31 Days Of Tarot 2016 By Ethony
December 31, 2016
When I decided to get serious with Tarot reading, I came across Ethony's website as part of my in-depth research, practice and online studying. And like all good headmistress and masters, Ethony too has a YouTube channel as well. I thought of joining Ethony's 31 Days of Tarot as a way to cap off my 2016 and I hope Ethony wouldn't mind that I blogged about it instead of posting a video on YouTube (it's supposed to be a video challenge).
DAY 1: What was your first introduction to tarot that made an impact?
If you've been an avid reader of my blog, I've wrote about that I got 'called' into the wondrous ways of the Tarot when I was in college while I was at my local bookstore looking for another book to read. Yes, I'm a bookworm. I bought the book but I didn't manage to buy a deck as it was unavailable (you see, anything that has to do with Tarot is annoyingly scarce in my country). It was last 2014 when my colleague who is a Tarot reader too, interpreted the cards for me to which started my once-slumbering obsession. Since then, I had become a 'wildy and amazingly accurate' intuitive reader myself.
DAY 2: What was your first Tarot deck? Was it a gift or did you buy it for yourself? Do you still have it?
To continue my answer in Day 1, I went to the bookstore again and it took me a while before I found what I was looking for. I was imagining to get the same deck like my friend had but I got a rather different one. It's the Victorian Fairy Tarot and it felt like the deck was meant for me. Yes, I know I should've bought the Rider-Waite Traditional Tarot Deck but like I said, the Victorian Fairy Tarot Deck called to me and since I was first introduced with Tarot, the Rider-Waite seems elusive to me as up until now, the deck does not come my way - (usually out of stock). The Victorian Fairy Tarot has always been my go-to deck especially when I do readings for first timers. It's a friendly deck.
DAY 3: Are you a Tarot deck collector, hoarder or exclusive betty?
Collector (although it serves as a challenge with my current funds). I tend to buy decks from independent individuals who have revolutionized Tarot art (which means online where shipping sometimes is a definite buzz killer). Discovering new decks locally pose as a challenge most of the time since it is very uncommon here.
How do you use these decks in your readings? Multiple decks in one reading or just one all the way? Does it aid your practice?
Depends on my energy, feel or mood, I sometimes combine multiple decks and let my intuition take a pick.
DAY 4: What would be your favorite tarot deck if you had to pick? Three faves for those of us who have a Tarot Deck addiction problem.
I'm skipping to the 2nd question since I admit that I too have an addiction. Top 3 would be:
The Victorian Fairy Tarot - deck is very friendly and accommodating especially to my first timers.
The Golden Thread Tarot - deck is so blunt and serious and my regular querents find it very professional looking.
Ok now I can't decide since I'm loving all my decks equally.
DAY 5: What Tarot Decks are you looking forward to getting to know better in 2016?
The Cosmos Tarot And Oracle Deck. This was the first deck that I bought online and got lost in transit. A few emails with Light Grey Art Lab and a replacement after, I managed to develop a friendship (hopefully) from the other side of the globe with Lindsay Nohl and James Lavella - Hi guys!
DAY 6: Tell me about the time you gave your first Tarot reading? (That you can remember)
I wasn't expecting that my first Tarot reading would be too accurate that the person I read to (I hardly know the person at the time) - well - let's just say we are not acquainted anymore.
DAY 7: How long have you been reading the Tarot for? Do you feel you will ever stop?
About 2 years to this date. I still can't get used to the fact that my readings are unbelievably accurate that sometimes I hate it. But no matter what, I wouldn't be able to stop myself from learning and discovering more about it.
DAY 8: What were the first three Tarot Spreads that you learnt.
Celtic Cross, One Card and Past, Present & Future.
DAY 9: What would you say is your favorite Tarot Card right now (cause these things change) and why? Is it the artwork, the meaning or both?
The Hermit because I am one. Solitude is my home something which most people do not understand in this millennial infested time.
DAY 10: What is the card that you don’t want to see pop up in a Tarot Reading? Why?
This year it's the VIII Of Cups. :(
DAY 11: What card did you pull the most in , why do you think this is the case?
Strength card and IV Of Wands - I started to get serious with Tarot, upgrading my reading skills to Oracle and Lenormand. I had many roadblocks along the way and the Strength card keeps on popping up obviously to encourage me to continue. I then launched this blog and a YouTube channel which resulted to the IV Of Wands.
DAY 12: What is your go to Tarot Spread right now? Extra points for sharing it.
I mostly do free form but I sometimes find my Message From The Future Self spread 'awakening'.
DAY 13: Do you create or modify Tarot Spreads?
Sometimes, as far as my intuition would lead me.
DAY 14: What card confused the heck out of you when it shows up? Why do you think this is?
The Moon Card. I have an undying love for the moon as it always gives me inner peace when I look at it (probably because I am a self-proclaimed hermit myself) but somehow every time the Moon card pops up I can not seem to know what it means and almost always have a hard time reading this for myself and for my querents.
DAY 15: Why do you usually use the Tarot (self-reflection, guidance, advice, recreation, communing with spirits/dead, communication with deity, other)?
I am more known possessing a head rather than a heart so I use the Tarot as more of an additional confirmation when I need self-reflection, guidance and advice. It also gives me great satisfaction when my skeptical self is being challenged.
DAY 16: How much emphasis do you put on the text-book meanings for cards, and how much stress do you place on the “feeling” you get from cards through their artwork/symbolism/etc. (aka reading intuitively)? Do you do both, or one or the other?
Hmmm... I do both. I started learning the Tarot by the book until I learned how to read them by intuition. There are cases when my intuition refuses to cooperate and that's usually when I go back to the basics - the book.
DAY 17: Do you ever use the Major Arcana without the Minor Arcana or vise verse? Do you read with Major Arcana only decks?
I don't have a Major Arcana only deck so - no.
DAY 18: Do you do readings using reversals? Why or why not?
Yes. My first Tarot deck - The Victorian Fairy Tarot was meant to be read upright but when I did my first reading using the said deck, I had a reversal and unknowingly read a reversal. I stick to that practice since then.
DAY 19: Do you feel a “connection” to your cards?
Yes, call it crazy but I do feel a connection. I know which card I need to focus on and which has a 'temper' and so on.
DAY 20: Do you read for yourself and/or for others? Why or why not?
Yes, I do both. I read for myself to confirm my doubts mostly and to practice. I read for others primarily to help and to break conservative beliefs about the Tarot.
DAY 21: How do you feel when you do readings?
I still get amazed every time I do a reading and this amazement fills my satisfaction of proving my skeptical and dubious self wrong.
DAY 22: Do you charge money (or other ways of compensation) for your readings/services?
When I was newbie - no. I needed practice and experience. Now that I have gained enough confidence and the bills keep piling up - yes.
DAY 23: What question do you most often ask the deck (or, ask on behalf of another)?
'What else is there?' I find myself seeking the Tarot's guidance whenever I've lost my way.
DAY 24: How accurate do you believe your readings are (or, do they accurately convey messages from spirits/deity)?
Most readings I do for other people are based on their energies or aura - I let them pick their own cards so whatever that comes out from their pick is solely based from them and they themselves would tell me how accurate my readings are after or it had 'come true'.
DAY 25: What was the most dramatic/meaningful reading you ever did? (Not necessarily the most accurate.) No real names and trust your intuition with sharing certain information please.
Probably my first reading. My skeptical self was battling with my believing into Tarot plus it's my first (all firsts are meaningful). As mentioned on Day 6, I did a reading for someone I hardly know, turns out accurate and the person hated me for it.
DAY 26: Have you ever regretted a particular reading, either for yourself or another?
Yes, a certain disappointment happened to me as of this writing which rocked the very foundation I built within myself (security, loyalty, trust, love and all that shit). *sigh*
DAY 27: Do you have a special time and/or place that you use your Tarot? If so, do you reserve the deck specifically for that purpose?
I could lie down all day reading on my comfy couch and I have my handy coffee table to place the decks on for readings and for taking pictures for my Instagram account.
DAY 28: Does anyone you know not agree with your Tarot practices?
Not that I am aware of. But if I were to make a guess, probably those who are conservative, close minded and the elders?
DAY 29: Do you have a Tarot mentor? Who are they (in relation to you) and how do they inspire you?
DAY 30: Do you practice any other forms of divination? If so, what is it, and do you use them alongside the Tarot as to gain more information and insight or as something separate entirely?
I also do Oracle and Lenormand readings, pendulum dowsing and as of this date, I'm a Reiki Level 2 Practitioner (hopefully by January 2017 I've become a Reiki Master).
DAY 31: Pull some cards for [February 2017] for yourself and share. 1 Energy in February. 2 Challenge in February. 3. Opportunity in February.
Energy in February - VII Of Pentacles (Reversed)
Challenge in February - Queen of Cups
Opportunity in February - Strength
Self-high fiving now for completing Ethony's 31 Days Of Tarot Challenge 2016.
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