In this post, I’ll attempt to demystify March’s 3 card mini-spread from my Overview of 2018 spread. To recap, the three decks I used were The Enchanted Map, Triple Goddess Tarot, and Spirit Cats. I chose these 3 for their ability to give me concise info and for their ability to work together. The Enchanted Map card represents the theme of the month. The Triple Goddess card elaborates ways to achieve the theme. The Spirit Cats card gives me a guide card whose energy I can call upon when I need support.
Theme: #18 magic stream How: King of Wands Helper: flow
Magic Stream sounds like some silly new age mumbo jumbo, but it really goes deeper than that. This card reminds us that everything IS interconnected. And it really is! Two years ago, I tore my ATFL and despite the prescribed rehab from my doctor, I’m still dealing with fallout from that injury— in my leg and up my body. So yeah, the magic stream is a fitting theme for this month. I need to take all those intensions from February, and put them into motion. It’s time to let the stream inspire me and my works.
The King of Wands is a master of the arts. He’s fiery and rules with a strict set of values. I will use him to tap into the universal flow. I’ll use the energy to support my work this month. If I’m going to do what I want, I want to be able to do it my way. All this fire fuels me and my passions.
Flow is this month’s guardian. Her name is Zephyr and I found getting her alongside the Magic Stream very fitting. Flow is such an important part of a creative process. It’s the headspace one gets into when they are on a role for writing, or divining. Flow is also being able to let go of control and allow the process take over. This is where the magic happens and I’m excited to have this spirit cat remind me to connect with this powerful force.
I’ll be heading to San Jose and PantheaCon this Thursday. PantheaCon is a wonderful, 4-day pagan festival celebrating all types of craft, ritual, and everything in between. It’s a top-notch event and I’m going to be knees deep in all sorts of fun this year. Here’s where you can find me during the event:
Saturday, February 17 7pm: Mix and Match, playing with Tarot and Oracles, in the Divination Suite (room 947) . Learn how to assess your tarot and oracle decks and get them playing together with fun spreads and techniques.
8pm: Triple Goddess Deck Party, in the Divination Suite (room 947). Come see my Triple Goddess Tarot deck published by Lo Scarabeo. I’ll have some copies on hand for sale, and will tell stories about my experience making the deck. Got questions about my deck vision and structure? Bring them and I’ll help you navigate them.
Sunday, February 18 7pm: Pop Culture Tarot, in San Juan/San Carlos. Come learn how Rose Red and I use our favorite fandoms to create meaning with the cards. We’ll share lots of good techniques and fun pop culture spreads.
9pm: Live Recording of Tarot Visions podcast, in the Divination Suite (room 947). Fresh off our Pop Culture Class, Rose Red and I kick back in the Divination Suite and record our weekly podcast. Topic TBD, but it’ll be fun. We’ll also answer your questions on recording and publishing podcasts.
In addition to all this, I’ll be attending some fun divination and other pagan classes to help hone my own craft. I may also be available for some readings. I’ll be posting live updates on my twitter feed @jaymi_elford, so if you’re not following me, now is a great time to do so! Are you going to PantheaCon 2018? Let me know! Let’s hang.
In this post, I’ll attempt to demystify February’s 3 card mini-spread from my Overview of 2018 spread. To recap, the three decks I used were The Enchanted Map, Triple Goddess Tarot, and Spirit Cats. I chose these 3 for their ability to give me concise info and for their ability to work together. The Enchanted Map card represents the theme of the month. The Triple Goddess card elaborates ways to achieve the theme. The Spirit Cats card gives me a guide card whose energy I can call upon when I need support.
Theme: #22 intention How: 2 of Swords Helper: night magic
Intention brings good fortune to me this month. All my goals and aspiration are moving forward. I’ve made achievable goals, yay! It’s time to set new goals and release them into the world, and let the universe and all its energies to work on my behalf. This month is perfect for setting up the life I desire and want to live. And it’s an auspicious time too, because this month I’m teaching two classes, Pop Culture Tarot and Mix and Match, at PantheaCon in San Jose, California. PantheaCon is a wonderful 4-day pagan conference featuring all sorts of classes and rituals. It’s been two years since I’ve attended and I can’t wait to return. I look forward to seeing my Californian friends and delving back into my pagan side and studies with others. Thinking about all the awesome intentions that’ll come out of this event makes me smile. I can’t wait.
Two of Swords sets the tone for how this will work. I need to still my mind, close my eyes, and allow my other senses to guide me. What do I want? What is a life worth living look like? How can I manifest the goals? These are the big, huge questions which plague me through my life. I see the two of swords as a reminder of how fluid life can be. Nothing is static. If I think back to what I thought my life was going to be like over 20 years ago, it has very little resemblance to where it is now. And that’s fine with me. Sometimes, you gotta pause on the path and make adjustments to where you want to go.
Night Magic’s name is Vespertine No-Sleep-For-The-Wild. Her energy is wild and crazy and swirly. She suggests doing things which break me out from routine and expand my sight and skills. She’ll be perfect for allowing me to see new connections in the world as I build and create new intentions for my life and projects. Perhaps I’ll get new ideas from hopping around in new playgrounds. I welcome her energies as I step out and make new magic happen.
Say it with me now, “Super Blue Full Moon Eclipse in Leo,” what a mouth-full, right? But that’s what we had earlier this morning at 5:30am Pacific. Before I get into the spreads, here’s a recap of what that all means. We get 13 full moons a year. Sometimes, on average 2.5 years, we get what’s known as a blue moon… a fancy way of saying two full moons in a month. On top of that, the moon was also a super one, meaning the moon is closest to the earth. So it appears bigger when we look up. Full moons, for the magically minded, are great times of the lunar cycle to charge forward with new projects, powering up wishes and hopes for the best outcomes. The Leo bit is the astrology of where the moon appeared as far as signs go, so it takes on the traits of the leonine personalities (which I so happen to be one, ahem). Eclipses happen when the moon passes behind the Earth into the shadow. Apparently this is the first time in 152 years that we’ve gotten this combo. Amazing, right?
What can we do with all this? We use this info to see how these energies influence tarot and tarot readings. To start, I looked at what Theresa Reed, the Tarot Lady had to say. She’s both a tarot reader and an astrologist. She posted this lovely bit about the cards she drew for each sign according to this event. Here’s what she said about Leo:
Leo: Five of Pentacles: Proud Leo, this Moon is going to hit you directly. Which means you may want to consider asking for help if there is something in your life that is dragging you down. What or whom needs to go? Seeks some support around this – and then drop that heavyweight so that you can rise to your full potential. If you continue to hang on to the things or people you’ve outgrown, your journey ahead will be tougher than it needs to be. This day is also excellent for making a change in your finances. Whether you start a new job, invest smarter, or finally accept help into your life, a change today could have lovely consequences down the road.
So, with that in mind, I prepped for the event and my own readings by placing my tarot deck, pen, journal, and phone (with spreads queued up) on my night stand. Then, I set my alarm for 5:25, giving me just enough time to feel somewhat awake to read some cards. Getting up this early isn’t easy, let me tell ya, but I did it.
Sadly, I wasn’t able to view the epic red moon. Too many clouds obscuring from where I am. But the energies were potent. I originally was going to do one quick three card reading but for some reason, I did two. Maybe I wanted to go deeper for this, to highlight the depth of combining tarot and astrology with the lunar phases. Maybe I’m just an over achiever? Whatever the reason, you win and get to view my interpretation of two spreads.
The first reading I choose to do was from my pal, Ethony Dawn. She did an amazing 5-card spread specifically geared towards this event. Here’s what I got:
1. Personal power: Where is my power during this full moon?
Page of Wands. This card is a force of actively practicing your creativity. So, during this time (and it’s so true for today because I have been steeped in creative design projects) I’m going to put my creation making process into overtime. Writing, designing, anything I deem creative gets a workout. Yay!
2. Drop the drama: What belief, relationship or habit no longer serves me?
6 of Pentacles. Okay, so this was hard-hitting. This card represents reciprocity for me. It’s the equal exchange of energies. So get back what you put out. I’m taking this card to heart. It’s time to declutter and cut out the relationships, energies, and exchanges that do not feel equal. Time to take back my power and put it towards efforts which feel mutually good.
3. Take a risk: What area of my life could benefit from a risk taken?
Moon. I am so glad this card showed up in a spread. I especially love my Triple Moon card. The moon is about busting through illusions, that the darkness is not at all what it seems. So, quite literally, I need to examine the darkness in my life, dare to challenge some assumptions, and push forward to mold my life how I want. I also need to accept certain things about myself which I haven’t been able to do yet. Life is a work in process.
4. Be creative: How am I being challenged to be creative and think outside the box?
Tower. Creativity, at its core, is destructive. Flashes of insight come at inopportune times, and if you don’t grab hold of them, they may pass you by. The Tower is a wonderful card for creativity. It asks me to shake up what I do and what I know, and get innovative. Try new things, shake up routines.
5. My needs: Where am I seeking validation in my life?
5 of Wands. Ah, the card of chaos and confusion and loosing perspective. Yeah, I’m really good at loosing perspectives. Being self-employed is hard because you do so much and sometimes. No one gives you feed back on what you do, how you do it, or what you can be improved. As a Leo, I’m very outward focused. I seek attention and validation outside of myself. Well, I can’t do that anymore. I need to stop looking for others to tell me how good I am and just remind myself that I am awesome. Time to flip the table and give myself credit for the shit-ton of awesome things I do on a daily basis.
This next spread, crafted by Lori Lytle, was going to be the only spread I played with during this time. It’s a simple 3-card draw that seems to help you reveal, release, and focus on for this period of time. I think this is a great spread to attune a reading around the energies of a full moon. It may become something I do during each full moon.
1. What truth is being revealed to me?
Knight of Swords. The Knight of Swords is a quick thinker and doer. This describes me as I can never shut my brain off. I’m always thinking about the next project, the next day, and what could be. I’m an insomniac who has to run her batteries out ever day so she can get some sleep. The truth here is that this is not sustainable. I need to find a way to balance all this heady stuff with living a real life of accomplishment.
2. What needs to be released?
Temperance. Another favorite card from the deck, this is all about finding balance and restoring sanity. When this card flipped out from the deck, I was confused at first. Why should I release temperance? It’s alchemy, the blending of things to create a new thing. That’s good, right? Well, perhaps I already have it. This is a bit like the 5 of Wands card from above. Instead of seeking out for this thing, perhaps I need to sit with the idea that I already have it. The balance of my life IS temperance, not some elusive goal with no clear image of what it looks like.
3. Where will it serve me well to focus my intention and energy?
Justice. In an odd sense, we’re back to a balance. However, this balance is more karmic. I see Justice as an answer to this question as being what will happen once I relax and release burdens. Sometimes, I feel like I have a tight grasp on things (projects, schedules, stress). Doing this causes more anxiety. It’s a vicious cycle that needs to stop. If I follow Lori’s first card items, then I can relax more. I give myself up to the larger picture and allow new flow into my life. Doing so elevates me to a higher level and gives me more freedom to create and pick projects I want to do.
And there you have it. Did you do anything for the Super Blue Full Moon Eclipse this morning? Did you get any good photos of the moon? Please let me know!
In this post, I’ll attempt to demystify January’s 3 card mini-spread from my Overview of 2018 spread. To recap, the three decks I used were The Enchanted Map, Triple Goddess Tarot, and Spirit Cats. I chose these 3 for their ability to give me concise info and for their ability to work together. The Enchanted Map card represents the theme of the month. The Triple Goddess card elaborates ways to achieve the theme. The Spirit Cats card gives me a guide card whose energy I can call upon when I need support.
Theme: #47 Sacred Pool How: The Sun Helper: Guardian
The Sacred Pool is all about learning to love the reflection in the mirror. I’ve been really hard on myself and the past year was rough for me. Honestly, I can say I do not like what I’ve seen in that mirror. I need to celebrate myself and learn to recognize the good and worth in myself as others have seen in me. So, this month I’ll be doing some self-care and focusing on health and me-ness.
The Sun is a joyous card. In working on me, this month, I’m going to focus on the things that make me happy. This includes working out, reading, writing, tarot, and exercising. I’m taking a step back from things that drain me and my energy: like Facebook. Instead, I want to reconnect with the flow of the world and what I am.
The Guardian, Lavandrille, stands tall against negativity, and defeatism. This kitty is a perfect companion for me this month as I learn to be kinder to myself and focus on what I want and need. I’ll keep the card on my desk and look at her to remind myself of who I am and what I stand for.