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A Full Moon Card Draw

With the current state of politics, I'm feeling more need for insight and inspiration than usual, and I'm thinking my friends might also be feeling the same. So I'm going to try to schedule card readings more often this year, hopefully at least once a month at either the full moon or then new (or possibly both).

It's a Full New Moon tonight, so I figure I'll offer to draw cards for a while. I am hoping to send some good energy out into the world, to spark some hope and creativity. You can ask about real life or a creative project, or even a game. I can draw a card for you to meditate on, to represent the Guide you need right now, or to get you unstuck. I can draw a card for a character or can draw a card or cards for you to use as writing or art prompts.

I hope you will stop by my garden. There's still some snow outside, so we'll pass through the frost-covered rose bushes and head inside. I have a little round glass table that's etched with a dragon design; we can sit there by candle light or turn the lava lamps on. You and I can share hot chocolate or tea and chat, and you can get a reading if you would like one. Both new friends and old are welcome.

For a day or two for free one card readings, you can pick from the Brian Froud's Faeries Oracle, my combined Susan Seddon Boulet Animal Spirits and Goddesses cards, or the Shapeshifter Tarot. You can ask a question, ask for a Guide, ask for inspiration, or you can just ask for a card. I don't need to know what your question is, but you are welcome to share it with me if you like.

The first card is free (though tips are always appreciated). Tips also let you ask me to use any of my other decks, to request a private reading, or to draw a clarifying card. If you want a longer reading, send a direct message so we can agree on the type of reading and rate.

Please consider dropping something in the guitar case below. Readings take time and energy, and even though the Milwaukee winter, like everything else, has been affected by global warming, winter heat is pricey and old houses always need repair somewhere or other.

Signal boosts are very much appreciated, and also earn you the right to ask for a clarifying card.

I understand all too well that when people don't have cash or spoons that is generally when they most need inspiration! Don't be afraid to ask for a card if you can't tip.

If you tip, it's helpful to me for you to mention it here so I can connect your paypal information with your request. Tips should be at least $1 (Paypal charges fees). If that doesn't work for you, drop me a message and we'll work something out.

I've written before about why I do readings and some of the decks I use here, feel free to hop over and check me out. I'll wait.

I will reply to all requests. In the highly unlikely event that the number of requests nears my limits, I'll close this card draw by adding a clear note at the top of the post rather than risk leaving anyone without a response. However, I intend to stay open at least through Saturday night, and longer for paid readings since, between the holidays and being in these days of low LJ usage, people may find the post late.

Thank you, and Blessed Be!

As always, these readings are for entertainment and inspiration only. See my "Dandelyon's Readings" page if you have questions.


( 38 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 13th, 2017 10:53 am (UTC)
Lava lamps and tea, at a dragon table, sounds marvelous, and I'd prefer the Shapeshifters again. No specific question - just whatever the Universe thinks I need to know right now. Thanks!
Jan. 14th, 2017 12:37 am (UTC)
for you I drew the 7th card of the Air element, which corresponds with Wands. In the foreground of the card is a scruffy tawny dog, but up above is a lion-woman with dragon wings. Her hair and the lioness' ruff are firey, sun-like.

You may not look like much, but your spirit is strong and bright. Your mouth is open, showing that you have something to say and the courage to say it. But maybe you need a little encouragement to believe that people will listen?

There are some feathers falling from the lion woman's human arm, making me think that there are things you can do or say that only you can, ideas or resources that will drift away in the wind if you do not choose to give them voice.

I don't know if these are things of import to many people or if they are "merely" creative things, but voicing them is important, and you do have the capacity for the bravery you need.
Jan. 14th, 2017 04:39 am (UTC)
Re: Valor
I've never had any rapport with dogs, but a Lioness is a cat-woman (Sekhmet and Bast are sometimes considered two aspects of "the same" Goddess), and I do know cats :-)

I almost always have something to say, and I usually do say it, whether or not anybody listens - although I get terribly frustrated when they don't.

I'm trying to figure out what those elusive "feathers" are - what is it that only I can say or do or make, that will make a difference in the world? I know I'm not afraid, but I need to know what my task is!

Edited at 2017-01-14 04:41 am (UTC)
Jan. 14th, 2017 06:56 am (UTC)
Re: Valor
If you're not needing valor yourself, it seems odd that this would be your card. Hmm....maybe you are supposed to share how to be brave? If that's the case, then the feathers are you passing valor on to others.

Or there's something I'm just not seeing from this card.
Jan. 14th, 2017 11:57 am (UTC)
Re: Valor
If it is about bravery, then I'm going to have to serve as an example of bravery, teach someone else how to be brave, or be "the brave one" of a group or team. I've always been pretty fearless, and the older I get, the more fearless I seem to become. But I've been struggling to teach at least three people I know in LJ how to be brave, with very little success. (My bravery isn't a matter of techniques for overcoming fear - it's mostly just not being afraid of very much, which makes it hard for me to grok why other people are afraid of things I enjoy, like flying, nighttime, very tall buildings, complicated machinery, and new experiences.)

But the first thing that leapt out at me was the concept of something that desperately needs to be done, or said, or made, and it can only be done/said/made by me. I just need to figure out what that IS! I'll bet I'll get another clue from next month's reading :-)

Jan. 14th, 2017 07:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Valor
Looking at the dictionary definition of valor, I see boldness and determination mentioned. Perhaps it's not so much about facing one's fear as it is about being bold and determined.

Boldness and determination may be more teachable than courage?
Jan. 15th, 2017 07:31 am (UTC)
-e: Valor
Yeah - I can be a good example of boldness and determination! :-)

Edited at 2017-01-15 07:36 am (UTC)
Jan. 17th, 2017 10:26 pm (UTC)
P.S. Live journal -- just this morning -- sent me the notification of your original request! What's up with them?
Jan. 18th, 2017 02:36 pm (UTC)
Hey, it takes a long time for all those electrons to get from Moscow to the US! :-)
Jan. 13th, 2017 04:30 pm (UTC)
Going through a lot in my life right now... would love a card from whatever deck speaks to you about direction for 2017.

Thank you!
Jan. 14th, 2017 12:52 am (UTC)
Goddess of Earth
For you I drew the Goddess of the Earth Element, which corresponds to the Queen of Pentacles in most decks. The mage is a woman in a golden breast-plate and shoulder pauldrons. She has a gold snake or snake bracelet on her left arm, and her right hand is scattering flowers into the world. She wears a mantle of green and rose, and we can see her hare-spirit, also on the left. A bird flies high overhead on one side, and a tree blooms in the background. The imagery flows and moves, one part into another.

The earth is made of inter-mingled ecosystems, of predators and prey, of different points of view that alternately run together or throw each other into stark contrasts. But all the parts, in balance, are necessary. The hard part is the balance--having the perception to see how it all works and the wisdom to set it right if something has gone wrong. The goddess is up to the task, however, and stands in the center of it all, confident and open-handed.

This card suggests to me that your year will be complex, but if you don't panic, you'll have the resources you need to get through it and to keep your little part of the world in a healthy balance. The fact that she is a rabbit-Goddess suggests you don't need to be predatory or violent, and the flowers flowing from her right hand suggests that sharing joy is as important as the more practical and self-protective things you will need to do.
Jan. 15th, 2017 05:53 am (UTC)
RE: Goddess of Earth
Gah! Was hoping for a much easier description!!! Lol

I love rabbits so maybe I can channel that and be less confrontational, and more peaceful.

Jan. 14th, 2017 01:16 am (UTC)
I would love a card! No preference. And thank you. :)
Jan. 14th, 2017 09:19 am (UTC)
Taitin the Sylph
We sit down for tea, and you look over the various teas I have, thinking about what you'd like. There's no hurry. My grandmother's old water boiling pan is on the stove, a flame under it, the Lake Michigan-cold water will take a while to heat.

As we chatter sleepily, a tiny, bright figure flies between us, scattering a fine, gleaming dust over us. Instantly, we're wide awake, ideas flitting in our minds as brightly (and quickly) as the sylph herself. She pauses on one of the teacups and peruses the boxes. "These are boring!"

I pull out an old craft box and open it to show bottles and baggies of different herbs. "You can mix your own, if you want." I offer her a metal tea ball, though it's larger than her head.

"Oh, this is marvelous!" She takes on large rose petal and places it in one half of the ball, adding a pinch of thyme and a handful of chammomile petals, a fragment of hibiscus petal and some tiny mint leaves and sniffs. "Close--what do you think?" She waves it under our noses and asks what we'd add, then rummages around, adding a bit of this and a bit of that and topping it off with more fairy dust.

I pull out the pottery tea pot my daughter made me. It's low and almost resembles a genie's lamp. Taitin closes the tea ball and places it inside just as the old metal boiling pan starts to whistle. I retrieve the boiling water and pour it into the tea kettle and then rummage around in the kitchen cabinet to find the smallest mug I've got, a souvenir from a holiday dinner with my family.

"Now, then, what were we talking about?" None of us is really sure but in a moment we're talking about everything and nothing, hopping from topic to topic nimbly and naturally. We turn to creative projects and brainstorm for a while, then start to study the different ideas, trying to find the most suitable one for each of us. We voice our opinions freely, feeling safe to change our minds--or not--depending on what we can learn from each other.

Finally, we have tea and cookies, but we keep talking until it's time to move on. Taitin's fairy dust brought energy and creativity and logic, all at once. Before she goes, she gives you a glittering vial, so you will have more when you need it. "Call me any time! This has been fun."
Jan. 14th, 2017 06:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Taitin the Sylph
Thank you so much for this!
Jan. 14th, 2017 02:51 pm (UTC)
I know this is a bit tardy for the Full Moon, but I would enjoy a reading, if you're still feeling the inclination. Perhaps from the Animal Spirits and Goddesses deck with general guidance or whatever they have to tell me...

BTW: checking the Old Farmer's Almanac site regarding this month's Full Moon reminded me that some Native American tribes called it "Wolf Moon" and have a 5 minute clip of wolves howling that had my Arrow-dog entranced. In case you're interested, it's here:

Jan. 14th, 2017 06:57 pm (UTC)
Ishtar, giver of light
Oh, I'm not nearly so popular that I have to be picky about the request window!

Ishtar is one of the goddesses who descends to the underworld. In her case, it is to retrieve the god of vegetation, Tammuz, and return him to the sunlight, bringing fertility back to the earth. She is also the creator Goddess. She is a powerful, forthright woman, a lawgiver and teacher, the deity of both love and war, a mother and the giver of plenty.

Here is a link to the image on the card: https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjG-b_jpsLRAhVHh1QKHeZXAFsQjRwIBw&url=http%3A%2F%2Funmaskingthefeminine.blogspot.com%2F&psig=AFQjCNG6StEyY16jUNnXEWFGjVov7JWxDg&ust=1484506209468799

This is a strong Goddess to be your inspiration at this time, full of creativity and strength.

Jan. 14th, 2017 07:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Ishtar, giver of light
Thank you! I like the implications of this card and welcome the guidance and inspiration Ishtar may offer. The artwork is fascinating.

BTW: A tip is coming your way, as well.
Jan. 15th, 2017 07:48 am (UTC)
Re: Ishtar, giver of light
Thank you very much for the tip.

I love Susan Seddon Boulet's art, and find it very inspiring.
Jan. 14th, 2017 03:55 pm (UTC)
May I please have a Faeries Oracle Card?

The piece we spoke about last time is over 12,000 words and not finished yet. That's long for me....

I need to check my finances to see if I can tip.
Jan. 14th, 2017 07:29 pm (UTC)
The Sage
This visitor is much quieter than the last ones. He comes in quietly, nodding his horned head. His hair is wild and leaves are growing in it. One eye sees normally, and the other is blind to light, but open to other forms of insight. He smiles at you encouragingly.

The Sage's passion is finding wisdom and understanding. He stresses organizing, integrating, and, paradoxically, simplifying your thoughts. It's time for you to look at your story as a whole, to understand it on both the simple and complex levels, to see where it most effectively starts, and what ending will give it the most zing. The Sage is here to help you with all of these things.

The Sage gently presses your writing fingers, blessing them, but also stressing the importance of compassion, both for the work and for the worker.

It's harder, with a longer work, to see it as a whole, unified thing while also seeing and tending to the various parts. In the best stories, the whole is more than just the sum of the parts.

The Sage smiles at you, and reassures you, like the gnome did before, that you can do it.
Jan. 14th, 2017 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: The Sage
Thank you
Jan. 14th, 2017 09:39 pm (UTC)
I would like a card please. Tip is sent. Going through a rough patch, back and forth from hospital due to partner's illness. A little round table by a winter garden with an afghan and hot chocolate is a delicious moment of peace.

No preference for deck.
Jan. 15th, 2017 08:49 am (UTC)
The Sage, reversed
By all means, come in, come in! It's hard when your partner's sick in so many ways, emotional and practical. I'll make the hot chocolate--I make it quite dark, but there's cream and sugar to add to make it as sweet as you like it. Maybe one of the cats will even come in for cuddles, though they are a little cautious with people they don't know.

There's no snow left on the pavement, but a little still lies in puddles and drifts around the rose bushes, and you can look out the window at the garden while I heat the milk. There are little tracks in it, cat and racoon, maybe even a spindly possum paw-print.

After a while, you realize he is sitting out there too, cross-legged, but upside down, sitting "on" the ceiling of the covered part of the porch. At first, you thought he was an abandoned nest, all twigs and dry leaves and fibers, but then he winked at you.

Not all wise men are shamans, and not all shamans are wise, but the Sage is both, seeing into this world and the others. His message is always about wisdom, patience, and hidden knowledge. With him showing up reversed, he is warning that there is some kind of blockage or imbalance--knowledge that could be known but which has not been shared with the people who need it, or perhaps an inability or unwillingness to apply skills or knowledge learned in one setting to a different one, where it is needed now. He also sometimes appears when someone is so certain that they know the answers already that they are not looking for more information.

He invites you to go outside, to walk in the garden, which suddenly has a gate between the roses to a quiet, snow-filled woods. You cannot see the parked cars or the city street any more. "You're welcome to come visit my garden or not, freely," he says in a low, melodious voice. "A different perspective can clear the mind, and I promise to have you back before the chocolate is done."

If you go, the woods are peaceful and beautiful, and you can talk things out with the Sage, get some insight on what's blocking or confusing you, and where to look to discover the things that you don't know yet. And true to his word, you and he are back on the porch, safely back in the mortal world, when I come back from the kitchen with hot chocolate and cookies. He looks hopefully at the mugs, and I head back into the kitchen for another one.
Jan. 16th, 2017 03:25 am (UTC)
Re: The Sage, reversed
Thank you! I love dark chocolate so I think I'll take it as is. I'll have to gently nudge the cats in another direction though, as much as I love them, I'm allergic.

...He looked just like the Hanged Man when I first saw him sitting upside down like that. I think I will go join him indeed.

"It's beautiful out here. I've been thinking about what it might mean that knowledge is blocked. There's one very obvious answer: before I convinced my partner to go to the hospital, he had a bad pain in his leg that had been increasing slowly, but we had no idea what it was or how to help it. Now we've had the doctors' insight, and scans have been done, and the answer and treatment is clear. But that's already happened, and I don't know why your message would be for something in the past.

"It's true, I don't know where to look next. If there is a different perspective, I'm still firmly right side up."

I fall silent and look around through the icy trees.
Jan. 17th, 2017 01:57 am (UTC)
Re: The Sage, reversed
Maybe the blocked knowledge is blocked by the medical emergency rather than about the medical emergency? It's certainly possible that dealing with the medical issues took you away from or has distracted you from some other important thing.
Jan. 17th, 2017 03:03 am (UTC)
Re: The Sage, reversed
Oh, interesting. That's funny - I was expecting you would do a clarifying card and stay in the story space, but the direct point makes sense too.
Jan. 17th, 2017 04:02 am (UTC)
Re: The Sage, reversed
Oh! Sure, I can do that. I have a pile of papers on my desk right now, going through stuff to shred stuff I don't need and make sure I entered necessary tax info and save stuff I do need in the right folders, but in a little while, when I'm in a better frame of mind to return to the story, I will do that. :-) You tipped, you're entitled to a clarifying card, and I am enjoying the story too.
Jan. 17th, 2017 09:48 pm (UTC)
Re: The Sage, reversed
The cats peer at you from the hallway and run off to do cat things. I let you know that the folded throws were washed recently and you're welcome to cover the couch if you would rather sit in a comfy spot instead of one of the wooden chairs. I understand allergies all too well, though one of my coping mechanisms, since all my friends have cats, is to have some too--for me, that works better than the shots.

You get settled to look out the window, but soon you head outside.

The Sage puts his hand on the ceiling, as if to steady himself, and unfolds downward, as graceful as any gymnast, dropping to the porch gently. It's unclear how he got up there, as there are no footprints in the snow until you and step on the porch, down the steps, and into the woods. Surely, he couldn't have been waiting since before the snow fell?

But then you remember that in the other world, there was no new snow. You're somewhere else now.

Snowflakes fall around you, dancing slowly in a slight breeze. The air is very clear and clean, and your lungs welcome it. A squirrel chatters above you, and the Sage reaches up, somehow not seeming to stretch, and places three nuts in the snow on the branch the squirrel is sitting on. You walk on.

A path appears before you, and you follow it into a clearing where She of the Cruach sits. Himself stands behind her. It is hard to see She at first; she is more glow than physical form. But as the snowflakes fall on her, and are caught in the warm energy without melting, you start to see a motherly figure and a compassionate smile. Himself has stars in his hair, or perhaps they are just extra-glowy snowflakes.

In his presence, you feel more yourself than you have in a while.

They don't tell me what they say to you, but I can tell you a little about them. She is about nurturing and healing, especially spiritual healing, and Himself speaks of protection, of deep and committed relationships, and of shamanism. My theory is that perhaps your partner needs some spiritual healing or shamanic experience in addition to the physical healing the doctors are providing. Or maybe you do--taking care of a sick partner and all of the other things you both normally handle together and separately takes a toll on a person.

After you talk with them, She offers you a crystal goblet, filled with clear water that's neither too cold nor too warm, and you drink, and then they are gone and you are standing in the wood with The Sage. There is no clearing or path, only snow falling. There are now a number of squirrels happily eating nuts in the trees around you.

He lets you wander in the wood as long as you want, talking or not as you choose, and leads you back to my porch. As promised, you are just opening the door and shaking the snow off your boots as I come back out of the kitchen, cats curling around my feet. The cats look up as you enter and they scatter, the long-haired Siamese darting upstairs and the black cat moving to peer at you cautiously from the library.
Jan. 18th, 2017 02:00 am (UTC)
Re: The Sage, reversed
*smiles* I think they are right. Thank you.
Jan. 18th, 2017 04:27 am (UTC)
Re: The Sage, reversed
You're welcome!
Jan. 20th, 2017 12:43 am (UTC)

I've just tipped & would like a card from the Susan Seddon Boulet deck, please.
Jan. 20th, 2017 07:09 am (UTC)
Thank you!
I'm not at home until late Sunday night or sometime Monday, and the cards are there, not here, so unless you want me to experiment by drawing you a Magic-The-Gathering card (which I'd be happy to do, if you want), I'll have to draw your card when I'm in the same state as the Seddon Boulet cards.

(I didn't leave the house empty, or I'd have sent you a private message.)
Jan. 20th, 2017 03:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
Monday is fine; I'm not heading for Conflikt until Thursday. I hope you have fun while out and about.
Jan. 24th, 2017 06:32 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
Thanks for your patience, and for the tip!

I went to the March in DC. Lots of driving, and so many great people. And then, of course, lots of driving again. Enjoy Conflikt.
Jan. 24th, 2017 06:28 am (UTC)
The Creator Goddess, Hina
For you, I draw the Polynesian Goddess, Hina.

Here is a link to the painting--and to a nice written piece about the Goddess. I often, since Seddon Boulet’s paintings are so easily available on the internet, Google a link to the art when I do readings from this deck, but this is the first time I found such a lovely history of the Goddess and things related to Her – for instance, there is an anime character named after her.

Hina is a creator Goddess and an adventurer. Although she is often characterized as living in the moon, in this image the moon and stars hang in her hair like a crown; she may have created them and gathered them before scattering them across the sky, but they cling close when they can, honoring her free and generous spirit. It seems to me that she is here as a muse or creative companion for you. The tiny bit of her story on the back of the card tells of how when she had a love affair with an eel and that being was killed, she buried its head and several days later, the first coconut tree grew out of the grave. Whatever troubles you are facing, whatever is happening in the world, she will help you find your creativity and your ability to call forth the nourishment and support that are needed.

She says, right now the world may be dark, but dawn is approaching.
Jan. 24th, 2017 01:03 pm (UTC)
Re: The Creator Goddess, Hina
Reading this early in the morning, just a couple of days before crossing a continent for a fabulous filkcon is rather apt, don't you think?


Thank you very much!
Jan. 25th, 2017 11:19 pm (UTC)
Re: The Creator Goddess, Hina
You're welcome very much.

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