Sunday, June 23, 2019

Three cards, three decks, three slants

You know I collect decks. And now that they've all got homes, it's time for some previously buried ones to come out and play! (I just love looking at these shelves - thank you, Becca!)

I'm asking a general career question:
What can Lulu do to move her chosen career forward?

The spread
1. Have you tried this?
2. Maybe not so much of this...
3. What are you afraid of?

First deck up is the AnnaK, one of my go-to decks.
Shuffled it, and used every 21st card (I'm writing this on the 15th of June, 15 + 6 = 21).

The cards
Card one: Judgement (ugh, this word turns my innards cold)
Card two: The Tower
Card three: Ace of Swords

The other decks
Motherpeace Tarot (hardly ever used at all)
Somewhere, in that stash of books and decks pictured above, is a tiny passage about a young woman at Catholic boarding school whose unhappiness and loneliness were noted by one of the nuns on staff. This kindly Sister gave the girl a copy of the Motherpeace Tarot. Although I can't find where I read it, or who wrote it, it sticks in my mind. Such an unlikely beginning for one's tarot studies, and such an open-minded (and open-hearted) nun.
The Motherpeace is one of my "should" decks. I should love it, I should read with it, I should learn about it. It's quite an old deck now (1981) and is the first one to take out the patriarchal aspects we see in most decks prior to that time, and apply a more goddess/feminine/earth-centred approach. I love all that it stands for, and yet...

Tarot of the Journey to the Orient (used a lot early on, but not recently)
In the early days of my tarot curiosity, I worked quite a bit with this 2002 deck by Lo Scarabeo. The "journey" refers to Marco Polo's long travels to the East, and his book chronicling (with some artistic licence!) his adventures. In grade five I remember spending what feels like the entire year on Marco Polo as a history project. Of course it couldn't have been that long (my favourite teacher, Sister Joan, would never have done that to us!) but it looms large in my memories of that year, and the exotic-ness of those tales has stayed with me. 

So now we've got the cards and the spread questions.
Keep it short, Decks. There are three of you sharing this soapbox today!

1. Have you tried this, Lulu? Judgement

Have you been hiding your light under a bushel?

Don't be afraid - come on up and show us what you can do.
We're not as daunting as we look.

And maybe lighten up a bit;
a little humour might not go amiss!


The world is becoming a more and more inclusive place. Is there potential worth in exploring areas of society other than your own?
Or markets other than those you're familiar with?

Is your current workplace a kind and generous place to be? Maybe there's a better fit out there for you.

Journey to the Orient

East meets West in this version of the Judgement card. What a great opportunity to grab new ideas!
How about a brainstorming session with a mix of your friends?

Are your plans too high-falutin'? Too up in the air?
Get your feet on the ground and think practical.

How about ideas from the older crowd?
Or some kids? Their minds aren't cluttered with a lot of no-you-can't-do-that.

And how about a bit of tasteful tooting your own horn! Be plucky! (Sorry, couldn't resist the harp joke.)

2. Maybe not so much of this...The Tower

Are you trying to bust down the doors of the establishment? That might not be the way to go, Lulu.

Burned out with climbing the career ladder? Take a break.

Are you thinking that putting down competitors ups your status?
Nope. You'll go down in flames too.


Are you taking un-
necessary risks in your climb to the top? Watch out you don't get burned.

Experiencing burn-out? Frying your brains thinking up how to further yourself?
Burning the candle at both ends?

Journey to the Orient

Be careful whom you ally yourself with, Lulu. They may not have your best interests at heart. Or they might be working to pull down the whole structure, and you along with it.

Are you working somewhere that's too top-heavy? Too many top brass, not enough people doing the actual work? Check out the organisational structure.

3. What are you afraid of?  Ace of Swords

Afraid of coming across as too sharp? Too smart? Too brainy?

Or maybe not being sharp enough?

Afraid of facing things all on your own?

Afraid of going out on a ledge with your ideas, and not being able to safely retreat? Or of falling flat on your face?


Afraid your ideas won't fly?

Afraid of showing your true colours and feeling naked and exposed?

Afraid that you are aiming to be a high-flying kite but are really a soft and fragile butterfly?

Journey to the Orient

Worried that your gifts are useless in a patriarchal career choice?

Is the gulf between what you see needs doing and what is possible to do too wide?

Fretting that you might need to relocate to achieve your goals?

Do you fear that your office culture isn't a good fit?

And there you have it. Same cards but three different sets of thoughts and suggestions.
That's why I love working with multiple decks!

In neighbourhood news 

My grandson's first impression of bagpipes.