Tarot Tuesday: A History of Tarot

So a little over a week ago, I shared that I’m getting back into Tarot readings on myself. If you’re new around here, or haven’t read it, here’s my shameless plug. This week, to start the Tarot Tuesday semi-theme that I’ll have near indefinitely, I want to share some history behind tarot and tarot reading.

In a couple weeks, I’ll share more of my story of how I got into my journey of tarot, and what I’m using it for/getting out of it. But for this week, I’ll be doing the history of Tarot, and not my journey with it.

Let’s dive into the history! To let you know, it’s not mandatory to know the history of tarot to get into it. I only knew a spec of the history before working on this post.

From Mary Greer, she shares on her blog what every noob should know about Tarot history. It started during the early Renaissance (almost Gothic era) in Italy, as a card game. Over time, suits were added, and the cards as we generally know it, came about. How a lot of us imagine or use tarot today didn’t become a thing until the 1700’s.

Apparently there’s even an origin story of how tarot got it’s name. That’s still even being debated! Mary even goes into a list of why it’s important to know the history, and even some ways it’s not really important. The “Anti-History” list is something one doesn’t see too often on stuff like this.

I won’t go into detail of her list. I’ll let you click the link, if you’re interested. It’s down just slightly in her post. Below that, she goes into the Myths of tarot, of each side like she did with the history. Her layout is pretty interesting and something I don’t see too often. I love blatant and easy stuff to look at/read, when it comes to researching something. I don’t like all of the fluff that some people try to add, to make one side “prettier”.

She’s very heavy into the intuition side, so if your intuition guides you to learn then do, or learn as you go, or do-fail-learn, then that’s the way to go. As long as you’re learning, growing, and truly reflecting on what the cards are handing to you, it’s the way to do it.

Now, for us audio learner junkies, I turned to this YouTube video, that’s 6 and a half minutes long, from Howcast. This is their second in their series about the Tarot. Here’s a playlist of them, for easy access.

Especially in the first video, she shares how I view tarot readings, which is essentially a mirror of yourself. It’s like a mirror and a magnifying glass, where the readings help you reflect better on an internal issue.

The other videos go into detail about the major and the minor, the four suits, and shuffling, if you want insight for those things. I linked to their website, but the same videos are on their YouTube channel.

The learning type ones (the major and minor arcana, the suits) can easily be listened to. The other ones could be as well, if you’re somewhat familiar.

Now, if you want the EASIEST thing ever, in terms of layout (like if you want a quick overview and like reading over listening), go check out this simple chronological chart of tarot history. This gives the basic “year- tidbit of history” style for you.

These sources are very basic, but do the general history, at least for me, good justice. I love simplicity and audio when it comes to research, like I mentioned before, and I feel like these 3 gave me what I needed to know, for now. It’s a good start to a journey of the history of tarot.

Let me know if ya’ll want me to go into further detail/research on this sort of thing, and I’ll try to come up with something!

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Self-Care Sunday: Imaginary Life of a Chef

We’re back for round #3 of the 5 imaginary lives prompt from Aileen’s 5 imaginary lives. If you need a refresher (or are new to this series), check out her video here, and my first two lives, of wolf reserve owner and photographer.

This week, I’m going to share about how I wish I could be a chef. Everyone I talk to who has been in the food industry, says that if you love cooking and experimenting with food, that being a chef is the devil and will ruin it for you, for at least a long while. Which I can see, as doing something you love as a hobby, can almost ruin it for you.

I’ve always loved food. I love all types of cuisines and I’ll eat just about anything. I’ll try something at least once (or most things really). If you haven’t seen some of my food posts, check out some, and be on the lookouts every so often on Mondays and Fridays as those are my food days.

Not only do I love making food, but I love seeing if others like it as much as I do. I have hardly ever made a really gross dish, which is lovely. I cook with intuition when I’m trying to tweak a recipe, and it’s worked out amazingly so far.

Unfortunately, my man is usually subjected to the food (who, mind you is a meat and potatoes type of guy, but I did manage to get him to like spinach!). The only thing that bugs me about being more introverted, is the fact that I don’t have others to come over and try my food haha.

Last month, while spending time with my dad, for Easter, we made dinner together. I suggested we make something I have done and enjoyed as a side dish before, and seeing him go from “would this actually work” to “wow, that did work” in the matter of grocery shopping to eating it, was very enlightening. I usually don’t do that with my dad, as I get the experimental cooking gene from him.

Both of my parents cook very well, but my dad does do a lot of the “odd” and fancied dishes between the two. As you can tell, I was both spoiled and blessed on this front, and is most of why I love and enjoy both cooking and eating.

This month though, I’m pushing some of my limits though. For the month of May, I’m cleaning out my cupboards and fridge/freezer storage. It was a perfectly timed challenge from a YouTuber I follow. I have the 2 week trip to California next month, and we do have a rather full cupboard (considering we live in an apartment).

I love trying new things, and now that I literally feel like I have every stupid gadget on the planet, I feel like I can take on the world and try everything that Amazon food and my local grocery store allows me to (which is less than I’d like to, but hey, there’s trips with friends or family to cure that!)

What do you like to cook? Or what’s your favorite dish/type of food?

Artist of Life: Quarter 1 of 2018 in Review

Okay, now that we’re finally done with the first QUARTER of 2018 (ahh!) I probably share with y’all what I did, what I didn’t do (but should’ve), and how I want to take (or adjust) that into the second quarter. So if you’re ready, let’s go! And if not, oh 🐋.

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So January, oh January, this was over all my best month out of the three for habits. You would’ve thought with my detox from mid February to the end of March would have made March better, but hey, what can you say?!

The biggest thing I struggle with, is getting on that yoga train, hence why I have it on my tracker, to attempt to make me realize how infrequently I do yoga. I love doing yoga shortly before bed, and doing the easier rounds of it. Sometimes I’ll do a guided session from an app on my Amazon firestick, and other times, I’ll do those moves on my own, but allow my body dictate how long I should be in those positions.

Some successes I had during January, was the fact that I did my taxes right away, had one of my newer credit cards raise the limit, since I’ve been paying at least the minimum each month, and got some needed travel things for this summer and whenever else I travel, like a hard-cased suitcase (that isn’t black!), and luggage tags.

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So February was a little different. February was better for yoga, and I started a month and a half long social media (minus YouTube) detox.

From the social media detox, I noticed a lot. I have been gradually editing my social media accounts to be a lot more organized, adult-like, and more tailored to my interests now, instead of 5-8 years ago (like Facebook). I didn’t miss some parts of it, like the amount of notifications you’d get. I don’t have to deal with drama all too often, so that’s a blessing. The main thing I missed, and where I think some of what happened, did happen, was because I enjoy the connectiveness of what social media has created, and I love the accountability of friends and the groups I’m in, without getting too exhausted by others, as introverts like myself get exhausted easier.

I got this blog up and started, I did some bookings for a concert in August, as well as my hair appointment that just happened. I paid off some debt, and was approved for a credit card.

I treated myself to both of Jordan Peterson’s programs, which I really need to finish the one. I should work on it tonight.

February was a handful, as you can see, but wait till you see March!

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March was a weird one. I totally dropped the ball, hence me not even finishing my book for the month! I went and saw the dentist, and found out that I need my wisdom teeth pulled out (the only 2 I have).

I did Easter weekend, Palm Sunday, and St Patrick’s day with my dad. I know Easter was technically April Fool’s, but we did church on Holy Saturday, and it was very nice, even for someone who isn’t that into religion. It’s an experience to go and do, if you’re open minded like myself, and like to learn.

I got tickets for 2 solo dates while I’m out in California, one to Kevin Hart, and the other to Disneyland the next day. I also got tickets to go see Panic! in July, with friends.

Just because I booked and did a lot of fun stuff, doesn’t mean that I didn’t do just those and work my “day” job. I did babe’s taxes for him (pampered much?! haha), and like I said earlier, went to the dentist. I went 10 years or so without going to the dentist! That’s forever in teeth time lol. I also paid off a medical bill.

As you can see, I do better with accountability outside of myself, and the more people I have (sort of), the better I can do.

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To recap what all has gone on during the first quarter of 2018, I’ll be generalizing what I wrote in my review book, and the 2 pages for the quarterly review.

I’m proud of the fact that I did both babe and I’s taxes long before they were due (didn’t do them last minute, and not even in April!), as well as going to the dentist. I rewarded myself by getting my hair done, and treating myself to a second solo date in June.

I’m proud of keeping up at my job, and getting a raise. With that, I of course am treating myself with the 2 week vacation in June, and the concerts I’m attending.

I’m proud of myself for keeping the job I’ve had for the past almost 5 years, and budgeting well, as well as working on my credit, and because of that, I could also take time off to spend with my dad, for all of the Easter holidays, and St Patrick’s day.

Over the last 3 months, I’ve learned that if I truly want something, I have to truly go after it, and make sure it happens, because no one else will do the work for you. The whole experience needs to be mine, if I want it. Even down to the planning, and making things as easy as possible, if I want it, I have to take the chance.

During the next 3 months, I’m looking forward to so much, which will be my post tomorrow! Check back tomorrow, to see what I have planned through the end of June, and to join me on my journey, and keep me accountable to all my goals!

Holy Week 2018

As we go into the last week in meditation over Easter, and the 40 days that Jesus allegedly spent in the desert, there is so much to be grateful for. This last near month has not been what I exactly wanted it to become, but it showed me and forced me to do things that I truly needed, and made me focus and do things that did need to be done.

I reflected more. I conquered more. I started new things, and added some fresh things to my life. I was more aware. I became more appreciative (even though I didn’t write my gratitudes every day like I should have).

What has been your Lenten time this year been like? Even if you don’t believe or practice in lent (I really didn’t take the traditional approach to it, as I’m not a believer myself), I feel like taking the good practices and ideas, and implementing it into your own spiritual practices.

I love the idea of crystals, and even how they look. I enjoy yoga, and doing tarot readings. Meditation is key, especially when my anxiety is up, or I’m stressed (like waiting for my dentist appointment, my stomach is in knots).

During this year’s Lenten season, I’ve used it to explore how others believe and practice, and have it guide me further into what path I want to go down, each and every day. It’s not too hard on me, as I’m not going through a spiritual crisis, but I am using it to deepen my experience in life, as well as meet new people, and learn their journey.

My dad and I were talking last week, about the need for community, and how it’s different for everyone. Introverts and extroverts like different crowds and energies. Even comparing two introverts or two extroverts is interesting.

Balancing your need for certain people (what they can provide, how energetic or peaceful they are, etc), and yourself is a spiritual journey, I feel. Think about it: do you feel more uplifted, refreshed around some people, even after a coffee?

We need that community gathering, no matter how it’s conducted. If you’re not religious, general parties are a great time for it, over football, or dinner. There’s gangs for a reason, other than just to get drugs or whatever else.

So over this week, leading up to a Jew hanging on a cross, meditate on that. Be grateful we live here and now, and where it takes more than hearsay to convict someone, and that we have the technology to handle most of it. Meditate on what it was like to see public hanging, shaming, and all the rest.