church of tarot: wheel of fortune

wheel of fortuneThe Wheel of Fortune card is one of the luckiest cards in the tarot deck!! It depicts a wheel surrounded by many mystical archetypes. The sphinx, known in tarot as the guardian of mysteries, sits atop the wheel watching the never-ending cycle of creation-birth, life, death, and rebirth; this suggests that the creature has developed witness consciousness or the ability to stay calm and bear perspective in the midst of life running its course. Anubis, a jackal-headed underworld guardian, is also shown to remind us that while dark times are a natural part of the life cycle, divinity is always along side you. The serpent of knowledge alludes that the ups and downs of life will ultimately bring one better knowledge of one’s self.

In short, this card represents: Destiny, fortune, success, luck, and felicity.

Some questions to keep in mind when this card comes up:

  • What opportunity is at hand?
  • Might you benefit from stepping outside a situation, to watch and wait rather than getting involved?
  • Are you experiencing repercussions of some action?
  • Are you resistant to being where you are?
  • How are you remaining centered during times of upheaval?

church of tarot: six of swords

six of swordsThis card depicts a ferryman carrying passengers in a boat to the shore in the distance. The six swords balancing upright in the boat show that the journey has been well though out, while the passengers, all shown with their backs toward the viewer, display faith in the unseen.

Some questions to ponder in regard to this card:

Are you moving into a more peaceful time or environment?
What do you think you’re heading toward?
Are you changing directions based on clear thinking or emotionality?
Do you realize that there are always problems to be solved?

Happy Vintage Valentine’s!

Valentine’s day is so steeped in myth and legend that is nearly impossible to find out the true story of St. Valentine. While the trek was difficult, I have scoured the web in order to relay the history (or legend) of the holiday.

Firstly, there are many St. Valentines in the history of Christendom; those celebrated on February 14th are Valentine of Rome (AD 496) as well as Valentine of Terni (AD 197). Legend has it that Valentine of Rome was arrested for performing marriages for Pagan soldiers; he was persecuted by Roman Emperor Claudius II after trying to persuade the emperor to convert to Christianity during his jail time. The legend goes on to say that Valentine performed a miracle that cured his jailor’s daughter, Julia, of her blindness before his execution. Lore also states that the night before Valentine’s execution, he wrote a letter to the jailor’s no longer blind daughter, Julia, signing the card “Your Valentine” making the first Valentine card. Valentine’s Day is often associated with theĀ  Roman Lupercalia, an archaic rite associated with fertility, celebrated February 13th-14th and is seen as the beginning of spring renewal.

I love vintage Valentine’s cards! The situations and sayings are so corny and cute! Here are a few of my favorites. Use these to inspire yourself to make your own corny/cute cards.

church of tarot: the magician

magician

The magician card is one of the major arcana cards. The major arcana can be told as a story beginning with the fool, or major arcana card #0. The fool sets out on his journey and first meets the magician (today’s card, also #1) and the High Priestess (card #2). The Magician and the High Priestess represent the great balancing forces that make up the percieved world. The magician represents skill, diplomacy, address, sickness, pain, loss, disaster, self confidence, and will.

Some questions to consider in relation to the Magician card might be: Are you having difficulty focusing your attention? Are you underestimating your ability to learn new things? Are you aware of your higher self coming through your personality?

Let us know in the comments, how does this card apply to you today? We’ll share if you do!

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-Paige

church of tarot: the sun

the sunThe Sun card represents material happiness, fortunate marriage, and contentment. A pretty simple, straightforward card. It’s even the same reversed, just to a lesser degree.

Some questions to consider in regard to the sun card might be: What’s filling you with vitality? How are you sharing light and love? What happiness are you enjoying?

This reminds us of our “Your Best Year Ever” jar. A jar with a slot at the top for us to put the things that make us happy in. The end of the year is nearing, and we’ll get to open it and read all of the pleasant things from our whole year. I can’t wait. We got our jar from Jacqueline (aka: Paige’s mom) who shares a free printable to make your own along with a much better explanation of her invention over on her blog here.