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Exercice de lecture intuitive rapide avec le Spirit de la Lune Oracle

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Catégories: Cards & Seership, Exercices d'interprétation, Tirage de la semaine, Tirage du mois


[English version on Instagram]

Parfois on est vraiment épuisé.e mais on a envie de profiter de la chaleur d’un tirage de cartes coloré pour illuminer la journée. On a envie de faire une petite lecture du jour, mais on sait que l’on n’a pas assez d’énergie, pas assez de cuillère, pour l’interpréter, le méditer, le porter avec soi une fois qu’on aura tiré. Est-ce que vous avez essayé de jeter un coup d’œil très rapide aux cartes et de formuler immédiatement une phrase sans trop y réfléchir ? Cela marche aussi avec plusieurs phrases courtes, selon comment vous « assemblez » les cartes.

Ici un exemple de lecture, car j’ai ressenti qu’elle pourrait parler et être utile à pas mal de monde en ce moment. Vous reconnaitrez le Spirit de la Lune Oracle.

Cartes : 9, the Hero – 10, the Visionary – 35, Rest – and XV, Sovereignty.

« Sois le héro ou l’héroïne de tes Visions, mais avance doucement, prends du repos. Tu marches sur un chemin de transformation qui te mène à la Souveraineté Vraie. Tu es peut-être plein.e d’énergie et d’enthousiasme, mais c’est un marathon, et tu dois écouter ton corps. »

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A Tiny Bit of Ancestor Worship

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Catégories: Polytheism & Animism


(original post on Instagram)

 « Sometimes all you got to do is cry. »

Sometimes you just have to be there and practice being present. Accept that nothing is going to come, no one is going to respond, and even your feelings are going to be blury. That is OK. The importance is to show up and practice your animist basics: infuse intention in every gesture, be open, observe. Let go of the image of the Self you had for years, let go of your mystical years. If you don’t have the time, don’t have the energy, accept it. And don’t diminish your tears if they come. Tears are gold. Freyja taught you better.

Deck : l’oracle des Runes by @gulliver.laventuriere and @theherbwitch (IG)

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If you want to use google translate, you’ll find a full article on this topic in French here.

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Deck Personality & Efficiency Analysis + A Word on my Path

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Catégories: Cards & Seership, White Fox Oracle

An update for my English followers that are either new, or who didn’t get here from Instagram.

Last spring I was honoured to be asked by a fellow French pagan artist (Zedoras, Sabine Cazassus) to beta-test her deck. It is a tiny cute deck that surprised me a lot. I’ve been writing about it on Instagram and on my blog, for the reason mentioned above, you might have missed it. I think the adventure was fun and interesting, so I’m sharing with you here.

Deck receiving, a short word in English on how it all began.

Explaining what it meant on my path as a tarot reader and writer. It’s in French, but you can try google trad. The gist of it was that I felt called to close my Etsy shop last fall (wow it’s been a year), and I was opening myself to a path of both writing and artistic collaboration (making interviews, trying to do collective blog series, etc). When I did, this opportunity just came up. That was a marvel to witness. I wanted to try and help artist make the best of their potential when creating a deck, and I had found someone who was willing to dive in and accept the scrutiny of my eyes and mind.

Here is the first guidance draw I did, encountering the Spirit of the deck in my daily life. It appeared right away that the deck was soft and warm, an excellent support for story-telling. It was responding full well in the totally free form of the daily reading.

Here is the first example of question oriented draw. I had drawn a lot of 3 cards to begin with that deck, that number felt very comfortable and efficient. As used to line of 5 from 2 years of Lenormand learning, I wanted to try that too. It felt more difficult to see what patterned emerged from the cards, to see groups of cards, but the result was still good and interesting. When writing about it in French on my blog, I tried the technique to put words on it like a story. It worked well.

Here I used the deck outside during a walk, and it turned out the deck took on the spiritual elements of that day. I asked a very mundane question to help process some feelings, and the cards actually showed me a Spirit Tree that had been calling me. They reflected exactly the underlying pattern of that walk, and what was on the verge of my mind, in the muddy area where I was unsure of my intuition. French article here.

And this week, as I was filled with joy knowing that Sabine had finally launched her kickstarter to try and get the deck into the world, I did a new spread to confirm what it was capable of. It’s a pleasure to use this deck, each and every time. This time patterns emerged to show how to group the cards, and they made proper group of meanings, even sentences. I wrote under that picture a sort of synthesis of that deck personality. It is really an amazing deck, of utter simplicity, but full efficiency. I don’t like cute decks, it really doesn’t appeal to me in my practice. But this one had something different, something alive. I think it is the proof that some artist are just connected, and when they create something they give it life and Spirit.

If you know anyone who would be curious about trying this modern, mundane and spiritual deck, I would be so grateful that you share. If you know anyone who loves cute images, sort of Japan inspired aesthetics, please share. I really wish this deck gets into the world, it has the potential to help and accompany so many people. Please spread to get backers. <3

To get another point of view on the White Fox, you can find Cathou‘s review in English on her blog.

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Of W(y)eird Impressions You Cannot Verify

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Catégories: Cards & Seership

John Beckett’s last post « Premonitions and Disturbances and I’m Not Sure What’s Going On » rang a bell.

I’ll be curious to know what other people think of this, what it evokes to them, how they make sense of such occurrences. Please if you have any thoughts, in English or French, via comments or blogs, let me know (let him know too). (I’m also going to try and dig my blog archives from the Golden 2010-2013 blog Era, for people may have tackled that subject already, and I may have saved it). If you have any resource on that subject, leave a message! I be sure to add that to the bottom of the post.

I’m not sure what to share exactly on this topic, because it creates inside me an echo that is not verbal. I wonder if this is an indication of some sort. I wonder if this isn’t what John’s friends also experience : a form of intuition that is very deep and has no words. Personally, this is my case. It is something that, if it doesn’t happen in it, that my body perceives. Most people think of the expression « I feel it in my gut », but does it? It’s true that sometimes intuition comes from the gut, but it is more varied than that in my experience. Sometimes in behind the left shoulder, sometimes it’s behind the head (maybe also left side in that case), sometimes it’s in my hands, sometimes it’s… Different. Have you actually taken the time to pose and study your body sensations when you receive an insight or divine? That is essential divinatory or mediumnic or intuitive work (whatever word you choose).

The case of larger « premonitions », as John proposed to call them, I associate with larger perceptions. Something as wide as the sense of danger. Either something that can come from behind, or something all around me. I have observed, at times, that my whole body is alert, that each cell of my skin is like a mirror, no rather a receptor, not of light or humidity but of that thing lurking. The whole surface of my body a receptacle of perception, turned towards the outside, like invisible tentacles.

What do I do when I feel this then? Even though I try to meditate and identify the feeling itself, very quickly (because I have a hard time setting the proper place and peace of mind to do so) I turn to divination, just like John. Using a tool that is not myself will be easier than tuning in and creating the response. Having an object with a method and visual cues is easier than deep introspection and vision (yes, I guess that makes me lazy then). I can’t remember the last time I felt sometimes like this though, and how I managed, to provide an example. But sometimes, indeed, I don’t get much. Sometimes I get answers that doesn’t show on this world, that show people, events things, that do not exist in this reality, as if I saw an alternate one. For years now, I’ve been under the impression that the feelings of danger, if they are the clearest ones, are the hardest to identify. Because they stem from that muddy place that is the gut, or some place of the body that is deep, hard to connect to words.

At this point I have another image to share. Nothing special or particularly original, you may have already read it before: It’s that of the Web. More than any other intuitive cues, the impressions of doom or danger make me feel connected to the Everything. It can be someone we love who is on danger. Somehow, our care extends our Self (body, mind and perceptions). I could be smart and link this spiritual phenomenon to the concept of Sorge (Heidegger), and the theories of space and ecology. But I don’t really have time for that (that would require to be a full time writer and translator). Anyway, when we care for other people more, while being people with open intuition (as opposed to shut down), we extend our intuition to their safety. But sometimes, when we check close ones each after the other, no one has experienced trouble. Where does it leave us? Were we wrong? Are we crazy? I don’t think so. Sometimes I think we can feel danger that is not related to us or our close ones. We feel something geographically close, or thematically close, or whatever link exist there (some could be included in Sorge, other not). We are embedded into circles and circles and circles. Which one is concerned when those feelings arise? Like spiders in a web, tingle just the tiny thread at the bottom of the huge net, and it’s all the web that is vibrating up to us. We can connect to the Land and its inhabitants. I’ve got a few acquaintances who get extremely tense and sick before a catastrophy. The kind of people who got sick a full weekend (sometimes even week) before the tiphoon and Fukushima exploded, and also in some smaller regional events the world do not talk about. (We’ve just had an industrial disaster here in the North of France last month for example).

Sometimes it’s going to be nothing. And it’s OK. Sometimes it’s nothing in the visible, and we will never know. We have to accept that. It’s better to have an alert system in place than none to me, so I take it as it is. Of course, it requires maintenance sometimes. Good sleep, good food, body activity, etc. As you know, every practitioner is recommended to ground and center regularly. It also applies in this field. Aligning the selves and purifying so as to be sure to get clear signals, to avoid « fakes », to recalibrate.

This might be a bit anticlimactic to leave it here, to end on those battered ideas, but I’m unsure what to add next. I didn’t dig in the same direction John did, but I agree that the state of the world is deteriorating and that danger seems to be always closer than before. Our sense of peace might be hard to restore, sometimes impossible. Hence our sense of danger can be triggered way more easily than before.

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Working with the Luminous Void Tarot

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Catégories: Cards & Seership

(L’article pour les francophones est sur le site)

This one is a deck I’ve had trouble working with, so I didn’t dare shoot or write a review about it. I’m trying to always bring something more beside the material observations about the deck when I do reviews, and I wasn’t sure I could for this one. So it stayed on the side. Today I’m getting out of my comfort zone (writing about things I’m sure and confident about) and trying this sort of review in a different, loose format.

(Official photo of the artist)

Artist:  Laura Zuspan (USA).
Editor : self-published after a kickstarter campaign.
Year: 1st edition in 2018, sold out, now called « the Collector’s Edition »; 2nd edition published this year, 2019, called the « Shuffle Edition » (smaller size).

What in This Deck Attracted Me?

This one has a special place in my collection – Something I wish to talk about in depth in a series called « The meaning of our Collection » begun in French on my website. What drives us to buy certain deck? For what reasons do we not buy them? Where to we draw the line? What is too many? Do we restrict ourselves to an amount per month? or per year? Or do we even restrict ourselves about the sum of our entire collection? (no more than 100? 150?)  Do we allow ourselves to buy certain decks we are not sure of? Do we allow ourselves to even buy decks that trouble even repel us, so as to understand why? A collection is multiple and complex, it’s a living thing to me. All those deep questions are fascinating, and I wish to talk more about it! But, now is not the time… anyway.

I discovered the Luminous Void Tarot way after its campaign, I think.  It immediately startled me, I couldn’t picture having seen anything like this before, not even the « Lefty Oracle Deck » I had found shortly before (I think), despite its naive aesthetic and its creative aspirations. Something, both graphic and energetic, was calling me more. It’s been more than 10 years now that I now I’m sold on watercolor and water techniques in general, this is what I prefer, where my heart lies. So it was understandable to me that I got something special for the Luminous Void. Also, from what I was seeing, the material quality of the deck looked exceptional. So I took the leap, daring that buy despite the expansive shipping costs (from the US to Europe, often preventing people from accessing those decks).

Even if I plan to expand on it in a proper article, to put in shortly, let’s just say that I have realized after many years that I have allowed myself to buy a portion of my decks not for divinatory or even psychological goals, but for a purely artistic one. When I bought it, I had not connection to its tarot meanings and applications. I was under the impression that it would rather come nourrish my energies and my creativity (drawing, painting, writing, creating). Those kinds of decks usually I rarely use with other people, they stay for my private use only. Even though I was curious of what it could deliver in tarot readings.

A Few Impressions on the Luminous Void

Here are some of the first things the Luminous Void Tarot makes me feel : reverie, softness, creativity and our Inner Child. Its blurry, watery illustrations painted on a pure white background give me the impression of looking at a dream unfolding, or apparitions of the mind or from a phantasmagoria. It speaks to me of our unconscious and our subconscious, those complex concepts and worlds. I also feel a dose of freedom, both due to the randomness and freedom of watercolor techniques (wet on wet) and the freedom that comes with naive art. At first when I got the deck, I felt it was easier to mediate with it than anything else. The cards are pretty big by the way, and I appreciated that feature by placing them on my bedside table or my shrines. That howI first started using the deck. On card at a time, exposed there in my environment for a very long period of time. It really took me a while to dare use it by seeking an answer to a question. I think I’ve done that only three times until now, which is really not much.

The art is  sometimes directly linked to the Rider Waite Smith tarot deck, and you can recognize elements from it. But other times I feel rather lost from the tarot universe, I feel stuck on the « surface », in the universe of Laura and those cards, their energies. I’m sorry if this is unclear, it’s quite difficult to describe that feeling. I have come to think that this is not a deck for beginners, as it is not easy to use. But it might be completely biased, tied to the specificity of my experience: being too inspired and moved by the artist’s technique of choice and her personal style. I might be too absorbed by it, hence unable to go beyond this place to move to a tarot analysis practice. A few days ago, I decided to try the deck out again, to extract a message out of it. I thought I could write about it online, for not many people talk about this deck. It could also allow for a sort of snapshot of the personality of the deck – even though, of course, one card cannot sum up the whole.

The Knight of Cups

Let’s look at this Knight of cups, and how to me it moves apart from the traditional Rider Waite Smith (RWS).

For a start, the Knight is not a man in this picture, but a woman. Not that it is bad in itself (on the contrary), but I’m hinting at what splits from a pictorial and symbolical tradition. I wonder if the artist read much about Tarot before drawing, how she worked. Has she read somewhere that the Knight of Cups is the most feminine of all Knights, hence the woman? (Like Labyrinthos sums it for eg). Or is it some other reason?

Then, the cup is placed directly on her head, and not in her hands, which suppresses, for me, the symbolism of someone arriving or delivering a message.

Then, the mount here disappears… unless the dog is reminiscent of it? But the dog evokes to me a companion, not a means of travel, which is quite different. It is domesticity symbolised, close ties. It makes me feel some interior realm (house or self), not the exteriority of travel. It feels… intimate to me in this picture. By the way, the dog here is a mixture of red and brown, which is so far away from the purity of white in the traditional RWS.

The thing that remains from RWS, to me, is that utter sense of peace and slowness. But I can’t fathom to get that impression of something or someone arriving. I have a feeling of contact and almot intimate connection with another Being, and the warmth of the home and hearth. There is no sudden soul mate coming my way. Love feels more universal and complex, fraternal, filial, etc.

I wonder, what would you see in this Knight of Cups?