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Welcome to TarotUnlimited.com! The Tarot is a respected and well-established means of divination called cartomancy; or using cards to help access the Divine within us all. The Tarot deck differs from the standard 52-card bridge set, for Anglo-Americans, or the 32-card piquet set for the French. The Tarot consists of 78 pictorial cards; 22 cards called the Major Arcana and 56 cards termed the Minor Arcana.

The posts on this page highlight the Tarot cards in different ways. Tarot as Art discovering how Tarot evokes feelings. Tarot card of the Month is a Tarot monthly horoscope, and Tarot Daily Lesson spotlights one card for the day and discusses what that card means in today’s modern world. Be on the lookout for special posts involving Tarot Spreads from time to time as well.

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Genevieve’s Notebook: Tapping Into Your Intuition

Genevieve’s Notebook is a fresh new feature on Tarot Unlimited. It is advice from Genevieve’s Tarot Notebook just for you. Join me for insight from my notebook. Topics vary but they include Tarot, questions from clients, and common sense advice you can use!

Genevieves Notebook Genevieves Notebook: Tapping Into Your Intuition

“How do you tap into your intuition? What tools do you use? What is your technique?”

Tapping into your intuition isn’t complicated or complex. Anyone with at least five minutes can do it! The technique you use doesn’t matter. You can mediate, pray, sing, dance, cast a circle, or write whatever comes to you in the moment. The method you choose depends on what you are comfortable with doing.

Why five minutes? Because it takes time and practice to tap into your intuition. When you first start listening to your intuition, you are exercising mental muscles that were not used before. They take time to strengthen.

For the first time, I recommend a silent space and at least 15 minutes free time. Ask your question (Keep it to one for now.) and write whatever comes to you. Get it all on paper or record it: images, thoughts, quotes, jokes, colors, and lyrics, etc., make note of it. Don’t leave anything out. At this stage, everything is relevant.

When you are ready, open your eyes and return to your recording. Now is the time to piece the information you received with the question you asked. There will be some immediately useful advice. There will also be some advice that doesn’t fit right away. That’s okay. It will become relevant in the future.

The method I use is to write my question and wait for the answers to come. This takes anywhere from five minutes to half an hour. Depending on the questions I ask. Simple ones like, “What will happen tomorrow?” take less time than, “What should I do about X?”

Remember to stay calm and breathe while tapping into your intuition. Don’t access it if you are not calm. Intuitive information does not understand time frames. If you want to know what will happen in the next 3 months, include that time frame in your question.

Blessings Always!

Genevieve


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Deck Review: Tarot of the Hidden Realm

Last week, J. (my partner) and I celebrated anniversary #4 and I bought this deck!

I am in LOVE with the artwork of Julia Jeffrey. (The book is by Barbara Moore.) All the cards are so pretty! (even the Ten of Swords) This deck is calming and reassuring. Even The Morrigan (pictured below) brings a swift end, something she is well qualified to do. Silence is its own blessing. This is great deck for those who provide healing services with their Tarot readings. Get this deck if you like fae!

photo 1 e1401929704712 Deck Review: Tarot of the Hidden RealmThings I Love about This Deck:

  • It’s like Rider Waite Smith, but not.
  • The Aces are animals (fox, hedgehog, heron and otter)
  • The background colors on the cards
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My favorite cards from top left: Life Renewed (Judgement), 5 of Cups, 4 of Swords, The Hermit, 3 of Swords, and 7 of Pentacles

Things that I Don’t Like:

  • The book assumes you will open it up BEFORE you dive into the deck.
  • The intent of the artwork is very clear and hard to ignore.
  • The Minor Arcana Ace to 10 images are confusing if you don’t check the book meanings.

Buy the deck from: http://www.alibris.com

Blessings Always!

Genevieve


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Genevieve’s Notebook: What to Do When Tarot Cards Tell the Hard Truth

Genevieve’s Notebook is a fresh new feature on Tarot Unlimited. It is advice from Genevieve’s Tarot Notebook just for you. Join me for insight from my notebook. Topics vary but they include Tarot, questions from clients, and common sense advice you can use!

Genevieves Notebook Genevieves Notebook: What to Do When Tarot Cards Tell the Hard Truth“I got a reading about a recent break up and the Tarot cards told me to move on. Why?! What do I do?”

Before your rationale leaves you completely, take a deep breath. Good. Now take another deep breath. Better. One last deep breath. Excellent! Repeat this mantra as you continue to take deep healing breaths, “The Tarot cannot hurt me. The Tarot cards only offer me advice.”

Okay, here are your options:

  •     Ignore the Tarot’s advice
  •     Spin the hard truth into advice that is easier to hear
  •     Find the lighter side of Tarot’s advice and listen only to that
  •     Think about why Tarot tells you the hard truth and what you can learn from it.

Can you guess which option I use? I’ll give you a few minutes to decide…
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Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 2)

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Genevieves Notebook Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 2)

Looking for Part 1? Here’s Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 1).

5. 3 of Swords

tarot cards   minor arcana   03 of swords Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 2)The 3 of Swords causes my  clients to squirm a bit. Three Swords piercing a heart cannot be good! Why would such a thing be on a Tarot card? Many Tarot readers say this is a card of pain, sorrow and loss. I have blogged about my thoughts on the 3 of Swords. I don’t believe that this card shows any sort of loss. Why? The suit of Swords never represents emotions. That’s the suit of Cups. Okay, so if the suit of Swords isn’t the emotional suit, what is it? It’s the suit of mental acuity and thoughts. The 3 of Swords shows the thing that you care about most exposed and bare. If this were Game of Thrones, Tywin Lannister’s 3 of Swords would be continuing the Lannister name. With this in mind, the 3 of Swords takes on a whole new meaning. What is the central thought or concern that drives you?

7. 5 of Swords

tarot cards   minor arcana   05 of swords Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 2)Many Tarot readers interpret the 5 of Swords as a victory for the central figure. This person viciously beats the other figures. And they’re right, though not in the way you’d think. You see, these three figures aren’t fighting. Rather, they duel with words. That’s right, they are debating ideas and concepts. The central figure comes away from this exchange with three of his ideas (swords) in tact. The other two swords are on the ground because the central figure abandoned them. This debate has changed his views on those ideas. As a result, he no longer believes in them or needs them. So they stay on the ground for someone else to pick up. When the 5 of Swords becomes a debate, this card takes on a new less sinister meaning.

 8. 7 of Swords

tarot cards   minor arcana   07 of swords Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 2)The 7 of Swords appears sneaky. I don’t buy that for a minute! This thief’s eyes are closed. On top of that, what sort of thief looks only where he’s already been and not where he’s going? There’s more to the story here. When I look at this card, I see a young person stuck between two settlements. On the right, we have this person’s childhood community. On the left, are those who have left home before him. Older peers striking out and banding together. This is not a deceptive card. Rather its about the pull of community and of different ideas. The figure holds three swords in left hand and two in the right. Should he follow the traditional methods which he knows work? Or should he throw a little creativity into the mix and innovate? The 7 of Swords is chuck full of options and methods to choose from! If the figure can only decide on the way forward. “Be not of two minds.” He needs to decide which camp to go to. He also needs to choose a method to follow.

9. 5 of Wands

tarot cards   minor arcana   05 of wands Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 2)The 5 of Wands shows five people fighting. At first glance, this Tarot card seems rough. Look again at those wands though They aren’t hitting the people, only other rods. These people are brainstorming. They are generating concepts and ideas. Eventually, they will hit upon something the group can agree on. This is a meeting of the minds more than it is a rough-housing session. Brainstorm away!

10. 7 of Cups

tarot cards   minor arcana   07 of cups Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 2)The 7 of Cups is most often interpreted as indecision. With so many possible choices before the figure, it is easy to see why this interpretation is the popular one. In a sense, this Tarot card meaning is right. There are a lot of options. How can the figure pick just one? This implies that these choices are competing against each other. Yet, we don’t know that these options are opponents. There’s not much to support this viewpoint. Just a different choice in the 7 cups and that’s not strong enough on its own.  The 7 of Cups is full of possibilities. They are equal possibilities, too, because the cups they’re in are the same size. This figure has many options available to choose from and no limits to consider either. What would you choose given the 7 of Cups and no restrictions? Probably everything. I know I would. The sky’s the limit with the 7 of Cups!

What do you think? Which Tarot cards would be in your Top 10? Why? Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter.

Blessings Always!

Genevieve

 


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Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 1)

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Genevieves Notebook Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 1)

There are certain Tarot cards that my clients fear will turn up in their Tarot readings with me. When they see these cards, they want to skip over them and move on to the next less scary card. There are other cards that my clients already know what they mean thanks to Hollywood and society expectations. Society tells us many things. Some ideas that it plants the seeds for will grow to produce something different from the parent seed. Over time, the seed will change until it becomes completely different. It’s then that we wonder what the origins of that seed were. This is why I created the Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards.

1. Death

tarot cards   major arcana   death Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 1)Death has to open this list. No other card is more feared than this one. It is obvious why my clients dislike this card. A skeleton is riding a horse with still bodies on the ground below him. “Am I going to die?” I understand their concern, that is a valid question when this card turns up. But Death does not represent physical death. No, despite the garish ghoul, the message Death has is a bit more subtle. It represents the end of something. This end is final. For instance, we only have one childhood. Once that’s over, there will never be another. Death is the end of one chapter and the start of another.

2. The Devil 

tarot cards   major arcana   the devil Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 1)Second only to Death, The Devil is another cringe-worthy card. Here we see a man and a woman in chains before The Devil. This card could not be more dark and hopeless, right? Well, not exactly. The Devil does not represent the actual Devil or his eternal torment of humankind. Rather, The Devil indicates addictions and monsters of our own creation. (Not Frankenstein!) These particular creations were brought into being with the best of intentions, but now they are the ones running the show. When The Devil turns up, look at the things you cannot live without. Do you need the newest car, the best smartphone, or a six-pack every evening? Or can you do without these crutches? Free your mind and your body will follow!

3. Judgement

tarot cards   major arcana   judgement Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 1)Judgement could have been second on this list. This card is the most poignant reminder of our finiteness. Here we see an angel, the consensus is Gabriel, blowing a horn to rouse the dead from their sleep. (No it’s not the zombie apocalypse.) They summoned heavenward. Many believe this card is Judgement Day, the coming of Christ. It’s easy to see why they have this idea. Judgement does not represent the end of everything. It is a wake up call to rise above the mundane drudgery and dance to the sound of your own trumpet. To heed your true calling and live the life you were meant from birth to live. Life is short. Live it your own way without caring what others think of you!

4. The Lovers

rwlovers Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 1)“All right!” “Finally! My true love is coming at last!” My clients are always glad to see The Lovers card in their readings. They get excited for their one true love to appear. It’s wonderful! While this card does show two lovers united under an angel, Raphael, the message is not always so straightforward. To illustrate my point, here is the Marseilles version of The Lovers.

Three Lovers 154x300 Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 1) What would you say is the message of this card? In this rendition, I see a choice between two possible suitors. Angel Raphael is still overhead indicating a blessed union, no matter the which suitor is chosen. Sometimes The Lovers card is about the nest great love that is coming up. Other times, The Lovers shows a choice. Choose wisely.

5. 10 of Swords

tarot cards   minor arcana   10 of swords Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 1)The 10 of Swords causes concern for many people. A figure is face down and pierced by 10 swords. How did this figure end up in this position? She, or he, would not willingly allow this to occur. So what does it mean? This figure’s thoughts pin zem down. This happened because ze bought into the idea of thoughts competing with each other. For instance, Birth versus Death. But, birth and death are not opposites but two points on a continuum. It’s possible these traditional opposites to become balanced on a seesaw. This changes the entire meaning of the 10 of Swords! It opens the mind and allows for inclusiveness and not competition.

What do you think? Which 10 Tarot cards are the most misunderstood in your opinion?

Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 2) is coming next week!

Blessings Always!

Genevieve


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Tarot Card of the Day-5 of Swords: Which Beliefs and Ideas Have You Abandoned?

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from Ciro Marchetti’s Gilded Tarot-Royale

“Hello, I am Vyo and these swords are my ideas and beliefs. In the mountainous Swords region, everyone carries their ideas and beliefs with them in this way. It seems strange, but we know no other way to conduct ourselves.

“At present, the kneeling figure and I completed a civil debate about our beliefs. From an early age, the people here learn to debate the ideas or beliefs and not the person.
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Tarot Card of the Day-8 of Wands: What Are Your Priorities?

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from The Gilded Tarot-Royale by Ciro Marchetti

“Hello there! I’m Xon and this is my flock. I notice you seem surprised. Is it because a ram is speaking to you? Or are you captivated by the wands in flight overhead?

“Ah, yes the wands. You know, they have always soared through the sky. The desert kingdom of Wands is devoid of flying creatures. These wands are their messaging system. These eight wands are bound for the Isle of Cups, the mountainous Swords, and the Pentacle Plains. The other five wands are going to the Magician, High Priestess, Empress, Emperor and the Hermit.

“I don’t know what the message is. My concern is my flock. I do know that it is urgent if the wands are flying. Whatever it is, these wands will find their destination whole and untouched.

“Before I return to my flock, I must ask you, what are your priorities? The kingdom of Wands knows what its priorities are. They are in contained in these eight wands. What are yours?”

Journal: Where is your life headed? Is it time to change course? Where are your wands headed?

Blessings Always!

Genevieve


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Tarot Card of the Day-9 of Cups: What Do You Want out of Your Life?

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from the Gilded Tarot-Royale by Ciro Marcheti

“Hello! Welcome! Are you here to taste some butter beer or alcohol? Good! The more the merrier!

“I have the best drinks in Tarot-land. And I serve everyone. Noble folk and commoners are equal here. That’s why my restaurant is accorded neutral ground. That means everyone is welcome always. Leave your squabbles outside.
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Genevieve’s Notebook: Writer’s Block and How Tarot Can Help

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Genevieves Notebook Genevieves Notebook: Writers Block and How Tarot Can Help

This week in Genevieve’s Notebook, Writer’s Block and how Tarot Can Help. We have all had to face down writer’s block at some point. Whether for a paper that is due, writing a business plan, getting that novel on paper, or writing out your next big idea. Few people think to consult Tarot about their writer’s block. Those that do want to know when the slump will end. Today, I explore Tarot as a tool for overcoming writer’s block with tips and tricks even a Tarot newbie can use.

Method 1: The Elements of a Story

You will need:

  • a full 78-card Tarot deck
  • A bottle, or can, or something that will spin
  • enough floor or table space

What are the elements of a story? Character, Conflict, Plot, Setting, and Theme. This handy video explains it better than I can.

Now that we’re all caught up, and rockin’ out, how does Tarot fit into the five elements of a story? Simple. Arrange all 78 cards into a circle. Find your bottle or can. Place it in the middle of the circle you just created.

Time to Spin the Bottle! The first Tarot card the bottle points is the plot. The next card it points to is the main character. The third spin decides who, or what, the conflict is. Perhaps an archnemesis is in order? The fourth spin becomes the Setting. The final rotation decides the Theme. Have fun writing!

Method 2: Think outside the planet (or inside the microscope).

You will need:

  • King of Swords
  • Queen of Swords
  • a notebook or some method of writing things down
  • your favorite the Pages (Princesses/Daughters, etc.)

In other words, shift your perspective. Imagine the challenges and tasks you would have to overcome if you were on a different planet or inside a drop of dew. To help you with this task, locate your King and Queen of Wordplay Swords. Give the King of Swords the task of figuring out the big stuff (navigation, shelter, food and water, etc.) in this environment. Give the Queen of Swords the task of figuring out the small stuff (daily skills, running the roost, talking to others etc.) and make your favorite Page your Muse. Have fun! When you get stuck, switch to the other Swords ruler. Who is easier to write for: the King or the Queen? Why?

Method 3: “Isn’t it great when I communicate?” -Wilbur, Charlotte’s Web

You will need:

  •  a notebook
  • the Court cards

How does the Wands court talk to the Swords court? How does the Cups court speak to the Pentacles court? Do they have the same language, a common tongue? Is the Knight of Wands not talking to the Knight of Swords? Why? This exercise is to think about how the Courts relay messages within the Tarot kingdom. Who delivers them? What do the Courts discuss? Use your imagination and get creative!

Blessings Always!

Genevieve


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Tarot Card of the Day-Ace of Pentacles: How Do You Manage Your Funds?

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from Ciro Marchetti’s Gilded Tarot-Royale

“Hello! If you’re like most people, you’re wondering if I actually am a talking fox. You aren’t losing it. I can actually speak. Seven languages and counting.
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