Four of Wands Fifth Spirit Tarot Deck
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At Home With The Four of Wands

We are looking for the Four of Wands“, Glenys the tarot reader told me as she laid out the black cloth with numbered boxes painted on it. She went on saying that:

“The Four of Wands is the card that indicates anything house related”.

Back home, after the unfavorable reading, I flipped through the Fifth Spirit Tarot deck on my nightstand to find the Four of Wands card.

It took me a while as the card didn’t resemble the classic Rider Waite Smith. In the RWS the Four of Wands potrayed fancy gown wearing people, garlands, grapes, flowers and a castle in the background.

There was none of it on the Four of Wands card that I was holding. There were no wands. Oil lamps have replaced the wands, surrounding a vintage cooker. Burning fire. A boiling kettle and a sizzling pan on top of it.

Could it be… breakfast food?

The image reminded me of the mornings in the Echuca farmhouse, where I was greeted by a very similar scene in the kitchen — of Fafa making us coffee and breakfast.

This card carries so much more home-ey vibe for me than the classic RWS. After all, I don’t envision a castle when I dream of my nest, but more of being greeted by a warm home-cooked meal.

I put the card on my altar for the day, to attract the new home energy that I wish for.

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Farm Staycation Tarot Spread
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Echuca Farm Staycation Tarot Spread

Travel Spread position —

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

Here is my reading for our Farm staycation —

My vibe during the trip: Four of Swords

The staycation’s energy: King of Cups

Something to focus on during the staycation: Strength

A must (do/see/experience) on the staycation: Judgement

The staycation’s highlights: The Sun

Souvenir or lesson learned from the staycation: Wheel of Fortune

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The Emperor Moon Void Tarot Deck Black and White Crystal
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Stalked By The Emperor

The Emperor is stalking me. He has appeared for three consecutive days on my daily tarot card reading. Four, if I include the Meletos staycation tarot spread. What’s weirder is that this isn’t the first time this card has stalked me. The last time it happened, I chalked it as a message to call Appa. He did stop appearing after that.

But this time, I don’t think it has anything to do with a masculine representation in my life. For once, The Emperor card in the Moon Void Tarot deck – the one I have been using ever since I got it early this month – doesn’t have the Emperor on it; the card only shows his crown, sceptre and robe placed on his throne. Seems like he is busy doing stuff instead of just sitting on his ass. Which, if I am honest, is a nice alternative to the classic depiction of the card in Rider Waite Smith tarot deck. On the Rider Waite Smith, the Emperor is just sitting there, drapped in a red robe, looking rather stern.

His rigidness on the Rider Waite Smith deck aside, I am indifferent towards The Emperor in tarot. It’s not one of my deck deciding tarot cards. And come to think of it; I have never seen The Emperor card that I like to from any deck I own.

The traditional meaning of the card The Emperor is about structure, authority, ability and so on. Meanwhile, Stef, the creator of the Moon Void Tarot deck, said this about the him:

Emperor (Aries) energy appears when we are asked to stand up and stand out, to take up more space as well as holding space for others.

Foundation, respect, standing the ground, space… I still am unsure what message the Emperor is trying to convey me. Maybe I ought to spend some more time with it. It could just be the first tarot card that I meditate on.

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New Moon Sagittarius Tarot Spread
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New Moon in Sagittarius Tarot Spread

I am using the New Moon in Sagittarius spread created by Sarah of The Curious Cardslinger.

1.Where would I most benefit from a change of perspective?

Judgement

Well, this was not a surprise; I am, after all a judge-y Virgo. Being judgmental and self-critical are my jam. And lately, my self-talk tends to be damaging. Maybe it’s because of work pressure or just an accumulation of 2020 fatigues; the bottom line is I haven’t been nice to myself lately. So yes, changing the perspective on how I see myself and slowly working on self-acceptance would definitely benefit me during this new moon.

2.How can I see this area of my life more clearly?

Wheel of Fortune

Each moment is temporary, focus on the things you can control. And we can’t control everything. How do we move through change and meet our discomforts with understanding and joy?

The Wheel of Fortune is inviting me to remember when this current life that I complain a lot about was the life I wished to have. And now that I have it, I should be grateful for it. It also reminds me that things will get better, the things that I struggle with at the moment will be the things I will achieve in the future.

3. What lesson do I need to learn right now?

Four of Cups

The book’s interpretation of the card:

Complacency and boredom, a warning to come back to the present.

But I see it as being tired, needing a break. A clear sign to amp up my self care practice. Also, the cocktail glass sign at the back beckoned me to have a drink right after I finish writing this. Oh well, if the card said so, I shall follow the advice.

4.What opportunities can this open up for me?

The Magician

Manifestation! Creating my reality my way. Of course! I have been counting my workdays for the year. I can’t wait to take a break, recharge and start planning and manifesting my 2021.

5. How can I invite more fun into my life?

Five of Cups

Though I used the Moon Void Tarot deck when I did the spread, the Five of Cups in the Everyday Witch Tarot deck came into my mind as soon as I saw it. I think I have indulged in collective Covid negativity too long and too much that I stopped being grateful. Which to be fair, is admittedly a more challenging activity to cultivate amid feeling burned out. But I guess that is why now it is more critical than ever start using it as my daily tool again.

Meanwhile, interpreting purely from image of The Five of Cups on the Moon Void Tarot deck alone, I got the idea that having more fun for me might involve some kind of hobby — be it cooking (kitchen counter), painting (spilled ink) or photography (framed night sky).

6. Where should my attention be focused at this time?

Seven of Swords

The Seven of Swords can be interpreted as leaving a situation or even fleeing from a problem that I am not happy about. I think this card got to do more with work and yes, I can’t wait for my Christmas break next week.


I find it interesting that both the Four and Five of Cups showed up. Also that I pulled three major arcana cards and lastly, there was no Wands nor Pentacles suit.

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Four of Cups: Withdrawal As A Self Care

Today for my daily tarot card, I pulled the Four of Cups — along with a few others that tag along.

Though I have drawn this card before during my daily tarot practice, it still is a rare card for me. Unlike say the Six of Swords being one of the cards that tagged the Four of Cups earlier.

I tried to remember a few keywords from the traditional meaning — apathy, withdrawal or ignorance.

And it took me some time to see the connection thread between the card in the classic Rider Waite Smith tarot deck — where a man looks away, intentionally or unintentionally, from the cups given to him — compared to the one in the Spacious Tarot deck — depicted by four cups sitting on a rock in the middle of moving stream. In both cards the cups are standing still while the world around them keeps moving.

Meanwhile, the Spacious Tarot deck guidebook says:

Although it can indicate sulkiness, it can also suggest a need for emotional stability. Is your heart asking you to temporarily disengage so you can return to your own center?

These words made it click for me.

As a trained first aid at work, we are taught and always being reminded to debrief after assisting a causality. We are asked to check in with ourselves and do at least one of the tried and tested self-care activities of our choice.

These past few days have been hard. Being only a couple weeks away from the end of the financial year and so close to Christmas break, my attention has been required more and multiple times. Both at work and socially. It all has gotten a bit too much for an introvert like me. But instead of taking time to debrief myself, I tried to bulldoze my way through the week with multiple cups of coffee (ironically 4 cups yesterday) before crashing on the bed immediately after I log-off from the work laptop, shower and confirm the rest of the world doesn’t need my assistance for the day.

In short, I have neglected to fill my own cup as I have been too busy filing others’.

I guess that’s why this rare to me card appeared. As a reminder to take care of myself first before others.

As someone who usually sees Four of Cups simple as the ignorance card, it is interesting to learn this side of it. This time, it managed to teach me that:

Withdrawing from the world to fill my own cup can be a good thing.

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Reminder from Four of Swords

Keywords: Burnout. Rest. Stress. Retreat. Peace. Support.

Got 4 Swords today. A reminder to rest and some me-time. On a Monday when I have 26 to do things on my list. I have a CV to update until yoga class to go back to after almost 2 weeks of hiatus; with a doctor appointment, a film camera to develop, and coins to deposit. What are you trying to tell me tarot cards? Did you give a clear reading because I haven’t showered when I drew the card (as in I still carried the resting-in-the-bed energy) or should I draw another card for clarification?

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Calling The Emperor

I draw The Emperor again today.

But unlike the last time when I interpreted myself as the red cape wearing Emperor — this time, I get a strong feeling that The Emperor is about a male figure in my life. Being the Emperor, my thought went to Appa.

A reminder of him? That I have got to call him since it has been more than a week since we last spoke.

I was going to today but life got in the way. What a sad excuse, I know. I texted him just now, promising I will give him a call tomorrow. 

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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!

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A Four of Wands Day

I did a different type of morning tarot drawing today. Instead of one, I took five cards. Overambitious much?? I was inspired after reading the Good Morning Tarot Spread in the Witch magazine.

The first card is the focus of the day, followed by something to be excited about and a fun healing activity. The fourth card is advice for the day and the last one being an event that might happen.

Almost all of the cards seemed gloomy and unrelatable.

I then consulted the book and read that the Four of Wands is an optimistic card, and if it appears in the reading, it is the only thing that matters.

Oh well, I carried on with my day focusing on that.

I ended up having a great night with Nikki and Liz drinking and steak night-ing at Belgium Beer cafe. It felt just like the old times.

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