Tarot Trivia Book – #3 Empress

Hello, I’m so glad you could drop by!  Sit down and share my picnic while I look over these questions.  Here, have some of the wine.  Let kids go play, this will take me a few minutes.

* Favorite smell – Fresh fruit just after its been harvested.  Here, smell these grapes.  See what I mean.  Yummy.
* First job – and last job.  Nurturing new life everywhere.
* Dream job – Chef. I love to feed people.
* Astrological sign – Cancer/Rabbit
* Favorite foot attire – Nothing.  I like to feel the earth under my feet.

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Gaian Tarot Empress

* Favorite candy – Chocolate Bunnies.
* Favorite ice cream – Strawberry
* Pet peeves – Wasted potential
* Favorite condiment – Green Goddess salad dressing
* Favorite holiday – Ostara/Easter
* Favorite movie – Chocolate
* Favorite day of the week – Sunday

* Favorite time of day – Dusk
* Favorite animal – Do I have to choose?  Oh, okay.  Ummm… Cows and jaguars

* Tattoos – Just stretch marks.
* Like to cook – Not as much as I like to eat.
* Can you drive a manual transmission? I’m not very good with machinery.
* Favorite color – Green
* Do you like vegetables? Oh my, Yes!
* Favorite season – Spring
* Dream travel destination – The countryside during harvest season.

Well that’s all of them.  I hope you like my answers.  Run up to the Manor house and give them to my husband, would you?  Emperor, dear.  It’s your turn.

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Tarot Triva Book #2 High Priestess

Mmmm, these are some interesting questions.  Let me think for a minute.

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From the Connelly Tarot

Okay, I know what I’m going to answers.  This is going to be fun.  Thanks for passing it on, Mage.

* Favorite smell – Old scrolls and books.  They used to use the best smelling herbs to preserve them.  Mmmm… they smelled so nice.  (sigh) I miss the Great Library SO much.
* First job – Safe-guarding wisdom
* Dream job – Stand up comic.  I think it would be a nice change.
* Astrological sign – Pieces/Goat
* Favorite foot attire – soft, calf-skin slippers
* Favorite candy – Dulcis Coccora.  It’s an old Egyptian candy made with honey and figs.  It was really good.
* Favorite ice cream – Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey
* Pet peeves – People who confuse knowledge with wisdom
* Favorite condiment – Dijon mustard
* Favorite holiday – National Library Day
* Favorite movie – Pan’s Labyrinth
* Favorite day of the week – Friday
* Favorite animal – Owls and Salmon
* Tattoos – Crescent Moon
* Like to cook – Not really.
* Can you drive a manual transmission? I don’t drive
* Favorite color – Midnight Blue
* Do you like vegetables? Yes

* Do you wear glasses? Nope
* Favorite season – Winter
* Dream travel destination – Villa Diodati, Lord Byron’s villa where Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein.

Okay.  I did it.  Empress.  It’s your turn. Hold down your finger and copy and paste into your own status with your own answers.

 

Tarot Trivia Book, The Magician

When I was in Middle School, everyone so often a shag book would make the rounds.  This was a few pieces of paper stapled together with a bunch of silly questions.  If you got passed one, you had to fill it out and pass it on to the next person.  Things like this float around FaceBook and other places, but I don’t know what they’re called.  Anyway, I have decided to do the Tarot as if they are passing around a shag book.  Since ‘shag’ has a sexy meaning these days, I am going to call them trivia books.  I might just do the majors, but I might do the other cards, too.  Anyway, here is

our first victim.

The Magician
Okay, this got passed to me by some dude with a white dog nipping at his legs and a

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The Witches Tarot By: Ellen Dugan Illustrated by: Mark Evans

dreamy look on his face.  It looks like fun, so here goes…

* Favorite smell – Air right before a lightening storm.
* First job – Manifestation
* Dream job – Sculptor.

* Astrological sign – Aries/Rat
* Favorite foot attire – hand crafted leather boot
* Favorite candy – Never-ending gob stoppers
* Favorite ice cream – Black cow made with Jolt cola
* Pet peeves – people who say “I can’t”
* Favorite condiment – Ghost pepper hot sauce
* Favorite holiday – New Year’s Day
* Favorite movie – A Beautiful Mind
* Favorite day of the week – Wodin’s Day
* Favorite animal – Beavers – They build stuff.
* Tattoos – A Lemniscate on my right shoulder and the Staff of Ra on my ….
* Like to cook – Hell yeah!  I’m a great cook.
* Can you drive a manual transmission? Of course.
* Favorite color – All
* Do you like vegetables? Of course, I made them

* Do you wear glasses? Nope
* Favorite season – All
* Dream travel destination – Well, every so often I go to Bethselamin for a few weeks, just to chill out, but I always forget to get a receipt in the lavatory.

Come on…someone do this with me.  High Priestess, I’m tagging YOU! Hold down your finger and copy and paste into your own status with your own answers.

Removing the last thin veil

It’s been a long time since I’ve written an original blog. I am sorry and all I can say is that the last six month have been riddled with illness and death. Hopefully, I am past the worst and will start blogging again soon. Meanwhile as I find article by other authors that fit our theme, I will share them here.
This one by Mary Greer offers great insight into what a Tarot Reader can truly offer her clients.

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Many people come to Tarot readings in hopes of “fixing” their lives—obtaining information and guidance that will help them make the “right” decisions and no mistakes—guaranteeing perfection.

I subscribe to the BrainPickings blog featuring contemplative posts on creativity, literature and non-fiction. This week’s post has some applicable thoughts by George Saunders and Parker Palmer that show the narrowness of perfection.

George Saunders“Although we’re animated by conflicting impulses and irrepressible moral imperfection, we can still live rich and beautiful lives.”wpid-Photo-Apr-19-2011-710-PM.jpg


 Parker Palmer“Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life.” 

I ask you, as a Tarot reader, how can we help the querent “embrace brokenness”?

On the other hand, I sometimes hear from clients that a reading primarily showed them something they knew already. I ask them if they knew that what was shown was the most important thing to take into account in their situation—the…

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Yahweh’s Divorce from the Goddess Asherah in the Garden of Eden

Symbolism is a huge part of the Tarot.  Sadly many of the deepest meanings of common symbols are known by few.  This terrific article on early Biblical mythology, explores the significance of symbols which are as common to the Tarot as they are to the Bible.  I hope all my readers will enjoy it as much as I did.

Source: Yahweh’s Divorce from the Goddess Asherah in the Garden of Eden

Coloring Eggs? Who Came Up With This Idea?

Welcome Ostara

If you ask what do colored eggs have to do with Easter, chances are someone will tell you about how the Catholic Church co-opted/stole pagan traditions and holidays.  They will tell you that eggs are sacred to Ostara, the Goddess of Spring and that coloring eggs and hiding them was originally part of her celebrations.

My own natural dyed eggs. The orange ones came from onion skins - 1.5 hours. The blue ones from red cabbage - 4.5 hours.

My own natural dyed eggs. The orange ones came from onion skins – 1.5 hours. The blue ones from red cabbage – 4.5 hours.

However, no one asks the follow up question.  Why in the world would people start coloring eggs in the first place?  Especially when you realize how difficult and time consuming coloring eggs is when you don’t have Paaz or food coloring.

The answer is fascinating and takes us back to the first few centuries after the Agricultural Revolution.  Imagine yourself in Germany, Northern France, Great Britain or Ireland during this period.  You put aside as much food as you could last fall, but winter is long and this last one was particularly hard.  Your stored food is getting kinda low and nothings been planted yet, much less harvested.  But the days are getting longer and the snow is melting.  The children have been cooped up inside for months.  Yeah, they go outside more often than our children, but still with blizzards and freezing temperatures, they’ve been inside more than outside.

So while you and the other adults are working on extending the food supply by hunting or fishing, you send the kids

Wild bird eggs come in an array of colors.

Wild bird eggs come in an array of colors.

outside with their own job.  “Go find us some eggs.”  This is before wide spread domestication of chickens.  So the children fan out across the fields, moors, forests and glens looking for birds’ nests.  They find the nests of robins, quail, plover, partridge, pheasant, cormorant, heron, egrets, kestrel and owls.  They come home with woven reed baskets filled with a rainbow of colored eggs.  The baskets are lined with fresh grass to prevent the eggs from cracking against each other.  The fuller the basket, the easier it will be for your family to make it to the bounteous late Spring and Summer.

It is easy to imagine how this annual scavenger hunt became connected to the Ostara celebrations which happen in mid-March.  As poultry domestication became wide spread, the need for the egg hunt decreased, but children didn’t want to let it go.  Why would they?  It sounds like a lot of fun.  So easy to acquire chicken eggs were used, but they’re just boring white.  Kids wanted their rainbow of colors in their baskets.

So, like mothers have been doing since we were still chimps, the moms took on extra work to make their children happy.  They began boiling eggs in onion skins, cabbage, blueberries and anything else that would give the eggs color and hid them in the grass.  Presto, the tradition of coloring eggs was born!

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So Ostara/Easter Eggs truly are heralds of Spring.  A full egg basket meant you and your family are going to make it to Summer when days are warm and food is abundant.  Pagan or Christian I hope you had a full basket of rainbow colored eggs to herald a bounteous year for you and your family.  Blessed Be.

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