The Fifth Spirit Tarot deck

Tarot Decks Update

Here is a list of the tarot decks I own or once owned. It’s in order of the frequency I use it, which also means how much I adore it. I bought most of these decks myself, while some are gifted to me.

The Fifth Spirit Tarot

I have been using this deck for more than a couple of months now and absolutely love it. Having the book also elevates the whole experience of using the deck. Highly recommend it.

The creator, Charlie Claire Burgess, is currently working on an oracle deck, which I plan to pick up the minute it’s dropped on Kickstarter.

Best use for: learning tarot, spring season and self discovery.

Moon Void Tarot

A surviving-Covid support deck which I got as an early Christmas gift for myself. This was the first deck I bought together with the book. One of the best tarot decisions I have ever made and will continue making.

I have a feeling Moon Void Tarot is going to be one of my forever decks.

The creator, Stefani is coming up with the 3rd edition of the deck. Instead of just black and white, she is infusing the latest edition with a soft pink. Some of the cards have been modified as well, which might just be enough of an incentive for me to get the latest edition.

Best use for: self-empowerment (there is only one archetype on the whole deck, a long haired woman), winter season, self discovery and learning tarot.

Read the deck interview here.

 The Spacious Tarot

It’s a birthday gift from Fafa in September 2020. Making it the first tarot deck I have ever gotten as a gift. The cards are beautiful, gentle and kind. I recently downloaded the $5 guide audio that I have been listening to during my runs. Read The Spacious Tarot deck interview here.

Best use for: self-care days and summer season.

The Gentle Tarot

The latest deck that joined the family. I am currently working through journaling the 78 tarot cards in sequence; starting the first minor arcana card tomorrow, so tbh I am not 100% sure how much I like this deck just yet. Please come back later for an update.

Best use for: self-care days, in nature and spring season.

This Might Hurt Tarot

I got it to celebrate starting a new job in the new company in the early 2020. Read the This Might Hurt deck interview here.

Best use for: socialising and party.

The Numinous Tarot

I tried so much to like this indie deck. It’s colourful. It features candles instead of wands, bells instead of swords, pentacles instead of books – making it much more relatable. But I just am not a fan of it. Happy to it trade off.

The Light Seer’s Tarot

An impulse purchase during lockdown. Happy to barter it.

The Cat Tarot

I bought this deck recently, just because it’s a cat themed tarot deck. Unfortunately, I was unable to connect, let alone learn from it. Happy to pass it to anyone who is into both cat and tarot.

I will keep updating the list. I used to have a few more decks which I donated to a witch during the great-Covid-purge. I am keen to exchange some of these decks, especially with the hard to find tarot decks, do check out if you are keen too. Thanks.

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

Eight of Pentacles The Spacious Tarot Bees

Eight of Pentacles Prompting To Re-pick My Personal Projects

I drew the Eight of Pentacles, today, on my first day off for year-end break this year. At first, I was like what?

The Eight of Pentacles is about: dedication, up-skilling, mastery, focus, upskill, education, pride and hard-work.

What was it that the Eight of Pentacles want me to dedicate some hard work to ━ when all I wanted to do was to relax and enjoy my time off of work.

But upon reflecting on it, there were some truths on it. I have been neglecting my personal projects, including painting, reading, writing the morning pages, even my self-care routines like yoga, healthy eating, meditating and running.

Maybe the next ten days can be focused on building a solid foundation for the routines and rituals that will support me next year.

The Nine of Swords Depression Moon Void Tarot

The Depressing Nine of Swords

I pulled Nine of Swords from the Moon Void Tarot deck today on my last working day of 2020.

Though it might be unusual to pull the gloomiest card on the tarot deck a couple of days before Christmas, I wasn’t surprised at all. I have anticipated my workday would be hell, and it was. Alas, it’s done now, and I don’t even want to think let alone elaborate about it anymore.

Let’s talk about the Nine of Swords itself. A card that dominated the year 2020 collectively ━ at least for most of us ━ included me during the large-part of #isolife.

The Nine of Swords is a card of sadness, depression, despair, helplessness, and inability to escape reality.

Whenever I pull the Nine of Swords, especially as a stand-alone card say as a card to describe my day, I feel like the air around me has been sucked and making me unable to breathe normally.

As I shared here before that I am not deterred when I pulled The Moon, The Death even The Tower card but Nine of Swords always want me to shove the card back into the deck, take a nap to restart my day and redo the reading.

There is no two-way about it, the Nine of Swords put a fear in me.

Aside to the depressive general interpretation of the card above, the image of it is also unpleasant.

The traditional Rider Waite Smith tarot deck depicts the Nine of Swords as a girl crying alone in her bedroom. Eek!

Also, I don’t particularly appreciate that on the most tarot deck I have seen, the Nine of Swords, if it has a person on it, is usually shown as a woman instead of a man. As if depression, crying and showing vulnerable emotions are more of a woman thing. It’s not. It’s universal. Let’s change the narrative!

Yes, I am sure the Nine of Swords also has some redeemable qualities about it and like all the card in the tarot deck, is here to guide and or teach us something. Maybe I can start a quest on Nine of Swords. An in-depth study on it so I can understand better and learn from it. But for now, I am just glad this card comes to me very rarely, and if it’s a stand-alone or where I wouldn’t want it to be the likely outcome or solution, I usually pull a clarifying card to ease up the pain of the many, MANY, swords.

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.

The Hermit Tarot

An Evening with The Hermit

I have the apartment for myself this evening. Earlier, I counted the last time I had the place for myself for more than an hour or so. It was pre-lockdown, which coincidentally was during my redundancy months. It was almost a year ago. Far too long, no thanks to Covid.

“The solitary evening must be celebrated”

the Virgo in me has spoken.

I took a long hot shower and poured myself a tall glass of chilled Moscato. It was the only bottle left from the eight bottles we bought last month in preparation for Christmas celebration. Pinning the thought that I might be a fully functioning alcoholic aside, I put the cookie dough on the tray into the oven. Yes, it might be a weird choice to combine cheap chilled Moscato and chocolate chips cookies on a summer evening, but those things bring me joy.

After putting Final Destination 2 as the background noise and while waiting for the oven to make the “DING” sound, I took out all my tarot deck. Tonight we party! Well, not all of us, as I only invited the Hermit from each deck.

The thing is, even though I claimed to be an introvert and a through-and-through

who need their space and me-time, I have yet to connect with The Hermit card. I have yet to sit and meditate, let alone journal with them. And I guess today is a good day as any to connect the archetype that I am all too familiar with.

Traditionally, The Hermit is about taking some time to contemplate, solitude, isolation, introspection, me-time and carving some space for oneself. With those characteristics attach to them, the Hermit can be seen as well harmless at their best and dull at their worst. It’s not without reasons. The Hermit is a not threatening card. None fear them in a reading. But at the same time , The Hermit card doesn’t scream good luck either. Well to be fair, The Hermit doesn’t scream for anything.

Even for a yes-no question, The Hermit won’t give you a resounding answer immediately. They will need to contemplate the question first, for some time — preferably alone in the dark. Before coming up with, what they think as, a well thought answer.

They can be border lining with boring those Hermits, but let me ask you this:

What can be a better card to represent our collective 2020 experience if not the Hermit?

It’s the epitome of the lockdown, confinement, isolation — both self-imposed or forced.

Back to the Hermits that I laid on the table — I could see a thread that connects them all, from the classic Rider Waite Smith tarot deck to The Light Seer’s Tarot deck, the lantern.

In The Spacious Tarot deck, The Hermit is depicted as a lantern, brightening the dark woods with its’ light. The guidebook says this about the tree in the woods: “they offer a clearing, a sacred space for you to reconnect with yourself.”

Refreshingly, in both This Might Hurt Tarot and The Numinous Tarot decks, the cards are drawn as feminine figures. Though their faces are hidden (typical The Hermit), the long grey-hair and the shapely coats indicate their womanhood.

In This Might Hurt Tarot deck, the woman is holding a lantern illuminating a dark snowy night. It’s beautiful. I also love Isabella Rotman’s parting message regarding the card. She said:

“It doesn’t mean that you need to rent a cabin in the woods and throw your cellphone in a river. You just need to withdraw enough to listen to yourself.”

And I will do just that right after this with a book companied by a plate of freshly baked cookies, another generous serving of Moscato. I wish you a lovely start of the weekend!

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.

Six of Pentacles Spacious Tarot Deck

Six of Coins of Gratitude

This morning, I draw the Six of Pentacles from The Spacious Tarot deck. Traditionally, Six of Pentacles is about charity, helping hands and a sense of community.

In the Spacious Tarot deck, the Six of Pentacles is depicted as six floating coins. A bird-nest laid on the floor, ready to catch the coins if they do decide to fall.

All-day today I have been trying to figure it out why did I draw Six of Pentacles today. The day, I invited my friends for a belated Diwali celebration lunch.

Shouldn’t Three of Cups be much more fitting? Even Four of Wands and Ten of Cups or Ten of Pentacles, but Six of Pentacles was an err…

That’s until right before they left, one of them offered to host the next hangout, immediately followed by the other one offering the one after. The third friend chimed in to do it in her place to close the circle.

Circle.

It was only then it clicked to me.

Six of Pentacles is about giving and accepting. It’s about sharing. And the sharing doesn’t always have to have “helping” undertone. It can also be sharing a good time, laughter, food and wine with my loved ones — my chosen community.

Six of Pentacles is also about gratitude which I am filled to the brim with today.

The Hanged Man Tarot

Hanging Out with The Hanged Man

While tarot muggles usually fear the Death card (thanks to the pop-culture), some tarot readers find The Hanged Man as one of the most challenging cards, both to read and in reading.

The Hanged Man traditionally drawn as a man being hanged upside-down by one ankle, but he looks calm as if he is doing this by his own choice. The interpretation of it varies from self-sacrifice, waiting, being stuck to contemplation.

At the beginning of my tarot journey, I tended to put a little importance on The Hanged Man. if I pulled it in the mornings as a daily drawing I deemed it as:

“it’s going to be a chill day”

Or if it’s a yes/no question or as the answer to a situational question as:

“must wait”

That’s pretty much it.

Until I learned that The Hanged Man is my birth card.

After sulking why my birth card wasn’t Strength, The Star or even The Tower, I slowly built a connection with The Hanged Man.

I made an effort to understand it. Starting by deliberately spending more time with it to reviewing the same card on different decks.

I have since learned that The Hanged Man is about the liminal space (what a cool term, might make it as a blog name).

Not unlike The Fool.

The difference though, The Fool is more like taking a deep breath before stepping into the next thing. It’s the space between two things, two actions; sort of like a comma. Meanwhile, The Hanged Man ranged from meditative breaths to being or choosing to be “stuck” in that space for a certain period.

Hence the need to be thread it a bit more mindfully.

I find this interesting, especially relating to it being my birth card because if there is one thing I can’t stand in life, it’s the feeling of being stuck. A situation that I have been avoiding and wriggled-out-from all my life. Being stuck, restrained and controlled is entirely against my nature. Which is why when I realized that Hanged Man could also be a deliberate choice of not to be grounded, it made much more sense to me.

And I could relate to it to a T.

I also learned that The Hanged Man is the most potent tarot card in Shamanism. As the person who looks like he is hanging in our world, essentially is standing in another world. They are also often seen as the meditating Buddha.

Numerical wise, The Hanged Man equates to number three, which is a powerful number in witchcraft and represents growth in the world of tarot.

All these and more learning only grow my fascination with The Hanged Man.

Image-wise my fave depiction of The Hanged Man comes from the Spacious Tarot deck (no surprise there I guess, it’s a favorite deck of mine). In here The Hanged Man has been renamed to The Hanged One — which I appreciate as it’s more of inclusive rep — accompanied by the image of half earth floating in the galaxy seen from the Moon’s vantage point.

In a word, it’s gorgeous.

It also made me wonder whether we all are in a perpetual hanging position, floating in this world.

Being the in-between beings.

It serves a great reminder that we are just passing through this world while paradoxically asking us to hit a pause and enjoy the moment.

Winery Weekend Getaway Tarot Spread

Fafa and I are heading to Mornington Peninsula, Victoria’s winery region, for a much needed weekend getaway.

While waiting for him to get ready and do his last-minute packing 🙄 I pulled a few cards to re-create my go-to travel spread.

Travel Spread position —

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

Here is my reading for this trip —

My vibe during the trip: Ace of Swords (R)

I feel like I am going on this trip with highly-strung energy. Not the good kind. These past few days have been a bit too much. I have started feeling the tiring Thursday energy since Tuesday morning, dragging myself to get through the rest of the workweek. And the reversed position confirmed it.

The trip’s energy: Four of Swords

I let out a relieved sigh when I flipped open the Four of Swords.

Resting, relaxing and taking a pause.

Thank God! I am ready to absorb the restful energy served by the trip.

To focus on: Explorer of Wands (Knight of Wands)

The guide books says to:

Release (my) inhibitions, get fired up and be unapologetically alive.

I can only interpret it to get the fire-place going and get all warm and cozy near it tonight.

A must-do on the trip: Strength

Strangely I interpret this to explore the nature around the are. Maybe I can do it during my planned morning run tomorrow.

The highlight of the trip: Explorer of the Swords (Knight of Swords)

Lesson from the trip: Guardian of The Swords (Queen of Swords)

It looks like this trip is going to be dominated by the Swords energy. From my own vibe to the lesson to learn from the trip. Even the Strength from the Spacious Tarot deck is depicted by prickly cactus, and if I push it, the Wands hold by the tail of the Salamander (to focus on) looked like a sword.

Which means, I might have to put my drink-all-the-wine-all-the-way-to-our-Airbnb-until-I-pass-out plan on hold and embrace the what looks like might be an intellectually stimulating trip?

I packed a couple more books and an extra pen anticipation extra journaling time.

I also told Fafa, not to his delight, to be prepared for deep conversations and mini self-discovery sessions, in case we are called to do so. He finally agreed, only after I promised to draw him a bubble bath at the end of the day.