More Happy Cards for Kids

Justice, Faerie TarotFaerie Tarot: Premier Edition by Nathalie Hertz

Today, I am learning some more from the mind of a child.  I move forward from the joyous freedom of the Fool, and I meet a beautiful Fey, whose name is Temperance.

She pours an unknown liquid from her jug into a chalice.  We could attempt to define this energy, but today this card is for all the children – the ones who are sad, the ones who are lonely, the ones who are afraid.

Today, the universe brings you a gift – it is a rainbow.

It is a rainbow of love and within its many colours there are smiles and there is laughter.

Rainbows are magical, aren’t they?  Do you know how a rainbow is made?  It is made by mixing raindrops and sunshine!

What is your favourite colour?  Is it yellow?  Is it green?  Whatever colour makes you happy, I want you to close your eyes and in this moment, I want you to imagine that the rainbow flows over you and you become at the centre of its beautiful colours and all around you is your favourite colour of all.  Remember, too, that the colours in a rainbow can make ALL the colours that you can imagine!  Temperance mixes her colours to find the perfect one to make you happy.

Today, my children, this rainbow is for you.  It wants you to be happy.  It wants you to know, that even when life brings you tragedy, its OK to smile again.

So when you feel sad, remember the Rainbow that the Temperance Faerie brought to you and let yourself smile.

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

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Happy Cards for Kids

Fool, Faerie Tarot

Faerie Tarot: Premier Edition by Nathalie Hertz

Children are the future, that’s what we say isn’t it?  Sometimes I think, in our honest desire to help them be the best they can be, we forget to let them ‘just be‘ right now!

So I decided to find a ‘happy deck’ just for using with my littlies.  Not to do readings, of course, but just to be able to share some of the happy, hopeful stuff.

The task was much harder than you might imagine, because The Tarot has a full range of dark and wonderful imagery and is naturally considered an adult pastime.  So even my most etheric, beautiful decks have a darker side.  I looked right through my extensive deck collection – oh, don’t get me started on just how extensive it really is!  Truly, I have some delightful decks but all of them, in some ways, have some images that I consider to be unhelpful to the younger seeker.

I mentioned this to my husband, who in his rather pragmatic way asked me if it would be very unethical to simply take out the cards that I did not want to use.  Ordinarily, this sort of doctoring of the deck would be quite unthinkable, but in the spirit of joy that is childhood, I decided to do just that.  So I took out the Death card first.  Even at its most positive, I felt that image would be inappropriate.  Then – shock horror – I removed all the Swords.  That left me with a delightfully quirky, upbeat and positive deck for the little kiddies to enjoy looking at.

Of course, the Faerie Tarot is a very intuitive deck in its own right and all the cards contain the ancient wisdom of the Arcana wrapped up in their whimsical images.

So with all these thoughts in my mind, I shuffled and out popped – The Fool!

It seemed so appropriate and so very obvious, that I laughed out loud.  Such a jolly fellow, playing with his friend, climbing trees, making daisy chains – just being a kid!

But the Fool, for all his games and merriment, is not really a fool.  He embraces diversity and regards the world with innocence and faith.

For those young people who are studying hard to get their grades, work is so important, but taking a little time away from the books to hang out with their friends is important too.

To those kids whose lives are so busy with sports fixtures, music lessons and all those extra-curricular activities that we, as parents and guardians, cram into their days so they don’t miss a thing – take a breath and play the Fool!  Because there are things about childhood that cannot be taught.

And once we are adults, we spend our lives trying to recapture that wonderful, liberating innocence and childlike joy.

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

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Reflections on Fear: Robin Wood Tarot

Queen of Swords, Robin Wood Deck

Focus: What do I fear most at the moment?

Although severe, the Queen of Swords is not unkind.  She has learned through her own pain and is a wise and just leader.  She is, in many ways, the great healer of sorrows.

Queens represent the Goddess in her earthly elemental aspects.  Like any Queen of the Arcana, she acts with only pure intent, towards the highest purpose.

The Queen of Swords may appear distant and somewhat detached, but this is her nature.  She resides in the realm of the mind, the place of intellegence and thoughtfulness.

She is the still, quiet voice of reason.  She is the calmed mind, freed from the monkey chatter of idle gossip and random thoughts.

It is her duty to deal with conflict and damaged situations, in order to restore harmony.

Why should I fear her?

Swords deal with the situations which must be cut away.

Why do I fear her?

She reminds me of my fraility, of the brief time allowed to me in this Earth-Walk.  Will there be another? I believe so, but not here, not now, not with these beloveds around me and not within this particular form.

She reminds me of Atropos, cutting the threads of fate with her awesome shears.  But as with all Minor Arcana, whether courtly or not, she appears only as a guide: my fate is within my own hands.

Ace of Swords, Robin Wood

The mighty Sword of Truth is laid beside her, like a call to arms.  Excallibur only appears when timely action is right and necessary.

But what if I make the wrong choice? What then?

Freewill and the ability to make our own fates is an awesome responsiblity.

 Martin Luther King, Jr said:
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. 

 

 

 

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

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Card of the Day: 6 Cups

My card of the day is drawn from one of my own cherished decks; my interpretation comes from my intuition and my experiences as a professional tarot reader.

When I read, I add to my experience of the Tarot so the journey unfolds, an evolutionary process. Perhaps my reflections will add something to your own understanding of this mystical and ancient craft. Brightest Blessings

6 Cups, Robin Wood Tarot

6 Cups,
Robin Wood Tarot

6 Cups, Robin Wood Tarot

This card really wants to make itself heard, I’ve seen it several times over the last week.

I never disregard such repetitions, there is always some extra insight besides what is immediately apparent.

This is such a beautiful, feel-good card.  Some readers tend to regard it with suspicion, perhaps feeling that its about dwelling in the past and being overly sentimental.  That may be so, in some instances.  But its always dependant upon the nature of the spread and the card’s position within it.

When I read a card for the day, I tend to ask a little question as I shuffle, then stop and draw a card when I feel that little ‘tug’.

Today, I simply asked:

Please give me a card of positive inspiration.  And I drew this lovely card, such an open expression of all that is wonderful about childhood.

I enjoy watching children play, do you?  I was with my grandchildren the other morning.  We were in the park.  The youngest one was running about, enchanted by a little girl who in turn, was entranced by Gracie’s puppy!  They played – shouting, laughing, running, with such freedom and lack of inhibition, that I, in turn, was entranced by their beautiful and golden natures.

 

Its the little things in life that bring the most smiles.

It is the gift of friendship.

What is truly of value in your life, right now?

You see, the beauty of childhood is its innocence, its acceptance and its tolerance.  It rejoices in diversity.  It celebrates the strange, the unusual, the difference of something or someone new.

And I realise, perhaps for the very first time, that this card has nothing very much to do with living in the past.  No.  Its about living as a child does.  With open-hearted joy and the ability to perceive that which is wonderful.

It does not live in the past: it celebrates the Precious Present.

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

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Card of the Day: Five of Pentacles

My card of the day is drawn from one of my own cherished decks; my interpretation comes from my intuition and my experiences as a professional tarot reader.

When I read, I add to my experience of the Tarot so the journey unfolds, an evolutionary process. Perhaps my reflections will add something to your own understanding of this mystical and ancient craft. Brightest Blessings

5 Pentacles, Shadowscape

When despair consumes us, we cannot see our own potential.

All is not lost.  Allow yourself to move beyond despair and accept the help that is offered

Together we can overcome obstacles that alone, we cannot face.  Your friends are here, waiting for your call.  Let them into your heart.

 

 

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

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Card of the Day: Seven of Chalices

7 ChalicesMy card of the day is drawn from one of my own treasured decks; my interpretation is drawn from my intuition and from my many years of experience as a professional tarot reader. Each time I read in this way, I add to my own experience of the arcana, the journey is evolutionary. I hope that my reflections will add something to your own understanding of this mystical and ancient craft.

7 of Chalices, The Sirian Starseed Tarot

When I asked for wisdom today, I was not surprised to see this card.  I’ve drawn it so often, its like an old friend.

But when a card like this appears repeatedly, I must ask myself why?  After all, its traditionally the card of the dreamer.  So I asked myself two questions:

  • Do I ask too much out of my life?
  • Do I ask too little?

Its all about focus, isn’t it?  You see, I’m a glass over-flowing kind of gal – no glass half full for me.  I’m positivity personified!

Now, this may be considered a good thing, but if my question is about business matters – as it was – well perhaps I need to change my perspective.  I need to ask myself some new questions, such as:

  • Am I settling for less than I can be?
  • Am I neglecting my dreams?

When I looked again at the card, I realised that my eyes were drawn quite squarely to the middle of the staircase.  Not above, not below.  Could I have made such an art of living in the present moment, that I scarcely give any thought to tomorrow?

Let’s put it another way.  If I don’t begin to bring the Castle in the Air – so ethereally emerging from cup number four – from my dreams into the tangible world, how can I move forward on my path to fulfil my soul’s true purpose.

Thank you for sharing this Tarot experience with me.  Today’s card was quite personal for me, but I hope that it may have given you some food for thought for your own journey forward.

Please join me again soon.

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

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Card of the Day: Temperance, Robin Wood

My card of the day is drawn from one of my own treasured decks; my interpretation is drawn from my intuition and from my many years of experience as a professional tarot reader. Each time I read in this way, I add to my own experience of the arcana, the journey is evolutionary. I hope that my reflections will add something to your own understanding of this mystical and ancient craft.

Temperance – Robin Wood Tarot Deck

Temperance

LOL – I really did laugh out loud when I asked for wisdom for the day and I pulled this card.  Nothing terribly deep and mysterious here, I thought, despite it being a Major.  For one thing I do lack is moderation!  I tend not to walk the middle road.  I am passionate about my loves, I wear my heart on my sleeve and most everyone can read my emotions!

So on the weekend, well yes I may enjoy baking chocolate chip cookies a little more than I should – for the family, you understand – even though I know its not just the fairies who will eat the cookie dough!  (Click here to view my recipe)

But of course, there is another type of temperance.  In my card, this spirit being holds one foot in the water of life and with his hands he juggles three glowing orbs.  He is weaving together disparate elements until he reaches perfection.  To me, he represents the Divine Sword of Truth.

Think of the creation of a sword – it must be firm, but it must also have flexibility.  It must be sharp but it also needs strength.  The process by which this is achieved is called tempering.

We all need to go through this process in our lives.  Some of us will go through it many times more than we would wish and it may seem that others appear to walk through life, largely unscathed and unchallenged.

But life is like this, is it not?  We are constantly tested beyond our endurance.  Sometimes, I look around me and I think my concerns are quite trivial, when I consider the heartache and suffering others must endure.  But this process of temperance is what shapes our characters and makes us who we are.  For when the only thing we can choose is to decide, above the odds, to go on – then we really shine.

I have been reflecting on this quite considerably recently, I am certain that is why I was offered this card today.  To read a story of true courage and endurance, go to Nikki’s Blog and you will have a little insight into how one woman rose to the challenge and decided to put one foot in front of the other, and help others to smile.

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

 

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