Tarot as a Mirror

Posted on March 21, 2019

 

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As part of the Tarot Blog Hop community, we get a prompt and decide if we want to participate. For the Spring Equinox, the prompt is:

Out of the deck, what card or cards would you say represent you either professionally or personally?

This question made me think about how Suzanne Conway referred her tarot cards as: 78 Mirrors. Every single card is tethered to a slice of life; they were all a universal truth that reflected ourselves. While self-awareness was something I prided myself on, I decided to let my decks tell me what they thought of me as a tarot practitioner. What better way to breed understanding, by trying to see myself in different cards? The question I decided to ask a few of my decks is: “Which card do you think represents me best?”

Stella Tarot: You are the 3 of Wands

Stella Tarot 3 of Wands

From the Stella Tarot’s LWB:

The higher you aim, the more valuable the result will be.

I can see that in myself. While the Stella Tarot has had a short time with me, the time it did share has been full of me aiming high. I’ve started on my journey in so many different arenas in my life: my professional career, my tarot reading, my studies in Fengshui, and my decision to start managing my own finances better. Right now, all I’m doing is aiming and moving slowly but surely forwards.

Sasuraibito Tarot: You are the 2 of Swords

Sasuraibito Tarot 2 of Swords

From the Sasuraibito Tarot’s guidebook:

It feels safe to stick to what you already know, to hide uncertainty or weakness, and to close your eyes.

The card beckons to me: it tells me to stop being so scared to show my vulnerable feelings. I often feel like I don’t dare to flirt because I hate the feeling of being led on and I don’t want to lead anyone on. And while being aware of this has helped somewhat, it’s still difficult to let myself believe I can like someone and someone can return those feelings. Maybe this is an issue I can work with this deck.

Daniloff Tarot: You are the 9 of Wands

Daniloff Tarot 9 of Wands

The Daniloff Tarot does not have a guidebook, so I’ll be using the Holistic Tarot:

…the Seeker … is a bit more resigned than the other characters, acquiescing to his circumstnaces, though certainly not willing to give anything up either.

I think this card flows from the story the Sasuraibito Tarot was telling me about myself. I keep defending myself, even though I’m tired. I don’t want to fight anymore, but as the card shows, I don’t feel like I have a choice. I hold a plethora of weapons around myself, ready to strike.

Wild Unknown Tarot: You are the Father of Pentacles

The Wild Unknown Father of Pentacles

From the Wild Unknown Tarot’s guidebook:

But underneath is an incredibly passionate man who prioritizes the stability of his job, family, and home.

Awww, thanks TWU <3 As I grow older, I do feel like my parents matter more and more. I do feel the sudden need to ensure I can provide for them, and myself, in the years to come. My father recently lost a chance at re-contracting at his current workplace and that’s a significant blow to our income. While this card compliments me, it reminds me of my responsibilities.

Overall

It does seem like the decks I chose ended up answering the prompt — who am I personally, and who am I professionally? I have so much more work to do in both realms, but I will chip at them slowly. I find that when I pressure myself to do more shadow work, to meditate “better”, it ends up going the wrong way. Goenka, the person who founded the Vipassana Society worldwide, often repeated during his meditations, “Persistently — you are bound to succeed, bound to succeed.” This is what I whisper to myself from time to time when my anxieties flare up.

Thank you for the prompt, TarotBlogHop; it’s been helpful.

 

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8 Comments

  • Traci March 21, 2019 at 4:39 am

    Shadow work is important to me. Things are not coming up roses all of the time and to suggest this ends up giving a one-sided picture of us as humans. My own personal\professional tarot hop blog post might end up seeming one-sided as result, but these are the cards that I felt inspired to use. 🙂

    I also, like it when we receive challenging cards in a reading because the cards seem to propel us to greater heights and to strive. We don’t have to strive unrealistically or to be someone we are not, it’s more about striving to be better than we were yesterday.

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    • Casper March 21, 2019 at 10:15 am

      You are exactly right, Traci. I concur with you a hundred percent. Thanks for taking a gander and I can’t wait to get to your post 🙂

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  • Jay Cassels March 21, 2019 at 6:14 am

    I am in awe of these decks, I have never clapped eyes on any of them. Each of your choices both of deck and cards, has helped me get a bit more of picture as to who you are and that is awesome. Thank you for taking the time to be apart of the hop this cycle and I hope that you’ll hop again in the next one.

    Jay 🙂

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    • Casper March 21, 2019 at 10:15 am

      Thanks for taking a gander Jay ❤️ you’ve been an awesome wrangler and I can’t wait to read your post.

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  • Joy Vernon March 21, 2019 at 10:07 am

    I love your approach! Same question to four different — very different! — decks. And an array of responses, but they built into a coherent story for you. Nice process!

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    • Casper March 21, 2019 at 10:16 am

      Thanks Joy ❤️❤️ I was a little afraid I may be veering off the prompt but I’m glad you appreciate how I went about doing this. Looking forward to reading your post once I’ve some time!!

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  • Ania March 22, 2019 at 1:22 am

    I always describe a Tarot reading as holding up a mirror to your life and pointing out the bits that you need to pay attention to, because often we just see what we want or expect to see. That is the nice thing about the Tarot – it gives us a poke, points at things and says “Look here!” 😀

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    • Casper March 22, 2019 at 5:44 pm

      Yes! I so vibe with this view <3 Thanks for having a peek at my post Ania!

      Reply

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