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We continue with Day Nine of the 2018 Tarot Review. As noted previously, you can find all the prompts here; Lisa Frideborg Eddy, the author, has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

 

Celestial event: Chiron goes direct in third decan Pisces (10 of Cups).

Challenge: Studying and learning new things keeps us young. Did you learn any new skills in 2018? What would you study if money was no object? Pull a card for something you learned about you . Pull another card for which area of your life could be improved by further studies in the year ahead. Look at how these card relate to each other. Did you learn something new about you that relates to the area of your life which could be improved through further studies?

 

Two Tarot cards. The Page of Pentacles and the King of Pentacles, from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

Page of Pentacles and King of Pentacles, from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

 

I am not sure about learning new things, as in brand new things. One thing I can say about being a librarian is that I often learn all sorts of small new things on a daily basis. In terms of continuing learning, I keep on learning and refining my Tarot and oracle reading skills. I’ve gotten more comfortable doing simple readings for people. I’ve donated time at a couple of campus events, and it has been, so far, a good experience.

If money was no object (yea I know, LOL but I can dream), I’d study languages. I am bilingual, and I have a small knowledge of a third language. I’d love to learn some more mainly so I can read books in their original language.

I am getting an initial vibe of frugality from the two cards I drew. Also a need to focus on practice a bit more.

 

On what I learned about me: Page of Pentacles. I learned to take small steps and to make sure I put some coins aside here or there. Not much, just enough for a “just in case” scenario. In terms of small steps, I have been reading Tarot cards a bit more for others for practice and experience. I am nowhere near ready to charge for a reading (and I have no rush to do that at the moment either). Practice builds my knowledge and experience, so for now it is a small way to build assets for later (when I may find charging for a reading or two could be beneficial). I also learned to be more aware of what I do offer others such as my time, and making sure I make up for it when I can. I am also a bit more aware of not being wasteful.

 

On area of my life that could be improved with study: King of Pentacles. Continue on the practical path as much as possible. Invest where you can in terms of home, family, knowledge, and let them grow. Be frugal where you can and mindful where your real wealth is. Family, meaningful work (on most days), the small things that make life better and help keep it interesting; there is the real treasure for me. Not much, but I am grateful for having it. Remember to watch over those close to you as you can.

 

Overall message: be frugal but also generous where you can. As I often say, do what you can with what little you have.

 

 

I fell a little behind doing these, and even further behind posting them online. The academic semester just ended for me, so naturally I was busy with that. I honestly wonder at times how some people manage to keep up with these serial challenges and prompts with life happening as well, and yes, I do some of the prompts ahead when I can. Anyhow, we are digressing. So I will be posting these best I can. We’ll see how close to catching up I can get.

Here is Day Eight of the 2018 Tarot Challenge. As noted previously, you can find all the prompts here; Lisa Frideborg Eddy, the author, has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

Challenge: Think about your finances (ups and downs) in the past year. Give thanks and pull one card for how to be a good steward with what you have now and one for where you need to invest your energy and resources in 2019 to make a healthy profit.

Two Tarot cards. The Hierophant- V and Santa Muerte -XIII (Death), from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

The Hierophant- V and Santa Muerte- XIII (Death), from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

 

In terms of finances, things have been mostly stable. We have enough to have some comfort and the basics. There are some burdens but we survive. We have food, a roof over the head, and the Better Half and I are gainfully employed. I am grateful for what I have, including a little extra here or there.

On being a good steward: The Hierophant- V. Be disciplined and structured. As they say, straight and narrow. Stick to the basics. Consider also learning more via study and/or research. Do not be wasteful. Be practical, reasonable, save as you can.

 

On where to invest in the New Year: Santa Muerte- XIII (Death). Best advice is to kill and break out of any bad or poor habits. Then make room for future growth.

Welcome to day seven of the 2018 Tarot Review. You can find all the prompts here; Lisa Frideborg Eddy, the author, has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

 

Celestial event: New Moon in third decan Sagittarius (10 of Wands)

Challenge: Contemplate the idea/person who has had the most impact in terms of your spiritual development in 2018. Pull one card for how this idea has impacted your everyday life and one for what this growth is preparing you for next.

 

Two Tarot cards: The Fool- 0 and Seven of Cups, from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

The Fool-0 and The Seven of Cups, from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

 

This was another tricky prompt as I am vaguely spiritual; I often describe myself as heathen in a broad sense. I am exploring Tarot and oracle cards, but this is more as a reflection and personal development thing. Small card readings are certainly part of my daily rituals. So I will use cartomancy as my growth element for this prompt.

 

On spiritual growth: The Fool-0 This was a jumper card, so I am going with it. This has been a new road for me, and a journey of learning along the way. I took a chance and decided to start studying Tarot and later oracle cards too, and so far so good. The Fool also tells me that this journey is still just starting, and there is more to keep learning. So keep an open mind and a sense of wonder.

On what I am being prepared for next: Seven of Cups. For this card, I just felt a strong urge to pull the underneath card. The card felt right, and it makes sense for me. There are many options ahead, various books to read (seriously, my Tarot and esoteric books shelf is getting filed. I need to get reading), things and decks to study, and much learning to do. The challenge is not to do too much at once. Choose a path and focus on that, learn it well, then walk the next path, so on. Pick what feels best and do it. No need to worry; the other cups will be there when I am ready for the next one.

Welcome to day six of the 2018 Tarot Review. You can find all the prompts here; Lisa Frideborg Eddy, the author, has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

 

Celestial event: Mercury goes direct in third decan Scorpio (7 of Cups)

Challenge: What do you love about your friendships in 2018? Pull a card for how you are as a friend and another for how you can improve/be a better friend.

 

Two Tarot cards: Queen of Pentacles and Ten of Pentacles, from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

Queen of Pentacles and Ten of Pentacles, from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

My friendships are few and far between, and 2018 was no exception to that. I have family. Colleagues. The acquaintances (many of those online).  But friends are scarce, especially these days. Part of that is my introverted nature. Another reason is the small (and very conservative often bigoted) town I live and work in, so potential friends are not exactly abundant. At this point, it is what it is.

 

On how good a friend am I: Queen of Pentacles. I’d say I am very giving and generous, maybe a bit too much at times. I try to nurture good in others, and seeing others happy makes me happy. However, I need to be careful not to overdo it and end up forsaking my own happiness.

On how I can improve as a friend: Ten of Pentacles. I do need to get out more, get out of the shell when I can. Keep being generous and sincere. Take time to enjoy good things with others.

Welcome to Day Five of the 2018 Tarot Challenge. You can find all the prompts here; Lisa Frideborg Eddy, the author, has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

Challenge: Contemplate your greatest risk or adventure of 2018. Pull a card for how it helped you grow. Pull another card for what type of adventure you should be aiming for next.

 

Two Tarot cards: Three of Swords and Eight of Cups, from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

Three of Swords and Eight of Cups, from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

This was a tricky prompt for me as I did not recall any major risks or adventures this past year. And maybe that was the issue.

On risk/adventure and how it helped me: Three of Swords. This was a bit scary for me seeing it initially. I am thinking sorrows, dwelling on the negative. Also a hard lesson here or there. The greatest lesson here may well be I need to take an adventure once in a while. As for work, while there were some nuisances here or there, I’ve worked to take those lessons to heart. Disruptions provided lessons and, painful as some could be, they helped me grow and move ahead.

On what risk/adventure to go on next: Eight of Cups. This suggests, for starters, to think things over very carefully. As much as possible I would like to avoid the heartaches of the Three of Swords (or at least minimize them if they cannot be avoided). Once I decide, commit fully and move on. Follow the heart and bliss, leave behind what does not serve me.

Here we go with day four. You can find all the prompts here; Lisa Frideborg Eddy, the author, has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

Challenge: Think about how you managed (or not) to create more stability in your life in 2018. Pull a card for this and another card for how you can improve this in 2019.

 

Two Tarot cards: King of Swords and Justice-XI, from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

King of Swords and Justice- XI, from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

 

On how much stability I created: King of Swords. By imposing some boundaries and enforcing them. I still need to work on this, but I am slowly getting better at it. Sometimes you need to speak plainly, tell it like it is, and let others learn to deal with it. Take charge and watch out for those close to you. Made stability by being honest with myself, knowing my limitations, and continuing to work on the lesson that the only chaos I really can control is the one in my mind.

On how to improve/be more stable in 2019: Justice-XI. No nonsense here. Seek balance and fairness. That’s it. Be honorable and accountable and hold others accountable as well. Follow the path of honesty and integrity as the King of Swords does, and Justice will be fair and just. Have faith Justice will prevail.

Welcome to Day Three. You can find all the prompts here; the author has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

Challenge: Ask the Tarot to show you in which area of your life you are able to reap the most abundant harvest this year. Pull another card for how to go about harvesting this abundance which you may not even have been aware of.

Two Tarot cards: Queen of Swords and Page of Pentacles, from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

Queen of Swords and Page of Cups, from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

 

On gain/harvest: Queen of Swords. Some gains in intellect, thought, learning. Relying on hard won experience. Nurturing the mind.

On how to harvest: Page of Cups. Rely on intuition a bit more now and then. It can’t be all cold calculation.

 


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