Is he cheating?

Published April 9, 2017 by Tarot By Elizabeth

If you’ve been reading the Tarot for the public for any lengthy of time, this question will inevitably pop up. I usually cringe at romance related questions because, being an empath, I can understand all too well what it feels like to receive an answer you may not all together be prepared for.

Many of the cards that would indicate such a situation would turn up as reversed, but I don’t use reversals… so how do I tell? Usually I pick up a gut feeling from the client…who already knows deep down but is either in denial or it just hasn’t brought the information to the conscious mind yet. 

My advice if you become aware that something isn’t quite right, it more often than not, isn’t. Which can be extremely difficult to see their reaction at this revelation.

Recently, this question was posed to me and I drew the three cards you see at the beginning of this post. As I look at this trio, I see the couple in question in the Two of Cups, and the “other woman” as the Princess of Wands. My client was a younger married woman, so the Princess would give me the understanding that she too, was around the same age.

Now as for the Ace of Swords…I always hear the word “thoughts” in my head when I look at it and in this case, the Ace indicates that the gentlemen in question may be entertaining this idea in the present moment, as the Ace is in the middle, present position.

As for our Princess, she comes up in the future position, so either he is thinking about cheating or will be cheating in the near future….but it could also mean that said gentlemen may be somewhat oblivious about the Princess and all the thoughts are coming from her direction which would put it into the “home wrecker” arena. 

Again, clear questions and communication with the client will always indicate which perspective the cards are pointing to. As it turned out, the Princess of Wands was setting about to ensnare the man at the center of controversy and completely clueless to her intentions and my client was able to have a long heart to heart with her man and create a stronger bond between them, avoiding the cheating scenario altogether. 

It’s always a very delicate situation when these types of questions come up and as the reader, I feel it’s my responsibility to handle it as compassionately and honestly as I can while still answering the clients questions. 

Not using reversals can be challenging at first but as one reads for any length of time, the cards and intuition will always reveal the answer.

Emotional Roulette 

Published March 28, 2017 by Tarot By Elizabeth

The British have a word in their vocabulary that no other word can cover…it’s the word “gutted” Meaning: To be ‘gutted’ about a situation means to be devastated and saddened.

This word perfectly describes the tarot Three of Swords. Many of us encounter this devastated feeling at least once in our life and soon after find that subconsciously, we try very hard to scoop up the remains and put them all back where they belong, often with little to no success. 

This was often the case in my (familial) line and sadly led to more than just a few emotionally damaged individuals who tried to repair such emptiness with alcohol and/or other addictions.

As a witness to this behavior as a child, I made sure that I would not take the same path in my life, knowing the consequences firsthand. I was lucky, I survived, but watched helplessly as one of my children struggled with the roller coaster ride of ups and downs, as only the one who is caught in addiction can turn their lives around….no matter how hard a parent wants to help.

The Knight of Swords often comes up to remind me that there is a fine line for those who wear their hearts on their sleeves, we internalize our pain and it so easily can slip over into the hazy realm of trying to numb it all rather than facing our heartache and reopening old wounds.

I guess the message for me today is this: Sometimes in order to heal, we must examine our wounds even if it tears off the scabs, for if we do not reconcile that hole within ourselves, the damage will continue into all parts of our lives and old mindsets and outdated views can be passed on to our future generations without even being aware that it’s happening.

So, to those out there that might be struggling, as much as it hurts, embrace that part of yourself, be kind and allow yourself to heal… trying to hide from the pain will only end with the cycle being repeated again and again.

Oh No…Retrograde?!

Published December 19, 2016 by Tarot By Elizabeth

Today Mercury turns retrograde until January 8th, I can almost hear the gasps! 

But, never fear, there’s no reason to think the sky is falling and communication as we know it is out the proverbial window, here are some tips to make the next three weeks bearable:

1. Back up your data and any electronics.  This “ruler of communication” planet can get a little funny with your devices. In today’s world, it is hard to not communicate via texting, Facebook post, email, or even an archaic phone call. That being said, be careful and mindful of your devices. Could you really go three weeks, let alone a day, without your phone?

2. Don’t buy any big ticket items or sign any contracts.   During this time it’s almost necessary to check, re-check and double check any agreements or large purchases that could possibley come back to haunt you in the new year! As my grandmother said “Measure twice, cut once!”

3. Communication AggravationMercury is the planet of messages and communication, and when in retrograde, folks can seem confusing, ornery and downright cranky!

 Even I can fall victim to these sneaky snaffu’s being an Air sign, but no need to fear, just take a little more time understanding each other during this time and cut yourself and all you come into contact with, a little slack…after all, wouldn’t you like to same consideration yourself?

4. Revamp not Initiate.  Think of the retrograde as a periodic review, a chance to pause and finish what you’ve started. Where are the areas in you daily life that could use a little TLC? 

Make this a period of solidifying your foundations rather than establishing new ones! 
Perhaps this can be a great opportunity to reconnect with your roots or core beliefs, go for a stroll down memory lane and really focus on your blessings.

Most of all, RELAX! Try not to get yourself cornered into an anxiety nightmare where you develop negative tunnel vision. Use this time wisely and before you know it, it will be a hazy memory!

The Bone Fire Tarot                         Gabi Angus-West                      Schiffer Books



Published September 21, 2016 by Tarot By Elizabeth

So, I was just checking out two new Lenormand decks from U.S Games….

The gorgeous Fairy Tale Lenormand by the amazing Lisa Hunt….and pulled four cards; 10- Scythe; 36- Cross; 12- Birds and 13-Child… Accident, death, gossip and a child.

From the equally beautiful Dreaming WayLenormand by Kwon Shina 9- Bouquet; 13-Child; 11- Whips and 24- Heart…a beautiful child, argument, love.

Not even five minutes later I get a breaking news blurb about the still unsolved Jon-Benèt Ramsey murder. 

Seems that investigators think the brother Burke accidentally killed her in a fit of rage (as it was known about his volatile temperament) and the parents covered it up to protect the child that they had left.

Coincidence? Perhaps the cards were giving me a heads-up….*cue twilight zone theme*

An Anniversary To Remember

Published August 19, 2016 by Tarot By Elizabeth

Just one of 20 stones in commemoration of the Salem victims

Today marks a sad anniversary that most of the world has long forgotten. It is the 324th anniversary of one of the Salem Witch Trial victims, John Willard. 

John was only thirty five at the time of death and you are all probably wondering why I  focus on this specific day…I do because John Willard was my sixth Great Uncle.

Even in this day and age, as we think ourselves educated; intelligent and thoroughly modern individuals, religious tolerance has become an oxymoron. 

For individuals or groups that do not fit inside the little box of popular ideals, all nice and neat, there are many more hurdles to overcome…we can read about it or watch it on the daily news. It seems to surround us, despite our protests to the contrary.

I think a lot about August 19th, 1692 and the deadly mania that swept Salem back then, (since renamed “Danvers” in an attempt to distance itself from the horrible red stain in our history.)

You won’t find the true story of events that led up to this tragedy in the history books (1690’s law held that property and assets belonging to the convicted were forfeit to the leader of the community) and that’s a real shame because as George Santayana’s famous quote says: “Those who do not remember the past, are doomed to repeat it.” 

An epithet that is still being sadly repeated three centuries after the conclusion of the trials.

So, today, I thought this would be a great time to grab my Thoth deck and see what Great Uncle John had to say about the lessons we need to always keep in our minds and hearts.

The question: “What lessons do we need to learn from this chapter of American history, called The Salem Witch Trials?”

Now, keep in mind that when I asked my question, I was addressing my Spirit Guide that assists me while working with my cards….

You may notice right away that the second and fourth cards seem to pop out at you….the Knight of Disks and the Hanged Man… This was letting me know that my Spirit Guide had stepped aside and Great Uncle John was delivering his message personally!

The Knight of Disks is an Earth element as many readers will know, but a little known fact about my Great Uncle was that his birthday fell on  January 15,1657 …making him an Earth sign.

 (Ironically, the Tarot card representing his birth sign is the Devil)

In history, Knights often went out on missions to bring order and secure boundaries for the local King or rulers, no different than a Knight, Great Uncle John was a Constable for his township and took his task seriously.

 Not soon after the hysteria began, John Willard had gone to his superiors and protested the ever widening net of accusations and spoke for those that were being falsely accused. 

He stepped down as Constable saying that he was in no way, shape or form supporting or being party to the madness.

The Hierophant (Rev. Samuel Parris, Uncle to Abagail Williams,one of the original accusers) the Five of Wands (the hysteria) and the Chariot (the speed of wild accusations and the voracity of fear and ignorance unchecked) all tell the rest of John’s story….

Towards the end of April, after Willard had abandoned his post as a constable and publicly doubted the girls accusations, he was himself, accused of being a witch. 

Great Uncle John, (the epitome of Knighthood) continued to, from behind bars and even as he walked to the gallows that day, protest that he and all of the others accused, were indeed innocent and continued to plea for the return of sanity and order.

What is his message to those who have ears?  

Intolerance founded on fear based dogmatic beliefs and willful ignorance will continue to race on….setting a raging fire to all in it’s path, leaving nothing but ash unless we, as the whole of humanity, step up to stop it.

Sometimes I pull a shadow card, which I take from the very bottom of the deck, it was Adjustment, (Justice, in Rider-Waite-Smith decks)

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Book Review- The Tarot and the Magus

Published August 15, 2016 by Tarot By Elizabeth

After reading Tarot with the popular Rider-Waite style decks and numerous clones of such, I had reached a point in my life in which I could not shake an ever present nagging thought that there simply had to be more to reading the cards.

Time after time, shuffling, cutting and laying the tarot cards out in myriads of positional spreads year after year, I began my search for deeper meaning.

The Tarot and the Magus by Paul Hughes-Barlow caught my eye and I felt the first rush of fresh new inspiration.

Little did I know that his way of using the Golden Dawn’s OOTK (Opening Of The Key) method, that my love of Tarot would truly begin to transform myself and my ability to read for others.

With his no nonsense, tell it like it is style, the reader is drawn into an amazing experience of everyday twists and turns of ones mundane adventures to the realization of ones Spirituality and of the nature of the HGA (Holy Guardian Angel).

At this point, I must add that down through the ages, both the Thoth Tarot and particularly Aleister Crowley himself, have been maligned much to the detriment of true spiritually minded individuals looking for honest answers, leaving a gaping hole of knowledge that could have been acquired if not for misinformation and the pure guesswork of it’s critics.

The Tarot and the Magus is eleven chapters dealing with a range of subjects, starting with an introduction that includes his journey as he began writing this book.

Chapter one begins with the Fool, the Universe and the Aces, which concludes with the crowning glory of The Golden Dawn’s signature OOTK (Opening Of The Key) spread. Paul explains the basics of how to begin this spread so that nearly anyone can easily understand in this beginning of a magical operation.

Subsequent chapters cover both Major and Minor Arcana as well as the Courts and all of their correspondences needed to understand important sequences of events and their probable outcomes almost to the letter.

I was totally amazed at how accurate and detailed the Crowley Thoth is when using the elements, counting and pairing methods. I had struggled for years trying to get as in depth as I did in just a few days and using the techniques Paul teaches in this awesome book! It’s well worth it’s weight in gold!

The Tarot and the Magus also introduces Kabbala, the Tree of Life as well as subjects that show the reader how Tarot can be used with everything from mundane questions to magical operations alike, making this book appealing to novice or seasoned readers.

I’ve seen reviews stating that one must have some prior knowledge in these areas but in my honest opinion, a simple knowledge of basic tarot concepts and meanings are all that is really needed because after reading a few pages of The Tarot and the Magus inspires one to go deeper and further, thereby gaining a wealth of information that can transform lives.

I heartily recommend this book to any person who requires a rich and full world view!

ISBN: 978-1-90465-802-3.

Author: Paul Hughes-Barlow

Publisher: Aeon