Learning To Read Tarot Cards

I have always been fascinated with Tarot cards, but it wasn’t until last year around the holidays that I finally got my hands on the beautiful deck we were selling by The Wild Unknown. Ever since, I have been trying to practice and learn the basics of Tarot readings.  It can seem overwhelming at first — there are so many different cards and meanings, and a variety of ways to read them.  Today I wanted to share some of the beginner’s tips that I have found most useful, and three common spreads to practice with.

If you have any tips or advice for learning how to read Tarot cards, please share in the comments!

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Choose a deck that speaks to you.  There are a number of different Tarot card decks.  You will naturally be drawn to one, whether it is because of the imagery or some subconscious pull.  I was immediately drawn to the Wild Unknown deck and its gorgeous illustrations by artist Kim Krans.

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Spend time with your deck. Get to know the cards, spend time studying them and getting to know their individual meanings.  Learn about the different suits, which vary depending on the deck.  My deck has Pentacles, Wands, Swords, and Cups.

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Major vs. Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana speaks to the deeper and more spiritual aspects of life situations and the Minor Arcana speaks to smaller, day to day matters.  The Major Arcana includes the “trump cards” of the deck — the ones we are more familiar with hearing about like The Sun, The Moon, The Lovers, and The Fool.

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Practice. Practice by starting your day with a daily reading.  Draw one card from the deck — choose the one you are drawn to.  Study the card, think about its meaning, and ask yourself questions about how it applies to you and your current situation.

Once you have familiarized yourself with the cards and their meanings, start experimenting with different spreads.  Here are three common spreads you can try!

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The 3 card spread is a great starting point.  Ask yourself a question, and spend some time sitting with the deck, transferring your energy to the cards.  When you draw the cards, select the ones you are subconsciously drawn to.  If you draw a card upside down, keep it that way — this is referred to as a “reverse” card, and affects the reading.  The first card symbolizes the past, the center card the present, and the third card the future.  Look for a story or pattern in the cards you draw, and think about how they relate to each other —  trust your intuition.  This spread is great for daily readings, and a good way to get some quick insight into a certain situation.

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The 7 card spread is similar to the 3 card spread but a bit more complex, with two cards in the past and future, and three in the present.  Once you have become more familiar with your cards and how to read them, this spread can help offer further insight into a situation, beyond what the 3 card spread offers.  The cards in the past speak to past past issues, the three in the center speak to present situations, and the two on the right speak to the future outcome.

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The Celtic Cross Spread is an even more complex and in-depth reading.  This spread definitely takes practice and I am not there yet, but this diagram demonstrates the spread and each card’s meaning.  Here is a rundown of what each card means:

Self: This is you at your core, your being.

Opposing Forces: This represents something that is working against your true self, and challenging your being.

Background/Foundation: This card speaks to the origin of your question and why you asked it, which could relate to your background, your childhood, or an event that has shaped who you are.

Recent Past: This card represents recent events leading up to your current situation.

Near Future: This card represents events that are currently forming and about to occur.

Higher Power: This card can represent a person of extreme importance in your life, or an overseeing power of some sort — it can even represent you at your highest power.

Issues/Fears: This card symbolizes your fears or hesitancy about upcoming events, or the situation you are inquiring about.

Allies and Supporters: This speaks to your family, friends, and close acquaintances.  The card demonstrates how your current situation affects those around you, or how they affect your current situation.

Advice: This card offers you insight into how to act next, and how to proceed with your situation.

Outcome: The end result of your query, this card speaks to the long-term outcome.  You can affect this outcome by heeding the advice in the prior card, or taking a different approach to your issues or fears with the situation.

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Source: Learning To Read Tarot Cards http://blog.freepeople.com/2013/10/learning-read-tarot-cards/#ixzz4BpTX8Pav

Indoor Garden Design

Regardless of where you live, I’m a firm believer you can take advantage of some of the many benefits vertical gardening offers.

The advantages of vertical gardens really come into their own in micro garden spaces where options are very limited but as most people live in urban areas, clever design ideas are a key to make the most of the space you have.5141ba3faa7c0af97f218355d39f5743

“Vertical gardening is an innovative, effortless, and highly productive growing system that uses bottom-up and top-down supports for a wide variety of plants in both small and large garden spaces.” – Derek Fell, author Vertical Gardening: Grow Up, Not Out for More Vegetables & Flowers in Much Less Space

Vertical gardens help you:

  • Maximise Limited Space:  Increase growing space especially when it is at a premium in a very tiny area.
  • Create a Garden Room:  Some vertical structures like arbors, arches, pergolas and gazebos help create the ambience of an outdoor garden ‘room’ and can focus the eye on the mystery beyond.  They can also give a sense of height and depth to an otherwise small space.
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  • Grow a Privacy Screen:  Screen or disguise unwanted views (like boxy air conditioners and unattractive garden structures like sheds or compost bays), nosy neighbours and create more privacy.
  • Increase Accessibility:  Plants are easier to reach – makes fertilising, watering, pruning and harvesting much more convenient and saves your back.
  • Nurture Healthier Plants:  Getting plants up and off the ground improves air circulation = healthier plants and less pest & disease problems.  It also minimises damage due to pets or wild animals digging up gardens on the ground.
  • Enhance Visual Appeal:  Improve the beauty of your garden and increase ‘curb appeal’ by adding character, variety, structure and colour. Create ‘eye candy’ by planting at eye level with vertical garden structures like hanging baskets and window boxes.
  • Grow More Plants:  Expand the number and kind of plants you can grow in your garden.  Some vegetables like pumpkins that grow on vines and take up a lot of personal space, can be trained to grow up and over a trellis in a very compact space.
  • Obtain a Higher Crop Yield:  Obtain a more productive harvest of food crops by growing up and using particular techniques like espalier.
  • Reduce the Impact of an Urban Environment:  Soften hard or stark building and landscape surfaces by camouflaging with living green walls and other vertical design features. 
  • Define a Space:  Create an entrance, backdrop or framework; define boundaries and edges; and provide a sense of enclosure or seclusion.
  • Create a Micro Climate: A living natural shield can insulate a building (from heat, air pollution or noise) and help to regulate temperature by cooling and shading an area.  You can also create a micro climate by adding a vertical structure like a tepee, trellis, pergola, arbor, arch or A-frame that will provide shade below.  The cooler spot under the support will suit shade-loving plants and sun worshippers will thrive climbing up and over so you get the best of both worlds.
  • Improve Air Quality and your Health: Research has revealed that plants improve both indoor and outdoor air quality by removing harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and absorbing pollutants.  Houses have been found to have consistently poorer air quality indoors than out, even with external pollution.  So growing plants vertically even in compact spaces like windowsills, balconies, front entrances and hanging in aerial space will make a BIG difference to your health.e8534c0ec675e90407be153adb85372a

Matthew Simmonds sculptures

Quando sentiamo parlare di sculture in marmo , si tende a pensare alle forme umane appartenenti ad esempi senza tempo provenienti da Grecia, Italia e altrove . Una forma non è necessariamente un solido, come sottolinea lo scultore Matthew Simmonds attraverso il suo lavoro , che consiste in sculture, non di pieni e definiti corpi umani , ma di architetture d’interni vuoti .
Simmonds, originario dalla Gran Bretagna, ha studiato storia dell’arte prima di dedicarsi alla illustrazione e poi scultura in pietra; come scalpellino ha lavorato al restauro di alcuni più importanti monumenti nazionali inglesi, tra cui l’Abbazia di Westminster e le cattedrali di Salisbury e Ely. Quindi non è una sorpresa che il suo lavoro è ispirato principalmente da edifici sacri, come le basiliche barocche e templi romani antichi. Dopo aver affinato le sue abilità in scultura classica a Pietrasanta, Italia, Simmonds ha ottenuto il riconoscimento internazionale come scultore, esibendo il suo lavoro a livello internazionale, mentre le sue sculture sono ora parte di collezioni private di primo piano in tutto il mondo .

In architettura generale, in particolare gli interni elaborati e monumentali di edifici religiosi, i materiali (una pietra diventa un fiore, una mano, un uccello) si trasformano e sembrano sfidare le leggi della fisica, sorretti dai colonnati e cupole maestose. Ogni opera di architettura è una vittoria sulla natura e una celebrazione di abilità e ingegno u9ef0c0851d0fb1354fb32cde27fa170535d9ea8e527943b6fc777dbc69ffba1a704c403fbf543d4d6d6d3bc787d9ebcbc3d4ff657f6eeebe9d535bd9fcd6cbcfmarble-stone-sculptures-matthew-simmonds-8marble-stone-sculptures-matthew-simmonds-21mano. Nella scultura di Simmonds tuttavia, questo principio è invertito: Natura vince l’architettura, come se si racchiude o la avvolge: gli interni incontaminati ed elaborati sono come fossili di edifici, intrappolati dentro la roccia in cui sono stati intagliati, diminuendo in tal modo il loro carattere altrimenti grande e umiliante. Creare un gioco di spazi architettonici su piccola scala, la solida pietra in cui sono scolpite le sculture si apre per rivelare mondi interni intricati in cui il punto di vista cambia e la luce gioca un ruolo importante nella definizione delle sculture.

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