Summer is a time when many people go on retreat. We take vacations and travel. We take a break from daily life and do something different.
That time away, whether we are lying on a beach, meditating in an ashram, or living in up in Vegas, is vital. When we take time to retreat, we return to our daily tasks with renewed energy and enthusiasm.
When we can’t take a cruise or even a day off, a few minutes of “mental retreat” keeps us focused and productive.
When we are trying to move forward, a focus on retreat seems counterintuitive. A time away, whether it’s five minutes or five days, is important, because it give us rest and new perspective.
Three Tarot Cards that Suggest Retreat
Sometimes tarot tells us to take a break. Here are three cards that could indicate the need to rest and retreat.
1. The Four of Swords: This card is a stern directive to take a break. It indicates a time for recuperation.
2. The Nine of Pentacles: The protected woman, serene in her garden, reminds us to find places where we can be safe, secure and undisturbed.
3. The Hermit: This card can indicate a time of deep personal introspection and intense solitary study.
The Week in Review
I went on retreat from my computer over the weekend! I’ll be back next week will new posts on my blogs. This week, let’s revist a couple of the most popular posts from my blogs.
One post people really enjoy is from August 2013, on my personal blog. Have you read “How to do a Cord-Cutting Ritual to Heal from an Unhealthy Relationship”?
Another popular post is from the Community Blog, from June 2014. It’s called “Being Honest about the Seven of Swords”.
From Around the Web
I loved this article about the concept of yeet hay in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
One of my very early spiritual inspirations, Starhawk, has written a hard-hitting and somewhat controversial post entitled “50 Shades of Racism”.
Theresa Reed, aka “The Tarot Lady”, is a class act. Read her recent blog post on the energetic aspects of social media, “What about the lovers?”
Two-Card Vacation Tarot Spread
Here’s a fun tarot spread to help you plan your vacation. The trick is that interpreting it will help you stretch as a tarot reader!
Card One: Where should we go?
Card Two: What should we do?
You may have to think a bit to interpret the cards in the context of these specific questions – that’s part of the fun of this spread.
Once you have an interpretation, compare it to your usual vacation, or the vacation you have already planned. What have you learned about your plans for retreat?
What’s Up at the Psychic Café?
This week, I am featuring my interview with Benebell Wen, author of Holistic Tarot. Benebell is a remarkable person, and the book she has written is unlike any other.
If you haven’t yet seen this interview, you can watch it on my YouTube Channel!
Image from Gilded Reverie Lenormand, by Ciro Marchetti
Card Eleven: Birch (Broom or Whip)
While the Birch, or Broom or Whip, is considered a negative card, it doesn’t always connote a negative activity.
The repetitive nature of a birch broom, or a whip, can indicate punishment, or self-punishment. It can indicate any repetitive activity, like sports, exercise or lovemaking.
This is often a card of physical activity and action.
The playing card association is the Jack of Clubs. This can indicate a young male, especially one who is athletic, or likes to stay busy.
Next week we will learn about Card Twelve, The Birds.
Don’t Miss Florida TarotCon in October!
On October 10th and 11th, tarot and divination experts from all over the world will be gathering in Palm Beach Gardens to share their wisdom and knowledge. You can be there, too! Act now, and receive a $50 discount on your tuition, and a reduced rate at the DoubleTree Hotel.
Tarosophy Tarot Association, the world’s largest tarot association, presents TarotCon. Learn more, and make your reservation on the Florida TarotCon website.
Image from Gilded Royale, by Ciro Marchetti.
Your One-Card Weekly Reading
Your one-card reading this week is the Eight of Pentacles.
Now is a great time to learn something new that will help your career. There may be an opportunity for apprenticeship or internship.
It’s also a good time to pursue hobbies that work with your hands, like art, woodworking or playing an instrument.
Remember that in all things, practice makes perfect.
Wednesday, July 15, 7 pm (Tonight!)
Free WebEx Webinar Available Exclusively On Line
Global Tarot Circle
Spend an hour with tarot friends around the world! Join me for an informal tarot workshop. We will share readings, techniques, interpretations, stories and laughs.
You can log in with your computer, laptop or smartphone, or you can dial in.
For log in info, please visit the event listing on my website.
Wednesday, July 22, 7 pm
An Evening with the Tarot
Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library
2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa, Florida 33618-1828
Join me for a fascinating journey into the world of tarot. Learn about the art, history, culture and uses of tarot in this free presentation. For more information, visit the event listing on my website.
Origins Spa and Wellness Center
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Private telephone, Skype and in person readings and instruction are available by appointment.
Tarot parties at your home or office are available throughout Florida.
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