Thursday, January 26, 2012

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign...

I have a post on a geomancy chart in the works, but I'm still not finished with it yet, so you get a silly little oracle deck reading diversion instead!

I brought out my Oracle of Shadows and Light the other day after reading about the upcoming new edition on Aeclectic. Last year I used this one pretty often, but I fell out of the habit, and was happy to be reminded of it again.  It speaks to my teenaged goth girl self.  I asked a general question, "what message do you have for me?"  I pulled one card, but had a serious jumper, too.

Pulled:  1 - Ghost of the Pumpkin Patch
Extra jumper: 4 - The Snow Angel 

01 ghost pumpkin04 snow angel

1 - Ghost of the Pumpkin Patch: "Count your blessings"
This card is all about overlooked blessings, taking notice of what you have, and being thankful.  It's true that I'm in a very lucky position in my life right now, and that I may be guilty of taking that for granted.  This reminder for me to do a little something to express my gratitude to the people around me.  Message heard.

4 - The Snow Angel: "The signs are with you already!"
Stop asking for signs!  You have received so many already, very definite, clear signs which you have asked for again and again. You are refusing to hear.

Touché.  This card encourages you to overcome your fear, quit hesitating, and take action.

The Snow Angel jumper card really hits home, and it's timely, too.  I've recently described some of these issues in passing on forum posts.  The card even gives a nod to the title and theme of my blog!  I'd say that the story of my entire life so far is that I'm constantly trying to figure out where I'm supposed to be going and what I'm supposed to be doing.  I'm always looking for clues to point me in the right direction.  I'm so hungry for signs that I've even been known to say that I wish there were just a test that I could take that would give me my destiny, tell me what I'd be best at, tell me what I'm meant to do.  Sort of pathetic, right?

This grumpy Snow Angel is maybe telling it like it is:  I'm a clue junky, a sign seeker, a test addict.  At this point, I already have all the signs, and I just need to get down to finally interpreting them.  This isn't a surprising revelation, I have to admit. I do already know that my preferred procrastination method is the information gathering loop.  My sneaky brain says, How can I interpret the signs when I a) don't yet know everything there is to know about signs, and b) haven't yet received every relevant sign possible?

This is yet another message from the universe telling me to take action.  I've been working on doing that, or at least doing something, even though my constant fear is that I'm doing the wrong things.  I guess I just have to trust that I'll know it if I'm on the wrong track.  Eventually, at least.

I wonder about everyone else in the world, and how they deal with these questions for themselves.  Did they always know what they should do with their lives?  Have they ever known? Did they receive signs?  Or did they just choose something and get on with it? Does everyone else agonize over these decisions as much as I do?

In the meantime, I'm going to cross my fingers and consider any recent clues I can remember, without letting this interfere with my productivity, activity, or plans.  Wish me luck.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Weather Forecast for Tuesday, Jan. 17

I've been pulling cards to forecast the weather for the past few days, after reading Alec Satin's posts about using tarot for weather forecasting.  My success rate is pretty good so far!

Last night, (Sunday 1/15), I pulled 8 of Wands and 8 of Coins using the Noblet Marseille to forecast for today, Monday, Jan. 16.  In Alec's system, this means roughly, "Sunny and still, but with a chance of a snowstorm" [I changed downpour to snowstorm to adjust for the season.]  It was a bright and sunny day here, with no noticeable wind.  I thought I struck out about the storm, but just about 20 minutes ago my husband, who doesn't know about the forecasts, called out to me, "We have snow!"  Sure enough, for the first time in over a month or maybe two, we have snow.  Not a snowstorm, but about an inch so far.

Here are the cards I pulled for tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17:

Reyne de Baton, Fournier Marseille

3 of Swords, Fournier Marseille

Today's draw sounds kind of wishy-washy:  "Variable weather, storms, unpredictable."  Hmm.  Unpredictable?  Thanks, tarot!   I'll report back tomorrow in the comments.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Book Review: Traditional Astrology for Today

I finished Traditional Astrology for Today last week, and it was exactly the book I’ve been looking for. As an overview of the field, a primer on the philosophical background of the tradition, and an intro to a few techniques one can use to begin to interpret a chart, it’s invaluable. I also really appreciated his examples, which made the interpretive process less intimidating.
Books can speak to people for various reasons, and I found this one struck the right chord in my brain at this moment in time. For anyone else who may have a similar personality or mindset, or similar difficulties in their astrological studies, I’ll describe why I think it might be an especially good choice.
My perspective is that of a person newer to traditional methods and who is not well trained in technical astrology of any sort. I’m just a lifelong student and natural researcher. I often feel I “can’t see the forest for the trees” when I immerse myself in too much detail without getting a broad overview first. I love knowing and understanding the details, especially as a perfectionist who desires to know “the right (or best) way” to do everything, but this can mean that I never feel I know enough to actually begin.* Getting to the point of putting the multitude of traditional methods to practical use seemed so far off!
I was reading On The Heavenly Spheres before, and it’s great, but I stalled out after feeling again that I was continuing to collect information without a clear plan for how to use it. Traditional Astrology for Today gave me a practical starting point to get up and running, and now I’m eager to apply some of it and then get back to finish Spheres. So yes, it’s a slim little guide, and one may wonder if it’s worth getting or if you should just dive right into something meatier and more complete. I say that depending on your learning style and personal quirks it might be just the perfect thing.
I also think Ben strikes the right tone in educating the modern astrologer or student about the traditional mindset without badmouthing the modern practitioners. He demonstrates that the traditional perspective can still be compassionate and constructive, and isn’t incompatible with a counseling approach. He also doesn’t make one feel guilty if one still wants to incorporate the outer planets in one's work.
Sorry if this gushes a bit – it’s just that I’m high on this feeling of “NOW I’m ready to go!”

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Plan for the Way Forward

Today I decided to do a short reading asking for guidance to keep me on track with my study goals.  Since I have a difficult time staying focused on one thing long enough to make real progress, I wanted some suggestions from the cards on how I should try to accomplish this.   I used my trimmed PCS Commemorative deck, and laid out three cards with the loose positions of Do, Don't Do, & Direction/Think About:

Do: 10 of Pentacles
Don't Do: 2 of Pentacles
Direction/Think About: King of Cups

At first this stumped me, since I tend to see the 10 of Pentacles as family, extended relatives, etc.  Since I can't see them being a resource for my esoteric interests, I wasn't sure what to make of it.  But it could also suggest a practical community or group.  Maybe I need to find and participate in communities that would support my learning.  I often lurk around forums without speaking up much, and I see this card as telling me that needs to change.  Since I finally started my blog for this very reason, I'll take it to mean that I"m on the right track.

The older gentleman on the card could also mean finding a learning group with some older, more experienced people who are sharing their wisdom.

Don't Do:
This illustrates my usual problem perfectly!  The 2 of Pentacles is juggling too much, trying to keep it all in the air, dancing back and forth from foot to foot (topic to topic), too much multi-tasking, dancing about which turns a little manic.  The sea waves even echo the roller coaster of progress:  make a little headway, then let it slide as I move to something else, make a little headway, let it slide, and so on.  This card just underlines what I've already been saying:  I need to stop doing this!! 

Direction/Think About:
The King of Cups here is a bit of a mystery to me.  Do I need to cultivate the King's emotional composure and maturity?  Since I pulled a blank with the card, I took a peek at Paul Quinn's Tarot for Life, and see the King can be a wise counselor and people reader, helping them navigate difficult times.  All I can think is that this card is gently reminding me that my ultimate goal is to read for others and to help them, so maybe I should think about practicing this sooner rather than later.

Other notes:
Two of the three are pentacles, pointing towards practical matters.  They are all minors, too, which focuses again on every day concerns.  More votes for just getting down to business!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Books for the New Year

Happy New Year!!

The holidays and traveling kept me very busy for the past few weeks, and away from my computer and divinatory interests.  Although I did continue to read the kindle version of The Art and Practice of Geomancy: Divination, Magic, and Earth Wisdom of the Renaissance, by John Michael Greer, before bed each night. His approach to explaining the charts really clicked with me, and I look forward to trying out the methods with some practice questions soon.

The other book I've almost finished is Traditional Astrology for Today: An Introduction by Ben Dykes, which is absolutely fabulous. It's exactly what I've been looking for.  It deserves its own post, though, so once I finish the final chapter I'll write up a proper review.