I said I’d take a two and a half month break from my blog, and now I’m well-rested and … actually starting to dread going back to work next week, so I’m hoping blogging will help ease me back in.
A lot has happened since my last blog post way back in October. I finished my Constitutional Law class with a great mark that I’m proud of, I studied a ton of astrology and got a few more astrology readings, I celebrated Christmas with my family over Skype while I stayed home and dealt with a health issue, I finally found a dry shampoo I like, and now it’s 2019 and pundits are anticipating a difficult financial year ahead. Whelp! But never mind the bad news— let’s talk about Christmas presents!
I got three of the best Christmas presents ever this year. One of them I gave to myself-- a total rearrangement and cleaning of my apartment from top to bottom, and I feel so great now that things are organized and labelled in storage boxes instead of stuffed in a closet and teetering on top of each other. Moreover, they say in Feng Shui that “If you want to change your life, move 27 things in your house.” Well I’m pretty sure almost everything I own got moved this week, except my couch, my bed, the cutlery drawer. They also say you should put a fountain in the area of your home that represents your finances, your career, or your family, so in anticipation of these aforementioned tough times ahead, I went out and bought a little fountain for my financial area tonight. I also discovered a trendy, but budget-friendly furniture store called Structube , and bought a nice white console for my hallway. I am so excited to see what life changes may come from my better-looking and more functional apartment.
Feng Shui really works, by the way, even if it’s just to shift the energy into an ending to something acting as a drain on your life. Last spring, I decorated the Love corner of my living room with some lovely imagery and some healthy plants, and within the week, my boyfriend at the time casually mentioned that it was probably time we got married. It had been three years and he had never used that word around me before. I was skeptical that that was the next step that we needed, or that he was ready— I would’ve been happy if he had just proposed we spend more time together— but I was just glad that the Feng Shui was working. A few months later, we broke up, and (I can say this now), it was the exact right thing that needed to happen. He moved across the country, and I went travelling in Asia for three weeks. When I came home, a lovely picture of an embracing couple I had hung there fell to the floor and the brand-new picture frame from Michael’s broke into a bunch of pieces. I reluctantly came to understand that our relationship wasn’t meant to be, it was just the Feng shui and some interesting omens that hurried it along to its natural end and helped provide closure.
Anyway, back to Christmas. I was also super excited about getting a Soda Stream machine, something I’ve been wanting for two years. I love carbonated water, even if it’s just plain-tasting- it’s such an exciting boost to the boring exigence of drinking 8 glasses of water a day.
I got a few other things, but one thing that really touched my heart was a home-made tarot computer program. When I don’t feel like shuffling and re-shuffling actual cards, I use the electronic cards at www.astrolis.com/tarot. I’ve been doing that for over three years now, but one thing I don’t like is there are only three cards. I mentioned this drawback to someone last month, and he created a program with a nine-card spread for me! I know there are a bunch of other, more exciting spreads out there, but I learned tarot from the nine-card spread, and it remains my favorite.
Taking the time to crop pictures of all 78 cards and write a computer program around them is just so special, and I want to build on his program a bit. I want to focus on what I perceive to be another weakness of the Astrolis cards- their descriptions of the minor arcana are just awful. Totally wrong, and just embarrassing for the person who wrote them. I have so much respect for the astrologer who writes the daily horoscopes on the same site (the ones I recommend are Chatty, Love and Monthly— not the rest). Whether the author is a man or woman, I don’t know, but their writing reveals a certain depth of wisdom lacking in a large swath of horoscope-writers, so the fact that this person shares his or her site with such poor quality tarot descriptions is surprising. Here is an example of a card description for the Three of Wands:
The three of wands is one of the most positive cards in the deck (as long as you’re not an Enneagram type three and you’re getting it because the tarot gods are calling you out on your unhealthy manifestation of your Three energy), so what is with this convoluted description?? We all know that the guy standing there is a merchant waiting for his ships to come in— and he sees them on the water, arriving in the harbour. So this is a really exciting card about anticipation and the materialization of a hope. To start your description with crap about a good group dynamic is to misunderstand the basic spiritual properties of numbers handed down to us by the Greek philosophers. I’m aware that I’m getting all opinionated and twisted up about this; I know we don’t have much information about the origins of the tarot, blah blah blah, that they’re “shrouded in mystery”, but anyone who studies philosophy or the mystical arts can see that there are some eery similarities between the different Western spiritual traditions’ use of the numbers one to nine, and they, in turn, match with the work of Pythagoras and Plato on the divine properties of numbers. It just drives me crazy to still see such a basic, centuries-old understanding of the meaning of the cards when I watch tarot readings on youtube. Our understanding of psychology has moved into the 21st century with the advent of the Enneagram, and so must the cards that represent our inner lives.
The description of the major arcana, on the other hand, are fine, and the court cards are fine. Those aren’t as important to me as getting out the correct interpretations of the minor arcana for future generations.
So I want to write my own descriptions for the minor arcana. I guess tomorrow’s blog post can showcase a sample card description from a an Enneagram point of view, and see how people like it. I’ve written long, verbose blog posts about correlations between the Enneagram and tarot, so the challenge will be to distill everything down to the most basic key words and phrases. Maybe I’ll write the Riso-Hudson descriptors of the type when healthy and open, and then the descriptors of the type when defensive and constricted. I’ll also include descriptors from the Greeks, and I also love Sandra Maitri for painting in a little of the psychological sinew within the Enneagram frame.
But with this particular blog post, I would like to wish every one of my readers a Happy New Year. I am sending you out vibes for growth, balance, wealth, happiness, and health in 2019.