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In Honor of Warmth -- One Card Draw

We have heat! In celebration, I thought I'd offer a one card draw. I'll accept questions and requests until at least midnight, and may leave this open until morning.

Since the three-card readings take more time, I thought I'd offer a different assortment of cards to choose from.

First is my all-time favorite deck, the Fantasy Showcase Tarot featuring art collected by Bruce Pelz, where each card is by a different artist (or, in one case, two artists). Sadly, this deck is not still available, since Mr. Pelz did not predict that he would sell out the first printing, and did not negotiate rights for subsequent print runs.

Second, Brian Froud's Fairies' Oracle, which is as visually stunning as you'd expect.

Third, Kris Waldherr's Goddess Tarot, which I've had for a while, but not used yet.

Let me know which deck you'd prefer.  If you're looking for a guide, I'll draw from the major arcana of the Goddess deck or the Fairie's Oracle, whichever you prefer.   I'm always open to questions about creative endeavors as well as real-world concerns. 

As before, this does take energy, and tips are welcome, but not required.  Tips will be put toward helping to pay for our replacement boiler.

And the small print--you're welcome to use this for inspiration, entertainment, or a basis for meditation, but it does not and cannot substitute for consulting a real-world professional.


Edit: It's midnight. I have to head off to bed shortly; I have work tomorrow. But I will finish all currently-outstanding requests after work tomorrow.

I'll leave this open until morning. If it gets overwhelming, I'll do as many as I can tomorrow. I do promise to read for everyone who tips, however, even if that takes me into Friday.


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Dec. 9th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
Last month I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and things have just gone downhill from there. With this in mind, can you suggest what I should be requesting as for a reading? I'm not terribly familiar with this kind of thing.
Dec. 9th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
The Zoraya
I hope I can provide you with some insight. Depression is a terrible foe, it can obscure your strengths, making it hard to reach them or even believe in them, at the very moment you need them most so you can reach for your dreams.

So for your inspiration, I drew a card from the Goddess deck, to represent your strengths. I drew the sun, which in this deck is the Zoraya, three Russian goddesses who attend on the sun. In your core, obscured by your illness, your power, energy, and light are banked safely. These goddesses represent your intellect, creativity, and fertility. If you ask, they will attend you just as they attend the sun, helping you to access and wield your power wisely even when you have trouble believing it is there.

Also, as someone who has seasonal affective disorder in my family, I would advise you not to discount the power of the literal sun: of light to lift the spirits and sunlight to feed your body and soul. If you need to nap, consider curling up like a cat in a sunbeam, and opening yourself to its healing warmth.
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Dec. 9th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
I would love a reading! Your choice of decks, a reading for general guidance and direction would be great. :) Stay warm!
Dec. 9th, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
The Moon
I was torn between sharing the cool art in the Fantasy Showcase Tarot and a pull to draw you a faery. So you get both:

First The Moon, a card done in colored pencil by Mary Jane Hertz. Two dark towers guard a hedge maze, which leads toward distant vistas. The crescent moon above is reflected as a smiling full moon below, and a brown canine of some sort drinks of the sacred waters. This is the challenge you face, though you do not face it alone. Dreams and mysteries, and a path that reveals more, in the end, for being indirect.

And your Faery--The Laume, a card of unconditional giving and unconditional receiving, and the importance of keeping in balance. But you don't have to force the balance, indeed, the more you try to force things, the more they fight back. Instead relax and let the energy flow. If you put your energy into the universe in a healthy and beautiful way, energy will naturally flow back to you in the most appropriate and generous form.
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Dec. 9th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
May auld acquaintance remembered be,
And warmth of body join with warmth of heart,
That thee and thine may shine in joy
And light of love enshrine.

I don't need a card right now, unless you feel that I should receive one. Thank you.
Dec. 10th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
Six of Rods
For you, none of these decks seems right. So I open the Whimsical Tarot, and pull out a smiling brown-haired girl in ruby slippers, standing under a rainbow in a field of flowers. Her little dog is happily snoozing in her basket.

And as someone who read many of L. Frank Baum's books as a child, as well as those of Ruth Plumbly Johnson and as many of the others as I could find, I note that sometimes it takes a storm to blow you home, and a trip to what used to be home to help you realize that your heart's home isn't always the same as the place where you grew up.
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Dec. 9th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
Ooh, I would love to hear whatever message the Faeries have to offer!

And congratulations on attaining heat! I will include a small contribution to the boiler fund. :)
Dec. 9th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
The Fee Lion
Thank you!

As I was shuffling, the Fee Lion leapt out of my hands and landed on his head on the floor. He looked up at me, a reproachful look on his cat-like face.

The Fee Lion speaks to what is cluttering up your life, making you tired, keeping you from spreading your wings and flying. Are you leaving tasks undone? Are you letting others claim all of your time, giving nothing in return? Do you have debts left unpaid? The Fee Lion says to take a good look at what's dragging you down and do something appropriate about it, whether that's cleaning up your own messes or learning to tell your friends and loved ones that you're not their maid.
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Dec. 9th, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
The Faery Who Was Kissed By The Pixies
There are so many kinds of love, each unique, just like no pixie is quite like any other. But all of the pixie's kisses are sweet. This doesn't mean things are simple--but there's beauty to enjoy and things to learn, if you open yourself up to letting each relationship develop and deepen. But remember, you are only one, no matter how beautiful and blessed with faery dust. You can't be all things to all people. What you can do is let your heart's light shine.

Sometimes a person is blessed with a moment where all she has to do to is to show her joy to return the happiness her friends and loves have given her. If you're in one of those moments, treasure it. Let the people you love see that in your face and actions.

And if you're not in that kind of moment now, know that you have the potential to find joy in the strange, quirky people who surround you. Just as you can't be all things to all people, you don't need all things from any one person. Look to see what gifts, what metaphorical kisses, the people around you are offering. Perhaps when you add them all together, you will find unexpected abundance.
Dec. 9th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
I would like to request a card. (I hope you don't mind an anon comment for this one).

Question: Are my insecurities, fears, "paranoias" justified? I'm not sure how I should feel about this.

Thank you for your offering.
Dec. 9th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
Taitin the Sylph
Taitin is beautiful and bright, like a collection of holiday lights brought to life, dancing and flitting through the air. She has no need to feel insecure.

Taitin reminds us that ideas are wild and free. Some of them are brilliant, but others are just silly. If you let your mind dart like a will-o-the-wisp, you'll find all sorts of thoughts to lead you astray--and perhaps a few that are dead-on accurate.

But the power to think isn't limited to brainstorming. The power to think includes the power to observe carefully and apply logic to what you learn. If you face the truth with bravery and honesty, you can tell whether your fears are justified (and when it's important to keep going despite justified fears). Similarly, you can assess your skills so you can make good use of your strengths, minimize the impact of your weaknesses, and learn from both your mistakes and your successes.

You decide--will you chase your thoughts around randomly, or will you get in the driver's seat and choose how you will use all of that swift intellect you were blessed with?
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Dec. 9th, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
I would like a request! I keep missing them and I finally snagged one! It's 11:53 here so....

Deck: Faeires

Question: Sometimes I feel torn in two directions. Which way should I go? Both ways are safe.
Dec. 9th, 2010 06:23 am (UTC)
The Lady of the Harvest
You gain the crone of the faeries, the Lady who embodies change and moving on to another phase. Some part of your life has reached the. stage of completion By recognizing that, and celebrating or mourning it (or perhaps both) you will free that energy for a new endeavor.

With her comes the sage, who says you have the wisdom to choose the correct path. He also speaks of the value of simplicity.
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Dec. 9th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
Congrats for heat! Not sure if Im too late for a card, not sure what time zone your in~
If Im not too late, Id love a card from the faeries. If I am too late, its okay, just stay warm! :)
Dec. 9th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC)
The Singer of Connection
The singer of Connection shows up in a blaze of blue, green, and gold, her wings stretching like fiberoptics, connecting all the energies and beings of the universe as surely and as ephemerally as the net connects you and me.

The Singer asks if you are erecting walls around yourself that are more limiting than protective. There is power in the connections between you and other people, between you and the world, between you and the tools, dreams, ideas, and skills that shape your life.

And even if you don't have walls keeping the people and things you need out, sometimes you still have to reach out for what you want and need, offering what you have to give in return.

Dec. 9th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
If you're still accepting requests, could I have a card drawn? Had a lot of very bizarre changes in my life recently and I think a card could really offer me some perspective here.

From the Fantasy Showcase deck, if that's alright (:

Dec. 9th, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
The Knight of Swords
For you, I drew the Knight of Swords, another colored pencil drawing, this time by Doug Lovenstein. He holds his sword high, and seems to suffer from insecurity or confusion, because he is accompanied by reassuring labels, "Knight of Swords" and "Horse". In a huge cartoon dialog bubble, he says only, "Oh! what an ugly day!"

Yet he's smiling, and he carries the power of life, symbolized by an ankh, and he's moving bravely forward into whatever challenge faces him next.

To get a little additional perspective, I drew a second card, and got one of my favorites, the Lady of Wands by Terry Austin.

You could probably use a little time to make sense of all that's happened (and that's still happening). But you'll do all right figuring it out on the fly, too. If you get to a point where you're not feeling solid enough or enough yourself, schedule a retreat where you can just simply be yourself, alone, and get grounded and centered. But that's not urgent, though it will make you feel more comfortable. You can do it between skirmishes.
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Dec. 9th, 2010 07:05 am (UTC)
Oh, me, please! Any wisdom from the Universe-- your choice of deck. :)
Dec. 10th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
Three of Wands
For you, I drew a card from the Fantasy Showcase Tarot, and found an astronaut, surrounded by three radio towers, looking out over the barren surface of some moon at a banded red planet, with four brightly-lit spaceships transiting across a second moon. The image is a painting by Evelyn Turner.

This card speaks of the ability to turn dreams into meaningful action. And this particular rendition of the card -- oh, what a breadth of vision! It may not be easy or comfortable to make your dreams reality, and things may seem barren right now, but there are resources available to you if you look.
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Dec. 9th, 2010 08:16 am (UTC)
Congrats on regaining heat!

I would love a card from the Fairies Oracle for information about my relationship with a specific group of spirits. Many thanks!
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
He's a cute little fellow, standing there all alone with a ball in each hand. Plenty to play with, but he looks so perplexed! He can't decide which to play with--heck, he can't even decide which to hold on which side of his body. He shifts them back and forth, left arm over right, right arm over left, holding the large ball higher, then the smaller one. Soon he's shuffling his feet and wingtips, and you wonder how soon he'll get all tangled up and trip himself.

What's keeping him from playing? Is he afraid he'll lose one ball if he puts it down? Or that he'll somehow choose the wrong one?

Remember, not choosing is also a choice.
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Dec. 9th, 2010 08:19 am (UTC)
I would love a card from the Goddess Tarot...

Dec. 10th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
Five Staves
The hot sun shines down on five images of the same woman, swinging their staves at each other. Are they fighting? That's what the book that came with the cards claims. But it seems to me that they could be dancing, if they choose to.
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Dec. 9th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
If you are still doing the reading, I'd like a card from the Fairies' Oracle please. Feeling stuck. Thank you!
Dec. 10th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
The Singer of Connection
In a blaze of light, the singer of connection appears out of the darkness, reaching an insubstantial hand toward you while stretching other hands in all directions. She'll give you a pull if you need one, or an introduction to a new person or new idea, all you have to do is stretch yourself out, past the rut, and, like the fool, open yourself to a new journey.
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Dec. 9th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
If it's not too late, I would like a general reading from the Goddess Tarot. Thank you!

If it's too late, thank you anyways. ♥

Edited at 2010-12-09 10:23 pm (UTC)
Dec. 10th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
Sevens ... and Oya
For you I drew the seven of cups, the card of being distracted by dreams, but it didn't speak to me. Then I cut to the seven of pentacles and the seven of staves. Curious, I cut the deck again--would I get the seven of swords? No, this time a six, Strength, which in this deck is the Goddess Oya. The strength to make peace between opposing forces.

The peace of the garden, the peace of dreams...I'm not sure how the seven of wands fits in. Perhaps it's symbolic of the strength you need to stride boldly into a conflict, to keep yourself and others safe, to take the stand needed to make peace possible.
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Dec. 14th, 2010 08:00 am (UTC)
I missed your draw but am glad to hear you have heat! I have a lot to get caught up on.
Dec. 14th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
I am very glad to have heat, as the temp dropped drastically over the last couple of days.

Do you want a draw? What sort?
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