Now that the Tarot Moon Journal 2015 is available to download, I would like to share with you, how you can add text to it without the need to print it out.
Many people aren’t aware that it is very easy to add notes, text and even images to PDF documents.
1. Adobe Reader
Download this free software on your computer, or download the app on your tablet (available on Windows, iPad and Android)
When you open the Reader, look out for the ‘add text’ feature, which is an icon of a pen and paper.
You can add text where ever you like on the document, and you can even choose font, colour and size of your writing.
There is also an option to add a note, which opens up a box and is ideal for adding more text than fits in the space provided in the ebook. Look out for the speech bubble icon.
2. iPad Apps
NotePlus is a niftly app for the iPad. You can import your PDF document into NotePlus and add texts, images and notes as you please. With this app you can also add your own handwriting – great, isn’t it?
My retreat holiday has been such a wonderful experience, but it’s also good to be back, and I’m diving straight into Tarot with a question my students keep asking me:
Do we need to pay attention to reversed cards in readings?
Some readers do, others don’t, and to be honest it is down to personal preference.
Here’s what I do:
In a reading, I usually make a mental note of any reversed cards and then turn them around. I cannot leave them upside down for visual reason; topsy-turvy images block my reading abilities.
It depends how many cards are reversed in a reading. I once had all ten cards in a Celtic Cross spread for a client reversed!
Immediately I thought there was a blockage somewhere in the client’s life, perhaps an inability to move forward with something, which was confirmed when I mentioned my first impression at the beginning of the reading.
Needless to say I turned all the cards around and proceeded with the reading and took the message of the reversed cards into account.
I don’t like the term “ill-dignified”, which is also used to describe reversed cards. Not every reversed card has a negative meaning.
For example, the Hanged Man reversed could indicate movement after a time of stagnation, or the Ten of Wands shedding of a burden rather than carrying it. It also depends very much on surrounding cards in the reading.
I often feel that just one reversed card in a 5 – 10 card reading can be more significant than many reversed cards. Again, this also depends on surrounding cards and what your intuition is telling you.
Sometimes, a reversed card can stick out like a sore thumb, and it can carry a more meaningful message than if you ignore it.
When reading reversed cards, consider the following:
Do they enhance the overall message of the reading?
Do they weaken or oppose their upright meanings?
Do they strengthen the meaning of other cards in the spread?
Do they indicate a blockage, restriction, suppressed energies or indeed out of control energies?
Here are some examples for reversed card meanings:
Five of Wands: getting over a dispute, an argument getting nasty, not playing by the rules, quick temper
Emperor: loosing control/authority, being over-bearing, dictatorial
Tower: a disaster avoided, or something is brewing underneath the surface
Sometimes the messages received from the Tarot can be confusing.
For example, you want to know what your strengths are in a certain situation, and the answer you get is the Ten of Swords.
You were hoping for something encouraging and inspirational, but all you got was that disheartening card of someone lying stabbed in the back on the floor.
But let’s not panic, Astrology to the rescue!
Once you know the astrological attributions linked to the cards, you can see more than just the image.
For the Ten of Swords it’s Sun in Gemini.
What does Sun in Gemini tell us about the Ten of Swords?
Positive aspects of the sun: vitality, clarity and confidence.
Positive aspects of Gemini: versatile, curious, social.
So, when exploring your strengths or asking which qualities you need to develop in order to resolve an issue successfully, you now have a few options to choose from.
Zodiac and planetary attributes can also offer more specific interpretations of the cards.
Here are some suggestions for the Ten of Swords:
an ending leads to clarity; curiosity will attract new opportunities; social interaction will increase confidence after a blow; an ending is a blessing (sun) in disguise; you have the energy to lift yourself up and recover; resilience…
Let’s take a look at other negative cards:
The Tower is linked to Mars, which in turn is also the ruling planet of Aries (The Emperor).
taking drastic action to achieve a goal; having the courage to face danger (extreme sports, a fire fighter etc.); confronting an adversary; implementing a radical overhaul or self-improvement program, e.g. diet, exercise etc., ability to see new possibilities beyond the destruction…
Death is linked to Scorpio, which is commonly connected to “sex, death and taxes”.
Positive traits: compassionate, intense, independent and determined. Its ruling planet Pluto suggests the ability to regenerate and overcome the unsettling process of change.
Positive card meanings influenced by Scorpio:
clearing the old to bring in the new; spiritual growth through acknowledging and tackling emotional issues; searching for deeper meaning and purpose; making sweeping changes to rejuvenate a relationship; sex therapy or an intense sexual experience…
The Five of Pentacles is linked to Mercury in Taurus
Positive aspects of Mercury: communicative, expressive, intelligent, thoughtful
Positive aspects of Taurus: disciplined, organised, reliable, steadfast, methodical, affectionate
Positive card meanings influenced by Mercury in Taurus:
being pragmatic at times of adversity; self-reliant; a thorough, hands-on approach to overcoming obstacles; willingness to work hard to achieve success; eager to create stability…
The Devil is linked to Capricorn and also to Uriel, the light bearer, one of the four arch angels.
Positive traits: down-to-earth, ambitious, hard-working, rational, resourceful and loyal. Its ruling planet Saturn also suggests responsibility, patience and an ability to strive despite adverse circumstances.
Positive card meanings influenced by Capricorn:
being disciplined at times of hardship; plodding through and not giving up; taking matters seriously; in relationships loyal and care-giving even when going through a rough patch; realistic expectations…
The Three of Swords is linked to Saturn in Libra.
Positive aspects of Saturn: disciplined, responsible, reliable, endurance
Positive aspects of Libra: fair-minded, cooperative, sincere, striving for harmony
Positive card meanings influenced by Saturn in Libra:
determination to restore harmony out of discord; alleviating anguish with an objective mind; mourning with dignity and self-composure; ability to cut your losses and move on…
At first glance it can be difficult to see the positive aspects in negative cards, especially when they are placed in positions relating to possible strengths, skills, talents, helpful qualities and inspirational guidance.
Remember that there are two sides to each card – positive and negative – and with the help of their astrological attributions you can discover them.
Why don’t you give it a try with the following cards, and let me know how you get on:
In my previous post you can find all the details of the Planetary Spread and more information about the beautiful Rosetta Tarot.
Please note that for this sample reading I have used the astrological correspondences given in the companion book of this deck.
The cards drawn for this general reading are as follows:
1. Earth: Princess of Disks – Earth of Earth (together with the Ace of Disks ruler of Aries, Taurus, Gemini)
In the Self position, the Princess of Disks suggests a person, who is full of creative potential and keen to manifest possibilities into something tangible and fruitful. Her creative energy is symbolised by her pregnancy and her crest of the Ram/Oxen head. The Princess of Disks represents creative endeavours in their early stages, and she needs to demonstrate ambition (Aries), patience and perseverance (Taurus) and mental focus (Libra) to turn her ideas into reality.
Her personality is down-to-earth and realistic, sprinkled with a touch of hedonism (good food and drink) and indulgent sensuality. The Princess of Disks has a strong affinity with nature and all things natural/organic/handmade.
The key message of this card is to focus on aspirations with patience and clarity in order to achieve goals and enduring productivity.
2. Sun: Two of Swords – Moon in Libra
The current power source is that of calm, stillness and balance. A peaceful mind alleviates insecurities. Taking time to relax and meditate is important right now to sustain well-being. Creative projects need patience; nothing should be rushed. There is a sense of being at peace by avoiding confrontations or delay making some tough decisions.
The key message of this card is to practice emotional detachment in order to create inner balance to make the right decision and move forward.
3. Mars: Four of Disks – Sun in Capricorn
The Four of Disks in the Action position suggests being over-protective of security, possessions and what is known. The need for control can be overpowering at times, stifling others and limiting own potential for expansion. Letting go of power and control may seem risky, but it can have a liberating effect, whilst at the same time avoiding becoming reckless or irresponsible.
The key message of the Four of Disks is to loosen the grip on power and control by developing more trust in others and even the unknown.
4. Venus: Ace of Cups – Root of Water (together with the Princess of Cups ruler of Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius)
The Ace of Cups in the love position suggests new emotional beginnings and being receptive to opportunities in love and deepening relationships. Here we see a person, who is open-hearted, ready to give love and nurture others. If this card comes up at a time of emotional upheaval, it can suggest positive developments, that not all is as bleak as it seems, and happy times will return.
Any relationship issues can be resolved by applying qualities of the three ruling zodiac signs: communicative (Libra), passionate (Scorpio) and generous (Sagittarius).
Aces symbolise potential, so the key message of the Ace of Cups is to start sowing the seeds of love in the present by joyfully giving and sharing without expecting anything in return.
In a relationship reading, the Mars and Venus position could indicate one person, who is ready to embark on a new relationship and willing to commit (Ace of Cups), whereas the other person is reluctant to do so, perhaps wanting to protect their feelings (Four of Disks).
5. Jupiter: Prince of Disks – Air of Earth – Aries/Taurus (ruler of 4 of Wands, 5 of Disks, 6 of Disks)
The Prince of Disks in the opportunities position suggests progress through discipline and tenacity. In the image he is driving an ox-pulled chariot scattering dandelion flowers, which symbolise fruitfulness. He is hard-working, patient and energetic. These qualities will be beneficial when pursuing goals at work or at home.
The three pip cards he is ruling indicate initial success (4 of Wands) and the need to manage money more efficiently (5 and 6 of Disks).
The key message of the Prince of Disks is that hard work and perseverance will pay off, but at the same time finances need to be managed carefully.
6. Mercury: Five of Wands – Saturn in Leo
The Five of Wands in the communications position suggests misunderstandings, arguments and power struggles. The Saturn in Leo constellation linked to this card indicates the need to tame the ego and focus more on collaboration rather than competition. Before getting drawn into an argument, it’s worth remembering that clear, simple and calm discussions will be more effective to encourage co-operation.
Whether it is relevant to you in relationships, at work or in family situations, the key message of the Five of Wands is to avoid fighting for power or position to get results. Instead, focus on your goal and what you want to achieve by promoting a more constructive team effort.
7. Saturn: The Hierophant – Taurus
The Hierophant in the opposition/teacher position suggests that conventional structures and an organised hierarchy are beneficial to personal and professional development, even though they can sometimes limit creativity. This is supported by the other Disks cards in this spread. Set tasks, routines, daily schedules and to-do lists are proven tools of productivity, which can at times stifle flexibility and spontaneity.
The key message of the Hierophant is to embrace all the advantages of order, discipline and traditional values, but also be more aware of their limitations. Learning new skills, meet new people or try something different will be invigorating and broaden the horizon.
8. Moon: Queen of Swords – Water of Air – Libra
The Queen of Swords in the feeling position suggests the need to be emotionally strong and resilient. Perhaps feelings are being controlled rather than light-heartedly displayed. Nothing wrong with that, especially when feelings are negative and could easily be expressed with cutting, spiteful remarks. Some issues still need to be resolved, and this Queen may either keep a stiff upper lip or voice her emotions in a matter-of-fact, clear and honest way.
The key message of the Queen of Swords is not to keep emotions suppressed. Whatever needs to be resolved, do it with diplomacy, wit, fairness and understanding.
The Queen of Swords in the Moon position complements the Two of Swords in its opposing Sun position. Here, the message of keeping a cool head and practising emotional detachment (without being cold-hearted) is emphasised to create and maintain harmony.
Although Tarot is best known as a fortune-telling tool, it can also be used for self-reflection and personal development.
The Tarot can act as a guide to help you reach your goals, aspirations and fulfil your potential.
Each image depicts an event, a phase in your life or state of being.
It contains numerous hidden messages, which can be discovered by immersing yourself into the pictures of the Tarot.
One type of message the Tarot can offer is an affirmation. This is a positive statement, which encourages the practice of positive thinking.
An affirmation should not include any negations, e.g. can’t, don’t, won’t, haven’t etc. The sentence is kept as simple but as empowering as possible.
An affirmation can be created for each Tarot card. You can do this by looking at the image and explore its meanings. What is this card advising you to do? What is it trying to teach you?
Here are some sample affirmations for the Major Arcana cards, but bear in mind that the possibilities for each card are virtually endless depending on your feelings, intuition and perspective:
The Fool – I look forward to new beginnings and enjoy the journey ahead. The Magician – I use my all my resources and willpower to achieve my goals. The High Priestess – I trust my intuition to make the right decision when the time is right. The Empress – I love and protect the people in my care. My love will dissolve tension and fears. The Emperor – I take control of my life to achieve my ambitions. The Hierophant – I am open-minded and always enjoy being a student of life. The Lovers – In matters of the heart I also use my head when I face an important choice. The Chariot – I harness all my forces to meet my challenges. Strength – I patiently persevere to resolve conflict and strife. The Hermit – I seek solitude to explore my options and to gain wisdom. The Wheel of Fortune – Whatever life throws at me, I can deal with it. Justice – I always endeavour to act with the utmost integrity. The Hanged Man – I pause to gain a new perspective. Death – I let go of what is no longer of use to me, so I can be open to new opportunities. Temperance – I manage my needs and resources wisely to create harmony. The Devil – I face the truth, so I can overcome my limitations and move forward. The Tower – Unexpected events contribute to my inner growth; I will overcome the initial shock and aftermath with passion and resilience. The Star – I am optimistic about the future. The Moon – I acknowledge and let go of insecurities and self-doubt. The Sun – I enjoy every moment of my life. Judgement – I evaluate my actions to achieve the best possible result. The World – I have found my place in this world; there is so much more I can do and experience.
Enjoy creating your own Tarot affirmations that reflect your circumstances and situation, and share your favourites in the comment box below. I’d love to hear from you.