Sad news

We lost our little Yorkshire Terrier, Duffy, on Tuesday.  He came to us from a Chinese restaurant (of all places!!) who didn’t want him anymore.  That was 2 years ago and although we didn’t have him for a long time he’s left an empty space in our home.

I lost my yellow labrador the year before.   It feels strange to be without a dog.  So I’m waiting to see what the Universe will bring me next.



It’s All About Temperance

TemperanceI’m a collector, a Tarot addict as you know, and I’ve just stumbled onto the beautiful Llewellyn Tarot deck. The first image that caught my eye was that of Temperance or as titled here ‘Keeper of the Well’.

For me Temperance is one of those cards that usually doesn’t pull much of a punch in readings. It’s important, it has a message to give but it just doesn’t seem to have the same clout as Death or the Devil for example.

Temperance isn’t even a word we use much any more in our every day language. What does it really mean anyway?

According to it means the following:

1. Moderation or self-restraint in action; self control.
2. Habitual moderation in the indulgence of a natural appetite or passion, esp. in the use of alcoholic liquors.
3. Total abstinence from alcoholic liquors.

This definition got me thinking…. is self control really valid in our modern society?

We can pretty much do as we want these days. We spend what we want whether we have it to spend or not; we eat what we like; we drink what we like; we smoke; we work incredibly long hours. We’re wild, we’re uncontrollable, we’re out to have a good time.

With all of this freedom why would we want to show any kind of self-restraint? We’re having fun, right?

Well actually, perhaps we’re not.

If we balanced out a little we could possibly find what’s missing in our lives. If we saved a little money each month we might feel financially secure instead of dreading the bills. Perhaps if we ate healthily some of the time we wouldn’t be an obese nation. If we didn’t drink quite so much perhaps we’d learn to cope better with life. If we cut back on some of our working hours we might find joy again in our families.

Maybe, just maybe, with a little temperance in our lives we can become happy.

And that message from Temperance is probably the hardest hitting of all.



Halloween Tarot

I decided I wanted the Halloween Tarot several years back.

I ordered it from Amazon and it never came. It was all of a sudden out of stock.

I went into London and went to all the metaphysical shops I know. They were all out of stock too.

Eventually, about a year later, I found a lone Halloween deck tucked on a shelf in a bookshop. And it was mine.

It is basically a Rider Waite clone with all the characters dressed in ghoulish attire. The suits have been appropriately renamed – we have:

  • Imps (wands)
  • Ghosts (cups)
  • Pumpkins (pentacles)
  • Bats (swords)

Halloween TarotIt’s such a fun deck. Kipling West, the creator and artist, makes the whole deck come alive (excuse the pun!). The artwork is cute, the colours bold and not dreary or dark plus the symbolism of Rider Waite is still there.

For those of you who wish Halloween would come more than once a year consider this deck as your next purchase!!



Bonding with your deck

I love Tarot decks.

It’s not just the fact that, with my intuition, they can unlock the secrets of my soul. I love the artwork and the artist’s interpretation of the cards. I could spend hours just looking at Tarot cards and watching the worlds reveal themselves in front of me. A Tarot deck can become my trusted friend and companion.

And yet there are some decks which I just don’t bond with.

One of these decks is the Thoth.

Try as I might,  the Thoth deck and I can’t seem to become anything more than a brief acquaintance.  I pick it up, I put it back down.

I collect Tarot decks and I view the Thoth as a must have for any collector or student of the Tarot.  But I still don’t want to read with it.

If you’re about to pick your first Tarot deck make sure you bond with it.  Look on the web and find pictures of the cards or visit your local metaphysical shop where you can get the deck out and have a good look.  Pay no attention to what other people tell you – go for the deck which is right for you.

When you bond with your deck the world of Tarot opens up easily and secrets are unveiled right before your eyes!