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30 Day Tarot Challenge - Week 4 - Sept 20-26, 2020 - The Spacious Tarot

As we move into the last 10 days of the 30 Day Tarot Challenge, I can’t believe it has passed so quickly. As in the previous weeks, my daily Challenge cards and interpretations will be included here on my blog and the deck used will be The Spacious Tarot. This is a new deck for me and I am getting to know it as I move through this Challenge. The depth of insights this sparse artwork style is bringing has been a constant joy and amazement. I’m having a lot of fun with it.  

 September 20-26, 2020

Day 20 - September 20, 2020
Question - Something I should be aware of today


2 of Swords reversed - The Spacious Tarot

Two swords at crossed blades stand frozen in the snow, suggesting a conflicted position. The reversed image shows the conflict is happening in my inner world. A rising sun in the distance shows a thaw is taking place. This does reflect me.

Today I will be driving a very long way to and from a wedding. Normally I don’t travel this far for a wedding and have not been accepting weddings during the quarantine unless they were to be under strict safety guidelines. Today’s wedding will be safety conscious (supposedly),  with only parents and a few family present. And the Bride is someone special to me. I suspect she is the sun in the image, thawing my position a bit to do her wedding. 
What I should be aware of today is the sword handles frozen in the snow. They represent my strong safety-first position. It will be important that I remain true to this, especially if it turns out that the wedding couple has not stayed within the safety net they had previously indicated.
Comments always welcome and appreciated. πŸ’™πŸŒΏ


Day 21 - September 21, 2020
Question - Something I need to know about today


The Hanged One - The Spacious Tarot

This feels like it relates to two things - my wanting, hoping  the Senate will hold off on appointing a new Justice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg as well as the healing of our nation and our planet. 

This jewel in the darkness is a treasure and needs protecting. Justice Ginsburg left us many jewels that are going to be threatened with a heavily conservative court. Likewise, previous jewels of protection of the planet and our nation are going to be in jeopardy with a highly conservative Supreme Court. 

This image is a reminder that all is interconnected. 
The bigger picture.

Comments always welcome and appreciated. πŸ’™πŸŒΏπŸŒŽ


Day 22 - September 22, 2020
Question - A message for today


10 of Wands - The Spacious Tarot

Yesterday, we learned my husband is going to need a minor eye procedure... another eye development in a long series of them. We are awaiting the call from the nurse to set up the schedule and I have checked with my daughters to find out any days they can’t get time off work to cover my online school teaching days, just in case, and if there is even a choice of dates for the procedure.

Lots of things to juggle with scheduling right now, and making sure I can take care of Hubby as he needs. I know we can handle it all but it is stressful not knowing the surgery and followup schedules and trying to be prepared for whatever they might be. 

This card suggests I might be stressing more about it than I thought or even need to. I will be glad when we have a game plan in place.
Comments always welcome and appreciated. πŸ’™πŸŒΏ


Day 23 - September 23, 2020
Question - What is the lesson our nation is meant to learn from Trump?


Knight of Cups reversed - The Spacious Tarot

I still cannot believe that a man like Trump is in a leadership position and has so many followers. So I asked what it is he might be supposed to show us. What is a lesson we need to learn?

The Knight of Pentacles reversed is an interesting card for this answer. I feel it absolutely pertains to the negative personality traits of this knight. Both he and Trump are players and con men. Trump is also a manipulator with tremendous power over others. He has no compunctions about lying or hurting anyone. His main motivations seems to be money, power and self-aggrandizement. 

So what is it he is meant to teach our nation? Is it to not ever allow someone like him into such a high, powerful office ever again? Is it that we are bringing about our own destruction? Is it that we need to come together to fight against the negativity he represents? Or is it that he is a reflection of our own national shadow? 

As I wrote that last sentence, I felt its truth immediately. He is here to show us our shadow side. Greed, racism, selfishness, manipulation, feeling exceptional over others - he mirrors it all back to us in a nasty way. 

I have never thought of our nation in this light, except for occasional situations. The whole time he was running and all through his presidency, I have been appalled by his words, actions, cruelty, priorities. And especially by the fact that so many are not bothered by this and many in government have helped him break laws and norms instead of standing against that behavior. Clearly, I need to understand our nation’s shadow side for what it is and how extensive it is. Almost half of our nation is enamored of this man because he is them, just more so. And he gives them permission to be just like him. It breaks my heart to see what he has done to our nation.

Those who love this reversed Knight of Cups will have their hearts broken when they finally come to realize he used them for his own ends and did not love them in return. How long will it take them to see him for who he truly is? I hope it is not much longer. I feel like I am helplessly watching those I care about wasting themselves in a sadistic, dysfunctional relationship and hoping it does not take all of us down to destruction.
Comments always welcome and appreciated. πŸ’™πŸŒΏ


Day 24 - September 24, 2020
Challenge prompt - What am I most grateful for?


The Tower reversed - The Spacious Tarot

The reversed Tower as gratitude? I had to think on this a bit. What came to me was that, although this is not the only thing I am grateful for - and it isn’t necessarily where the ‘most’ gratitude lies - it was an important moment for my inner calm. Reversed cards, for me, reflect the inner world.

Until about 3 months ago, I was deeply angry about Trump’s disrespect for his office and our citizens. So angry, in fact, that I would yell at him on the TV and any of his henchmen who came on and supported him with lies and idiocy (from my perspective).  I knew this level of anger was not good for me but could not get it out of my system. 

Then The Universe directed me to Paul Selig, a channeler I knew nothing about. He was offering a free webinar that sounded vague but interesting, so I signed up. 

One of the things he did in the webinar was to help us address a deep anger about someone or something. Trump was the only thing that came to mind that I was so angry about, so I chose him as the subject. What I didn’t expect, though, was that after that webinar, my livid-in-a-split-second anger toward Trump had vanished. I released it to Spirit and it has remained gone. While I am still disgusted by Trump and his henchmen and will be doing my part to vote them all out, that soul-stealing, blazing hot anger and resentment are gone. It is a relief not to feel that way anymore. 

I will always be grateful that The Universe directed me to that particular tower event. It struck me at the core of my being and changed me for the better.
Comments always welcome and appreciated. πŸ’™πŸŒΏ


Day 25 - September 25, 2020
Question - Something important I should be aware of today


Elder (King) of Swords - The Spacious Tarot

I love this image. It captures the important aspects of the Elder (King) of Swords - mental acumen mixed with positive aspiration. It shows the power of truth and makes me feel that truth will win.

There is an eagle above the point of the sword of truth, flying into the sun. Our national eagle so needs to fly into the cleansing and illuminating goodness of the sun. This sword of truth points to us doing exactly that. 

So no matter what new scary and horrendous things might appear in the news, this card’s important message is that our nation is going to rise above our current administration and problems. Truth and honor are on the horizon. The colors in this card are the colors of the dawn, not the sunset. 

The song, Rise Up, written and performed by Andra Day, is running through my mind. 

Rise Up

You're broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can't find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I'll rise up
I'll rise like the day
I'll rise up
I'll rise unafraid
I'll rise up
And I'll do it a thousand times again
And I'll rise up
High like the waves
I'll rise up
In spite of the ache
I'll rise up
And I'll do it a thousands times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn't quiet
And it feels like it's getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we'll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
We'll take it to its feet
And move mountains
And I'll rise up
I'll rise like the day
I'll rise up
I'll rise unafraid
I'll rise up

Comments always welcome and appreciated. πŸ’™πŸŒΏ


Day 26 - September 26, 2020
Question - Will the new Supreme Court Justice be a good, fair and honest judge and not a Trump lackey?


3 of Pentacles reversed - The Spacious Tarot

This seems to be saying that the new Justice will be someone of deeply conservative leanings, who may want to take our nation back to our roots of bygone days. Does this mean so many of the progressive gains made in the last generation will be nullified? As I write that, my stomach lurches to think what that might mean for our national future.

The coins embedded in the roots seem problematic. Do they indicate this person will or can be bought? I would not put that kind of a choice past our current administration but I really hope it does not turn out to be true about the Justice who is chosen. 

This card reversed feels like something is hidden. What might that be? 

I asked the cards if the new Justice can or will be bought. The cards drawn were very reassuring.


The Lovers reversed
foundation card (at the bottom of the deck)  - Elder (King) of Swords

The reversed Lovers indicates this Justice has no prior commitments and most likely will not be beholden or bought. The Elder (King) of Swords speaks to yesterday’s message of truth and honor returning to our nation. 

                                                          Glad to see these cards.
Comments always welcome and appreciated. πŸ’™πŸŒΏ



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Card Drawn  -  5 of Swords reversed Foundation Card  -  The Fool

Deck  -  Psychic Tarot for the Heart
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Elder (King)  of Pentacles reversed
foundation card -4 of Swords reversed
The Spacious Tarot 
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Weight Loss Tarot Journal
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deck used - The Druidcraft Tarot
I know just how this guy feels!
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Weight Loss Tarot Journal
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Ace of Swords
Deck - The Druidcraft Tarot
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Weight Loss Tarot Journal
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9 of Wands
Tarot of the Golden Wheel
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Card Drawn  -  The World reversed
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The Sun - The Spacious Tarot
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