A kind of prophet of the imagination, Michael Parkes fills his paintings with beasts and landscapes that, like dreams, seem too real to be fantasy, and too fantastical to be real. In his worlds, one can find the most intense conversations happening on tightropes and ledges, in skyscapes that hearken to the artistic styles of Maxfield Parrish and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Here, pompous gnomes with pointed shoes watch over tiptoeing dancers, while eyeless jesters strum silent melodies on violins. Each artwork is an adventure; each figure a wormhole into an ocean of chimeric secrets. Continue reading
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Do you feel you are surrounded by guardian angels or spirits, and would you like to ask them about issues or situations that come up for you? An angel card reading may be just the thing. Angel cards fall into the category of tarot cards and a tarot reading advisor may be able to help you receive the answer from your angels and explain it in greater depth.
It works like this: You formulate an open-ended question, one that cannot be answered with a “yes” or “no.” Start with words like “how do I” or “tell me about” or similar discussion-type phrases. Your advisor may then ask you to pull a card or several from a deck, or she may lay some cards out in a spread. A spread is an arrangement of cards in a certain shape, where each position in the shape has a certain meaning. The meaning of the card that falls in that position is then related to its position in the spread.
Let’s say your reader is using a simple three-card spread: Past, Present, Future. She draws (or if you are sitting with her in person, she may ask you to draw) three cards from the deck. The first card drawn – let’s say it’s Archangel Michael, denoting strength – falls in the Past position. This would mean that in your past you exhibited strength, or the situation you asking about required strength. The next card drawn would relate to your present, and the last to the future, or perhaps the outcome of the situation.
Some spreads are even simpler – one card a day, for instance – and others may contain 10 or 15 cards in complicated shapes that give you abundant information about the issue. Readers usually know several spreads and after you discuss the question or issue, they might suggest a spread they think would work best to answer it. They might even get in touch with their own angelic guidance to find the best spread for you!
One well-known authority on angel communication is Doreen Virtue, Ph.D. Her website Angel Therapy contains an abundance of information: a link to angel oracle cards, a page on how frequently seen numbers contain messages from the angels, her blog, videos, and so on. This is a do-it-yourself site for angel readings; it does not contain access to live online readers.
However, doing a Google search for “tarot reading advisors” will return many sites where you can find live online readers, such as Kasamba. Having an expert’s input may not always be necessary, but many times it helps to have an experienced reader talk about the messages in the cards and perhaps point out some angel angles you may not have thought of. The reader is also well-versed in lesser known angels and in all the nuances of how the angels work to help you.
Before you select a reader, read her profile carefully to get a sense of who she is, what her training has been, and how long she’s been a reader. See if you get a “connection” vibe. If possible, ask her questions before the reading to see how you interact and if the energy between you is good. Speak with several readers if you can before you call about the actual reading. Don’t forget to ask your angels for a sign to guide you. All this will ensure a better outcome in most cases.
Before the reading begins, sit for a time in quiet meditation on your question, asking your angels and guides to gather round you and the reader and to send clear answers or guidance. You might want to hold a crystal pertinent to your question or issue during the reading if you work with them.
As the reading is progressing, your reader may ask some questions. Answer them honestly. Most readers ask at least a couple of questions to clarify the information they are receiving from the angels. Remember that angels occupy a different realm and communicate in different ways than we do, so sometimes asking you a question is the only way a reader can get clear about what the angels may be saying. Sit back, relax, and enjoy and appreciate the divine guidance you are receiving.
Please leave a comment and let us know your experiences. Have you ever had an angel reading? What was it like for you? We’d love to know!
It was Camelia Elias’ tarot blog, Tarotflexions, which first drew me to her work. Her observations there are smart and incisive, and her approach to tarot is quite different from mine, which means I’m always learning something new. Her essay in The Magiculum was one of the strongest in that collection, and I was excited to see a more focused effort on tarot, and this book certainly delivers.
Marseille Tarot focuses on Elias’ preferred deck, Carolus Zoya’s Tarot de Marseille, a deck created in Turin at the end of the 18th century. The book includes numerous full colour images, and the deck is based on a common Marseille pattern, so while this particular deck is unavailable for purchase, the insights provided here can easily be applied to any Marseille deck, or even other tarot patterns. Continue reading
The Gorgon’s Tarot is an unusual deck: the cards are round, and the images are predominantly black and white. “Gorgon” appears to be a nickname for Dolores Fitchie herself, and also serves as the patron creature presiding over this deck, in particular, Euryale, the gorgon who defied the gods, seeking knowledge and truth.
The cards began life as a graphic project, not a divinatory tool, and The Gorgon’s Tarot was more than 10 years in the making. The black and white design is deliberate and is intended to remove colour symbolism, which Fitchie finds distracting, and has no interest in. There are two cards that contain splashes of red: The Blind Gorgon and the Devil. When they appear, the bright flashes of red make these cards seem all the more startling. Continue reading
Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth, by Benebell Wen
North Atlantic Books, 158394835X, 896 pp (incl. notes, appendices, and index), 2015
Holistic Tarot is useful as a tool for personal growth and study, with fresh ideas for tarot enthusiasts from a variety of backgrounds. Tarot practitioners can glean inspiration and find structure for instruction, spiritual and magical use, yet at the same time, an argument is made that much of tarot’s usefulness comes not from mysticism but from analytical psychology.
Including notes, appendices and index, Holistic Tarot is nearly 900 pages, and is chock-full of tables, spreads, and writing that is practical, comprehensive, and transformative. The book itself is more than a vast instruction manual for tarot practitioners from novice to skilled levels, Benebell Wen also encourages its use as a volume for teaching tarot. It includes information for numerous disciplines, giving a nod to the Tree of Life, astrology, numerology and the author’s roots in eastern thought, with the I Ching, a Ba Gua spread, and a sprinkling of the concept of qi throughout. Continue reading
Lupa is an author, artist and nature-lover living in Portland, Oregon. Her most recent books are New Paths to Animal Totems: Three Alternative Approaches to Creating Your Own Totemism, and Plant and Fungus Totems: Connect with Spirits of Field, Forest, and Garden.
Lupa has been making art out of hide and bone for nearly 20 years, and her latest project is The Tarot of Bones: A Natural History Divination Set, currently being funded through Indiegogo through to May 19, 2015.
Psyche: First of all, congratulations on having your Indigogo campaign funded within your first 100 hours, that’s wonderful! It’s an unusual deck, and I wanted to know why tarot, why bones?
Lupa: Back in October  I had a piece in a local gallery that had a group show with a tarot theme. It was my usual assemblage style, it had a coyote skull and some other things, basically pointing toward the Five of Coins. Putting the piece together, enjoying the show and being able to see everyone else’s interpretation of the tarot and their works, by the end of the evening I felt really inspired. Continue reading