Welcome to the New Moon Tarot Reading for October 16, 2020. Here are this month’s cards. I encourage you to click on each one as I turn it over in the audio to get the full effect! Cards The Foundation The Current Weather The Tool/Agency Card All three cards My Tarot Deck The Röhrig Tarot,…

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Tarot: Dreaming While You're Awake

As with dreams, tarot prefers to communicate using symbol and metaphor. Often, it is a language that on the surface appears nonsensical, but which we find we can understand once we become willing and able translators. Elements that would make strange dance partners in our everyday life move together with harmony and fluidity; and we take it all in. There is a part of us that is adept at moving in the same rhythm, and it is this part that takes over when we work with tarot.

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To those of you who think there is some kind of hidden secret to tarot – or a formula – that you haven’t yet worked out; that there is a way of learning tarot that will turn you into a professional sooner than the way you’re doing it now, this is for you …

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Having gone through the “pip” tarot cards, from Ace through Ten, we now enter another domain: that of the court cards. Although part of the tarot deck’s minor arcana, the court cards have a quality all their own. They are essentially a separate, complementary unit to the preceding ten cards, representing the encounters we have with others, or ourselves, and of character traits that are asking for our attention.

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What we tend to forget in our rush to get out of ‘now’ is that we can’t jump over it or run around it: we take it with us – and we discover this when we find ourselves repeating the past. So by all means ask Tarot about the future, but if you’re looking for something else, here are three other places where you can look instead, and which may just shift something that has continued to defy or elude you.

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The Tens mark the completion of the numerical cards in the minor arcana — and it has been some journey! From the divine potential held in the Aces, we have seen the expression of each suit manifest in our day-to-day lives, bringing up sensations, feelings, thoughts and experiences that are archetypal in nature — we can relate to them deeply and immediately.

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“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” ~ Joseph Campbell.   The entrance to the Hell Fire Caves in West Wycombe, Bucks. Consider this a quasi-Part-II to the “No Guru, No Method, No Teacher” post I did earlier this month about forging one’s own path. Up until a year ago, I…

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Have you noticed that the Minor Arcana in the Rider-Waite Smith deck has focussed increasingly on a single figure as we have moved through the numbers, from Ace to Nine? This sense of isolation started in the Sevens, continued in the Eights, and is present in the Nines for the final time.

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