Friday, 4 April 2014

Into the weekend with a guide

Greetings!

This morning I've drawn this beautiful card from the Osho Zen Tarot. I really have loved working with its gentle energy this week.


 The Three of Rainbows sits where the Three of Pentacles would be in other decks and, as I am heading for a full day and weekend of work, I nodded agreement when I saw this card. I should have learned from yesterday that the Osho interpretations don't all correlate exactly. Here we have a beautiful angelic being lighting the way forward for a mortal who isn't looking too sure. Interestingly, I won an oracle reading this week and one of the messages was that my guides were close by and I should be listening for their input. I certainly like to think I have guides, angels and rellies who have passed on bobbing about, nudging me this way and that. But yes, I do doubt. I let my human-ness get in the way. Much of the advice in this deck asks us to savour and honour each moment.

Much of the time (read often!) I forget to live mindfully, and I believe that's true for many of us. For instance, I try to remember to eat slowly and not read the news on my laptop while doing so (major fail). However, when I'm working I am completely absorbed. Reading the Tarot takes me to another place as does making jewellery. Weaving silver chains is extremely medatitive and there are times when hours have swept by and I find myself holding a chain way longer than I needed. I'm not assuming I visit some higher realm, but I definitely feel I'm in that 'altered state' meditation experts tell of.




So maybe the Osho is closer to the tradtional meaning of the Three of Pentacles for me today; dedication to a project and creative mastery are a couple of the interpretations I work with. There may be no visible team watching over my shoulder (although there is always a cat!) but maybe there is a team in another realm, whispering encouragement and guidance.....I simply have to listen.

Wishing you and your teams a wonderful day,

'Til next time,

Margo 

The Osho Zen Tarot: The Transcendental Game of Zen
DruidCraft Tarot - Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm 


Thursday, 3 April 2014

No postponing rainbows

Greetings!

A dusty sun is breaking through this morning, illuminating a thick layer of Saharan sand on the garden furniture. Once again we have been advised to stay indoors. Well, yesterday I put off doing some things that could wait, but today I really have to go out. I drew another card from the Osho Zen Tarot ...


Ha ha! The Four of Clouds operates in the realm of the Mind and I immediately equated it to the more traditional Four of Swords, which advocates a time to stop and rest. Take a mental break. Not so with this deck - here I am being encouraged to stop putting off until tomorrow what can be achieved today. The rainbow landscape is enticing me throught that window. I'm even wearing a brightly coloured tunic, which is unusual for me!

The book says: The relief and expansiveness you will feel once you put aside all the dithering thoughts that are preventing you from acting now will make you wonder why you ever waited so long.

So I shall brave the day. I'll close the air ducts in the car and venture out ...

Have a rainbow filled day,

'Til next time,

Margo

 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Catching up, celebrating and a little Osho

Greetings!

A little midweek round up ...

 Firstly - Formula 1. A very assured race from our King of Swords, Lewis Hamilton, don't you think? Poor Daniel Ricciado is suffering at the whims of The Moon, and I still believe Nico Rosberg is on the up and up (Wheel of Fortune). The three posts prior to this one have ALL the draws for the teams, the drivers and the race calendar. The next race is at the next weekend in Bahrain, where I have drawn Lady of Leviathans (Queen of Pentacles) - will it be the positive points of the Lady, organised, helpful trustworthy? Or her flip side where things are a bit sloppy..... can't wait!

 In my Tarot life I have achieved something I'm enormously chuffed about....I am now an Endorsed reader for TABI (Tarot Association of the British Isles). This has meant working with a mentor overseeing 25 readings. Everyone, no matter how experienced they are at reading the cards, has to go through this process in order to read for TABI. I found it a fascinating experience; I was teamed with a mentor with a very different style from mine, but the combination worked well (I drew The Sun, when I asked how the mentoring would go!)
It feels good to be flying solo! Reading requests come in from all over the world and cover every topic.

I have also updated my own 'Tarot' tab with a 'Buy Now' button and explain how to book a reading with me and the decks I work with. Do take a look :-)

As a treat for making it through the endorsement process, I bought the Osho Zen Tarot. There is a lot of love for this deck and I've been curious about it for a while. Meditation is a regular thing in the Treewitch house so I'm hoping to gel with the atmosphere of the cards. I thought I'd share some daily cards with you as I get to know them. In the book that comes with the deck each card is given a commentary about its meaning plus some text from Osho to meditate on and add as much depth as you wish. The artistry is beautiful - it's by Deva Padma, who lived in the Osho compound and worked with Osho's and other community members' guidance on the cards. They arrived yesterday so my thoughts and impression are brand new!
I drew Inner Voice as my guidance for the day. There's definitely a High Priestess feel about the card - the crescent moon (which we have right now) and the two pillars seen here as dolphins. The water isn't hidden as in some other depictions and I feel drawn and welcomed into the deep pool of the subconscious. I like the crystal in the centre, which the book tells of finding clarity. The two faces seem to show how I may appear outwardly to the world, whilst honouring my inner self and the treasure (the crystal) held inside.

Where I live in the south east of England, we are currently swathed in a Saharan dust cloud, whipped up by a sand storm and carried over to Europe. The advice is to stay indoors today if possible, which is fine by this mild agoraphobic! I shall be still and silent and listen to what my inner voice may reveal ...

'Til next time,

Margo
 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Formula 1 - Influences for 2014 Part 3 - Race Calendar

Greetings!

Here is my draw for the 2014 Grand Prix race calendar:

Engines = Wands
Submersibles = Cups
Airships = Swords
Leviathans = Pentacles

Australia (16th Mar) - Five of Engines - we're off and all jostling to make our mark!
Malaysia (30th Mar) - Two of Leviathans - weighing things up
Bahrain (6th Apr) - Lady of Leviathans (Queen) - let's be sensible and productive
China (20th Apr) - Navigator of Airships (Knight) - and a bit ruthless
Spain (11th May) - Eight of Airships - trapped by our own rules?
Monaco (25th May) - Seven of Airships - skulduggery afoot?
Canada (8th June) - Explorers (The Lovers) - choices
Austria (22nd June) - Nine of Engines - battle weary, in need of healing
Great Britain (6th July) - Six of Airships - Relief as things improve
Germany (20th July) - Navigator of Submersibles (Knight) - emotions over Michael Schumacher?
Hungary (27th July) - The Stricken Tower (The Tower) - steady on!
Belgium (24th Aug) - Spirit Gauge (Temperance) - calm after the break, or a new blend?
Italy (7th Sept) - Triumph (The Chariot) - good for somebody? Let's hope the championship isn't over yet!
Singapore (21st Sept) - Two of Airships - truce, stalemate?
Japan (5th Oct) - Technomancer (The Magician) - who has all the tools?
Russia (12th Oct) - Captain of Engines - Putin puts in an appearance?
USA (2nd Nov) - Captain of Submersibles - stumped by this!
Brazil (9th Nov) - Six of Leviathans - give and take
Abu Dhabi (23rd Nov) - Captain of Leviathans - all friends, all paid in the end?

I can't wait to see how the season plays out and how the influences and energies from my draw manifest over the coming months.

Margo

You can find the teams here
...and the drivers here 

Deck: The Steampunk Tarot: Wisdom from the Gods of the Machine by John and Caitlin Matthews. Artwork by Wil Kinghan 




Formula 1 - Influences for 2014 Part 2 - The Drivers

Greetings!

As promised, here is my draw for the drivers for this year's F1 season: 


Engines = Wands
Submersibles = Cups
Airships = Swords
Leviathans = Pentacles

Marcus Ericsson - Aviatrix (The High Priestess)
Kamui Kobayashi - Seven of Airships
Fernando Alonso - Ace of Airships
Kimi Raikkonen - Three of Engines
Sergio Perez - Explorers (The Lovers)
Nico Hulkenberg - The Stricken Tower (The Tower)
Pastor Maldonado - Captain of Engines (King of Wands)
Romain Grosjean - Six of Airships
Jules Bianchi - Inventor (The Hermit)
Max Chiltern - The Empress
Lewis Hamilton - Captain of Airships (King of Swords)
Kevin Magnusson - Navigator of Leviathans (Knight of Pentacles)
Jensen Button - Messenger of Airships (Page of Swords
Nico Rosberg - Time Machine (Wheel of Fortune)
Sebastian Vettel - Nine of Airships
Daniel Ricciado - Moon Voyage (The Moon)
Esteban Gutierrez - Comet (The Star)
Adrian Sutil - Eight of Airships
Jean-Eric Vergne - Six of Engines
Daniil Kvyat - Four of Submersibles
Vallteri Bottas - Ten of Leviathans
Felipe Massa - Captain of Leviathans

My scanner has just gone silly so I can only show these two images - Just look at the potential nightmare Sebastian Vettel may be facing this season!

Poor Daniel Ricciado with the ding-dong over the fuel irregularities, I hope he isn't going to be the recipient of Red Bull's attempts to push the rule limits, he deserves better....we'll keep an eye on that Moon.

Now, if I was a betting person, I may be putting something on Nico Rosberg! His team have drawn Death and he has this deck's rendition of The Wheel of Fortune. Maybe it is his turn for success.

Race calendar coming up in the next post. You can find the draw for the teams here.
...and the race calendar here

Margo


Deck: The Steampunk Tarot: Wisdom from the Gods of the Machine by John and Caitlin Matthews. Artwork by Wil Kinghan












Monday, 24 March 2014

Formula 1 - Influences for 2014 part 1 - The Teams

Greetings!

I know the season is already under way but I'd like to share my thoughts for the months ahead. I love F1 and have (along with other readers in my sphere) drawn cards for the teams, the drivers and the Grand Prix race calendar. I'll do three posts now as one containing ALL the information would be extremely long. Then I'll link back to them throughout the season. It'll be a fascinating look at the energies and influences surrounding the sport - the personalities and the ups and downs until champions are crowned towards the end of the year.

I have chosen The Steampunk Tarot: Wisdom From The Gods Of The Machine by John and Caitlin Matthews, as that felt rather appropriate!

So...the teams


Engines = Wands
Submersibles = Cups
Airships = Swords
Leviathans = Pentacles


Caterham - Six of Airships - chances getting better? 
Ferrari - Two of Airships - hmmm...stalemate with two giants in the team? 
Force India - Eight of Airships - feeling trapped by the new rules? 
Lotus - Moon Voyage (The Moon) - dreams, vision, illusions? 
Marussia - Regeneration Machine (Judgement) - rebirth, out with the old? 
McLaren - Three of Engines - starting to see improvements? 
Mercedes - Spring-Heeled Jack (Death) - complete transformation 
Red Bull - Ace of Engines - New rules, new spark 
Sauber - Ace of Leviathans - New rules, staying grounded 
Toro Rosso - Ten of Airships - Taking the flak for the new regime? 
Williams - Comet (The Star) - wishing for a better season



I drew the cards prior to the first race in Melbourne (Five of Engines) and what a cracking opener that turned out to be!

There are no Cups (Submersibles) in this group, perhaps showing more the energy of enineering and intellect over emotions. With race one over, we saw a resurgence from Williams and the power that Mercedes can produce in the wake of upheaval and departure. McLaren lead the way at the moment and Red Bull are under investigation for allegedly having an average fuel rate that was too high for the new regulations (appeal to be heard April 12th)



 The top three from race one pending the outcome of the appeal were:
Mercedes
Red Bull
McLaren

Mercedes has seen and overhaul in personnel after the retirement of Ross Brawn and dedicated the win to Michael Schumacher, who still lies in a coma following his skiing accident at the end of last year.

I won't be giving a blow by blow account of each race, you'll either be watching or not! This is just to see how the cards reflect the 2014 season. 

All the drivers' information will be in part 2.

Here's a little draw on the appeal:

1 - The underlying factor - Moon Voyage (The Moon) - A testing time of dream, visions, what is real, what is an illusion? Is any judgement trustworthy?
2 - What can we expect from Red Bull? - 8 of Leviathans (Pentacles) - They will show their prowess in intricate and exacting detail.
3 - What can we expect from the FIA? - 4 of Submersibles (Cups) - Despite issuing the punishment, what aren't they seeing?
4 - The outcome - Captain of Submersibles (King of Cups) - Good arbitration or something weak and ineffectual? Diplomacy?

This bothers me, in as much as the it looks as though emotions may get in the way, and that doesn't feel right. Could Bernie be leaning on the situation? The Captain worries me. Kings can have all the plans but a lot of it is 'in the crown'. I'd have felt happier with a Knight as at least that shows more movement. I wonder if a decision will be made which is seen to punish, but actually keeps everyone sweet....we'll see... 


You can find the drivers here
...and the race calendar here

Margo


Thursday, 20 March 2014

To Rest - To Awaken. Ostara Tarot Blog Hop

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Greetings!

Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop celebrating the festival of Ostara. Our wrangler for this event is the wonderful Joanne Sprott of Cosmic Whispers Tarot and 'tis she who holds the list of everyone taking part. You may have arrived from Robin B Wood or Olivia Destrades. Whichever turn of the wheel, The Treewitch is thrilled to see you.

For this festival of Promise, the hoppers are looking at the resurrection and renewal aspects of Spring.

The above shows a glorious Ash tree that I look out on every day from my kitchen window and, right now, it's displaying that incredible pale haze of green only seen at this time of year. Autumn's winged fruits lie dry and wizened beneath this new flourish. I've been around a fair few Springs and never cease to be awed at the arrival of the new leaves after months of bare branches.

I have a two card spread that feels right for this equinox. We pause between the final vestiges of Winter, where we can lay something to rest, and the excitement of Spring, heralding lighter and warmer days, where we can bring something to life. We may not know yet if this is a permanent action or a temporary one; maybe it's just for the season.

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1 - Darkness: What can I lay to rest?
2 - Light: What can I awaken?

Here's mine

 I love how the lighter coloured card heads for the darkness and the dark one emerges for now! It's interesting too, that the energies are equal. Both are from the youngest rank of the Tarot Court.

I'm very much at home in the Cups family but if it's time to release some of my dreamier and introspective aspects (for now) ....ok. The Winter months have been a time of much inner development and I feel I'm being asked to honour the inward energy, put it away and prepare for expansion.

I seldom draw Swords in personal readings but I have noticed a few lately in my daily cards. What I can awaken here is a more outward energy and one of detail and observation. I feel this card has direct links to my online readings. I enjoy creative writing, and marrying card reading with succint written communication is a skill I'm (hopefully) developing!

I'd love to hear what may be resting and awakening for you this beautiful Ostara.

Enjoy the rest of the blog hop - with love, light and blessings,

Margo

Deck The Wild Unknown Tarot by Kim Krans

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