Thursday, November 5, 2015

And then... and then.. and then…..

Storytelling with tarot is something I really love to do. Mostly when my card of the day is not quite what I expected or hoped for, I start asking questions and drawing more cards until the story unfolds and the message becomes clear to me.
Today I started out with the Eight of Cups from the Legacy of the Divine Tarot. Usually I love pulling this card. It gives me permission to leave everything behind and to spend some quality alone time but today it felt a bit challenging so soon after all the shadow work I have been doing last month. My initial reactions was: "Oh no, not again!"  So I pulled the Four of Cups, where a man is longing for the cup in the sky and doesn’t see the beautiful ones in the grass. This card tells me how I felt in the beginning of October. I had all those grand ideas of how I would spiritually grow and  although I did grow/change,  it was so entirely different than I expected it to be. And the Three of Coins is showing me how different it all was. I found my creative fire again and the courage to do something with it. Up until now the cards haven’t told me anything new. It all feels like a big intro to the main plot: the Six of Swords. This card is all about a journey again. I think it is about taking all the ideas of how finding creativity has been my “salvation” under consideration and asking myself questions like: “Why do want to create? How do I feel when I create? What part of me do I share with others when I create? Etc. Making a painting is not the destination of the journey it is the beginning of a new journey. And then I pulled the last card: Judgment which is to me the call to an authentic life; when we step out of the box of who we thought we were and  to sing the song of our soul of who we really are. 

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  1. Great idea to "tell a story" with the cards that are drawn. And even better, its YOUR story! :)

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    1. It is alsdo a very quick and fast way of reading the cards! Sometimes I even make it into a game☺

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  2. Beautifully written. We are never 'finished' with anything really.

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    1. Thanks Sharyn Once we can embrace this notion we will fully grasp the beauty of it :D

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  3. ha ha. The title of your entry instantly reminded me of the "Story Spread" from my Chronicle's of Destiny deck. The guidebook actually references how when a young child tells a story they forge ahead without pausing, using lots of "and then"s. It suggests reading the cards that way, by putting "and then" in between each one. I really enjoyed reading the cards like a story. It's awesome how you were able to link all those cards into your personal story. Very well done.

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    1. Thanks WM! Reading the cards this way does suite you "story telling deck"perfectly! I am glad to hear you enjoy telling stories with your cards too

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  4. Story defines who we are, and what it means to be human. The tradition of oral story telling has always been such a powerful thing. Though in our Western culture we have lost much of this vital tradition, it is definitely coming around again, because I believe people are hungry for it. This is especially what I love about Tarot, it is the story...of life.

    Lovely insightful post Ellen.

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    1. Thanks Catherine! I love this story telling aspect of tarot too . Some decks are more equipped for this kind of reading than others. Yes where would we be without stories. As a former teacher I've learned to tell stories by heart and I loved it just as much as my pupils loved listening to them

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    2. You confirm my belief, that good teachers are good story tellers ;)

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  5. Beautiful! And the sum of the minor cards is 21 = World - synthesis. That is such a lovely message <3

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    1. That's great. I never add up the minors but it is a nice way to wrap up a reading. Do you also include the courts if there are any?

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  6. Ah yes, I love Judgement as the final card, it was my card yesterday. And what a great way of seeing it: a call to live authentically!

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    1. Thanks Chloe. Seeing it this way makes this card more accessible to me.:)

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