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  • Strength

    IX of Swords : Strength : IX of Cups

    Strength is book-ended by two nines in this spread. On one side is the IX of Swords which represents stress, depression, sleepless nights and worries. On the other is the 'wish card', the IX of Cups, which represents comfort and well-being and the satisfaction of having what I want. There is a choice here. I can allow my darker nature to control me and side with the IX of Swords or I can conquer it with my better nature and side with the IX of Cups. It's a bit of a no brainer isn't it...but do I have the inner strength I need to master and vanquish myself?

    Universal Waite Tarot Deck
    Drawings by Pamela Colman Smith
    Recolored by Mary Hanson-Roberts
    Copyright © 1990, 2004 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
    ISBN-13: 978-0-88079-496-1
    ISBN-10: 0-88079-496-8

  • Out Of Sorts

    V of Wands : Ace of Pentacles : IV of Cups

    The Ace of Pentacles represents being on the receiving end of material goods or gifts and I can relate to this card as a couple of mail-order items arrived today that I have been awaiting for some time. The problem is neither of them was the item that I really want - a strategy game that has been in development for over a year and is finally published and about to be distributed any day now. I have pre-ordered the game and now all I can do is wait...and wait...just like the disgruntled and dissatisfied figure beneath the tree in the image on the IV of Cups. This waiting makes me agitated and frustrated (V of Wands)because I can do nothing to speed up the mail service. I don't really know why I feel so 'out of sorts' as there are plenty of other things I could be doing to spend my 'holiday time' more profitably and more enjoyably.

    Universal Waite Tarot Deck
    Drawings by Pamela Colman Smith
    Recolored by Mary Hanson-Roberts
    Copyright © 1990, 2004 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
    ISBN-13: 978-0-88079-496-1
    ISBN-10: 0-88079-496-8

  • End of An Era

    X of Pentacles : Death : Temperance

    I picked my son up from the airport this morning. He has had a wonderful time in France and Holland with friends and even has a new girlfriend. She looks pretty in the photos and they look well together. He is happy...and eighteen. In a couple of months he will be leaving for university. This is his first Summer as an adult. We have reached the end of an era. This, I think, is what Death at the centre of the spread represents, especially when combined with the family/heritage card (X of Pentacles). I am saddened - but know this is the way of things and I look forward to celebrating each and every new stage of his life alongside him when I can. I need to accept the change and flow within family relationships like the angel of Temperance who seeks balance in constant mix and fluctuation.

    Universal Waite Tarot Deck
    Drawings by Pamela Colman Smith
    Recolored by Mary Hanson-Roberts
    Copyright © 1990, 2004 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
    ISBN-13: 978-0-88079-496-1
    ISBN-10: 0-88079-496-8

  • Wake-Up Call

    III of Swords : Judgement : IX of Swords

    Judgement represents a wake-up call and it signals the fact that we are being given an opportunity to restart armed with experience so that we don't make the same mistakes again. The III of Swords is a card which tends to signify sorrow (and the heart pierced by three swords is a bit of a give-away). I need to reflect upon what makes me unhappy as well as what makes me worry (IX of Swords). I CAN do something about it and make the changes that are necessary to move on in a much more positive way by recognising where I have gone wrong and by making a conscious effort not to re-tread the same path.

    Universal Waite Tarot Deck
    Drawings by Pamela Colman Smith
    Recolored by Mary Hanson-Roberts
    Copyright © 1990, 2004 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
    ISBN-13: 978-0-88079-496-1
    ISBN-10: 0-88079-496-8

  • Getting What I Want

    The Magician : IX of Pentacles : V of Wands

    So comfort is attainable today (IX of Pentacles) and I can afford to indulge myself so long as I deal with the demands upon my time and efforts first (The Magician combined with the V of Wands). In this particular spread there is some elemental conflict between The Magician (assigned to AIR) and the IX of Pentacles (assigned to EARTH) - which would suggest that it will not be all 'plain sailing'. I will need to use the skills of The Magician effectively… especially those which may not be altogether pure of intent, in order to achieve exactly what I want.

    Universal Waite Tarot Deck
    Drawings by Pamela Colman Smith
    Recolored by Mary Hanson-Roberts
    Copyright © 1990, 2004 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
    ISBN-13: 978-0-88079-496-1
    ISBN-10: 0-88079-496-8

  • Which Is It To Be?

    The Hermit : Justice : VI of Pentacles

    You get out of life no more or less than you put in is the message of Justice - often regarded as a card of karma. So here we see the possibilities weighed up on either side. I can give nothing and be alone, introverted, disengaged and contemplative in solitude (The Hermit) - or do a bit of sharing (6 of Pentacles) even if my resources won't stretch all that far. Which is it to be, I wonder…?

    Universal Waite Tarot Deck
    Drawings by Pamela Colman Smith
    Recolored by Mary Hanson-Roberts
    Copyright © 1990, 2004 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
    ISBN-13: 978-0-88079-496-1
    ISBN-10: 0-88079-496-8

  • Friendship

    The Star : 6 of Cups : 5 of Coins

    I think these cards are telling me to hold on to the simple pleasures of friendship. The central card (6 of Cups) shows a boy handing a flower to a girl in an act of kindness. It is not such a big stretch to see that the figures on the 5 of Coins are the same pair...they may be out in the cold, but they have each other for support and their friendship has endured. The Star often represents hope and faith that things will turn out for the best. I guess I need to consider the value of friendship and the support that friends can bring, especially in and through the difficult times...

    The 8-Bit Tarot
    By Indigo Kelleigh
    Copyright © 2009 Indigo Kelleigh
    No ISBN

  • Break Up

    The Tower : Death : 2 of Cups

    I have been thinking a lot about a friend of mine today who contacted me last night to say that he and his girlfriend are splitting up. I guess these cards picked up on that as when they are combined they would seem to indicate an unexpected (The Tower) ending (Death) in a relationship or partnership (2 of Cups).The message seems direct and quite straight-forward…
    I have waited until late in the day to post this just in case the message was going to be about me. It would seem not - my own break up was over four years ago and is old, old news.

    The 8-Bit Tarot
    By Indigo Kelleigh
    Copyright © 2009 Indigo Kelleigh
    No ISBN

  • Expectations ?

    Page of Cups : King of Wands : 7 of Coins

    Each of the figures on each of these cards seems absorbed in expectation of how things will turn out. The Page of Cups looks at the fish emerging from the chalice he holds. The King of Wands looks at the leaves which sprout from his staff and the gardener on the 7 of Coins looks at the plant at his feet wondering if it will grow as tall as the one beside it… Today is full of possibilities. Like these three I am already wondering myself how things might turn out. So much could happen, several projects and plans are in progress...

    The 8-Bit Tarot
    By Indigo Kelleigh
    Copyright © 2009 Indigo Kelleigh
    No ISBN

  • Enough is Enough

    Temperance : 10 of Wands : Death

    The man in the image on the 10 of Wands is weighed down by his burden and this card is entitled 'Oppression' in some decks - and yet, looking closely at the image we see that the man is almost home and will soon be able to set his burden down. This is exactly where I find myself today. Tomorrow is the last day of the school term and we finish for a six week break. I have been so busy of late that I too have been weighed down. It is good to know that I will 'soon be home' and able to rest. Temperance echoes the need for balance, for getting things in the right mix (both work and play) and Death is an echo of the message that the situation (which has been so difficult to endure) reaches an ending soon…enough is enough.

    The 8-Bit Tarot
    By Indigo Kelleigh
    Copyright © 2009 Indigo Kelleigh
    No ISBN

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