Tarot Hunter’s Silver Bullets:

  • Take time to enjoy what is in your life right now
  • Appreciate family and the blessings you’ve been given
  • It’s our loved ones and our experiences that enrich our lives, not the things we acquire

I am not the cynic I believe myself to be

Wildwood Pole Star

Tonight, while sitting on the porch staring up at a deep blue canopy of stars, I found myself thinking about H.P. Lovecraft and his view of the Universe as a cold, distant, uncaring and even hostile place. I realized that while I may enjoy reading his eerily eldritch stories, I do not subscribe to this viewpoint. As I sipped tea and stared at the stars I felt as though all of my ancestors were looking down and watching over me. I had a sense of connection and belonging. It was as though the Universe cared, even if it couldn’t do much to show me right now. It filled me with a sense of hope and wonder.

Mythic Tarot Star

The more I thought about it the more I felt like Pandora in Greek legend. Despite being surrounded by a world filled with personal and global ills, I do have a sense of hope. I harbor and nourish that little seedling even through the darkest times. I have layered this spark in a thick, protective hedge of sharp thorns and snarky barbs but it glows within me and refuses to allow itself to be diminished or extinguished. She dances within, occasionally surprising me with her exuberance and strength.

As imperfect as my life might be right now, there are moments of transcendent joy and beauty. They are usually such simple things as enjoying a cup of tea or seeing the heron that has taken to hanging out nearby. They are easy to miss and dismiss but recently Joanna Powell Colbert shared a practice of honoring Happiest Moment of the Day (#HMOTD). I have decided to participate in this practice. It’s so easy to focus on the misery, unhappiness and chaos that swirls around us. It’s more challenging to find the joy and happiness in small things; brief moments.

Pearls of Wisdom Star

I must admit, my surprise at realizing that I am an optimist.  For so long I viewed my self as a pessimist. Now I need to readjust that and say I’m a practically cautious optimist – I brace myself for the worst but hope for the best. It’s also a relief to finally embrace this side of myself. Sometimes it’s exhausting keeping up the charade of being a pessimist. Of course that doesn’t mean I’m not a cranky optimist prone to rants and bouts of snarkiness, but that just add more dimensions and layers to my personality.

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I am blessed! One week ago today I was eagerly sitting in a Tarot & Psychology workshop at the 2015 Readers Studio. I was reveling in the connection I felt to my tribe and wallowing in the good feelings and wonderful bonds created with my Tarot tribe. I cannot begin to describe how rejuvenating, restoring and re-hydrating this weekend was for me. When it was done I felt juicy and alive!!

Readers Studio (for those not in the know) is a wonderful annual 3 day event coordinated by the Tarot School that focuses on providing professional Tarot readers with workshops to improve or hone their skills and techniques. Ruth Ann & Wald Amberstones have also added a Tarot & Psychology pre-conference event for those interested in expanding their knowledge base along that path. It is also a wild and fabulous opportunity for various members of the Tarot tribe to reconnect, hang out and have fun.

The Tarot and psychology pre-conference was very informative and interesting with a variety of exercises and techniques that might be useful for yourself or a long term client who is open to exploring that road. Art Rosengarten’s, Rick Brouchard’s and Andy Matzner’s workshops were engaging and beneficial for anyone seeking to combine these two modalities.

The three amazing wild women presenters for the main event were Ellen Lorenzi-Prince, Theresa Reed and Carrie Paris. Each offered something unique and insightful and all built upon the knowledge presented before her. It was a spiral of wondrous, gentle and spiritual energy that kept flowing through the entire event. It was truly amazing and something you had to experience to full appreciate it. There were also study groups, breakfast roundtables and Tarot incubator conversations to keep the experience going and allow folks to expand their skills and knowledge even further.

The social aspects were also fully embraced. There was a lunch provided one day, a banquet with a show on another as well as a fabulous disco at the end of the night. In between one could catch clusters of Tarot folk talking, comparing notes and brainstorming. There were various celebrity and non-celebrity Tarot readings were given and lots of laughter and love in the restaurant and the bar after hours. By the end of the weekend I felt as though I was on a high that would never end.

It’s taken me almost a week to fully process this wondrous experience and I’m looking forward to next year when the presenters will be Sasha Graham, Barbara Moore and Heatherleigh Navarre – another trio of amazingly wild women. It even inspired me to rejoin FaceBook so I can keep the tribal joy flowing all year long!

Celtic Wisdom The Shaper

Celtic Wisdom Tarot
Text by Caitlin Matthews, art by Olivia Raynor
Destiny Books, 1999 ISBN 0-89281-720-8

The Book says: The Shaper of Growth gives life to all that is. The Mothers maintain the fertility of the land, the life of its animals and people, and were often venerated as the guardians of the land’s sovereignty. They maintain their loving watch over all life, transmuting the Soul from death into life. The Mothers are the midwives of the Soul, nurturing it with qualities that enable it to respond to the good things of life. They also imbue the Soul with its instinct or mother-wit, the basic common sense by which we are protected and sustained.
Keywords: Abundance, wealth, fulfillment, reverence for the earth, motherhood, fertility, loving guardianship, value, house, health, harmony and wholeness, emotional growth.
Reversed: Infertility, poverty, delay in accomplishment, squandering of resources, laziness, inaction, emotionally immature, self-neglect.
Soul-Wisdom: The Shaper of Growth gives life to all that is. The Mothers are the midwives of the Soul, nurturing it with qualities that enable it to respond to the good things of life. They also imbue the Soul with its instinct of mother-wit, the basic common sense by which we are protected and sustained. What spiritual nurture is your Soul seeking now?

TarotBroad’s Buzz: This card represents the gifts we are offered from the Earth, the blessings we receive from friends and family and the bounty offered all around us. The Shaper is the source of all of these things. She is the one grants us her blessings and allows us to bloom and flower under her beneficent gaze. She not only offers us her blessings and her abundant gifts, but she reminds us that we need to share them will all things who share the Earth with us. Her gifts are not just for people, but for animals, plants and other inhabitants of the planet. By her nature she also symbolizes the cycles of life. As well as life, she helps the Soul pass into death. Along with abundance and prosperity, there are cycles of scarcity and want. But the Shaper reminds us the these times are a nature part of life’s cycle. They don’t indicate a loss of nurturance or caring. The Shaper’s abundance and fruitfulness bring us her blessings and bounty. But if we hoard these things and don’t share them with those around us, then we denigrate her gifts. They should be shared, enjoyed and appreciated; not hoarded and hidden so that others won’t take them from us. If we hide these gifts from ourselves or from others, then we are not honoring the Shaper and don’t truly understand her gifts. And if we don’t use them, we risk losing them. And once again we are reminded that these gifts may not be of a physical nature. If we have creative gifts that we hide from the world, then we are not honoring our creative spirit – a writer who doesn’t write (even if it is never published) is a sad thing indeed. Take time today to honor the gifts of the Shaper – both the physical and the spiritual ones.

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