In this edition of the Light and Shadow series, Siobhan talks about the Nine of Swords and the transformative power of doubt.
In honor of birthdays and Black History month, Siobhan serves up a mini link round up of the tarot cards associated Mars and an ode to those born under the influence of the number nine.
"It's an organizational orgy. A link roundup that threatens to exceed the bounds of usefulness. Enough to make my Capricorn-moon heart sing and test my already shaky nerves."
"Perpetually sleeping and waking. We can only be as woke as we are. The cycle exists with or without judgment. Accept where you are, grieving, frightened, in denial, confused, unfazed, guilty, but remember, to keep moving through."
Siobhan contemplates the duality of connection & addiction, releasing & receiving, tradition & adaptation.
Siobhan digs into self-care, choices, balancing acts, and the muddy mirages of the Seven of Cups.
Siobhan takes a bite out of the Devil's Saturnine-side, and it tastes like empowerment & motivation. Come get your Face Up fix!
Here Siobhan begins the project of taking the court cards out the closet, dusting off the stale old interpretations, and reinvigorating them via astrology & storytelling.
Sometimes a neighborhood critter can teach you more than a tantric instructor.
"In lieu of a piece about difficult cards, today I’m writing instead about a difficult topic - race - as it relates to me and a not-so-recent discussion in the online tarot community."
Digging deeper into the practice of consciously choosing cards, Siobhan interviews the tarot reader, mentor, & Intuitive Sheilaa Hite.
"The comparison beast. Envy. Competition. Imitation. Mars, with all the get-up-and-go of a furious deity, in Leo, the sign of the golden child."
Move on to the next bonfire. Trust this one to run it's course. Seven embers float in the card, echoing the sevens in the spread and also The Tower. This ace whispers ‘let your potential consume you.’
Particle versus wave. Bludgeon versus rebellion. Siobhan reveals how the guarded Emperor is prepping us for transformation.
"The 'just chill' and 'there’s something that you aren’t seeing' vibes from the 4 and 7 of Swords...symbolize that sometimes this is what it feels like to be seen."
"There are two options with this card: the trial happens to us and we fall victim or, using our awareness, we are active participants."
reflecting on privilege. ruminating on wholeness. and a free-form face-up spread.
An introduction to looking at difficult cards, along with when and how to turn to ash.
New columnist Siobhan introduces Face Up Tarot, a series about face-up cards and the many ways they can be used; an exploration of agency, authenticity, and awareness.
[Guest post] "Living with mental illness gives me an awareness of the separation between my beliefs and actual reality. I think this is an advantage."