11/24/12: Wilderness Unexplored | Fool, Wheel

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When my husband asked me to marry him—“Do you think we’ll always love each other this much?”—when I enrolled in college for the first time (and second, and third) , when I realized I was pregnant, and when I started reading Tarot professionally…all these were very, very foolish moments in my life. Take that declaration to mean whatever you like. It’s true on many levels.

Each represents a particular crossroads, a decision point that would end up having far-reaching impact in my future fortune, but I never knew exactly how. That’s what comes to mind with this card combo for me.

Okay, so I got the Wheel upside down in this picture. I’m ignoring that for now, okay? Or maybe not. I just don’t usually read reversals with this deck. Either way, it pairs up with the Fool quite nicely. The minimalistic Transparent Tarot provides self-explanatory butterfly imagery with a pure, white rose for the Fool. The Wheel is depicted as a Native American medicine wheel, meant to incorporate all in the circular symbolism.

When you start on a new path, a very Foolish journey, you have absolutely no idea what you’re going to learn from it. It very, very often is NOT what you set out to learn! What looks like good luck may be bad luck, and what looks like bad luck may well be good. Whether the Wheel here is read upright or reversed doesn’t make much difference in this context.

It’s all part of the trip, the cycle of life, the journey of education. It’s all part of our individual evolution. I’m good with that.

I’m also finding myself once again at this place, with my own journey of learning and personal belief structure. I’m not as disturbed by it as I have sometimes been, more syncing up with the higher sides of the energy, the joy and anticipation of stepping out into a new wilderness area, never explored. I like that!

Are you feeling this energy in your life?

The Transparent Tarot
by Emily Carding

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11/23/12: Weigh your Words | Justice, Knight of Swords

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.” –Buddha


Ah, this is a very good follow-up to yesterday’s Words that Kill! We’ve got Justice and the Knight of Swords teaming up to suggest speaking with fairness, balance and perhaps accessing some of the Knights higher ideals. He may not be perfectly consistent or steady—knights often are not. But his intention is most likely pure, if a bit idealized. So the careful weighing of Justice makes for an excellent moderating force. Ruled by Libra, Justice is inherently fair. The Knight of Swords (Air in Air) is all about reason and rationality.

Being so airy, in addition to speech, this Knight would also tend to analyze, especially things other people have said. He seeks to make everything fit into it’s logical and proper place within the order of his mental universe.

Is this representative of your Thanksgiving hangover? I hope it’s more like processing yesterday’s leftovers, if that! Be rational, fair and kind in your assessment of what was spoken to you. Be judicious and idealistic in your choice of what you speak to others.

Weigh carefully. Say exactly what you mean, and mean exactly what you say. Keep your intention solid and idealistic, and you’ll make out well.

Are you thinking on what was said (or not said) ?

The Transparent Tarot
by Emily Carding

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11/22/12: Words that Kill | Death, Page Swords

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Happy Thanksgiving to my US folks! Sorry to say, this forecast is a bit on the ominous side. But if you heed it, perhaps it can save you some stress! Here’s hoping it’s utterly irrelevant, though…

The combination of the Page of Swords and Death speaks to me as words that kill. Not so literally, of course…but lies told, agreements abandoned, and nasty, hurtful sarcasm delivered “with respect” or “without judgment” are neither—and don’t think spewing disclaimers or speaking in polite tones somehow cancels ugly intention. Nobody is buying that bullshit.

One kills relationships, destroys partnerships, and creates pain, both for others (and often themselves) by virtue of  impulsive, inconsiderate or detached words, spoken without considering impact. Yeah, maybe it’s cathartic to release a little venom. But poison is still poison.

Whether there is another chance, whether something new is forged in the wake, who knows? What’s for damn sure is whatever the mouth has dismantled, it’s permanently done, dead and gone! No going back. True, it often has reached a point where it needs to die, if this is where we find ourselves. But it could have gone much cleaner, if you ask me.

Regardless though, the practice of running with a knife probably isn’t such a great idea. Sooner or later, you’re going to trip. The mouth can be instrument of tremendous healing or a tremendous weapon. Words have great power—particularly upon those who care enough to care what you have to say, you know? How do you want to wield that power?

Consider carefully in choosing your own words.

Have you found impulsive communication deadly to your own relationships?

The Transparent Tarot
by Emily Carding

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11/21/12: Lay off the wine and pick up the sticks! | 6 Swords, Knight Cups 10 Wands

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I think about the most difficult transitional times in my life…and my Pluto transit comes to mind; it hit Venus and Mars, 3rd and 4th Houses. And no, it was not any easier than it sounds, to those of you who get the astrology. This 3-card combo from the Transparent Tarot evokes that time for me.

I’d acted largely from emotional stimulus up to that point, unsteady but trusting it would all just “work out.” Just as the Knight of Cups here does, facing off to the left, the direction of the past. His cup was full and the outcome of constantly drinking leaves him rather oblivious, but willfully so. You know?

For me, eventually my issues were forced, and the Tarot Cups murkiness had to give way to facts. I was compelled to pick up the pieces and bear the brunt of responsibility, just as the Ten of Wands figure does. Both these choices: facing what I’d have preferred not to acknowledge and addressing the resulting mess, is how I earned a ticket on the boat. If I’d tried to skip out on either, I would not have been able to move forward.

If you were to fail to acknowledge the missteps of past OR you failed to willingly bear the burdens resulting from them, you’re absolutely sunk. Both these components are part of the sea of energy that propels the boat forward. The denial is a leak; if you look away, it doesn’t repair the leak! If you don’t do the work and face up, the leak does not get repaired and who can be surprised when the boat sinks?

The  The trip is rocky, don’t get me wrong, but it’s definitely better than hanging out and the bottom of the lake, praying it will evaporate or otherwise drain, before drowning in the interim.

I grant you, it may hurt a little. The sticks are heavy and the swords can cut a little as you settle into that boat. But it hurts a whole lot less than doing the right thing. Okay?

So sayth the voice of experience…

What components do you find of challenging transitional voyages?

The Transparent Tarot
by Emily Carding

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06/08/12: MOVE to Get Your Wish | Page of Wands, 9 of Cups

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We’ve got the Page of Wands (Earth in Fire) and Nine of Cups (Jupiter in Pisces).

Look for news, for opportunities, and for ACTION to fulfill your wishes. You’ll get the opportunity you need, but you’ll definitely have to move on it.

And if you’re wondering, “Is this what I think it is? Is this my opportunity?” Well, yeah, it is. Just don’t sit.

Are you feeling this?

The Transparent Tarot
by Emily Carding

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06/07/12: Trust before you Partner | Queen Swords, 4 Wands, 10 Pentacles


Be logical, detached and ruthless in cutting away falsehood and inconsistency from your life. Do this before you partner! Then, you can build what you want with sound material, solid ground, stability and safety. What you build under those conditions? That stands the test of time. Invite into your family those whose hearts are true, those whose actions are just, and those who generously share of themselves and their wealth with loved ones.

If someone doesn’t make the cut, then don’t sign the contract with them. You’ll regret it.

Are you forging partnerships?

The Transparent Tarot
by Emily Carding

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