I’m Back !
Hi to all my Tarot Friends in the World,
Just want to let you all know that I am back at my Truly Teach Me Tarot Desk once more and gearing up to get stuck into some serious writing. I will be dealing with all my outstanding comments and correspondence first, so if you have sent a comment and heard nothing back from me, hang on in there as I wade through the pile. It is just me who runs this whole site and does all the writing, including building the new site, which still has to be launched!!! I have many roles to play and at times it can become quite a juggling act. Throwing college into the mix, certainly didn’t help. You have all been so patient with me during this time and I really want to thank you for your support. I have had to put everything to the side in the last few months as deadlines for assignments and college exams sucked every second of my time and energy. I have officially finished college after a grueling year of information overload in Digital Technology. I must say it has been one of the toughest times of my life, and certainly not helped by fatigue from major surgery less than a year ago, and the need for further surgery in May of this year. I am not as young as I once was, and by the end of college on the 29th of June was practically in a state of collapse from nervous exhaustion and horrendous insomnia.
Once it was all over, I was packed off to the Atlantic seaside town of Clonakilty in West Cork, Ireland, to rest and restore my troubled mind and body. My partner’s house is there right beside the beach of Inchydoney, and apart from one day of horrendous rain, we were blessed with glorious sunshine. I arrived looking pale, stressed and wan, but by the time I departed a week later, clad in flip-flops and shorts, I looked tanned and much healthier. I really didn’t want to come home so soon as I felt I needed more time. Many of you will know that I have suffered from a myriad of complicated and obscure health problems in recent years, and several of them flared up while in my final two months of college. A week was certainly not going to fully heal me.
However, return I did, but something very important happened before I left, and I hold the Atlantic Ocean responsible for it. For the last couple of years I have been in a dilemma as to whether I should pack up and leave where I live in Kildare and move down South to my partner in Clonakilty. I have dithered and dawdled, and worried about discommoding my three cats by taking them away from the home they have lived in for so long. Up until now I have been incapable of making a decision, and that in itself has caused considerable stress. It means my partner must travel to visit me and vice versa. It has been a ridiculous scenario to be living in for grown adults, but there you go, that is what we have done.
Anyhow, I think it was either the last or second last day of my stay, while I was standing in the ocean staring out to sea, that a moment of enlightenment came over me, and there and then I decided what must happen. The thoughts of leaving to go back to Kildare, left me with a terrible sense of homesickness for Clonakilty. I shouldn’t feel so awful about going home, but I did. I wouldn’t have batted an eyelid if someone rang me, let’s say a government official, and declared that I no longer had a house in Kildare, no longer had any possessions or rights there, and that returning wasn’t an option I could entertain. I probably would have asked what was to happen to the cats, but other than that, I would have said, “okay”, politely thanked him and hung up before jumping up and down on the spot with glee.
Career Practice Reading
(Using Court Cards – Based on an Actual Reading)
Step by Step Analysis
This Career Practice Reading is a Guided Reading to assist you in understanding how a Mini Storyline emerges from each Card in a Spread. All these Mini Stories are then pulled together to form the Main Story which is the ultimate interpretation. You will also see that each Mini Story carries its own weight and importance. It demonstrates the fact that there is never just one story going on in anyone’s life at any given time. All the individual Mini Stories going on at the one time do have a cumulative effect however. Some of the Mini Stories are inter-related with other Mini Stories, while others appear to be quite separate. All together, they show the Whole Story; the characters on stage, behind the scenes, and audience perception. This Guided Reading aims to demonstrate how by linking and making cross connections between these Mini Stories/Cards in a Reading, one can arrive at an in-depth and thorough interpretation of the Querant’s issue or situation.
This Reading is based on an actual Reading from a few years ago. I have made a few adjustments to allow for greater variety in interpretation from a Student’s perspective. Essentially I have given you more to work with in order to compensate for the absence of communication with the Querant.
When you are ready, lay the Cards Out In The Spread As Detailed Below. Please attempt this Reading on your own before reading my interpretation. Then slowly follow mine and see how close our interpretations are. Again, there would be something mighty unusual going on if your Reading was exactly the same as mine. No two Readers are the same, so neither will their Readings be either. There should be some similarities however. Remember that your Reading may be different, but that does not mean it is wrong. You may pick up on another aspect of the Querant’s issue that I do not. So when you are ready slowly proceed.
A young male in his mid-twenties. He is looking for information, guidance and direction concerning a specific area of his life. This area is Career related. In this instance, we have little to go on except that he wants some insight on his career as he has given me no other details. He doesn’t want to ask a specific question about his Career so this Reading could result in a very Generic Career Reading. We will have to be quite alert to the imagery and make connections and links wherever we can. We will also have to use our intuition with this one.
Me – I ask him to shuffle the Cards concentrating on the Career area of his life; what he wants to do, where he sees his Career going in the future and any concerns he may have. I ask him to connect with his Higher Self, Subconscious and the Universe for guidance and direction. I suggest he Reverses a few Cards as he Shuffles, but watch to make sure he does not Reverse too many. I suggest he asks “what is it that I need to know right now in relation to my Career and the decisions I have to make around it?”
He shuffles the Cards and Reverses some. He puts the Deck back on the table. I pull the Base Card and set it aside on the table. I then draw the Cards for the Spread from the top. ………………………Continue Readings by Clicking Here
Greetings to all on this Wednesday Morning,
May Blossom in My Local Forest, Donadea, Co. Kildare, Ireland
I trust you all had a lovely weekend and managed to enjoy yourselves. Monday was a Public Holiday in Ireland associated with May Day and Bealtaine. All the schools were closed and many people off work allowing them the freedom to enjoy a long weekend. However, even though we have just officially started into summer, the weather in Ireland for the weekend was pretty miserable. Heavy dark, dull and gloomy skies with strong wind and regular downpours of rain. It was cold and damp, more resembling a mid October day than a fine early summer one.
I have been working very hard in the last week trying to write for this site while building, configuring and driving myself insane trying to fix things that refuse to fix on my new WordPress.org site. There is a lot of work involved in preparing it so that it is ready to take over from this site, and to be honest, it is a bit of a juggling act working between the two. I was told by a WordPress trainer last week that because I am changing the site name from teachmetarot.wordpress.com to trulyteachmetarot.com all the hyperlinks I have created at the end of all the pages will have to be manually changed. This is also to do with the fact that I have changed some of the Lesson Titles, therefore changing the page URL. I thought when I did a site redirect it would do all that for me but because I have made so many changes, the links will break. Therefore there is nothing for it but hard old slog. As a result, I am splitting my time between posting on this site and trying to get some more writing done re the Cards and Lesson Content, while the rest of the time configuring the new site. I feel frustrated because it is taking me away from the time I should be spending writing.
Also, my health is a bit up and down at the moment with many hospital appointments to attend; scans, MRIs and a variety of other tests. As a result, my weeks have gotten fairly broken up. Some of you already know that I also make Vintage Style Boudoir Dolls for a hobby and due to all the above have been losing out on the precious time to spend working on them. With it being the Long Weekend just gone, and the weather so poorly, I decided I needed a break from The Computer but was also stressed about the fact that I have so much work to do on it. I decided to ask The Tarot Cards and The Universe what I should do, and let them decide for me. I would take their decision as the one that was in my best interests. Well, sort of!
I sat for a while and worked out how I would go about it. What I wanted to know was, What should I spend my weekend working on? Configuring the New Site or Finishing my Latest Boudoir Doll, Gladys?
First I decided that I would pick out Cards to represent both Options and The Personality Aspects involved. This is what I came up with:
For Working on The Computer and my New Site I chose the Following:
The Queen of Swords the Writer and all Mental Work involved in Configuring the New Site, and The Emperor who rarely goes off duty and is strongly disciplined.
To Represent The Situation I chose:
The Three of Pentacles to demonstrate how I am still at the learning stage and in need of guidance as to how to do, and set up certain things on my new site. I am very much the novice, the apprentice. I then chose The Two of Pentacles which symbolised the juggling act I am doing with the two sites, trying to keep both going, and having to get to grips with all the techie information overload of configuring my own site. I chose the Reversed Seven of Pentacles to symbolise my tendency to never take a break from all the back-breaking work and The Four of Swords to represent the mental exhaustion I felt after a week of hard slog on the computer.
I then Chose Cards to Highlight The Underlying Drive behind the above Cards:
The Devil to highlight how enslaved I felt this last week. Chained to my desk and The Devil telling me I had to stay there and shouldn’t be thinking about going anywhere too soon. I chose The Chariot to highlight the strong and determined stance I normally take when someone, especially my partner, suggests I take a break. ‘Can’t stop now, must keep going, work, work, work, work, can’t cut myself some slack, must maintain a forward momentum’ and The Hermit to represent me turning into some sort of recluse and not seeing anyone or even remotely socialising. I will grow old and wizened sitting at my computer.
For Working on my Boudoir Doll I selected The Following:
The Queen of Cups to represent The Artistic and Creative work of Crafting Dolls and The Empress, Patroness of The Arts, Creative Hobbies and also Leisure Time. She was shouting at me to take a break.
To Represent the Situation, I chose:
The Eight of Pentacles to symbolise the deep love I have for my Boudoir Doll Hobby, and how meticulous I am about the fine detail of their finish. The Pentacles on the tree represented the dolls I have already made. Although they take a lot of hard work and much time, it is a labour of love. The Nine of Cups I chose for simply pleasing myself and thinking of what I wanted for a change. The Star obviously reflects the strong creative aspect of crafting my Boudoir Dolls, and my desire for a break. The Sun echoes this creativity and the joy I get out of the birthing process of each doll. It also reveals my deep desire to have a bit of freedom from The Devil above, if only for a couple of days.
To Represent What was driving this particular option I chose:
Judgement to symbolise the call from within that was pulling me away from the Computer and my Desk. The Lovers because I was aware that this was a holiday weekend and I should be spending more time with my partner who often paints, plays the guitar or writes poetry while I craft my dolls. When I work on the Computer I do not encourage distraction or conversation as it breaks my thought processes. Temperance linked to Judgement affirming that I needed some balance in my life and a bit of a vacation from hard mental slog.
I then Threw it out to The Universe and Chose The Wheel of Fortune to represent letting it decide my fate for the weekend:
However Underneath it I placed The High Priestess to indicate that I knew myself what it was I wanted to do. I didn’t really need to be consulting the Cards as my mind was very much made up.
I then put the remaining Cards together and shuffled to discover what The Universe and The Tarot thought was in my best interests. I set the intention that The Outcome or Answer would be for my Highest and Greatest Good. I decided that for a Yes to continuing working on the computer for the weekend, The Ace of Swords would be the Card and for a Yes to working on my Doll, The Ace of Cups would be the Card.
I shuffled the Cards whilst dwelling on the two options. I did not Reverse any Cards as it was not necessary. I then put the Shuffled Deck on The Table and started to turn over Cards one at a time. The First of The Two Selected Above to appear would be the deciding factor. I turned the Cards over slowly and knew what I was wishing for (probably Tainted the Reading as a result). And then it appeared. There was my first of the Two Selected Aces:
So it was Decided for me. The Wheel of Fortune had turned and stopped at The Ace of Cups. It was confirmed and I had nothing to feel guilty about. I was going to work on my Doll, Gladys for the weekend. The Queen of Swords and The Emperor would have to cosy up with The Devil and The Chariot with The Hermit watching them all in silence, while I frittered away my time sewing beads onto a blouse and making underwear and a suede handbag to match my doll’s dainty shoes and elegant hat. With such a positive clap on the back I was determined I would finish her before the weekend was out so that I would have something to show for all my effort. I wanted to thank The Wheel of Fortune for being kind to me. Guess what? I did just that so I have decided to share some photos of her and I do hope you like her as much as I do.
Let me now Introduce Gladys:
Gladys, My latest Boudoir Doll
Copyright © Vivien Ni Dhuinn 2014
I hope you are having a nice weekend and are looking forward to the week ahead. Here is a follow-up to the Sample Valentine’s Day Relationship Spread I posted last Friday. This is an actual Reading I did a few years ago for a client who was happy to give her permission for me to use it when teaching. Obviously names have been changed and no personal details given to protect the identity of my client. I have just given a brief synopsis of the Reading so that you may see where I got the information from and how I put it together to tell a story. I hope you find it of help.
Q. I used to go out with Johnny years ago when we were in High School,but he then went to college overseas. We did write for some time but it eventually ceased. To be honest I hadn’t thought about him in ages but last week I bumped into him on the street. He looks great and we hugged and everything. He asked me to join him for a drink this week. Since I met him I just can’t stop thinking about him and am panicking about what I should wear when I see him next. I wonder how he feels about me after all this time?
The Relationship From Querant’s Point of View
Querant has chosen The Page of Cups because she sees her self as young, loving and sensitive. She also says she can get quite emotional at times and does not like to hurt people’s feeling. The Page of Cups is very appropriate.
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Card 1 – The Origins of The Relationship (How it All Started) – When they were young and in school together. They grew up in the same village. She has fond memories of him from the past.
Card 2 – Where Relationship is Coming From (Immediate Past) – Johnny has just returned home from being in college overseas. She says he only has a bit of his old accent left which is quite cute.
Card 3 – Where The Relationship is at Present – She sees him as being something special and different. He has a very confident air about him which she is drawn to. He was always very popular and had loads of friends. She finds him very exciting right now.
Card 4 – Where The Relationship is heading in the Near Future – She is entertaining hopes of something blossoming out of their meeting for a drink. Why would he ask her out if he wasn’t interested in her? She herself is feeling all fluttery inside just thinking about him. She is hoping for the start of a lovely romance.
Card 5 – How The Relationship Ultimately Evolves – She already sees them as a couple and possibly with a future ahead of them. She is very keen and she thinks Johnny might be Mr Right. She believes there is a mutual attraction.
All in all The Querant sees a fairytale ending. Her Cards are very straight forward. Very much wishful thinking Cards.
The Relationship From Potential Partner’s Point of View
She chose The Knight of Cups for Johnny to complement her Page of Cups. She see him as a Knight in Shining Armour, very handsome and very romantic.
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Extra Cards Position 4 Seven of Cups and Position 5 Queen of Pentacles
Card 1 – The Origins of The Relationship (How it All Started) – The connection from his side is group related, from school days. Simple as that.
Card 2 – Where Relationship is Coming From (Immediate Past) – He has just flown home from overseas and is treating this time as a holiday. He is looking for fun and lots of activity. He may also be looking for a little Holiday romance. He is in good form, full of energy, and wants to make the most of his holiday.
Card 3 – Where The Relationship is at Present – Friends. An old friend and exactly as he asked, meeting Querant for a drink. There may be others invited too and not the cosy drink the Querant is expecting. He may also plan to ask other women out on their own for a drink. She is not the only one interested in him. He sees it as a get together to catch up with friends and do some socialising.
Card 4 – Where The Relationship is heading in the Near Future – He is in two minds about what he wants to do but I do not think his plans involve him staying at home or moving back home. I think he finds it all too small and in the past now. His life is different from hers and he has seen more of the world than she has. As much as he is enjoying his holiday at home visiting family and friends, I believe he would find it boring otherwise. The Seven of Cups again suggests he has not made up his mind about anything. He has several options open to him and he is examining all. He also may have his pick of several romantic partners to spend time with on his holidays. I don’t think he would be happy if he stayed. I believe he will fly out as soon as his holiday is over. I do not think his plans include the Querant.
Card 5 – How The Relationship Ultimately Evolves – The Knight of Wands. This connects to The Two of Wands. Not one to commit to a long-term relationship too easily. He is restless and sees the World as his Oyster and a place that he just has to explore. He is certainly not going to settle down too soon or stay in one place for very long. There is a good chance he plans to travel. Because he is The Knight of Wands he may very well have a holiday fling with her without realising that he would be setting the Querant up for heartbreak. If she just wanted a good time then that would be fine and he would be great fun to have around. However, with The Queen of Pentacles appearing as the extra card I have mixed feelings about her presence. The Querant chose The Page of Cups as her Significator, but does Johnny see her as much older than him in her ways? Too settled and not very adventurous? Does he think her too practical and sensible which would not mix well with his impulsive and sometimes outlandish behaviour? Does he see her as someone who would want to try to change him? Then again, it may be the influence of his own mother coming in. The Queen of Pentacles would be very ambitious for her son and may have big plans for him. The Querant may not fit in with her plans or be the type of woman she wants for her son. There may be an issue there.
All in all, if the Querant could try to still her beating heart for long enough to just casually meet him for a drink then she may enjoy herself, but if she starts batting her eyelids at him and hanging onto his arm, she may be setting herself up for massive disappointment. I tell her to just assume that there will be a group gathered for drinks, to act friendly and try not to read too much into this invitation. See how it goes.
Copyright © 2006-2014 Vivien Ní Dhuinn
I have just finished completing my Past Life Tarot Reading Part II and is now ready for viewing. The story is quite interesting and very dramatic, but you will probably notice, as I did, that the story line has a similar theme or feel to the Fictional Drama I am writing about The Knight of Wands at present. Part Two of that will be ready to rock and roll in the next few days. Now there could be many reasons for this but I have also explained in Part II of The Reading that I did set the intention for The Past Life Reading to be especially useful from a Teaching Point of view. Therefore, the Reading was more about my students rather than a very personal one. As I have mentioned in Part II, it would be lovely to think that I had been some kind of warrior or leader in a Past Life but that I would not put too much importance on This Reading being factual or even from a Past Life. If you have read any of my articles on Past Life Therapy you will know that the Past Life being recalled may be coming from several sources, especially the subconscious.
The Story may not be actually true, I may not have had a Past Life as such but what the subconscious often does is confabulate a story, a bit like it does when one is dreaming, complete with characters, events, dramas and real emotion. It does this not to fool you or deceive you, but purely to get a message of some sort across to you. That is why throughout the Readings I have asked you to dwell on the Cards drawn and make notes as to what relevance they have in your life.
Whether you believe in Past Lives or not, this is very good exercise and much can be gleaned about your personality and how your life is proceeding, both on a positive and negative level. There will be a message in the story-line which you will certainly resonate with and give much to think about. This type of Reading is excellent for improving and developing your story-telling skills and helps you look at the Card Meanings from a whole new prospective. Your Reading abilities will certainly benefit, and your understanding of each Card deepen. You will also find you are beginning to make connections and links between Cards more rapidly with barely having to think about it.
*Do not take the information in these Past Life Readings too seriously, or dramatically alter your current life based on the information given unless it is truly for your highest good. This advice applies to all Card Readings and not just Past Life ones. Instead, dwell or meditate on the information and see if there are any common threads, themes or personalities in your Current Life and make some comparisons. Tarot is a wonderful self-guidance and self-development tool. It is like having your own on-site psychologist who is ready and waiting to tell you why things are happening in your life, and the role you play in them. You might be surprised what you learn about yourself in the process.
*Remember, Past Life Tarot Readings should be treated as an interesting line of investigation only, and not taken for true facts or actual events. Often the Subconscious throws us a fictional story-line. It may not be factual, but will very likely mirror some actual issues and challenges that one is facing, or has faced in the past. It should be used on a constructive basis for moving forward in life and not for dwelling or living in the past.
- What Blocked Me From Achieving My Soul Purpose?
- What Where The Events that Blocked me From Achieving My Soul Purpose or/and any Personality Changes at the End of My life? Who or Which Personality Aspect was involved in each Event? What Was The Driving Force Behind Each Event?
- What Did I Learn from that Particular Life Time that is beneficial to my Current?
- What Aspects/Lessons of that Past Life am I working on in This Lifetime?
- If I had That Life Time to Live again what would I do differently? Do I have any Regrets?
- What is my Soul Purpose in This Life Time? How well am I advancing with my Soul Purpose in This Life Time?
- What are my Blocks to Achieving my Soul Purpose? What are my Biggest Challenges?
- Who is here to challenge me?
- Who in This Life Time is here to Help Me Succeed?
Coming Soon – Part Two of The Knight of Wands Drama. I have decided to incorporate all The Knights into this story, so each one will be introduced into the Drama as the remaining Knight of Cups, Knight of Swords and Knight of Pentacles have been updated and re-worked.
In the next week, I shall be turning my attention to The Knight of Cups and hopefully bring him to life. He must now take his turn under the spotlight so that we may all get to know this gentle, gallant and charming (too charming at times!) young man. He is a very different chappie to The Dynamic Knight of Wands but never forget that no matter how loving and caring he may come across, he is under the influence of Fire as well as his own Element Water. Sometime the Fire in him can overshadow his Watery side so he does have his own ‘wild, bad boy’ aspect to him, even if it is in a Cups kind of way. I will explain more when we get to him.
In the meantime, I do hope you enjoy reading the Past Life Tarot Reading Part II
Vivien (your tarot teacher)
Copyright © 2006-2013 Vivien Ní Dhuinn
Hello to all my Tarot Enthusiasts around the World,
The Horse Shoe Spread
Well I am back and I have with me the Horse Shoe Spread Practice Reading Interpretation. This time I have taken you step by step through the process I have used to interpret the Reading followed by the actual Reading itself. There is a lot to read so please take your time.
The Querant has given his permission for me to use this Reading for teaching purposes. His identity remains anonymous for privacy purposes. However, many of you Reading his story will identify with it. It may mirror your own story or perhaps someone you know. This is because when it comes to certain life situations, there is little that happens that has not occurred before, over and over again. When it comes to relationship problems, separation and divorce, the same stories play out over and over again all around the world. I have heard this man’s story from several clients over the years. The names, ages and locations may be different, but little else is. They become Archetypal. The Tarot being full of Archetypes and Archetypal Behaviour and Situations is an excellent tool for interpreting such issues.
I do hope you pick up some valuable tips in relation to Linking and Connecting Cards when Reading as I have done my best to guide you through this process.
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