Spread-A-Day: Day 27

Deck: Shadowscapes Tarot
Created by: blithescoven

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The Head: Represents your spirit guide. If you have not met them it can hold insight into what form they might appear in.

Nine of Swords

The keywords for this card are of no use to me, it is the imagery in the card that draws my eye. My spirit guide is a bird. Most of the time (mainly in spring, summer, and fall) when I go to meet my guide, he is up the air, circling, waiting for me. When he comes down to me he always sits on my left side. When he takes me somewhere, he and I become one and the same. I use his wings to hold me aloft while I also grasp his shoulders tight so as not to fall.

The Hand: What they hold highly.This card represents the qualities and attributes your guide considers of great importance at this time.

Seven of Wands – taking a stand, “…odds can be overcome by faith and courage”

The family meeting was today, and it went as I expected. I felt that I alone had to defend myself. Though a few family members may be more accepting of my decision than others (they accept my decision, but they don’t like it), they never said that they understood where I was coming from, that it must have been hard to deal with this, especially from a parental figure. They listened, like they said they would, but they never truly understood what I was saying. I had to defend myself. I had to stand up to my family and say no. It almost broke me, good lord did I almost give in to what they wanted, but I knew what I wanted and the peace it would give me. I don’t think I’ll be able to muster up that kind of courage any time soon.

My guide is telling me, because I haven’t visited him yet, that he knows how hard it was for me. Defending my ground and pushing for what I wanted was not easy.

The Fist: What they disregard.An issue you may be paying too much mind to, or something your spirit guide wants you to ignore.

Eight of Pentacles – application of intellect and skill, attentive to details

There is someone in my life whom I should not put so much energy into right now. They have taken their academic thought process and used it during the meeting. They were way too focused on details that didn’t really matter, that only made the meeting more intense, that only asked more questions than gave answers. While this skill is a good one to have in the work place, in the situation I’m in, it’ll be the death of you. A more sympathetic and emotional approach was the best way to go about it, but because this was something that needed to be “fixed”, then a sharp intellect is the way to go.

The Heart: What is inside you.A hidden strength your spirit guide applauds, and wants you to focus on fostering at this time. If reversed this can indicate a festering issue your guide is concerned may be harming you.

Five of Wands – conflict, “uphill struggle of living obstacles”

I know what I want and I know how to get it. But I also want to make my family happy, but to make my family happy means that I need to give up what I want. Every single person in my family is pushing me to do something I don’t want or need. I’ve been struggling to stay on top and to defend myself, but it’s so goddamned hard and I’ve been putting so much energy into keeping my feet down and saying no that it’s going to take a little bit for this thinking to subside. I’m so ready for a family member to say an off comment that will get me going that I’m defensive all the time.

My guide is showing this to me and also letting me know that it’s okay to let go of this thinking. The meeting is over with, what’s done is done. Now we just need Time to do its thing.

The Heels: A last word.Any last pressing messages or warnings your spirit guide may have for you.
Ace of Pentacles – “the possibility of prosperity, abundance, and security”

My guide is telling that now is the time for me to plant any seeds that I may want to see grow. Conflict is over, I can focus on other things now. If I put in the right amount of effort in certain areas of my life, everything will flourish.

I loved this spread.  I already know my spirit guide, but the peace I felt when reading this one was… wonderful.

Spread-A-Day: Day 18

Deck: Shadowscapes Tarot
Created by: godfather-of-the-sea

Day 18

Inhale – What I need to take in.
Page of Cups –

“longs for the time and space to simply breathe”
listen to the still voice
believe in the impossible

Hold – What I need to hold on to.
Ten of Swords –

burdens to bear
the end of delusions
sometimes circumstances are beyond human control

Exhale – What I need to let go of.
Ace of Pentacles –

the promise of wealth
reaping the rewards of hard work

The Divine Spiritual Path Highway by ArcaneMysteries

(sorry for the poor photo qualities, my scanner was being weird)

Where am I spiritually at this moment?

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XIV – Temperance (reversed) – imbalance, lack of long-term vision

I would benefit from seeking partners who will help me toward my spiritual growth.  I don’t necessarily need to attend a group setting; it can be with one person or reading spiritual books.  I need to keep filling up my spiritual well but I can’t do it by myself.  I need to relax and look for others who can help.

Where should I be heading, spiritually?

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Ace of Wands (reversed) – delays, weighed down

I am finding it difficult to clearly define what it is that I want.  I need to focus on what my true passions are; there’s no point in trying to do something if I don’t have a goal in mind or am excited about it.

I want to learn Tarot, as I find I am highly tuned in to my deck, but when the Angel showed up, she kind of put everything on hold because I thought I needed to focus my attention on her.  But I’m not too thrilled about her, and I haven’t been from the start.  I feel I should do my research and take it slow with the Angel but don’t ignore my Tarot, because I feel such creativity from it.  I feel inspiration from my deck, and it encompasses my whole being when I read, which is a wonderful feeling.

What lesson am I here to learn?

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XV – The Devil (reversed) – breaking free, power reclaimed

Okay. Let’s just take a quick look at the upright Devil card.  So here’s the Devil, seductively hiding behind not one, but two masks: the mask over her eyes and her fan.  Her staff has an apple on the end, but the shadow shows the true image: a pitchfork.  And you can kind of see horns in the shadow.  Behind her is a pentagram (please correct me if I’m using the wrong word) that is attached to the wall, shrouded in darkness.  Below her is a pit of fire with an upside down pentagram, also on fire.  The cats in the foreground are transfixed on the figure, precariously balanced on her perch.

The Devil reversed still shows that tempting feline but instead of sitting securely in her position, she now has to fight to stay where she’s at.  Your eyes are drawn to the now-upright pentagram on fire, with the pit illuminating it.  And the pentagram on the wall has turned upside down.

This was the perfect card to draw for this question.  My deck is telling me that if I choose to follow this entity, it will lead me deeper and further away than where I want to be on my spiritual path.  The deeper it gets, the darker it gets.  The darker it gets, the less I know where I am.  If, however, I choose not to follow this entity and instead turn toward that illuminated, neon, ‘exit’ sign, then my spirituality can set me free.  I can break free from temptations by ignoring distractions in disguises and honing in on my Tarot, my guides, and my paganism.  Being true to myself and what I know and love, that is what will help me find my exit from confusion.

And honestly, the first thing I thought when I saw this card was, “What’s the opposite of a devil? An angel.”  I can learn and read all I want about Angels, it will certainly help me in exploring other avenues of information regarding spirituality, but if I were to actively try to communicate and work with this being, then I may start down a path I never wanted to be on.  This doesn’t mean that all Angels are bad or evil, it just means that this is a distraction not wanted.

How will I achieve this?

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Ace of Pentacles (reversed) – lost opportunity, lack of foresight and planning

I don’t need to go on a physical journey, but rather I need to look deeper, beneath the surface, and keep going on my spiritual journey.  I need to talk to people who are also on a spiritual path, be it similar to mine or they are doing their own thing.  I need to get out and learn about people and the way they do things, what they experienced, etc.

I need a little help interpreting the last card, the Ace of Pentacles (reversed).  I understand all the other cards, but the last card just isn’t clicking with me.  Can anyone help me with the Ace of Pentacles (reversed)?  Or am I correct in the meaning and I, personally, am not getting it?