Alchemical Thoughts

Archive for January 26th, 2019

Prompt: From the Major Arcana cards, what card correlates to your sun, moon, and rising sign. How has that resonated or played out in your life?

Since I know little of astrology, aside from my basic Zodiac sign, which is the rising sign, I looked things up. I found the following for me:

  • Zodiac/Rising Sign: Capricorn. The Devil-XV.
  • Sun Sign: Leo. Strength- VIII or XI (depending on what Tarot deck/system you use).
  • Moon Sign: Aquarius. The Star- XVII.


For my rising sign I would have expected The Hermit- IX given my strong introverted nature. The Devil- XV seems interesting to me. Often in my life, I’ve done my best to avoid bad temptations, especially during my youth. In adult years, and in part due to studying Tarot, I see the Devil more as knowing when to yield to temptation, a little here or there can be good. The card is also a reminder that sometimes the binds we fret over are of our own making so as we choose to be bound we can choose to remove such binds.

Leo, my sun sign, happens to be my mother’s Zodiac sign too. If anyone was inspiring to me and represented Strength it was my mom. In her battle with lupus she never let the disease dictate her life nor stop her from living a good life. It remains an inspiration to me.

Aquarius for my moon sign with The Star- XVII. I’ve always had a healthy imagination. Intuition is something I feel I have, however, I have not considered it much until recently. Mom I am sure had it as she at times mentioned dreams of things that often came to pass. She was very casual about it. Anyhow this resonates with my introspective nature.



You can find Ethony Dawn’s prompts, including a video explaining the prompts, over on her blog. The social media hashtag for this one is #31DaysOfTarot19.


Prompt: Have you ever dealt with impostor syndrome?


I looked it up on Google, and the definition I found was:

“. . .persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or has legitimately been achieved as a result of one’s efforts of skills.”

You can also look at it as a feeling of not belonging.

When I started out, I probably felt it more given all the experienced Tarotistas out there. Also, I’ve found a good part of the Tarot and cartomancy community can be extremely elitist; I noticed this a lot in places like Facebook groups. YouTubers tend to be more welcoming. I suppose it varies by platform. Point is at times I felt what could little old me beginner have to say?

As I’ve kept studying and practicing, I’ve gained some confidence, but I’ve also stayed humble. I’ve even done some small readings in campus fairs and such. My nightmare during that was some old mean cartomancer would come and tell me all I was doing wrong (in her eyes at least). Over time, this fear has diminished a bit. That I can keep learning is a great comfort to me. And I’ve learned not to take Tarot way too seriously. There is plenty of room for lightheartedness and humor. Overall, I am slowly but surely finding and shaping my path in my Tarot and cartomancy journey.



You can find Ethony Dawn’s prompts, including a video explaining the prompts, over on her blog. The social media hashtag for this one is #31DaysOfTarot19.

January 2019


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 464 other followers

%d bloggers like this: