing happened.

All those secrets, now out in the open, reinvigorated my practice.  It breathed new life into not just my divination practice, but also my Pagan practice as a whole.  By being able to share with him these things instead of hide them from him, it turned over a new leaf for me in my own practice and path (The World).

As a result, of course, this meant my collecting (addiction) for decks also was reinvigorated and, at this time of life when I have more disposable income than ever before, that has resulted in my collection growing by leaps and bounds. (Justice)

DECK USED:  MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TAROT

Weekly Creativity Prompt – The Moon

Prompt: “Pull the card from your deck(s) that matches the card posted below. Compare the imagery between the card provided and the card from your own deck. How would you read them differently and why?

Tarot of the Hidden Realm - The MoonTarot of the Hidden Realm – The imagery of this card is all about a flagging of confidence, a sense of curiosity, and a moment of uncertainty.  Antlers are unwieldy in moments of vulnerability as the figure explores the barren ground on hands and knees.

There is also determination and strength.  She is not lying down and giving up, but continues to move forward, to seek more, and find her way.

The Moon - Tarot for Middle Earth, Anonymous Tarot, Adventure Arcana Tarot

Tarot for Middle Earth – Like the Tarot of the Hidden Realm, the focus in this card’s imagery is not on the moon itself, but rather on the figure that works to make their way through a dark landscape of shadows and darkness. Here in this card there is a sense of empowerment over doubt and uncertainty.  Her posture and the sword she carries indicates that although she walks through shadows and a landscape of illusion, she is prepared for what may come.

Anonymous Tarot – Abstract and vague, what stands out strongest to me in this card is the moon itself.  Although this imagery is very reminiscent of traditional RWS imagery, the moon dominates everything and appears to be bleeding. The amount of red in this card speaks to me of fear, and of leaving a place of calm and security (the blue) to step into that place of fear in order to follow the beacon of the moon above.

Adventure Arcana Tarot – Here again we see a very classic imagery, and yet the contrast between domesticated and wild is missing in the lack of dog and wolf.  Although the crustacean is also missing, we are still able to draw the meaning of it through the shift from stream to the appearance of a path, as if we are pulled out of the dark water of the subconscious to tread upon the moonlit path through uncertainty, forsaking the security that the towers offer to follow the guiding light of the moon above.

DECK USED:  TAROT OF THE HIDDEN REALM, TAROT FOR MIDDLE EARTH, ANONYMOUS TAROT, ADVENTURE ARCANA TAROT

Weekly Creativity Prompt – Doomed From the Start

Prompt: “Draw up to three cards from your tarot (or oracle) and use them for guidance in choosing something to share with us about your childhood.”

d'Morte Disney Tarot

My sister and I once made a plan that was doomed from the start. (The Tower)

We decided to force our father to treat us as equals by cutting her hair like mine and dressing identically so that he couldn’t tell us apart. (Strength Rx)

Instead, it resulted in him following through on a threat he’d made a number of times in the past, and he took the door off our bedroom and the bathroom too. (Death)

DECK USED:  D’MORTE DISNEY TAROT

Weekly Creativity Prompt – The Devil

Prompt: “Pull the card from your deck that matches [The Devil from Tarot of the Hidden Realm]. Compare the imagery between the card provided and the card from your own deck(s). How would you read them differently and why?

Tarot of the Hidden Realm - The DevilTarot of the Hidden Realm – Here we see temptation personified in the countenance of Faunus, Cerrunos, and Pan.  The horned one tempts lovers to dance in the forest, and lose themselves in each other as they swirl and sway among the trees.

The lovers must be willing to step into this space, to join the dance… but the temptation is so great will it feel like a choice if they concede? After all, how can you resist such a seductive invitation?

Steven Universe Tarot, Occult Ornithology Tarot, Sortilegios Tarot

Steven Universe Tarot – Here we see the puppet straining against the chains as the puppetmaster lingers in the background, in full control of the situation much as the rider of the Chariot controls his horses. The depiction here is what happens at the end of the Devil card’s journey.  You’ve given into temptation, you’ve yielded to the seduction that teased you into succumbing. At first you felt you were in control, but no more.  Not now.  Now you find yourself truly trapped with only your own choices to have brought you to this place.

Occult Ornithology Tarot – In this card the magpie collects and collects until their nest is gilded with gilt and glitter.  They celebrate their good fortune, and hoard their treasures, always craving just one more no matter how many bits and baubles they gather up.  The stage of the Devil depicted in this card is the obsession that builds before the trap snaps shut.  The magpie does not feel himself chained by his obsession quite yet… but it is only a matter of time.

Sortilegios Tarot – For this deck’s imagery, we see a depiction of a six-winged seraphim in the process of consuming a human figure. What I see here is a depiction of scrupulosity.  This is when one’s religion becomes an obsession, to the point that their minds become closed.  It is often accompanied by “religious snobbery” and can be an addiction like any other thing someone becomes hyper focused on and obsessed with.  Here, we see a figure that has dove in head first and although sharp teeth of the seraphim now pierce the flesh and make them bleed, they are too far in now to pull out.

DECK USED:  TAROT OF THE HIDDEN REALM, STEVEN UNIVERSE TAROT, OCCULT ORNITHOLOGY TAROT, SORTILEGIOS TAROT

Weekly Creativity Prompt – The Playlist

This is a fun repeat exercise that I’ve now used a few times and resurrect every few months!

Have you ever listened to a song and suddenly realized “This song is such a Tower/Emperor/Hanged Man song!”? This activity is based off of a love for music and how we associate music with the world around us.

Activity: Randomly draw five cards from your deck. For each card pick (or find) a song that you feel fits that card perfectly.

Bianco Nero Tarot

Death – One Headlight by The Wallflowers
https://youtu.be/Zzyfcys1aLM

Three of Wands – Time to Pretend by MGMT
https://youtu.be/B9dSYgd5Elk

Seven of Wands – Drive by Incubus
https://youtu.be/fgT9zGkiLig

Three of Swords – Perfect Situation by Weezer
https://youtu.be/jwv-iRvyDZg

Page of Swords – Losing My Religion by R.E.M.
https://youtu.be/xwtdhWltSIg

DECK USED:  BIANCO NERO TAROT

Weekly Creativity Prompt – Feeling Your Way

Prompt: “Draw a single random card from your favorite deck and share with us how the card makes you feel.”

Okay, so this isn’t perhaps my absolute most favorite deck, or even the most favorite deck I’m using this month.  But, it is one of the favorite decks I’m  using this month and I’ve really connected with it well and am enjoying it a great deal.

The Alchemist's Garden Tarot - Two of Cups - Rosa multiflora - Rose - ConnectionTwo of Cups – Rosa Multiflora (aka. Rose) – Connection

Throughout history the rose has been revered as a flower of love and the connection between people. Whether the color is red for passion, yellow for friendship, white innocent love, or pink for admiration, the rose is all about the connections that we make with each other and the communion of energies and emotions that are a part of humanity’s makeup.

When I see this card and Rosa multiflora imagery, the clusters of pink roses speak to me of that inter-connectivity and how people need people. This isn’t a single long stemmed rose, but rather it is a variation of multiflora, which grows with clusters of flowers gathered together.

Whether we are an extrovert or an introvert, all people thrive in connection with others… some thrive in large groups, and others with just one or two close people. But, it is that connection between people that helps bring depth and breadth to life as a whole, and most suffer in some way when it is not present in their lives in some manner.

The Alchemist's Garden Tarot - Root of Pentacles - Metrosideros excelsa (aka. Pohutukawa) - NurtureRoot of PentaclesMetrosideros excelsa (aka. Pohutukawa) – Nurture

The Pohutukawa is an evergreen of the myrtle family that is endemic to New Zealand. The kahika flowers that this tree produces offer sweet nectar, while the strong roots that can even cling to rocky cliffs to support the colorful tree that towers above.

This combination of strength and beauty speaks deeply to me of the Queen of Pentacles and her strength… and her beauty.   She is supportive and warm, yet strong as iron.  She supports… she is sweet… and she is hard.

This card speaks to me of all these qualities.  It speaks to me of safety and stability.  Of someone that isn’t afraid to let their strength and stable foundation show, and can radiate beauty even as  they hold together all that matters to them.  It is a card that depicts a delicate and beautiful hand with an iron grip that will be used to support itself and others.

DECK USED:  THE ALCHEMIST’S GARDEN TAROT