tirsdag 29. mars 2016

Review of the Sharman-Caselli Tarot Deck

Hello lovelies,

It seems to be another sleepless night so I can review one of my tarot decks and today it is Sharman-Caselli deck. I must say that this deck have blown my mind in ways I can not describe. I have learned so much the last two to three weeks than I have the last four months.

I had tried to learn tarot fo a long time and about 1999-2001 I bought my first deck together with a book "tarot" by Jane Lyle. I tried and tried - and "failed" and I felt nothing would stick and I became confused and angry at myself because I "couldn't" learn the tarot. So I sadly gave up and I hadn't touched a tarot deck for 10 years or so. What I should have done is to buy another deck, but I didn't have enough knowledge about tarot because I had one thought in my head and that was if I didn't learn from deck I won't learn from another deck. THAT IS SO WRONG! I know that now, but I didn't knew it then.


When I bought the sharman-Caselli deck I thought it was a nice deck and it came in a sturdy box which contain the 78 card deck and the little white book. Ok.. so, the book are a little book , but still it is one of the better ones I have seen. First of all it gives you an introduction and then it goes into the minor arcana. Along with the minor arcana they give you what element is where..Cups are water, wands are fire, pentacles are earth and the swords are air. In this book they give you the meaning of every card + they give few clues on what the symols on the cards means.

Let us see a card and I picked Eight of pentacles.. this man is in his workshop making pentacles and
he have eight of them. It represent work and he takes pride in his work. He is concentrated and has an eye for details or he is not afraid to take on a new project or task. There are no clouds on the sky (clouds can mean confusion, not knowing, thoughts - depends on what neighbour cards). The trees are not moving so there is no wind. Wind often represent energy and it depends if you have the wind with you or against you. The trees can represent shelter, regeneration, strength. For me the trees also represent roots, knowledge, visdom. So, for me the eight of pentacles represent a good day for business.
At the bottom of every card there is a theme and for the eight of pentacles it is learning new skills.

The Major arcana is represented the same way as the minors, it gives you five or so pointers of meanning + a theme at the bottom of each card. Like the card number 9 - the Hermit (or like I like to call him, Gandalf.. :) ) and the hermit's theme is patience and prudence.
After the majors there a spread at the end and kudos to Sharman and Caselli for not choosing the celtic cross, like 95% of the other authors do.
Sharman chose the 5 cards horseshoe spread which they show you an example a reading for Cathrine. Like the other little books there is 6 note pages where you can write your notes.

One of things I didn't like at first was overused with the yellow and orange. There is not numbers at the majors.. I can't put my fingers on what I didn't like about it and I was thinking I would give this a new home, so I put on my shelf and I forgot about them for a while.

For a month or so I took the deck held it in my hand while I took a quick meditation and my thought was: it's time! So I started to do 3 card readnings for myself, started to trust my instict and intuition (refused open the books like I always do). I also put the deck back in order and did the same with the Rider Waite Smith Tarot deck and for the fist time in my life I compared each card. I noticed that I got more out of Sharman-Caselli. So I have been working non-stop with this deck for two to three weeks now and it became my go to deck.

One of the things I like about this deck is how detailed the cards is and it has alot more symbols so you really could find your meaning of these.
Yes, I still think it is a lot of yellow/orange in this deck, but I feel spring and summer - I will work with these till the fall and see where I am and choose my decks for autumn/winter:)



Blessed be,
Susann

mandag 28. mars 2016

Tarotscope for 28th og March - 3rd of April 2016

Hello lovelies,

I hope you all had a wonderful and peaceful Easter. I have been thinking a lot on my blog and I don't want to let this one be another blog fail. So I decided to have a weekly tarotscope and a challenge for myself... a 78 days challenge (or a card a day if you like). I will be gone most of April, but it should be no problem to post a card a day or do the weekly tarotscope :)


Tarotscope this week, the 28th og March - 3rd of April

Main energy this week: Four of cups
You may feel a bit down and you need little time for yourself. You may be in a confusing time.

What will help you: Queen of swords
You are organised so you will find a way to get out of your rut.

What might be your obstacle: Knight of Swords
You will do your best to get out this bad mood, but not dealing with the consequences that come along with it. and you don't deal with the consequences things may a bit longer.

Know that with time it will be better and all you have to do is be patient and no rush it. 

søndag 13. mars 2016

Questions you may have when you start with tarot..

I found these questions on a Norwegian website and also I had someone ask me similar questions, so I wanted to answer them because I am sure someone may wonders on these questions.

1) How do you teach yourself to read tarot?
- There no right or wrong answer this question, but there are few tips you can do to make it a bit easier. Here is a tip I picked up by Arwen Lynch, who is tarot by Arwen on youtube
  •  You could shuffle the cards and draw one card and look at it and put it away for now and go on with your day and pay attentions to the details throughout the day, when the evening comes you can take the card again and read the meaning of the card from the booklet that came along the tarot deck or if you bought/borrowed a more indepted book you can read the meaning.
  • If you meditate, you can draw a card meditate over it or you can put it under your pillow and sleep on it.
  • you can have a tarot journal (this is a blogpost I plan to do) and write YOUR description of the card. Your description is not necessarily same as mine and the other way around. A great tip is when you have a description from a card and please stick with it because you have a one description one day and another one the next day, it makes learning a bit harder and more difficult + it gives you more work (I have been there and done that )
2) Is it wrong to learn tarot by reading books?
- No! If you learn better that way so why not and you can read several books so you can see different authors interpretations and you can find your own.

3) Should I cleanse my cards before I use them?
- yes, I would recommend you to do so because I believe the tarot deck has your energy and you have the energy from the tarot deck. 

How you cleanse your deck is up to you, you can meditate while you shuffling, you can have a crystal stone or pendeleum (if you are into crystals) on top of your deck. you can energize your cards by sunlight and/or moonlight. There are many ways you can do this topic if you take a google search :) 

Another question is when to cleanse the decks and you would know when to cleanse them, but a few tips will be
  • When you get a new/used deck (espesially if you have a used deck because it may have previous owners energy to them)
  • When you accidental drop the deck or few of the cards on the floor
  • If you had a reading and you had a "difficult" client
  • If you have a lot of negative energy in your life
  • If you haven't used them in a awhile
  • If you had a draining tarot reading
  • if you just want to reconnect with your cards
4) How do I know if a card is positive/negative if all of the cards is the same way?
- As the time goes by and you learn the meaning of these cards, you will know the cards energy. 

5) How do I know when I use my intuistion or if this is only wish thinking?
Like the answer above so 

6) Is it possible too hung up in these cards?
-I don't believe so since you are aware of this question.

7) No one understand why I do tarot and like I am not normal.
- I can relate to you on this, there is not many people who know that I can read tarot. The reason is because I don't want to answer why I do it, I don't want to feel I have to justify it. I told someone in my early twenties what I do, this a****le of a person told me that he had a sister-in-law and she did a tarot read once and she "lost her marbles". She had to have serious psychic help for years after that. The bitch in me almost came out said :"maybe she became nuts long before she picked up the tarot deck". Let say I didn't believe his story at all :)

8) Is it bad luck to do a tarot reading on yourself?
No, When you stating out with a tarot deck you need to practice and you need to get to know the cards + the cards have to get to know you. You don't starting out being great at tarot reading two seconds after picking up the deck ;)

9) Is it bad luck if my cards lands on the floor?
Bad luck, no, but you do need cleanse them all over again ;)

10) How does tarot works, since all I do is to draw radoms cards?
This is not a science, but there something special with the spiritual aura with these cards. It may be that the card drawing is just random or if you believe there is nothing like random things in this life.

11) Is it a bad thing to do a tarot reading on their selves too often
- No, the only thing that comes to my mind is that if you do to often the messages can be a bit confusing. An advice is to wait few days before you do the next reading, Not a must, but an advice.
A thumb rule can be that you don't do a tarot read on the same question before there have been a change in the situation.

12) Is it possible to use a deck that had a previous owner?
-Yes, just cleanse them and get to know them. Back in good and really old days, you are not supposed to buy youself a tarot deck. They are supposed to be given to you like a present.
  13) What does all the symbols on the tarot cards mean?
- The symbols means somthing, like clouds can mean confusions, rain can mean cleansing, cities can mean community, scale mean equality

14) Shall I put the cards back in order after I done a reading?
-That is entirely up to you. Me? I do put them back randomly and do couple of shufflings - do my shuffling routine when I am ready to use them again.


Like I said earlier in this blog post, there is no right or wrong answers, This/these tarot deck(s) you have - You do what you want with them because it is your decks and you do it you way.

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