Tarotcast

Well, it is the end of October 2017, and I am introducing a new deck for the Tarotcast. It is the EVERYDAY WITCH TAROT by DEBORAH BLAKE and ELISABETH ALBA, which was published earlier this year. I am very grateful to Deborah and Elisabeth for trusting me with their deck, and I hope I do them and their deck proud. You can find out lots of interesting stuff about them and their works at their websites, links to which can be found on my homepage under their own names

You might also want to see the Publishers page for the Everyday Witch Tarot......

I hope you all enjoy the Everyday Witch Tarot - it is a gorgeous deck, full of witches and cats, and cats and witches, and....... :-)


November 2017

About November 2017

The overall message that seems to come through in this month's cards is that no matter what the picture of your life is at the moment, change is always possible. As we move into the Dark Time of the year, between now, Samhain, and the Winter Solstice, it's easy to start to feel stuck, lethargic, fed up with dark nights etc.. but there's always more to it than that. Yes, we have to go with the dark nights but there is daylight too. Don't get dragged down by the dark - remember the light as well.

This is, of course, the first outing of the Everyday Witch Tarot. I hope you love it as much as I do :-)

Aries

Five of Wands

If there's one thing an Aries likes best, it's to be in charge, to be leader. What a happy place that is for you. But what happens when you are required to work as part of a team, and to hear other folks' input? It's really hard for you to bite your tongue at times and to acknowledge what other people have to offer. The Five of Wands shows five witches around one bubbling cauldron, and there isn't a happy face amongst them. Even the witches' cats are yowling at each other. And whilst the witches are arguing the cauldron is overspilling and the floor is on fire. Not much positive getting done here! This card is a stark reminder that you as an individual don't hold all the power, and if you can work in cooperation with others you will find that much more can be achieved. You all have your own ingredients to stir into the pot. Be open to that kind of an experience right now, and learn something about yourself.
Five of Wands

Taurus

Six of Wands

What a lovely image we are met with here. A womanly witch has a large bouquet, from which she is giving a beautiful red rose to an older witch to one side of her, and there is a young child on her other side, apparently waiting for something herself. In the background there are lots of people clapping and cheering. There's a wonderful message of success, award and generosity here and it can apply in all kinds of ways. Perhaps you have forgotten to congratulate someone on an achievement, or not said thank-you to someone else. On the other hand, it may be that you are the recipient - but whichever way it comes, this sort of thing engenders much good feeling and morale, and can also strengthen bonds between people. Bear this message in mind.
Six of Wands

Gemini

King of Cups

This King is looking like the true Gemini. He is sitting on a tiny 'island' on his rather impressive throne. His cat is happily catching fish at the edge of the sand, and all around him there are dolphins, mermaids, fishes swimming about, whilst his trust broomstick is leaning against the back of his throne. Yet in spite of all this, the King doesn't look particularly enthralled. Does this ring any bells either with you or for you? A person who has every reason to be content is showing no signs of contentment or otherwise and that makes it difficult for others to know what is going on for him. How about opening up a bit more to those around you, or trying to encourage someone else to open up more. The King of Cups isn't hard or harsh, but just does a very good job of keeping his emotions hidden - sometimes that is a necessary thing, but not always. Next time you are really enjoying something, try telling another person, and see how that feels.
King of Cups

Cancer

The Chariot

Well, you've got your mode of transport, you've got your travelling companion, and all that's missing is the map. This way or that way? That way or this way? Are you in two minds about how to proceed with a project, an idea, a suggestion? Are you being pulled in two directions? Maybe it's other people who are putting doubts into your mind, and so it's really important that you take charge and think for yourself. Inside yourself you really do know which way to go and you need to tune in to this aspect of yourself. You have a strong mind, and if you follow your own heart you will undoubtedly make the right decision. The more you listen to the other voices, the more paralysed you will become. As you think about it now, feel yourself grow taller and more upright. Now look ahead and the way will be apparent to you.
The Chariot

Leo

The Empress

Leo, you are full of creativity. You are so good at coming up with creative ideas and therefore this card fits well with you. The Empress is the epitome of fertility - fertile body, fertile mind. She is holding her belly as though there could be something stirring in there, and the tree behind her is heavy with fruit. Have you got the beginnings of something going on in your mind? What new thing are you about to create? You have a fertile mind which needs nurturing in order to carry on growing so it's worth thinking about the sorts of things that get your creative juices flowing. It's time for you to start reaping the rewards of other things that have been going on as well, whatever has been percolating, cogitating and deliberating. Just do it :-)
The Empress

Virgo

King of Swords

The King of Swords is a scholarly, academic, disciplined person. Although he is in the middle of busy surroundings, everything around him is orderly and it looks like he wouldn't have much trouble putting his hand on anything he wanted to use. In front of him on a table, he has a huge book lying open, and he is pointing at it with his sword. But he isn't looking at it, rather, he is looking straight forwards, indicating that he already knows his stuff. He doesn't need the book but he is using it to point something out to his 'students', 'observers' etc. It all sounds very positive and is clearly related to the Virgo's way of being. You are so disciplined and know your stuff so well, but don't forget to have downtime as well. Do you sometimes have concerns that you might not be as well-respected if you are seen to be letting your hair down? This seems to be an ongoing issues for a lot of Virgo folks, and therefore may need ongoing effort to let go now and then. You are an incredibly interesting person, and people do want to know you. It's time to throw caution to the wind!
King of Swords

Libra

Ten of Pentacles

Can you imagine a happier family scene than this one? The whole family all gathered together, family pets, symbols of prosperity everywhere. It looks as though everything this family has touched has turned to gold. But it doesn't have to relate to money or physical possessions, necessarily. A family that gels, that supports each other and that can live together without crowding each other is a very precious thing. The reality is that this is one end of a spectrum, from the most together families to those whose lives are torn apart, destroyed by the very 'institution' that is meant to be loving and nurturing. Where would you put yourself on that spectrum? How satisfied are you with your answer? Remember that family doesn't have to mean blood, it can be any group of people that you have that kind of bond with. If there are changes that you feel you would like with regard to family, then go ahead and do what you need to do, but be sure to keep yourself safe.
Ten of Pentacles

Scorpio

The Hanged Man

This hanging person is well and truly locked into position. He has lock and chain round his feet, and round his hands. Interestingly, he has a large key in his hands, yet his position makes it impossible for him to free himself. In that case, he has choices. He can decide to struggle and wriggle around and exhaust himself trying to shake himself free. It's pretty certain that would get him nowhere fast except very frustrated. His other choice is to accept that at the moment he can't do anything to help himself. But if he is prepared to wait until some helpful person comes by, they might just be willing to give him a helping hand and unlock his hands and feet. Is there a situation in your life that feels like that? Which way will you go? The struggle or the wait? If you can trust, have faith in the universe, you will be released from your time of waiting and wondering.
The Hanged Man

Sagittarius

Ten of Swords

If only life could just be a bit easier on you at times, wouldn't it be wonderful. The nasty soul on this card who can be seen fleeing the scene of the crime is a coward. His cloak really ought to be yellow. But the person who has been slain is still conscious and is reaching out for his broom, maybe thinking that if he could only reach it he might just be able to pursue his attacker, but his broom is just out of reach. In the tree above there is a crow or a raven watching over the scene, and one of its feathers is falling down. This could be seen as the guardian or protector of the man on the ground. In other words, if you are feeling in a very difficult position, not quite able to reach the one thing that would help a great deal, know that there is a protector watching over you and the feather falling down is for you to keep with you so that you don't forget. However bad things might seem, it won't last forever. You will live to fight another day.
Ten of Swords

Capricorn

The Star

This is a wonderful card for you, Capricorn. You are generally a person who has a great sense of obligation and duty, and will fulfil that role because if you didn't you would have an overwhelming sense of guilt. But if you look at the Star card, what do you see? There is a huge sense of optimism here. The sky is midnight blue and full of stars. The woman on the card appears to be standing in a pool which is the same colour as the sky - the sky is reflected in it. The Star woman's hands show streams of colour flowing from them, indicating that whether you look up at the sky or into the pool, there is hope all around. When times feel rough and your feet feel like lead, it is really important to look up and see the extent of the universe, then look in the water and see those never-ending reaches reflected there. There is always hope. Have Star mentality.
The Star

Aquarius

Ace of Pentacles

There is a young witch on this card and she is holding up a Pentacle and looking either at it or through it. Holding up something like that often shows up so many things that you wouldn't see if you just laid it flat on a surface. This witch appears to be captivated by what she is seeing. She is fully focussed and is excited by what she sees. When you get some new idea or understanding, what do you do with it? This card is telling you that analysis is not the first and foremost thing to concentrate on, rather, the exciting thing to do and the one that will ultimately bring you the most fulfilment, and enjoyment for its own sake, is just to take it in, to let it fill your eyes and your heart; just wait, be in that space for a while, and let the picture unfold itself.That is the way to the sheer joy of being.
Ace of Pentacles

Pisces

Two of Wands

This is a beautiful card, showing a young witch standing atop a battlement, with a flaming torch either side of him. There is a cat either side of him as well, and a lizard on the wall. There seems to be a lot of anticipation as the cats and lizard appear to be waiting for action, whilst the two torches light up the night sky. The witch has a world globe in his hand and he knows it is time to be thinking about action. He has just about got everything ready and all he has to do now is set his destination. As a Piscean you are very much a dreamer, and wonderful as dreams can be, there comes a time when dreams have to turn to reality, when only actions will make the world open up to you. It's your time.
Two of Wands