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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

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.

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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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.

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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The Starchild Tarot AKASHIC and Wild Kuan Yin Oracle – A Great Duo

Starchild Tarot AKASHIC + Wild Kuan Yin Oracle - Mother TarotThe Starchild Tarot AKASHIC and Wild Kuan Yin Oracle are a great team together – who knew?

As I have been working with my Starchild Tarot AKASHIC deck (artist and creator, Danielle Noel), I recently discovered that it works quite well with the Wild Kwan Yin Oracle (author Alana Fairchild). I really enjoy working with the Wild Kuan Yin Oracle. Its artwork is happy, charming and compelling. Sometimes the answers it provides are so right on it just makes me smile. I would never have thought its warmth would pair well with the seemingly austere artwork of The Starchild Tarot AKASHIC, but this unlikely duo has proved to be a productive combination. Perhaps it is the blending of opposites – how very Tarot-like.

I became aware of this deck pairing when I was recently asked to do a reading about dreams. Because I was thinking that dreams would be more in the cosmic realm, I decided to use The Starchild Tarot AKASHIC, the most “cosmic” of my decks. I will often use a Tarot and Oracle deck together for the depth of insights I get when combining them. That day, though, the oracle deck I normally use and love, Wisdom of the Oracle (author Colette Baron-Reid), did not seem right. For some reason I cannot explain, I thought pairing it with the Wild Kuan Yin Oracle might be interesting – and how glad I am that I listened to that nudge!

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To look at both these decks together, you (or at least I) would never suspect they might talk to each other so well. But I was in for a pleasant surprise when I found they did – and remarkably well. They not only addressed the same ideas, they also reinforced each other. It was pretty amazing, I must say. When I later used the same deck combination for another reading on a different topic, I got the same deep results.

If you have both these decks and have never thought of using them together, give them a try as a duet and see how they work for you. You might be as surprised as I was to learn yet another lesson in the do-not-judge-a-Tarot-card-by-its-image department.

To read a post about my first interesting reading with The Starchild Tarot AKASHIC deck, click here.

To read a post about an earlier lesson on how NOT to judge a Tarot card by its image, click here.

The Starchild Tarot AKASHIC   /   Wild Kuan Yin Oracle


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My Bossy Starchild Tarot AKASHIC Deck

The Starchild Tarot-Akashic is a Bossy DeckMy Starchild Tarot AkASHIC deck was pretty bossy at our first reading. I had not expected that. This was something new from a Tarot deck.

When I first saw the online images of The Starchild Tarot AKASHIC deck, I felt a strong pull toward them. They were different. They seemed powerful and deep. And when I was finally able to buy them, I could hardly wait for them to arrive.The Starchild Tarot Akashic deck on Mother Tarot - The Universe

But when they did and I was looking through the deck, I had the sinking feeling I would not be able to connect with them as deeply as I had thought. The symbols were more vague than what I was used to and I began to worry that I had bought a deck I would not be able to read. How could that initial pull of the cards have been wrong?!

I decided I would just do what I normally do when I get a new deck and see what happened. I held them to my heart, welcomed them into my Tarot card family, and asked them to open themselves to me. Then I laid them aside to later do the other thing I normally do with new decks – go through the cards, one by one with the accompanying book, to learn the artist’s ideas behind the symbols.

Later that day, as I was beginning a reading for someone, I was sitting at the same table where I had laid the AKASHIC deck. It came to me that I should use the AKASHIC deck as an adjunct to the other deck I was planning to use for the reading. I do not normally use a deck before doing my getting-to-know-the-cards process, so I was surprised that I had this thought, but I proceeded with both decks for the reading anyway. As I was saying my prayer at the beginning of the reading, I heard very plainly and clearly that I was to use only the AKASHIC. The new deck was moving the other deck out of the way! What a bossy little voice it had!

During the reading, the cards did not mince words or meanings. I was surprised by this, since I had not had a chance to go through the cards. Yet here it was, giving me a deep reading that totally resonated with my client. I was pretty impressed. Later, when I  did some research online to see if others had similar experiences with the deck, I found quite a few references to the deck having strong intuitive connections. That was exactly what I had experienced, too.

Mother Tarot - The Starchild Tarot AKASHIC - The MagicianSince that day, I have come to realize that these cards have a very powerful voice. She (the deck feels like a She to me) is very clear and open and sometimes painfully honest. She knows what she wants to say and does so, often taking me into unexpected depths. Is it because of the cosmic feel of the images? The colors? The evocative landscapes? The sacred Geometry on the cards? Does she speak with her creator’s personality? I have yet to discern the answer but there is definitely an energy within the cards. While I admit to having to reach for the well-written guidebook from time to time, I am noticing the times are getting farther apart.

This deck is becoming a treasure for me. I can highly recommend it to anyone looking for a modern deck with incredible depth. While it is modern in its design, it gives a nod to all  the Tarot traditions… Rider-Waite-Smith, Thoth and the Tarot de Marseilles. Kudos to Ms. Danielle Noel for her excellent deck. Her Magician self has taken the known and familiar and created something entirely new and timeless. It is certainly easy to understand why  The Starchild Tarot AKASHIC deck has already become beloved in the Tarot world. It has charted a new Tarot path and its influence is sure to be felt for a long time to come.

Here is how Ms. Noel aptly describes her deck;

“The Starchild Tarot is an intuitive tool that connects with your innermost realms and Higher Self. This 79 card deck explores the ancient traditions of the Tarot through a Multidimensional journey of Consciousness and awakening. 

Inspired by the sacred dreamscapes and mythos of the cosmos, each card represents a tiny gateway of insight into the realms of the Akasha. [These cards are] imbued with magic and love and made for the Starseeds and Mystics of the world.

As above, so below.” 

All the photos used in this post are from The Starchild Tarot AKASHIC website, where you can purchase the deck directly from Ms. Noel.

(A portion of The Magician card is shown in close up above to help you see the detail.)

To read a post about how The Starchild Tarot AKASHIC deck pairs with the Wild Kuan Yin Oracle, click here.

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When Fish Bones Were My Tarot Teacher – Gaian Tarot

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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.


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I Become The Fool and Start a Tarot Blog

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I have been thinking about writing a Tarot blog for a while but have always hesitated. Perhaps it was my own shyness or a fear of putting myself out there, but it seems the time has finally come for me to quit hesitating. It is time to become The Fool – to trust The Universe, step out off that cliff and see what happens.

As I add my voice to the many other excellent Tarot blogs out there, what is it I feel I can add to the mix? I think it is the inherent compassion in the name, ‘Mother Tarot.’ I am adding another voice of care and compassion to a field that has often been denigrated but should not have been. Tarot has become an amazing tool for accessing the inner parts of ourselves that speak to our highest good. That access should not be denied out of fear or misunderstanding. Tarot is a valid, effective tool of the subconscious. It teaches us about ourselves, our own growth and that of others. It is a way to grow within ourselves and to help others do the same.

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My daughter said it best when I told her I was thinking of writing a Tarot blog and trying to come up  with a good name. She told me I should call it ‘Mother Tarot‘ because my readings are like a mother – they come from the heart and are caring and compassionate. I was touched by her words. The name felt perfect as soon as she said it – simple and to the point.  Thanks, Hon!  Sometimes you just need another perspective.

Since deciding on the name, I have been thinking about how to make this blog a reality. Many ideas for posts have been swimming through my mind and I am anxious to get them written. I hope you will join me on this new journey of sharing and discovery. I also hope  this will be a reciprocal experience and that you will share your comments, ideas and experiences with me. As excited as I am to get Mother Tarot moving forward, there is still a bit of apprehension as to how it will be received. Any hand-holding you can offer on this new venture will be very much appreciated!

Well, having made my declaration and despite it feeling safe and familiar up here on this cliff, I guess it is officially time to step off… so here I go!