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The Forest and the Garden

Last week I took a short vacation to the stunning North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. At one point, we decided to attempt a hike down a mountain through the woods on a hardly visible trail.
We were warned that it was a hike for experts. After getting lost and feeling like we were in way over our heads, we left and headed for a State Park, with clearly marked and groomed trails. The
experience was unsettling. And it made me wish I had tried harder to see my way through the wilderness, to find the path, to settle down and enjoy the beauty that was around me. But when strong
emotions, such as fear, are triggered, they can override every other experience.

That experience reminded me of the Tarot of the Secret
Forest
, a unique double-sided deck. When I use this deck, I feel like I’m in the woods on an unmarked path. Luckily, in a reading, it is easier to calm down than when I’m in the woods on a
mountain. In the middle of the fear and unknowing, secrets and treasures can be "http://www.llewellyn.com/product.php?ean=9780738707631">tarot_of_secret_forest "http://www.llewellyn.com/_theme/llewellynjournal/articleimages/9780738707631.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 10px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid;">found, if we only look. When Lucia
Mattioli created this deck, she was thinking about Japanese wisdom that …

Tarot and Money Matters

Love and money are the two most popular subjects of readings. While it is true that
tarot is useful for many other things, such as spiritual development, self-improvement,
problem-solving, brainstorming, writing, "Llewellyn Encyclopedia, Meditation" href="http://www.llewellyn.com/encyclopedia/term/meditation">meditation, and "http://www.llewellyn.com/encyclopedia/term/magic">magic, divination continues to
be the most common application.

During these challenging economic times, monetary concerns, now more than ever, are at the front of everyone’s minds. And, now more than ever, more people are turning to the tarot for answers, for
validation, or for comfort. There are plenty of ways to approach questions of money. Usually, when asked questions about money, a reader will focus the reading on the specific area of concern:
wanting a job, wanting a new job, wanting to quit a job, handling a large debt, pursuing further education, etc. A reader may do a reading, use brainstorming techniques, or some other nifty
application from their toolbox.

Whatever other techniques a reader uses, most do start with or include a reading. Because of the widespread concerns about financial situations, a collection of spreads on those issues might prove
useful. I find that using all three together as …

Seasons of Tarot: Spring

Even at the very first suggestion of warmth in the air, spring feels like the world is waking up and brings with it a feeling renewal and rebirth. Possibilities abound and seeds, both literal and
metaphorical, are planted with high hopes. What cards in the tarot represent the energy of spring better than the Aces? Almost every tarot teacher and author expresses the same sense when they write
about Aces. Take a look at a few:

Rachel Pollack, author of Rachel Pollack’s Tarot Wisdom
Regarding the Rider Aces: “a gift of the spirit. In each card, a hand emerges from the cloud and hold out the emblem of the suit, as if we just need to reach out and take it.”

Joanna Powell Colbert, creator of the Gaian Tarot and www.gaiantarot.com/
/> “The energy of an Ace is similar to that of a New Moon — it is a birth or rebirth; a seed, or potential; a new opportunity or a new beginning, full of promise and hope.”

Ginny Hunt of 78notes.blogspot.com/
“They’re like the switch turned to the ON position and the volume cranked up. They’re like the Enterprise on warp speed, and just like Scotty would protest, ‘She canny take much more, Captain!’
Aces have a rather short lifespan. They’re bursts of power, in this case an onslaught of emotion, which doesn’t last. So it’s all about …