Welcome back to Mist Haven Lovelies and another Tarot talk. Today we cover the Major Arcana of the tarot.
Tarot has a long and contested history. Many people believe that Tarot originated in China, while others believe it originated in Ancient Egypt. For the purposes of this blog series I will go with the most widely accepted origin and that comes from Italy. In fact the oldest known tarot deck is the Visconti-Sforza. This was made during the merging of two influential families. Now this deck was not orginally 78 cards like most tarot decks and it is unknown if it was designed this way, or if some cards were just lost over time. This deck is also a Marseille, or pip deck. Meaning the Majors are illustrated but the Minors are not.
Now the Rider-Waite-Smith Deck is arguably the most influential deck in the world. With its introduction tarot found its way out of the backs of caravans, freak-shows and parlors and into the hands of modern witches. With the creation of this deck came the tarot boom. If you would like a more in depth history of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck check out the Tarot Heritage blog page.
When you first get your deck, devouring it as a while beast is going to feel like a monumental task, and it is. So just like eating an elephant, you do it one bite at a time. Starting with learning the anatomy of the deck.
Major Arcana: Cards 0-21 that are known as the Larger mysteries. These are going to be your major archetypes and the entire collection is often call the Fools Journey and is often compared to the hero’s journey in literature. This particular section can often have more detailed break downs within the 22 cards, but that is up to the individual reader. I will share my break down in next weeks post.
Minor Arcana: The four suits of the tarot known as the Lesser Mysteries. These tend to deal more with the day-to-day dealings of ones life. These cards are also called the pip cards, and find companions in the hearts, diamonds, spades, and clubs of a traditional poker deck.
The Court Cards: These are the Courts of each of the four suits in tarot and are the “people” of the tarot. They won’t always represent someone you know or will come into contact with when you pull these cards, but they do tend to deal with aspects of personality.
Now choosing a deck to start with can be a daunting task, and one of the things you can do to ease your purchase quandaries is to research various decks on places such as Aeclectic Tarot and to simply sit down and write out what you like and don’t like. For instance. I like fairies, dark themes, titles on the cards, easy to hold/ not to big, decent card stock etc. Also take into consideration price point. The most I have paid for a tarot deck to date is 90$ Depending on the deck you are looking to pick up, this could easily sky-rocket. Lisa Hunt’s Fairy Tale Tarot is a deck that has been seen selling for 400$ as well as the H.R. Geiger tarot. Most decks will run you between 20-30$ though. Especially if you get them from mass market places such as Llewellyn or Lo Scarabeo.
After you have you deck, its simply a matter of time, study, diligence, and creativity. Remember, there is no “right answer” in tarot and if you feel a card means a certain thing to you, that makes no sense to anyone else, write it down, explore it. Your life, experiences, and world views will shape how you interact with the tarot, and what messages you receive from the cards.
Before I sign off for the evening here is your first journal question: What would you use tarot for? Write as many ideas as you can think of. If you feel called to, you are free to leave a comment below, post a youtube video (tag me, Solaria Willow, cause I would love to see your answers) tweet them out or snap chat them.
I hope you found some new thoughts to think and morsels to chew on.
Good afternoon lovelies;
Coming up in the month of December I am excited to announce the start of an all new tarot journey. December will be all about the history of tarot, and the Major Arcana. They will be broken up in easy to digest bites and I invite you all to make videos, comment below, or even write you own blog posts with your own observations and insights.
You will need
A tarot deck, or images of tarot cards you can easily access.
A writing instrument
Your beautiful brain and creativity.
Remember tarot is meant to tap into the subconscious, so no matter how weird it may seem to you, write down your thoughts, explore them!
Much love; see you soon!
It has been a while since I last posted. I had one set up to post at the end of August but haven’t quite finished that post up. This month I am working on something…new. I have been Social Media free since the first of September, I did have a minor slip up today while I was checking my emails. Rule of thumb, if you are going to avoid social media for a while, send the social media notifications to a spam folder if you can.
This is my version of doing self-love September, which if none of you have heard of it, it was started up about four years ago by Kelly-Ann Maddox, a lovely Chaos witch on youtube. She posts videos throughout the month about self -love and gives you lots of food for thought. If you want something a little more personal or one-on-one she does offer some stuff on her website. I will post all the links below if you want to go check it out.
So why do I consider stepping away from Facebook, twitter, etc. self-love work? Social media is a massive drain on my day, and without knowing it I had actually made myself addicted to it. I was being fed constant streams of news, drama and shiney things. This led me to be distracted from the real world. Took away from hobbies that I loved and drained away my creativity because I was constantly looking at other people and seeing how good they were and trying to be them. But the thing is I am not them, I am me. I cannot be them because they are doing a stunning job at being them and I need to do a stunning job at being me because I am the only me out there. If that isn’t confusing as sin.
This is day five and honestly I was shocked to realize how much I want to get on facebook. I was okay so long as I didn’t have it staring me in the face, but the minute it was, I had to log in. I felt like a damn junkie. I feel like a portion of my pattern is missing, almost like you get when you know you forgot something but can’t quite figure out what until it smacks you upside the head. That feeling. So I putter about trying to figure it out. Then I realize, its the facebook thing. I want to log in, check up on friends and just be nosy. But really, aside from wanting constant stimulation, I have found it doesn’t serve a purpose. I am finding conversations with friends more stimulating and even my patience is better. I am no where near where I will be when this month is over, and I don’t think I will leave facebook behind forever, but I do think I will leave it to a computer only thing instead of putting it on my phone and having constant access.
So what about you? Do you think you could leave facebook behind for a day? A week? A month? Would you ever consider it? Why or why not? What do you think you would gain or lose from stepping away?
As always I hope this has given you something to think about or some tidbits of wisdom.
“Just because you fail, doesn’t mean you didn’t try.” ((Paraphrased quote from the lovely Kelly-Ann))
Welcome to the Chaos Pit, also knows as a research rabbit hole. I am one of those lovely people who figures out that she has an interest in something and then basically dives into it and unless someone come and knocks on my door I will totally forget about the outside world.
This total submersion into research doesn’t happen as often any more as I do have children and have to keep an eye out on them but that usually means after they go to sleep I start reading and about the time the sun comes up I realize I haven’t slept yet and now have to handle two well rested little ones. Coffee is my best friend on those days. Now I bet you are raising an eyebrow at the tangent. I promise it has a point.
Because I tend to overdo in one area it effects all areas of my life. I will neglect chores, avoid sleep and overdose on caffeine. (Yes its a thing, shakes, nausea, and various other symptoms have been recorded and that is a post for another time.) This effects my witch self too. Most of my study is in regards to my craft, sometimes that delves into areas of science and psychology. Currently I am looking into Tarot and Astrology, possibly followed by a Jungian Psychology chaser.
I believe it is great to have an active interest in things, and to follow the tangents as far as research goes because it helps us to develop as people, you can actually study yourself into being a genius, its nifty. But I have to remember to balance my need to research and consume new information with my life. Having my children around really helps remind me that I need to be present because they are always up my butt. Sometimes, watching them play and act out things has brought me shame, other times heartbreaking joy. Always though it tells me to take a moment, to step back from the books, the computer, and my phone. To go outside and enjoy the sunshine, enjoy a cookie or hell wrestle with the kids. Sometimes napping with them is the perfect break. My current greatest shame is I haven’t been reading to them before bed. In fact I let an app read to them more than I do. The app is great for days when I am not home for bed time. I can load the stories on a tablet and let it play for them. But I have started using it too much as a crutch.
So I say to you, look at your life, look at the things you do and see if you are spinning to fast to notice the things that matter, that bring your truth and your joy to the surface. Sometimes, taking five minutes to breath and find a single joyful thing can be the difference between burnout, and loving the life you live.
I hope you have found wisdom, or just food for thought here.
Stories, they fill our childhood, help us escape from stress as an adult, they even make us feel like we can do anything as teens. They do something else too though. They help us understand some of the most complicated, nerve wracking times in our lives. Continue reading You’re not in Kansas any more.
Every day we run to and fro stressing out over every little thing, especially when other people are in our care. As a mother I am guilty of putting everyone ahead of myself until I burn out and lash out at them, or at my friends. So thanks to The Deviant Witch pulling Reflections from the Lord Ganesha Oracle it got me thinking about self-love and self-care and how I can use the tarot to further incorporate those themes into my life.
Welcome to Misthaven.
My vision for this page is one of sound advice, a little bit of tomfoolery, and a hefty dose of magic. My name is Solaria and I am a tarot reader, witch, mother, and wife who is addicted to coffee, and who tends to fall down a research rabbit hole once I find a topic I like.
May what you find here aide you, bring you comfort, a few laughs, and inspire you to be better than you were yesterday.