ToST – Reading 4

The querent (person for whom the reading is done; one who seeks) for this reading wanted to know how successful a series of major changes would be.  I used the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight for this reading, with a random significator (card representing the querent) and the Do-Think-Feel-Have-Be spread.

 

Significator – Two of Chalices

Love, romance, candles, and wine.  There is nothing like it while it burns to light the darkness, fill the world with beauty, and heal all manner of ills.

DO – The High Priestess

The High Priestess is familiar with the life that goes unseen, beneath the floors and in the walls.  What others may demean, she values and protects.

THINK – Queen of Pentacles

Appreciation of creation and the ability to create are qualities tied to the earth, the moon, the sun, and the heavens.  Who says that physical things are mundane?

FEEL – Four of Swords

Everywhere, troubles of every sort surround and follow you.  There is only one sensible course of action.  Find a peaceful spot and give yourself over to it.  Rest and ground yourself.  Then, deal with all the problems.

HAVE – Temperance

Temperance stands gracefully in the arid landscape forever balancing the need for hope and the desire for blessings.  In her hands, there is nothing lost.

BE – Two of Swords

You’ve risen above the situation, or so you think.  Stubbornly, you hold what you know to be true.  Yet, by refusing to see anything else, are you missing what else might also be true?

 

Interpretation

Much as you try to hide it, you are a romantic at heart.  You believe in true love, in kindness and generosity of spirit, and that these things can not only help to overcome adversity, but that they make the world a better place.  You rarely let people see this side of you, however; you prefer to present yourself differently.  This need to be seen as handling things gets in your way, though – you know when you need help, or support, but you don’t ask for it and (mostly) others don’t offer because they can’t see beneath the surface.

As you move through this phase of transition and change, you need to remember that the surface of things isn’t always the best representation and that, often, things are not what they seem.  Looking beneath is a survival tactic, and you have a gift for it.  Let that gift help you, and remember that sometimes the best way to see what someone or something really is involves exposing your own true self.

Remember your passions, no matter how small they seem – what is important to you is important, and no one should tell you otherwise.  Keep this firmly in your mind as you move toward your goals.

When you feel overwhelmed and overwrought, take a moment to stop and breathe.  Then, make a list: what absolutely must be dealt with, and what is just window dressing?  Handle what must be handled right away, and leave other things to be dealt with once you’ve cared for yourself.

You have insight into how things work, and the will to set them in motion.  Don’t let fear make you stumble; count out what you have and look to what you wish to acquire, and make it so.  Have faith, and apply it, while remembering that you also have to put in the time and do the work.

If you keep these things in mind, if you take the time to look at what happens from all angles and open your mind up to the possibility of things you didn’t think were possible, it will be easier to get where you need to go.  Staying true to what you believe does not mean that other beliefs are not just as true for those who hold them, and trying to apply your own beliefs to others can be disastrous.  When you are aware that yours is not the only road, you’ll be better able to travel.

You can have what you want, if you’re aware of the price and actively choose to pay it.

 

Images of the Cards and the Spread

ToST - Two of Chalices

ToST – Two of Chalices

ToST - The High Priestess

ToST – The High Priestess

ToST - Queen of Pentacles

ToST – Queen of Pentacles

ToST - Four of Swords

ToST – Four of Swords

ToST - Temperance

ToST – Temperance

ToST - Two of Swords

ToST – Two of Swords

TosT - Spread for Reading 4

TosT – Spread for Reading 4

 

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TT – Reading 7

I used the Tattooed Tarot with a random significator and three other cards to determine why the querent is having particular trouble removing someone from their life.

Significator is the Four of Chalices – Closure; interior block; resources not exploited.

Card to represent the other party is Death – Sudden separation; pitilessness; inexorability; physical illness; fear; skeletons in the closet; traumas.

Card representing what the querent should focus on for themselves is Knight of Wands – Voyage; change

Card representing what the querent should focus on regarding the other party is the Four of Swords – Detachment; marginalization; reflection.

 

Reading of the Cards

Don’t let yourself be held back by your shyness.  Forget past errors and give up your bad habits; rise from your own ashes.  Before you start out, study the best route to follow and the type of transportation to use.  Excessive isolation will lead to poverty and solitude.

 

Interpretation

In the case of this reading, I think “shyness” is actually trepidation, whether you’re aware of it or not.   Something is holding you back from fully removing the person from your life – you need to figure out what that is, and then you’ll find a way.  The person in question thinks they have changed and become better than they were and that they, for whatever reason, are good for you – you’ll need to do something to make them see that remaining in your life is detrimental for them.

Take a look at the things you’ve tried, and where they’ve failed – which pieces aren’t falling into place?  This person is actively trying to stay in your life, but there’s no divine intervention or magical help other than their own belief.  That needs to be dealt with and shattered before anything else will work.

Don’t be afraid to workshop the issue with other people who might be able to help.  Sometimes, others see what we miss.

 

Images of the Cards and the Spread

TT- Four of Chalices

TT- Four of Chalices

TT - Death

TT – Death

TT - Knight of Wands

TT – Knight of Wands

TT - Four of Swords

TT – Four of Swords

TT - Spread 7

TT – Spread 7

TT – Reading 6

I used the Tattooed Tarot with a random significator and a three-card Past-Present-Future spread to answer the following:

  • Is what the querent wants possible?
  • Is it likely to happen?
  • Is there anything that could/should be done differently?

Significator is the Four of Pentacles – Defeat of your enemies; Ambition.

Past Card – Nine of Wands – Prudence; a Difficult Victory; Healing with sacrifices

Present Card – Six of Chalices – Memories; Fragility

Future Card – Three of Swords – A stab in the back; Separation

 

Reading of the Cards

At times, it becomes necessary to resort to a weapon to achieve our aims.  Discipline and perseverance are the ingredients for your success.  You need advice or psychological help.  Don’t surrender to nostalgia.  A bolt from the blue will cause you great disappointment.

 

Interpretation

You are a strong person, with goals in mind, who knows what they want and does what they have to without compromising your own principles.  The fact that you brought things into the light of day when others wouldn’t is proof of that.  Rely on that strength in the weeks to come.

You’ve been in this place before, or one similar to it, or one that cut like this one does, and you came through.  You’re not without scars, though, but don’t be afraid to gain more.  Those scars are part of you and, although it is trite, what doesn’t kill you does make you stronger.  When you think of the past, remember both peace and war – one without the other is revisionist.

To look at where you are now and where you’re going may be difficult, but you will make it to the other side and, while you may not be glad about it, you’ll grow.  Keep your goals in mind; your foundation is strong, and this won’t make you crumble.

What you want is possible, but not without compromising who and what you are, and I don’t see you being willing to do that.  You’re on the right track – don’t stop and look back at what might’ve been.  Keep moving forward.

 

Images of the Cards and the Spread

 

TT - Four of Pentacles

TT – Four of Pentacles

TT - Nine of Wands

TT – Nine of Wands

TT - Five of Chalices

TT – Five of Chalices

Tattooed Tarot - Three of Swords

Tattooed Tarot – Three of Swords

Spread for Reading 6

Spread for Reading 6

TT – Reading 5

I used the Tattooed Tarot with a random significator and a two card pull to answer the following questions:

  • How is the querent’s change in path going to affect their spiritual life?
  • Is the deity the querent originally contacted as part of this new path still willing to work with them?

Significator is the Eight of Pentacles – Apprenticeship; Discoveries; Craftsmanship.

First Card – Three of Chalices – Friendship; Amusement; Freedom; Sincerity; Truth

Second Card – Ten of Wands – Libido; Obsession; Gambling; Addictions

 

Reading of the Cards

Listen to those who can teach you in order to increase your skills.  Let yourself experience the joy of living.  Be as carefree as a child.  An excessive passion can consume all your resources.

 

Interpretation

In your current spiritual state, you are seeking and questing.  Continue to do this: question everything, and seek knowledge from those who have more experience.  Your skill set will improve as you go.  This new path will open you up to new experiences that enrich your life.  Keeping caution in mind is always a good thing, but stop worrying about what might happen and instead focus on what you can control.  The deity in question will work with you, but try taking smaller steps rather than jumping in head-first; you’ll be less likely to feel you’re over your head and want to back out.

 

Images of the Cards and the Spread

TT - Eight of Pentacles

TT – Eight of Pentacles

TT - Three of Chalices (Cups)

TT – Three of Chalices (Cups)

TT - Ten of Wands

TT – Ten of Wands

Spread for Reading 5

Spread for Reading 5

ToST – Reading 3

I used the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight for this reading, with a random significator and a card for each question I asked:

  1. How can the querent build a foundation?
  2. What are the initial steps? (Actual question – what equates to wading ankle deep?)
  3. What is holding the querent back?

Significator – Knight of Chalices

There is something brave and beautiful about rushing headlong into love, about giving all of yourself with your whole heart.  Brave and beautiful, but not without its risks.

Question One – Eight of Swords

There are times when there seems to be no way out.  Trapped, powerless, without a single option.  What is left then?  Hope?  Despair?  Anger?  Fear?  Do any of those make any difference?

Question Two – Seven of Swords

A wall is built, ready to withstand whatever attacks may come.  What does it mean, though, when the builder of the wall spends more time convincing herself that she is in the right as she does anything else?

Question Three – Two of Chalices

Love, romance, candles, and wine.  There is nothing like it while it burns to light the darkness, fill the world with beauty, and heal all manner of ills.

 

Interpretation

You believe that anything worth doing is worth doing well, and because you are an intelligent person, you get frustrated quickly when things don’t come easily.  Diving head-first into a project is what you like best – tentative steps around the edge aren’t for you.  And yet, when you do dive in, you expose yourself more than you are comfortable doing.  Falling back to regroup feels like failure.

To build your foundation, you need to go back to basics.  What do you want from a religious path?  What do you need in order to follow it through?  Think about these things, and be honest with yourself – you do not need to go by what others think, but what is in your heart and mind.  Just remember, though – a foundation is built from the lowest level, so the beginning should be made up of simple things.  Don’t focus on what you should do.  Focus on what you will do.

An infant can down in an inch of water; even wading has its dangers, but if you spend too much time worrying about what might happen, you’ll never swim.  Take a step, then another.  Feel the water around your feet, swirling.  Think about how it feels, and recognize who you are in that moment.  Be here and now, and when things seem too distracting and you’re reaching for shiny things, step back and remember who you are.  A practice is nothing if you cannot recognize yourself in it.

Being able to visualize yourself in a practice that fulfills you and strengthens you is an amazing thing, but can be detrimental in the first stages.  You need to narrow your focus, and make smaller goals.  Imagining what may come can get in the way of what you need to do.  Stop daydreaming and find the plot.

 

Images of the Cards and the Spread

ToST - Knight of Chalices (Cups)

ToST – Knight of Chalices (Cups)

ToST - Eight of Swords

ToST – Eight of Swords

ToST - Seven of Swords

ToST – Seven of Swords

ToST - Two of Chalices (Cups)

ToST – Two of Chalices (Cups)

Spread for Reading 3

Spread for Reading 3

 

TT – Reading 4

I used the Tattooed Tarot with a random significator and a past, present, future reading (three cards) to answer the following question:

  • What is blocking the querent from spiritual work?

Significator is the Six of Swords – A long way to go; Distance

Past – Eight of Chalices – Agreement; Reconciliation.

Present – Three of Swords – Tears; A stab in the back; Separation

Future – Two of Swords – Balance; The aid of a friend; Union; Alliance

 

Reading of the Cards

Sometimes, it is necessary to go as far away as possible.  Accept a contract offered to you; give a new development your favorable attention.  A bolt from the blue will cause you great disappointment, but providential assistance will arrive when you least expect it.

 

Interpretation

For some reason, you are looking at your spiritual journey in terms of the time it is taking to get to where you think you should be.  This is a fallacy – the journey shouldn’t be defined as meeting a goal or not, but in what you learn on the way.

In the past, you’ve kept an open mind about what might happen to you and were willing to try new methods to tap into your spirituality but you’re hesitating now.  It’s as if you don’t quite trust your own instincts, and I can’t quite pinpoint why – either you tried something that backfired and you’re not wanting to do so again, or you ended up with an unexpected result you didn’t know how to handle.

The best thing for you to do is to pick something from your list (if you have one), grit your teeth, and just power through it, even if you have to force it.  I get the sense that a breakthrough is coming but you won’t get there by sitting stagnant.

 

Images of the Cards and the Spread

Tattooed Tarot - Six of Swords

Tattooed Tarot – Six of Swords

Tattooed Tarot - Eight of Chalices

Tattooed Tarot – Eight of Chalices

Tattooed Tarot - Three of Swords

Tattooed Tarot – Three of Swords

Tattooed Tarot - Two of Swords

Tattooed Tarot – Two of Swords

Tattooed Tarot - Past, Present, Future spread

Tattooed Tarot – Past, Present, Future spread

TT – Reading 3

I used the Tattooed Tarot for this reading with a random significator and three questions:

  1. What was the main line of thought before the event?
  2. What is the main thread of the event?
  3. What should be the focus when thinking back on the event?

In this case, the event was a dream and I did not ask for details of what occurred in the dream…so I may be WAY off!

Significator is the Five of Swords – Hidden enemies; Underhanded adversaries.

First question – Six of Swords – A long way to go; Distance.

Second question – Nine of Pentacles – Satisfaction; A successful business deal.

Third question – Eight of Pentacles – Apprenticeship; Discoveries; Craftsmanship.

Reading of the Cards

Watch out for misleading suggestions you may receive from someone.  Sometimes it is necessary to go as far away as possible.  A positive attitude will help you realize a project.  Listen to those who can teach you in order to increase your skills.

Interpretation

There’s something going on with you right now that is making you suspicious of both situations and people.  This was on your mind, along with a debate about how far away to move from the source of suspicion, when you entered the dream; the dream was born of this train of thought.  The main theme, under all the layers of symbol, is success – completion of a task, or resolution of something to your satisfaction.

When you look back and ponder the dream itself, keep the joy of discovery in mind and also recognize that you can learn what you need in order to shape your future in the way you want.

Images of the Cards and the Spread

Tattooed Tarot - Five of Swords

Tattooed Tarot – Five of Swords

Tattooed Tarot - Six of Swords

Tattooed Tarot – Six of Swords

Tattooed Tarot - Nine of Pentacles

Tattooed Tarot – Nine of Pentacles

Tattooed Tarot - Eight of Pentacles

Tattooed Tarot – Eight of Pentacles

Tattooed Tarot - Spread

Tattooed Tarot – Spread