The Power of Tarot
“In the end, it is always better to stay the quest because the ‘safe way home’ is the true illusion.” -Theresa Pridemore, Jamie Morris
This quote, by the Portland Tarot’s creators, sums up the cultural ethos of this grandly “trippy” and diversified city. Through its Major Arcana images, this deck displays the deeper attitudes and assumptions Portland people employ and enjoy as a way of life.
We can see, truly, through this lens that “all who wander are not lost” because we peer through the thick green brambles and glimpse our own destinations, even if they may be far off and a little hazy.
We cycle the bridges over the rivers to reach deeper into the heart and gut of our dreams. We pour magic potions onto the pavements. We grow roses that strew the landscapes, and every day is Earth Day.
Portlandia blesses all who live beneath her rainbow flag with gifts. Like sapphires of serenity and peridots of peace, with a few Voodoo doughnuts in the mix! But, most of the time, believe it or not, mundane life goes on as usual. Even in Portland.
Specifically for the week ahead, on Wednesday (Earth Day) the luminaries, sun and moon, merge sweetly during the New Moon at the exact degree of the moon’s exaltation in Taurus. It is in beautiful Venus’ domain! Maybe, we’ll reach Nirvana, yet.
April 19 – Sunday
You’ll be feeling optimistic and ready for adventure today. If there isn’t one handy, think up your own. You will feel full of energy and determination. Creative ideas will be exploding in your head. Approach everything with playfulness. Actually, go out in the sun. You will see things that have been hidden in the shadows. Try some of those new ideas you are getting because your luck is strong now. Drop self-consciousness and be expressive.
April 20 – Monday
The St. John’s Bridge
You will be receiving flashes of insight into how to start self-transformation. It will include romance, lifestyle, your location, and your career. You bring your strength and weaknesses to this crucial moment.
So, what does your transformed self really look like, act like, think, and feel like? Take a few minutes to visualize today.
The steps you need to take across the bridge to your goals, the attitudes, and resources you need, (magical and otherwise) will drop you into your dream!
April 21 – Tuesday
All will be well if you follow the messages of your soul. There is light at the end of the tunnel and renewed hope today. Follow your star because your talents will be recognized. Healing is likely. Remember to pass it on to others.
April 22 – Wednesday
Happy Earth Day!
If you have an open, “beginner’s mind” today it will lead you to something great. A new journey is on the table for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Be aware of the Fool’s cliff on this card, but be brave and walk close to it. If you find yourself at a crossroads, take the path that feels best to your heart. Go ahead and be innocent and believe! The Force is with you.
April 23 – Thursday
On this card, as our figure in the red jogging gear gets ready to ascend, the scary “angel of judgment” grins down at her. This, actually benevolent, angel has tattooed legs and plays the saxophone!
These two are pictured under a waxing crescent moon, new growth is sprouting. Judgment is such a positive card, signalling a rise for you from one level to a higher one today in some important-to-you area. A new life direction may present itself. Someone forgives you and a weight is lifted. You’ll receive a second chance, or a third, or a fourth.
So, too, be a “hip angel who ushers others through the keyhole of their potential.”(Pridemore, Morris)
April 24 – Friday
Passion and romance surface for you today. Sexual energy scintillates. Have fun, but make choices aligned with your Highest Good. Remember, the best loves are also the best friends. At the same time, think out of the box about relationships. Don’t prejudge your “type”. Roll with what the Universe presents if it nourishes your heart.
April 25 – Saturday
Wholeness, completion, and joy reign. Celebrate! Meditate on how you are safe in the world. The long season of grey is over now. You are successfully ending a cycle today. You feel in harmony with all that is. The City card (The World), blooming in the spring, is simply a pink, violet, and green love bomb of pure enchantment. Definitely go outside and enjoy the view. Just maintain a safe distance from others who are doing the same.
Fun Spreads to Try: The Creative Block-Buster and the Daily Commute
Shuffle the cards well and lay them face down on the table as you meditate on your current challenge. Pull three cards randomly from the deck while you focus on your question. Arrange them vertically, top to bottom, and read in the same manner.
The Creative Block-Buster Spread
Card One: The Block
What is stifling your creativity?
Card Two: The Key to Inspiration
What energy in the form of a person, place, or thing will unlock it?
Card Three: What Awaits Expression
What will your new creation look like once it is set free?
Some further food for thought:
Shuffle again and place the cards face down. Focus on what you most need to know today to achieve your desires. Pull five cards randomly from the deck and arrange them vertically, bottom to top, and read them in that order.
The Daily Commute Spread: “Punch the clock of Consciousness every day!” (Portland Tarot)
Card One: Positive Possibilities Alert
What possibilities and opportunities meet you along the way?
Card Two: Rough Road Warnings
What would block their manifestation?
Card Three: Creative Glimmerings
What is spirit hinting to you right now?
Card Four: You’re on the Right Track!
What signs and affirmative omens is the Universe giving you that tell you “Yes”?
Card Five: Friendly Re-direction
How can you correct and get back on course?
May the “hip angels” of the world be with you this week! See you soon.
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