Monday, January 24, 2011

The Next Step

This week I will using the recently released Tarot of the Sidhe by Emily Carding.  This is the 78 card version from Schiffer books, which is lovely and very inexpensive from Amazon.

I have not been blogging, not been writing, not been doing much of anything, really, except hanging onto at least one of my children by the skin of my teeth.  This child seemed bent on destroying the world, himself, and everyone who got in his way, but things seem to be on an upward swing for all of us now.

I was also having a bit of a dark night of the soul kinda thing with tarot, not to be overly dramatic, but I was all out of faith, for myself, most of all.

I also fell in love, which while wonderful and fantastic and amazing, has proved to be quite time consuming...

So, shuffling my new and amazing deck, I asked what comes next for me and tarot.

Judgment- the traditional imagery of this trump is Gabriel blowing his horn, awakening the dead to a new life in Christ.  Morbid, yes, I think so, but central to the idea of Christianity is the shedding of the old skin, old life, old sins, old way of doing things, and walking in faith into a new one.  Jesus and I are not currently on the best of terms, so I prefer this faery woman.  Is she beautiful?  No, not to my eyes, though regal and majestic fit well.  It may be a mistake to expect our angels and deities to be beautiful when what we really need is powerful.

What I see most of all is her, and her companions, far in the background, holding steady in their truth.  What I feel this means for me, as a tarot reader, as a person, is that now is a time for me to put to rest everything that has not been working for me, and to let truth be my guidance from this point forward.  I'm ready to let my past be part of me, but no longer define me.  As it relates specifically to tarot, I am ready to follow my own rules, and begin a new, more fulfilling journey with these seventy eight cards, seventy eight insights, seventy eight whispers.

This image is from the Tarot of the Sidhe by Emily Carding for Schiffer Books.


  1. Hi Manda,

    This is the blogger formerly known as Celeste (aka Hannah). I started a slightly broader blog and I thought I'd comment and say it's so great to see you blogging again!!! It sounds like you're having a rough time and I send you lots and lots of hugs.

    Feel free to e-mail me ( if you need someone to talk to, or pop over to my blog.


  2. Oh hi hi hi! I was wondering where you got to! I adored your other blog, so I will be sure to check this one out too! Thank you so much for the sweet words. I am likely to take you up on that!