Tarot Reading for the Collective ~ January © 2013 Sarah Barry
We catch the 9 of Keys mid-leap as she embodies her capacity for self-trust and surrender to her chosen path of growth. We could wait around for a chance to speak with her, but no doubt she would say that the understanding of her wisdom was in the experience and is something that cannot be taught.
Here also let me explain who the 9 of Keys is in the traditional tarot deck: The 9 of Wands. In this reading there will be a few departures from the traditional names. The deck I am using is The Collective Tarot by the Tarot Collective. A deck created by a community of tarot lovers, the images depict a much broader cross-section of humanity than usually represented in a traditional tarot deck. Seeing as the tarot can be a useful tool for anyone, and indeed, as this is a Tarot Reading for the Collective, I thought it time to bring this special deck out of my trusty tarot box.
To start the year with wisdom and discernment, we find ourselves in conversation with the Apprentice of Bones (Knight of Pentacles). And what a wonderful creature with whom to have an audience!
Greetings, Fine Collective types. How can I assist you this evening?
We want to know why you have appeared for us at the beginning of 2013, and how your talents can help us in our own lives.
Well, the foundation of what I offer comes from closely observing life, with integrity, for many years. I have watched my own behaviors within this context, and have come to understand more deeply what creative insights I can offer the world around me.
How I wish for you all to embody my teachings, Earnest Collective, is to have at least an inkling of what you enjoy offering to others, and just offer it for goodness sakes! None of this “Oh I’m not good enough” or “What if no one wants it”… if you give with joy in your heart there is bound to be a positive reaction, if not from other people, then at least from yourself!
Now move onto the Seeker of Bones (Page of Pentacles) so they can teach you more about that precious moment that comes just before you offer to the world what you are truly meant to.
Seeker of Bones? Do you care to expand upon what the Apprentice has said about you?
Oh look hi! Ooooh the Collective! All of you! Wow. You’ve caught me in a moment… well a moment of creativity actually but now I’m not sure where I was. I was leaping towards something, I had an idea… and it was a really good one! And the Apprentice of Bones might not approve of my approach, being a bit slapdash and all but I really think the best thing I can do here is just leap onwards, with this idea and see what happens next. I prefer the surprise approach to the considered one. I tried once considering carefully but I never left the house that day. I seem to reach more people this way. And I like people. And I like Bones.
I like Bones too, for all their earthiness, but I am really content being a Bottle.
And you are?
The 9 of Bottles (9 of Cups) of course, just look at me! I am so happy to be at this stage in my life where I can really relax into myself and enjoy where I’m at on the path. No need to strive, just to grow with the right amount of effort required.
I like embracing love of all kinds, particularly the kind of love where true compassion comes in. Such a wonderful feeling, compassion! So pure and clean, and so healing! I would like to dance with The Collective for longer yet I do see the Mentor of Bottles (King of Cups) up ahead, and no doubt they would like to bring something new to the table for you lot.
Hi Mentor of Bottles, would you mind slowing down a bit so we can hear what you have to offer?
Slow down? Well I guess I could, but I’d rather just lead by example than spell it out for everyone. My strength seems to lie in my capacity to just forge ahead, with acknowledgment of where I’ve been and how far I’ve come. We have to get somewhere with these Bottles, you know? We have to be able to hold our emotions with strength and vulnerability and actually get on with what has to happen next.
And what happens next?
Well, looking ahead, it looks like it’s The Moon.
Well-spotted Mentor of Bottles.
Well it wasn’t hard you know, Moon, you’re rather bright…
Not as bright as The Sun.
No, but you are more luminous, and you touch us more mysteriously than our friend The Sun.
Should I speak to you directly now Collective?
If you will, dear Moon.
Ah, yes, well… what do you want to know?
Some more about your mysteriousness, what you help us to see within ourselves, and how you can be of assistance to The Collective this month.
Well, I’m mysterious because I encourage you to look at things as they really are, without illusion, and whilst you are looking at those things I make you forget who you are and how you came to be here. You can disappear in the hugeness of the universe. And how can that be of help to The Collective? I’m not sure really.
Maybe my mysterious ways would help everyone start to look to the edges a bit more, and wonder what lies beyond the conditioned ways of doing things. Maybe people could start to walk in directions that lead them away from rote learning and more towards wisdom that gently erupts within the heart as they start to look at things as they really are.
Yes! Well said Moon! And I could help The Collective to then move towards ways of being in the world that encourages intuitive thought with clear and direct action.
And you are?
I am The Collective’s Wild Card, the Mentor of Keys (King of Wands)! I nominated myself as the Wild Card so that if anyone is still unsure about how to approach this year, they can remember to just relax a little, go with the flow, and just trust that the answer will eventually come.
And if the answer doesn’t come, at least they will be more relaxed.
Thank you Mentor of Keys. Anything else to throw at us before we go?
Oh look, just don’t forget to put your dreams into action. And don’t let sensible thoughts get in the way. I work best with idealistic dreams of peace and love that others like to dispute. So for your own spiritual health, I recommend implementing ideas that might logically have many things against them, but intuitively have everything in their favour.
This Tarot Reading for the Collective was done with The Collective Tarot, by the Tarot Collective ! (© 2012, Printed at Brown Printing, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A) Click here for more information about this beautiful tarot deck.
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