Ace of Cups

Ace of Cups

Q: What does the ACE of cups tarot card mean in my love reading?

“Letting Your Love Shine”

Now is the time to let your love shine, and to let your cup run over with love, affection and vitality. The Ace of Cups is a card of promise and opportunity, a new or fresh perspective that is mirrored right back to you by the Universe.

All Aces are tied to new unformed energy. So even if it does manifest as something material for you — a new romantic interest or some happy news — the bottom line is that it creates a “feel good” energy which reverberates throughout your very being.

As this is the Ace of Cups, and Cups refer to emotions, intuition and feelings, it’s likely to manifest on one of these levels. Love and romance for starters. But also affection, intimacy, sharing, closeness and the expression of feelings.

This card represents opportunities for happiness and fulfillment. It speaks of fertility, birth, newness and promise. It speaks of seeing every day as a brand new day, ripe with creative potential and opportunity.

Think of how many opportunities you have — some you may not have yet considered. You could be thinking of starting a new creative project or breathing life into one you’d put on hold. Or you may be the recipient of some happy news — such as the birth of a child or a loved one planning a wedding.

The Ace of Cups encourages you to follow your heart and let love lead the way. It reminds you that there is still a lot of good in the world and that all of the love you send out will be returned to you in kind.

You may be starting a new relationship or expressing yourself romantically — whether or not a serious relationship develops from that flirtation. You could hear from an old love (or feel the urge to reach out to someone from your past), or you could be planning a romantic getaway with a loved one.

It’s the process of falling in love that reveals to you your purest, most perfect potential. It’s when you put your best foot forward and show the world what you’re capable of — and the Universe responds in kind.

If you’re already in an established relationship, this can refer to a renewal of affection and passion. It can represent a rebirth, a more formal commitment or the onset of a new chapter in your relationship.

It’s all about seeing your capacity to love and express feelings mirrored right back to you — through a new love interest, a friend or family member, or the eyes of a child. The Ace of Cups refers to feelings, emotions, intuition and most importantly “love” in its purest form.

 

 

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Two of Cups

Two of Cups

Q: What does the two of cups tarot card mean in my love reading?

“Finding Your Other Half”

This is a time of bonding with another and joining your hearts together. The Two of Cups refers to falling in love, finding your other half, and connecting with someone on such a powerful level that the two of you become one.

It’s not always a love connection. It can refer to a close friendship or business partnership as well. It refers to the “sum of the parts being greater than the whole,” which reminds us that two heads (and hearts) are better than one.

Whether you’re in a relationship or just looking, the Two of Cups is all about falling in love — either opening yourself up to new experiences or reigniting a connection with someone you’re already involved with.

It’s this process of falling in love that reveals to us — in perfect clarity — ourselves at our very best. It’s where we put our best version of ourselves forward and the Universe responds by opening up unanticipated doors.

The Two of Cups is known as the “Love” card as it refers to that love at first sight sense of finding your other half. It’s the mutual attraction card, the “soul mate” card, and so much more. It’s the process of falling in love or renewing a love connection that replenishes itself over time.

There’s a synergy that pulls two people together and echoes their feelings back to one another. In this respect the Two of Cups is more about falling in love with yourself, as seen through your loved one’s eyes.

The Two of Cups often refers to a brand new relationship — one that hasn’t fully gotten off the ground. It’s more about falling in love than it is about being in love. It’s more about that heady state of limerence than the comfort or monotony that comes with long-standing unions.

Whether they can still withstand the test of time is still very much up in the air. But established relationships can also use a reminder of what it was like to fall in love.

If you meet someone new during this time, consider it an opportunity for growth. It could be the yin to your yang — or it could just be a friend who shows you the true meaning of the word.

You may also be working on revamping your current connection or reuniting with a loved one. Whichever it is, be grateful for the opportunity to see yourself through someone else’s eyes.

 

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A 3-Card tarot reading for love

A 3-Card tarot reading for love

In this new series of posts, I will talk about how I use my tarot cards in readings for clients. I hope this will inspire you to be confident in reading the tarot, and believing in the cards you pull for yourself!

CLIENT QUESTION:

The guy I’m asking for is an ex friend I was in love with him at the time but he was not. I met him on my space 10 years ago, and it has been like 8 years since we don’t see each other. I got married around that time and I just disappeared from his life completely.  Not until December 2016 I started to talk to him on facebook. My married is almost over.  He had or has a girlfriend(I’m not sure at this point)a little over 2 month ago. A Witch  did a love spell on him she will re cast the spell so here my questions:

Is the love spell is already manifesting on him?

What is he feeling or thinking about me?

What does he really looks or love on a woman?

Thank you for taking the time to read it.

MY 3-CARD READING:

 

Is the love spell is already manifesting on him?

I pulled the Page of Swords.

In this card a man looks to the horizon for a woman to save. He is looking for his next relationship, in that sense, the spell is working. However, I don’t see that his eyes have fallen on your as that person, since there is not female presence in the card. So the spell is partially working.

About The Page of Swords

The Page of Swords is on a journey, seeking balance, integrity and strength. This card speaks to a need for mindfulness and honesty. When this Sword shows up, be prepared to face challenges that allow you to truly see who you are and what you are made of. The Page delivers this message: “Look at these challenges as opportunities to grow and expand into your highest Self.” Life is filled with surprises, and the way you handle or react to what comes your way is indicative of where you are on your path. The Page of Swords has come to remind you to find your center, your peace. To look at what’s in front of you with curiosity and ask, “How can this situation expand me and take me where I want to go?” Be playful with it, have fun. It is time for you to get grounded and connect to your heart, to your truth. The appearance of the Page of Swords suggests that you may be in your head too much. Try not to overthink things. Get perspective so you will be more aware and more able to move through whatever shows up. Be assured opportunity will arise for you to demonstrate that you can be the calm in the storm, the eye of the hurricane. Balance and integrity are key. The Page of Swords is also reminding you to speak your truth and do so with compassion. There have been many times when you keep your voice silent in order to avoid confrontation. However, to suppress your truth is to suppress yourself. You can speak from your heart with love, kindness and authenticity. It’s time. You may feel frustration with everything that is going on. You may feel like you have things coming at you from every direction. Remember to breathe, breathe slowly and deeply and pay attention to how this calms all your frustrations. Your breath is your bridge; it unites your mind, body and spirit. Use your breath to stay centered and you will be able to move through what seems like concrete roadblocks with greater ease.

 

What is he feeling or thinking about me?

I pulled The Fool.

The card shows a man about to walk off a cliff that he doesn’t see. It answer’s your question clearly, he’s not thinking of you. He’s not even very aware of you. You must make your presence known and felt to draw his thoughts to you. I would suggest reaching out to him and trying to rekindle an in-person relationship, even if it’s just friendship to start.

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There is a lightness to your emotions and thoughts which may either be the making of you or get you in a whole heap of trouble. There is a saying “Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread”. As you can see from the image on this card, Angels may well fear to tread where this Fool is headed… right towards the edge of a cliff without looking at where he is going. If someone is not treating you well, do to not approach them until they have started acting in a more grown up fashion. If you were to try opening communication and/or talks with them while they are showing up as the card of the Fool, you may find that you get yourself nowhere in a hurry with anything you wish to discuss. You will, more likely than not, find yourself more frustrated than when you first began the conversation. In fact, the Fool is totally focused on himself rather than anything around him. It may well be that he needs to learn his lessons along the way, before he wakes up and realises the problems he has caused for himself. On a more positive note, the Fool can represent a new beginning for you. One where you strive forward no matter what the risks, and with a bit more planning may find yourself landing firmly on your feet. If you feel like taking a chance, then this is the card for you, as it brings with it a sense of adventure and playfulness that will take you far. Just make sure you look where you are going.

 

What does he really looks or love on a woman?

I pulled the Page of Pentacles.

He is looking for someone who wants to be doted on and paid attention to. He is not looking to show her off, but just to be alone with her comfortably, and have her be available and willing to return his affections.

About the The Page of Pentacles

The Page of Pentacles usually heralds in a new plan in your life. Is there something you have been wishing to put into motion that usually requires a bit of hard work? Is there a plan you have been thinking to put into motion that will benefit you financially? This Page shows the beginnings of that dream and the seeds being planted ready for it to take off. When this dream does take off it will flourish. There are minimum losses with the Page of Pentacles, as he tends to have all avenues covered due to the fact that he doesn’t like surprises. You may be accomplished in many areas of your life but want to learn something new, knowing it can take you far. If this is the case, do your homework in what you need to do next to take you forward along the new path you are thinking of pursuing. You can use your past skills and accomplishments to help you along the way or, you can do something which is totally new to you. There is money linked to the Page of Pentacles. It may be money you need to launch your new plan off the ground, or it may be money you are dreaming of making once things are properly in place and your vision becomes a reality. Either way it is nice to know that this money is sitting in your hands and you don’t have to go far to find it. This Page can also refer to a younger male at the beginning of his career. He is ready to learn, he is willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead and he is also wise enough to know that you need to put something away for a rainy day and not squander what you have.

 

I hope you enjoyed my reading. Let me know your thoughts!

Blonde Gypsy

 

 

 


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The Point of Divination: Understanding Tarot

The Point of Divination: Understanding Tarot

Source: Divination – BWC School of Witchcraft: Year 2

Divination comes from the Latin word divinatio which means the power of foreseeing. However, it is not an easy thing to characterize and has many definitions.

Aleister Crowley reduced it to the use of two questions: “Of what are things composed?” and, “How shall we combine them to our greater advantage?“(1).

The Farrar’s conceived of divination as being “clairvoyance using tools” where it “is the art and science of being aware of facts, objects or situations by psychic means when they are not available to ordinary awareness“(2).

For famous Golden Dawn Magicians, the Ciceros, it is “the art of uncovering the divine meaning behind chance events“(3).

And for Starhawk “all divinatory techniques work essentially to focus awareness and engage in the heightened intuition and perception that are possible in trance.

Today these techniques are not used for “fortune telling” but as methods of “spiritual and psychological counselling”(4).

If we were to draw these together we can understand that divination allows us to take an overview of a situation or a thing, to a degree that is not normally possible and, using this knowledge as a basis, it allows the diviner to see a future progression. This information is then offered to the seeker as analysis and advice.

 

The Tarot

For Witches, the Tarot is perhaps the most widely used of divinatory tools. It is as a set of seventy-eight cards of an ancient provenance. Twenty- two are known as Major Arcana cards. Each of these has a title such as The Fool, The Magician, The High Priestess, The Moon, The Sun and The World etc. The other fifty-six are Minor Arcana cards. These are divided into four suits, most commonly as Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. Each suit has numbered cards from Ace to ten and four court cards generally (but not always) referred to as King, Queen, Knight and Page.

Tarot cards can easily be obtained from major book sellers and occult specialist shops; both On-line and in the real world. In some quarters there used to be a notion that Tarot cards should not be bought and that one should wait to receive them as a gift. As romantic as this notion may seem, in reality, it makes no difference to the card’s effectiveness whether you bought them on sale online, or received them as a gift from a great aunt who has practiced divination for half a century.

What is important, is that you connect with them, whether sentimentally, artistically or spiritually. They must speak to you and you must be able to hear them. After that, it is what you do with them that counts.

Broadly speaking the Tarot has two uses; as a spiritual, self-help tool of enlightenment, or a tool for divination. And often, both. However, not every Tarot deck is designed to have a deep range of uses. Many are little more than a showcase for an artist’s skills, although admittedly lovely to look at.

For a Tarot to be effective it must have a system of symbols, but symbols in the Jungian sense of the word. Jung defined a symbol as:

 “…a term, a name or even a picture that may be familiar in daily life, yet that possesses specific connotations in addition to its conventional and obvious meaning it has a wider ‘unconscious’ aspect that is never precisely defined or fully explained. Nor can one hope to define or explain it. As the mind explores the symbol, it is led to ideas that lie beyond the scope of reason…” (10).

Symbols that can be defined in this way have mind enhancing powers that expand the range of their activity. Tarots that have such symbolic qualities include the Rider-Waite Tarot, the Tarot of Marseilles and Robert Wang’s Tarot of the Golden Dawn. There are, of course, others of value too, but if one of these is chosen it will make an ideal place to start.

Tarot symbolism is complex and for many, presents a significant initial difficulty (especially as the sheer number of cards with multiple meanings overwhelms) This initial challenge can be overcome by working with the cards through meditation or divination, as well as studying their imagery over a period of time.

Start by separating the minor arcadia cards into the four suits. One suit at a time, spread the cards and observe the overall theme, or realm, of the suit as a whole before trying to decipher the meaning of cards individually. Note the symbols that are obvious and search out those that are hidden. Little by little they will reveal the meaning that they have for you.

Quite literally the Tarot can be seen as a symbolic representation of everything in existence, representing the forces of life and how they interact in various ways. Because of this it is able to widen the individual’s view of the world and show them their place within it.

There are a variety of approaches to using the Tarot for divination and an infinite amount of spreads to use. At first, beginners are advised to use the well known Celtic Cross spread made popular by A.E. Waite, one of the creators of the Rider-Waite Tarot (the other being the artist Pamela Colman Smith):

The Celtic Cross

 

  1. The Significator-This card shows the general atmosphere and influences that surround the question. Some readers choose this card to represent their client; others just deal the card out as it comes.
  2. This card is laid across the Significator and is always read as if it is the right way up. This card represents the specific forces of the moment that affect the issue be they opposing or otherwise.
  3. This is the basis of the matter. These are the things that have happened in the more distant past.
  4. This is what is behind. These are the things that have happened in the immediate past.
  5. This is the crown of the matter. This card shows things that may be coming in the future.
  6. This is in front. This card shows the immediate next turn of events.
  7. These are the fears. This card shows the individual’s worries about a matter.
  8. Environmental factors. This card represents the influences of family, friends or colleagues.
  9. Hopes. This is what the individual hopes to be the outcome.
  10. Final outcome. This card tells of what the end of the matter will be.

 

Most decks of Tarot come with a little booklet that explains the divinatory meanings of the cards. These should be learnt; it is most important though that a card reader builds up their own understanding of the cards based on the meanings of its symbols and how it appears in divinatory spreads.

This is something that takes time and to aid development it is a good idea to start a notebook where each card has a page devoted to it. Over time patterns of use and meaning will emerge that will provide the diviner with the knowledge they need for an in-depth Tarot practice.

Here are two charts I created to help my students understand the tarot cards:

 


Buy a Tarot Deck

I want to tell you about the one thing which you should have now (if you want to be a witch or gypsy like me): A Tarot deck.

The best decks for use in this course are:

Acceptable decks for this course include:

Decks not acceptable for this course include:

The Crowley Thoth deck, which is an excellent deck but too complex in symbolism for beginners. If you are not a beginner in working with the Tarot and you really like the Thoth deck, go ahead and use it. If you are not familiar with this deck, avoid it for now.

Under no circumstances should you use a “non-standard” deck; that is a deck with more or less than 78 cards as described above. This would include the Secret Dakini Oracle, I Ching, Lenormand or Gypsy Witch fortune telling cards and many others. This is not to say that these decks are bad or wrong, only that they are not relevant to these lessons.

Tarot decks can be purchased at most major bookstores; however, I suggest that you patronize metaphysical bookstores or occult supply shops. The people who work there are generally far more knowledgeable, friendly and helpful than those at a general bookstore.

 

Blessed be

Blonde Gypsy

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Divination

Divination – Second Degree Witchcraft

Divination is a necessary component of witchcraft, and each person should learn at least two divination methods. As there are so many divination methods, you, the student, will have vast options to assess both your own skill level, and your comfort level in the divination method. 

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The Best Tarot Suits Table

The Best Tarot Suits Table

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Learn Divination

In this book, we will look at the purpose and function of divination, examine some different methods of approach and look at some of the better known divinatory practices. Divination is a necessary component of witchcraft, and each person should learn at least two divination methods. More

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