Sage and Tarot Cards

Yesterday was a rough day. I try not to keep score… but the rough ones seem to have been increasing lately. Sigh… have an appointment to see the doc about my meds on Monday, so we’ll see what happens there.

Last night, though, I got home from work and decided that I wasn’t going to sit down and dwell on my bad day. I decided to try to turn it around instead. As I do sometimes when I need to refocus or decompress, I went to my sacred space. As I’ve mentioned before, I have gotten into some alternative spirituality and find a lot of fulfillment in certain rituals. So last night I lit a smudge stick (dried herbs, mostly sage) to cleanse my energy. I also lit a couple of candles… “magick” candles made with the intention for affecting certain energies. Last night I used a Clearing and a Healing candle. I lit my smudge stick so that it would smoke fairly heavily… and then meditated as I breathed in the clearing energy and breathed out the negative. It took some time, but I did begin to feel release. It made a good effort at bringing me back from the unhappy place.

As I finished meditating, I was drawn to my deck of tarot cards. I use the tarot as another way to channel the energy around me. So I gathered the deck and held it in the smudge smoke for a few moments to clear its energy. I then began to mix the deck, without any specific purpose but to find some clarity… and almost immediately three cards fell out of the deck and onto the floor. I could take this as a clumsy error and just pick them up, but I feel that things like this aren’t mistakes… those cards were meant to appear at that moment. The cards that fell were:

The Tower, Ten of Wands & Ten of Cups

Ok, so what does it mean, you ask… first of all, I kept the three in the order in which they fell… The Tower was on top, when I turned them face up. Although there are many facets to reading the cards, the simplest designation is that the left card represents the past, the center card represents the present, and the right card represents the future. So, in this case:

The Past  The Tower: Something that has been created without a solid foundation is collapsing. Often ideas created out of illusion or false beliefs will come to an end. The card signifies a sudden or unexpected ending.

This card appeared to me once before, as a future card, right before a relationship abruptly ended. I take its appearance now to show that that ending is now behind me.

The Present Ten of Wands: The man carries a heavy load but keeps his eyes forward. Although he is overwhelmed and weary of his responsibilities, he is determined to look beyond to the promise of the future.

For me? Um, yeah, I’ve been overwhelmed. This card is telling me to not give up.

The Future Ten of Cups: I’ll let my handbook speak for this one “When the Ten of Cups shows up in a reading, it represents happiness in one’s home life, together with the promise of lasting success in a relationship. It symbolizes committed and contented love with permanence.”

A lot of my stress centers around my home life. That is just the way it is. The appearance of this card gives me assurance that when I look beyond my current overwhelmed state, happiness is there. The card does not tell me exactly how this will come to me, but it gives me reassurance that it is coming.


In the end, after my smudging and my reading of the cards, my heart felt lighter and open for possibilities… tomorrow is a new day and I need to look ahead to the happiness that is coming.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tardispunkie
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 21:53:19

    Smiles. Maybe this will work for me? I haven’t done my tarrot cards in months now. . .

    I love your writing. Open. Honest. and encouraging.


  2. Bazalkryn (@Bazalkryn)
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 22:12:35

    I have that same tarot deck. It’s very nice.


  3. likeaphoenixfromthefire
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 09:44:33

    I will have to try this, it sounds so interesting! love this postive, it is really postive 🙂


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