Five of Swords

The Five of Swords Take on Achieving Goals

Today, I did a new moon tarot spread ritual. Being an Aries ♈︎ new moon, the first zodiac in the cycle with a new beginning theme attached to it, I did the spread focusing on the goals I set for myself this year. The last card on the spread was the “message from the Universe“, and I got the Five of Swords.

Five of Swords is about:

conflict resulting in winning but not really (winning at all costs) or being defeated.

Neither is a message I expected to get when asking about achieving my goals.

The card I pulled was from the Tarot of The Divine deck by Yoshi Yoshitani (yep, I finally got the deck after waiting for more than six months). Here, the card shows Anubis, the Egyptian god of the afterlife, holding five scythes while the fertility Goddess Isis is mourning near his feet.

Btw, I feel like it’s worth mentioning that looking at the card only and associating it with The Five of Swords‘ traditional meaning, one might interpret it as Anubis has defeated Iris in the duel. That’s not the case. In the Egyptian mythology, Anubis restored Iris’s husband, Orisis’s, chopped dead body parts, turning him into the first mummy. Therefore, Anubis is more of an ally instead of an opponent. It flipped Five of Swords’ classic deception, which is traditionally drawn as two opposing sides, one side winning and causing a grievance to the other side. Because of this and many other distorted links between the image on the cards and the mythologies behind each of them, I am not sure whether I want to celebrate this deck as the culture-themed tarot deck that I have been waiting for all my tarot-practicing life.

Five of Swords Tarot

Anyway, back to the Five of Swords and my achievement-focused Aries ♈︎ new moon tarot spread. After some mulling-over, I remembered a story from the mega-inspiring book that I read years ago: Happier by Tal Ben Shahar. He started the book with a story of being disappointed after winning a race he put so much effort into because he thought it would make him happy (the classic: I will be happy when *insert future achievements here*), but it didn’t, because achieving goals doesn’t equal being happy/happier.

I guess the Universe is trying to tell me the same thing:

Achieving all my 2021 goals won’t bring me happiness.

Both might work parallelly and possibly interlinked, but I’d be a fool to see them as the same things. This, though I don’t like to admit, is a good reminder for a goal-hungry Virgo like myself.

Now, how do I cultivate happiness, which is the ultimate goal?

Cat Themed Tarot Decks

After one heck of a work-week, I decided to have a quiet Friday night. The blind is closed, and the socks are on. The TV is playing Ritual on the background, and I am here on my laptop, accompanied by a glass of chilled red wine, browsing cat-themed tarot decks. Exactly, my kind of self-care.

Here are some of my favourite in order based on my liking:

1. Considerate Cat Tarot $80

A tarot deck inspired by rescue cats, how lovely! It’s beautiful and gentle.

2. Cat Tarot $10
3.Tarot of Pagan Cats Mini Deck $13

It’s witchy and affordable.

4. The Weird Cat Tarot Deck $50

Created by Gabrielle Kash, a cat-loving NY based illustrator. The illustrations are pretty cute, all drawn with a black background.

5. Mini Cat Tarot $60

Super cute square-shaped tarot cards.

The Chariot Moon Void Tarot The Spacious Tarot

Flights, Chariot, Action!

I pulled the Eight of Wands and The Chariot (Cancer) as the cards of the day. It wasn’t a surprise. It has been a tradition of mine to travel on the 26 January; even before I moved to Australia, which has it as the first public holiday of the year.

This time though, what caught my attention was The Chariot card.

Along with The Magician, The Chariot was one of the first few tarot cards that I liked and understood. Or so I thought.

When I first started learning tarot based on the images, I associated The Chariot with travelling. Obviously, as the guy on the classic Rider Waite Smith tarot deck is riding a chariot. He is on the move or about to move. So is the witch who is riding the bike on the Everyday Witch Tarot deck.

But the Chariot on the deck I used for the reading today, the Moon Void Tarot, shows pages and pages of papers. Each one dated by month. July 2016, August 2016 and so on. There is a hand holding a pen writing on one of those pages. As if the person is scheduling and making plans. I don’t see anything that resembles travelling, which ironically fitted my situation of being unable to travel this time.

Alas, it got me curious about the artist’s interpretation of the card, and I dug through my piles of to-read books and found the guide book for the deck which I bought separately (one of the best tarot related decision I made so far: When in doubt, get the guide book). It says:

“…connect with our momentum, as we develop a clear vision, we begin to take action. …daily practice becomes the structure that takes us from one phase of life to the next. Small steps in physical reality will be met by large leaps from the Universe, but first, (you) must begin.”

I then went through The Spacious Tarot deck wondering how The Chariot is depicted there as I don’t think I have ever pulled this card from that deck. The image on the card itself reminded me of the Milford Sound in New Zealand South Island. Again travel related. But the mini-guide book offered an explanation closer to one given by the Moon Void above:

“…define exactly what is it that you want to do. What hard things do you need to do at this time? Affirm that you are capable and go do what you need to do.”

Wow. Reading it was like peeling another layer of The Chariot card.

The one that I didn’t even know existed.

The one about taking inspired actions.

I love it when that happens. That is also why I am love learning about tarot. The more I understand, the more interesting it becomes.

🛒 ❥K

Ten of Pentacles and The Introvert

I have always associated the Ten of Pentacles with family.

From having a family gathering, throwing a party and inviting your family or at the least celebrating the fact of having made it in life seen from your family or community standard. Those are pretty close to the traditional interpretation of the Ten of Pentacles: financial security, family, legacy and stability (for me, stability relates closely to family).

In the classic Rider Waite Smith tarot deck, the Ten of Pentacles depicted by three generations sitting in the courtyard with a castle in the background. It shows prosperity — excessively.

Echoing a few tarot readers sentiments, I too have a qualm with the classic image of the card. Firstly, why there is only an older man? If it’s of three generations, where is the older woman? Did she die? Why the young-ish couple’s body language doesn’t exude warmness? Why are they being showered by the coins? Are they purposely flaunting their wealth? If yes, yikes! And lastly:

If it’s a family celebration, where is the food??

Btw, I haven’t done deep-dive study nor worked enough with the Ten of Pentacles, but these are the questions that keep coming up when I see the Ten of Pentacles in Rider Waite Smith tarot deck.

Whenever I pull the Ten of Pentacles, the introvert in me paused. Yes, yay for a good-omen card! Yay, for completion but…

What if I don’t feel like celebrating with people today?

Because sometimes – well, most of the times – a celebration for me involves some me-time. I also most likely treat myself first as a reward for having tick-off my goals or having “made-it”. And those activities carry more of the Nine of Pentacles’s energy than the next card in the deck.

It also makes me wonder whether it means introverts journey stops at the Nine of Pentacles just because that’s where our happy place is? That doesn’t seem fair, does it?? After all, we also work as hard as our more social counterparts. We also deserve to obtain the 10th coin, but you know, in our own terms.

So you can imagine my delight when I saw the Moon Void Tarot deck depiction of Ten of Pentacles – which I draw during my morning ritual. The Ten of Pentacles here is seen from the vantage point of the slightly opened gates (adorned by carvings of pentacles), in front of it laid a beautifully tended garden leading to the front door of a house (more of a bungalow than a house, it’s Ten of Pentacles after all).

All tens are about completion, and the introvert in me relate more entering my own home at the end of a very eventful ten cards worth of journey instead of partying it up with the extended family in the piazza flashing our wealth to all the passersby.

Also, it’s nice to think that the Moon Void Tarot deck gave the choice of what’s-behind-the-door entirely to us. It can be just Netflix and stacks of books, or your cat, or your just partner or your entire family waiting for you to share a meal, or a coven of witches, heck even a full-on party. Giving the nod to your perception of “family”.

As for the interpretation of the card in regards to my day today? Well, it was pretty straight forward, we accepted a last-minute invite to our friends’ home for a cozy evening gathering. There was plenty of food.

Six of Pentacles Spacious Tarot Deck

The Cyclical Nature of Six of Pentacles

All the sixes in tarot possesses healing energy imbued within them.

Although not presented as strongly as it’s in the Six of Swords, the Six of Pentacles also offers this energy through giving and receiving. It’s also a card that I have always been comfortable with. I was taught to not tie my self-value on either asking for or extending my hand to help. That one is no better than another—two-sided of the same coin, if you will.

But I am not a big fan of the classic portrayal of the Six of Pentacles. I always have a hard time processing the image of the people asking for help positioned lower and on bended knees. It feels like lacking the cyclic giving and receiving parts of life.

Recently I browsed the internet and found that on the Fifth Spirit Tarot deck the Six of Pentacles. I absolutely love it. Depicted as six things floating in the air. Below those items, a donation box with the scale of justice drawn on it — a bit similar with The Spacious Tarot’s Six of Coins.

These two cards, in my tarot novice opinion, tell better stories of the cyclical nature of the Six of Pentacles.

The Spacious Tarot Deck

Since it came out, The Spacious Tarot has been on my radar, being the most anticipated deck last year. But I had never really given attention to it; I didn’t even include it on my 2020 deck list.

I didn’t know whether I’d like it.

I wasn’t sure how much I could learn from a deck without people on it, more so I felt like this deck leans towards minimalism and since interpreting the images is my primary way of practicing tarot, I stayed away from it.

But the deck kept showing itself to me, on IG stories, blog posts, etc.

Anyway, it started with me lazy-browsing tarot decks (a typical self-care activity for me) and saw the Eight of Pentacles from the Spacious Tarot, it depicted buzzing bees. That was the moment I felt the instant connection with the deck. That’s when I decided I would get the deck.

On the same day, Fa asked me what I wanted for my birthday. So long story short, I ended up getting it as a birthday gift.

It came a month after my birthday—no surprise there as I live down under and it’s during the peak Covid scare. I have heard someone said:

The Spacious Tarot is a gentle deck.

I must agree with them since I started working with it form daily reading to a spread on the house and travel.

I usually go through the entire 78 cards of any new deck that I got, but I decided to let the deck pleasant surprise me when I pull a never seen before card like The Devil card the other day which flew-off the deck when I was about to put it back in the box. It’s depicted as a dark forest. That stopped me on the track trying to analyze what the card conveys as there was no hint of Devilish temptation there, just a dark forest that I would avoid in all causes to go in. I still haven’t figure out what is the dark-forest Devil all about, but I am so glad I got this deck, it have been adding layers into my tarot-learning.

The Spacious Tarot Deck Interview

Tell me about you:

1. Your vibe:

Nine of Cups.

2. What type of reading suits you best/What are you good at?

The High Priestess.

3. What is a challenge for you?

Six of Swords.

4. How to treat you?

Four of Pentacles.

5. How do you spill your tea?

The Emperor.

6. What are you here for?

Seven of Pentacles.

7. Our vibes together:

Eight of Cups.

The Numinous Tarot Deck Interview

Tell me about you:

1. Your vibe:

The Magician.

2. What type of reading suits you best/What are you good at?

Three of Wands.

3. What is a challenge for you?

Two of Wands.

4. How to treat you?

Eight of Wands.

5. How do you spill your tea?

Page of Pentacles.

6. What are you here for?

Knight of Cups.

7. Our vibes together:

Five of Wands.