Daily Draw – Foxes and Mermaids Are Wild Things

I am a little hung up on these cards and not quite sure where to go with this reading.

the ELLIS decK – Four of Rods, Eight of Cups, The Moon

An effective but sometimes overlooked technique for dealing with a reading when you are just not sure exactly what the reading is telling you is to simply start describing the cards.  There is no “right” or wrong answer when doing this, and by diving in (like our mermaid in the center card) we can quickly pull our associations with the cards from the depths of our subconscious.  Since I believe that the meaning of the cards and the energy of the reading comes from within ourselves anyway, this is a perfect technique to read any spread.

My eye is first drawn to the mermiad’s sassy flick of her tail as she dives underneath the waves.  We as humans need expensive gear and lessons to do what comes easily and naturally to her. Water is not the right medium to attempt a balancing act of the eight Cups, and instead of messing around with a game she knows she can’t win she has opted to nope right out of there and move onto something she can.  We see her emerge to join the fox from the first card taking a turn yipping at The Moon. Foxes are wild and they hunt alone but they like living in packs. This makes me think of my family because our interests are diverse but we come together and it just works. Foxes are also creatures of the night, so it makes perfect sense for them to be moved by the moon while the mermaid is also called near.

So, this reading that I was having trouble with has become clear- Nothing matters more to me than my family, but the truth is that I am not a person who does well when I am forced to interact with others, even those I hold most dear.  I need my solitary time, my alone time, to be wild in my thoughts and my dreams, to write and muse and dream, and it’s okay.  My family needs their space too. This is a season for all of us to hold on loosely, confidant that our bonds are strong.  We now have three kids no longer at home, and the two that remain are ridiculously busy with school, basketball, working, and cheer.  My sweet husband and I are exceptionally busy right now.  Instead of trying to force us into family time that ends up feeling like a burden to all of us I am going to trust my intuition this week to gently draw us together according to the rhythm of our lives and our needs.

These cards are from the ELLIS decK, which I purchased on Amazon.  The Fool’s Dog, LLC has made a fully functional app complete with text which I also recommend.

Daily Draw – Simple Month Ahead Spread with the ELLIS decK

Today I am using a spread provided by Lisa at angelorum.com, who promises the look at the month ahead spread is suitable for all abilities of reading the cards.  This spread is unique in that it uses all Majors to answer the first question, Court Cards to answer the second part, and the Minor Arcana or pip cards to answer the third.  Since it’s the start of a new week, I have not yet shuffled my deck of the week, The ELLIS decK, so it seemed like a great time to use the spread.  If I were using a previously shuffled deck, I may be inclined to do it the lazy way and simply shuffle, draw until I had a Major, shuffle and draw until I had a court card, and a final shuffle looking for that pip.  However you may choose to try the spread, it all works.

1. Major Arcana.  Main developmental theme in the month ahead.  You could get very specific in this area, which I find works best when I read for others, but I was just looking for the general feel.

2. Court Card.  Best mental attitude to cultivate.

3. Minor Arcana. Action advice.  This card, combined with the advice on which court card to personify, gives advice on navigating the main theme of the month.

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The ELLIS decK – the Tower, Knight of Swords, Five of Pentacles

The Simple Month Ahead Spread – May, 2017

1. Main developmental theme in the month ahead – The Tower.  Here is where I almost noped right out of the reading and the whole new blog thing, because really, almost no one enjoys experiencing Tower phases of life, and my surly, placid, plodding Taurean nature especially abhors the sudden and drastic changes The Tower can bring.  In my rational mind I know the Tower brings clarity more than calamity, and I know calamity can be avoided by not letting the Tower energy reach critical mass before I deal with the swirling energies surrounding it, but I still experience the cold chill of fear when I see the card, especially as a theme for the month.

2. Attitude to cultivate – Knight of Swords.  I shall simply have to be a warrior as I face the month ahead.  The Tower is no nonsense, doesn’t deal in deeper metaphor, and neither does the Knight of Swords.  I shall have to be precise with my words and make clear, swift decisions. The Tower can be a bit of a nasty surprise, but the Knight of Swords is never taken unawares.  And while he looks slightly grim, he also looks determined, and will not let fear or timidness make his decisions.

3. Action advice – Five of Pentacles.  For a multitude of reasons, I put a lot of stock in feeling secure.  Probably my nature was already skewed that way, and a hard scrabble childhood that included not really having “enough” and lots of upheaval cemented the trait for me.  I feel best when there is money in the bank, food in the pantry, and I know where I am going to be for the next several months.  For someone who holds these things so dear, as an adult I have not always been able to keep them close.  It’s important for me to understand that material lack does not equal spiritual lack, and that only one of them really matters.  One of the defining characteristics of this card for me, is that the figures are so downtrodden that they do not see the Pentacles above them.  They don’t look up so they don’t see any other way to be.  But forewarned is forearmed, and I can look up.  I can experience a tumultuous moment in life without losing the rest of the pieces of the puzzle, and I can remain cool, calm, and collected when under pressure.

This deck is The ELLIS decK by Taylor Ellis.  I purchased it on Amazon.  It is also available as a fully functional app, complete with text and interactive readings, from The Fool’s Dog, LLC.