For some people, the court cards are the hardest cards to understand in the entire Tarot. A lot of teaching methods tell new readers to imagine people they might know - but sometimes that's hard to imagine or interpret in a spread. Other times the cards are related to forms of energy or abstract ideas, but that's even harder to fix in a reader's mind. For me, it's always been a combination of both. The court cards are forms of behavior, broad personalities, and it's important to take a good hard look at whether you're displaying - or need to display - what they portray.
Take the Knight of Pentacles, our card of the week. The Knight is the moody teenager of the bunch. He works in extremes, inhabiting some of the best and worst qualities of the suit he belongs to. The Pentacles are the suit of earth - dry, solid, full of roots. They represent material and practical things, a well-organized mind, being solid and comfortable. What's the extreme side of that? When those roots go too deep, getting so big and snarled they can't be moved to a different place.
We can grow very attached to our ideas, or the stories we tell ourselves. They become a broken record in the back of our minds, informing how we live and how we behave.
"I'll never be lovable or desirable."
"I'll never have the career I want."
"I'll never look or feel the way I'd like to."
"I can't make things happen for myself."
Even young trees sometimes have to be flexible, willing to be taken up by their roots and moved to a place they'll grow and thrive. If we can't move to where there's more sunlight and nourishment, we get blocked by weeds, overshadowed by blooming flowers. Our foundation was never solid to begin with, so our tangled roots can't bring up nourishment.
If you feel mired in a bog, stuck in your old habits and routines with your goals out of reach, ask yourself: have I stopped moving? Is there a new frontier I haven't looked at because I'm digging my heels into what's comfortable?
Am I telling myself the wrong story?
Bring in some Page energy - the energy of someone youthful, enterprising, and ready to start something new. Ask yourself "why?" the way a young child does. And then ask yourself "why?" again to the response. When you've stopped running out of answers, you may have loosened up the mud and muck beneath you enough to start forging a new path, and get yourself moving again.
I can't believe it's already November! The year's gone by so fast, and it's been a major one with a lot of big changes. Now it's time to reflect on the past year, reward ourselves for everything we accomplished, and set our sights for the new year ahead. And it's in the spirit of things to come that I'm hosting my first giveaway!
One major accomplishment for me this year was creating my first e-course, Tarot Journeys: Of Mentors and Magic Wands. Now I'm giving away a copy of the entire six week e-course, free to one lucky member of my tribe!
Tarot Journeys is a creative, wisdom-filled look at the first six Major Arcana of the Tarot. Whether you're brand new to Tarot or want a fresh look at the cards, these powerful archetypes will become your mentors and guides on a journey to claim your own power and become your truest, most powerful self.
The course has six e-books, two meditations, and six unique Tarot spreads I've created myself. Each week is jam-packed with meditations, journal prompts, exercises and worksheets to take you through one card at a time, teaching you to:
- take the leap on a new goal or project with the Fool
- feel like a master of your environment with the Magician
- trust your intuition with the High Priestess
- harness your creativity with the Empress
- claim your own inner authority with the Emperor
- tap into your spirituality with the Heirophant
It's a powerful new way to discover the teaching side of Tarot, while also discovering yourself.
Here's how to enter:
1. The winner will be announced November 24th in my newsletter, so be sure to click the link (or use the box at the top of any page on this site) and sign up! You'll also receive a copy of my free offer, Your Tarot Journal, with 22 journal prompts for self-discovery!
2. Then leave a comment below about why you'd like to win, and which card you're most looking forward to connecting with. Be sure to leave your name and email address so I can contact you.
3. You can add up to two additional entries into this contest! Click here to share this giveaway on Facebook, or here to talk about it on Twitter. Then link to it in your comment to this post.
Good luck, and thank you so much for being a part of my tribe this year!-----This contest is now closed! Congratulations to Christine for winning the giveaway! You'll be receiving a link to the course material in your inbox today!
`Who are YOU?' said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, `I--I hardly know, sir, just at present-- at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.'
When the Caterpillar asks this infamous question in Alice in Wonderland, he's mainly just being difficult. But there's a reason such a pointed question stirs feelings in Alice - and in us. Ask any of us who we are, and there's at least two dozen ways we could answer.
Most of us, if we're asked how we see ourselves, start listing off our titles and our accomplishments. "I'm a daughter. I'm a sister. I'm a Tarot reader and a coach. I'm a Floridian." We can go on and on with the labels we attach to ourselves, right down to things that set us apart from the mainstream, put us in categories, or even just put us down.
The thing is, so many of those things aren't permanent. They're changing, and our sense of self changes with them. Jobs are lost, divorces are filed, people move across the country or even across the world. One minute we "have it all together", with the relationships and careers we're told make us capable adults, and the next something changes - as life inevitably does - and the way we talk and feel does too.
But what changed? Are you any less 'you' when you've lost the weight, converted to the new religion, or made the move to another country? Or is there a core 'you', when you peel off all the layers, that remains constant no matter what is going on around you?
I'm not saying some labels aren't important parts of who we are. Sometimes they describe an experience we only share with certain people. Or they're part of an identity that's so important, we want the world to know it.
But you ask five different people what those labels mean, and you'll get ten different answers. For a friend of mine, calling my ADD a "disability" meant I thought I couldn't do anything I set my mind to. I had to explain that for me, it meant I knew what naturally came harder to me, so I knew where I had to focus my energy - and to be patient when it took a little longer to improve.
In the end, it's what a label means to us more than the word itself. When I first went into business for myself, I researched the business style of a professional Tarot reader. Then I looked at coaching, and found that it was a huge element of what I did in my readings: helping clients take the next step towards the person they wanted to be, the life they wanted to live. But was I a life coach? A Tarot reader? How to market myself? I came to realize that these two parts of my work - the spiritual and the practical - were so intertwined they were both a part of what I did. Ultimately, no matter what the term, these were my tools as someone who loved to counsel, guide, and give.
So who ARE you?
Start writing - or talking, or vlogging, or whatever's comfortable for you. Think about what comes to mind when someone asks you that question. And then look for the meaning inside the words. What are the qualities in you that guide that huge part of your life? If you suddenly didn't have the money, the job, the spouse, what feelings from those things would still be left, shaping who you are?
And if you suddenly feel like you'd be less loveable, capable, or "together"...well, take a look at that. Where does that come from? You'd be no less loving, ambitious, or accomplished if you were still looking for a way to share it. And wanting something you feel you don't already have - well, that means you value those qualities. And that's a powerful thing all on its own.
Who are you? I guarantee you know, maybe even more than you think.