The Tarot of the Most Locked Down City in The World

Yes! I live in the place that has been crowned the most locked down city in the world over the past two years: Melbourne, Australia!

It’s been a journey, to put it mildly. We’ve endured six seperate lockdowns, each one more miserable than the last.

Right from the start, our state government did this…

The Emperor: Imposed strict rules

It was actually amazing how compliant everyone was!

We started off like this…

Page of Wands: Developing new skills

Baking sourdough, taking up crochet, improving our ability to work and play online.

We made lots of this…

Page of Swords + Temperance: Plans to improve our work-life balance

Some did this…

Knight of Wands + The Empress: Moved to the country

Many felt this…

Judgement: A call to serve others

People set up Facebook groups to support their community, gave money to charity, reached out to neighbours.

Some made the experience harder…

Knight of Swords: Sections of the media

With their sniping on the sidelines and their personal political agendas.

But others made it easier to do this…

The Star: Hold onto hope

Medical scientists and healthcare workers, those who went above and beyond to help through this crisis, friends on WhatsApp groups.

That was 2020.

2021 has been much worse.

There was a lot more of this between political leaders and from media commentators…

Five of Wands + Ace of Wands: Fighting for ideological supremacy

Which…

Judgement Reversed: Shattered our sense of community

And was a factor in increased…

The Tower: Mental breakdowns

And for some led to this…

The Star Reversed: Despair

People were either…

Five of Pentacles: Feeling poor

Due to businesses being unable to trade and government subsidies being withdrawn.

Or this…

Ten of Swords: Mentally drained

From being asked to work under challenging conditions.

I’ve worked six days a week for the last two years, as well as writing, and I’m in the latter category.

Up until September I felt I was doing this…

Two of Pentacles: Juggling my responsibilities nicely

But then I finished The Empress and suddenly barely had the energy to publish it, let alone write any more.

My brain just stopped working…

Ace of Swords Reversed: Unable to think clearly

And it’s only just coming back online now.

The inability to think on a deep level is definitely a symptom of this…

Nine of Swords: The ongoing stress of managing life in lockdown.

Which is why I won’t be publishing the next chapter in my Tarot series tomorrow.

I’m not sure when I’ll finish it. Maybe by the end of January, maybe not till next March.

Which is kind of funny, considering the next chapter is this…

The Emperor: Meeting deadlines

Guess this is a card I need to work on in my own life, lol!

More than anything in Melbourne, we have felt this, especially during the past six months…

Three of Swords: Brokenhearted

From being unable to spend time with friends and family – again!

From missing much-needed holidays we were looking forward to – again!

From being cooped up at home alone – again!

My Christmas wish for this year is that you get to do this…

Four of Wands + Ten of Cups: Spend the holiday season with family

Thinking of you all!

The Tarot Teaclub: The Empress

The latest chapter in my Tarot Teaclub series, The Empress, has now been published on Amazon Kindle. It’s a bit late. I actually finished it a week ago, but have been struggling to find the energy to publish it. We all have those times in life…

Ten of Swords: Feeling completely depleted

You can access The Empress for free from Friday 8th October to Saturday 9th October, and on the 21st of each month (U.S. Time)

The other books in this series are also available to read for free on those dates: The Fool, The Magician and The High Priestess.

The links to each of these are below…

I know this series won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. But for those who persist, it’s a chance to immerse yourself in the themes of the Major Aracana, the Holy Book of Tarot.

Get out of it what you will!

Love, tan x

The Tarot of Easter

Happy Easter 2021!

On Easter Sunday we remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to Christian lore, his emergence from the tomb 2000 years ago proved he was the son of God. For Christians, this event signifies the new life we can experience when we embrace the Word of God.

Judgement: Being called to serve

But before Easter was a Christian celebration, it was a pagan one.

Three of Pentacles: Building on strong foundations

According to St. Bede The Venerable, the word ‘Easter’ was derived from ‘Eostre’, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility. This is also where we get the word ‘oestrogen’ from (Makes sense that a female hormone would be named after a female being). Many of the traditions and symbols that play a key role in Easter observations have their roots in Her celebrations.

The Empress: Fertility & growth
In Tarot, first comes The Empress, THEN The Emperor

The very date of Easter betrays its pagan origins. It is always celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. Nothing related to the date of Jesus’s death at all. However, full moons and equinoxes were highly significant for our European ancestors.

The Moon: Hidden depths

The period of fasting that precedes Easter is a reminder of the dire food reserves our ancestors were left with at the end of winter. Rations needed to be used sparingly. Much of the good stuff was gone. We suffer as they did.

Five of Pentacles: Feeling poor

The eggs that birds produce as daylight starts to increase would have been one of the first fresh foods our ancestors could lay their hands on. Same same for rabbits. Their breeding season begins mid-February. These were the first signs of new life. Thus their significance to the ancient Vernal Equinox celebrations: A festival of gratitude that the darkness was receding and the natural world was springing back to life.

Seven of Pentacles: Reflecting on the new shoots sprouting

Egg rolling and egg decorating customs were created to acknowledge the life-saving role of eggs at this critical time of year.

Ten of Pentacles: Family traditions

At its core, the Easter story has always been a reminder that no matter how bleak the world may seem, things can get better.

The Wheel of Fortune: The ups and downs of life

Whichever version of the story you prefer, Easter is a time of hope.

Enjoy your celebrations today!

The Tarot of Bridgerton

Like many others, I spent the Christmas-New Year period glued to Bridgerton on Netflix. An 8 part series produced by the wonderful Shonda Rhimes. Based on a series of Regency romances written by Julia Quinn in the noughties.

Let’s investigate the Tarot of Bridgerton, shall we?

Obviously, it falls under this category…

The Lovers: Romance

As is typical of this literary genre, the female protagonist Daphne is…

The Fool: A naive ingenue

And the male protagonist, the Duke of Hastings, is…

Knight of Wands + The Devil: Dashing and damaged

They both come from…

Ten of Wands: Wealthy families

The plot is centred around Daphne’s attempt to…

Four of Cups: Get married to another member of the ton – a word used to reflect a member of English high society during this period of history

In order to improve her chances of appearing desirable, and, so he can avoid appearing available, she and the Duke make a pact to…

The Lovers Reversed: Pretend to fall in love

And we all know what happens when characters pretend to be in love…

The Magician: They create that reality!

But before there is any chance of a happily ever after…

Seven of Wands: They must battle many obstacles…

Not least of which is…

The Moon: Their own personal faults

One of the things I love about this series is the rich array of supporting characters, whose own stories are explored in some depth.

There’s the eldest Bridgerton son, Anthony, head of Daphne’s family…

The Emperor Reversed: A dysfunctional autocrat

Daphne’s mother, who sometimes provides…

The High Priestess Reversed: Terrible counsel

My personal favourite is Eloise, Daphne’s slightly younger sister…

Seven of Wands + The Empress: A raging feminist

Also notable is Eloise’s best friend, Penelope Featherington…

Three of Cups Reversed: The wallflower at every ball

There’s also the mysterious Lady Whistledown, who provides biting commentary on the London season, without ever revealing her true identity…

Knight of Swords Reversed + Seven of Swords: A sneaky barbed wit

Bridgerton has been brilliantly created by Shonda’s protege, Chris Van Duesen, who is an absolute…

King of Wands: Master of his craft

The tone is…

Six of Cups: Hyper-reality

The books and the era have been…

Wheel of Fortune: Given a modern spin.

This allows the series to have interesting conversations about…

The Empress + The World: The role of women in society

There is even more to Bridgerton that that.

Watch it for yourself and see!!!

Throwback Thursday: Tarot’s Holy Book Part 1

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I’ve written before about how Tarot contains a holy book that charts the journey of a human soul through all the stages and experiences of life. I call these cards Life Lessons Tarot. But they’re better known as the Major Arcana.

These lessons are divided into three parts.

The first volume covers childhood. As follows… Continue reading

The Blessing of A Selfish Mom

I often talk about the blessing of having a selfish mom. Or rather, mum, as we refer to female parents here in Australia. This goes against conventional wisdom of course. Most peeps think a selfish mom is a bad mom. Women are under enormous pressure to put everyone else’s needs before their own. From their children. Their husbands. The parents at the school gate. The media. Their own expectations of what’s right.

So what could possibly be good about having a selfish mom? Continue reading