Summer Reflections

Well it has been quite a long while since I wrote a blog post. I have been active in other platforms, mostly Instagram, but even there I had to take it easy. Life feels very full and busy lately, which is not a bad thing. I just want to write a post about what I have been up to in the last few months.

In May, I hosted a writing challenge on Instagram with Alaina from ExploringlyYours. The name of the challenge was #MayYouWriteLikeTheFool. The goal was for us to take a leap, much like The Fool from the tarot, and write everyday, to develop the habit and a writing practice. I learned a lot about myself and my writing during that month. I followed one story line for most of the month, writing short vignettes every day. It was a story that I didn’t even know was inside me, waiting to be told.

I am planning to go back to that story  and flesh it out more. That will be the one story I will write to satisfy my goal of writing and self-publishing a collection of short stories by my 2017 birthday. I had originally said I was going to write 12 short stories in 12 months…that goal was very ambitious and it did not materialize. Maybe next year will be the year when I actually complete it.

In the last few months I have also been learning about the chakras with the goal of learning to balance my own and in the future help others balance theirs through energy healing. The learning has been slow, or should I say the studying has been slow. There is so much to learn about the chakras, I am sure I will be learning about them for many years to come.

I have also started to make wire wrapped crystal necklaces from my crystal collection. I am kind of obsessed with this project and I’m excited for the creative process, but also because I get to share beautiful crystals with other fellow crystal lovers. I am posting some of them on my Instagram account, but most of them are in my Depop store, which you can visit here.

Lastly, I have been thinking a lot about where my life is going. I feel like I’m just…you know…living without a direction or vision. That is probably something I will write many blog posts about, so I will not go into details here. I trust that some exciting changes are coming as a result of these inquiries :).

What have you been up to this summer? I’d love to read about it in the comments.

Much love,

Dianna

 

Beltane Reading

I did a Beltane reading using a spread by Lisa over at Angelorum.co. Click here to read her blog post describing the spread.

I used the Dark Tarot for this reading. You can print your own copy of this deck by downloading the images from their site, here. I purchased mine through makingplayingcards.com, if you would like to have it professionally printed, go here.

And now onto the reading.

  1. Chi/Life Force: Page of Coins
  2. Holy Beltane Fire: Ace of Cups
  3. Fire Proof Container: Page of Swords
  4. This is Burning Away: The Lovers
  5. The Fire Feeds This: 2 of Cup
  6. More Information on Card 5: Knight of Wands
  7. More Information on Card 5: 8 of Wands

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My life force for this season of Beltane is the Page of Coins. This Page is practical and cautious with his material assets. I am not the Page of Coins, but it would seem this is what I should be focusing on. Fostering this practicality and cautiousness with money and other aspects of material life. Which for me translates to cutting back on the wanting to buy things (read: decks and crystals).

Card 2, the blessing that I can receive during Beltane is the Ace of Cups, to focus on relationships, to focus on how full my cup is instead of how lacking it is. New beginnings for relationships and emotions. New ways of processing and dealing with emotions.

Card 3 is my protective energy, and not surprised to see the Page of Swords, another Page and one that uses the power of his mind to problem solve and is ready to both attack and defend, what ever the situation needs.

Card 4, what is burning away by the Holy Fire of Beltane. I got The Lovers and that could not be more confusing. Ace of Cups is the Fire, so how can Ace of Cups burn away The Lovers? Well, come to think of it, it could mean parts of my relationships that are no longer necessary will fall away, so it’s the new beginnings I was talking about earlier.

Card 5, the fire feeds this turns out to be 2 of Cups, hmmm, lots of cups energy, this must be a season for strengthening my relationships, with people around me, and with myself. Looking at the positions of the cards, the Page of Coins, my current life force, is facing towards the 2 of Cups, which is a card of partnership, and love, and friendship. The Page of Coins is walking into this partnership with an offering of his most precious coin, the one that he has been safe guarding for all this time, he is ready to let it go. These cards seem to have a message about a conflict/tension between relationships and what one wants to get out of life. I gave up on material success and possessions a long time ago, more than gave up, I guess I came to realize that they were not important, what is most important is experience and relationships. These cards are driving home the same message.

Cards 6 and 7 are additional information for card 5, my cards were Knight of Wands and 8 of Wands. While the 2 of Cups is all about relationships, these two are all about creativity and passion. The Knight of Wands is an active card and is looking at all the other wands, which presumably he has to pick up and carry somewhere. I see these cards represent my creative activities for this season, one of which is a writing challenge I am doing in May with Alaina of exploringlyyours.com, feeling excited for that!

Did you try a Beltane spread? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

#tarotthursdaythree 3/02/2017

Another Thursday has gone by! This one was the first Thursday of March and that days #tarotthursdaythree questions are quite juicy! The questions were provided by Julia over at Spiral Sea Tarot, check out her post here.

1. What was it that initially sparked your interest with T? 

It all started when I was reading A Course in Miracles. I followed a few people on IG who were also students of ACIM, two of them were Alex Henry and Lyna Jones. At some point they had shared pictures of oracle cards and the Wild Unknown Tarot. I didn’t really know what they were, but my curiosity was picked! So I went down the hashtag rabbit hole and found more people to follow so I could learn more.

Deciding to purchase a deck of cards happened after a long period of soul searching. Even though I wasn’t religious, I did have apprehension about the purpose of the cards, and what if I was going the wrong way in my spiritual path? Eventually I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did.

2. Is it what you expected it to be and if not, in what ways were your expectations defied?

Tarot is way more than I expected it to be. When deciding to buy my first deck or not, I knew that the tarot could be used for self-reflection and guidance, and also for divination and fortune telling, but I knew I wasn’t interested in the latter.  I has been a little over a year since I bought my first deck and I have learned so much and met some wonderful people, whomI would not have met had it not been through the tarot community. At the same time it does get a little overwhelming, because there is so much to learn! I know I haven’t even scratched the surface, but having more to learn is a good thing in my opinion.

3. How do you primarily use T? I.e. for divination, self-reflection, analysis, shadow work, ritual (or something else)?

I use tarot for self-reflection and guidance from my Higher Self, Spirit Guides, and Ancestors. I have also done shadow work with tarot before. Tarot and oracle cards are my current spiritual practice. I am also excited to use tarot for writing and developing/strengthening my creativity.

Thanks for stopping by! I’m happy to be caught up for now!

#tarotthursdaythree 2/23/2017

Well, it took me much longer to get to this post than I anticipated…but better late than never!

1. If you could have your likeness immortalized on any one of the 78 cards, which would it be and why?

I can’t say I have ever asked myself this question. But there’s always a first time for everything!  I am going to pick one of my favorite cards, the 10 of pentacles. I would like to have, not just my likeness, but my whole entire family’s (and close friends) likeness’ immortalized in that card. Why? Because this card speaks of community, relationships, and inter-connectedness. Being the 10th card of the suit of pentacles makes me think that in this human world, the goal is to get to the 10 of pentacles, to create community, where the young learn from the old, where everyone is present in each other’s life. It’s an idealized/romanticized view of life I know, but maybe we can still get there.

2. When reading for yourself, are you able to remain unbiased and if so, what tips can you share for others?

Good question! I am able to remain unbiased more so now than when I just started reading. I remember months ago while doing a reading for myself and not liking the position that the cards came out in, I was tempted to change them haha, and I think I said that in my Instagram post and asked others what their thoughts were on that, they encouraged me to keep them as they had come out and to listen to the message they were trying to convey to me, even if, or especially if, I did not like that message.

I think the best tip I can offer is to sit with the cards you pull for yourself, allow your intuition to speak to you. Sometimes it won’t happen right when you are doing the reading, sometimes you will have to leave the cards, for hours, maybe even days! Until the message comes through. And if you don’t the cards will start stalking you. True story!

3. What is your least favorite deck in your collection and why?

My least favorite deck would be the Stretch Tarot. This deck has sentimental value for me, but I just don’t like some of the images. I keep considering to trade it, but then change my mind. This deck is special to me because I used it for the Spirit Guide challenge in October 2016. The way I came to own the deck was interesting. I saw it on IG a few times, and the next thing I knew I was buying it, even though it was coming from England. I usually sit on my deck purchases longer and eventually talk myself out of decks that aren’t really meant to be. So this one was meant to be, and the very first time I used it I had just searched for a Spirit Guide spread, before the challenge was announced. I might still try to trade it, I rarely use it.

Thanks for stopping by!  I am going to work on catching up with the next post.

#tarotthursdaythree 2/16/2017

Playing catch up on #tarotthursdaythree!  Today’s questions were shared by the lovely Alaina over at ExploringlyYours.com, be sure to check out her post here. This writing challenge/experience is hosted by Julia over at SpiralSeaTarot.com, check out her post here.

And now on to my post.

1. How do you feel about the Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS)?

I love the RWS tarot, it is my “old faithful” deck, I feel very comfortable using it to read for others and myself. There is so much to learn, I don’t think I have scratched the surface of the symbolism, but I like that it speaks to my intuition. Most of my decks follow the RWS system. I only have one RWS deck though, but have a few others on my  long list of decks I want.

2. What was your beginning deck?

My very first deck was the Universal Rider Waite tarot. Before purchasing it I asked a few people I had just followed on Instagram for recommendations and they suggested the RWS but also said I could find one that picked my interest and spoke to my intuition, so I went for the “boring/safe” one. I have to say I am glad I did, because it helped me set a foundation.

3. Do all beginners need to start with the RWS (or clone), in your opinion? Why/why not?

I don’t think so. I think starting with something close would be good, but I do believe that starting with a deck you like will make all the difference between sticking with tarot and giving up. Besides, there are two other systems to learn out there, the Thoth and Marseilles tarot, so it’s not like the RWS is the only system. Eventually though, I do think it is a good idea to pick up a RWS deck and learn it.

An I’m off to write the next #tarotthursdaythree since I am a little behind. Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

#tarotthursdaythree 2/9/2017

It’s time for #tarotthursdaythree! This writing challenge is hosted by Julia over at SpiralSeaTarot.com.

1. Reversals or nah?

I’m not very consistent with my reversals reading. Sometimes I will read them, and then sometimes I don’t. If I’m using the Rider Waite Smith I do tend to read the reversals, if I am using the Wild Unknown I tend not to. Not sure exactly how I decided that, but it is something I do. I think reversals are helpful sometimes, because they provide additional information about the state of the person or the situation, but it is a challenge to remember what the reversals mean.

2. If you could go back in time and give your novice self one piece of wisdom to fast track your tarot learning, what would it be?

My advice would be to not go over board with collecting decks!  I probably would not listen to myself, hahaha. Even now I continue to accumulate a lot of decks…sigh. I think working with one deck at a time and really learning it is a good way to learn more about the tarot, but hard to do with all the nice decks out there! That is my advice though. I would tell past Dianna to get to know her decks really well before adding more to the collection. My first 2 decks were the Universal Rider Wait and the Anna K Tarot. Both I still have, but only use one of them often.

3. What is your go-to spread?

I love three card spreads! My go-to’s are the Mind, Body, Spirit spread and the Within, Without, Advice spread. I like to keep it short and simple.

Thanks for stopping by!

#tarotthursdaythree 2/2/2017

Thursday came and went, and here I am catching up on the #tarotthursdaythree post. Today’s questions are put forth by Alaina, check out her blog post here. Julia from spiralseatarot.com is the host for the challenge, so check out her posts too!

1.  What is your favorite tarot card and why?

One of my favorite cards is The Hermit, I love the meaning of the card, and the different ways that it is interpreted in different tarot decks. When The Hermit comes out in a reading for me, I always get a different message, it helps me dive deeper into the meaning of The Hermit. I don’t actually pull The Hermit much, but when I do it is a welcomed card. There are parts of myself that are Hermit like, so I connect to it in that way too.

2.  What is your least favorite tarot card and why?

My least favorite card is the 10 of swords. I used to get this card all the time, and it just did not help my mood. It was like it was rubbing itself on my face, hahaha. I know the 10 of swords, like all swords, can have a positive interpretation, like “okay, you’ve hit rock bottom, but hey, the only way left is up!”, but when I was getting the 10 of swords really often I didn’t feel optimistic, just felt down in the dumps. So yeah, the 10 of swords is my least favorite. It’s a painful and sad card to get.

3. If you could be a tarot card (live in/personify/experience), which would it be and why?

For this question I am choosing the 10 of pentacles, although I could also choose the 10 of cups, which is another card I like. I choose the 10 of pentacles because it speaks to me of community, family, and close knit relationships. I’m sure those people in the card have had their squabbles, but they are still spending the afternoon together, talking about the happenings of the day, enjoying each other’s company.

It reminds me of the evenings in Mexico when I was little. After you did all your “chores” people would go visit each other, or maybe just sit outside in the porch and watch people on the way to visiting each other. When I was little I would play in the street with the other children, under the watchful gaze of our moms, grandmas, aunts, etc., etc. When I was older I could sit with my mom and grandma and join in the adult conversation. That part of life is gone, so this card makes me nostalgic for it.

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Thanks for stopping by:)