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A Relationship Tarot Reading for Jeanne

Tarot readings can give us so much information about ourselves and the situations in our lives. They each have their own rhythm. Sometimes they reference an immediate situation and sometimes they take a while to come to pass. This relationship Tarot reading for Jeanne had elements of both. Much of what was indicated in the cards was taking place during the time of the reading and within a very short time afterwards. Some things took a little longer to come into sharper focus.

Jeanne (not her real name) has given me permission to share her reading. To protect her privacyy, the names used here are pseudonyms.


Her question – I have deep feelings for my my male co-worker, David. I feel like sometimes he reciprocates but other times I wonder if it is all in my head? Can you please give me some insight to the situation or future?

To be able to give her more insights into the situation, I broke her question down into two parts;

Question 1 –  Is Jeanne reading David correctly?

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1 card draw + Foundation card

Temperance 
David is juggling something in his life, with a foot (and plans) in two worlds. This is an important time for David and will prove to be life changing for him.

Foundation Card (the foundation of her question-situation)  – 3 Wands (drawn from the bottom of the Tarot deck)
Something has already started moving for David and his path (or project) has begun, but the 3 shows it is still in the creation stage. Threes indicate beginnings; things still in the gestation period and not yet fully materialized.


Question 2 – What is Jeanne not seeing or understanding in David?

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Outer-Inner Spread + Answer Card + Clarifier Card

Outer aspects of the situation – The Hermit R / 7 Swords R
On the outside, David can be self-absorbed, distant and secretive (The Hermit R). He has baggage he is trying to deal with (7 Swords) as well as coming to terms with something very important in his life. He has a tendency to deal with things privately, especially now.

Inner aspects of the situation – 7 Wands
7 Wands is a leap of faith card. David is contemplating doing exactly that, either with you or in this situation in his life – or both. If it is with you, he is likely trying to figure out how to fit things with you into his other plans. If it is a leap of faith regarding his plans that have been referenced above, he is getting himself ready to take that leap and stand his ground when he does. My sense is that it is the latter.

There are two 7s in this spread. Sevens indicate a waiting period while things finish evolving into completion.

Answer Card – A Change in the Wind – 12 – (Wisdom of the Oracle deck)
There is a big change coming and an uncertainty about what that change will bring. Things are not always black and white. There has been a shift and you and David may be out of sync in your lives right now, or soon will be. There could be cloudy emotions between you as the change progresses. Be aware of what you need to make yourself happy and do not settle for less. Good will come of this change.

The number of this card (12) adds to 3 (1+2=3), which shows again that something is in a gestation stage.

Clarifier card for the change coming – Flexible – 19 – (Wisdom of the Oracle deck)
This card speaks of being adaptable yet firmly grounded in who you are and what is most important to you. It speaks of open-mindedness, flexible thoughts and actions, and letting go of rigidity and expectations.

The number of this card (19) adds to 1 (1+9=10 /1+0=1). Ones indicate new beginnings.


Conclusion
Something big and important is happening in David’s life, even if it is not yet obvious to others. Because you care about him, you are going to feel it and perhaps be caught up in it. You will need to be flexible in mind and actions when dealing with what is coming. Bend in the wind so you do not break. Go with the flow rather than fighting it. Be aware and accepting, but always stay true to yourself.


HOW IT TURNED OUT… The cards foretold what was coming for them. Jeanne’s words tell us how it went;

“Thank you, Barbara, for your reading. The person in question shared with me the changes they were going through and, as you predicted, it is bigger than he and I. I hope we do not fall out of sync as we confide in one another and, if nothing romantic ensues, I would at least like to remain friends.

What you wrote shocked me but also made me look again at the situation at hand. This was the first [Tarot] reading I have had that was quite to the point. I prefer to be told rather than skirt around the edges. Instead of a reading of what you found overall,  you gave feedback at each step of the way.  I liked that. It helped me follow along. 


I am glad you gave me a heads up because when David did confide in me,  I was expecting it. I feel that he does care for me more than as a colleague. But with this decision he has to make, he may leave work and if neither of us step forward to say something, I am afraid I will lose him.”

A few months later I wrote to see how she was doing. Here is her response;

“We are both well. You were right; David had quite a large business opportunity and was trying to decide what to do. He has since left our workplace. We are still friends and quite close. Thank you for thinking of us.”


Decks used – Robin Wood Tarot, Wisdom of the Oracle


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Card of the Day – King of Cups

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The Fountain Tarot

CARD OF THE DAY
King of Cups

I find this card to be an interesting modern take on a King. The image moves us from the middle ages concept of a king on a throne to a modern king of society.  We see a man in a business suit sitting within a circle (symbol of wholeness) that is supported by an upward pointing  triangle (symbol of stability and male energy). The triangle-circle chair sits on top of a churning sea (churning emotions). We see the waves crashing against the back of the chair but not splashing on the man. He is above the churning emotional energies around him but because his foot is immersed in the water, it shows he is not remote from or non-understanding of those swirling emotions. He is a caring person and totally connected to the emotions, but he does not let them overpower his equanimity (note the bowl balancing on the knee of his bent leg and the expression on his face). He looks to his left (the feminine side), showing again his connection to emotions and caring for others. As he looks to his left, we as the observer see his left as our right. In Tarot, right is the side of the future. Perhaps he sees things that are coming.

This man is an embodiment of “gentle power,” as the LWB describes him. He is someone who cares for others and their needs, is sympathetic, empathetic and conveys an innate warmth with dignity and kindness. He is someone we would go to in a time of trouble for protection and solace. Because he represents a strong sense of family loyalty, protection and devotion, he is the idealized concept of a loving, caring father.

Something I have never noticed about this card before today… two horizontal lines of the ocean and wave horizons run through the man. You can see these lines at his shoulder and raised knee level. Within those lines are the base of his throat chakra (speaking) and heart chakra (love). Hmm…

It will be interesting to see how the energies of this card factor into my life today.
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HOW IT TURNED OUT… the King of Cups showed up at Home Depot

My husband and I were out running errands today and we made a stop at the Home Depot. (For those not living in the USA, that is a hardware store.) He had a list of things he wanted to get, many of which I knew almost nothing about. My husband has limited sight so he relies on me for extra help when we are out and about. As I was reading labels and making suggestions based on my limited knowledge, a very kind older gentleman who works at Home Depot came over and asked to help. He took so much time with my husband. He answered all his questions, explaining and showing him all the different product options they carried. He realized the sight issue right away and handled everything with patience and kindness. As I stood watching him help my husband, I realized our caring King of Cups had arrived.


 

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When Fish Bones Were My Tarot Teacher – Gaian Tarot

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Radiant Rider-Waite
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Gaian Tarot

Fish bones as a Tarot teacher? Yes indeed.

Remember when as kids we were all told not to judge a book by its cover? I find it amusing that even though we think we have learned our childhood lessons, we can often get shown as adults that we need to recall them again. Fish bones on a 10 of Water (Cups) Tarot card  reminded me of this lesson.

I like to think of myself as open to changing thought and circumstance. Sometimes I find myself not living up to my lofty expectations of myself. A case in point was my initial reaction to the 10 of Water card in the Gaian Tarot, by Joanna Powell Colbert. Having learned Tarot in the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition,  I was used to seeing happy families and rainbows on the 10 of Cups card. But here, I was being presented with dead fish carcasses! What in the world was this all about?!

The well-written guide book that comes with the Gaian Tarot deck indicated that the fish bones are those of salmon who have already spawned, laid their eggs, and then died – as is their normal life cycle. (Ok, I can accept that.) The red, swimming salmon in the background are those still spawning and soon to lay their eggs. (Ok, so that means they are soon to die, too, right?) None of this fit the happy and cheery energy I normally feel about the 10 of Cups card. Inside myself I was recoiling from this disturbing (to me) card of death. I was alarmed by this image and figured I would have to find a way to think of this card in happier terms if I was going to be able to use this deck.

Fast forward a few months and one day I got asked to do a reading for a person who was having  some work-related issues in a care-giving field. She did not elaborate on the problems, but they were getting to her so much she was wondering if she should start looking for a new job at another location – or if she should find a new line of work altogether. I felt prompted to use the Gaian Tarot for her reading and imagine my surprise and dismay when this particular card showed up in the spread, reversed. Those darned dead fish were glaring at me and I knew they were important here, but what in the world could they be telling me?

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Gaian Tarot

And then, in a flash, I knew. This woman had given her all in her work, down to the very last drop, but she was not getting the positive emotional return she had once received. Nor was she getting from her colleagues the support and recognition she deserved for her efforts. For her, changing jobs – much less possibly changing fields – was going to create some heart-wrenching decisions. She confirmed that what I had described was exactly what she had been dealing with for quite a while. How hard that must have been for her.

The reason I am sharing this story is to remind us all not to judge a card by our initial impression of it, especially if it is a negative impression. Had I not had those depressing dead fish on this card, I might have missed entirely what Spirit knew that woman needed to hear. This card came up in the spread because it was the right message, at the right time, for her.

I am grateful I was able to help her as a direct result of this most unusual card. My thanks to the artist, Joanna Powell Colbert, who created it. Her vision  gave me a broader view of the 10 of Water (Cups) card than I had ever had before. I will always remember the lesson I learned that day, when fish bones were my Tarot teacher.

There are bound to be many other stories like this that Tarot readers have experienced. It will be fun and illuminating to hear about your fish bones kinds of lessons. Please feel free to share them in the comments below. You can either click on this comment link or on the ‘leave a comment link’ immediately below.


To read a post on another lesson I learned in the do-not-judge-a-Tarot-card-by-its-image department, click here.


 

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The Rohrig Tarot 8 of Pentacles – An Amazing Image

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Rohrig Tarot

The Rohrig Tarot 8 of Pentacles is a compelling image. It draws you right in to its message.

Numbers are interesting. They tell of phases within cycles. The energy of the 7 of Pentacles card is often depicted as someone resting for a bit, waiting on the fruits of their labor. At this stage, it can sometimes feel like we are not getting anywhere fast, that our efforts are not paying off as we had imagined. Patience is called for as we await our reward. As the 8 of Pentacles energy begins to affect the situation, things start to look and feel more promising. Our worries start to ease. There is still a lot of work to do and more patient waiting to be endured. But now it all flows more smoothly and efficiently. We have improved our skills and found better ways to make use of our time and tools. Because of all our planning, hard work and efforts, our vision is beginning to manifest.

Numerologically, I have always envisioned an 8 as a three dimensional extension of a 4.  At the 4 stage (2 dimensions), a foundation has been built. I see it in my mind as a flat shape, laying on the ground, like a floor. When the 8 stage (3 dimensions) arrives, that floor is now rising, like a building from its foundation, coming into three dimensional manifestation. Every time I see a building being built, I think of this.

My favorite 8 of Pentacles card depicts this concept beautifully. It is from the Rohrig Tarot, the English language version of which is now, regrettably, out of print. It shows a tree beginning to fill out the matrix of what it is to be, but has not yet fully become. The growth is rising up the trunk and we see the energy-form it will inhabit when it is complete. It will be  magnificent!

At the base of the tree, five people stand close together, looking toward a glow in the distance. Through the years, I have seen those people in a variety of ways; a team working on a project, a family, the five senses, five obstacles or challenges (that once seemed daunting but are now seen in their true proportion to the project).

The glow feels to be the energy of the growth that is taking place and the pride of all those involved with making this incredible thing happen.

I do love this 8 of Pentacles card. It is one of my favorites among many in this very special deck. Has anyone ever worked with this deck before? If so, I would love for you to share how  you felt about the readings you had with it.