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Leap Year Tarot Spread

Tarot Leap Year Spread

Leap year almost slipped by me! It wasn’t until last week that I realized that this was a leap year, and that it might be good to create a spread to honor it. When working with this spread, should you choose to do so, please keep in the back of your mind some of the overall qualities of 2012: (1) it is a number five year, (2) in the Tarot it is the Year of the Hierophant, and (3) in Chinese lore it is the Year of the Water Dragon, indicating that the fiery, passionate energy of the dragon is tempered by the element of Water, so that we don’t run amok taking action without thinking things out.

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1. What do I need to know about this leap year?
2. What do I bring to this leap year?
3. What do I need from this leap year?
4. What is my best focus for the next four years?
5. What is my best action for the next four years?
6. How can I best honor leap year in my life?

I drew the following cards:

1. Ten of Wands
2. Four of Wands
3. Justice
4. The Hermit
5. Six of Cups
6. Four of Swords

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What I need to know about this leap year (2012) is that it is both creative and destructive. I need to view life from a more spiritual perspective. I have reached a certain level of being, and I need to accept that and integrate with it.

What I bring to this leap year is the need to release (or, as Marie views it, burn away) parts of my old life, my old self, and use that energy to create a new life, and a new self. This is a spiritual trial by fire!

What I need from this leap year is justice – a sense of balance in my life. I need to learn to stand up for, to fight for, what is right from my perspective, to own what I have earned.

My best focus for the next four years is a very strong, and a very humbling one. The Hermit is one of my Birth Cards (the Moon being the other one). I need to go within myself, find my truth, then bring it out and hold the lantern up for others.

My best action for the next four years is that of opening up to my own creative nature, to live fully, from an open heart.

I can best honor leap year in my life by taking a small “time out”, by finding my own truth, and being willing to express it.

I hope that each of you draw your own cards, and see how this spread works for you. It will be interesting to see which deck demands to be the deck used for this little exercise!

Scans are from the “Mary-El Tarot”, Marie White, Schiffer Books, 2012.

© February 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Tarot

 

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Conversation Overheard – Wheel of Fortune/Magician

I have been trying to think of ways in which I could make the Birth Card pairs come to life. I thought that it might be fun to have a Birth Card pair chatting over coffee or drinks. I was going to work with the gentlest Birth Card pair that I could find, just so the conversation would be, shall we say, a “nice, quiet one” Best laid plans, and all of that. The first two individuals that choose to speak were the ones that were the hardest for me to write about – The Devil and The Lovers. They choose to speak over drinks … fair warning! Today’s Birth Card pair are the Wheel of Fortune and the Magician. They are seated in a Starbucks in Seattle, sipping their latté’s and watching the people around them.

“We’re moving rather quickly into the year 2012, aren’t we. Well, quickly from the human perspective. The Year of the Hierophant to them, as well as the Year of the Water Dragon. I think they took to those images well.” James Carmichael, the man speaking, could have passed as the CEO of any Fortune 500 company. With his pressed khaki’s, high end shirt, perfectly cut hair, gold watch and expensive sun glasses, he fit right in with the movers and shakers in Seattle. This was his forte – he fit in wherever he was. He carried the energy of the Wheel of Fortune, so he needed to be able to adapt himself, so that he could help humankind adapt.

The man sitting across from him, Jonas Chang, took a sip of his latté as he thought about his partner’s words. Chang, dressed in dark slacks, cream colored shirt, open at the neck, and wearing a gold ring and watch, was a bit more flamboyant than his partner. He also had expensive sun glasses on the table beside him.He carried the energy of the Magician. “I think that it is time to bring out the big guns. Those who were going to adjust have done so, those who are scared of their own shadow have found their own places to hide. From past experience with humankind, those who are uncertain will continue to hang back until they find strong leadership. So, we need to allow those who are going to be the leaders to come into their own.”

“The wheel of life certainly has taken humankind full circle. In their current lifetime they have been on top of the world, then found out that their world was built on false premises. They still refused to believe, so we had to go in and adjust their lives down to the very core. Some leaders have begun to emerge, and we are seeing a combination of what they term “lifestyle changes” and a reconnection to the old nature ways. It is a precarious balance, but they do seem to be seriously trying, Jonas.”

“Paul, I do agree with you … as far as you are going.” A slight smile crossed Chang’s face, and his eyes danced with the focused sense of mischief that only he carried.”

Paul drew his focus away from the room and placed it on his partner. Jonas was a great idea man, and he was the one that gifted humankind with the ability to manifest, but sometimes that came at a price. What did that smile mean this time?

“In what direction do you want to take the wheel this time, Jonas?”

“Don’t worry, Paul. I have no intention of upsetting anything. The power that I want to bring to them is the power to manifest, and the understanding of what they are manifesting.”

“And how, exactly, are you planning on doing this?”

“We do have a platform already set for this work. Several human years ago we came across an individual that agreed to work with us. He altered his life path, consciously, and brought some things into the world that brought significant change to those that accepted them.’

“Ahhhh – you would be referring to James Wanless, and his early work with the “Voyager Tarot”, and his “Strategic Intuition for the 21st Century”. Great strides were made there, as to that point no one had taken that type of thought into the workplace. I know that you headed him in a new direction … the Green Man concept, I believe.”

“Yes, I started him with the Green Man concept. Now I am moving him into a stronger form of manifesting. He is calling it “The Fortune Formula … Having It All”. He has created the ten golden rules of manifestation, and has it out there now as an MP3  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGbRdk7edN8). I am going to have him build on this.”

“Well, I do have to agree that he has a strong enough personality to bring this off. Where are you taking it, once humans realize that they can consciously manifest, at will?”

“That’s the really great part, Paul! Once they experience unlimited self-confidence, and are able to maintain control over their will, I am going to open up the direct connection with Gaia – the one that we closed when they lost their way.”

“I knew this time had to come. You do realize that we will have to stay together for the time being, to see this through.”

“Don’t worry – I won’t take off on my own. This is one of the greatest parts of the contract that we agreed to when we took on this energy. This is what I have been waiting for!”

Paul smiled to himself. Chang was a bit of a loose cannon at times, and certainly had the bling, but he also had the ability to do the work. That, and Paul had his own contract with James Wanless that would assure that things did not get out of hand.

Scans are from the “Tarot Lover’s Tarot”, by Karyn Easton. They can be seen here –  http://paranormality.com/tarot-birth-card-calculator.shtml.

© February 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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A Few Of My Favorite Decks

Today I am going to be chatting about some of my all-time favorite decks. The first one up is a new one – the “Mary-El Tarot”, from Marie White (Schiffer Books, 2012). The link to my review is here – http://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/the-mary-el-tarot/. This is a traditional 78 card deck, with non-traditional imagery and a Qabbalistic foundation. It is one of the best decks that I have ever worked with, and one that I highly recommend!

The “Way of the Fool Tarot” is a Limited Edition, Majors only Indie from Venezuelan artist Beatriz Inglessis. My review of this deck can be seen here – http://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/2173/. Absolutely incredible artwork!

“Tarot of the Holy Light” comes from my friend Christine Payne-Towler, and her partner, Michael Dowers. Another stunning deck, and the first Continental style deck to be produced in the 21st century. My review can be seen here – http://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/tarot-of-the-holy-light/.

A deck that appeals to me because it explores the roots of the Hawaiian culture is “Hazelmoon’s Hawaiian Tarot”, and Indie by Katalin E. Csikos. My review for this deck can be seen here – http://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/hazelmoon%E2%80%99s-hawaiian-tarot/.

The “Hezikos Tarot”, by Mary Griffin, is a lovely faery themed deck that I enjoy working with. My review of this deck can be seen here – http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/hezicos/review.shtml.

My friend Jordan Hoggard has a very special deck out there – “Tarot In The Land Of Mystereum”. My review of this deck can be found here – http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/land-mystereum/review.shtml. Jordan will have you thinking in whole new, creative ways before you know it! An interview with Jordan can be found here – http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/learn/interview_jordan_hoggard.shtml.

These are but a few of the many decks out there. I hope that you have enjoyed a small tasgte of what these author’s/artists have to offer!

 © February 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Deck of Heroes Tarot

Deck of Heroes Tarot

Author: Richard ShadowFox
Artist: Richard ShadowFox
Schiffer Books
2012
ISBN #978-0-7643-4024-6

The “Deck of Heroes Tarot” comes to us from Richard ShadowFox, creator of the “ShadowFox Tarot”. This is a digital deck, with a traditional 78 card format, using traditional titles for the Major Arcana, traditional suit titles of Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles, and traditional Court card titles of King, Queen, Knight, and Page. The deck comes with a 107 page companion book. Deck and cards come in a sturdy lift-top box with a magnetic closure, and a small ribbon tab to open it. The ends of he box carry the deck name, while the sides of the box carry publishing information. The back of the box carries a description of the deck.

In his introduction, ShadowFox notes that romance (the basis of this deck) is never a path that we choose to follow, rather it is a path that chooses us. It is in that lack of control that real love and happiness is found. Universe gives us subtle clues when romance is near, and one of the ways that it does this is through the Tarot, which helps us to define possibilities and understand the clues to the right romantic path for each individual. We need to accept our feelings, and understand what makes us happy.

I love ShadowFox’s definition of what is needed for a Tarot reading: the Seeker, a question, and a Tarot deck! Plain and simple. He talks about reading for ones self, in which case we are both the reader and the Seeker, and we need to be able to sit on both sides of the table. He also makes the very astute observation that the Seeker is not really looking “for” something, they are looking fo the “path” to something.

In describing the template for the Tarot, ShadowFox defines the Major Arcana, the Minor Arcana (Pips only), and the Court cards. Three distinct definitions, which he feels is important as he sees the Court cards as being the people in the Seeker’s life – including the Seeker.

There is a note at the end of the introduction that addresses something unique to this deck – every card in the deck contains at least one male figure. This is done for esthetic appeal only.

The companion book presents each of the cards with a short discussion of the upright and reversed meanings. No scans are included. Here is an example from the book:

The Fool

Upright

This is always the beginning of something, plain and simple. Although the variants of the new journey limitless, it should be easy to determine to what it refers. Whether it is an adventure, a relationship, a business endeavor, a career, academic effort, it starts here. Interestingly, when htis card appears, one is already aware of its meaning in their lifead is likely to have asked about it specifically.

Reversed

Being tentative, maybe even afraid, about the new beginning, the journey that lies ahead, but it is quite possibly unavoidable. If it is a representation of opportunity, then one is altering the path by not taking the first step, regret will lin4 7/8e the new path. Thus knowing the new beginning is there, but reluctant to take that first step, most likely fictionalizing or rationalizing reasons for not getting started.

Three Tarot spreads are presented at the end of the book: a Three Card Spread, the traditional Celtic Cross Spread, and a seven card Personality Spread (includes a significator).

The cards are approximately 2 ¾” by 4 7/8”, and are glossy. The backs are reversible, with a ¼” dark brown border, with lavender imagery tinged with a light gray/white. There are what appears to be lavender ribbons at each of the four corners. The card faces have the same ¼” brown border. The Major Arcana carry the card number centered on the top of the card, in Roman numerals, with the card title in a small banner on the bottom. The Minor Arcana Pips (numbered cards) carry the card number centered on the top, and the suit name in a banner centered at the bottom of the card. The Court cards carry the card title centered at the top of the card, and the suit name centered at the bottom of the card.

The colors in this deck are vibrant against a dark background. For my (albeit aging) eyes, the darkness is a distraction. The figures are portrayed as young and good looking – the romance novel type of hero/heroine. The imagery and symbolism vary somewhat from the traditional Tarot.

 

The Fool is seen as a figure on a white horse, walking along a beach with blue water in the background, and a fire red sky behind them.

 

 

 

 

The Lovers shows a male figure walking up a wide set of stairs, carrying a young woman. At the head of the stairs we see a round window, through which a full moon shines.

 

 

 

 

The Wheel of Fortune shows a brightly colored structure, with a female figure standing in the doorway. There is a large container of flowers at the end of the steps, and a male figure approaching the steps.

 

 

 

The World shows what appears to be a round, cobalt blue structure, with flowers adorning the framing in front of it. In the foreground we see what appears to be a female figure standing, one hand at her side, the other reaching out, palm up.

 

 

 

The Knight of Swords shows a figure riding a white stallion, with a sword or lance in hand.

 

 

 

The Four of Wands shows four white pillars in an area of green grass. There are trees in the background, and two couples standing in front of the pillars.

 

 

 

 

The Four of Swords shows a couple in bed, with one sword on the floor, one upright at the corner of the bed, and the other two on the wall.

 

 

My feeling with this deck is that while it is beautifully done, and carries a great deal of energy, that the reader would have to be knowledgeable about the Tarot before reading with it. It is not a deck that I would recommend for learning the Tarot, mainly because the symbols are not traditional. For someone who understands the structure of the Tarot, this would be a beautiful deck to read with. It would also be an excellent deck to do comparative readings with.

© February 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Conversation Overheard: Judgment/High Priestess

I have been trying to think of ways in which I could make the Birth Card pairs come to life. I thought that it might be fun to have a Birth Card pair chatting over coffee or drinks. I was going to work with the gentlest Birth Card pair that I could find, just so the conversation would be, shall we say, a “nice, quiet one” Best laid plans, and all of that. The first two individuals that choose to speak were the ones that were the hardest for me to write about – The Devil and The Lovers. They choose to speak over drinks … fair warning! Today’s Birth Card pair are Judgment and the High Priestess. They exist in an atmosphere of calm and dignity. The man, Jonathon Cord, represents Judgment. The woman, Jaqueline Lefevre, represents the High Priestess.

Scene: Andre’s at the Monte Carlo, in Las Vegas. It is a weekday evening, and the restaurant is humming with activity. The decor is in subtle shades of blue, the tables covered with gleaming white cloths. The atmosphere resembles that of a French chateau – elegant, yet understated. Two people are seated in a secluded dining area. The man is tall and distinguished – wearing a deep gray suit, a blinding white shirt with French cuffs, square gold cufflinks, and an understated light gray tie. He has dark hair, graying at the temples. The woman sitting opposite him is the epitome of grace – dark hair tumbling over her shoulders, deep brown eyes, makeup is subdued and flawless. She is wearing a cream colored silk dress, with pearl earrings and a long strand of pearls around her neck. On the seat beside her is a cream colored Coco Chanel clutch evening bag.


The wine steward appears quietly at their table. “Good evening. Would you like to see the wine list, Sir?”

“Yes, please.” Even though he knew the wine list by heart, Jonathon wanted to create a small break in the conversation. He knew that Jacqueline liked to take the time to ease into their talks.

The wine steward handed them both wine lists, then discretely stepped back.

“Would you like to start with a Chateaux, Jacqueline?” Jonathon asked as he glanced over the candlelight at his dinner companion. He loved that she always looked so composed and serene.

“That will be fine. I will leave the selection to you, Jonathon. Your choices have always pleased me.”

Jonathon conferred with the wine steward, ordering a Chateaux for pre-dinner, and a Bordeaux to go with dinner. He sat back, taking in the ambiance of the elegant, understated room. It was interesting, moving in and out of lifetimes, fitting in to each timeline as if they were born to it. He and Jacqueline had the honor of monitoring the 20/2 lifetime. It was up to them to teach people how to observe, how to make judgments in an effective manner, as well as how to open themselves to intuitive knowledge, to the mysteries. Well balanced, the ability to make good judgments and the ability to access the mysteries flowed freely back and forth, like the ebb and tide of the ocean.

The wine steward was at their table, offering him the wine for his approval. He nodded his head, and the wine was poured. Like magic, chilled shrimp cocktails were set before them.

“Jonathon”, Jacqueline spoke in her soft, clear voice. “You are aware of the quickening, yes?”

“I am aware of the quickening, yes. I think we are right where we need to be right now. We knew that with the changes that humans would need to re-evaluate their belief systems, to accept that what was working no longer works, and to define their new sense of purpose. Most are doing very well. It is heartening when they look at their watches, or their clocks, and see the repetitive numbers. It took a small time for them to notice that this was happening, but then they quickly went on to wondering about the “why”, to wanting to know what was going on. No one seems overly upset, and t hose that understand they are being given information from the mysteries seem fine with it. Quite amusing that they are calling it a “mystical download”. Perhaps they are becoming to ingrained in this technological age?”

“Mystical download” is fine. It was the best way that I could get them to accept the phenomenon and not be frightened by it. For them, time is moving very quickly. I personally think that we had a much harder time getting them to accept women in any role outside of the home. Then once we had that reasonably well down we rolled right into the technological age. I do think that we are holding our own.”

At this point the shrimp cocktail dishes were cleared, and two Caesar salad plates were placed on the table.

“What are your thoughts on this 2012, end of life as we know it thing, Jacqueline?”

“Jonathon, please don’t make fun of humanity. We have talked about this before – they are rather clueless about the Mayan calendar, and what it all means. I was quite relieved to see that it is going better than the turn of the century did. We did what we could, but they worried so needlessly about moving from 1999 into the year 2000. They were not technologically advanced enough to understand that they were not going to see computer crashes, that they were not going to lose information, they were not going to lose life as they knew it, and that they just needed to trust in their own abilities.”

“Do you feel that those who are going to be the leaders in the near future understand the task before them? Do you think they are ready?”

“Jonathon, I see two things. Those who are not ready for the new world are choosing to leave the physical world at this time. It is part of their agreement that they have this choice. Those who are going to be part of the new world, but not necessarily leaders, feel the change, and are working with it. Those who are going to be leaders understand the changes they are going through, and are accepting them well. They know that their life path is being redefined, and understand that the one they were on was right for them up until now, but that now something different is in order.”

Their waiter came up quietly beside them, clearing the salad plates and placing their main course before them: filet of beef for Jonathon, and apple stuffed pork tenderloin for Jacqueline. By unspoken agreement they made only small talk as they ate, catching each other up on their lives. At the end of the meal they opted not to order desert, but to go into the lounge for coffee and cognac.

As they sat in a private area of the lounge, cognac snifters in hand and soft music playing in the background, Jonathon addressed Jacqueline: “What do you see as our next step? What do we need to do to keep the balance at this point in time?”

“Jonathon, I think we have set a solid foundation for the changes to come. The information they need in order to not take a step back is being channeled to them on a daily basis. Per our agreement, we can show them the way, but we cannot make their choices for them. Agreed?”’

“Agreed, Jacqueline.”

© February 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Birth Card Pairs

 

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My Tarot World

This is the inaugural post for my new Tarot blog. I decided to start a blog that was dedicated to working with the Tarot, rather than mixing those posts in with my reviews. The reviews will remain on my other site – – http://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/, and, of course, on http://aeclectic.net/tarot.

There are a couple of very interesting things going on right now in the Tarot world – both of which originated in the delightful imagination of Tarotist Amethyst Mahoney! Amethyst asked individuals within the Tarot community if they wished to participate in a Valentine’s Day Give-Away, and she got a resoundingly positive result! Many Tarotists on both sides of the pond have contributed articles, spreads, stories, and e-books – all free for downloading! (In honor of transparency, yes, I contributed an e-book to the mix myself! Blatant self-promotion!) You can see how to get the download here: http://amethysttarot.com/valentines-day-giveaway/#.
Amethyst is working with Mary Nale and “Attune Magazine” on a very special Valentine’s Day edition! This will contain many more contributions from the Tarot community. Check that out here – http://attunemagazine.blogspot.com/.

I have come across a Tarot blog that I think is equal parts wisdom, humor, and professionalism, and I would like to share it with you – http://moderndayruth.wordpress.com/, by Lena Ruth Stefanovic. Read down to her descriptions of the types of Tarot readers, and the people that come to them. Absolutely hysterical!

© February 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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