So many cultures’ winter holidays include a tradition of gift giving. For many people, the giving and receiving of presents becomes the singular focus of the season, and a source of stress. I think we can keep the holidays holy and still enjoy the tradition of giving gifts, as long as we give from our hearts and within our means.
Sometimes the gifts we give aren’t things that come from stores. Sometimes we can use our own gifts and talents to create something meaningful for the people we love.
Sometimes, the greatest gift we can give to someone is our time. Sometimes, our presence in someone’s life is the best present we could give.
Many people have similar experiences and expectations of the holidays, and not all of them are pleasant. When we perform readings for others or ourselves during the holiday season, we may see some holiday themes reflected in the cards. Here are five tarot cards that can have particular meaning during the holiday season.
Six of Cups: This card can speak of reunions, old friends, nostalgia and a return to one’s childhood home. This can be a very pleasant card, but can also indicate an unhealthy longing for the holiday times of the past, or a disappointment that traditions and families have changed so much. This can also indicate the revisiting of painful family dynamics.
Three of Cups: We often call this “The Party Card,” and there are plenty of parties to attend this time of year. This card can predict fun times and social interaction, but it can warn against over-indulgence.
Hierophant: This card can speak to the religious traditions of the season, as well as family expectations and family traditions. Often families have difficulty during the holiday season because of different family members’ expectations regarding the keeping of traditions.
Ten of Pentacles: This is another card of family tradition, and suggests the opportunity for generations to gather. This card can speak of enjoying ones’ home. During the holidays, this card might refer to entertaining in ones’ home or the joys and woes of decorating ones’ home.
Six of Pentacles: Anytime you see this card, it can refer to charity. At this time of year, our thoughts often turn to helping those less fortunate. This card can also refer to the process of gift shopping or exchanging gifts. It can also talk about the anxiety inherent in gift giving.
When you see these cards appear in your readings over the course of the season, be aware of the possibility that they may be referring to the holiday season.
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From Around the Web
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Every holiday season I share some ideas about how we can use tarot to help in our holiday gift giving. Of course, you can simply think of a person you need a gift for and pull a card or two. Interpret the cards in a way that points you to a unique, thoughtful and appropriate gift. This is a simple and practical way to utilize tarot during the holidays.
Here is another, more complex tarot gift-giving exercise.
We all have our own special gifts and talents. It is nice when the gift we give someone comes from our own hand and heart; something we can make or a service we can provide.
If you would like some great ideas for gifts that you could make or do yourself, simply think of an intended recipient. Then, ask this question. “What gift or talent do I have that I could share with this person?” Pull a card, or a few cards, at random. Let the cards inspire you to create the perfect gifts!
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The Queen of Swords has a bit of a bad reputation. Older tarot books will tell you “don’t trust this woman.” In traditional tarot, the Queen of Swords often represented a childless woman, an unmarried woman, a widow, or a bitter, sharp-tongued woman.
This is an example of the misogynistic roots of tarot. The Queen of Swords is the Queen of Air. Air is the element of intelligence, truth and communication. Today we understand the Queen of Swords as a woman who speaks the truth. A few hundred years ago, people did not always appreciate an intelligent woman offering her opinion!
The Queen of Swords in a reading may refer to a woman who has borne some pain, or a woman who is not afraid to speak an unpleasant truth or to do the right thing in a difficult situation.
The Queen of Swords may appear in a reading to remind you to speak your truth, to follow your conscience or to make a rational choice.
The Queen of Swords may also refer to a woman born under an Air sun sign, that is, Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius.
Next week we will meet the final character in the Swords Court, the King of Swords.
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If holiday stress is getting you down, give yourself the gift you deserve and have a reading now to see what wonderful things 2015 has in store for you!
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Christiana has been a full-time tarot professional for more than twenty years, and is the author of two books about tarot. In 2008, Christiana was granted the title of Tarot Grandmaster by the Tarot Certification Board of America. Christiana provides readings by phone, Skype, and in her office in Lutz, Florida.