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  • My Daughter's Success

    VII of Coins : Il Carro (The Chariot) : Queen of Wands

    Although she is only 16 years old, my daughter has a lot of the qualities normally associated with the Queen of Wands and since I have spent the day with her, I get the sense that this card (and the entire reading) is all about her. We went into her college so that she could enrol on the course she wants for the next two years and we spent a lot of time talking about her examination success (The Chariot) and the hard work she has put in over the last two years to get the grades she needs (VII of Coins). She is ready to reap the rewards and I am just as proud of her as I am of my son who will be starting at Exeter University in a few weeks' time.

    The Daniloff Tarot (2nd Edition)
    By Alexander Daniloff
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  • Everything Will Turn Out Just Fine

    VII of Coins : Il Mondo (The World) : X of Cups

    It has been quite some time since I have had such a positive 'draw' in my cards. The World and the X of Cups combine to represent fulfilment and success. Things are going to go well and happiness is assured...I just have to wait, since the VII of Coins is a card urging patience. There is no more to do except reap the harvest...Everything will turn out just fine.

    The Daniloff Tarot (2nd Edition)
    By Alexander Daniloff
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  • A Friend In Need

    La Morte (Death) : V of Coins : Queen of Cups

    So I managed to get hold of a second edition of this beautifully illustrated deck - much more affordable than the limited edition. I drew the cards yesterday morning (Saturday) but was unable to get an INTERNET connection to post to the blog until late last night - so this write up is somewhat delayed…

    When I first drew the cards I was puzzled as to what they might mean but, looking back over the day, they make perfect sense. The central image of the V of Pentacles shows needy folk who only have each other for assistance, meagre though that may be -and, sure enough I was called upon to help out late afternoon. Interestingly enough my caller was my ex who is a counsellor (a perfect embodiment of the Queen of Cups) and though things between us are over and have been for a very long time now (Death) I was still happy to help her out of a difficult situation…

    Perhaps I should do this kind of 'retro reading' more often (especially if I am initially stumped by the cards I draw)

    The Daniloff Tarot (2nd Edition)
    By Alexander Daniloff
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  • An Important Decision?

    II de Baton : La Roue de Fortune : L'Amoureux

    If the II de Baton represents a crossroads then it meshes well with the idea of choice behind L'Amoureux. In this deck the title of the card translates as 'the Lover' and we see the central figure 'tempted' by two very different women: one young and inexperienced, the other older and mature. This suggests (since I do not have to make a choice between possible partners at this time, though chance would be a fine thing!) that I need to consider my options carefully. I am likely to be faced with deciding between what is new (and exciting/alluring) and what is tried and tested (and safe). The decision looks like an important one since La Roue de Fortune is at the centre of today's spread. I hope I make the right one…

    Ancien Tarot de Marseille (Grimaud)
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  • Piling It On...

    II de Batons : III de Batons : VIIII de Batons

    I get a sense from these cards of things just piling on around me...responsibilities, jobs that need doing, demands upon my time etc. The growth that is possible (represented by the leaves and flowers on the II de Batons) becomes stifled in the III de Batons (where the flowers have been excised) and non-existent in the VIIII de Batons (where the leaves have also gone). I think it is time to put the brakes on before I am overwhelmed…

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  • Playing It Safe

    IIII de Deniers : VI de Baton : Le Pape

    The IIII de Deniers is a card which represents, for me at least, stability and secure foundation - a firm base from which to operate. The VI de Batons tends to suggest success and personal victory and is a very positive card. With Le Pape emphasising tradition (and echoing the stability of the III de Deniers) it would seem that today's cards urge me to play things safe and to keep well within the boundaries of 'the box'.

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  • Indulgence...and Regret

    III de Coupe : V de Deniers : V de Coupe

    I can get little from this particular arrangement of pip-cards per se… but falling back on meanings from the RWS 'tradition' there is a reminder in these cards of the dangers of (self) indulgence. The III de Coupe is associated in other decks with celebrations, get-togethers, nights out etc. These leave resources depleted (V de Deniers) and a sense of regret in the aftermath of what has been spent (V de Coupe)...but we should not forget the considerable pleasure that is to be had in 'good times', not ALL is lost.

    Ancien Tarot de Marseille (Grimaud)
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  • A Defensive Stance

    IIII de Baton : Valet de Baton : Cavalier de Baton

    The Valet de Baton and the Cavalier de Baton are ready to defend themselves against any challenger. They take up a protective stance which prevents access to or assail of the IIII de Baton. This card likely represents the stability of the home and home life (combining the essence of the number 4 with 'traditional' meanings assigned to the 4 of Wands). I will always fight for what I have established and for my security...Perhaps my strength and conviction will be put to the test today...

    Ancien Tarot de Marseille (Grimaud)
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  • There's No Escaping It...

    L'Hermite : VIII d'Epee : Valet de Coupe

    The VIII d'Epee as the 8 of Swords in other decks has come to signify being trapped or bound in a situation - and it seems very much like that flower at the centre of the image on this card is trapped by the curving 'swords' on either side. Looking at the flanking cards I see the Valet de Coupe as a much younger version of L'Hermite. The story here seems to be that there's no escaping the aging process or the transformation we must go through in time. Youthful ideal and potential (symbolised by the chalice the valet carries) become knowledge and wisdom (symbolised by the lantern carried by L'Hermite)...There is no point fearing change and growing old...I just need to appreciate the experience and embrace it since it is entirely and utterly unavoidable.

    Ancien Tarot de Marseille (Grimaud)
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  • Resources

    V de Deniers : Le Monde : Roy d'Epee : ( As de Deniers)

    The V of Deniers suggests challenge directed towards resources since 5 is a number which tends to represent instability. This focus is echoed in Le Monde where the pattern and suit markers of the first card are transformed into the dancer and the four creatures at the corners of the card. This seems to indicate that the issues surrounding resources have become central to my 'world' - and yet the Roy d'Epee disregards the issues by turning his face away from them...he seems more interested in what lies to the right in this sequence of cards (his left). To 'see' what is on his (and my) mind, and where his interest lies, I pulled an extra card and got the As de Deniers. This card would suggest a fixation/obsession with material possessions. I need to think more carefully on where I can access the resources I need before spending prematurely simply to amass more 'stuff'.

    Ancien Tarot de Marseille (Grimaud)
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