Monday, 28 July 2014

Witchy Tarot Reading

Today's reading is from the Witchy Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2003), which just  came with an infamous Lo Scarabeo LWB.  It was later re-released as the Hip Witch Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2012) with a good book by Barbara Moore.

Situation - Four of Broomsticks (Swords)

A girl in a black witches hat sits with her back to a stream.  Around her are five rats, and in front of her is a broken broomstick.  Combining the image and more traditional interpretations, I read this as saying that when we can't think straight, it's best to take a break and get some input from nature/our Higher Self.

Don't - Trial of Flames (King of Wands)

In this deck, the Courts (as well as the suits) are totally renamed and very different - we have the Celebration (Page), the Moon (Knight), the Goddess (Queen), and the Trial (King).  Although there are equivalences, these cards also have extremely different potential interpretations.  The suits are Cauldrons (Cups), Boulders (Pentacles), Flames (Wands) and Broomsticks (Swords).  The Celebrations are Imbolc, Lammas, Beltane and Samhain, while the Moons are full, waning, waxing and new.  So, for instance, this Trial of Flames (King of Wands) shows a witch making progress against all odds through the use of magic.  Like the King of Wands, then, it indicates strength and determination, and leadership ability.  However, it can be interpreted very differently.  As what not to do this week, it counsels against fighting the flow of life.

Do - Six of Cauldrons (Cups)

Another behatted witch in capri pants and a bustier sits in a swampy forest, unpacking her lunch.  Below her is a spilled cauldron and a couple of frogs.  Connecting with traditional meanings, I guess you could see this as returning to the simpler things in life, or not giving up on your dreams.

If I read predictively, I'd see some idea of mine being dashed, and advice to give up on getting anything done.  The only bright point would be the sense of reconnecting with a dream from the past.  However, more realistically, I am reminded that everything seems worse when I'm tired.  So, this week I should take time to rest where I find it.  Being full of wands-y enthusiasm is all well and good, but I had quite a social week last week, including a wedding that involved nearly six hours driving.  So, I could do with some quieter, more family-oriented time, and maybe a walk on the Heath.  Perhaps, in the stillness, I can find some good ideas I've had packed away in my mind...

P.S.  This week, there will be a post on Friday as part of the Tarot Blog Hop rather than an overview of this deck.  If you're interested in the Witchy Tarot, I wrote a full review of it a few years back.  However, it's a review of the Witchy Tarot, not including Barbara Moore's book.

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