I felt The Sun

I have done this action many times. Every morning. Let me know if this seems familiar to you. 

I get up, follow my morning routine which includes, among other things, a daily Tarot card draw. 

This past Sunday morning, almost immediately after getting out of bed, I was drawn outside. Maybe it was because the sun was shining and visible for the first time in weeks. Despite the cold, I wanted to feel it. So out I went.

And… I felt the sun. On my face, my head (my hat came off pretty quickly), and my hands. 

But, I also felt The Sun. The 19th card of the Major Arcana. The jubilation. The joy. The awe. The alive-ness.  I immediately saw in myself the child riding horseback on the Rider-Waite-Smith version of this card. I smiled. I laughed out loud. 

And then I thought about my daily Tarot practice. What if, instead of drawing a card and looking for iterations of it throughout my day, I instead looked for elements of the Tarot in my everyday life and then selected the card that might best represent what I saw, felt or experienced. After all, the Tarot represents all aspects of our life: big picture, small picture, long term, and everyday elements. 

This is how it could work. Let’s say I see two people walking together. I note their circumstances. Are they engaged in a deep conversation? A warm embrace? Strolling hand in hand? Do they suggest The Lovers, the Two of Cups, the Two of Wands or a pair of court cards?

I really do like my daily card draw. I find it helps ground me in the energy of the day. It gives the Tarot an honoured space as the day begins.  But I might also give this a try and hope it will help me notice the Tarot in my life and the lives that unfold all around me. 

Are there places and spaces where you see the Tarot?

Continuous Learning

 I’m comfortable with my knowledge base in the tarot. It’s deep. It’s varied. It’s long-studied and long-lived. But it is not, nor will it ever be, infinite. I want to spend time among those who know so much more than me. After all, as the expression goes, if you’re the smartest person in the room, seek another room. For that reason, I am always looking to deepen my knowledge when it comes to the Tarot. Despite having spent almost 40 years(!) exploring the cards, there is always much more to learn. Therefore, finding myself with significantly more time on my hands, I enrolled in a course.

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The Fool’s Journey and the New Year

This blog was originally posted on January 1, 2013.

The beginning of the calendar is a time when we often start on a new path. It could be one of self-improvement, self-discovery or enlightenment. It may last a day, a week or a life-time but it is very common for people to pledge major change on January 1. It is also usually preceded by a planned night of unrestrained behaviour and planned excess. This beginning of the calendar makes me think of the Fool’s Journey.

The Fool

I found it somewhat coincidental that, just a few short days ago, while reading Alain de Botton’s “Religion for Atheists” that I came across a passage describing the festum fatuorum, or the ‘Feast of Fools’.  De Botton describes this as a medieval Church custom in which clergy acted in ways that were in opposition to their regular behaviour. Some of the behaviour he describes involved farting to hymns, speaking nonsensical sermons, attaching phallic symbols to cloaks and gambling on the altar. It allowed a letting go or cleaning of the slate. It acknowledged the playful, chaotic side of human behaviour. It made chaos and debauchery sacrosanct. (I think I’ve had a New Years’ party or two like that!) 🙂

The Fool is about beginnings but it is also about cleaning the slate. It is about jumping off the cliff and letting the journey take us where it may. When we jump, we take very little, if anything, with us. When teaching tarot classes, I often use the term tabula rasa to describe the essence of The Fool. She is associated with Uranus, and is thus the card of liberation, awakening and independence, characteristics often necessary for a successful new beginning.

And, as my Tarot focus shifts and I move into year four of ‘A Magician’s Musings’, so begins a new year and a new Tarot adventure. On a time frame that suits my schedule (very Fool-like), I am going to spend my blog posts this year exploring the Fool’s Journey. I will highlight some common knowledge around this often explored theme of the Tarot but also (hopefully) some new learning as well. I hope you choose to join me on this journey.

2021: The year of the Hierophant

The act of selecting a Year Card is a relatively simple one. Each year is numerologically represented by one card from the Major Arcana. The year card highlights collective energies and patterns for the year in question. To calculate the year card, I use a technique I first discovered in Mary Greer’s book ‘Tarot for Your Self’ but have seen it repeated several times among Tarot practitioners. The process is simple: add up the digits of any year, reduce to a number between 1 and 22 if necessary (the Fool represented by 22 in this process), and find the card that corresponds to this sum. For the upcoming year, 2 + 0 + 2 + 1 = 5. 2021 is the year of The Hierophant. As other examples, the year card for 2020 (2 + 0 + 2 + 0 = 4) is The Emperor; the year card for 2030 (2 + 0 + 3 + 0 = 5) will again be The Hierophant.

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The Power of the Querent

Sometimes a positive outcome is as simple as turning cards.
Sometimes a positive outcome is as simple as turning cards.

My teenage daughter, (who was thrilled to be included in my first blog post and who loves it when we explore the Tarot), taught me a valuable lesson about the power of the querent. The querent is the name often used in Tarot that is given to the person asking a question. After a particularly challenging reading, she asked me what she could do to make the outlook better. Of course, as any parent would, I began to struggle with the already blurred line of objectivity and responded very generally. 

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