Saturday, 15 December 2012

Tower Stalker Reading


©Jennifer Galasso
Lisa, over at Tarotize, created a reading to try to understand stalker cards.  You know the ones, always popping up, plaguing and terrorising us!  For her, it was the 10 of Swords, for me it's the Tower.  In Lisa's spread, the first five cards are taken from the tarot deck of your choice.  You shuffle the deck, find the Tower, and look at the two cards to either side of it.  The sixth card, for guidance and comfort, comes from an angel deck.

I decided to use the Crystal Visions Tarot (U.S. Games, 2011), and Cheryl Richardson's beautiful Grace Cards (Hay House, 2005)

1. Why I have to have this lesson - Five of Pentacles
2. What I will have learned by the end of it - Queen of Wands
3. Stalker card - XVI - The Tower
4. How I am doing right now - Five of Swords
5. Pass or fail? - Eight of Pentacles
6. Angelic guidance and comfort

©Jennifer Galasso
1) The Five of Pentacles in this deck represents exactly where I most feel the Tower in my life - in relation to my son.

What I see here is the suggestion that hardship makes us pull together with our loved ones, and can encourage us to get in touch with spirit.  So, perhaps I needed this lesson to be less complacent, less demanding, less materialistic, more spiritually connected.

Having a child with special needs makes me appreciate being able to communicate at any level.  I have had to learn sign language to communicate with him, after having spoken to my bump in four languages.  It makes me appreciate his ability to giggle uncontrollably, and to have his own opinion about things.  I no longer take for granted the ability to travel at will, or to have good health.  And I have become more attuned to the spiritual side of life, to the importance of giving thanks for all the gifts life offers us.

©Jennifer Galasso

2) The Queen of Wands is a beautiful card for what I will learn from this experience.  She is strong and passionate: she believes deeply in things that are meaningful to her, and acts accordingly.  She nurtures her own light, and that of others; she can be fierce, yet also loyal.

These experiences will make me stronger, will clarify for me what is truly important in life, and will help me shine my inner light, for myself and others.

3) Arwen recently described the Tower as "the lies we tell ourselves".  Perhaps one of the lies I told myself was that I could control most everything in my life.

My mother brought me up to have a can-do attitude, and there are a lot of positives in that.  Yet, it leaves out the fact that sometimes we have to struggle, sometimes we fail, and sometimes we have to surrender any pretence of control.  That's definitely something I'm still trying to learn: helplessness does not sit well with me!

©Jennifer Galasso
4) How am I doing right now?  The Five of Swords agrees with what I just said: I'm still struggling with this lesson.  I often feel defeated, hopeless as well as helpless. 

And perhaps my Dear One and I could do with supporting one another a little better in this.  Although I think we do pretty well for the most part, it's true that we both tend to look for distractions from this lesson.  And we don't always talk enough about how we feel about it all.

©Jennifer Galasso
5) I'd say the Eight of Pentacles in the position of Pass or Fail suggests: "could try harder" :/ 

This is something I continue to need to work at, but it doesn't feel like a total fail, more like a "try again next year".  It doesn't feel like I'm on the wrong path, just that I need to put a bit more time and energy into this...

©Cheryl Richardson
6) My angelic guidance tells me to look for support.  I connect this at a mundane level with what I said about the Five of Swords, and my Dear One and I needing to give and receive more support to and from each other.

At a more spiritual level, this brings me back to the card that started this reading: the Five of Pentacles.  I need to learn to "let go and let Goddess", to trust in the support of the divine.  To learn that I don't need to control everything, and that surrendering to the vagaries of life may lead to magnificent discoveries.

10 comments:

  1. Great reading, Chloe! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for a really good spread, Lisa! :)

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  2. I think you might be being a bit hard on yourself with the 8 of Pentacles... The figure is in a way weaving her tapestry of life with focus and skill — the Pentacles are lovely. Her sense of poverty is being transformed. And Pentacles always literally display elements of the divine spiritual at their heart...

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    1. That's a lovely perspective, Nion! And I agree, I do always see Pentacles as having a spiritual aspect - the divine in the everyday :)

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  3. Great reading, and I like the way you tipped the cards to show the back. Maybe you could tell me how you did that, as I'm a bit backward in the IT skills area! :)

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    1. Hi Carla,

      I cheated! I did this reading while we were away. I hadn't taken an angel deck with me, just the Crystal Visions and a Lenormand. This deck, though, is one that I have as an app on my phone. It has the lovely feature that you can email your reading to someone, with the pic you see above ;)

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  4. This is a really deep reading...I think it's full of honesty and insight. I am sure, like most people, that you are too hard on yourself, but overall I thought it was a very balanced reading.

    For some reason I'm having a really hard time remembering my stalker cards although I know I have them. Hrm.

    XOOX,
    MM

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    1. Hi MM,

      I think this is a really good spread. So, if you do remember your stalker cards... :)

      XOXOXO,
      Chloë

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  5. Fantastic reading! I love the way this spread puts the Tower card into perspective for you. Many thanks for sharing this :) xxxx

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    1. You're welcome, Sharon! I found it really helpful at the time, and it was interesting to go back now and re-read it, too. Hope you do give it a go...

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