Tarot from Conscience (or the Traveling Moth)
A space for tarot reflection for the day, week, or moment it comes across your screen. Each of these is reworked intentionally for The Edge, from the egregore of GroupTarot’s Card of the Week, to center education, diversity, and intuition.
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Happy Full Moon.
I apologize for giving y’all no warning that there would be no Card of the Week last week. I found myself in a place of huge overwhelm with something needing to give. That something was this weekly gift.
Which was hard for me.
I feel the weight of expectation heavily, even if it is only my own projections and none of you felt any qualm or disappointment at the lack of a card’s wisdom here. I hate even the possibility of disappointing people, which is not always a healthy place for me to live. Maybe you recognize this in yourself.
Everyone else’s girl, maybe one day she’ll be her own…
…as Tori Amos aptly wrote. A highlight of last week was watching her concert. Tears streamed down my face, pooling in my black KN95, during many songs, Girl among them.
It’s a little strange for me to share so vulnerably through this open platform. It’s something I was socialized to not do publicly or professionally; that any emotions besides happiness, humility, boredom, apathy, disgust, or anger – which is becoming less acceptable, gratefully – were not “professional.”
That’s one of many reasons my professional careers have been in theatre and tarot. The whole range of human – and other than human – emotions are accepted, celebrated, and explored with loving curiosity.
For the most part, the whole range of humans are also accepted and celebrated. Yes, the for profit and LORT theatres are primarily white. However, at least in Portland and my circles, that’s actively and meaningfully changing. I’m seeing this in the tarot community as well. I didn’t realize when I started attending professional tarot conferences a few years ago I would find another queer sanctuary, with folx actively working on decolonizing their minds and practices, through the support of cartomancy.
So this Pride Month, I’m pulling out PRIDE TAROT: A Collaborative Deck.
Many thanks to Arwen Lynch Poe for gifting it to me. It’s brand new. I’m taking it out of the plastic to share it’s first wisdom with you all!
And it gives us,
The Fool. illustrated by Sam Kahn
I swear I shuffled!
I almost put it back to shuffle and re-pull.
I stopped myself, because the main energy behind that impulse was my worry that y’all wouldn’t believe that I shuffled. Which is disrespectful to you – I know everyone on this mailing list. You are all beautiful, curious, compassionate people. Why would I choose to project judgmental, distrusting energy onto you?
So here we all are, back at a new beginning.
The spaces of black and white vs. color are potent. The land, clothes, staff, dog, in black and white while the sky is brilliantly colored in turquoise, magenta, gold, with little bits of white, like the Trans Pride flag and pansexual flags. With a rainbow pride button on their backpack, like the center of a Gerber daisy, at the rough location of the stomach/solar plexus chakra. The Manipūra Chakra.
This card is feeling intensely personal today, even though it was pulled with the intention of a message for the group.
I am pansexual.
Gerber daisies are my favorite flower.
I have the chance to embark on a new journey.
Yellow (the color of the Manipūra Chakra) was my favorite color throughout my childhood.
I don’t have a dog, but I was playing with one a lot this past weekend!
They are alone.
Some paths are for us alone. Some for us to share. And we’re only seeing part of the frame, who knows who might be just out of sight, or taking this picture, or past the ridge line.
But right now, they are the lone person.
When do you feel alone?
And still, they’re not really alone, for there is air, sun, flowers, mountains, and a companionable canine. The old, yet true, trope, we are never truly alone.
Also, there’s nothing wrong with being alone.
Sure, we’re socialized to normalize coupling, but that’s not for everyone.
From asexual to polyamourous, everything in-between and orbiting around, your body, your relationships, your healing and health, is your choice.
You are beautiful.
You are not a burden.
You may tread lightly on this good Earth, our only home.
You are allowed to radiate self worth, self awareness, and confidence.
All the b.e.s.t,
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