Tarot of Emergence – The Magician

The Magician’s Power

He channels the power of the universe through him. He combines, creates, and energizes. He offers choices, yet with each comes a price. He practices the laws of alchemy, and possesses the gift of forethought. He knows that anything is possible, but with a price.

I say ‘he’ here, for sake of clarity. Yet the Magician is often a part of each one of us, male or female. We have the power to create, shape, or destroy our own lives, by force of will. We can make intelligent choices, but inevitably they require the sacrifice of equally good, yet unsatisfying options.

This is the second card of the upcoming Tarot of Emergence.I hope you’ll follow along, and share in the journey of tarot deck creation with me.


Tarot Deck in Progress – Tarot of Emergence


Things have been a bit quiet over this way lately. I’ve had some ideas churning in my head for awhile now, and have started work on a tarot deck! Tentatively called “Tarot of Emergence”, I will be working on these cards regularly.

Presenting: The Emerging Fool

He stands atop a cliff, that leads to a new world of adventure. His dog has already leapt, eagerly trotting down the path. A budding tree holds new eggs, ready to be born. The rising sun promises many adventures ahead.

About the Artwork

I’m drawing all of the tarot cards by hand with pencil, scanning them in, and coloring them with Gimp. So each card has a personal touch, with the benefits of technology. A bit of both worlds.

Comments Welcome!

I’d love to hear what you think as the deck progresses, and if you would like to see this deck published. All comments and suggestions are welcome. Oh, and I’ve never published a deck before, and would love advice on the technical aspects.


March Full Moon Spread & Reflecting on February

Last month, I posted the February Full Moon Spread, to see what the month of March was bringing in. Tonight, the Full Moon is in Libra, allowing us to weigh things in the balance, and see how our lives measure up. So here are a few thoughts on last month’s full moon, and what it brought to me.

  • I did find a lot of self-control over the month, as I reviewed what was important in my life, and how to go about it. Finding the right things that work for me and my family.
  • I did spend some time walking down memory lane this month, dealing with old, underlying feelings. While nothing changed on the outside, I did find new levels of peace within myself.
  • I did let go of the past, in a sense, by forgiving myself and others involved, via freewriting and EFT techniques – yes, the tapping thing. I know very little about it, but I found it to be effective.
  • I have continued to walk down my own spiritual pathway, and taken necessary steps to help myself and others live a happy life they deserve.

Now, onward with this month’s reading! Using the World Spirit Tarot, with the same full moon spread as last month, to see how I’m progressing.

1. What can be seen with clarity, so bright it could blind you. – Ten of Wands

A man is huddling underneath a pile of ten wands that have fallen over on him. He could no longer carry their weight, and he is still in the field, far from town. A sun sets in the distance, against the backdrop of the town.

I have been dealing with a lot this month, even if it isn’t work related, as the Wands suit would suggest. My girls have been sick the past few days, and I’m likely to catch it too. I’ve been playing with new ideas for the website, and haven’t come to a decision on a lot of them. Too much going on, and therefore nothing getting done. Exhausting just to think about, isn’t it?

2. What is completed, what closes a cycle. – Eight of Cups

A man walks away in the distance, with his walking stick, hat, and backpack, along a beach shoreline at night. Everything is cloaked in shadows. Three cups stand on the beach, while the reflection shows five upside down cups. Even though he had plenty, there was something missing, something more he needed to pursue.

The Eight of Cups is the perfect closing a cycle card! It often means moving on, pursuing higher goals, and not being satisfied with the status quo. However, if all of that is completed, that means that I done with being dissatisfied. I am no longer running from my emotional state, and instead staying in place, deciding what I could do better, here at home.

3. What begins to fade away, to darken, to abandon you…or what needs to do so. – Ace of Pentacles

A large yellow and black pentacle hovers within a wooden yoni with flowers, morning glories, intertwining around it. The sun and moon are on either side of it, indicating a world of opportunities, just waiting to be explored.

I have had a great month of material blessings! This new beginning naturally needs to grow into greater opportunities, and it is within my power to move up the chain of pentacles, finding what else is in store for me, my household, and my finances. I am in a good position to move on from the blessing of a single pentacle, to making it expand and grow.

0. Yourself. The Shadow Card. – Five of Wands

Two men fight in the street, wands clashing, each holding another at their side. A broken wand lies discarded between them, and a rooster is alarmed at their fighting in the middle of town. They both appear smiling, enjoying the thrill of the competition, the sparring.

I am ready to fight for what I believe in, what is necessary to improve my life. To stand up and compete for what is right, what is needed most. While it may be a friendly competition, I still need to give it all I’ve got, to hold my position and to succeed. This can especially be true in deciding which opportunities to choose from the Ten of Wands to pursue to increase my blessings from the Ace of Pentacles.

What does the Full Moon bring you? Try out this spread, and let me know how it turns out!


Acting the Tarot Fool

A reading for myself from Rachel Pollack’s Tarot Wisdom, regarding how the fool appears in each of our lives, using the Gilded Tarot.

1. How have I been a Fool in my life? – Eight of Swords

A blindfolded woman, hands bound and surrounded by swords. She believes herself to be trapped, but if she only leaned over and cut her ties by one of the swords, she would be free. Her thoughts convince her of this supposed truth, and she becomes a victim of her own mind, instead of her apparent captors, who are no longer present. By not seeing what the swords really are, and what really surrounds her, she dare not make a move, for fear of mistake and harming herself. A bit of courage and realization would improve her situation dramatically.

Insights: I tend to box myself in via my thoughts, and consequently my lack of action. This foolish behavior causes more harm to myself than any other outside influence.

2. How has it helped me? – Ten of Swords

A man lays face down in a grassy field, with a deer looking on. Above him are ten swords surrounded by a pillar of light, poised to rend him asunder. Three birds fly away in the distant skies. He already appears unconscious, if not dead, and the swords will add as much insult as they will injury. He appears without hope, and there is no one to save him from his fate. His thoughts have toppled him completely, leaving him at the fate of mercy. Will the swords finally fall? Or will something help him along, out of the swords’ paths?

Insights: My foolish, boxed-in thoughts bring me to a bitter end, but also learning to rely on other people, or even trusting in fate or a higher power. I cannot do everything on my own, and need to trust that others will support me in my time of need, when everything looks bleak.

3. How has it hurt me? – King of Pentacles

The King sits on his golden throne casually, one knee resting over the other. He holds a golden scepter, and looks up and over his shoulder at the starry sky. His throne is a giant pentacle. Below him is a field surrounded by bushes. His cape is green with gold overlay, and purple tights. He looks bored, but interested in the world around him. He yearns for something more, dreaming of the next big thing to enter his life. He does not seem concerned with what he has so far, it is accumulation rather than appreciation. With no subjects to rule, no living creatures, he has plenty of time to dream.

Insights: Foolish thoughts lead to foolish deeds, and I have mishandled money, finances, and my kingdom. Being lost in thought prevents me from seeing the bounty all around me, and from managing it wisely. I would do better to pay attention to my surroundings, and enjoy all that life has given me so far.

4. Where in my life do I need to be more Foolish? – Ace of Wands

A gold overlaid wand shoots fire into the sky, against the backdrop of an orange planet and dark clouds. Two large hands appear to cradle the wand, although it does not appear to be touching the hands. The wand is alone, but exudes great amounts of energy. While it is channeled energy, it is not controlled. The hands appear cautious to hold it, but earnestly wanting to. One single lightning bolt seems to sneak out of one of the clouds and onto the wrist of one hand. The wand is a conduit to great amounts of power, attracting like forces from the heavens.

Insights: I need to leap foolishly into my creative projects, following my inspiration wherever it leads. I need not hold back, and instead ride the wave of power when it enters my life. Hesitation thwarts electric creative energy.

5. Where will the Fool not serve me? – Page of Cups

The young man looks away from the glowing cup in his hand. He has a casual attitude toward it, as though it did not bother him in the least that it has been entrusted to it. He stands before a golden archway, with vines growing up one side and a potted plant on the other. His attitude is cool and measured, as if he is not ready to explore what it has to offer. Although life is growing all around him, he has not yet taken the steps to live his own life. He waits to see what will develop on its own, at a natural pace.

Insights: I ought not develop a devil-may-care attitude to my emotional quests. While a fool may lightly traipse by a chance to explore his heart and emotions, I can take the time to explore my emotional depths, and see what develops. Ignoring emotions leads to blockages and pain.

6. Where do I find the Fool outside myself? – Two of Pentacles

A traveler stands in the reeds along a shoreline, juggling two pentacles amidst a rainbow emanating from his hands.  In the moonlit distance a single boat appears, with a dolphin alongside. He is wholly focused on his task, and not seeing the beautiful scene behind him, or the opportunities presented. Yet his work is not pointless, it brings forth beauty and results. He is well-dressed and exudes a certain level of comfort and wealth. Yet what does that ship hold for him? Unless he looks away, he will never know for sure.

Insights: I have seen others carefully balancing their work and home lives. However, I yearn for more opportunities, and have decided to be self-employed. Their struggle, while beautiful for them, is not for me. I cannot live my life in the workaday grind.

7. What gifts does it bring me? – Six of Pentacles

Body, Mind, Spirit – In a Funk

Lately, I’ve found myself out of my normal rhythms. Rather contemplative, moving at about a snail’s pace, and generally not feeling enthusiastic about how things are going. Which is especially odd, considering that things are going pretty good overall! Tarot Musings now has a Facebook Fan Page, and we’re doing a lot to improve our situation at the moment. The enthusiasm has vanished out the window, unfortunately.

To evaluate what’s going on with me, and how I can improve it, I’m doing a Body Mind Spirit tarot spread with the World Spirit tarot. This will give me a chance to change things, and finally get the oomph to move forward.

Body – Justice: The blindfolded lady balances her hands on a large sword. Above her, a sun shines on two pillars, holding the scales on one side, and a burning book of law on the other. The sense here is balance, karma, and repercussions. If I don’t take care of my health, my body will show it by being lethargic and unresponsive. Good health also stimulates the mind, so I can make wise decisions about my health and activities. A balance needs to be established here, to set the scales aright.

Mind – The Chariot: A well dressed man stands in his chariot, holding a spear. He smiles down at the two zebra-like creatures with fish tails! Behind him in the field are the shadows of a hawk and a panther. The emblem of the chariot contains a moon within a sun. This is the more active part of Cancer (my Sun sign) and shows tenacity, drive, and holding everything together. My mind has been so busy trying to hold everything together, that it has lost its forward motion. Striking a balance can lead to apathy, if no progress can be seen. While I’ve been enjoying the slower pace, underneath I’m craving action!

Spirit – Two of Cups: The two people have their arms intertwined, lifting their cups to the heavens. In each of their other hands they hold a flower. Heaven seems to approve, as a blue haired figure sits in the clouds to the left, while a Pan-like red haired figure sits to the right. Their celebration is held in a clearing in a field, filled with various types of mushrooms, and one snake surveying the scene. Spiritually, my man and I have been very close lately, as he has taken an interest in the tarot as well! I am very happy with his developments there, and am enjoying the love and support that he always brings me. The sense of balance continues here, that while we are very much in tune, that the balance needs a little shaking up to move forward.

Overall: An over-balanced life can be relaxed by loosening the reins and growing from my base of emotional support.

While balance is often sought, it can cause stagnation. Nothing ventured, nothing gained! I will find progress in my life when I’m willing to give up the comfort of balance and press forward to reach my goals.

What do you do when your life gets too balanced? How do you create that push to move forward?