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A collection of Summer Solstice musings

A collection of Summer Solstice musings

The summer solstice is one of my favorite times of year. I’m usually a pretty introverted, receptive person – but at this time of year, I feel extroverted and active. I want to DO things. I want to soak up the sun and throw myself headfirst into the bright light of life. Maybe you feel that way, too? Today I’m going to share with you two of my favorite tarot-related activities to help you make the most of these powerful solstice vibes.

I know I’m technically a day late as the actual solstice was yesterday, but for me the solstice energy spans for several days. My birthday is June 24, and so I always feel that solstice energy radiating until then. I also know that last week I said I was going to take a blogging break. But I felt the urge to write a little about the solstice, so here I am!

The first thing I want to show you is a simple yet potent tarot spread that I’ve used for myself on several solstices now. This spread comes from the Sacred Journey Journal. If you follow me on Instagram, I shared it on my Insta-stories yesterday. Here it is: 

I use this spread for each solstice and each equinox (if you’re in the southern hemisphere, you can definitely use this for the winter solstice). As you can see, the spread positions are simple, yet evocative enough to give you a really interesting reading. In my personal spread, I found it really interesting that I drew the Heirophant in position 1, essence. Lately I’ve been trying to re-establish some self-care and spiritual practices. I saw this card as an affirmation that bringing more structure to my spirituality can really serve me this season. 

Now, if you’re looking for something really unique, try the Radiant Spectrum Intentions spread I created last year. I was just revisting this blog post and I’m still in love with this concept! This is unique in that instead of drawing cards at random, you consciously choose cards for this spread, and those cards represent your intentions for summer. I especially love how this idea of conscious choice ties into the autonomous energies of the summer solstice. 

The first intention in the Radiant Specrums spread is “the energy I choose to radiate this season.” This year the choice was super easy for me: the Chariot. I have a lot of conflicting elements at work in my life right now, a lot of projects I want to work on and sometimes I lack a clear direction. The Chariot shows what I want to radiate: focus, an ability to tie everything together, and the grit to keep everything moving forward.

One more thing I’m really excited about this summer: the 15 courses that make up Tarot Summer School 2017. Since I’m teaching a course myself (Tarot for Empaths), I get access to all of the other courses! I’m going to take them all and they look so good! I’m particularly excited for Tarot for Shadow Work (taught by Benebell Wen), Creating Your Tarot/Oracle Deck (taught by Chris-Anne Donnely) and Ritual Tarot (taught by Avalon Cameron). You can get a season pass and get lifetime access to all 15 courses for $199, or you can purchase courses individually for $28 each.

Last but not least: I’m still planning to start the podcast I mentioned last week! Ideas are brewing and I’m hoping to get the first installment up sometime in July. I also want to thank everyone who reached out with feedback on the idea – you guys are awesome. Until we meet again, I wish you so much warmth, power and creativity this summer.

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The Lovers :: Wild Unknown Tarot Card Meanings

I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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The Lovers :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: union, desire, values, joy
Carrie’s Keywords: relationships, harmony, passion

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The Lovers Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

A pair of geese are flying in unison. There is harmony in their parallel wingspans, their parallel necks, and the parallel black and white of their markings. Although they maintain their own separate identities, they also fit together naturally as a pair. This card gives a sense that everything is exactly how it should be.

The geese are effortless in their soaring – they aren’t flapping their wings frantically, they’re simply letting the wind carry them. This is a card of flow, ease, grace. The Lovers are not trying to impress each other, neither of them tries to be anything other than what they are. They value each other as individuals, and they value their unique perspectives even as they cherish the connection they share. 

In many depictions of the Lovers, the two face each other. However, in the Wild Unknown, the geese both face forward. There is powerful symbolism here. They are on a journey together, no doubt. But at the same time, each also travels their individual path.

Again, I’m drawn to the use of lines in the Wild Unknown. In the previous card, we saw static vertical lines. In the Lovers, we have radiating lines, giving the card an expansive energy. This is the first card that is significantly different in the first and second editions of this deck. In the first edition, the background is teal and dark blue; colors that show serenity and peace.

In the second edition, pictured above, the background is splashed with all the colors of the rainbow. The presenece of all colors here suggests a radiantly passionate energy. This is reminiscent of the boldly colored rays we saw in the Magician, but there are subtle differences here. In the Magician card, the rays emanated from a point off center. In the Lovers, the point is directly above the geese and in the center of the card, showing equilibrium.

All of the design elements come together here to convey a message of harmony, ease and unity.

The Lovers Tarot Card Meanings in General

In many decks, this card shows two naked figures watched over by an angelic being. This imagery suggests that the connection of the lovers is not just about flesh and lust, there is a spiritual energy to the bond. Through experiencing love, we can gain a greater connection to the divine forces of the universe. 

The most obvious association of the Lovers is, well, love. But there’s a lot more to this card than first meets the eye. The Lovers is a multifaceted card: it can speak to sexual desire, platonic connections and all sorts of unions. But on another level, this card also speaks to the development of your own personal values.

Especially as the Lovers follows the Hierophant (a card that is associated with external belief systems) the Lovers can show our desire to define our OWN beliefs, to establish our own identity. This may seem paradoxical, but it is through this process of understanding our unique self that we are then able to forge more meaningful connections with others.

In a reading

In a reading, this card may be asking you to consider the relationships in your life. It might be a good time to focus on creating connections that are uplifting, yet still leave space for your unique identity. Beyond relationships, this card can ask you to consider your passions in general. What is currently lighting you up? This card can be a gentle nudge to explore your desires and to go towards the things that make you feel joyful.  

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The Hierophant :: Wild Unknown Tarot Card Meanings

I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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The Hierophant :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: mentor, working within the system
Carrie’s Keywords: societal structures,
belief systems, instructor

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The Hierophant Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

A crow (or perhaps a raven) is perched upon a key. His beak is open as if he is preaching to us. He seems to have a lot to say! His wings and feathers are ruffled, giving him an air of restlessness. He is unable to relax until he has delivered answers and implemented systems.

To me, the key symbolizes the systems, structures and answers that the Hierophant values so highly. He believes he has THE key – the one thing that will unlock what we all need. But will this key really unlock the universal answers? The Hierophant seems to be convinced that it will. He may not have considered the possibility that we each have our own individual ‘keys’ to our own truth.

A jagged stream of orange and yellow descends from the sky, culminating at a point as it enters the key. These are the colors of vitality and knowledge. This symbolizes the power bestowed upon the key. It is charged with energy from a higher plane. The Hierophant wants to teach us things, and he has faith that his teachings are infused with ultimate knowledge.

The background of the card is filled with thick vertical lines. This stands out as a contrast to the horizontal lines we saw in the Fool, and the spiraling lines of the Magician. The vertical lines convey a heavier energy, there is a sense of rigidity and weight. This is a card of structure, tradition and order.

The Hierophant can symbolize not only organized religion, but schools, businesses, and any kind of societal structure. At his best, the Hierophant brings forth passion-infused teachings and order. At his worst, he becomes convinced that he has the one and only answer, refusing to see other possibilities.

The Hierophant Tarot Card Meanings in General

In many decks the Hierophant is represented by a priest or other religious figure, and in older decks this card was simply titled Le Pape (the Pope). But this card is not just about religion, it is about any sort of group identity. The Hierophant is related to educational systems, political affiliations, and any other philosophical ideologies.

This card sometimes receives a negative connotation for its association with belief systems that are forced upon, but in a positive sense this card reminds us of our power to define our own belief systems. This card can even be associated with mystical or occult belief systems. In fact, it was an influential tarot practitioner named Antoine Court de Gebelin who retitled this card from the Pope to the Hierophant, as the title “hierophant” relates to mystical ancient Greek rituals. 

On the shadow side, the Hierophant can speak to conformity and hive mind. Humans are naturally wired to form communities and going against society’s belief systems can be scary or even dangerous. But at its best, the Hierophant shows that group identities can be helpful. We can learn from the right authority figures, and participating in traditions and rituals can help us cultivate our individual sense of self. The Hierophant energy is at its best when it is not about forcing beliefs, but about leading us deeper into our own authentic beliefs.

In a reading

When the Hierophant appears, it may be useful to consider your relationship with societal authority figures. Would it be beneficial for you to engage in ritual or learn from an expert? Or on the other hand, is your individuality being stifled by the pressure to follow the crowd?

This card can also ask you to revisit your own belief systems. Our pre-determined thoughts and viewpoints are always influencing us, and this influence often takes place on an unconscious level. In a reading, this card may be asking you to bring a conscious awareness to how your beliefs are influencing your experience of reality. 

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And now for something completely different (a PODCAST?!)

And now for something completely different (a PODCAST?!)

One of the things that I quite like about running my own business is the freedom it gives me to experiment. In fact, “allow yourself to experiment” is one of the most common pieces of advice I give my business mentoring clients. Lately I’ve been feeling once again like it’s time for me to try something new. And I think that new thing might be…a podcast?! 

When I create stuff for my business, I always try to think about the kind of content I enjoy. And lately I really like podcasts. I like that you can take them with you wherever you go. I like that they’re dynamic and you get to hear someone’s voice. I like that I can listen to them while I’m cooking or walking my Sokka pup. 

I like reading, too. But lately I’ve noticed I don’t read THAT many blog posts. Which has led me to consider: if I don’t even read many blog posts, why the heck am I writing one every week? Writing blog posts (which are also sent out to my email list) is something I’ve done pretty much religiously for the past three years. But now I’m wondering…is it time to try something different? And I think the answer is yes. 

What I’m envisioning is putting the blog on hold for a while and starting a bi-weekly podcast. Topics would be similar to the stuff I blog about: creative living, tarot for self-discovery, psychology, spirituality. Each episode would probably be around 30 minutes. I also really like the idea of bringing on guests!

To begin, I’m going to consider this an experiment. I’ll try doing a podcast for a couple of months and see how it goes. If I like it and if anyone likes listening, I’ll keep going. But if it’s just a pain in the butt that no one cares about…well, them’s the breaks. I’m reminding myself to embrace the fact that running a business (or just being a creative person in general) requires experimentation. Some stuff sticks, some stuff doesn’t. C’est la vie.

So! That’s what’s happening. Blog’s going on hold for a couple of weeks. Experimental podcast will then get started (eeep!). In the mean time, I am really curious to know what you think. If you have a second and care to share, leave a comment and let me know what you think. Do you like podcasts? Got any suggestions on topics I could cover on this one? I want to hear your thoughts, for reals.

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The Emperor :: Wild Unknown Tarot Card Meanings

I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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The Emperor :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: the father, protection, logic, stability
Carrie’s Keywords: structure, discipline, order

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The Emperor Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

In all decks, the Emperor and the Empress form a pair. In the Wild Unknown Tarot deck, this pair is represented by a pair of trees. While the Empress is potrayed by an always in flux deciduous tree, the Emperor is an evergreen tree. Whatever rough weather, whatever time of year, the evergreen tree remains solid. The Empress will grow new leaves, blossoms, fruit, and go through cycles. The Emperor will remain consistent.

The Emperor has a solid, stable energy. As the father archetype of the tarot, the Emperor’s approach is that of structure, logic and rationality. This card speaks to the power of consistency, and the importance of order in our lives. In order to complement the more free-flowing approach of the previous card, the Emperor brings self-discipline to the proceedings. Remember that discipline is not the same thing as punishment. A healthy level of discipline is necessary in order for us to learn, to create, and to thrive. The Emperor reminds us that discipline can be a positive thing.

There is a black sun (possibly an eclipse) in the card’s background, radiating gentle orange and yellow, the only color in the card. The colors are a throwback to the Magician – but instead of emanating widely, this sun is a concentrated ball of energy. The Magician’s energy is expansive and creative; The Emperor’s energy is firmly rooted, sensible and logical. The Emperor applies his energy in very specific ways with an explicit structure in mind. This might seem quite overly regimented to some, but it this ability to create structures can pave the way for incredible results.

While the Empress was surrounded by the night sky, the Emperor’s domain is the clear light of day. He has a vivid understanding of where he is and where he wants to go. He is a natural authority figure, and may sometimes come across as overbearing. But at his best, the Emperor is an effective leader. The Emperor is not just about fathering or leadership for your own gain. The Emperor is about leading by example, and taking into account the best interest of the whole. 

This Emperor is a commandeering tree who dominates the landscape and can see all that is around him. He offers shelter and protection from the stark surroundings. While the Empress offered protection in the form of nurturing and loving care, the Emperor offers protection by offering logical guidance. The Emperor gives you a chance to catch your bearings and find an orderly path out of the wilderness.

The Emperor shows us the power of structure and consistency. He is a masculine (yang) balance to the feminine (yin) energy of the Empress. He may come across as harsh, and she may come across as soft. They work together to show us ‘the middle way.’

The Emperor Tarot Card Meanings in General

The Emperor is often potrayed by an older man with a long white beard, nodding to his association with fathering. It’s important to note that while the Emperor can be associated with fathering in a literal sense, this card often speaks to a more symbolic type of fathering: creating structures, systems and rational approaches. 

The Emperor is card four of the major arcana, and this has an important numerological significance. Four is a stable, solid number: a table has four legs, a square has four equal sides. Four-ness is associated with structure and form, the domain of the Emperor.

Like all cards, the Emperor has a shadow side which can manifest itself in an egoic desire to forcefully control oneself and others. This card asks you to find the place where order is beneficial and creative, instead of controlling or stifling.

In a reading

The Emperor might ask you to consider where the themes of structure, control and order are at work in your life. Are these energies helping you thrive, or are they boxing you in? At times this card can speak of external authority figures, but it often speaks to your internal sense of authority. When this card appears, it may ask you to consider how you can further step into your role as the CEO of your life. It may be time to step up and take control. If you want your life to go in a particular direction, the Emperor asks you to ensure you are steering your ship that way.

Self-discipline can be a form of self-love if administered correctly. The Emperor asks you to develop healthy self-discipline. Stay accountable but do not set unrealistic standards for yourself. Setting up boundaries for yourself might can be restricting, but if done right the boundaries you establish for yourself are the very things that will lead you to a greater sense of freedom.

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The Empress :: Wild Unknown Tarot Card Meanings

I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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The Empress :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: the mother, sensuality, creation, nature
Carrie’s Keywords: nurturing, abundance, sensuality

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The Empress Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

The Empress here is potrayed as a lavish, unapologetically lucious tree. A waning crescent moon peeks out above her from the night time sky. The colorful tree stands out against the darkness around her. Remember that the High Priestess was also cloaked in darkness. Night time in the Wild Unknown seems to be associated with the realm of the feminine, signifying mysteries and inward-moving energy.

The Empress is at home in the sensual, life-sustaining energies of the natural world. This card is associated with nurturing in all of its guises: anything from literally mothering a child, to tending a garden, to cultivating a creative project. The Empress breathes life into the world around her. Although it is nighttime, the tree glows as though to offer a safe haven to any creature in need of care.

This particular Empress is unapologetic about taking up space. Her branches and blossoms sprawl freely across the card. She is completely at home in her own skin (or in this case, bark!). She invites us to give ourselves that same permission to inhabit our own flesh and to ground ourselves into the earth that gives us life.  She cares for others, providing safety and sustenance; and she is cared for as well, taking in nutrients from the soil and sky. In this sense, the Empress asks you to embrace your own role both as a nurturer and as a receiver of nurturing.

The edges of the tree are brimming with pink, red and purple life. The colors evoke blossoms and fruit – signs of the Empress’ role in creating and sustaining life. Note that this is a deciduous tree, which goes through the repeating cycles of the seasons. She will have color in autumn, lose leaves in winter, and then burst forth with new leaves and blossoms in the spring, bearing fruit once again in the summer. This is an apt way to show the cyclical, life-affirming energy of the Empress.

The Empress can also invite you to pay attention to your own natural rhythms. Much of this wisdom is acheived by noticing physical things: your own breath and body, as well as your mother Earth and the stars. The Empress is not about force (that is more of the Emperor’s thing). Instead, she is about flow. The Empress embodies the wisdom of dancing with the changing cycles that are always within and around you.

The Empress Tarot Card Meanings in General

The Empress is the archetypical mother symbol in the tarot. She is the ultimate care-giver and comforter. In some decks this card is depicted by a pregnant woman, representing her role in giving and sustaining life. 

While the High Priestess is associated with spirituality in a more esoteric sense, the Empress shows that all aspects of the physical, mundane world are aspects of spirit. Experiencing the full range of sensual pleasure available to us on this planet is another mode of connecting to the divine, and the Empress reminds us that sensuality can be just as sacred as prayer or contemplation. This isn’t to say the Empress encourages over-indulgence (that would be the Devil’s domain). Instead, the Empress encourages reverence for physicality and a profound gratitude for all that life has to offer.

In a reading

When the Empress appears, she might ask you to consider what you are nurturing, as well as what may need to be nurtured within you. She often shows up in readings to highlight the importance of self-love and self-care. Are you tending to yourself with as much reverence as you would give to someone you love dearly? Giving yourself that fertile soil to grow from is essential.

This card can also ask you to place your focus on contributing to the cycles of life and creation. You are a sacred conductor of life-force, and now may be the perfect time to direct that life-force into creating something beautiful. Life is rich with opportunities for you to grow, to experience your senses, and to step fully into your authentic nature. The Empress encourages you to find those opportunities and step into them fully and completely.

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The High Priestess :: Wild Unknown Tarot Card Meanings

I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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The High Priestess :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: mystery, non-action, going within
Carrie’s Keywords: being, yin energy, intuition

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The High Priestess Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

The High Priestess is a tiger, regal and dignified. Many different members of the cat family have long been known for their spiritual energy, and it is a common notion that members of the cat family can see beyond our mundane realm. This tiger sits under a black sky and a crescent moon – the first of many crescent moons we will see in this deck. Before her chest sits an sphere colored with blue and purple. This provides the only splash of color in the otherwise black and white card.

Her expression seems both serene and alert as she gazes to the left of the card. The Magician looked to the right. In one symbolic interpretation, the “right” direction represents light and objectivity. The “left” direction of the High Priestess, in this interpretation, represents dark and subjectivity. This interpretation seems even more apt when you consider that the Magician was surrounded by glowing, sun-like rays, while the High Priestess is enveloped in a night-time sky. In this deck, as well as in many symbolic systems, night time is associated with feminine or yin energy. 

The sphere before her contains swirling blues and purples, colors that represent spiritual receptivity and intuition. This sphere could be thought to represent the ethereal energy of dreams, mysteries, and unconscious awareness. Instead of the energy emanating from without and being channeled, as in the Magician, the energy is channeled inward and concentrated in this sphere.

The High Priestess does not try to pin down the sphere. Rather, her paws are spread out around it, suggesting complete confidence in her inner knowing. Notice again the contrast with the Magician, who rested his paws on the pentacle. He also stood upright on his haunches, with his neck turned. She is laying down with a relaxed posture. She is not active, she is receptive. 

The High Priestess knows how to be immersed in dreams, visions and the complex realm of unconscious awareness without letting these energies overcome her – but also without her needing to overcome them. She is willing to let things be what they are, even when what they are is indescribable in words. The High Priestess is attuned to the experiences beyond conscious understanding. She does not strain herself to explain the mystery – instead, she immerses herself completely in that mystery.  

She asks you to tap into your intuition, to let yourself experience dimensions beyond the relatively small scope of your conscious awareness. Non-rational ways of knowing are valuable even while being fleeting and hard to pin down. The High Priestess shows the part of your awareness that goes deeper than the surface, she asks you to soften into your inner knowing. While the Magician spoke to the visible power of doing, the High Priestess speaks to the quiet magic of BEING.

The High Priestess Tarot Card Meanings in General

In many decks, the High Priestess is potrayed as a woman in long robes sitting between two pillars. The space beyond the pillars is thought to suggest the mysteries that elude simple explanations. She often holds a book in her hands, usually some type of spiritual tome. This shows her connection with the numinous. 

While the Magician is associated with archetypical ‘yang’ or masculine energy, the High Priestess is archetypical ‘yin’ or feminine energy. These two cards form an inextricable pair, each speaking to one end of the spectrum of human experience. Both of these energies are equally essential to living an integrated, self-actualized life.

The High Priestess is very much associated with the concept of intuition, and as tarot is an intuitive art, many tarot readers feel a strong connection to this card. Our broader society generally places more value on the Magician-like energy of conscious awareness and action. But as tarot readers, many of us identify with the High Priestess as she speaks to the importance of unconscious awareness and being.

In a reading

In a reading, this card could indicate that your intuitive understanding is essential right now. Instead of straining to pin down answers with your conscious mind, listen to something deeper. The High Priestess invites you to pay attention to your dreams, your visions, your meditations. The answers that you seek are likely right there within you, but you need to shift your perspective in order to access them.

This card can ask you to let yourself sit serenely with mysteries. Questions are often more useful than answers. The sphere before her represents your own inner sphere of spiritual energy. Now is a powerful time to let yourself sit with that energy, to take a few deep breaths and let it be exactly what it is without forcing it to take any particular shape. It’s often when you stop straining so hard that some type of knowledge finally ‘clicks’ within you.

The High Priestess is linked to your intuition and inner knowing. She invites you to sit with the shadowy, less easily accessible parts of yourself. Get to know the whole spectrum of your inner landscape. The more intimately acquainted you become with your whole self, the more of a constant connection you’ll have to your intuitive knowing.

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Going back into the Wild Unknown + other updates

Going back into the Wild Unknown + other updates

You may already know that I wrote personal interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot deck. Sometimes I’m struck with utter disbelief when I see how much traffic these posts get (humblebrag: if you Google the meaning for any card in this deck, my site is the first result). When I started writing them, I had no clue people would be this interested in what I was doing. But three years later, I still get emails and comments from people thanking me for the posts, which is pretty cool and makes me happy!

Yep, that’s right – it’s been THREE YEARS since I wrote the first posts in that series. I’ve been wanting to go through and polish up/update these posts for ages…and now I’ve finally started that process.

The essential inforation in each post will remain the same, but some will be edited for clarity. I’ll also be putting in some new stuff into each post that I think will make the information even more useful. Right now, each post is kind of just a wall of text. But as I update them, each post will be structured in several short sections: a description of the card meaning specifically in the Wild Unknown, a description of the card meaning in general, and some thoughts on what the card could indicate in a reading. 

I’m also updating the graphics as the current pictures are a bit crappy. Oh, and I have the second edition of the deck now! The current posts are based off the first edition, and I’ve had a lot of people requests updates for the second edition. Those are coming!

(I’ve already updated The Fool and The Magician, take a look at those to get a feel for what’s coming.)

I wanted to announce this, as I know many of you reference the posts regularly. Get excited! But not TOO excited, because it took me over a year to write the original posts and I’m sure it will take quite a while to do all of these updates, too. Ha!

Other Updates

This is just some kinda personal rambles about me and my life. Take it or leave it!

As a water sign (Cancer baby!) I easily get swept away in the romantic, imaginitive side of my creative nature…but it’s always been harder for me to take all that poetic stuff and channel it in a solid way. I’m also prone to feeling all feelings with intensity (empath + water sign = ALL THE FEEELS ALL THE TIME). This means I get swept up in sadness, resistance and overwhelm a lot more often than I’d like. This year, I’ve been trying to get back to the basics of self-care so that I can better process my emotional energy, and so that I can be more productive.

Throughout 2017, I have been working on my ability to set more concrete goals and focus areas for myself. Although I’m a water sign, I’m a Virgo moon sign. Thus, I tend to thrive when I have healthy structures, routines and order in my life. It’s not always easy for me to stick to what I lay out for myself, but I’ve been working on getting consistent once again with things like journaling, movement, and eating well. I’m still trying to sort through my upper limit issues. This is all a work in progress, but I feel like things are heading in a more stable direction, which is really quite nice.

All of this is helping me develop a healthier relationship with my business – I’m getting better about focusing on what really matters. I have felt the pull to create a course ever since I started my business three years ago, and now I’m actually done it by putting together Tarot for Empaths. I cannot even explain how good it feels to have lovingly completed that project. The feeling of choosing something to focus on and actually bringing it into fruition is indescribably awesome (especially if you’re like me and tend to start a lot of creative projects that you never finish). 

Some days I feel like the gravity of the daily news pins me in place, but other days I feel so much magic at work in this world. Being alive is a strange, strange thing – but also pretty fucking awesome. Thank you for being here with me!

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The Fool :: Wild Unknown Tarot Card Meanings

I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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The Fool :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: innocence, naivety, starting out, spontaneity
Carrie’s Keywords: potential, leap, adventure

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The Fool Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

Our fool is a baby chick perched on a tree branch, one foot stretched out as though he is about to step off. Buds and blossoms are unfolding on the tree branch. It is spring-time, and the world is brimming with new life. Potential is bursting forth everywhere! Even the chick itself is a form of fresh, invigorating energy – a spring chicken, as they say.

The sky is orange and yellow, as though the sun is just starting to climb up the horizon. This brings to mind the metaphoric resonance of ‘the dawn of a new day.’ Sunrise is a time of adventure and potential. Where might this new day, this fresh blooming energy take you? The possibilities are truly endless.

The Fool is not concerned with yesterday or tomorrow – the Fool is immersed in the now. And it is always the now, as one moment gives way to the next. The Fool reminds you to place your attention here, in the present moment.

The chick and the branch are black and white. The bright white of the branch makes it look charged with pure energy. As the bright colors of dawn descend along the horizon, they give way to black lines near the bottom of the card. What might be in this black void? You simply don’t know. The Fool is literally heading out into the wild unknown.

There is an interesting use of lines in the Wild Unknown tarot. The direction of lines in the cards give clues to the energy the cards hold. In the Fool, the sky is lined horizontally. These static, horizontal lines seem to me to represent energy that is still free-flowing; the energy is there, but hasn’t yet been guided into a particular direction. This fits in well with the Fool, a card brimming with limitless, not yet fully directed universal energy.

The Fool Tarot Card Meanings in General

In many classic tarot decks, the Fool shows a person who looks poised to walk off a cliff – similar to this Fool, who is poised to walk off the branch and into that black void of the unknown. In fact, taking a leap into the unknown is a core message of the Fool in any tarot deck. This card speaks of pure, unbridled potential. In order for that potential to take shape, risks are required. Taking a leap doesn’t necessarily guarantee a favorable outcome. But if you never leap, you remain stuck on the precipice, never fully immersing yourself in all that life has to offer.

The Fool is card 0, giving it a special role in any tarot deck. Without a fixed number, the Fool is unbound and free, often thought to represent each of us as we journey through life. In some tarot traditions, the Fool is considered to be the character who encounters the various lessons that we see in the rest of the cards. In a spiritual sense, the Fool is infinite universal energy. The Fool is the creative force that animates the entire universe. Without this undirected universal energy, no other manifestations of creation would be possible. The Fool is the energetic magic that allows the entire adventure of life come into being.

In a reading

In a reading, this card can ask you to consider the timeless conundrum of the Fool: are you naïve, about to leap unprepared and face disaster? Or are you filled with a spiritual trust that the universe will support your leap? The Fool asks you to tune into your primal instincts instead of overthinking.

The Fool is also a reminder that there are no right or wrong decisions. The most important thing, the Fool might advise you, is to say YES to life in whatever way feels expansive for you. Sometimes your best option is to remain on the branch until you are ready. But more often, the Fool nudges you to open your heart, set out, and trust that whatever happens from there is a meaningful adventure.

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The Magician :: Wild Unknown Tarot Card Meanings

I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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The Magician :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: action, self-empowerment, purpose
Carrie’s Keywords: creation, yang energy, doing

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The Magician Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

In the first incarnation of this post, I described this Magician as a cheetah – but upon further consideration, I believe this is actually a leopard. Mythologically, the leopard is known for exuding confidence and independence. Seshat, the ancient Egyptian goddess who invented writing, wore leopard skin. Leopards have long been heralded as powerful and capable creatures.

This Magician is proud and alert; he has a powerful stance and his gaze is focused. He is sizing up his surroundings, not with any urgency, but with a natural awareness of all that is at work around him. Surrounding the leopard are rays of orange and yellow light – colors that convey active energy and vitality. The rays emanate out from a singular point in the distance. This shows a concentration of energy which was previously undirected (as we saw with the Fool) but which is now available to the Magician through his understanding of the four tools before him. The Magician has an innate ability to tap into – and actively channel – infinite energy.

The lemniscate symbol appears on his chest. We’ll see this symbol on a few more cards from the Wild Unknown tarot (it also appears on several cards in the Rider-Waite tradition). This symbol is sometimes referred to as ‘the infinity sign’ suggesting the never-ending nature of all life and all matter. This symbol also shows the ways that the wisdom and archetypes within tarot transcend space and time – this is why the cards have resonated with so many people for so long. The tarot goes through different incarnations and different artistic interpretations, but its core messages always remain relevant.

The four suits of the deck – sword, pentacle, cup and wand – are laid out in front of the Magician. The Magician is attuned to the dynamic nature of life, and these four suits are the emblems of that dynamic nature. His front paws rest on the pentacle, suggesting his ability to take raw materials and create something tangible. 

He faces right, a direction that is symbolically linked to activity and conscious awareness. He is ready to act not out of stress, but out of intention. The Magician shows the power of directing your energy wisely, and the importance of having confidence in your abilities. Your greatest skill is in knowing that you are an empowered creator. 

The Magician Tarot Card Meanings in General

In other traditional decks, the Magician is depicted as a human figure with one hand pointed towards the sky and one hand pointed towards the ground. This invokes the spiritual axiom “as above, so below.” This implies a deep understanding that the true nature of the universe is creative. And as a creative being inhabiting the universe, our true nature is to create in whatever way speaks to us. The Magician takes these etheral spiritual principles and applies them to mundane life in our world. The Magician shows that your highest potential unfolds when your ego (or conscious awareness) is aligned with spiritual energy.

The Magician is archetypical yang energy. This card is about light, conscious awareness, masculinity (not in a gender sense, but in an energetic sense), and action. It is worth noting that the energy of the Magician is intricately linked to the energy of the High Priestess. As the first two cards in the tarot deck, they lay the groundwork for the sweeping concepts of “yin” and “yang” energy that is explored in various manifestations throughout the rest of the cards.

In a reading

In a reading, the Magician can speak to the power of concentration. Where is your attention being placed? The direction of your concentration may need to be re-adjusted towards your capabilities. Instead of looking to what you do not have or what you wish you had, the Magician invites you to pay attention to all that you DO have. Too often we sit around waiting for life to happen to us. The Magican invites YOU to happen to LIFE. This is how you step fully in to your radiating power.

The four suits present in the card speak to your mental, physical, emotional and creative energy. Are you purposefully paying attention to these aspects of yourself? It is time to check-in with how you are distributing those various energies. Make sure you are doing so with conscious intent, giving your power and your energy to things that really matter. 

The Magician shows that you can be a conscious creator. Be willing to take action when you know what needs to be done. When you walk purposefully through life, awakened to the always-present light of your creativity, you are embodying the ways of the Magician. You are capable of directing unlimited universal creativity through your consciousness – let yourself step fully and confidently into that truth.

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