Fifth Spirit Tarot Spread Interview

Fifth Spirit Tarot Deck Interview

Hello Fifth Spirit Tarot, tell me about yourself!

1. Your vibe:

Two of Cups.

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

Six of Wands.

3. What is a challenge for you?

Page of Cups.

4. How to treat you?

Judgement.

5. How do you spill your tea?

Ten of Wands.

6. What are you here for?

Page of Wands.

7. Our vibes together:

Ten of Swords.

Full Moon Cancer 2020 Tarot Spread

Full Moon Cancer 2020 Tarot Spread

I used to Full Moon in Cancer (The Chariot) tarot spread shared by Seeker_Tarot on IG. I tweaked it a bit by adding the fifth card.

Card 1 – Where in my life have I created a sanctuary/a place of trust?

Card 2 – What needs to be healed?

Card 3 – What boundaries I need to set for my own self-care?

Card 4 – Opportunities to welcome in?

Card 5 – A message from the Moon

Full Moon Cancer Tarot Spread

Card 1 – Where in my life have I created a sanctuary – Two of Pentacles

Card 2 – What needs to be healed – Two of Wands

Card 3 – What boundaries I need to set for my own self-care – Ten of Pentacles

Card 4 – Opportunities to welcome in – Two of Cups

Card 5 – Message from the Moon – Ten of Cups

Burnt Out Reminder By The Ten of Swords

This morning when I pulled the Ten of Swords, the image of me screaming in the shower after seeing a new meeting scheduled at 6PM came into my mind. I was furious especially since the invite came only minutes before the scheduled meeting time. December has been a trying time work-wise. I have been working overtime almost every day. I am exhausted by the end of each week.

In short, I am in the middle of a major burn-out, meetings fatigues and in severe need of time off.

So, The Ten of Swords appearance wasn’t a surprise, even though it’s not even the end of week yet. I am sure it’s the depleted vibe I have been carrying around with my mind all scrambled.

Ten of Swords proclaims that enough is enough. And to know when to tell that to someone, anyone, including myself.

I took today’s message from the Ten of Swords as to remove the “swords” that are stabbing the tree trunk (of my mind, of my spirit and of life in general), as depicted in The Spacious Tarot deck. To remove my worries and pressure I put myself through. Even if it’s not all together at once, at least one by one.

For a split second I thought the card was suggesting for me to get an acupuncture therapy to release some stress. Maybe I should consider it. Either way, it’s not going to happen today as I can’t wait to crash on the bed.

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.

Ten of Wands Moon Void Tarot Black and White Tarot Run

Ten of Wands My Old Friend

It has been my morning routine to pull a tarot card for the day.

This morning, it was the Ten of Wands. I half-expected to pull either this card or the Eight of Pentacles as I had another busy day ahead. But unlike yesterday, where my day was equivalent to the Ten of Swords energy (I didn’t draw the card, it was too chaotic of a day to even connect with the deck), today I was prepared.

I had written down the three most-important-things to tackle at work. I have stocked enough snacks to go through the four meetings and later to fuel me through the overtime. I even prepared a question to ask Clarissa Goenawan, the author of Perfect World of Miwako Sumida, who was going to have a zoom author meet and greet later today. At the same time, I have deferred some of my non-urgent tasks to next week, reducing the tasks on my Todoist app to the lucky number thirteen. And by the time I write this here, I have ticked off running, Indonesian groceries shopping, laundry and some other things from the list, leaving only five more things to either do tonight or to be rescheduled to tomorrow. and I am okay with both.

Ten of Wands is not a delightful card. In the reading, for a yes-no question, this card is the unwanted adjective to the answer. The:

“…but it’s going to be a hard work…”

or another variation of it, crowning it as the “long-sigh” card.

Even when you see the artwork depicting Ten of Wands in the Rider Waite Smith tarot deck, you can almost expect the man to release a long-sigh once he reaches his destination and able to put the ten of wands he has been carrying (albeit in a weird position). 

I also let out a long sigh when I saw the Ten of Wands today, but mine was followed by:

“Hello there, old friend!”

As a Virgo sun and rising, I have fully embraced the energy of the Ten of Wands in my life, claiming it as a part of my character. My shadow show self. I knew all I needed to do was to put my warrior queen headband and go through my to-do list.

Brewing The Two of Wands

It was still pitch black dark outside. I had been up for some time. Unable to go back to sleep. This time it wasn’t because I was sick or stressed out. After all, I just had a long weekend. My mind had been filled with random ideas.

Ideas for the day (I should run first before attending my first 9 AM meeting), for the week, month and the end of the year. Faster than those ideas were the ideas on what to write for my NaMeWriMo drafts.

I tried to remember some of these ideas while dismissing the others because the last thing I needed on this garbage of a year is feeling burnt out. Especially, this close to the holiday season. After some more time passed, and it was clear to me that I would not go back to sleep, I sneaked out to the living room.

Once outside, I reached out to my trusty tarot deck — waiting for me on the bookshelf — took a few deep breaths and pulled out a card.

Two of Wands

On point.

For me, two of Wands (Aries) carries the energy of contemplation.

The tea-brewing of ideas. I’d need to let it steep first, witness the colour change adding flavours thanks to the heat before sipping it.

All these metaphorical ideas brewing made me crave for an actual hot cup of tea. A perfect company for the cold Melbourne morning (mornings in Melbourne generally tend to be on the cold side no matter what time of the year it may be). On this morning it was Singapore Breakfast tea from T2Tea.

While waiting for my tea, I rummaged through my witchy-drawer where I kept the rest of my tarot decks. I pulled out the Two of Wands from The Light Seer Tarot and This Might Hurt tarot decks to company the first Two of Wands from The Spacious Tarot deck. The card from Rider Waite Smith tarot deck was not required as I have memorized the traditional image.

A man, wearing a red robe, holding a globe in his hand, standing on the fortress, overlooking the sea with two wands standing in between him.

It’s not too different from the This Might Hurt deck, which has my favourite depiction of the Two of Wands. On it, a girl is sitting on her car front, reading the opened map in her hand, there are two different sized wands in between the car.

Though the Two of Wands is often associated with travel (both the globe and the map), today I see it more of the planning stage. The stage of collecting and brewing some of those ideas who came knocking way too early.

I considered waking Fafa up, so he could take a picture of me ‘contemplating’ from the balcony with the sunrise as the background as the image depicted in The Light Seers Tarot deck, but decided to let the man sleep in peace. Also, the sky is too grey to make an Instagram worthy picture.

Instead, I opened the laptop and wrote this in morning silence, while sipping my tea. I must say, among those many 5 AM ideas, writing this experience felt like a good one to follow.

Ten of Swords Trip Back Home

I think I experienced hell recently by sitting on a window seat in a plane for 12 hours without standing nor sleeping on my way back from Amsterdam to Melbourne. The only good thing about the flight was the Indonesian food (written in Bahasa Indonesia) on the in-flight menu: ikan bakar madu – honey glazed bbq fish.

Thankfully I had a stopover in Singapore.

I stretched my legs, had a quick meal (it was breakfast or lunch or dinner depends on which time I referred to) with my cousin, who was going home to Jakarta. I spent the rest of my hour at the airport in the bookstore where I bought a book about the city I once called home before boarding another plane that would take me to Melbourne.

This time, I requested an aisle seat, which I usually dislike because of all the disruptions, but I thought it would be better for me if I still felt like stretching. Weirdly, I slept off the minute the plan went up in the sky and only got woken up the next day when they served the in-flight meal (which I too wasn’t sure whether it was breakfast, lunch or dinner).

A smooth immigration process and $83 taxi ride later, I was finally home.

Sunshine Coast Trip Tarot Spread

Vacation Tarot Spread

  1. My vibe during the trip
  2. The trip’s energy
  3. Something to focus or be mindful about during the trip
  4. A must (do/see/experience) on the trip
  5. The highlight of the trip
  6. Lesson or gift from the trip

Here is my reading for the Sunshine Coast trip —

My vibe during the trip: Knight of Cups (R)

The traditional interpretation of Knight of Cups: He is charming and attractive to others. He is also ruled by the heart more than the head.

I interpreted it as either my excited anticipation of the vacation time or if I read it on reverse, a warning to myself. 

That, I won’t be able to enjoy the holiday fully if I let my mind get distracted by a personal issue I am struggling with at the moment.

The trip’s energy: Ten of Swords*

Ha! This is going to be a killer trip.

10 of Swords can be interpreted as a painful ending which must occur for there to be growth and regeneration. This card is very appropriate in the are of mental transformation. There would be a forceful reevaluation or elimination of the previous attitude in life. 

To focus on: Four of Swords

I guess I should use this trip to take it easy. To rest and recharge under the sun. Also, I used the Everday Witch Tarot deck, and on the card, my focus fell on the witch’s hat. So I packed a sun hat. 

A must-do on the trip: Two of Wands (R)

Am I nudged to spend more time to day-dream? Maybe I should bring my journal.

The highlight of the trip: Nine of Cups

This trip will give me a chance to indulge in life’s luxuries. To enjoy good food, relax in the beach resort. To count my blessings, be grateful and embrace living in the moment.

For all these to happen, I should leave my worries in the past, so I can look forward to a bright future. 

Lesson from the trip: Ten of Pentacles (R)

This trip will be able to nurture my soul if I let it be. 

But also, reading the reversal — there is a possibility of coming back to a red bank balance. This trip had passed the budget I put for it, even before I started it, but I am okay with it.

Sunshine Coast here I come!

*Update: The trip energy card’s (Ten of Swords) message couldn’t be anymore more transparent. After almost dying of drowning, I feel like I went on a rite of passage!