Three Card Thursday

You can pick things up, you can put them down. Or you can do nothing. That’s the theme of our three-card reading today.

There’s a project that I’m thinking about starting. I could start it, I could walk away from it. Or I could do nothing — maybe I’ll pick it up later, maybe not — this is the path I generally choose when I’m waffling on a decision.

This is going to be a three-card reading, so the positions are:

When I’m reading on various options, I like to read cards from the center out (this is a Lenormand thing), so I tend to put my neutral cards in the center.

Here’s the three cards for my question, picked at random by my handy Tarot widget.

Page of Wands (Inverted)
Six of Pentacles (Inverted)
The Magician

Note that my handy Tarot widget displays reverses, which I don’t usually read, but I’m going to when I’m using this app, since that’s the intention here.

Say Yes: The Page of Wands indicates a lot of exciting “new project” energy, but in reverse, it could be referring to my tendency to start and stop as soon as that energy wanes. I love starting things. I have historically had… let’s say issues finishing projects. If I want to start this and do it right, I need to be aware of my own fickleness and take steps to thwart myself when I decide to backburner it.

Say No: The Magician is a funny card here, and I think Tarot is playing a snarky game with me. Could it be this card is telling me to focus on the projects I’ve already got cooking (ah hem, this Tarot site, for example)? If the Magician is telling me no, it could be a warning that my motivations for the project are off, or it might be suggesting there’s a better way to accomplish the same goal.

Do nothing: The Six of Pentacles reversed is ugggggghhhhh my life. Seeing this brings it home just how out of balance things have become. I’m very fond of the 6 of Pents when it shows up — it’s a card that reminds me to be kind. Sometimes that means being kind to others, sometimes it means letting others be kind to me. I don’t like seeing this energy blocked up in reverse — it indicates that I’ve become closed off and it makes me feel icky.

The barometer of a good Tarot reading is always how helpful the reading ends up being. So was this helpful? I think so. The cards indicate that some action or decision is necessary, but I might be missing some key element, and if I do move forward, I have to do so with intention and awareness of my own faults and compulsions.

What is your question and what are your cards today?

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Thirty Days of Tarot

I’ve been dying to teach a Tarot class.


I wanted it to be perfect. I wanted it to be comprehensive. I wanted it to be as thorough an introduction to Tarot divination as my Lenormand classes are.

And it hasn’t happened.


Part of it, I’m a perfectionist. Part of it, I have a LOT going on. And the other part—well, the Tarot has always commanded me in a way no other oracle or divination system has. It’s my heartbeat. It’s my blood. I love these cards. I love them. How could I teach them in a way that honors my love for them?

It’s now or never.

But lately I’ve been sorting things out. And on that bucket list of mine is the Tarot class. So I dug out all the materials, exercises, notes, and experiments I’ve made over the years, and I thought, what the hell? A few years ago I offered a summer camp style course with 30 prompts. I’ve updated those and ported them over to a new course-platform. Best of all, I’ve decided to make this FREE.

Enter: Thirty Days of Tarot

I’ve created this course, not to be an introduction to Tarot, but rather, to be an introduction to the kind of play and immersion that’s possible with the Tarot. Each day, a new lesson will be published on the site (and students will get this via email as well). The lessons include invitations to dig in, each day, to create a daily Tarot practice that incorporates the cards in different areas of life—from the ritual to the mundane.

This class is my gift to you for sticking around or coming back. I invite you to join me for 30 days and allow yourself to be open to the prompt and the call of your cards.

Tiny Tarot Podcast: Episode 2

Quick note! This was initially published over a year ago!! The link to the website that originally hosted this podcast no longer exists. But I think I should bring it back, don’t you? Ok, I’ll do that, as soon as I can procure a new microphone 😉…


Deck used: The Fountain Tarot

Spread used: 2 cards. Shuffle and draw the first card from to center the reading. Draw your second card to cross it. That silly song I mentioned: (with Johnny Cash covering it!) Won’t Back Down

Tiny Tarot Podcast: Episode 1

Quick note! This was initially published over a year ago!! The link to the website that originally hosted this podcast no longer exists. But I think I should bring it back, don’t you? Ok, I’ll do that, as soon as I can procure a new microphone 😉…

Show Notes:

Deck used: Morgan Greer Tarot (Standard) | Morgan Greer (Tinned)

Spread used: 2 cards. Shuffle and draw the first card from to center the reading. Draw your second card to cross it.

Six of Cups and Six of Swords
Six of Cups
Six of Cups
Six of Swords

Loneliness in the tarot

Over the weekend, I had a conversation with a lonely person. I was chatting with a friend outside a pub when he approached us and struck up a conversation. He tried to make a connection with us by sharing stories about his expensive homes and cars, but unable to impress, he awkwardly retreated back to the bar. Later at home, I started thinking about that man and looked him up in the Tarot, as I do sometimes with people and situations. I found him (can you guess which card?) and then I sorted through and found seven other cards where I saw loneliness indicated. The more I looked at the cards, the more I found they fell into two distinct groups. This is how loneliness shows up in a tarot reading, by shutting down and building walls, or by retreating inward and away.

This post is a monster, so grab a cup of coffee before you continue! 😉

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Overwhelm and the Ten of Wands

The 10 of Wands starring the Sassy Sibyl with her OSU sock hat because winter is relentless.

I can’t think of a single card in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot that fits my life any better than the 10 of Wands.  What do you see when you look at the card? Yourself? What do you feel? I feel tired. The way I feel after working in the office all day and then cooking dinner, running around to playdates and baseball practices, before coming home to clean up and do laundry while the rest of the world is tucking itself into bed.

And all while Mercury is retrograde!

I’m not complaining. I love the work I do. And I love my kids. But dang, I’m overwhelmed.

There are some ways to think about the Ten of Wands that may help, if you’re feeling the same kind of pressure to DO IT ALL (if I ever write a memoir, I’m going to call it, How to do it All). Pixie (or Art, maybe it was Art, who can know, really?) dropped key clues in this card to help us out.

First of all, 10 of Wands dude is CUT. Look at those biceps! He’s built for this kind of work. And you don’t get that by sitting around and then suddenly having the world drop into your arms. He’s been preparing for this moment for a long time, all his life maybe. And now that he’s got an armful, he’s able and determined to not drop anything.

Those sticks are sprouting. Look! Little green shoots. It’s not like he’s carrying this stuff for nothing. These are going to grow into something amazing. The effort put into the long haul is going to pay off.

He’s going somewhere. Not only that, he’s going to what looks like a castle. I don’t know about you guys, but if I get to go to a castle, I’ll carry some pretty heavy shit. Let me re-illustrate for you so the goal is more obvious:


Worth it, right?

But the last little thing I’ll point out about the 10 of Wands is that our heavy lifter picked up this burden deliberately. There was a method to the madness—see how the wands are crossed so they don’t slip out of his hands? It’s hard as hell, sure, but attacking your to-do list with a sense of intention and an outlook for the bigger picture makes the load seem a little lighter.

Not convinced?

I know, you’re thinking, “But Mel, I don’t want to be overwhelmed. I don’t want to carry heavy crap around all day long! I’m a delicate Dowager Countess!”

I hear you. And that’s the other side of the Ten of Wands. This card is about commitments—and while running around and picking up sticks, one of the things we might have inadvertently committed ourselves to, is being overwhelmed.

When you draw the Ten of Wands in a reading, consider:

  • What am I carrying? Just how much am I weighed down?
  • How have I prepared myself to handle this? (Don’t worry about how you’re not prepared, that’s not helpful. Besides, you can make it up as you go along, so long as you keep going.)
  • What’s the end goal? Why am I doing all that I’m doing?

You’ll have a pretty good idea by that point if you’re actually working out of steadfast determination, or over-committed to goals that won’t serve you. That happens to me sometimes. A committee, a book club, or even a new job sounds really good in the moment, but if I’m not careful to examine my motivations and intentions, I can easily overstretch myself. Then the card becomes about setting boundaries and knowing when it’s appropriate to say, “No thanks!” and walk away.

Luckily the Tarot has a few examples we can follow down that route too, which I will present here without further commentary at this point (I’m sure I’ll circle back to these cards later). Feel free to use these mantras as needed.



Let’s talk in the comments:
How do you handle overwhelm? When you’re in a Ten of Wands situation, what’s your coping strategy?

How do you keep overwhelm at bay?

Wordless Wednesday

In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

Albert Camus

Tarot Tuesday – February 25

One way to bring your tarot readings (especially when they involve those tricky Major Arcana cards) down to earth, is to pair them with a few Lenormand cards. Here I have Temperance from Robert Place’s beautiful The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery, along with the Scythe and Fish cards from my 1860 Dondorf Lenormand.

The message I’m getting is that I need to use my discernment specifically when it comes to investments. Should I consider cutting loose from unprofitable projects?

What do you see in these cards?