Just be calm. Just be calm. I know you are going to wonder how I got that from these two cards.
Again, we go back to my tarot app for my iPhone, which is, incidentally, Beautiful Tarot, which uses reversals where I do not, generally preferring to keep in mind that each card has a range of meaning. So my card in response to my question- "How can I be most successful at work today?" was the Queen of Wands, reversed.
I do not see myself often as the Queen of Wands, though I am a writer and therefore creative. I usually see myself as the Queen of Pentacles, Swords, Cups, maybe, but rarely the Queen of Wands. So I thought of what it means to be a Queen of Wands. Fire, I thought. The Queen of Wands tends to intimidate me, often being someone so certain of who they are and where their place is in the world. But very possibly I can seem that way to others at time, and being a little more gentle, and a little more calm could ease my way at work a little.
At the very least, I know my anxiety keeps me strung petty tight, and that being calm and sedate could only help with that.
Death clarified for me, also reversed, and such a serene and calm image, if not a little melancholy. It's okay to be sad, it's okay to not love where one is at in life, but all my anxiety, and sometimes rage, does little but burn energy that could be better applied to change, rather than fruitless despair.
These cards are from the Heart Tarot by Maria Distefano for Lo Scarabeo.
I am not a visual artist. The creators of the decks I use are. I try very hard to give proper credit to the artist when I use an image.
My most oft used deck on this blog is the Deviant Moon Tarot, created by Patrick Valenza and published by U.S. Games Systems, Incorporated. Check out his site to buy some fantastic Deviant Moon stuff, or a deck of your own!
A lovely, but digital only, Rider Waite Smith clone deck is the Aquatic by Andreas Schroter. You are allowed to downlaod and use the images.
They also make me tell you that readings are for entertainment purposes only. I'll tell you on my own that if you change your life based on a few cards something is not right there.
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“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” ~Ashley Smith~
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~Rumi~
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.” ~Marianne Williamson~
“Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.” ~Kahlil Gibran~
"First you jump off the cliff and you build wings on the way down." ~Ray Bradbury~
“If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” ~C.S. Lewis~
"Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love." ~Rainer Maria Rilke~