Challenges

Same Spread; Different Deck Challenge

Hi everyone! I’m still alive! I’ve just been visiting my parents the last couple weeks. I still have a metric butt ton of posts hanging out ready for me to get over myself and publish them. But for now I have something really fun for me, and I hope for you. I’m sure it’s not unique but hey. Um. Here’s my take on it?

This funtime challenge will probably only be entertaining and educational and whatever to more intuitive readers and newbies. But if you go mainly By the Book I’d love to hear your results as well.

The idea is simple: Do a reading with a deck. Then grab another deck (or 2, or 3…) and lay out the same cards you got for the first reading. Post/vlog about what you discover from it. Let’s try #ssddtarot on social media as a sharing option.

(you can ignore the rest of this post for the challenge)

You may ask yourself “Why?! WHY AM I DOING THIS?!”

Calm the fuck down. I’ll tell you. Jezz.

A couple weekends ago, before I left to visit my parents, I was sitting in a cafe in Los Angeles. It’s one of the highest rated cafes my bf and I could find. The americano (my litmus) was a FUCKING JOKE. I was missing my friends and family (especially in New Orleans) more than ever. I getting the caffeine jitters off of barely passable hot bean water. Overall… I was feeling like shit.

Thankfully I had my Bohemian Gothic tarot so I break them out and lay down my Mental Check spread. I will post the results in my own response to this “challenge” but basically I was sitting there later on thinking “Hmmm. My readings are always on point. What would they be like if I used a different deck?” What really got me thinking about that was my #2 position (I’ll detail that in my response post).

I’d loooove to see your interpretation to the same spread, but different decks. It doesn’t matter how you interpret your spreads, just do it how you would normally do it. Even if it’s  some kind of combo method.

I will probably work on my response post on my train ride back to Los Angeles. But for now… let me know if this is interesting or not to you. What do you think??

 

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10 Questions Every Tarot Reader Must Answer

This seems to be the new thing going around, so I figured I’d do it too. At least nobody is jumping off cliffs, eh? I found this post here. The original post is here.

I’d like to encourage other readers to ponder these questions from time to time. Some of them will change, some won’t. It’s just a good idea to know where you stand.

1. Were you mentored, or were you self taught?

Self taught. A mentor at some point during my years of learning would have been nice though. And maybe it’s not too late to have one?

2. Are you a psychic or a Tarot reader?

Let’s be logical here: Tarot reader.

3. Are your predictions accurate, and is accuracy important to you?

I don’t do predictions very often and I have lost all records of them, save for one recent one I did. We’ll see how that turn out later this year. As for the bulk of my non-predictive readings I’d say they are still accurate. And it is important to me because what is the point of readings if they’re not accurate? If everything they told me just didn’t make sense in relation to my poking and prodding then I’d have no use to play with them.

4. Is there anything you can’t predict in a reading?

I can’t predict anything. Divining the future as it’s set in stone isn’t a thing.

5. Do you use only Tarot, or are you multi-disciplinary?

Only tarot. I have dabbled with other things but they never stuck.

6. Is the message in the cards, or in your head?

What’s the difference? You read the card (which is just a card), and your brain takes the information where it needs to go. I don’t quite understand the question.

7. Are you a priest or a fortune-teller?

No.

8. Are you a fixer or a looker?

I guess I’m more of a looker?

9. Do you read for free, or a fee?

I read for free but really could use some extra cash so I wouldn’t mind getting good enough to charge.

10. Is there anything you won’t predict in a reading?

Again, I rarely do predictions. But I’ll say no to legal and medical things, and anything else that might seem like a good idea to exclude at the time.

Kelly Bear’s 5 Deck prompt

Kelly Bear did a video on YouTube presenting us with a scenario:

I shall save you from my face and voice and respond with a blog post. You’re welcome.

I’ve kind of been in this situation before because I’ve moved so many times. The last 3 or so times I moved I had several decks and I knew stuff would have to go into storage for who knows how long.

I also recently organized my decks into “Currently using/getting into using”, “Want to learn to read with”, “Study decks”, “Ohhh Pretty!”, and “Regrettable Purchases”.

So I feel like I have a bit of a headstart on this. It was still a little tough though. I tried to go with a variety of decks so I can switch it up. Variety is the spice of life!

Without further ado, my choices:

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Starchild, Japaridze, Zombie, Universal Waite, Golden

#1 – Universal Waite

This deck has gone everywhere with me since it was given to me in 2000/2001 and is the deck that really got me getting into tarot, so it will always be on this list. Even when I was moving I’d have this on my person, in my purse or backpack. It ain’t purty but it’s like an old friend you just can’t let go of, even if you don’t talk much anymore.

#2 – Golden Tarot

This one has been collecting dust lately but I still love it and want to keep it in my rotation. There is a little bit of wiggle room on substituting something else.

#3 – Japaridze Tarot

OK I’ll admit I just got this deck in the mail today and maybe its the “New deck is best deck” effect but wow I am impressed. I’m really looking forward to using it a lot. I like to think that it holds a strong position on this list but, again, that’s probably because it’s so new and shiny.

#4 – Zombie Tarot

I just recently got this back from storage. It was gone for several months. And before that I only had it for a couple months where it was previously in storage for several months. I really kind of missed it and don’t want it to go into storage again anytime soon and because of that I’d have a hard time switching it with something else. It’s such a fun, interesting deck. I haven’t gotten used to reading with it yet but I plan on using it more.

#5 – Starchild Tarot

I was really hesitant about including this one because of my conflicted feelings with it (it’s just so woo). I would probably be willing to switch this with something else at the last minute. But it is a deck I want to explore more. It’s just so damn pretty.

Runners Up:

I’m really quite surprised I didn’t have the Dreaming Way tarot on this list! I’m afraid my infatuation with that deck is going to be on and off again, which is fine.

If I hadn’t gotten the Japaridze tarot I probably would have picked the Mary-el instead for similar reasons. The imagery doesn’t speak “tarot” to me like the Japaridze does so it would be a backup choice.

The Medieval Scapini is a super cool deck that I look forward to getting to know more and considered instead of the Starchild. Unfortunately it’s incredibly smelly and I already have an “old” deck in my selection, so I didn’t pick it.

 

Final Thoughts

This was a fun prompt and a different way to look at “your top 5 favorite decks”. I think my selection is fairly flexible and I wouldn’t be surprised if this selection changed quite a bit in a month, or 6 months.

It’s also got me thinking a bit more about my purchasing habits. If I wasn’t such a damn art-o-holic I would have quite a few less decks. I wonder if that would make my top 5 choice harder or easier?

Either way, thanks to Kelly Bear for the prompt! All y’all should do it too! I love watching everyone else’s response videos.

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#defineyourshadow challenge week 3

So I figured I’d do another tarot challenge but instead of spamming daily I’d group them up and do them weekly. This challenge is  #defineyourshadow by tarotbytim.

It’s a lovely drizzly day here in Southern California! I thought I’d do the next 5 questions of this challenge. I’m still depending on the LWB that came with the Starchild tarot.

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11. New Moon – Eight of Swords

I’m not sure what this position means but the book says my perception may be clouded which may not let me move forward. ‘k!

12. What am I neglecting to heal? – Ace of Wands

I’m not sure. Something to do with creativity?

13. Why? How can I? – Knight of Wands

Still confused. I need to be self assured to heal something?

14. What was I powerless against? – Transformation

Weird question. I feel like I’m missing some context. This card “represents the entry point into a new state of understanding and enlightenment.”

15. Am I still? What do I need? – King of Wands

…. No? I need to be a leader?

Final Thoughts

Ok so I think I messed up. I had a couple screenshots of challenges on Instagram and there was one I really liked and started doing it and I think I mixed that one up with this one. This one just doesn’t make sense and is not relevant to me. I looked at the questions again and there’s only a few I’m interested in. I’ll either just do those, or do all of them. I don’t know. Then I’ll do the one I really wanted to do!

 

#defineyourshadow challenge week 2

So I figured I’d do another tarot challenge but instead of spamming daily I’d group them up and do them weekly. This challenge is  #defineyourshadow by tarotbytim.

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#6 What does my body language say? 9 of Wands

Confident yet defensive?

#7 What does my speaking/writing style say? Knight of Swords

Quick, driven, fiery. “Words are my most important weapon”. Seems legit :-p

#8 How do I hurt others? The Hermit

By being alone, an introvert? Or by offering guidance?

#9 How do I hurt myself? 8 of Wands

Traditionally it’s movement but I get nothing intuitively from this card. Is it saying I hurt myself by moving too much? I mean in a literal, physical sense that couldn’t be any truer but I don’t think that’s what the question was about.

#10 Why do I let it keep happening? 4 of Pentacles

Because I’ve lost control.

 

#defineyourshadow challenge week 1

So I figured I’d do another tarot challenge but instead of spamming daily I’d group them up and do them weekly. This challenge is  #defineyourshadow by tarotbytim.

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#1 What am I in search of? – 10 of Swords/10 of Cups

OK I almost was going to redo this one because I drew the card several minutes after I read the first question and forgot what I was doing haha. I did draw another card though, the 10 of cups.

Interesting that I got two 10s, and also interesting that they are so very opposite each other.

For the 10 of Swords I get “self pity”. I do often wallow in self-pity but I wouldn’t say I seek it. I don’t like having woes and I don’t like obsessing with them either.

For 10 of cups I get “ultimate happiness and fullfillment”. I never liked the idea of families tied in with this card because I’m not a family person. But I certainly feel like I’m seeking happiness and fullfillment, especially for this year.

#2 How have I failed myself?  Three of Pentacles

I immediately got “I let things slip by”. Maybe in an artistic sense. Of course I let lots of things slip by for various reasons (moody, anxiety, etc). Sometimes it can be helped, sometimes it can’t. When it can, I guess I really am failing myself.

#3 What am I going to do about it? Four of Swords

I’m probably going to consider it a loss. Sit down and just reflect on everything I’ve missed but use it as fuel for the next battle so I can win the war.

#4 What mask do I wear most? King of Swords

A mask of strength, control and levelheadedness?  I don’t see how I put on a mast of strength and control, as I’m really quite weak and pathetic, I know it, and I don’t bother to hide it. Levelheadedness? Sure, that would make more sense. I feel like I have a logical, level view of tarot and other things and I know I put that forth because that’s what I believe.

Does the mask have to hide anything?

#5 What am I hiding? Five of Pentacles

Desperation, plight, homelessness? Well I’ve always felt rather without-a-home. Especially before we got the apartment on the 1st this year. I don’t feel like I’ve been hiding it though. I’m a very open book. I don’t think I’ve talked about it much though.

 

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 30

I found this blog challenge and thought it would be fun to do along side my other posts. The questions are posted all over but here’s where I grabbed them from.

Question 30: Do I practice any other forms of divination? If so, what is it, and do you use them alongside the Tarot as to gain more information and insight, or as something seperate entirely?

I used to play around with runes. I even made a bunch back in the day. But I just never connected with that system. Still think they’re really awesome though.

I also used to play with pendulums. I have a pretty one still but the whole pendulum thing just isn’t really legit. It’s fun to do thoughon occasion.

…. aaaand that’s it for the 30 day blog challenge! Whew. That was kind of fun. There were some meh questions but also good ones. All y’all should do the challenge too!

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 29

I found this blog challenge and thought it would be fun to do along side my other posts. The questions are posted all over but here’s where I grabbed them from.

Question 29: Do I have a Tarot mentor? Who are they (in relation to me) and how do they inspire me?

I don’t have a mentor, never had one. It would be cool to have one I think. It would also be awesome to be a mentor to someone else.

It might be tough because it may be best to find like minded people and people with my views seem kind of hard to find? I could be completely wrong, let me know if I am!

30 Day Tarot Challenge: Day 28

I found this blog challenge and thought it would be fun to do along side my other posts. The questions are posted all over but here’s where I grabbed them from.

Question 28: Does anyone I know not agree with my Tarot practices?

Hmm I’m sure there is. I think a lot of people I know don’t know I do tarot. Not that I’m hiding it but I’m not advertising it either. I’m sure there are a few people in my life who don’t agree to some degree.

 

30 Day Tarot Challenge: Day 27

I found this blog challenge and thought it would be fun to do along side my other posts. The questions are posted all over but here’s where I grabbed them from.

Question 27: Do I have a special time and/or place that I use my Tarot? If so, do you reserve the deck specifically for that purpose?

No special time or place. I would like to get a really fancy luxurious tarot cloth to lay out specifically for reading to set up a “sacred space” an act as part of a bit of a ritual to get in the mood.

I don’t have different decks for different purposes but I have been “interviewing” decks and trying to see about having specific purposes for them.