Today's cards give me the opportunity to share a little about how I have adapted this deck for my own personal use. The deck is Thoth-based, which I am not very familiar with. The Kings are all on horses, while the Princes are on suit-relevant animal-driven chariots. When I turn over a court card and the guy is riding a horse, I'm sorry but that's a Knight to me. And it's gonna stay that way because I'm not about to go confusing myself with every reading.
I have also switched one of the Queens with a Princess. The one that showed up today... the Princess of Pentacles. She looks older and more mature than the Queen of Pentacles in this deck. And she's pregnant. My eyes are always gonna think the the pregnant one is the Queen... not the young Page. So that's another card that I have adapted for my own use.
So today, I have the Queen of Pentacles (despite what the card title says), Ace of Swords and Eight of Wands. The pregnant Queen of Pentacles is representing me and my role as a mother, as our family is going through a challenging time. In the Ace of Swords I saw "the moment of truth" and bravery. Next to the Eight of Wands, I'm hoping it means that the situation I'm involved in will be remedied *soon*, and in my favor. You've got to have some level of bravery to wield a sword, whether it's by choice, or thrust upon you. In my case, it's been the latter. I have had to muster up strength that I wish I never had to discover.
The girl in the Eight of Wands is deflecting the wands that are being tossed at her. Some she has kept in her sack for later use. She is also sending out a rainbow to her attackers. This reminded me of something I did the other night, where I sent out loving vibes to the people who are challenging me. I surrounded the whole situation with love and truth and happiness. This card reminded me of that, and is hopefully a sign that it is working.
The Eight of Wands also reminded me of an email I received yesterday from a friend, literally wishing me a swift "8 of Wands" resolution for my situation. In fact, today she sent me a reading a couple of hours after I drew these cards, and both the Ace of Swords and Eight of Wands showed up there too!
I wanted more information about how the Ace of Swords and Eight of Wands would play out... would it be good or bad? So I looked at the bottom of the deck and saw a most welcome reassurance. The Three of Cups. I have been getting this card A LOT in my readings for the past week or so, which has been confusing me, because I don't feel like celebrating, while in the midst of such a challenging situation. So I'm hoping this card keeps appearing to assure me everything will be okay in the end.
Isn't this the most adorable Three of Cups?!? I *love* the multicultural vibe of the deck, and this card is just so carefree feeling, with the women in bikinis, splashing and raising glasses in the water.
(Excuse the wonky angled and miscellaneously lit photographs. The clouds keep getting in my way every time I get out the camera, so this was the best I could do without having the flash obscure parts of the cards.)
Deck: Sun and Moon Tarot (by Vanessa Decort, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.)
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