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.
There is no doubt Autumn is in full swing here in the Northern Hemisphere, despite an unseasonably warm weekend in the Portland Metro Area, traditional lands of the Chinook, Multnomah, Mollalla, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Rhonde and many more. Do you know whose lands you’re on?
It was lovely for attending the Northwest Tarot Symposium, loving called newts. I jumped in the pool on lunch break and after the long weekend conference completed. Soaking in some Vit. D definitely helped my brain and body digest such good information. Ever wonder what the brain does during tarot readings? Siddharth Ramakrishnan PhD had a fascinated class on this!
Now, I’m wrapped up in a hoodie, on my back patio with a hot mug of mint hot cocoa to warm my chilly fingers.
Ahhh… the changing temperatures after the Equinoxes…
We had a lovely first class of Moving Through The Minors this morning. If you have yet to register, that’s fine! You can do so here and I’ll send you the videos of any classes you missed, to catch you up. 🙂 Edge community gets 25% off.
Today, I have a new deck to bring out for Card of the Week! This is my first draw with Trick or Treat Tarot created by Barbara Moore and Jonathan Hunt. It is so sweet and makes my Samhain loving, inner child so happy!
It gives us,
Three of Wands inverted
The first thing that comes to mind seeing this image is braaaaiiiiinnnnns…
Which I suppose isn’t surprising, as I’ll be digesting info from this weekend and exploring new decks for a while!
The orchids in the grassy foreground are so lovely in comparison to our central figure.
Dang, this person is cut up and in distress, which feels much more 3 of Swords than three of Wands to me. Which inverted, feels like the heart/mind being so full it hurts. Kinda like an energetic version of muscles being sore after a really good work out.
I see the Three of Wands as being intentional about finding the right place to be. Knowing that some places want you and your energy, other places will feed you and your energy, and that those are not necessarily the same place. Which can sometimes be challenging to reconcile.
But that hanging eyeball is really grossing me out and my standard interpretation of this card feels thin with this illustration. Although, there is something to be said for listening to intuition, and Divine intervention, rather than only relying on sight or what we see…
However… to try and quell the grossness in my stomach, I’m going to the book and see what the author intended. Whenever I am learning a new deck, I always read the book. Inevitably, some things I agree with, some things I disagree with, and others I’m neutral about. All decks are not the same, and part of the joy being a reader for decades, are all the layers and layers built in each card through different decks. It’s like lots and lots of layers of filo dough in making baklava.
To the book…
Ooooh!!! This is a time where my literalness is a challenge! This person is in a costume! A committed werewolf victim! The eye popped out is all make-up and part of the costume is him having to keep his hand up to his face a lot,
“…even if it makes tackling the annual Halloween obstacle course really hard. Whether he wins at that contest or not, at least he will win at pulling off a seriously gruesome character.”
So Barbara does veer from where I traditionally put this card, instead focusing on digging deep to have the strength to do hard things, maintain focus, and commit!
“…if you’re not moving forward, the zombies or werewolves might get you.”
She also has some specific reversals rooted in dissatisfaction.
As we get close to Halloween, Samhain, All Souls, it’s a time many of us reflect on the past year (or already have! Welcome Year 5783!) What’s been harvested, what’s been offered, what’s gone to seed to give away, what’s gone to seed to plant again next year. Consequently, it might be really easy to be dissatisfied with our work and accomplishments, rather than grateful for our harvest and the upcoming wintertime for N. Hemisphere folx or grateful for the lengthening Sun and seeds that have been gathering energy and dreams, for S. Hemisphere folx.
Where ever on the globe you reside, it’s important to be honest with ourselves about where our true satisfaction and dissatisfaction are. It’s equally important to only compare ourselves to ourselves. Let’s let Keeping Up With The Jone’s mentality die and compost, shall we? Please?
The costumes we’ve worn by choice and by acquiescence is also a part of this card. Hopefully no one here has been coerced. If you have, please seek professional support.
I mentioned Year 5783. Jews have just celebrated Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah, reflecting and atoning, working that their fate may be sealed well in the Book of Life. I feel similar energy here.
In a traditional RWS deck, the central figure in Three of Wands is looking out over a yellow body of water.
Sure, we know water is supposed to be blue or clear. But that’s not the truth of that card.
We have to have the bravery and fortitude to see the truth, speak power to it, and know when it’s a costume v. reality. Know when the water is yellow, then look deeper to see if it’s just a funky reflection of the Sun, or if the water is super polluted and needs help to become balanced. Or if it’s green dye added to clean water to celebrate St. Patty’s v. a super polluted fountain or river.
May you know and enjoy playing with costumes intentionally! Put on that garb or invisibility cloak and enjoy walking in someone else’s shoes. It just might help you decide where in the world you want to be.
About the creators – Barbara Moore and Jonathan Hunt
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Recommended reading – Mmmm… as we just also passed Indigenous People’s Day in the US/Turtle Island, I’ve been enjoying the rabbit hole of information that is on Center for Plants and Culture’s Instagram. Check them out!
All the b.e.s.t,
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