From our inbox to you from: The Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert.. Inspiration for you from the tarot and Joanna

Journaling prompt: 

How do I create happiness in my life? How have I achieved success? What brings me joy?
Your Sun Spark:
Start noticing your “Happiest Moment of the Day” (aka HMOTD) every day. I read about this practice in an interview with Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love, a few years ago.

Your happiest moment might be a fabulous meal, or a smile someone gives you, or a birdsong you hear on your walk. The more you notice the things that bring you joy, the more your happiness will grow.

Post your HMOTDs on Twitter or Facebook, or write them on scraps of paper and put them in a special “Happiness Jar.” Watch your happiness grow and expand. Whoosh . . .

Brightest Blessings to you,

(Images: The Sun from the Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert,
and The Sun
from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot by Pamela Colman Smith.)
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Learning the Tarot Cards with Patti Wigington

SGC Admin: The tarot has long been a fascination for me.. over the years I have grown to respect my cards and honour the information gleaned from them. I cannot say how they work, ( I reckon it’s spirit) but they do and on many occasions they have assisted me through difficult times… 🙂 Check out the following information on the use of Tarot Cards. Thanks for sharing Patti… 🙂 

From our inbox to you from Patti Wigington – Paganism

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One of the most popular aspects of the About Pagan/Wiccan site is our information on Tarot. This form of divination is one that many modern Pagans use, and has been around for centuries. Anyone can learn to read Tarot cards, but it does take some practice. It’s a highly intuitive process, so while books and charts come in handy, the best way to actually learn what your cards mean is to handle them, hold them, and feel what they are telling you. Let’s get started by looking at some of the different ways people use Tarot.

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Introduction To Tarot Cards 

To people unfamiliar with divination, it may seem that someone who reads Tarot cards is “predicting the future.” However, most Tarot card readers will tell you that the cards offer a guideline, and the reader is simply interpreting the probable outcome based upon the forces presently at work. A Tarot deck consists of 78 cards. The first 22 cards are the Major Arcana. These cards have symbolic meanings focused on the material world, the intuitive mind, and the realm of change. The remaining 56 cards are the Minor Arcana, and are divided into four groups or suits, each of which focuses on a theme. Read Full Article
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Tarot Cards and Their Meanings 

The Tarot is a great tool for guidance and advice, as well as solving problems. Each of the cards has a meaning of its own, and as you learn the cards and get to know them better, you’ll become a more effective reader. Anyone can learn to read Tarot cards, but it does take some practice. It’s a highly intuitive process, so while books and charts come in handy, the best way to actually learn what your cards mean is to handle them, hold them, and feel what they are telling you. Let’s look at the Major Arcana, and the four different suits of Tarot cards found in every deck. Read Full Article
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How to Prepare for a Tarot Card Reading 

So you’ve got your Tarot deck, you’ve figured out how to keep it safe from negativity, and now you’re ready to read for someone else. Perhaps it’s a friend who’s heard about your interest in Tarot. Maybe it’s a coven sister in need of guidance. Perhaps — and this happens a lot — it’s a friend of a friend, who has a problem and would like to see “what the future holds.” Regardless, there are a few things you should do before you take on the responsibility of reading cards for another person. Read Full Article
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Interpreting the Tarot Cards 

Now that you’ve laid down your Tarot cards, in the spread of your choice, this is where the real fun begins. If someone has come to you as a Querent, it’s because they want to know what’s going on — what sorts of things will present obstacles to them, what positive outcomes they can expect, that sort of thing. But they also want it to be interesting. After all, anyone can flip open a book and read that the Ten of Cups means contentment and happiness. What they really want to know is how does it apply to them? Read Full Article

From The Magical Blend Montreal…A study in Tarot… :)

Post Date: October 22 2012: From the Editor: I love my Tarot cards, they truly have proven to be a valuable guide for myself and for others I have read for… They amaze me every time I read them… There are many ways a single card or spread can be interpreted… And as a reader we try hard to remember the basic meaning for each of the 78 cards as our base or foundation for the reading…However,  I for one, do not remember all the meanings all the time and rely on my books to assist when needed… 🙂

The following study exercise presented by The Magical Blend Montreal sounds the perfect way of getting those meanings placed concretely in the memory…

Ah… now to find the time to indulge in the study… 🙂 

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Graphic: by: Katarzyna Bruniewska-Gierczak
From Poland

Many organized magickal groups require their students to draw their own Tarot deck. You heard me correctly: the dedicated student is asked to draw their own version of every single card in the 78-card deck. We’ve decided to issue our own challenge to our readers who are interested in tarot: every newsletter, starting today, we will be printing a basic primer on one of the twenty-two Major Arcana, in order to stir up the imaginations of our readers and get them drawing.

But why dedicate yourself to such a lengthy endeavour  78 cards sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? The reason most of these groups require their students to draw their own cards is to give them a greater understanding of each card’s meaning, and of its place in the universal scheme of things. Once a student has studied a Tarot card to the extent necessary to draw it meaningfully, they will never need to consult a book on what that card means, ever again.

But wait! There’s more! The Tarot are not just a divination tool: they are also considered to be a spiritual road-map of the universe. Each card is one step on the path to stripping away the confusing illusions of reality which limit our magickal perceptions. Those who study the Tarot in-depth and with a serious mindset will often find that their existing abilities with magic stretch and grow with this study, too! For those interested in doing an even more in-depth and serious study, your editor recommends Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, which follows the more complex and more stringently symbolic Thoth Tarot Deck.

Blank Tarot cards are available a few places, but if you’re looking to take part in the challenge and you don’t have any, check out our Blank Tarot Cards, and get drawing! For best quality, we recommend drawing out your cards in pencil on separate paper with an artist’s pen from your local crafts store, and/or using art-level markers. Once you’ve got a finished product you like, you can then glue the picture onto your cards neatly, and even get them laminated. This method will keep you from wasting cards due to a jolted hand or even just a finished drawing which you don’t particularly like. For those of us who aren’t confident in our drawing abilities, a collage of relevant images can work just as well, and might even evoke a more reliable response from your brain.

Below, we give you your first lesson in tarot imagery: The Fool.

Trump 0: The Fool

Associations: The Fool is generally associated with the element of Air. In a cosmic sense, it represents the creation of something from nothing– the very beginning of the Universe. Because the Fool pre-dates existence, in a way, it is sometimes not numbered at all.

Meanings: The Fool is perfectly innocent and trusting of the world around him– thus, he thinks nothing of taking risks, since risk is a concept which has not yet occurred to him. Many Tarot interpretations therefore attribute to the Fool spontaneity and the acceptance of a new road on blind faith. Keep in mind that the Fool is all about beginnings, especially: limitless opportunity spreads out before him as he starts the ball rolling on… well. Everything.

A reversed Fool, or a Fool near to certain inauspicious cards (like the Devil) may indicate that this innocence and spontanaeity are being negatively used. For instance, a reversed Fool might indicate that you have been idly wasting your time, or that you’ve given into temptation to do with frivolity. 

Classic Imagery: The classic image associated with the Fool is that of a young man in ostentatiously rich clothing, with only a single satchel, just setting out into the wider world. His foot is poised over a cliff– his next step will likely take him down– but his gaze is focused upward and carefree, and he completely fails to notice. One of the most important symbols in the Fool card are the prominent sun in the background, which sometimes represents pure and unknowable Spirit, before it is clothed in matter or even in thought; in a less mystical sense, the sun can represent the Fool’s ‘mad wisdom’ or innocence. The dog which sometimes yips at the Fool’s heels could be heeded as a warning that he’s about to go over the cliff, but it’s clear that the Fool hasn’t noticed or heeded that warning in the least. The Fool also uses a long, ornate staff to carry his satchel, which has reason to be associated with mystic fire and beginnings in various traditions (if you have a wand on your altar, it serves much the same symbolism).

Suggested Imagery: If you’re not committed to following the usual images, you might consider finding images which to you represent innocence, foolhardiness, and a gung-ho sense of adventure, heedless of consequences. A bit of frivolity and carefree attitude wouldn’t go awry either.

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