ShadowFox Tarot (Schiffer, 2010) which I had resisted for quite some while. I find the images less visually challenging in person than I had feared from what I'd seen on-line. There, they had seemed almost like visual illusions that make my eyes feel like they're twisting inside out :o
So, after my initial favourable impression, I decided to do a little reading with the deck, to try it out in practice. As the images are all about shadows and light, that's what I designed a spread around :)
1) Where in my life am I manifesting light? - Moon
I am manifesting light in my work with intuition, and with my ability to sit with uncertainty. I am accepting the cycles of life, and working with them rather than struggling against the tide. I see this referring to Big Boy - I think I am managing his cycles (mainly of health and sickness) better. I am trusting my intuition more, too, both in my family life, my tarot work and in my work as a counsellor.
I am manifesting my shadow in the area of my work life: I have not been doing the work I know I need to do! Look at that cute bunny by her side - so creative. Not me, though. In the four months since the taught part of my Masters finished, I have done little or nothing towards my dissertation, except feel bad about it.
However, just this morning I started doing some research on the topic, and have got 6 books on the way. I plan to research articles as a next step, and hopefully print some out, rather than having to go in to college to read them. So, still taking a somewhat lazy approach to the whole thing, but at least I've got a little momentum going.
Well, basically, I just need to get on with the work! I see, too, the suggestion of getting help: building up a team of people I can talk with about it. Already, there's one good friend from my course who I meet with quite regularly, and we've been helping and supporting one another. It doesn't hurt that we were in the same Research Methodology tutorial group, so we already know one another's ideas and plans.
Also, my mum is a really good resource - she used to be a degree-level teacher of sociology, so she knows a bit about how to research and write things up academically ;) And she's been encouraging me to contact my godmother, who was a professional qualitative researcher for decades, as well as a University lecturer in the subject.
I think this spread worked well, and I found the images quite expressive and easy to read. I can well imagine using this deck quite regularly, and wonder what other types of reading it might be especially suited to. What do you think?