Over the Hump by Kate Mura of Group Tarot
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 Group Tarot’s Card of the Week, to center education, diversity, and intuition.
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It’s a lovely rainy day.
I’m gratefully enjoying a day off from the theatre. Most of these weeks have centered the opera I’m working backstage on, seeing shows on some surprise evenings free, before shifting into many tarot readings for events and businesses to finish off this month and my year.
No surprise as October is a witches and tarotist’s busy season. Theatre artists too – our season is beginning.
Professional theatre has fascinating juxtapositions many are unaware of. I frequently think because audiences perceive most opera and Broadway sets to be opulent – and some definitely are, just not all of them by a long shot – that extravagence extends to all corners of the theatre.
It rarely does.
The crew rooms I spend the most time in have paint chipping off of brick & cinderblock walls, with mismatched discarded chairs stagehands have fixed at mismatched tables that frequently could use a wipe down.
They’re cozy, functional, full of hand-me-downs (which I truly love because I am all for waste stream diversion) and incredibly unglamorous.
Do you know about the huge amount of craft, training, and skill that goes into creating these live works of art?
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With my mind on backstage life, I’m not surprised that Cirque du Tarot by Leeza Robertson & Michael Joshua Tufts is calling out to share this final October and year Card of the Week, as next week will be forecasting for the next witches year.
Our Card of the Week is,
Some of you have experienced a reading with me commenting on how the cards shuffled, or things I noticed in how the cards were chosen before even flipping them over to see what they have to say.
Everything effects a reading.
And these cards first wanted to be riffle shuffled, then hand overhand, then fanned out and made completely messy before two cards were adamant that they were together this week.
Then after looking at them, I needed to do a location shift and clothing change before settling in to hear and share their message.
Ah… the set and costume changes…
We are given,
The Queen of Wands and Strength inverted.
Look at that balance and partnering!
In my acrobatic days, I could base (the muscular individual with their legs up) and fly (the one balancing on one leg on the base’s extended feet) a modified version of this pose. I wasn’t so skilled to do standing poses like this one, but I could fly Superman and headstands. I could base them too.
Consequently, this is one of those cards that I feel in my body even more because I do these poses – legs up the wall pose has been part of my evening routine after long days at the theatre all these weeks.
My eyes are drawn to the spotlight and the triangular cone it makes, as well as the Queen/Royal of Wands glowing wand.
Each a different type of light.
Each an aspect of fire.
One of the things I love about these Royals, is that in looking through the deck (which I’ll be doing with the creator later in 2024) all the Queens face one direction, all the Kings the other, because they are two sides of the same individual, just one side is bearded and the other not. So these Royals truly are queered in an intentional way that I adore, for as you know, these energies are in all sex/gender combinations.
This pairing is also saying that even if you have the energy, it’s OK to not use it all. It’s ok to keep some in reserve, to share. To use some for play rather than work. For silliness rather than seriousness.
To take the time to make wishes on fluffy dandelion seed heads. (Don’t those side topiary look like different size dandelion heads???)
This is also an interesting trio relationship to reflect upon.
Sometimes this week, we may need to be the fiery Queen, energized, focused, aware of where and how her/their energy is used. Sourced from within and the Divine/Mysterious.
Sometimes this week, we may need to be the solid base. Hold up the sky for others to fly and play.
And other times this week it may be our turn to take the spotlight and play. To dance without a care in the world – and yet still be a good partner, romantic or otherwise!
One of the things I love about the base/flyer relationship is that their non-verbal communication skills need to be as honed – if not more so – than their verbal communication skills. Feeling each other’s weight shifts to compensate and help the flyer continue to fly, to notice the minuscule muscle tremors when the base is getting fatigued and come down.
I realize probably not too many of you are or have taken circus classes – although I highly recommend them! – so in another sense, watch people’s body language this week. Notice what you are saying with your body. This pairing really invites you to look at whether it’s in alignment with your intention.
If your intention is to exude confidence at a big meeting, but your eyes are downcast, shoulders slumped, and weight keeps shifting back and forth on your feet with toes slightly turned in, your body is telling a very different story.
If your intention is to be neutral and unassuming, yet you’re sitting wide legged, both arms on the chair armrests, leaning forward at a 20 degree angle with direct, barely blinking eye contact, your body is telling a very different story.
What story do you actually want to tell? What story do you want to live? Wands are full of artistry and creativity, so use them to craft your story. Use their fire to energize your body and align how you literally move through the world.
I find this exercise especially helpful in times like these when genocide is happening on the other side of the world and I am powerless to change the awful colonial foundation which is the foundation of the Israel/Palestine conflict, not to mention all the other conflicts going on in the world.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about or think it all started after WWII, this is a great article and timeline to get a fuller understanding of the history of Palestine/Israel.
If you’re not living the story you want to be embodying, why?
Is there one thing you can do that is part of the story you want to tell? Drink more water? Clear a corner of your garden? Buy the local organic item rather than the one full of GMOs flown in from far away? Dress in your favorite color – or wear your favorite lingerie underneath even though only you will know?
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