Write a Story With Your Tarot Card

magician, tarot, wizard tarotToday’s card is the Magician from the Wizard’s Tarot by Corrine Kenner.

One great way to explore the Tarot is to write a story for your card. It’s fun to be as over-the-top and outlandish as you can possibly be. You can even invent other people, animals, or situations that are not pictured in the card! Here is an example from a recent class:

Once upon a time there was a young magician. He had learned a few things about magic while growing up on the shores by the ocean. He never knew he was a magician, only that he could do things others could not. He spent his days laughing and playing by the sea. One day an old man with a long beard came to visit his parents. The boy was taken to a nearby wizard’s school to learn about magic. He was overcome with joy.

Soon, however, the joy turned to dismay as his teachers gave him rule after rule, stifling his creativity. They even told him he could not practice magic except in class for assignments! This was ridiculous to the boy as he had spontaneously done magic all his life. The young wizard grew more and more distraught with the regulations, and began to act out. He chastised the teachers for warning him about the dangers of magic, and told them to shove their fluffy bunny, soft, and touchy-feely approach. And their rules.

On the night of Samhain Eve, the young wizard decided to do an advanced ritual. He gathered all of the materials he needed. This was magic beyond what he had done as a child. He began the ritual and his magical tools began floating around! The young wizard was overjoyed and began laughing. He raised his wand high overhead as the objects flew faster and faster around him. His hair blew in the breeze they created, and never had he felt so alive! He could even hear the sound of the ocean outside the window, a sound that took him back to his days of playing as a child.

A small crowd had started to gather down the hall and under the stairs. One or two students went to wake the headmaster and to get some of the professors. The excitement grew as the air filled with the electrical energy. The young wizard did not notice any of this as he was in a world of his own.

As the headmaster ran down the hall, the air around the magician went dark. A giant black rectangle formed over him, and no one could see him.Suddenly the rectangle shrank, and the young wizard had disappeared. His athame and cup fell to the floor with a shatter, and then silence as the candles blew themselves out.

No one ever knew for sure what became of the young wizard, but that doesn’t stop anyone from telling the tale. Some used it as a warning against being head-strong and using magic beyond your abilities. Others saw it as a demonstration of what you could do, and strived to become better at the art. As for me, I think the boy has gone somewhere that he can be free to use his abilities as he likes. When you go down the hall late at night, especially on Samhain Eve, some say you can hear the ocean, and a small boy laughing as he plays and explores his natural magical abilities.

One might surmise from this story that the author may find traditional rules, especially in school or other situations, to be overly-stifling. What you believe will often come out in unexpected ways when you tell a story about your Tarot Card. So go ahead and try it. I’d love to hear your stories.

Embrace Your Inner Court Card

Queen of Wands Gilded Tarot I’ve talked to a lot of people this past year about embracing their Inner Court Card. We do an exercise in some of my groups where we choose a future court card that exhibits qualities that we want to embrace – but for some reason we are not quite there yet, and we are not quite ready to move forward. Usually it’s because we are scared.

When I did this exercise around last May or June, I chose the Queen of Wands from the Gilded Tarot as my future card. And let me tell you, this lady scared the BeJeezus out of me!

When I saw this Queen, I thought, “There’s no way I could ever do all of the amazing things she does!” Then I wrote down some of the things that she could do, but that I couldn’t do, such as:

~ writing a book

~ leading workshops and classes without worry or fear

~ writing and publishing magazine articles

~ stepping up in her business community and asking people to be a part of something bigger

~ talking to her heroes

~ taking on one-on-one clients

~ believing in herself

These are some of the qualities and things that I wanted to do, and honestly I thought it would take me YEARS to get there. But with the help of some exercises and some hard work, I feel like I can honestly say that I have accomplished many of these goals!

This past year I:

~ wrote my own book and turned it into a self-published book and video series; I am currently writing another book to submit to a traditional publisher

~ lead several workshops and classes without fear. When I was told that one workshop needed to be 3 hours instead of 1 (the day before it was scheduled) because someone had cancelled, my response was, “Cool. I can totally do that. It’ll be fun!” I couldn’t believe that I really felt that way.

~ I’ve written and been published several on-line magazines. I now have a regular feature in one of them.

~ I arranged the Purpose, Passion, and Profits Business Training Series as well as the Free Tarot Valentine’s Day GiveAway

~ I fairly regularly chat with Barbara Moore and Theresa Reed on Facebook. I can’t wait to meet them in person. One of these days I will corner Mary K. Greer at a convention. 🙂

~ I regularly hold private conversations and coaching with clients on a one-on-one basis. This was a HUGE fear for me. I have always loved speaking to large groups rather than one person. It’s a numbers thing. If you are speaking to 40 people, at least a couple of them will like you, but if you’re only talking to one person, you’ve only got a 50/50 shot!

~ I completely believe in myself now. Sure, I have some down days here and there. Who doesn’t? But I have a plan for my business, a plan to become a traditionally-published author, a plan to host my own new radio blog show, and a plan to make 6 Figures a year.

So why am I telling you all of this? Because it was the act of embracing my inner court card ~ the person who I wanted to become, even though I thought she was so terribly out of reach, that helped me reach every one of these goals last year. And you can do this, too.

Find the court card you most want to be like. Write down all of the qualities that person possesses. Write down all of the things they do, like public speaking, writing, or networking. Write down some real, tangible things that person can do: write and publish 3 magazine articles, meet 4 new possible clients, attend a network lunch.
Then start taking steps toward those things. Pretty soon, you will look back and be amazed at how far you have come.
As for me, my Queen of Wands has served me well, but I feel like it is time to move on, to embrace another Court Card and another aspect of myself. It is time to evolve once again. So I am choosing:

The King of Pentacles. I’m ready to really get through some of my issues around money, and the blocks I have around money.

I’ve been working on this for some time, and I think I’m ready to move forward and embrace that abundance.
And it scares the BeJeezus outta me!

In fact, that’s one way that I know this is truly the next card I need to work with. I literally tear up looking at it. When choosing between the Queen of Pentacles and the King of Pentacles, I went with the King because I like the way he’s chillin’ on his throne. Plus, he’s wearing purple tights – how cool is that?

Honestly, though, the sky is dark behind him and the moon is out, suggesting a balance with his feminine side, as well as the ability to listen to his intuition and Inner Guidance.

So what are some things this King does? I’ll be writing some of those down over the next few days, as long as some real-World stuff that he would accomplish.

Sit down now and pull out the Queens and Kings in your Tarot deck. Which one will help you meet your goals? Embrace your inner court card, and let us know which one it is and why below:

How To Get A Great Tarot Reading

Your Tarot Reading

You’ve booked your Tarot reading. Congratulations! Now what?

Every Tarot reader does things a little bit differently. Even if you’ve had a Tarot reading before, when you see a new reader the experience can be totally different. Here are a few tips to make the most out of your Tarot reading.

 1. Have a Question? Let your reader know if you have a specific question that you want to know about. You can do a general reading, but if there is something going on in your life, it’s great to bring that to the cards up-front.

2. Spill It! Don’t just sit there and uh-huh or wait for the cards to predict your future. The best Tarot readings are ones where you are involved. You might not want to tell your reader every sordid detail of your life story, but you do want to address what you see in the cards or what you are feeling about what she says.

You can spend your time waiting for the cards to reveal what your real question is, or you can use that time to dive in deeply and get the answers you are really looking for.

3. Take Notes. Jot down the highlights so that you don’t get so involved in taking notes that you miss the process of the reading. If we are doing an in-person reading, you can even take photos of your cards. Ask if you can record the reading. Most phones have an app that will easily do this for you.

4. Find Your Own Outcome. Don’t like the outcome the cards predict for you? Explore what you can do to create the future that you really desire! The cards only reveal what is most likely to happen if you stay on your current path. Change your choices, and you change your future. It’s always up to you.

 

Strength From the Shadowscapes Tarot

Strength, Tarot, Shadowscapes TarotToday’s card is Strength from the Shadowscapes Tarot.

Most people start by looking at what is wrong with them, or what they “can’t” do. I was a psychologist for over a decade, and I always had to start my interviews with, “What is wrong?” This is completely icky and gross. Personally, I railed against this system and was always getting into trouble for asking people to focus on what was going well in their lives, how they could change things, and where they could create a better future.

Shame on me, right?

Instead of focusing on what you’re not good at, and wasting countless hours trying to “improve” yourself, let’s focus on what you are good at – your Strengths. When you approach life from a “what’s right” angle, you not only accomplish much more and do it much more quickly, but you get much more satisfaction from it.

Where have you applied (or not applied) the Strength card to your life? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

The Strength card is one of the cards on the Soul Journey Spread. Do you know where you are on your Soul Journey? Find out with this 30-second Quiz:

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Live Before You Die

The Sun from Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

The Sun from Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

From the first breath you are told what to wear, what to say, what to do. Only after years of peeling back the troubled layers others place on you can the Truth of who You are emerge, whole and unscathed. This Hero’s Journey through the darkness ends with your triumphant return to the Light, represented by the Sun here from the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck.

When you are willing to stand as an authority in your own right, you become a beacon of hope and light for others. Those who thought they were alone finally find solace and refuge in your wisdom and love. Others come out of hiding, leaving the refuges of their Hermit caves in order to bring forth their own gifts and Truths.

This journey is the hardest of all, but the only one which will allow you to truly live before you die.

 

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Happy New Year – 2016 is Coming Up Aces!

ace of stones, Quest Tarot Many years we start off as the Fool with new wonders and possibilities before us. But this year, 2016 is bringing us something quite different.

This is one of the most astrologically fortuitive years in a long time. Meaning this is THE year to get things done. To prosper in your business, find the love of your life, lose the weight, get your career on track. Whatever it is you’ve been wanting to do, it’s time to make it happen.

All signs point to YES!

The Ace of Cups, pictured here from the Quest Tarot, shows that you are not starting over. In fact, you are starting the year with all of your gained knowledge, all of your lessons learned, and all of your potential ready. You are right at the edge of your abundance – you merely need to trust and take the next step.

Where will you allow 2016 to take you? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Tarot Life Challenge

Are you a new or aspiring Tarot reader? Did you get your first deck and are wondering just what you’re supposed to do with the cards?

Check out the video above on how you can get to the heart of the Tarot and start using the cards in your every day life.

Then sign up to learn more Tarot with the FREE 5 Day Tarot Life Challenge.

You Already Know How to Read Tarot

woman reading Tarot 180 The Tarot can be very intimidating for people who are first learning. Trust me, I know – it took 7 years before I started listening to my own intuition and definitions of the cards. But that was because I didn’t have anyone to tell me that it was okay to find my own meanings.

So today, I am going to tell you if a meaning jumps out at you for a card, it is OK to go with it. You already know everything you need to know to start reading the Tarot right now.

How can I say that? The Tarot is made of symbols that everyone from every culture has learned for thousands of years. Anyone who looks at a heart already has meanings associated with it. A wand is also a familiar concept, and even seeing a bunny or squirrel will evoke certain ideas or thoughts.

Look at the card below from the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. What are these people doing? What are they thinking or feeling? Put yourself in the card – talk to them, become them. Tell a story about it. It doesn’t matter if it “seems” right or not. What matters is that it feels true to you. Let us know what you come up with below:

6 of cups Be sure to join us in the free Tarot Group at the Spiritual Badass Community.

What’s with the Psychic TV?

For years, Tarot readers have complained that they are ostracized by society, having to live on the fringe, and deal with Muggles giving them weird looks, making the sign of the cross (or Evil Eye), and telling them that they’re going to Hell (yep – happened to me even in Oregon).

 

But now we’ve got more mainstream psychics like Teresa Caputo, the Long Island Medium.

 

Now there’s Psychic Tia. And one has to wonder – is this good or bad for the Tarot, psychic, and clairvoyant community?

 

Some people will accuse Tia of selling out. Others will say that she is a bad representation of the Tarot and metaphysical community. One thing’s for sure – her show will help Tarot become even more mainstream than it has in recent years – but at what cost? Does it matter if you think she’s “unethical” or doesn’t do things “right?” or is any publicity good publicity? Where do you draw the line? Let me know in the comments below:

Your Tarot Reading

Your Tarot Reading Want to Get the Most Out of Your Tarot Reading?

You’ve booked your Tarot reading. Congratulations! Now what?

Every Tarot reader does things a little bit differently. Even if you’ve had a Tarot reading before, when you see a new reader the experience can be totally different. Here are a few tips to make the most out of our time together:

1. Have a Question? Let me know if you have a specific question that you want to know about. We can do a general reading, but if there is something going on in your life, it’s great to bring that to the cards up-front.

2. Spill It! Don’t just sit there and uh-huh or wait for the cards to predict your future. The best Tarot readings are ones where you are involved. You might not want to tell me every sordid detail of your life, and that’s okay. (I was a psychologist for a decade. I promise there is nothing you can tell me that will surprise or offend me.) But you do want to address what you see in the cards or what you are feeling about what I say.

You can spend your 45 minutes waiting for the cards to reveal what your real question is, or you can use that time to dive in deeply and get the answers you are really looking for.

3. Take Notes. I do not record your reading. If you want to, that’s great. If you want to take notes, that’s great. Just take down the highlights so that you don’t get so involved in taking notes that you miss the process of the reading. If we are doing an in-person reading, you can even take photos of your cards.

4. Find Your Own Outcome. Don’t like the outcome the cards predict for you? Let’s explore what you can do now to create the future that you really desire! The cards only reveal what is most likely to happen if you stay on your current path. Change your choices, and you change your future. It’s always up to you.

Have any questions about your reading? Feel free to shoot me an email at Amethyst@AmethystTarot.com

Amethyst Mahoney, LACC, PhD

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