Sunday, June 09, 2019

Welcome to the other side of my life!

Six years ago today, on my birthday, I trepidatiously published my first blog post. Most people in my actual real physical day-to-day life didn't know anything about it, nor about my interest in tarot. And they still don't.
So today, 246 blog posts later, on my 70th birthday (oh crap, I'm OLD!) I've decided to remedy that.

If you've arrived here from today's link on my Facebook page, this tarot stuff may be a surprise to you.

You may think I've fallen down the slippery slope to the devil and the dark side. Well, it hasn't happened yet (as far as I know) and it's been more than 25 years!
Here are my thoughts on tarot and fortune-telling

You may wonder why any sane person would pay attention to pictures on little cards.

Here are some of my reasons for working with the tarot.

I love the artwork! Every deck is a miniature gallery of 78 works of art.
Because you may not know or care anything at all about tarot, I will hold off showing you ALL my favourite cards from ALL my favourite decks. It was a massive exercise in restraint, but here, in no particular order, are just 10 little pieces of art.

Victorian Romantic Tarot

Tarot of the Sidhe

Art of Life Tarot

Zillich Tarot

Circle of Life Tarot

Druidcraft Tarot

Fantastic Menagerie Tarot

Victorian Fairy Tarot

Bohemian Gothic Tarot

Chrysalis Tarot

Tarot has broadened my horizons - and lengthened my bucket list!

Siamese Tarot

Tarot of the Moors

Tarot of Prague

Sacred Sites Tarot (Ganges River, India)

Romantic Tarot (Venice)

The Ancient Egyptian Tarot

I have a raft of new friends, from all over the world, who are fellow practitioners. Having opportunities to meet them in person is something I'm so grateful for!
Gaian Tarot

It's easier to think outside the box with fresh ideas from someone else's head. As my darling open-minded Mum said, somewhat surprised (and relieved about the fate of my soul) after seeing what a tarot reading is all about, "It's like having another person at the table." I love that observation.
And she was absolutely right!
Bright Ideas Deck

Sometimes a card makes me smile, or even laugh out loud - I love that!
Cat's Eye Tarot

AnnaK Tarot

The Housewives Tarot

I can help people out using the tarot, and I love that too! 
Perhaps give them some new ideas for tackling a problem -
Bright Ideas Deck

Suggest alternative ways of looking at the situation -
Gaian Tarot

Maybe just cheer them up -
John Bauer Tarot

or renew the wind in their sails.
AnnaK Tarot

Actively listen - that's a rare gift to give a person -
Gaian Tarot

And then there are the crafting opportunities!
Trimming intrusive borders from decks.
Making boxes for decks that either came without one, or with a really flimsy one.

And that's it! Thanks for checking out my small corner of the tarot world. 🌎
Yes, there's even a Game of Thrones Tarot!