Weekly Creativity Prompt – The Fool

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

Modern Love Tarot - The FoolModern Love Tarot – In the imagery of this card, it looks a lot like the figure is working on a love spell.  The thing is?  Most people realize with a bit of thought and experience that love spells nearly always backfire.  You can’t force someone to love you.

The figure in this card has not yet learned that lesson, and so plunges head long into the endeavor without realizing the dangers or the consequences. This card tells us to take time looking at the methods we’re using to reach our goals and make sure that they’re sound. Don’t plunge forward without a good deal of thought.

The Fool in the Beyond Tarot, Tarot DNAxCAT, and The Little Nemo Tarot

Beyond Tarot – The skeleton heads down a dark path with a smile on his face, not intimidated by the darkness even though all they have for light is a single flickering candle.   They continue to dive forward, seeking the new and exciting. Intrepid and moving forward eagerly.  This card speaks of exploration and curiosity, and encourages the querent to dive in and explore without fear.

Tarot DNA x CAT – Boundless energy and a sense of effervescent adventure fill the imagery of this card.  The cat is full of a sense of adventure with the sky and sea at their back and new adventures to the forefront.  The features of the cat are filled with enthusiasm, and the little ghost joins in with an expression of wonder as they bound forward eagerly. This card is all about enthusiastic adventure, and welcomes that energy into the querent’s life.

The Little Nemo Tarot -The figure on this card sits in contrition, a dunce cap sitting on the bench beside them. Sometime when we act too hastily we make mistakes and make a fool out of ourselves. This card asks the querent where in their life are they acting impulsively and possibly going to end up feeling as if they fucked up later on when everything’s said and done.

@lucet.in.aurora.tarot’s #lucetinauroraMaartTarotChallenge Prompt
Prompt for March 7th: The same card in four different decks.


Weekly Creativity Prompt – The Sun

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

Modern Love Tarot - The SunModern Love Tarot – Joyous celebration and pride combine in this card as a mother holds her child up to the sun. This card is a display of celebrating life, and taking moments as they come while treasuring the laughter and love we have for each other.  It’s youth and energy, brightness and warmth, and it encourages one to cherish these feelings and be “in the moment” with them.

The Sun in the Gay Tarot, Spiritual Tarot, Meraki Tarot 2nd Edition

Gay Tarot – Sometimes working together toward a mutual goal goes beyond projects you share with others and bleeds into a life as a whole.  The two figures in this image have been together a long time. They work together, they play together… and over time it’s become clear that everything is better together. Where can your life be improved by working with others towards successes that you can share? And how much sweeter will those successes be if shared with each other?

Spiritual Tarot – A radiant figure stands in the light, filled with pride and standing tall. That radiance has become a part of him, strong and wild as the world bursts into abundance around him. This figure reminds me of the Wiccan God, who is reborn each spring and grows to maturity in summer’s warmth each year. It asks you to seek out what needs a rebirth in your own life, and where abundance has flourished and grown both within and around you.

Meraki Tarot 2nd Edition – Wishes scatter into the wind, given up to the sun’s radiance like seeds seeking fertile soil. Not every wish we have can come true, but this card indicates that some of them can.  They just need a little nurturing and they can find that fertile soil needed in which to grow and flourish.


Predictable Unpredictabilities

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Modern Love Tarot - Wheel of FortuneToday’s draw is the Wheel of Fortune, which is traditionally a representation of luck (both good and bad), changing circumstances, the ups and downs of life, and the cyclical nature of life and the world.

The hourglass is an interesting take on the Wheel of Fortune for me.  I usually see the Wheel of Fortune as an unpredictable card.  Yet with both the hourglass and the sea behind it?  There is a level of predictability present that bleeds into the card’s meaning.  After all, an hourglass measures the same amount of time again and again, and the sea’s tides go in and out on a predictable schedule as well. This then makes me think of repeating cycles and that everything moves on in its own time.

The message here is that not everything can be rushed.  Some things move at their own pace, no matter how much you might want to change that. Stop trying to control ever little aspect of life. It’s okay to take a breath and let things move at their own pace instead.


@thetarotprofessor Self Love Challenge Prompt
Questions for February 1st:

Семейный ОракулWhy did I feel called to this self-love challenge at this time?

You often find the effort to be kind to yourself a burden and a struggle (Её ноша), but you continue to be dedicated to trying (Верность). This challenge gives you an opportunity to find insights into how to do this easier and better than before.

How might my life improve as I cultivate more self-love?

It will allow you to show your true self instead of being tucked behind a mask (Быть в Тени Другого), which is empowering and better allows you to care not just for yourself but those you love as well (Отец Принцессы). Allowing who you are to shine means less effort and stress in your life on a day to day basis to uphold masks that you think protect you.

DECK USED: СЕМЕЙНЫЙ ОРАКУЛ (Please buy Ukrainian)

#DiscordTarotholicsFeb2023 Challenge Prompt
Topic for February 1
: Do the Imbolc Spread

Modern Love Tarot - The Fool, Death, Six of Pentacles, Ace of SwordsWhat seeds need planted in my life right now?

The Fool – You need to make a concerted effort towards allowing yourself more fun and carefree moments.  Not everything has to be serious all the time.

What preparations do I need to begin making to prepare those seeds for growth?

Death – Be open to change and allow it to happen instead of grasping so tightly to the way things have away been that you don’t allow things to change for the better.

What in my life is beginning a new phase of reawakening and renewal?

Six of Pentacles – When you give, you get… and when you get it’s important to give. Open yourself to the generosity of others.  You already offer so much of yourself, but take so much less in return. Allow them to reciprocate, as it creates a more healthy cycle for all.

How can I best foster that awakening?

Ace of Swords – Communication is key.  Share with others what you need and how you’re feeling. They can’t reciprocate if they think you need nothing and have it all under control and handled.


Daily Self Kindness

I took a nap and worked at nursing a headache most of the day. It finally eased up this evening.

The End Is Nigh… Not Really

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Modern Love TarotToday’s draw is the Five of Wands, which is traditionally a representation of tests, trials, and conflict in the area of one’s passions, drive, inner spark, and values.

Look at that imagery. I’ve had that exact argument before.

The thing is? Sometimes values just don’t align, even with those you love. This card’s reminder is that these disagreements and moments of misalignment don’t mean that the end is nigh, or that you love them any less, or that they love you any less. It simply means that we are all unique individuals.


#DiscordTarotholicsFeb2022 Challenge Prompt
Questions for February 3rd and 4th

Modern Love TarotMercury is in transition. What personal energy will best facilitate conversation with others today?

King of Swords, Seven of Swords atop Five of Wands – Take charge. Instead of clashing with those that simply refuse to see any perspective but their own, use you assertive nature to direct the conversation where you want it to go. You don’t suffer fools well, so simply don’t allow them hijack the conversation. Letting them do so will just end up with you irritated and/or frustrated.

How can I be a better friend to those closest to me at this time?

Ace of Pentacles, Queen of Wands atop King of Wands – A new project of theirs is in need of your influence to get off the ground. Lend your support and drive to their cause. This is not one of those times that they can do it on their own… at least not in the beginning.  They don’t need you to take over, but a bit of  guidance and support will go a long way.


Daily Self Kindness

I’m trying to make sure I get to bed at a semi decent hour today, so that my drive isn’t so difficult tomorrow.

It’s Okay To Look Back

RecoveryToday’s meditation was just over ten minutes long and was not a guided meditation.  I listened, instead, to the sound of snowflakes falling on my balcony while focusing upon the thoughts and feelings that were brought up by the image on the right.

This image came up in my IG feed and although it is normally targeted about sobriety (something I had to look up, because that is not how it struck me personally), what it spoke to me on was how openly I share my experiences with depression and subdrop.

It made me consider the reasons I am open about my mental health, and take time to really look at them. The thing is, by being open it does in fact create a form of vulnerability.  And I’m not particularly a fan of vulnerability.  And yet, even with that factor as a part of it… I’m still open about it.  I still openly share my experiences and educate others.   So… why?

The reason is simple in a way.  It’s because others can’t or won’t.  Because I know what it feels like to hide these things and pretend everything is fine. I know what it’s like to disappear from the world for weeks or months at a time to keep from subjecting others to my imbalances.   And I know how very, horribly, damagingly alone that all feels.  I want those that share similar experiences to know that they aren’t alone.  And, I want those that don’t have experiences with depression to learn and understand so that when others in their lives suffer, they can have a bit of understanding and sympathy for them.

Keeping mental health issues a secret helps no one.  It just keeps things a secret and keeps people uneducated.  It causes those with issues to seclude themselves, closing themselves off from the love and support that they need.

Victorian Romantic Tarot - Eight of CupsToday’s draw is the Eight of Cups, which is traditionally a representation of  the “fuck that, I’m leaving” sentiment.  It is filled with the need to withdraw due to feelings of disappointment or abandoning a project or situation due to feelings of discouragement.

The imagery in this card softens the meaning of the card for me as it is quite genteel in its presentation.  But, what really stands out to me in the imagery of this card today has less to do with the retreat and abandonment aspects… and everything to do with looking back.

This is because what stands out to me the strongest in the imagery of this card today is the dog.  Although the dog follows his mistress, he pauses to look back. Whether this glance back is to assess what is being left behind, or to ascertain if anything follows them, is unclear.

Either way, the message here is that although there is a vast amount of romanticism (thank you cinema) in the idea of not looking back when you move on, realistically it’s not always the healthiest choice.   If you feel you need to look back in order to find closure?  It’s okay to do so.  If you feel that you need to look back to compare then to now and make sure you made the right choice?  That’s okay too.   It’s impossible to tell how far we have come without looking back to see where we are coming from, after all.


The Radical Love Tarot Challenge Prompt
: Generosity
: How can I best be generous with myself without “dropping the ball” on my responsibilities?

Modern Love Tarot

Strength – You are strong enough to handle all of your responsibilities, including fulfilling your self-care responsibilities to yourself.

Queen of Cups atop Page of Cups – Remember that you don’t know everything when it comes to your own emotions, and that you’re still very deeply immersed within a learning phase.  It’s okay to not be able to find the words to say what you’re feeling, find words instead to express what it feels like and you will in time learn what that emotion is called as well as how to interact with and process it.

The Devil atop The Hanged Man – Take time between indulging in your addictions to ascertain the motivations behind what you’re doing, and if you really want to indulge in this moment or pass and wait for the next.   Yes, sometimes waiting bites you on the ass and you regret it for years (or longer) afterward, but that doesn’t mean you need to jump every time the urge strikes you.  It just means that that time, it wasn’t meant to be.


#DiscordTarotolicsFeb2021 Challenge Prompt
:  Do Spread 2
Question: How can I better keep up on my self-care when I’m not “feeling it”?

Victorian Romantic TarotReading Summary: Sometimes slowing down (Eight of Wands Rx) to rest (Four of Swords) and be grateful (Nine of Cups) is enough.

Take Away: It’s important to not make self care start to feel like it’s a chore.  If you have to skip something now and then, then skip it.  It’s okay.   Just don’t make a habit out of it or not pick it back up again.

Times of depression, especially, are extenuating circumstances.  It’s natural to feel uninspired during these times.   As long as you aren’t bailing on taking care of yourself entirely and you’re making sure you are taking things slow and getting the rest you need… don’t beat yourself up over the rest.  Things will balance back out, and that includes the self care.


Daily Self Kindness

I let myself get an extra half hour of sleep this morning because I really didn’t feel like getting up.  It was so good even if the dreams weren’t especially all that great.

Sometimes Support Helps

Today’s meditation was skipped because I got home late and didn’t want to wait any longer than needed to get online and spend some time with Gideon.  I then ended up taking a nap while he went to town so I guess maybe I should’ve meditated before my nap, but I didn’t.

Modern Love Tarot - The ChariotToday’s draw is the Chariot card, which is traditionally a representation of willpower and movement forward driven by determination.

Not surprisingly, what stands out to me the strongest in the imagery of today’s card is the pup with the wheel apparatus.  Also posture of the woman walking the dogs and tilt of her head.

The message here is that sometimes to move forward we need a helping hand, no matter how determined we are.  Just as the dog is able to keep going by the grace of the wheels the pup wears.

The woman walks with pride and strength, and the tilt of her head and her posture remind me of my sister.  It’s a reminder that my sister is a part of my support system, and when I feel my drive or will faltering, she is someone I can turn to to alternately kick me in the ass, or help me find what I need to keep going.


The Radical Love Tarot Challenge Prompt
: Resistance 
: What is the path forward to sharing my emotions more freely with others?

Romantic Tarot

Reading Summary: Judicious sharing is important (The Hanged Man). Take things slowly and do what you can a bit at a time (Page of Coins) so that you don’t end up paying for impulsive follies (Justice).

Take Away:  It is so ingrained within me to keep my emotions to myself and buried deep that sometimes it feels nearly impossible to express them clearly. It often feels like more than just restraint but an inner resistance that I have to fight against just to get out the words. That is, when I even have the words to get them out in a clear way.  The cards here indicate that the endeavor to be more open is not an unwise one, but is one in which a bit of care and precaution needs to be taken in order to ensure repercussions don’t come back to smack me in the face as a result of doing so.


#DiscordTarotolicsFeb2021 Challenge Prompt
:  How can I best become more confident in the skill? (Built on yesterday’s prompt.)

Modern Love TarotReading Summary: Use that skill only when you need it (Four of Cups) and don’t hesitate (Knight of Pentacles Rx), your heart and intuition will lead the way (Ace of Cups).

Take Away: The skill in question is to make quick and decisive decisions on the fly when needed that turn out okay in the end and, in fact, often even end up benefiting me or my business.

The key to becoming more confident in this skill is in not overusing it.  When it’s needed, it will be there for you and is a part of my intuitive abilities.  Don’t worry about it and don’t depend on it when other tactics, such as preparation and planning, can accomplish things in a less stressful and/or reckless manner.


Daily Self Kindness

I allowed myself to have today off.  I did not work on orders, nor did I even respond to customers today.  Instead I set the business aside and allowed myself to have a day away from it all.  So far, I am not feeling guilty about it.