The Devil and the Fool

Sometimes we face the world and it appears that we face disaster of various forms. These can look like poverty, depression, heartache, jobless, ill health: barriers and blocks of all shapes and sizes.

It appears we’re not free, but bound.

In the Tarot these are shown by The Devil card.

Here we have a creature made up of various parts: Wings, body, cloven feet. All parts to make up one grotesque whole. It’s dark and it’s dank. Two bound figures are his slaves.

But deep inside each of us is a voice which say’s that this shouldn’t be. A voice which proclaims freedom and provides the desire to attain it.

This is the Voice of the Fool in the Tarot.

In contrast to The Devil, this image is of morning brightness and sunshine freshness. A figure walks at the edge of life, knowing no fear. He’s youthful and carefree, knowing that his Will will be done: his desires will manifest.

The Fool has a deep trust in life. Whether this is in God or the Universe matters little. He pushes onwards and forwards, through the shadows which threaten those hemmed in the shadows of life.

We stand in the balance, poised between these two states. When we give up and give in we give away our power to something which we believe dominates us. And we feel the loss.

But take a minute to meditate on The Fool card. Take a thought that this figure represents you in your reality. Breathe in the Fool like the figure on the card breathes in the fresh air. Feel the sun warming you from your insides.

Take a stand on how your today and tomorrows will be. This moment a new change can take place. It might be subtle or it might be outwardly demonstrated in a terrific way. Whatever happens, it’ll be transformative.

The Fool or The Devil. It’s your choice which card you choose to frame your world with.

Tarot Text

Tarot Text Game

 

Games are fun. They allow for creativity and spontaneity. And they help us remember what we already know as well as creating ‘sparks’ across various bits of information and imagery.

Here’s a simple game you can easily play with a friend, a phone, and hopefully a huge text bundle. No physical Tarot cards necessary.

Send a text to your friend. Include a symbol or image and link it to a situation (real or imagined, doesn’t matter).

Your friend replies with a text which has taken your symbol or tarot image and moved the story or event forward by introducing another symbol or Tarot image.

And on it goes. Back and forth. Each time another prompt, still keeping somewhat in line with the original, like creating your own personal Yellow Brick Road.

The texts go back and forth, adding symbols, creating a scene, flowing a story out of impulse based on Tarot Imagery. No cards need to be had, just a good visual memory suffices.

Example

Person A: We need a ‘stronghold’, a Hierophant hook to pull us further into the Alice Hole.
Person B: A guiding Hermit
‘A’: Camel riding through the desert
‘B’: With a naked woman riding along
‘A’: You’re being silly now. I see your game sunshine.
‘B’: On your horse!
‘A’: Death rides again!
‘B’: Looking for his lover
‘A’: Angel is watching the lovers
‘B’: Angel becomes blind by sexual love
‘A’: Chariots of fire blasting away from the past
‘B’: Moving home after blowing up his house
‘B’: House, tower; House, magician
‘A’: Only indoor images on the Tarot?
‘B’: Leaving with a Tear
‘A’: Magician is in the tower blowing it by calling lightning into force
‘B’: Blowing the tower till it sparks and spits
‘A’: Well it spits out twins
‘B’: And they pick flowers
‘A’: Out of the Empress’s Garden
‘B’: And they explore a dark cave
‘A’: Where the hermit lies in wait to guide up the path of righteousness
‘B’: But they hear a flute and turn around
‘A’: Oh no it’s not a flute, it’s the jester squeezes his wand
‘B’: Squeezing out drops of blood
‘A’: Blood and Water flow like rivers of water as the Emperor changing course
‘B’: The trumpet blows and spins the wheel of life

And we ended it there. No fuss, no bother. Playing with Tarot this way allows the sparks of creativity to flare and the imagery catches fire.

My turn. What tarot imagery is being used? How to link from one image to another in the Tarot? Let the creativity flow.

1: Hiding up a tree
2: Because you’re scared of the fight
3: A branch breaks and sends you down
4: You fall into a lake
5: Of sadness
6: You drink some and forget your past
7: You become a Magician turning water into wine
8: Wine mixed with water

Tarot Client – Reader Relationship

There’s two points in a Tarot reading which can leave one feeling weary.

The first is where you aren’t given much information from the client. Yes, people expect us to know everything. We’re psychic’s after all (are we?). But it doesn’t quite work out like that. To get the best possible help, in the quickest possible time, it’s better for all concerned to share your situation with the Tarot Reader.

We can, at a push, see into the situation and slowly figure out what’s going on. But why put yourself through that? Isn’t the reason you ask a question, to get an answer and some help?

If we have some symptoms and visit a doctor and they say, “What’s wrong?”, and we refuse to tell, then they can take the time, do some probing and eventually come to the place of what you’re doing there in the first place. After all that, you get the help.

This should be similar when you approach a person for a Tarot reading. Cut out the foliage and get straight to the point. Saves you time and you get results a lot better, a lot faster.

We could get into the issue of questions and what to ask. But I’ll leave this for another time. At the moment I feel any question is okay. The more general question, the more general answer; the more specific, the better the answer. Though there’s always the exceptions to this rule.

The second point which is interesting is in the story the Tarot tells for a particular question. We’ve read your comment and question, considered the spread (if any) to use, and layed out the cards. And now it’s story time. From the first glance at the spread, the cards are talking. It might take time to listen in to what they’re saying, or it might hit you in the heart and head that this is what they wish to say.

For us readers, when we write out what the story, we’re in a sort of alternate state of mind. We go with the flow. And what we write is what we see. Half way through and the story, like any good story, changes plot, and it appears that some more depth is added at the end which makes the beginning a little more simple.

For myself I don’t change this pattern. I like to give the client the real idea that I’m working with them, as though I’m present with them. This person I point out at the beginning of the story changes at the near the end. It wasn’t the mistress after all, it was the mother! It’s a twist, and I enjoy telling it. Adds to the drama and the inner picture we paint in the clients mind. They follow along with us as we read.

And when we send the reading (assuming we’re doing it online), we’ve given ourselves along with it. Our reputation, our story, their story.

We’ve took some risks. Said some things we can’t possibly know if they’re accurate. I sometimes think accuracy is overrated. It’s the metaphors which holds the weight. For example, we read a good book or see a good film, and we know how to apply it to our lives. And from here we can change. (This is a big subject worth of a couple of blog entries at a later date).

Along with giving the reading out to the client, we’re left with a bubble which contains a question: Did the client get their answers, their money worth? Not that a reader is looking for how many hits they got. Or that the client is some sort of super universal examination board. No. The result of a reading is when the client gives feedback. Could they identify with the reading? Has it helped them? Has it changed them?

Because, after all, isn’t this the purpose of a Client-Reader relationship? Isn’t this what the client wants — to receive some guidance, some answers, some clarity?

Tarot Play

Wanna Be Gooood!

 

I was just practicing Tarot card combinations using a story ‘motivation-reaction’ play, and it dawned on me, again, that the very best way to get anything worthwhile done is through play.

There’s not many rules in game playing. And in Tarot we get to make the rules ourselves.

The Rules Are…

 

  • Make the rules with a broad stroke using a fine pencil
  • Be more than willing to rub out the lines
  • Use your wildest associations, first impressions, daring metaphors
  • Be free, have fun, laugh, explore

Motivation What…?

 

Okay. Briefly put for those who want a thin line to cross over:

Flip over a card. This becomes the motivation, an outside event which causes you or another character/client/querent/whoever to…

(flip over another card) … react to the Motivation.

The second card is the action or response the character does which was motivated by the first card.

Go on. Have fun!

Children’s Creativity

We had a leaflet through the door about security systems: cameras, lights, alarms. The usual stuff.

Our youngest, age 6, took a look at the leaflet and told a very different story. It goes to demonstrate that encouraging children to think out the box and to let go of their inhibitions leads to creative fun: A new way of interpreting events and situations.

Here’s the picture.

Let the Creativity Flow

Click to see full size. Will open up a new window.

 

Here’s her explanation of the 6 box’s.

Top Left: We have mummy with eggs. She’s expecting babies.

Top Middle: Here’s the baby’s cuddling up.

Top Right: This is the night light.

Bottom Right: This is their bed.

Bottom Middle: This is their T.V.

Bottom Left: (She asked me what they were. I said they’re locks) These are their toys.

We could all do with looking at life with a different slant. Being able to see situations with a new twist helps us break out of the old and worn.

 

Tarot Connections

Clearing A Tarot Deck

Using the Tarot deck for readings is a good thing. After all, it’s what it’s for.

Yet after a while you might wonder if the deck has been impregnated with countless messages, intentions, settings, which could affect future readings.

There’s several ways to approach this.

You could, like me, consider that a well used Tarot deck becomes a well used friend. You become familiar and comfortable, and, in turn, the Tarot treats you with respect and provides solid answers and guidence. I wouldn’t necesarily shuffle my trusted friends mind and attitudes thinking they they’re somehow tainted by all the experience we’ve had together. Though that might be a good option with some friends.

If this is how you think about your Tarot deck, then it needs no cleansing or clearing.

But what about the times when it just feels odd? Hard to describe. But it seems as though it could do with a cleaning? Well, there’s numerous ways to approach it.

Symbolic Breaking

Place the Tarot deck face down. Cross your wrists over the top of the deck and visualize a gray cloud forming around the deck, around your wrists. Then snap your wrists apart whilst seeing the cloudiness dissapate.

Stacked Order

Sort out your cards in a stacked order. Major Arcana, Minor Arcana and the Courts. Wands on top of Cups on top of Swords on top of Pentacles.

Chaotic Shuffle

Throw the cards any-which-way on a table or floor and mix and merge them around, knowing that they’re becoming more free of influence.

Crystal and Incense

Place some crystal or gems on top of the Tarot deck, light some incense, and after getting yourself in a calm meditated state, take off the crystal or gem and gently (and saftly!!) move them through the incense.

That Fresh Feel

Whatever you do, feel that your Tarot deck is tuned into you, and that you feel a cleanness about the connection between you and the deck. They are tools which connect you with higher sources, whether these are divine, angelic, or merely tap into your subconscious mind – it dosn’t really matter what. As long as you start building a connection.

Feel fresh. Feel free.