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Snow Moon Card Draw

What with the blizzard in the news, and it being full moon tonight, it feels right to do another card draw. Come on in, have some tea or hot chocolate, and I'll draw a card for you. I hope you'll understand if you have to pour for yourself; I can only get so close to having you physically in my warm, friendly home. That does have some positive aspects--if you're allergic, the cats (always curious when magick is afoot) won't make you sneeze!

Today, 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, for inspiration, or you can just ask for a card. You can also ask for a card or Guide for one of your characters or in some other way ask for advice or inspiration for a creative project.

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.

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.

Please consider dropping something in the guitar case below. Readings take time and energy, and even though Milwaukee isn't enclosed in the blizzard, winter heat is pricey.

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

I understand all too well that sometimes people don't have cash or spoons, and it is generally during those times when people 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). Alternatively, you can tip in Torn World/EMG credits. If neither of these work for you, drop me a message and we'll work something out.

I will reply to all requests. In the highly unlikely event that the number of requests nears my limits, I'll close this One Card Draw (by adding a clear note at the top of the post) rather than risk leaving anyone without a response.

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.


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Jan. 23rd, 2016 03:29 pm (UTC)
I'd like one card, please - your choice of decks. I'm hoping for some more short-term advice this time, but I'll gladly take whatever the cards want to tell me. Alas, no tip this time (my husband had to stay home from work because of the blizzard). Thanks in advance!
Jan. 23rd, 2016 10:56 pm (UTC)
Scatter Kindness
Sympathy on the unexpected drop in income! I hope the blizzard doesn't bring other costs as well.

For you, an ugly little fellow with big eyes and ears tumbles into the room. He is The Soul Shrinker, whose unfortunate task is kind of the opposite of the three monkeys--he observes what we say about each other and what is said about us. He Notices our cruelty, our malice, our unthinking harshness--but he also notices our kindnesses and the blessings we send out into the world.

If he shows up, it's certain that words are being said that are causing pain, intentionally or unintentionally. Magically, you can refuse to accept a curse--or a blessing, for that matter. But emotionally, those words have already taken a toll. He is looking around from where he lays tumbled all heels over head. His attention is not particularly directed at you. That's good--you wouldn't want him staring at you, ears all perked, pointedly miming "I hear what you're saying, why don't you?"

The Soul Shrinker's message is to stop that negativity by spreading blessings as much as you can. Being kind will dissipate the harmful energy, and sending out blessings will counteract any curses.

And in the very moment that I mention kindness, two horned, hooved fellows follow him in and pick him up. The younger one, Ta'Om the Poet, nods to you politely. "Music is good too!" The elder bows his head under a tangle of horns. "Don't worry too much about the details. In this instance, the intent is more important than the wisdom." The other two fairies look at The Sage in surprise, and he grumbles at them, "I didn't say wisdom is unimportant, just that you don't need wisdom to get started!" The poet smiles at that. "I've been telling you that for ages, old man! You have to start where you are!"
Jan. 24th, 2016 04:46 am (UTC)
Re: Scatter Kindness

I've been doing that for most of my life, and not even out of any conscious decision to "be a good person". I just like making people happy. In the past few weeks, I've been making chemo hats for two friends; my aim is to make them look as little like chemo hats as possible, so in addition to making them comfortable and washable, I make them as colorful and whimsical as I can. (My own experiences with cancer taught me that maintaining an upbeat attitude is medically necessary.) I'm not trying to brag, but I just sort of instinctively like to do kind things that make people happy. So I hope that the Soul Shrinker approves of me. (I already know that the Poet and the Sage do, but that's another story...)

Jan. 24th, 2016 10:14 am (UTC)
Re: Scatter Kindness
The hats sound marvelous!

If there is some sort of negativity or malice happening around you, I'm sure the Soul Shrinker will be happy to help you spot it. With that sort of thing, knowledge is definitely power.
Jan. 25th, 2016 04:18 am (UTC)
Re: Scatter Kindness
I can't imagine any deliberate malice happening around me, but I know I'm naive about that sort of thing until it gets shoved in my face. So I'm glad I have some spiritual assistance with that. Thanks!
Jan. 25th, 2016 04:58 am (UTC)
Re: Scatter Kindness
Unkind or harmful words can also be said by someone who means well and is just clueless.

I once overheard my now-ex-husband "explaining" something I did to a mutual friend. I was so mad! He totally mischaracterized my motives and made me look bad. He was so hurt when I confronted him, saying he was only trying to help. The closest I could get to getting him to understand was to say that I'd rather have someone mad at me for something I'd actually done than for something he said that wasn't even true.

The friendship with the other person has never been the same. *sigh*
Jan. 25th, 2016 08:29 am (UTC)
Re: Scatter Kindness
Well, I wouldn't call that malice - I think of it as just poor communications skills. But it is annoying as hell. A lot of the time, I find myself pre-emptively explaining...
Jan. 25th, 2016 08:52 am (UTC)
Re: Scatter Kindness
To this day, I don't understand his motives for saying something cruel and unflattering even if he thought it was true. I also don't see how he could have thought it was true and still wanted to stay married to me. Now, if his goal was to alienate my friend from me--but I don't really believe he had that motive. It's an explanation that makes logical sense, in retrospect, but it would mean I terribly mis-judged his character.

I might well have pre-emptively explained things to my friend, if I had realized he had a question, but I didn't. My first clue was overhearing the second half of the conversation and at that point, I was too upset with my husband to be coherent and calm and talk to the friend, and then I didn't see him for months. Hmm...sounds like I could have used this faerie's presence back then, huh?

But that's all ancient history, and thank goodness for that!
Jan. 26th, 2016 10:30 am (UTC)
Re: Scatter Kindness
One thing I've learned (and I'm still learning) over my lifetime is that you can't change the past. All the woulda-shoulda-coulda in the world doesn't make stuff not have happened. If appropriate, you can try to make amends, but most of the time it's a waste of emotional energy to worry about what might have been. Just try not to make the same mistakes again - make new and more original mistakes :-)
Jan. 26th, 2016 10:41 am (UTC)
Re: Scatter Kindness
Oh, absolutely! I spent a good bit of time looking back at that relationship, trying to understand what went wrong, and very specifically how I could spot the warning signs so I could avoid a similar relationship in the future. It's important to learn from the living!

Jan. 24th, 2016 12:35 am (UTC)
I'd love a one card reading from either the combined Susan Seddon Boulet decks or Brian Froud's deck, whichever you feel will most likely have something of interest &/or import to tell me.

I've boosted your signal on my LJ and dropped a small tip in the guitar case. If a clarifying card seems called for, feel free to go there.

Thanks, wyld_dandelyon!
Jan. 24th, 2016 01:42 am (UTC)
The Glanconer
The Glanconer shows up in a whirlwind of glitter. He's quite attractive, so tempting that it's hard to see him clearly. He might as well be saying, "Come on, rush into things!"

It's hard to see a thing clearly when we desperately want it. The Glanconer warns about rushing into things without thinking things through, reading the fine print, and checking it out.

However, as I went to put the cards back into the box after drawing the Glanconer, Indi popped out quite decisively. Indi is smaller, almost timid, and moves the bauble he is holding from hand to hand as if he's not sure where to put it or what to do with it. Indi's purpose in life is to warn about the dangers of spending your life undecided, of not committing to a path and giving whatever it is a fair chance to manifest in your life.

The two of them glare at each other, and then start bickering gently, like the lead character in a TV show and his comic-relief side-kick.

What an interesting pair to show up in the same reading! If you want a clarifying card, please ask, since I'm not at all sure what to make of them.
Jan. 24th, 2016 01:10 pm (UTC)
Re: The Glanconer
Thanks. This almost seems more for MyJeff since he just accepted a job that we were both a little unsure of, but we badly need more income. But, of course, I am involved in whatever he chooses.

I'm thinking a clarifying card would be useful. So, please give that a go, if you have time.
Jan. 25th, 2016 08:03 am (UTC)
Re: The Glanconer
Of course! Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you: after last night's filk, I came home really tired, slept over 12 hours, and woke up too foggy-brained to start right away.
Jan. 25th, 2016 10:45 am (UTC)
Re: The Glanconer
Sounds like you participated in an excellent filk! Glad you had a good time. No problem with the little delay; I appreciate your time and the exercise of your talent.
Jan. 25th, 2016 08:25 am (UTC)
Arval Parrot
A wee faerie with a pointed head, very pointed ears, and a glow at the throat chakra appears. Arval speaks to the importance of clear communication, and of listening not only to words, but the things not said--incomplete sentences and incomplete thoughts as well as body language and actions. She warns that communication is blocked and messages may be going astray. Necessary information is unavailable or is somehow being overlooked or misunderstood. It's worth taking the time to double-check things and to listen carefully.

She gestures again at her throat, and then at her antennae, which also are glowing softly. Make sure you're saying what you need to, clearly and unambiguously, and listen to the other person(s) involved too, with an open mind. Don't let a preventable misunderstanding mess things up.
Jan. 25th, 2016 10:55 am (UTC)
Re: Arval Parrot
Thank you. Arval Parrot's message is spot on for something other than I'd been thinking. Helpful and actually reassuring.
Jan. 25th, 2016 11:00 am (UTC)
Re: Arval Parrot
I'm glad!
Jan. 24th, 2016 03:04 am (UTC)
Hi, may I please have a card draw?

I admit to asking because I enjoy your draws. :)

My preference is for the Faeries Oracle, but I bow to your greater experience and knowledge of your decks.

My story from last time has progressed at little - gunplay has occurred!

Also, I have tipped.

Edited at 2016-01-24 03:06 am (UTC)
Jan. 24th, 2016 12:53 pm (UTC)
The Bodacious Bodach
The Bodach is a meddler. While sometimes he's the antagonist because he sabotages things on purpose, more often he's the antagonist who means well, but somehow always makes things worse. He insists on poking his nose where it doesn't belong; he stands in just the wrong place so when he's startled, his wings knock fragile things about; he gossips to the wrong person and mentions what he shouldn't; and otherwise he just plain makes life hard.

But this time he's topsy-turvy. Perhaps he does something awkwardly, but exactly, perfectly _right_ and saves the day. Or he sees something that needs doing and just does it without mishap or fanfare. Or he gossips to the right person and a necessary connection is made.

He's no less bodacious, of course, but maybe, just maybe, he's learning. Or he just got lucky this time--but thank goodness. Either way, be sure to thank him--he could grow into his power someday, gain some wisdom, and learn when and how to meddle so the consequences of his actions are usually helpful, instead of ranging from comical to disastrous.
Jan. 24th, 2016 12:58 pm (UTC)
Also, thank you kindly for the tip! I'm glad you enjoy the readings.

As to decks, almost all of the time any of them would do from my point of view, but the choice can be very meaningful to the querant. I am very much enjoying the Faeries, however, so I was happy to go with them.

Let me know if you want a clarification card.
Jan. 25th, 2016 07:02 am (UTC)
I meant to ask for a clarification card earlier, but got caught up in other things.

Is it too late to ask for one now?
Jan. 25th, 2016 08:04 am (UTC)
It's not too late at all! Do you have a(any) more specific question(s) about the reading? Or should I just draw a card?

Edited at 2016-01-25 08:26 am (UTC)
Jan. 25th, 2016 08:39 am (UTC)
Please just draw a card.
Jan. 25th, 2016 09:06 am (UTC)
The Singer of the Chalice
The singer of the chalice comes to you. It is hard to see her behind her chalice of light, which is overpouring with a rainbow of creativity, hope, trust, joy, patience, and the other active good qualities that make life worth living.

She points out that patience is not merely the absence of impatience, trust is more than the absence of distrust, and creativity is like that too. The flow matters. She offers you the cup, so you can partake of the flow and then pass it on into your story and into your life.

I'm not at all sure how this "clarifies" the previous card, but this is the faerie that came in response to your query.
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