Card of the Day from the Sirian Starseed Tarot by Patricia Cori

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.

The Sirian Starseed Tarot

Today, I was asked to interpret three cards from this deck, referencing the 4 Chalices as a starting point.  Normally I select the cards myself, so this is a different way of reading for me.

4 ChalicesThe disappointment clearly displayed on this young woman’s face is palpable.  Stranded upon an inhospitable headland, while the waves of a churning ocean crash into the rock beneath her feet, she gazes longingly at a bright start above her.

Behind her we see 3 beautiful chalices; they are not broken, but they do not appear to interest her.  She ignores a dolphin that breaches the waves before her, offering her another beautiful chalice.

I feel her sadness, her longing and her lack of enthusiasm.  What has brought her to this low?  And what can the cards offer in relation to this disappointing situation?

7 Orbs

First the 7 of Orbs and as the balloon flies higher and higer its occupant takes on board more and more orbs.  But even as he collects new ideas, his own thougts and visions drift away on the breeze.

Have you become so immersed in other peoples’ ideas that you have forgotten your own vision?  Why did you begin this journey in the first place?

Orbs or swords are about integrity, knowledge and the power of the intellect.  It is good to listen and learn, but to manifest your own dreams, you must remain true to your ideals, even if they don’t conform to the ideas of others who would take you in a different direction.

9 Orbs

Nine of Orbs reinforces the guidance of 7 of Orbs.  It seems that you have wandered so far from your own true path that you no longer clearly see your way ahead.  You have stopped listening to your own thoughts, hearing only the clamour of other peoples’ ideas of what is good for you.

Sage ChalicesSage of Chalices asks you what is important to you? Has it changed? She is the ultimate healer, balancer and bringer of harmony.  She asks you, in a very real way, to reconnect to your own feelings.  Take some time out, pamper yourself, spend some time in meditation.  What do you want?  How do you feel?

Only by remembering your own vision can you return to creating the reality you choose.

The absence of Fire in this spread reminds us how limiting following someone else’s vision really is.  The absence of Earth shows us that we must be grounded in our own body in order to complete our earthly mission.

Does it matter what other people think?  Do they really know best?

It is good to listen and consider other ideas, it stops us from stagnating.  But each one of us has their own journey and a truth.  If we lose track of that truth, we cannot fulfil our earthly mission – our destiny.

Listen to your own thoughts, reconnect to spirit and follow your heart, for only in this way can you bring about your own heart’s desire.

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

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Featured Deck: Crystal Visions Tarot

Three Card Spread using Crystal Visions Tarot by Jennifer Galasso

What do I need to know?  Seven of Swords

Card of the day

The message traditionally associated with this card is one of secrecy and deceit, though I have never been quite satisfied with this interpretation.  In my experience, there is usually a hidden depth of meaning to be uncovered before we consider this image to mean simple theft.

In the image I see a winged-figure, an angel perhaps, collecting swords from a battlefield.  Around him fly ravens, carrying away the swords of fallen combatants I imagine, although they are not shown.  Although we are told that ravens are harbingers of death and not to be trusted, the ravens have not brought disaster, they are simply clearing up what is left after conflict.  They do what is necessary to restore harmony.

The snow lies thickly upon the ground and yet there is no sign of a battle, just the swords.  Where is the blood? Where the fallen heroes?  This battle – raged over and over again in your own mind, possibly – was fought long ago.  Now the snow covers its remains.  All that is left are the weapons of conflict.  Are they remaining thoughts or careless words that keep these difficulties fresh in your mind?

Nothing is being taken from you that you need, the ravens and the angel simply wish to tell you to let go – of whatever remains to torment you.

The snow covers the ground; beneath, who knows what seeds lie dreaming, awaiting their chance to grow into something new.  Behind the dark clouds there is light.

What do I need to do?  Ace of Wands

Crystal Visions Ace Wands

A dragon curves sinuously around a decorated wand, its top adorned with a glimmering crystal.  This is a time of beginning; here is the seed of which I spoke.  It lies awaiting its opportunity to grow.  Will you  grasp the opportunity you are offered? Will you use your creativity to enhance your life and bring it closer to your heart’s desire?  The Ace Wands offers growth and plenty, but only you can make it grow.

What feelings or outside influences should I acknowledge?  Page of Cups

Crystal Visions Page Cups

The Page of Cups holds a glowing orb of energy, quietly contemplating the mysteries within, perhaps hearing voices from beyond.

Acknowledging this part of yourself and open yourself to the possibilities it offers.  The Page is very young – take advice of your mentors to fully realise your own destiny.

Summary

The Seven of Swords reminds us that thoughts have power – the power of intention.

What occupies our focus develops a life of its own.

Words have power too; they might help or destroy; they might injure or heal.

Use your words and your intent very carefully.

Ravens are messengers of the gods and they bring wisdom.  They claim the decaying morsels of life which no longer serve us.

Consider carefully what ideas you carry in your heart – if they no longer serve you, let them go.

Allow your mind to be still and quiet; in the silence of this peaceful mind, you can perceive where the seeds of new life may lie, sleeping under the mantle of winter.

Accept the challenge the Ace of Wands extends to you, and begin to weave a new destiny.

Listen to your heart, trust your intuitions and pay attention to your dreams, for in your dreaming heart lies your path ahead.

Copyright Sandie Worthy © 2013

Deck Review: The Sirian Starseed Tarot by Patricia Cori, illustrated by Alysa Bartha

The Sirian Starseed Tarot by Patricia Cori

Copyright: All images © 2012 Patricia Cori and Alysa Bartha; All article rights © 2012 Sandie Worthy

When I was approached about reviewing this deck, my first impulse was to say Yes, I’d love to!  Why wouldn’t I?  I had read of the Sirian Mysteries, Starchildren, Indigos and Crystals and I was sufficiently intrigued to want to know more.  I began to read what the other reviewers had written about this new and mysterious deck.

They wrote, variously, of cards leaping, energetic pulses and an overwhelming feeling of love.  Such descriptions are de rigeur among writers of esoteric review, and I withheld judgement until I was able to experience the deck for myself.

When Patricia Cori, a leading new-age author, felt compelled to translate her vision into a tarot deck, she approached talented  metaphysical artist, Alysa Bartha.  The result of that co-creation can only be described as stunning.

The set comes in a very sturdy box, which will keep it secure for many years to come.  I was impressed by this, as so many kits are spoiled by their flimsy cases.  As a teacher, I prefer to keep my decks in their original boxes, so that my students can easily recognise the cards within.

The pocket-sized book says everything – in about 80 pages – that it needs to say,  without becoming verbose.  I love it – there’s enough to satisfy even inexperienced readers and still leave plenty of scope for the imagination to take flight.

Measuring a generous 4” x 6” and of substantial weight, the cards have a glossy finish which allows you to fully appreciate the stunning artwork.  Despite the size, I found that the cards rested comfortably in my small hands and, after a little while I was able to shuffle them quite easily.   And to be honest, I wouldn’t want to give up any of that extra space, this artwork demands a large canvas.

Although Patricia wanted to honour the rich heritage of tradition within the tarot, she also wanted to bring a fresh perspective to its ancient wisdom.

The deck retains its standard 78 cards,  comprising the Major Arcana with 22 cards and four suits of 14 cards apiece, but with some differences.  The Majors are quite easily recognisable, despite some name changes.  The suits have been renamed as Orbs, Flames, Chalices and Crystals.

It is the court cards that have undergone the greatest transformation.  Patricia wanted to encourage a more intuitive response to these character cards, which after all, confuse and confound the most experienced among us.

She deals with this by dispensing with the feudal structure of the court hierarchy and referring to them as People Keys, renaming them Seeker, Adept, Sage and Master.  In the companion book she reminds us of their nature.  They are personality traits, experiences, awakenings, indicators, situations and characters that influence our lives and spiritual progress.

Instead of defining each of the 16 personalities, she explains each of those four roles in general and asks us to consider their attributes in relation to the essence of their suits.

The 78 cards of this deck are beautiful, surprising, occasionally disturbing, at times confusing and always challenging.

Indigo bears the number 1, usually depicted by the Magician.  What magic and deep awareness lies within his eyes?  What gift does he hold forth?

The Higher Self, the second card of the Major Arcana, is usually called High Priestess.  She emerges from the water bearing a scroll.  Behind two darkened pillars, we see a multi-coloured universe filled with stars.

Seeker of Orbs attempts to gain control over her own thoughts, which manifest in a glowing orb of green light.  Around her is darkness, but she is quite focused upon the light of her own knowledge.

Look how she has grown and learned from the dull leaden thoughts that surrounded her in the 9 of Orbs.

The Shadow – a spider’s web is all that stands between the two figures and their own freedom, a gossamer threaded web, spun perhaps from the ego’s selfish desires and fears.  How much more expressive is this than the usual depiction of the Devil?  For aren’t we all, at some time, bound by our own doubts and obsessions?

Six of Crystals, in which a beautiful young woman sits upon one side of the balance.  Her white robes express purity, as she offers a perfect pink rose to an outstretched pair of hands.  Do you understand the nature of her gift?  Can you perceive the harmony within the balance of this image?

Five of Orbs.  You will not like this card.  It has a quiet brutality that goes beyond reasoned thought.  It is the faceless thief of power.  This image is disturbingly honest; I have never seen this archetype expressed so accurately, nor have I ever understood it so well.

The real power of this deck is its ability to bring about an intuitive response in the reader.  Read the book, of course, for it contains a wealth of information.

But all knowledge must be tested with understanding.  All lessons must be absorbed, evolved, tried, tasted, tempered with one’s own experiences, compassion and awareness.  Thus is wisdom born and shared.

I cannot do this deck justice in a nine hundred word review.  For the student of the tarot, it offers a unique and fresh perspective upon the ancient wisdom of our art.  For the seeker, it is another step upon the path.  Gaze into and beyond the images, for who knows what wonders lie within this beautiful tarot.  This is more than a tarot, it is a tool for awakening the sleeping Starseed within us all.  Enjoy the journey!

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

Copyright: All images © 2012 Patricia Cori and Alysa Bartha; All article rights © 2012 Sandie Worthy

 

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