TdM Study: Ace of Cups

TdM Study: Ace of Cups

When at Starbucks, always get a venti – never settle for smaller. Chances are you’ll always wish you had more left of your drink after it’s gone, right? This is what I thought of this morning when I flipped over the Ace of Cups from the Noblet Tarot.

The Ace of Cups is a welcoming card, just like the other Ace’s in the deck. I see the Ace cards as an opportunity… to love, to learn, to ignite, to achieve. When the Ace of Cups shows up, I try to pay close attention to where my heart is pulled the second I look at the card. No matter how hard we try to suppress our truest desires and emotions, it will come to the surface in a flash the second we are triggered. The heart never lies.

The Ace of Cups is pure overwhelming emotion. It’s a feeling of fresh love, of love you didn’t know you had – it doesn’t have to be towards a person either. I see the Ace of Cups as a big tall iced coffee… it brings me enjoyment and I truly do relish every sip, no denying that one. I’m not kidding when I say I love coffee!

Looking at the Ace of Cups in the Noblet, I see a big cup! The cup looks to be made of a building, perhaps it’s similar to the building on the Tower card… as quickly as you can fall in love, it can feel like a ton of bricks being pulled out from under you when love is lost. This building that sits in the cup is delicate, that’s why there’s a wall around this structure… to keep it safe and protected. Once the feeling begins to flow, the water floods over the wall like a waterfall and pours out onto your table or lap. This overflow could mean one of two things: heavy tears from love lost or sloppy french kissing… really sloppy kissing!

The green plant life under the “building” on the cup suggests to me that growth is happening and it is present. It’s simple, when you water a seeded lawn… grass grows. If you leave it unwatered, the grass dies. This can be with anything we do. Once something is “planted”, we need to nurture it and give it the best chance possible. Being an Ace, this to me is the seed of the suit and it needs our help to transform and take off. Does anyone notice the little red pot on the cup of this card? Look closely. Grow, baby, grow!

Keyword: Overwhelming Emotion

New Moon in Libra Reading

New Moon in Libra Reading

Today I decided to share a reading I did for myself using Ethony’s New Moon in Libra spread. I normally pull a few cards for the New Moon and Full Moon, but this morning I just felt like trying out a fun spread and I thought I would post it on the blog!

I’m using the Circo Tarot, one of my favorites – not to mention it’s fun to shuffle, I just love the flexibility of the cards!

1. How can I bring more balance to my interpersonal life? 9 of Cups

In order to create a balance in my own social circle, I need to work on myself first. Self care and self love is important if you want to create this balance… without it, you are way off balance. You need to take in as much as you give out or you will drain your cups, both emotionally and spiritually.

2. How can I bring more balance into my professional (tarot) life? 5 of Wands

Participate and get more involved with likeminded people. This is a struggle for me always, I’m very much an introvert and always worry how others perceive me since I tend to struggle with words and getting them out right… I’m working on it! I know I’m not alone in this, as this card is suggesting. One thing that comes to mind when I think of this card and question: tarot challenges!! I need to get more involved in the tarot community and participate more!

3. How can I create more of the work I love in the world? The World

Hah, how literal can you be Tarot?! The World, that made me laugh. In order to create more of the work I love (which is tarot, writing, and art), I need to see the bigger picture, set new goals, and expand. I need to let my work reach others in different places and make it more accessible to others. This card really has my brain jogging, I have much to journal about and brainstorm here!

4. Where in my life am I being asked to negotiate? Page of Knives

I need better aim, and to get better aim, I need to slow down and focus my energy more. I will admit, I’m very scattered in everything I do. One second I’m doing “this” and the next I’m doing “that”. I need to direct my energy more precisely and actually follow through on the goals I set for myself.

5. Where in my life am I being asked to re-negotiate? The Chariot

Take control and go down a new road – the road you are on is ok but not the best route to take. A new route will still get you to where you want to go, it will just allow you to see more and do more. My husband and I have been wanting to sell our house and move. We are both unsure of where to move, but we know one thing… we need to move. We need to move because we feel it in our hearts that where we live now is not where we should be. We love our home, it’s great but we just crave new adventures and a change of scenery. This card is suggesting to me that I need to take a better look at the direction that I’m going in and what fuel I need to use in order to get me there.

The Hermit + The Devil

The Hermit + The Devil

The Devil (Card 15) in Tarot – The Open Reading by Yoav Ben-Dov

The one thing that Tarot de Marseille has taught me so far is to slow down. So much can be seen in such simple images, I have been spoiled by the RWS with the vivid imagery. When I slow down and really soak in every aspect of the card, the card reveals more and more. This is also true for any deck, not just TdM and RWS – slow down and really soak in the symbolism.

Yesterday, while reading The Open Reading by Yoav Ben-Dov, I got caught up in the Devil card imagery on the page. Ben-Dov has been great at pointing out little things in the Conver deck and he stats often that everything is a message, nothing is by accident. He has talked about the littlest of things in the cards, like why part of the leg in the Magician card was left uncolored, he believes it wasn’t an accident. He didn’t mention two things on the Devil card that I saw though, perhaps someone else in another book has… or on a blog, this may have been talked about a million times for all I know. Someone did share a fantastic link with me called the The Mysteries of the Tarot de Marseille… I will be diving into this blog big time!

Here are some of my thoughts…

In the Devil card shown in the CBD Tarot (which was a reproduction of the Conver deck), the Devil has 9 toes. Going along with Ben-Dov’s quote “everything is a sign” I took this as just that, a hidden message.

Le Pape (The Pope) + L’ Hermite (The Hermit) + Le Diable (The Devil) from the CBD Tarot

I associated the 9 toes to Card 9 – The Hermit. When thinking about what the Hermit and the Devil had in common, I was drawn to the robe of the Hermit. The Devil has no robe, he bares it all with nothing left for the imagination. The Hermit on the other hand, is fully cloaked like he’s trying to hide something (and yes, the Hermit is often associated to the clothing of a Monk). Then it clicked, what if the Hermit was the Devil… he uses his robe to hide who he truly is.

Going along with this theory… in the Hermit card, he is seen holding up a lamp and walks with a cane or walking stick… this could be seen in the Devil card as the torch the Devil is holding, hidden in plain sight in the Hermit card. The Hermit could then be using his lamp to help his search for someone or something to fuel his hidden desires – like the imps in the Devil card. 

Then I was thinking about the imp’s on the Devil card and noticed one had three dots on the chest, the other did not. It was brought to my attention that it could be an association with Free Masons, which is interesting! Going along with my own theory, what if the 3 dots were associated to the Empress (Card 3) and the other imp would then be the Emperor (Card 4).

Jumping to another card (I was all over the place in the Major’s last night)…there are two heads in the Pope card (The Hierophant) that are like two children, what if they were also the Empress and Emperor… being warned by the Pope about the Devil. Then later on, falling trap to the Hermit’s lure and in turn revealing his true side by lifting the robe, ta-da! The Devil!

The Pope in the Pope card is looking in the direction of the Hermit and the Devil – and the Hermit’s looking right back at him as if his eyes are saying “shhhh”! Maybe the Pope is giving the Empress and Emperor a “heads up” about him and telling them to beware, or perhaps he is sending them in that direction. Who knows?! Perhaps the Major Arcana is about their journey and not the Fool’s journey. Maybe the Fool started off solo, with no gender and was transformed by the Magician and “split in two” by the Popess (High Priestess). Or… maybe I’ve had way too much coffee lately and need to lay off a bit lol!!

Anyways, I was hesitant on sharing this on the blog… I’m always nervous with sharing any of my personal thoughts when it comes to tarot. I always fear what most fear “judgement” as being perceived as either stupid or plain crazy LOL!

TdM Study: 8 of Swords

TdM Study: 8 of Swords

This morning I was greeted with the 8 of Swords to study, I pulled it from the Marshmallow Marseille but wanted to compare it to the Noblet. Both cards have a different depiction but got me the same feeling of the need to protect and keep things from harms way.

When looking at the Marshmallow’s card, there are two sets of flowers of three on each side of the bundle of swords. I see these flowers as guards and holding up defense against what wants in. Being a swords suit, to me it’s about protecting ones mind from words and thoughts that could harm or sway you. The space in the center of the swords is empty and reminds me of being pure and clear headed, there’s not much room in that space for nonsense.

Then I took a look at the Noblet’s card and there is a little different depiction going on here but the same feeling. In the center of the swords there is a flower – for some reason I like to see this flower as a seed of potential – and along the outside of the wall of swords there are four points. These points remind me a lot of barbed wire or weapons being pointed outward to protect the sacred “seed” in the middle of the swords. There is a heavy load of defense going on in this card! You have the wall of swords and the pointed pieces. I mentioned the flower in the center reminds me of a seed,  it’s small and makes me think it still has some room to grow within the swords – like potential growth. It’s as if the swords are protecting this potential growth from outside forces that may sway your thoughts off track, despite this card being associated to the number 8 (where it’s towards the end of the suit).

Just like the Marshmallow, I feel that this card symbolizes the need to put up walls to protect your own mental clarity. Just like in day to day life, you may have an idea or project that needs our undivided attention but with outside forces at play, we can easily get distracted, fall off course, and allow outside thoughts to change the vibration of original thoughts we had.

When I look at the swords suit in the TdM, especially when it’s later in the suit, all I see are clusters of swords… but when I take the time to look at each swords card on its own, I can see the differences are very clear! Some sword cards have flowers inside, some outside, some just vines, some have no flowers at all, some swords are crossing, some are piercing through walls… there are so many differences in the cards if you take the time to really engage in the patterns. This is why I love the Tarot de Marseille so much!

Keyword: Defense

Coffee with the Marshmallow Marseille

Coffee with the Marshmallow Marseille

As promised, a little “first glance review” of the Marshmallow Marseille Tarot! Already, I love this deck! I’ve had about a week to play around with it and this was the deck that launched my card study with the Tarot de Marseille (although I’ve been using the Noblet more right now). I mentioned earlier on the blog that I’m falling hard for the TdM and this deck is making it easy to fall even more in love with the system.

If you are interested in the differences between the RWS and TdM, check out the post that Benebell Wen did on the tarot decks. The main struggle with learning the TdM system is unlearning the RWS system (or other systems you are accustomed to) and coming to the Tarot de Marseille with a beginners mind and clean slate. After reading with only RWS decks for the past 5 years, I can see how this can be hard to do but I feel it’s been fairly easy so far. It’s been a fun learning curve and challenge for sure!

Anyways, on to the Marshmallow Marseille! A few have asked me if the deck is in alignment with more traditional decks like the Conver for instance. This deck looks more like a recolored Lombardische deck to me and I’m very happy with that! The cards themselves are poker size, another thing I love about this deck since I’m a fan of the Spirit Speak tarot and that too is poker sized.

The cards have passed my picky shuffle “test” and does well. The cards feel amazing, like a satin finish and the glide easily. The card stock is a great thickness – not to thick and not too thin, there is some bend still to the cards like I prefer.

The box was pretty interesting as far as how it was assembled, I haven’t seen a box like this one before. I don’t use boxes for the most part so I don’t normally care how they are made really, just thought it was neat. It’s also a sweet color of pink and I love the handwritten font on the box.

This deck does not come with a book and I knew about this ahead of time so it wasn’t a big deal for me. I’m currently reading a book by Yoav Ben-Dov called Tarot – The Open Reading and it’s excellent! However, I’m trying not to let the book influence my own interpretations with the cards so right now I’m writing down my own thoughts on the card first and foremost, but I’m enjoying reading about the cards themselves and their history. The symbolism in each card is really interesting!

The colors in this deck are stunning! Not overly cute but just cute enough to keep me happy and on a sugar rush. I have never been very traditional in anything I do and I like my decks to reflect that as well, though I am loving the traditional looking decks lately like the Noblet and CBD Tarot (which is high on my wishlist).

I’m doing something a little different with my TdM deck interview readings and not sticking to the standard “deck interview” spread – I just went with a three card cut and let the cards do the talking!

Queen of Cups + Ace of Cups + 8 of Cups

Can we get anymore cups on the table?! This reading is already making my thirsty… good thing I just poured myself some iced coffee before I sat down with these cards. I get it, your a smooth talker and a better lover. You carry your heart out on your sleeve and offer it to anyone willing to take it, it’s just how you roll. Showing the picture by amplification is so that you don’t have to say something twice, you want it all on the table with nothing to hide and for it be seen clearly, no questions asked.

In the 8 of Cups, I see a great opportunity to network and connect with other like minded people, so branching out and getting involved with others could be a keen idea! This card also suggests to me that it likes order over chaos, patterns matter so follow them and see where they lead… everything is connected and everything is a sign!

I love how the Queen of Cups has her back turned to the Ace of Cups as if she would rather hand me the cup instead of me having to get it myself, this tells me that the deck is polite and likes to please.

* So many cups! *

TdM Study: Energy of the Day

TdM Study: Energy of the Day

This morning I decided to use my Noblet for the energy reading of the day, normally I use my RWS deck for this but I was feeling up for a challenge so I dove right in… plus, I needed a change! I love my RWS but have been feeling pretty static with my decks lately, no matter how much I switch it up with the deck I use. Sometimes a change is nice!

From my cut I have: 8 of Cups + 10 of Swords + (bottom deck) Judgement

I was quickly drawn to the horn that the “angel” is using in the Judgement card, their face clearly shows a lot of breath being used – those eyes are hilarious! Reminds me of when we blow up balloons for my daughters birthday parties… I’m sure my face looks just like this one haha! The horn reminded me of a megaphone and they were shouting to get everyones attention.

Some are all ears like the 8 of Cups – I see this card as paying attention and more in order rather than chaos. Then we have the 10 of Swords – where I feel there is competition and “one on one” arguments going on… clearly they are far too caught up in their own issues to listen up. No matter how I positioned the cards, I saw the same thing… you need to speak up in order to reach the crowd in the back and get the message past the fighting (10 of Swords). No reason to speak to the “people” who are bickering among themselves closest to you, they will either wear themselves out and call it a day or put their swords down at some point and listen up!

The vines in the 8 of Cups are like sound waves and are reaching out to everyone (cups). The 10 of Swords gives me a “dueling” type of feel with the two swords crossing at the tips… like they either began fighting or just ending it and calling a truce, but clearly they are too caught up in the moment with what is going on to listen to anything else outside of this card… or maybe they did listen and that is why they are ending their fight?

TdM Study: 9 of Cups

TdM Study: 9 of Cups

I just love the 9 of Cups in the TdM, it has great symmetry and flow of lines. It’s all about working together, connecting, and good harmony. All the cups in this card have their position but are also connected to one another if you follow the vines. It’s like a network, we are all doing our part and connected to each other in some way.

My eyes are drawn to the vines in this card and how the cups play in their positions. They are balanced and remind me of office cubicles. I worked in an office for a few years and while it wasn’t always harmonious, it was nice to have my spot in the office each day. It was a cubicle that I decorated with my own personality, we all had our own style so it was nice to express that in a limited amount of space. I’m drawn to the imagery in the Noblet card (left) – the vines and flowers form 4 arrows pointing inward at the base of the stems. They suggest to me that they are pointing to the empty space between the cups and say “there is room if you need the space”.

This card suggests not only harmony and happiness, but fulfillment. Your cups are getting fuller and fuller with the number 9 in play here. It can be seen as a card of support within a family or a group, kind of like a “we have your back” type of feeling.

When this card popped up, I was reminded that I’m supported within my family and friends. I have a connection to others even if we may not see eye to eye all the time, we are still equal. I’ll be watching for the 9 of Cups while out today, it’s been a fun exercise to do while studying the TdM cards!

TdM Study: 2 of Cups

TdM Study: 2 of Cups

I can’t get over the imagery in the Noblet, the color palate is gorgeous and rich! This morning I pulled the 2 if Cups. The one difference between the Noblet and the Marshmallow Marseille were the fish, in the Marshmallow Marseille they were flowers (one open and one closed – which I believe symbolize the masculine/feminine aspect).

This is a card of partnership and commitment, not just in love but also seen in the workplace and in friendships. It’s about a relationship bonded by trust and equal participation on a passionate level. You can see the 2 of Cups throughout your day easily… while grabbing breakfast this morning I noticed the 2 of Cups present in the worker taking our order and the cook filling the order, there is a mutual bond between them and they rely on each other to get the job done. If one dropped the ball, the other would struggle. I saw the 2 of Cups at my home between my husband and I, a marriage between two people. You can also see the 2 of Cups at your own workplace… perhaps you have a partner you work closely with at work and you both have great chemistry!

I noticed a few things on this card. The first was the growing vine between the two cups and how it branches out and over each cup which in then turns into two fish like creatures. This is a growing bond and relationship, it’s fresh and flourishing. The second thing I noticed were the two “fish” above each cup. They are hungrily looking at that flower between them and the flower reminded me of cake, the fish look as if they want to take a bite out of it! I relate the “bite lust” to taking a “bite of commitment”, they are willing to take that chance just based on the fact that they feel drawn to one another.

Keyword: Partnership

TdM Study: 3 of Swords

TdM Study: 3 of Swords

Today I was greeted with the 3 of Swords and if you notice, my Tarot Noblet arrived from Canada! I am working on a “first glance review” of this deck and the Marshmallow Marseille for next week. I will mention real quick that I adore the Noblet to pieces. It’s so rich and simplistic, love it!

The 3 of Swords… this is a card that’s for sure hard to pry away from if you are normally a RWS reader like myself. In the RWS decks, this card typically stands for heartbreak and betrayal, but in TdM it’s more aligned with achievement and victory! There are the two swords framing a single sword that’s piercing through the “X” formation made by the outside swords. It’s the first breakthrough after the barriers of the 2 of Swords. You have jabbed your sword through and felt the first perception of victory.

This card to me suggests that you have prevailed and came up on top. It’s all about being successful, high five! Seeing that this card is in the beginning of the suit, this tells me that it’s not a final victory… it’s more like a completion of the first step and now you can carry on to the next. You are crushing the competition so keep going, though it will get more difficult so you’ll need to keep the momentum going if you do want to see this to the end.

Keyword: Victory

TdM Study: 7 of Cups

TdM Study: 7 of Cups

Kicking off my TdM card study today! I can already tell that I will love this study, I’m falling hard for the Tarot de Marseille system. I mentioned in the previous post that I’m going card by card through the Marshmallow Marseille Tarot, but… I may actually switch back and forth with my Noblet when that arrives. I was going to call these posts “78 Days of Marshmallow” but I don’t want to stick with just this deck, I want some variety within the Marseille… even though most Marseille decks all look the same, they do have many differences! I’ll compare some cards soon, I’m also going to work on a “first glance review” post for the Marshmallow Marseille deck this weekend.

On to the cards! This morning I was greeted by the 7 of Cups. The 7 of Cups suggests that we don’t have to be in total alignment with what everyone else is doing. We can still find our place in “line” while trying to maintain our uniqueness. It’s all about maintaining your individuality and allowing your colors to shine through, all while trying to fit in with the crowds. It’s ok to be a “3rd wheel” and it’s ok to do your own thing or do something different than everyone else. If we were all from the same mold, life would be so fucking boring. Am I right?

I love how the centered cup feels very supported between the two rows of aligned cups and the vines making a loose fencing. The vines are delicate looking and not touching – this suggests to me that we can leave this position anytime we want, we aren’t being held there by force or being pushed away by the others. It’s like being in the middle of a group of people who are there for you and are willing to protect you. You can choose to see yourself as the middle cup or in one of the groups of cups, there is no wrong position here. Some of us are more introverted like I feel with the centered cup (and like myself), others are more extroverted like the outside cups. It’s all about how you want to stand out in a sea of faces.

Keyword: Individuality