Tarot for Fun || 15 September, 2021

I tossed out a few cards today, planning on continuing this series of readings but decided I don’t need to share what I have this time around.

As things would have it, I keep getting the same core messaging from the cards: it is often the same exact cards popping up (I do have this issue quite frequently, no matter how I scheme to shuffle the cards) in the same relative positions.

To me, that tells me I need to give it a bit of a rest, or ask some dramatically different kinds of questions than what I’ve been asking. Essentially, if you are one to subscribe to this notion, I’m getting the Magic 8-ball equivalent of “Ask again later” for my message. So, rather than flog a dead horse, I’ll give the matter a rest until I feel I have reached some kind of turning or pivot point.

I’m tempted to sneak out and either make my own ogham/ogam and/or runes (stones or wood) and toss those for a change of pace. Part of me suspects I might get more out of such things, but I’m reluctant to spend the money on the supplies needed.

Anyway — instead of dropping the whole tarot spreads without giving a reason, you now have a reason.

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Tarot for Fun || 14 September, 2021

This is Day Six in however many days that I end up tossing down a tarot spread for the purposes of self-reflection.

Today, I’m experimenting with my own rough idea of a spread (which I’m calling my Wyrd spread) with the modification I wrote about a few days ago, the addition of orlæg, or those elements of wyrd beyond changing.

The cards interpretations, from that earlier posts, are as follow:

  • Urðr (Wyrd) — That Which Became or Happened
  • [New] Orlæg — That Which Is Outside Control (below Urðr and Verðandi)
  • Verðandi — What Is Presently Coming Into Being
  • Skuld — What Shall Be (or Should Be)

In a way, I suppose you could say my spread is derivative of the Past/Present/Future three-card spread that’s out there, but I specifically want to tie it to the concept of wyrd and the idea that the linear representation of time as we commonly conceive it in the modern era is not how these cards are arranged, but with the idea of entanglement — that the linear time is irrelevant to the spread, although the past/present/future appears to be present on the surface of it all. We’ll see how this plays out and I may continue to refine and explore it in the coming days.

Four Card Spread | Subject: My Wyrd

Crow Tarot by MJ Cullinane

Urðr (IV Wands)

I have reached a milestone in a greater goal; I should take time for a quick breather, allow myself to celebrate and acknowledge what I have accomplished before tackling the next steps. A vision is beginning to be realized.

Orlæg (VI Pentacles, reversed)

One of the immutable elements of who I am is the tendency to give of myself freely, but this often feels unbalanced and may often not receive in kind; often giving of myself is a one-way street and I may feel that I have been taken advantage of on a regular basis. I may need to balance this with finding alternative ways of exchanging energy or to be less generous with my own. I may need to make fewer compromises when dealing with others, in spite of my generous spirit.

Verðandi (Page of Pentacles)

I am in the beginning stages of manifesting a personal goal or dream — excited about the potentials and possibilities of what may come out of it with focused intent and action. However, I need to stay focused on the practical and tangible elements, stay realistic and grounded. Common sense and pragmatism is essential in the present moment.

Skuld (I The Magician)

All of the resources I need are at my disposal. I should be able to bring these tools with the skills, knowledge and capabilities I have gathered along this path to manifest a synergistic whole. It will be essential to focus on a single thing to bring these things to fruition; commitment and methodical planning are essential at this stage to make those goals a reality.


Note: Biddy Tarot is my resource for understanding the card meaning. Different references may result in a different interpretation of the cards.

Wyrd, orlæg and tarot

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I’m still toying around with the conceptualization of the tarot spread I was working on yesterday, as I felt it was missing some key element based on a barely-recalled online post that I had read a while back.

I managed to re-locate the post. While there are elements that I found a bit strained, I found other people afterwards that supported the parts that I felt were less so. I wouldn’t classify myself as a Heathen, but I do feel alignment with some of the old Norse/Viking and Anglo-Saxon/British Celtic themes and those cosmologies. So I tend to think about things like wyrd and how that might operate in the world as an animist with shamanic leanings. And something felt “missing” from the spread.

I went with the parts that felt right and looked for other sources that confirmed some of the understanding and was likely right in rejecting the part that seemed off, but found the bulk of the remained to be in agreement with other folks.

The element that I think might be missing from the spread that I was working on is the idea of orlæg, or that element of wyrd that is outside anyone’s control.

Let me roll back a bit and explain how I see wyrd. Wyrd, to me is not a predetermined inevitability, a “destiny”; there is no butterfly effect going on that determines my eventual immutable destination. As one author has said, once the thread has moved from present to the past, it is then fixed, and may impact the unknowable future, but the future is still mutable. How mutable is based on those decisions made that have moved towards the past, as well those things outside of our control, orlæg. Wyrd (to me) can be seen as a tapestry for which we all contribute, our threads are entangled and bound, and we can make choices that impact the colors and shapes within that tapestry. But the woven elements are only “fated” as the present becomes the past.

Orlæg can be seen as those things chosen for you before birth and those things that are outside the control of a growing child. Or- is the “fundamental”, while -læg finds it’s roots in “that which has been laid”. Thinking of it as building a home, it is the foundation upon which other things are built upon, the essentials. This would include things like ethnicity, socioeconomic status to which you are born into, place of birth, parent(s)’ occupation(s), year of birth, assigned gender, sexual orientation, emotional and physical addictions, etc. These are the “fates” written for you before you were born or before you were able to make certain decisions.

And I think it is important to consider those things when doing a spread for wyrd working — understanding the options available for you to tweak in the manifestation of your ultimate tapestry.

As such, I think I’ll add a fourth card to the three-card spread for orlæg, or those fixed elements of your wyrd that you never had control over.

Or, perhaps, I am overthinking — as I am wont to doing.

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Please note: I do not consider tarot to be a divination tool. I see it as a tool for personal reflection and a means by helping one look at their present moment from a different perspective other than how they may see it with their current cognitive biases, not as a magical device or a tool to predict any future.

Tarot for Fun || 12 September, 2021

Seemed like a good time as any to toss out a few cards and see what kinds of reflection they trigger within me. Being in the place where I expect to experience massive amounts of change, it seems like a good idea to get as much advice as possible from the Universe at large. Day Five in however many days that I end up doing this for the purposes of self-reflection.

Today, I’m experimenting with my own rough idea of a spread. As far as I know, this is not a spread someone else has created and it is purely a test. If this does exist elsewhere, accept my apologies; it was intended to be a new spread and I was not aware of other efforts. I assume it will need some refinement. I’ll call it my “Norn” or “Wyrd” spread.

In Norse mythology which, in turn, influenced Anglo-Saxon and Icelandic myth and culture, had three fate-like beings known as The Norn. They were said to be responsible for shaping the course of human destinies (wyrd). While there is some debate about the matter, the three are as follow:

  • Urðr (Wyrd) — That Which Became or Happened
  • Verðandi — What Is Presently Coming Into Being
  • Skuld — What Shall Be (or Should Be)

In a way, I suppose you could say my spread is derivative of the Past/Present/Future three-card spread that’s out there, but I specifically want to tie it to the concept of wyrd and the idea that the linear representation of time as we commonly conceive it in the modern era is not how these cards are arranged, but with the idea of entanglement — that the linear time is irrelevant to the spread, although the past/present/future appears to be present on the surface of it all. We’ll see how this plays out and I may continue to refine and explore it in the coming days.

Three Cards Spread | Subject: My Wyrd

Crow Tarot by MJ Cullinane

Urðr (III Cups, reversed)

There has been a temptation to go at things alone, and I’ve felt acutely that sensation that I am isolated. I may have sacrificed my creativity in order to meet others’ desires and lost important connections as a result. I have likely been distracted from that which I need to accomplish either on a creative or spiritual level.

Verðandi (Ace of Wands)

The spark of a fire has been struck and there is a spiritual and/or creative wellspring at my feet, rife with new opportunities to align with my higher self. It is a time for follow both heart and passion, for these are the pointers towards the right direction. Follow my instincts to realize that spark of inspiration to its fullest.

Skuld (VII The Chariot)

To best achieve what should be, I will need to apply willpower, discipline, and commitment to maximize the potential. It will require focused action, although the may be obstacles or distractions presented from others with will drag me down and pull me off course. I will need to stay focused and committed to push past the barriers presented.


Note: Biddy Tarot is my resource for understanding the card meaning. Different references may result in a different interpretation of the cards.

Tarot for Fun || 11 September, 2021

Seemed like a good time as any to toss out a few cards and see what kinds of reflection they trigger within me. Being in the place where I expect to experience massive amounts of change, it seems like a good idea to get as much advice as possible from the Universe at large. Day Four in however many days that I end up doing this for the purposes of self-reflection. Today, I elected to do a status check using Material State/Emotional State/Spiritual State with a “Where am I at?”

Three Cards Spread | Subject: Status check

Crow Tarot by MJ Cullinane

Material state (XII The Hanged Man, reversed)

Indicates that I may be hitting a certain level of physical exhaustion, likely driven my my restless nights and frequent insomnia. My mind is racing, but my body needs me to slow down and rest, and I may be on the verge of crashing. This may be the cause of any blocking I may be experiencing, as my material body is fighting with an overactive mind. It may be time to surrender to what is and let go of attachments; time to do some self-care and gather energy.

Mental state (Page of Swords, reversed)

It is a good time to be wary of making promises and commitments or readily accepting such things from others; I am and should be wary of big stories of the past and others’ achievements, which may be less than truthful. I am in a place where I am asking lots of questions, some of which may seem threatening or challenges — although I may think I am only trying to understand. I’m feeling rebellious and I need to tone down the tone of my questions so they are less challenging and more inclusive.

Spiritual State (VI Swords, reversed)

My spiritual being is in a state of flux and transition. I have embraced that I need a new way of thinking and I am bringing it to fruition. Before being able to do so, however, I should self-evaluate and confront any unfinished business, conflicts, or lessons I need to learn before moving on. While there may be pain in confronting these things, there is a promise of a better future once I put these things to rest, to put my past firmly in the past and look forward. I may need to move beyond my comfort zone.


Note: Biddy Tarot is my resource for understanding the card meaning. Different references may result in a different interpretation of the cards.

Tarot for Fun || 10 September, 2021

Seemed like a good time as any to toss out a few cards and see what kinds of reflection they trigger within me. Being in the place where I expect to experience massive amounts of change, it seems like a good idea to get as much advice as possible from the Universe at large. Day Three in however many days that I end up doing this for the purposes of self-reflection. Today, I elected to do a status check on some Jungian concepts (because of the last post); a “Where am I at?”

Note: Here are the definitions being used, loosely based on a 5-card spread (found on Labyrinthos.co)

  • Persona – How am I being perceived? How do what others think of me affect the situation?
  • Shadow – What am I ashamed of? What do I want to hide and not acknowledge?
  • Self – What does my heart of hearts want? What are my true desires?

Three Cards Spread | Subject: Status check

Crow Tarot by MJ Cullinane

My persona (V Wands)

I’m seen as a source of tension and battle in a sea of chaos, which may impact my ability to move forward with my goals. But, there are opportunities to rise above the chaos and disorder as long as I take the time to listen to contrary views, encourage diversity and differences of opinion. I am being perceived as being in a maelstrom of change, confrontational and stormy.

My shadow (VI Wands, reversed)

I have relinquished personal power and self-belief and I hide behind relying on other’s opinions about my “success”. I feel deeply what I perceive as recent failures in my interpersonal relationships, that I somehow failed to connect where a connection would have possibly been useful to others; and I hide that fear that I’m perceived as a failure by anyone I’ve tried to relate to. I’m lacking in confidence, but I clothe myself in false overconfidence, arrogance and other egotistical, selfish behaviors.

My self (Queen of Cups)

I want to be perceived as nurturing, caring, compassionate and sensitive; to be viewed as empathetic, creative and intuitive. My true self wants to be seen as someone that can be confided in, where someone can come and feel understood and heard, that I may have a solution to their problems. I need to lead more with my heart, not my head — listen to the dreams, shamanic journeying, and meditations. My true self wants to move beyond my past failures with communications and empathizing with people, to once again embrace my ability to connect and recognize the Divine in everyone, even those who do not see their own divinity, to understand and embrace people for what they bring to the table.


Note: Biddy Tarot is my resource for understanding the card meaning. Different references may result in a different interpretation of the cards.

Tarot for Fun || 09 September, 2021

Seemed like a good time as any to toss out a few cards and see what kinds of reflection they trigger within me. Being in the place where I expect to experience massive amounts of change, it seems like a good idea to get as much advice as possible from the Universe at large. Day Two in however many days that I end up doing this for the purposes of self-reflection. Today, I elected to do a status check on my mind, body, and spirit; a “Where am I at?”

Three Cards Spread | Subject: Status check

Crow Tarot by MJ Cullinane

My mind (X Pentacles)

Things are starting to come together; the pieces are all there and I may need help organizing those things, but success is on the horizon. My mind starts to turn towards caring for others and I am compelled to sharing whatever wealth (material or otherwise) I uncover in the coming weeks and days. My mind will play a role in being involved with something bigger, something which is part of the legacy of my ancestors.

My body (VI The Lovers, reversed)

I need to honor and accept who and what I am; to love and respect who that person is and realize the value I offer as a person. I should seek to leverage my self-care to align my “Highest Good”. View things in terms of finding my inner union, rather than looking for external forces acting upon me; the war is with myself — these are inner conflicts and disharmonies. Focus more on personal beliefs and values to make better choices moving forward.

My spirit (XV The Devil, reversed)

I may be on the verge of a “break-through or an up-levelling”, but I need to let go of unhealthy attachments that hold me back. It is time to deal with my shadows: specifically, addictions and unhealthy relationships. Dealing with the shadows is essential before I am able to move forward. Part of this may include directly addressing inner fears and anxieties, freeing myself from the bondage of limiting beliefs and unhealthy attachments. Time for me to eliminate those things I know to be harmful to me.

At this time, I may be heading into those deepest, darkest recesses of my being to confront my innermost shadows to either release them, or integrate them. This darkness may trigger anxiety or depression, or I may have a hard time understanding the dark thoughts which evolve during this time. Talking about these dark shadows may help with a trusted individual may help with relief from the anxiety or depression evolving from those places. Acceptance, forgiveness, and detachment will serve my spirit well during the coming days.


Note: Biddy Tarot is my resource for understanding the card meaning. Different references may result in a different interpretation of the cards.

Tarot for Fun || 08 September, 2021

Seemed like a good time as any to toss out a few cards and see what kinds of reflection they trigger within me. Being in the place where I expect to experience massive amounts of change, it seems like a good idea to get as much advice as possible from the Universe at large.

Three Cards Spread | Subject: Spiritual path

Crow Tarot by MJ Cullinane

Me (XII The Hanged Man)

I am stuck, by universal design. I’m currently at the stage where I am releasing the old mental models and behavioral patterns that no longer serve; seeking new perspectives, embracing new opportunities. Time to pause (willing or unwillingly) and take inventory; something new is emerging for me. I’m taking time to review new ways of thinking and seeing; surrender to “what is”. Time to change perspective and shift energy

My Current Path (IX Pentacles)

I at a stage where I can afford to and should splurge a bit to reenergize and revitalize myself for the next stage. I currently need to establish some independence and not seek have someone else support me. There is also abundance and beauty to be found in nature, and that may be the direction in which I look to bring more energy into my life; e.g., walks in the forests and parks, to luxuriate in the bounty of nature, in preparation for realizing my potential.

Potential (VI Cups, reversed)

While there is risk in getting trapped in the past, with both positive and negative memories, as long I understand true and lasting change happens only in the present, I can still reflect on those memories. Time to make peace with the past and focus on the present. If so, my curious childlike curiosity will emerge and encourage me to quit adulting so much; with that mindset, I can look beyond the boring and stale and see the Universe through childlike eyes.

Tarot for Fun || 25 May 2021

Three Cards; Query: WTF is up?

Situation = II Pentacles
Obstacle = XXI World, inverted
Advice = XIX Sun, inverted

The Situation: II Pentacles

Juggling priorities, roles, responsibilities and other shit. Razor’s edge of losing balance. Breaks might be needed, possibly losing sight of bigger picture. Strive for equilibrium, but recall nothing ever stays there.

The Obstacle: XXI World, inverted

Seeking closure on a personal issue. Emotional attachment to the past? May require deep personal energy work and visualization. May be skipping steps on the path to the top of the mountain, perhaps need to refocus and accept that mountain path is there to experience.

Advice: XIX Sun, inverted

Inner child should be allowed to show itself; relearn how to have fun. Take time away from the heavy duty responsibilities and play. May be struggling to see the bright side of life, but the obstacles in the path can be removed with renewed focus.

Personal assessment

^This

Tarot for Fun | Parting shot 05April2021

I had planned to stop drawing for a while, kind of let everything from the past week sink in. As mentioned earlier, though, I feel off today with no clear reason except for a couple of maudlin memories of things that likely can’t be recaptured. I felt there was more to it than those two things, so I drew a card to see if it triggered any kind of self-reflection for me that would help me identify what seems “off”.

I’m not going to follow the recent format, just to keep this simple.

Drawn: VII Wands, inverted

Snippets: [copypasta from Biddy Tarot] It may seem as if you are under constant opposition; even if you are weary, this card urges you to keep fighting for what you believe in; stand strong, own your position and don’t change who you are just to keep others happy; it is time to draw your line in the sand and say, ‘This is who I am, and this is what I need right now’; there cannot be any compromise or negotiation at this stage; hold your ground with determination and courage; can also mean you think others are perpetually criticising you — your family or friends are questioning your choices, such as staying in a challenging relationship or an unfulfilling job, and you would prefer if they could just keep their mouths shut and let you be!

Reaction: Hmm. Pretty much spot on, if I think about it. Needs more reflection, but I am tired of holding my ground on a few things.