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Mystic Monkey – HALLOWEEN EDITION: The 10 of Pentacles

Hiya, how are ya? I neglected to give a heads-up in my last post that I’d be going M.I.A. (Monkey in America), so off the radar for a few days. My posts may be sporadic going forward as well, at least for a few weeks while I am visiting my folks in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

In any case, I am traveling without my usual monkeys and traditional Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck, but I do have Halloween-themed tarot and oracle cards with me because, y’know, ’tis the season! So, I’ve procured a mini-Mummy Monkey to pose with this month’s special-edition cards.

Okay, then. Now that those very important administrative details have been addressed, let’s begin today’s one-card draw from the Trick or Tarot deck by Duck Soup Productions! The Ten of Pentacles

In tarot, 10s typically mean completion of a cycle but also excess. By this point, we’ve accomplished what we’ve wanted and accumulated more than enough for ourselves, so we can share our bounty with others. This is a card of legacy, of family, inheritance. Pentacles represent our status in the physical world, our financial wealth, our homes, our families and sense of stability. And as we see in the Trick or Tarot card here, there is a house looming behind a woman, her two creepy costumed kiddos, and their fierce family “pet”–or maybe that’s just Dad in werewolf form. Gravestones in the foreground give a nod to ancestors and reinforce that idea of family legacy.

This Gothic glimpse at the Ten of Pentacles really isn’t all too different from the traditional RWS card. The Rider-Waite-Smith version roots us in the physical through imposing architecture (the archway an example of solid support), grapevines, three generations of people (who have pets — or shape-shifting dads — as well), and a plethora of coins (well, ten, to be exact). It’s got that abundance of wealth and security to pass on to the next generation, a feeling of satisfaction and achievement that enables us to now rest and enjoy sharing with our loved ones. There is a lush sense of all is well and there’s more than enough to go around. A lovely card to draw on my first full day in my hometown, seated here in my childhood home and catching up with my parents and getting excited to also see siblings and nieces and nephews. Nothing makes me feel more grounded and content and secure than being here, I tell ya. It’s a tremendous sense of fulfillment, and I’m so grateful to my parents for the generous and loving legacy they’ve passed down to grandchildren who adore them as much as their kids do. My cup runneth over being with them and seeing everyone do so well.

That’s all I really have to say about this particular card, Halloween version or otherwise. Except maybe…

…someone give those kids candy before they kill anyone. And put Dad on a leash.

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Crystal pairing: citrine + pyrite for prosperity and manifestation

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Mystic Monkey: The 5 of Wands

Happy Monday, all! What better way to start the week than with a little group conflict… 😀

Those darn 5s. They, along with 7s, like to herald conflict and struggle in tarot, but what can ya do. That’s life. Here in the Five of Wands card, we see a group of lads duking it out with their staffs (hello, sausage fest!). This isn’t generally a positive card to me, but it’s not as bad as it initially appears either. This doesn’t look like combat so much as friendly competition. We’ve got five people dressed quite differently from each other, signifying their differences in perspective as well. This could be a clash of viewpoints on an issue or how to accomplish a team goal, or individuals vying for an achievement. There’s also confusion here, a lack of clarity that obscures the way forward and keeps anyone from making progress. I look at the chap on the left, though, who seems to have freed his wand from the fray and thus holds it up victoriously–he’s gotten himself out of this tangle and can now make more productive use of his time, be on his way ahead of the rest. There’s this healthy aspect of competition that encourages you to do your best and set yourself apart, but it’s also good to work with others, to brainstorm and hear diverse opinions–as long as everyone is listening and valuing that input; otherwise, you really will get nowhere.

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My chosen crystal pairing: aqua aura quartz + fire agate for clear and calm communication, focused action, and blocking negativity.

 


Mystic Monkey: The King of Cups

Well, howdy-do?! I ditched my tarot card of the day yesterday for a cemetery tour in the rain (as one does), but today I’m back to rock ’em sock(monkey) ’em.

So, kings… I generally don’t love when they appear. They automatically make me dread an authoritarian a-hole in my life or that that’s the stern attitude I must possess.

But kings aren’t necessarily dicks, and embodying their masculine energy can be quite a good thing. Tarot kings are masters of their suits, after all, and the King of Cups in particular is a nice, loving king. More in tune with his emotions than the rest. But, again, a master of them, meaning he can keep them in check. Keep his head above water and ride the waves with ease. Which is, again, a good thing–I really need it!–but this lends an aloofness as well. I feel like this king is more intuitive and fanciful than he lets himself show. Like he’s lived his Page and Knight days of daydreaming and romance and has by now stuffed a cork in it. The crazy fish he once held in his cup is now dumped back into the water. Yet it stays with him, swimming alongside.

So, I do give this king credit for possessing creativity and compassion, simply filtering it through his emotional maturity. He can remain calm under pressure and apply his strong instincts and interpersonal skills to his work and relationships. He’s deep, not shallow. Steady but not stodgy. A confident yet caring person who does ultimately give a crap. He’s just not going to spaz out over it. He’ll mediate and productively work toward solutions instead.

As for how this might apply to me? I’ve been a little self-pitying the last couple of days, which is decidedly not a color I love on me, so today I feel ready to rein it in.

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My chosen crystal pairing: serpentine + mahogany obsidian for emotional balance and strength.


Mystic Monkey: The 3 of Pentacles

Okay, so I missed yesterday, but I’m here today for a quick look at my latest tarot card draw: the Three of Pentacles.

Here, I see an apprentice making solid progress on his work under the supervision of two other folks. One holds a blueprint of sorts, and from the looks of it, everything’s going according to plan. We’ve got a lovely stone archway with a solid sense of support, which expresses the general vibe I get from this card: laying a stable foundation. Steady progress toward a goal. There’s also the power of three in this team collaboration that shows sometimes you can’t go it alone; you need the help of others for knowledge, support, and synergy of talents. The physicality of this earth-element card, too, shows progress in the material world. This isn’t just inner development but application of one’s learning and abilities, and it’s only just the beginning–completion and reward lie ahead, yet this is nonetheless a stage of accomplishment and satisfaction. Keep honing your craft and know when to rely on others.

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My chosen crystal pairing: purple & yellow fluorite + malachite for study, teamwork, and inspiring/implementing creativity.


Gone Sissin’

Snagged from the Create from Scratch blog.

I’m hosting my sister here in London for the next week, so I’ll be putting my daily tarot reflections on pause. Lucky you! 🙊😄

I could’ve scheduled posts in advance, but that defeats the purpose of the card-a-day, which I of course can continue to carry on whether I blog about it or not.

But…nah. I’ll just wait ’til next week, as logging my thoughts has been truly helpful in the process, and you’d think I could multitask this, but what can I say–when I host, I host hard.

Enjoy the break, and see ya soon! 🔮🐒


Mystic Monkey: The 7 of Cups

Good day to you! Let’s see what the tarot cards have in store for us today…

Must say I love the Seven of Cups, for better or worse. I’m pretty sure that’s what the inside of my brain looks like. Cloudy, muddled, mixed-up thoughts, all sorts of fancies and fears swirling around. The earthly and the spiritual fill these cups, some desirable, some not, some meaningful, some shallow. It can get overwhelming and paralyze me with indecisiveness. That, or I get so caught up in my fantasies that I neglect reality; I need to get my head out of the clouds and get something done. I still think this can be a positive card, though, for those times when it’s healthy and luxurious to get lost in thought, to take a time-out from the day-to-day and retreat into a rich inner world, explore all the possibilities before you and feel like you have a wealth of options to choose from.

As for which angle this card is showing me today, I’m inclined toward the negative. Though not so much negative, really, as just a little kick in the bum to be productive with my day–because I truly need to. I’ve had some time off to chase after any shiny whim that’s come my way, but tomorrow my sister arrives for a visit! So, I’ve gotta set some of my fancies aside to get down and dirty as the domestic goddess I decidedly am not. But it’s sooo worth it; I cannot wait for this extra-special guest who will help me get out of my head and out into the real world to explore all the treasures to be found there, too!

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My chosen crystal pairing: clear quartz + tiger iron to clear and sharpen the mind, get grounded and motivated.


Mystic Monkey: Bringing Tarot into My Tree

I see much poop-throwing in my future!
(images from https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/purl-s-yarn-tarot)

Well, helloooo after ages and ages, because…

Yep, you guessed it. I fell out of my tree again.

I don’t know if I’m burned out after cranking through my last book release or just not feeling my next book idea or just not feeling writing in general. No, I’ve not given up on it. Oh, HECK no! My writing career is stitched into the very fabric of my…well, fabric.

I think I just unraveled some of my yarn after falling out of the tree this last time, so have been devoting 2018 to refilling my stuffing. A lot of focus on self-care and spirituality, if I’m honest, following whatever fills me with light. And that just hasn’t been writing right now. Instead, I’ve been practicing meditation to calm my Monkey Mind, hopefully finding my focus and renewing my creative spark. I’ve also been indulging the lifelong learner in me by researching the crap out of crystal healing, tarot, and other metaphysical interests. ‘Tis been a fascinating journey, and my flat is now super-heavier than it was a year ago with all the crystals and tarot/oracle decks I’ve accumulated. I can’t explain the reason for the obsession, just that it’s happening and I’m rollin’ with it. Hopefully you’ll see this incorporated in future stories!

Speaking of which, my current creative slump does not mean I’m tapped out of ideas. On the contrary, I’ve mapped out an entire book series and short-story anthology. I simply haven’t been moving forward on these projects at the pace that I once was. And I think that’s okay. I think, for whatever reason, I’ve needed this break to keep the joy in the writing. The marketing that comes with being published can so easily suck the soul out of the craft, so I’m just kinda done with it for a while. And so, 2018 is all about the recharge.

Anyway, I figure since this blog originated out of writer’s block and got me back up in the tree at one time, it’s the place to be right now! But rather than rev up the ol’ writing prompts that I worked with before, why not incorporate one of the interests capturing my fancy at present? I need to do it anyway for my independent studies, so while I’ve used up plenty of ink and paper elsewhere, I’d like to bring part of my tarot journal online!

I started studying tarot several years ago, but it’s been in the last few months that I’ve pursued it in earnest. I now finally understand all the card meanings (at least the gist of them) and, after countless readings for myself, I’m beginning to branch out and read for others. I really need to build my confidence in this area, though, so though I’ve already researched and practiced tarot to quite an extent, I’ve never committed to the card-a-day journaling that’s recommended everywhere. I’ve done it in part, cross-referencing the meanings found in several tarot texts, but I’ve never chronicled my personal interpretations of the entire deck.

So, I want this blog to hold me to it! And hopefully refresh my writing skillz so I’m back to my manuscript before I know it. Bear with me, then, as I take this creative-writing blog on a bit of a detour to Tarot Town. It’s better than staying in the ghost town this site has become!

I know, though, that this sort of thing can freak people out, like it’s the dark magick of the occult, and even I once misunderstood it this way. However tarot might have been used in the past (or indeed in the present by the, uh, well, yeah, okay, occult), its modern incarnation is simply a tool for personal reflection. The cards themselves are ink on paper. Nothing more. It’s what we see in them that matters, the meanings we make from their archetypes, symbolism, elements, where they’re positioned in a spread and how they interrelate with each other, etc. It’s a highly intuitive practice that doesn’t give us the answers by predicting the future, merely enlightens us on what we already know at some level, consciously or not. And also–it’s awesome.

To learn more, here’s a helpful article: “How Tarot Cards Work“. Besides offering background on what tarot is, exactly, it explores the scientific explanations for how it works. Yeah, science!

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Because for as much as I love to write about my ghosties and have strong spiritual faith, I, too, like to see a scientific basis for belief. And I personally think there’s a beautiful union between science and the unknown. (I study crystals within a scientific context as well, not only in terms of their geological characteristics but how their frequencies can raise our own vibrations to a healthier state. But that’s a whole other can-o-wormholes that you can delve into more here.)

Anyway, I’ve always been big into Carl Jung, so here’s what my guy has to say about all this (taken from the article linked above):

Jung believed that quantum mechanics could be a possible explanation for the phenomenon of synchronicity. […] There are those who believe that because the forces of quantum mechanics affect the reality of physical objects, Tarot cards might play the role of showing us paths and patterns and helping us understand the meaning in those guiding energies. […] While Jung did not study Tarot, he was interested in I Ching (another divination tool) and suggested that synchronicity could be an explanation for how I Ching might work for divination.

There’s also the probability of this:

Some say it all boils down to your subconscious mind. Arguably, how we perceive things relies heavily on our subconscious, and there are those who believe that with Tarot, the subconscious projects its own interpretations on the Tarot cards. As a person receiving a Tarot reading, your interpretation of the cards is a result of the factors in your life that shape who you are and what you are about. The questions you have about your life […] are projected onto the pictures, so you divine answers from what you see. In this way, the Tarot is useful in helping us to tap into our subconscious to find answers that we might never consciously think of.

So, tarot is actually more psychological than magical (unless you’re like me and see magic in the everyday miracles of life!).

Okay, so I completely understand that this content might not be your bag. Apologies in advance, then, to subscribers who don’t want to hear about it; I hope that you’ll just delete your email notifications rather than unsubscribe altogether, as the tarot-ness is only temporary.

For now, though, I’ll be pulling one tarot card a day and using it as my writing prompt, responding with interpretation and self-reflection more so than creative fiction. (But if the latter should come about somehow, hey, I’ll run with it! My niece actually suggested to me that I use tarot to help me plot my next story, which I think is an absolutely fab idea. If and when I do that, you’ll be sure to hear about it here!)

All right, then…
May the card-slingin’, poop-flingin’ begin!

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