I am always on the lookout for new ways to read the Tarot. Recently I was reading old journals of mine and came across this drawing of a spread. I do not remember where I found it or who created it. So if you recognize it, please let me know. For now I am calling it The Pentacle Tarot Spread. There is already a popular Pentacle Spread, but that one has only five cards and focuses on the elemental directions (including Spirit). Let’s check it out!
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“Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.” ~Albert Camus
The angel Gabriel blows his horn and we are awakened! Judgment is an epiphany, a realization that can transform us. It is time to recognize and rise above our earthly limitations. This card (from The Crystal Tarot by Philip Permutt) asks you to re-evaluate your past, present and future goals, and make the necessary changes to bring about a new spiritual awareness! Let Heroic Tarot help you hone your intuition, and to really live rather than simply exist!
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Jack Kirby was an American comic book artist who is widely regarded as one of the most influential creators in the medium. He created (or co-created) many of the super-heroes who are experiencing success on the big screen today such as Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men and so many more. In his biography of Jack Kirby in his book Kirby: King of Comics, Mark Evanier writes, “Jack Kirby didn’t invent the comic book. It just seems that way…He was, in fact, a storyteller and innovator, first and foremost. A modern-day Aesop, creating myths and fables for the generations to come. After over fifty years in the field, he never ceased creating, nor did he show any signs of running out of ideas.”
The Tarot is a potent tool of transformation for understanding where you are in the present. It provides insight into cycles in your life, whether in behavior or situations, and helps you actualize your potential. We all face challenges and using the cards can provide us with guidance and awareness about how to rise to them.
In her essay, What a Tarot Reading Can Do for You, Traci Anderson outlines exactly what Tarot can and cannot do for you. The entire essay is well worth the read, but I have quoted some highlights for this post. I especially like what she says on the subject of the future:
My favorite comic book series of all time is Promethea (sorry, X-Men). I know that is quite a bold statement to make. However, this delightful story written by Alan Moore and drawn by JH Williams III is not only an engaging story about a college student who discovers she can transform into a goddess from her imagination, it is also a magickal treatise which can teach one about the Kabbalah
In his amazing book Mutants & Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal, Jeffrey J. Kripal summarizes Promethea thusly:
…the series advances through the adventures of college student Sophie Bangs, a young feminist who discovers through a college writing assignment that she has slipped through into the Immateria (a kind of astral plane of the Imagination that is self-existent and accesible to every individual) and become the subject of her term paper, the ancient warrior-wisdom goddess Promethea. The message is clear enough: be careful what you write about. Or as Barbara, the previous human vessel of Promethea, tells Sophie in the first issue: “Listen kid, you take my advice. You don’t wanna go looking for folklore. And you especially don’t want folklore to come looking for you.”
“I don’t have a diary, I don’t write things into a diary. I imprint myself into the sky and when the sunlight shines brightly, I can stand under the sun’s rays and everything I have imprinted of myself into the sky, I will begin to see again, feel again, remember. And when the wind begins to blow, it blows the details over my face, and I remember everything I left in the sky and see new things being born. I am unwritten.”
~C. JoyBell C.
In Tarot readings the presence of The Four of Wands (seen above depicting Rogue on the Four of Clubs from my X-Men Tarot series) symbolizes the feeling one gets after a great challenge. It’s having the optimism to see yourself through the hardship and focusing on gratitude for what you already have. It’s also the exhilarating feeling that freedom brings. Are you tied down to something that no longer brings you excitement? What could you bring to completion? Are you in a rite of passage? Let Heroic Tarot help you bring more stability into your work and creativity!
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Jen K. shared this:
I’ve been participating in readings with Storm for about a year now. A lovely soul with a great smile, the first time I met him I knew I could trust him. I felt calm in his presence and at ease. I had a big decision on my shoulders and really needed some guidance. After my first session, and seeing how true the outcome was, I knew Storm was incredibly gifted and have since been a loyal customer.
One of my favorite deities from the Yoruba tradition is Eshu the trickster. Like all of the Orishas, Eshu has many names and functions. One of Eshu’s most celebrated aspects protects travelers and blesses roads, especially crossroads. He is the god of choice and change, is able to speak any language known to mortal and god alike, and is free to break any rule. His protean nature and his powers of fortune (and misfortune) have made him popular in many countries. The number three is sacred to him and his assistance is often measured in this number (three things may happen in quick succession, or in three days, weeks, or months time. Here is a short story about Eshu that I found here (Wikipedia has a similar story):
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ~Helen Keller
A week ago, I moved from San Francisco, California to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The differences between the two locales are staggering. I can still see echoes of the bustling city, my memories overlapping with the hypnotic starkness of the wind-chapped Santa Fe countryside. I remember the small pink flowers bursting from the trees on Lyon Street even while I am staring at the dried grasses of Nambé rising out of patches of ice. It was raining a little bit every night when I left San Francisco. Here it snows in the night and melts during the day. Part of me is still in California, dancing to the city’s cadence, while the other part is finding some long needed stillness in New Mexico. I think of the two “SF”s as sister cities, united by their patron Saint Francis of Assisi and I look forward to finding out what else they have in common.