Tuesday, October 3, 2017

8:17 PM

Tarot Card Reversals

So what’s the deal with reversed card when reading tarot? They’re called reversals and not everyone who reads tarot uses them. Some people only read using the upright meaning. The choice is completely up to the reader. So what’s the deal with them you ask? Check it out…

 What is a reversal?

A tarot card reversal is when the tarot card you pull comes out with the picture upside down. This is seen to some readers as a separate meaning or some who just turn it right side up and continue on.

What do they mean?

Each reversed card will have it s own meaning. Sometimes these meanings are related to the upright meaning of the card, such as when a meaning may be delayed. For example, take the 7 of cups, the wish card. When is appears upright, it states that your wishes may come true or that you have choices to choose between. But when it comes up reversed it may just mean that these wishes or choices have been delayed. This is just one way to read reversals Below I will outline some different methods for reading reversals.

Internal Versus External Energy

Reversed cards can symbolize that you need to work on something within yourself. For example, if you get the Sun reversed it may mean that you need to work on your own happiness and your own well-being. Not necessarily, that something good is going to happen TO you.


A reversed tarot card could mean that the energy of the card may be delayed in coming to you. For example, the 8 of wands shows that energies are quickly moving forward and passions may be moving along. But reversed this card may show that there is a delay in moving your passions forward and that you need to work on this delay before you can move forward.

Opposite Meaning

When the card is reversed, it may mean that the energy is the opposite of the upright meaning. For example, the 2 of swords shows that a decision is to be made between two bad options. But reversed, this card could symbolize a decision to be made between many different option. Almost as if you are drowning in options to choose from. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

12:57 PM

How to Calculate Your Birth Card

Your birth card or birth car pair is the card/s that represent you as a person. They tell you things about yourself that will be present all throughout life. There are only 12 birth card pairs for everyone though there are not only 12 types of people in the world,  but we can have the same foundations from which our lives are built upon. What we add to those foundations are what make us individuals.
The twelve birth card pairs are as follows:

10 /1
Wheel of Fortune / Magician
11 / 2
Justice / High Priestess
12 / 3
Hanged Man / Empress
13 / 4
Death / Emperor
14 / 5
Temperance / Hierophant
15 / 6
Devil / Lovers
16 / 7
Tower / Chariot
17 / 8
Star / Strength
18 / 9
Moon / Hermit
19 / 10 / 1
Sun / Wheel / Magician
20 / 2
Judgement / High Priestess
21 / 3
World / Empress

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Each birth date can be brought down to a birth card pair. Here is how to calculate your birth cards:

Take your birth date and break it down into all two digit numbers

Example: July 25, 1989 can be broken down to 07 25 19 89.
Now add these numbers up.

Example: 07+25+19+89=140
If this number is a triple digit, you will need to add the numbers again.

Example: 140 = 14 + 0 = 14 (Temperance)

This can further be broken down to single digit to get your other half of the pair.

14 = 1 + 4 = 5 (Hierophant)

So my birth car pair is Temperance/ Hierophant.
6:00 AM

COTD: Wildwood Ace of Bows- Spark of Life

The Spark of Life symbolizes the start of new things in our life.  The process of creation and empowerment. This takes skill and effort and also persistence and commitment, but it will be well worth it. Our persistence will be met with a deeper knowledge of our path in life.

You will be beginning a time where you need to learn patience and hone your skill for something new. You will be able to learn everything about this endeavor if you practice patience and take the time to truly learn everything there is to know about what you are doing. You will be greatly rewarded in the end.

This new craft is your path in life and it will be met with challenges and opportunities. These will help you become better at what you are doing and give you more pride in learning everything there is to know.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

9:31 PM

COTD: Wildwood Knight of Stones- Horse

The horse has long been a symbol of  hard work and endurance. Let this idea guide you through the feats that you accomplish.

Healthy activity and self-sufficiency are that current path. Physical strength supports your decision and pleasure is important. You will attempt even greater feats, let your daring, pride and a love for the Earth guide you through these feats.

You may be someone who gets the work done and double checks the details. You may not know when to say enough is enough and continue going when you should have stopped. But you take pride in your work and what you have accomplished.

It can symbolize a job in a security firm, land management or industry work.

On the other hand the downside to this card is that you may give up too easily and have poor self worth. you see yourself as only those things that you have accomplished and nothing more. If you feel that you have not accomplished much, then you will feel a lower self wroth than if you feel you have accomplished more in your life. It can also symbolize unemployment.
7:00 AM

Deck Review: Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Law

The Shadowscapes Tarot deck was my first pictoral deck. What I mean by this is that it was the first deck that I had to had story like pictures on all of the pip cards, or minor arcana cards. I wanted to give it a fair time before I reviewed the deck. 

For a while this was my main deck. it helped me learn tarot and be able to really connect with a deck. This I am thankful for.

I would definitely recommend this deck for a beginner as this deck can have a story told with all of the cards. Although it does not follow the imagery of the Rider Waite Smith (RWS) deck, it does have enough imagery to be able to understand the meaning of each card.

The Deck

The cardstock that it comes on it a the thickest of all the decks that I have so far. It is sturdy and can withstand a lot of shuffling. As I said, I used this deck as my main deck for months. Using it daily and it only has shown minor amounts of wear.

The imagery on the cards is water colored and the artists rendition of what the cards mean to her. I fell in love with the imagery and how it wasn’t human focused like the RWS deck, this had more animals and gave me more of a nature feel. Some have said this deck makes them get a little lost in the imagery of the cards, but after a while they find it easy to use.

Here are some of my favorite cards from the deck.

 The Book

The book that comes with cards is a hefty book sporting about 250 pages has all of the images and the descriptions of the cards along with the meanings. The meanings do have to be torn out of the story of some of the cards, but without the story you may not really understand what the artist was thinking when she created the cards.

Each card has a story and the meaning which gives you a deeper look into how each card was made. Each story is more of a stand alone story than part of a larger story. Unlike the RWS deck where you have a story that you can follow with the minor arcana.

Monday, September 11, 2017

2:15 PM

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And don't forget to head over to my blog post on tips to help you read the cards intuitively here. Together with the cheat sheet you will have a full arsenal to not need to carry around all the books to know if you are right. 

Every reading is different and every card can have so many meanings depending on the location in a spread. Don't get stressed out, tap into your intuition with this meditation and guide and you will be in the zone.

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10:22 AM

Soul Healing Tarot Spread

Most of us are on a journey to better ourselves in one way or another. Some it's a physical aspect, like weight loss and for others it's finding deeper meaning in our lives and finding our true path.

This spread will help you dig deeper and see what part of your soul needs to be healed and how to heal it. it can be done at any time, but just make sure that you take action on the part that needs healing before doing another spread.

You can do this spread with any deck, but I find the deepness of the Wildwood Tarot my favorite to do this spread with. If you choose to use another deck, choose the High Priestess card as your focus point.

Pull the Seer/ High Priestess out of your deck and lay it in front of you. Focus and meditate on the Seer/High Priestess and shuffle the cards. Ask 'how can I heal my soul?' as you shuffle. When the time feels right, lay out the cards as above.

Card Positions:

1. Your Current Situation: This is how you are doing at the moment without healing. This is showing you how your soul is crying out for help and what it is manifesting as.

2. What part of your soul needs healing: This card will show you what part of your soul needs the most help at the moment. It will show you what it is you need to work on making better.

3. How you can heal your soul: This card indicates the area that you need to work on in order to heal your soul. This will help speed the healing process of card 2.

4. Outcome of your soul healing: This card shows how you will feel after you have healed this aspect of your soul.

This is not the end of the journey, but the end of this piece of the journey. you will need to remember to spend time making sure that your soul is happy and does not need healing frequently. When you feel your soul needs healing, come back to this spread and repeat it.

Friday, September 8, 2017

8:20 PM

Tips to Read Tarot Intuitively

Reading tarot cards can be hard. Memorizing all the cards can be even harder. It can make you second guess yourself, make you wonder if you will ever get all the meanings memorized.. No wonder it’s not more common.. this all sounds like hard work. 

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But it doesn’t have to be. You can learn to read the card intuitively. No, you don’t have to be psychic to have intuition. Everyone has it.. it’s that gut feeling you get. You just have to channel is and listen to it. Let your intuition guide you when you read each card. Below are my tips on how hone in your intuition to help you read tarot.

1. Put down the books. You don’t need them. All you need is your tarot deck, yourself, a quiet place and the person you’re doing the reading for. The more that you use the books, the more your stifle your intuition and reading tarot becomes more like school, more like something that you don’t want to do for fun. 

2. Open yourself up. In order to hear your intuition, you need to be quiet. Being quiet can be hard, but you only need to clear your mind and set your intention to ‘go with your gut’. Sit quietly and take a few deep breaths, let the days stresses flow out of you and then begin your reading. You will be in a much better place to read the cards if you let go of expectations as well.

3. Only learn the basics. By the basics I mean the meanings of the numbers and the meanings of the suits or elements. You don’t need to learn each card, you will be able to know what each card means with that little bit of guidance and your intuition.

4. Pull A card a day. Just one.. pulling just one card a day will help you get a feel for tuning into your intuition. Whether it’s the last thing at night (what do I need to know for tomorrow?) or first thing in the morning (what do I need to know for today?) pulling only one card will help you focus on the card and have less stress about the meaning your intuition guides you to. 

5. Journal about it. That’s right, journal about the card. Write down the meaning that you read, the symbolism of the number and the symbolism of the element or suit. How does this affect what is going on in your life right now? Why would you pull this card. Writing this down not only helps you go into further detail, it may lead you to deeper meanings. 

6. Tell the story on the card. Each card tells it’s own story. Everyone’s story is different. Just because the story that you see on the card isn’t like everyone else’s doesn’t mean that it’s wrong. It means that you are relating it to present circumstances and your intuition is guiding you to an answer that will be helpful to you or your client.  To read the story of the card, you look at the faces, the postures, the foreground and the background of each card. What stands out to you? What are they doing in the card? How does what the card is  telling you relate to your life?

Those are my 6 tips on how to read each card with your intuition and not a book. I hope that you will put these into practice and not beat yourself up with memorizing the books meanings or having only one right answer. 

Remember the card may give you a different meaning depending on the reading and the query. 

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

7:11 PM

Reading Your Shadow Card

Tarot can be used for more than just fortune-telling type readings. It can also be used for psychic and personal development. It can be used to better yourself and learn things about yourself that you don't know or that you need to work on. This is called shadow work. 

It's called shadow work because you are working on your shadow self, the part of yourself that you are not consciously aware of.

What is a Shadow Card?

A shadow card is a the card at the bottom of the deck when you do a reading. So after you lay out your cards, you pick yup the remainder of the deck and put the bottom card on the top of the deck face up. This is your shadow card. The aspects of the situation that you may not be aware of. This could also be seen as the part of you or the situation that you deny and can only see this in other people.

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Why use a Shadow Card?

Not everyone uses a shadow card or uses one in every reading. But sometimes they're helpful, even more helpful than a clarification card. The choice is your whether or not you see using one as being pertinent to the situation.

For example, if I ask a specific question, I may find it useful to use a shadow card. but for a general reading, unless something comes up that is really confusing, I probably won't use a shadow card.

Give using a shadow card a try in some of your readings and leave me a comment on what you think about it.


author My name is Julie and I am a tarot reader. I read the cards intuitively and am in love with finding new decks and sharing them with you. I share with you different spreads and readings. You can also book a reading with me on here or on Etsy.
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