All posts by Caro Brandauer

Daily Draw – Page of Cups

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This is an interesting card from the Dame Darcy Mermaid deck, which I see slightly differently to the standard interpretation.

Of course I still think that it has to do with all the usual cups themes, such as intuition, emotion, creativity and love. However the Page on this card seems to be highly focussed on the cup he holds in his hand, gazing at it intently and investing all his time and energy into it. Behind him however a whale has just breached in the vast ocean and is about to disappear beneath the waves again unseen by the Page.

This suggests that by focussing on what is right under his nose he is missing out on the bigger picture and the main event. The fish in the cup is the equivalent of a goldfish in a bowl….severely limited by the confines of it’s environment and only able to keep swimming around in ever decreasing circles He has missed something majestic and magical. Something that most people never get an opportunity to witness and experience is happening now, right behind him, if only he would turn around and view things from a different perspective.

I believe that this card is trying to draw my attention to something larger and limitless in my own life. The phrase that came to mind on first studying this card was the eponymous voice of the sat nav which implores you to “turn around when possible” when you have taken a wrong turn and need a course correction. I guess my task now is to figure out where I have wandered off my path, and how to get back on it?

Daily Draw – Four of Wands

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Hmmm…..what to make of this card? I’ve left it until later on today to write about it just in case there were any last minute wedding or pregnancy announcements that might make it more relevant. But it seems that isn’t going to happen now, so how else might I apply this card to my day?

Well, I did have a bit of a spat with my daughter a couple of days ago, but as of today we have resolved things and hopefully harmony reigns supreme again.

There are still some minor worries praying on my mind, but hopefully this card would suggest that things will work themselves out and life can settle into a period of peace, harmony and stability. Here’s hoping so.

Daily Draw – Three of Pentacles

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Daily Card – Three of Pentacles

It’s interesting that since the beginning of the year virtually all the cards that I’ve drawn have been either Major Arcana or Pentacles cards! Is this reinforcing that big changes are coming, and the way to get the best results is through practical application and hard work? It seems that the time for contemplation is over and action is very much the order of the day now. So, onto today’s card, the Three of Pentacles……

In the Dame Darcy deck there is a different symbolism to the Rider Waite where it is seen as being very much about collaboration. This card speaks to me more about the need to collaborate or co-create with the Universe.

The mermaid is portrayed as a sculptor creating something beautiful and lasting. She is putting all her skills to work, chipping away at the block of stone and honing and perfecting her expertise as she goes. This says to me that now is the time to get stuck in and “just do it”. Don’t worry about being good enough as with hard work and practice I will improve as I go along.

This card confirms once again that the time for studying has passed and now the best results can be achieved by “doing”. It is telling me to do something that I love; something where time stands still and I feel in the zone and going with the flow of life! This will fill me with spiritual riches and fulfilment. It is also hinting that by doing this thing…..tarot, in my case….abundance and material reward will follow, as symbolised by the open treasure chest full of coins on the seabed.

I am excited to receive this card today in confirmation that I am heading in the right direction and on the right path.

Daily Draw – The Wheel of Fortune

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Today’s card is the Wheel of Fortune. Initially I wasn’t sure what to make of this card, however I do think that it is a positive card taken in conjunction with the two other Major Arcana cards, The Fool and The Star which I received in the first days of 2015.

Maybe it’s message is that we cannot always control outside circumstances, but we can control how we respond to them? Life is a series of ups and downs and it’s important to stay optimistic and have faith in the Universe. We can use meditation and visualisation to assist and reinforce our intention to manifest abundance, good fortune and prosperity and help to create the right outcomes in our lives.

In my own life I have a strong sense that I have reached a turning point or pivotal time in my life. After several years of feeling powerless I now feel a new resurgence of positivity that I can turn my life around this year by putting into practice the action steps and goals that I have been working on since the New Year. We can’t stop the wheel turning but hopefully we can influence how long we remain in the doldrums by harnessing the power of our minds to remain optimistic and empowered to take control of our own lives as much as is possible.

Daily Draw – Page of Pentacles

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Once again I have been amazed and stunned by the accuracy and relevance of the card I have drawn today, which is the Page of Pentacles.

I decided to devote some time today to completing another section of my Leonie Dawson, Create Your Shining Year Workbook 2015……the section on habits which I want to establish this year!

What card could be a more perfect portrayal for this process than the Page of Pentacles, especially in this deck where the page is seen as a fresh faced youth, against a tranquil blue background. The card seems to be saying, “get clear on your goals”. Take a calm, clear moment to plan your new beginnings and way forward towards future success.

I read somewhere…..”Do not just think it, ink it!”, which is exactly what I have been doing today, by getting down, on paper, new habits and resolutions to start the year on a positive note, and increase personal wellbeing, health and energy in 2015.

It has been a very Page of Pentacles kinda day as I have tried to focus on actual practical and tangible steps, which are do-able, realistic and achievable. Hopefully I have come up with a common sense and pragmatic approach to take baby steps, which if done consistently on a daily basis will achieve real and lasting results!

Only time will tell how effective my plan of action is. This time next year I’ll let you know how I got on, and if I’ve been transformed into a shiny new and improved version of myself!

Daily Draw – Queen of Pentacles

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It was with some amusement that I started to list the attributes of The Queen of Pentacles as practical, earthy and hardworking, and then realised that I have been working today at a shop called Earth Spirit!

This shop could be made for the Queen of Pentacles as all the merchandise reflects the beauty and richness of the earth. There are books about trees and songbirds; an array of mesmerising crystals and stones from the belly of the Earth itself; there are beautiful pictures depicting Goddesses and mythical creatures. I can’t think of anywhere that the Queen of Pentacles would be more at home!

Anyway, this is where I have been working today. I have swept and tidied and cleaned the glass display cabinets. Then I got to work on creating a display table with the theme of midwinter, to show off some of the beautiful items on sale which reflect the cold and icy season.

Although I don’t always relate easily to the Queen of Pentacles, today it was the perfect card to describe the energies of the day.

Daily Draw – Seven of Cups

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Today’s Daily Card, the Seven of Cups is all about choices. Sometimes it can appear that there are so many choices that it can feel overwhelming and immobilising. What to choose? With so many tantalising options we must remember that “all that glitters is not gold”. Some of the most desirable looking options may turn out to be a poison chalice. Do we want fame and recognition, beauty, wealth, wisdom or the mystery prize shrouded in secrecy? Be careful what you wish for as you might just get it!

This is a time to focus and get clear on what I really want and then stop daydreaming and bring my dreams into reality. Until I do this all those beguiling options are nothing more than “pie in the sky”. Time to get real; what am I working towards? What do I want to achieve? I need to base my decision on the answers to these questions and then concentrate on working towards these goals and putting my dreams into action. I think that the best way to do this is to “follow my bliss”, always being authentic and true to myself. If it feels right then hopefully I will not stray from my true path.

Daily Draw – Queen of Wands & Ace of Swords

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This morning I asked for guidance regarding my gifts and talents. I wanted to know which strengths I had which could be put to use in the world with best effect, both for myself and others. The Queen of Wands and The Ace of Swords literally shot out of the pack with a force and gusto which immediately indicated their resonance with the question I had just asked!

Firstly the Queen of Wands speaks to me of enthusiasm, warmth, positivity and inspiration. This queen is bursting with a vivid radiance, exuberance and creativity which she brings to bear on all her projects. Her life force is palpable and she can’t help but motivate and inspire others to be their best selves. This is the energy which I need to bring to my connections with others in 2015.

The second card that leapt from the pack shrieking “me, me, me!” was The Ace of Swords. This card imbues me with the sense that this year is all about communication, whether that be via the written word, face to face or connecting with like minded people online. Whereas 2014 was a very introspective “Hermit” year for me, this year tells me that it is time to get out there and share my gifts with others. Instead of sitting on the sidelines of life it is my time to fully immerse myself in connecting and networking…..sharing my experiences and what I have learned in my life so far. Although 2014 was a navel gazing year, my natural inclination has always been to reach out to others and help them in whatever small way I can. This year it is time to make use of my friendly, approachable nature in combination with communication and people skills to really try and make a difference! Bring it on!

Daily Draw – The Star

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Today’s card is The Star! Another beautiful card that promises that wishes will come true. After The Fool yesterday, this speaks to me of taking chances and opportunities; of seizing the day! This will be the way to make things happen this year and follow the path to my own North Star. Dreams can finally become a reality in 2015 and hope springs eternal. These two cards in tandem are an amazingly positive omen and give me a sense of excitement and enthusiasm to embark on the next phase of my journey; a adventure that will hopefully take me to some awesome new places, people and circumstances!

Card for 2015 ~ The Fool

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Today when choosing my Daily Card I asked for a card that would provide the overarching theme for 2015. I wanted something that would condense the essence of this new year into the energies of one card that would provide an anchor and reference point as I navigate 2015.

I was thrilled to see The Fool as this is a card of opportunity and adventure; a card that says a resounding “YES” to life. The Fool is not afraid to jump right into life and trusts that she will be guided and taken care of on her journey into the unknown.

Last year was definitely spent contemplating and consolidating and integrating all the change that has taken place in the last year or so. Towards the end of the year I was starting to feel that enough navel gazing had taken place, and it was time to jump back into the flow of life and start fully living again.

Drawing The Fool card today was confirmation that 2015 is the year to take life by the throat and get on with the business of living and experiencing again. Time to travel light, to have fun and simplify. Time to “just do it”!