Cultivating the Feminine (Tarot)

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Cultivating the Feminine (Tarot)
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Mon, 08-08-2011 - 10:26pm

I mentioned in the August check-in thread that I was interested in getting a tarot deck.

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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 3:07pm

I have the mermaids and dolphins oracle deck that I used almost every day. I love it. It is just a quick reminder of wisdom to ponder throughout the day.

For tarot, I have the universal deck. It was just easier to start with when I was a beginner. I use tarot on the eve of big decisions or at sabbats. It's definitely not something I do frequently. I have recently gotten back into it - I joined a readers group that meets once a month. I'd love to buy another deck but I tend to be overwhelmed with all the choices!! I'm not "drawn" to anything really.

As to the feminine side, very good question. I am very left brain, logical and protective. So I feel very much in touch w/my masculine side. Since I'm totally left brain dominant, I think tapping into my right brain and creativity will help me w/my feminine side. So I will often write w/my left hand, take time to allow myself to feel and allow myself to be nurtured. Still open to ideas there tho!!

Dee

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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 6:41pm

Great questions!

To be honest, while I love the pictures on some of the decks I have, I dont really understand tarot, and I am not really interested in knowing "what is in the cards for me" so to speak. I have never really gotten into horoscopes or any other kinds of reading.

Are there other uses for tarot that I am unfamiliar with? Would love to learn.

As far as my feminine side, LOL I never really thought about it, since I am a woman. But I guess I express it as part of my connection to women ( I am a lesbian) and I nuture those parts of me that are creative I am really into my art. However, out wardly I am not overly feminine, I am a soft butch who nutures my yang side just as much.

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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 10:35pm

I have three favorite decks. I've used the Rider-Waite deck since I was 12. The other two decks that I use the most often are the Arthurian Tarot and the Legends deck (another Tarot deck based on the legends of King Arthur). The Arthurian deck deals with the original Celtic/Welsh tales of Arthur, while the Legends deck takes on the tales by Sir Thomas Malory.

I don't appear to be outwardly feminine. I've never been a girly girl. I don't wear makeup or have my hair or nails done, rarely wear pink, rarely dress up, etc. I live in t-shirts and jeans when I'm not working and go barefoot as much as possible. But I'm very much right-brained, and that comes out in making jewelry, belly dancing and caring for my cats.

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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 11:26pm

Dee, the mermaids and dolphins oracle deck sounds gorgeous.... is that its formal name?

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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 11:52pm

The English part isn't, but the Welsh is. I'm a Druid that follows the Celtic path. Arthur was from Wales and he was a Celtic hero long before the English decided to make him their hero as well. My main deities are Rhiannon, the Welsh horse Goddess and Cernunnos, the Celtic Horned God (He is Gaulish). I decided to follow the deities of my ancestors and I'm Welsh and French (also German, Dutch, English and Polish. While I know a lot about the Germanic deities, I really don't know that much about the Slavic ones, though I'm hoping to learn more).

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Thu, 08-11-2011 - 12:08am

Hi Sisterhoney, that's cool that you are a Druid who follows the Celtic path.

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Thu, 08-11-2011 - 2:53pm

It was Rhiannon and Cernunnos who claimed me as Theirs, which is why I follow Them and not the German deities.

I have the Robin Hood series on DVD. I always liked the idea that he was seen as a Pagan. There were still plenty of Pagans in 13th century England. The original term of Pagan meant "country dweller." So the people in the hinterlands had an easier time of retaining Pagan traditions than the people living in the cities. So it would make sense that a band of outlaws living in the forest would retain their Pagan roots and spiritual practices.


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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 12:19am

That's wonderful that you were claimed by Rhiannon and Cernunnos.... that must have been a transformative experience.

How magical!

And I think that's great you have the Robin Hood series on DVD.... the casting was incredible with the best actors and actresses.... some of the

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Sun, 08-14-2011 - 4:00pm

I don't see Tarot cards as fortune telling. That's how you make money at it if you choose to pursue it as a business.

I use my readings to assess my growth and enhance my wisdom. How do you evaluate your location and direction of your path w/o the Tarot cards? It's the easiest way so I have not explored other ways - which ones do you implement? (I'd be curious to perhaps try new ones).

It may well be that those we are part of groups/covens, have other methods to do this. But as a solitary, the Tarot can talk to me in a very unbias way.

Dee

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Sun, 08-14-2011 - 4:07pm

The deck is called Magical Mermaids and Dolphins.

When I was in Hawaii to swim w/dolphins in the wild, another vactioner had a deck. Everytime I took a card, it seemed to perfectly fit my day! I couldn't believe how accurate the information was for that day. Flying out, I saw it in the airport and picked one up. Tho, they are in every store around here too. My coworked pulled the "blessed change" card and went red in the face. Turned out she had just found out she was pregnant...

Anyway, they are a fun deck.

I was not in touch w/my emotions - I have worked long and hard on this. I had a medicine woman tell me I needed to listen to the frog.

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