Tarot . . . And The Spider Is The Mother Of The Universe
Couple The Mother of the Universe of the spider with The Empress and Mama Gaia, that from which all emanates, and maybe it’s The Yoniverse.
Spider energy is much about the predominant expressions of magic:
- magic and energy of creation
- assertiveness of the force of creation
- spiral energy linking past and future in the present
Credit and (c)1993-2008 for the 3 points above goes to Ted Andrews in his Animal Speak book published by Llewellyn. May he R.I.P.
3 Predominant Expressions Of Magic?
I would call the spiral energy the perpetual present with its own inner customs agent of the horizon all around linking it to past and future. Is past memory? Is future dream? If we remove the hinge pins of time from the equation, memories and dreams can orbit with one another weightlessly in mind, and are of the same family. They are not the same, though very very similar. They are an integral feature of our Idea Solar System as put forth in Tarot in the Land of Mystereum.
I feel that the assertiveness of the force of creation and the magic of energy and creation, though potentially distinct, are as well facets of Nature’s personality, the personality of any Place Of Creation. It is not that I take issue with Ted’s presentation of the 3, I simply feel they work so well together that I would bullet-point them as a single expression. And, I would add:
- making decisions as doing so directs and orchestrates the momentum of things which tends to magnetize them to their aim, or intent or intention to manifest something.
- clarity of focus as it tends to open up portals of vision, and clarity of vision is pretty dang magical.
Magic is a lot like Psychic Synapses Between And Around Your Cards
Yesterday I presented a technique about how to get living connective tissue to bridge between cards and connect them more lucidly in your Idea Solar System when reading Tarot cards. Today I will let the technique flow outwardly to gift you another technique: The Blooming Card Technique. I am a gardener, so I’m a geek for this kind of stuff, just love it! — click for the free 13-card Death As The Master Gardener Tarot Spread in a Powerpoint. Hint, it’s waaaaayyyyy at the end of the article.
So, today I will show you my Blooming Card Technique. I find it to be a rockin’ ally in those readings where a card is really standing out in ways that aren’t making me so sure I trust my reading of it. I came up with the technique because just like us, sometimes cards really transcend and stand for a soliloquy in ways that spread their magic across the garden like a blooming flower.
The Blooming Card Technique
When you receive a card that shines in wholly new ways, and you are both surprised AND want to hear it out AND to not want to minimize the gift it is shining to you . . . try this . . .
Give the card a little breathing room as you meditate on its wonderfully new message in all its glory AND unfold the petals of its past and future. Visualize or literally pull the card that comes before it in the deck, and the card that comes after. So, if you get the 3 of Swords, for example, unfurl its past petal of the 2 of Swords and its future petal of the 4 of Swords. This will rarely minimize the effect the card is having. Remember, I’m a geek for gardening. Rather, it will serve to give further strength to the card’s newfound message by amending the soil around it, give it clearer context to spread its bloom.
Blooming A Tarot Card In Action
So, I’ll pull a card. I pulled The Queen of Pentacles. Perfect for this is acceptable. lol The cards do that, huh?
So, let’s say I am SO resonantly astounded by what this card has to say in a reading that I want to Bloom it. I will visualize the card before it in the deck, and the card after it. Easy on this one. I will unfurl the card-petal of The Knight of Pentacles coming right before it, and The King of Pentacles coming right after it.
If you are working with an Ace of any suit, take a bit of time to order the suits from your most preferred to least preferred, or if you are like me, I like ’em all for different reasons. I am very Wand-y, and for example, I order them Wands, Cups, Pentacles, Swords as I am very Wand-y, sometimes windy, and I feel it takes all the other elements to make a Sword. So, order your suits, and then you can know which King will come before your Ace, and as well which Ace will come after a King. Though, if you are working with a card in your 1st suit, you might drop back from the Ace to The World in the Majors, and to The Fool if you have a King that is from your last suit. Ok, ok, where’s the damn picture of the card Bloomed with its card-petals either side? Here ’tis.
Empress side of Hanged Man~Empress talisman
If you are working with the Majors, you can go from The World forward to The Fool, or back from The Fool to The World OR make a choice using your suit orders. Go back from The Fool into your 4th suit, and forward from The World into your 1st suit. And, both if that suits you.
I also like to look at the card you are focused on as my hands embracing in Namaste in the garden with my hands together as a flower bud, and as I unfurl my flower-petal-hands to open palms up the before and after cards appear in my hands and the focus card is the flower’s center.
Best to The Blooming Card Technique unfurling a new bloom in your Tarot Garden reading repertoire. Have fun, there’s often expert skill in it!
Best to this Blooming Card exercise doing some bright blooming of your card(s) for you to enhance the Inner State Highway of your readings. What do YOU see and feel when you bloom a Tarot card or cards?
Oh! There are only 4
Empress side of Hanged Man~Empress talisman
Mystereum Tarot copper Birth Card talisman pendants left at www.jordanhoggard.com . The 4 left are:
- Hanged Man ~ Empress
- Death ~ Emperor
- Tower ~ Chariot
- Fool ~ Wheel . This one’s of course not a Birth Card pair, was simply a cool meditative combo when I made them.
Once they’re gone, their magic is on its journey elsewhere. Get yours while you can.
And, here is the featured Mystereum Tarot Moment video. The Empress felt right for the Spider and the Yoniverse. And, since she’s a 3, here’s an article on Form-Giving Identity with the Tarot 3’s Birth Cards. Maybe TMI today, hope in a good way and that you’ve enjoyed today’s blog.
Don’t text while you Tarot. It’s dangerous, and Tarot is more fun, anyway. 😉
Have a great one!
All images (c) 2010 Jordan Hoggard
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