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Reading #15: The process – not the product

Posted in Alchemical Tarot, Journal on September 5th, 2010 by Kristine Gazel

What can the tarot sage tell me about the writing project I’ve just started working on?

For the Situation I draw the Lion King of Coins and for the Challenge coming up is The Materialist or Ten of Coins.

Here, at the beginning, I’m mastering the proces perfectly, but the Challenge is warning me not to be to materialistic about it. After all, writing is a creative and  magical process, though it is also physical and practical (writers write, remember). Also I must think about what my drives are.

Why do I want to write? Am I, after all, too focused on the end product, instead of on the process? Am I writing for fame or the for joy of writing? Am I writing for money or for happiness. If I’m too focused of what I imagine will be the byproducts, I should stop and reconsider.

Interestingly this is what tarot wisdom is telling about the King of Coins from the Alchemical Tarot Study Group:

“The message here is to honor the libido, the animal self, the instincts. Act in strength and possess the courage to pursue what you want. However, keep in mind that well-being is best achieved when this is done without attachment to the end result”

Sometimes it is stunning how precisely the tarot oracle is. This is exactly about honoring the process, without – well – focusing on what it will be in  the end!

Also, the Materialist could be the dull and boresome inner Critic telling me that the very idea of the writing is of no value and that I should grow up and be realistic and do things that really matters. And that I can’t write after all. We all encounter the Critic and he can be a real showstopper, a real pain in the ass kind of character. We should never listen to him!

Instead I’ll be the Lion. I’ll remember why I write and how much I love it. And then Just do it!

Images from The Alchemical Tarot, copyright Robert M. Place, are used with kind permission. Visit the Alchemical Tarot website.

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Reading #5: The little Cross

Posted in Alchemical Tarot, Journal, Spreads on February 1st, 2009 by Kristine Gazel

I’m returning to my job from 11 month long maternal leave tomorrow. I’m quite excited as to how everything will work out.

So for various reasons, I decided to do a quick and easy layout – and use the little cross known as the core of the well known Celtic Cross Spread. I asked how will this first week back at work be. 

6 of Coins

There is only two cards; the first crossed by the other:

1. The Situation and the 2. The Challenge

And both cards I’ve drawn within the last four weeks of the Primary Deck Reflection Process, namely the 6 of Coins and the 10 of Staffs – The Phoenix.

10 of Staffs

The first card has to do with my two children I think. It is there I still am now, and this position  is being challenged by the Phoenix, the card of death and rebirth, of what is coming to an end, and what has to be transformed to be something or someone else.

Therein lies the challenge of this week. Emotionally and mentally to be with the two children in the picture  – but then to be forced by the challegences of my work to be in an entirely different state of mind.