Welcome to the first 3 of Cups Tarot E-Zine!
This issue is in honour of another first, International Tarot Day 2017. Tarot enthusiasts all over the world will be coming together on July 8th to spread the Tarot love. This little project is our contribution to this and if well received we may just make it a regular thing.
The 3 of of Cups is a Facebook based community founded by Sandra Geddes and Lisa Frideborg Eddy and is open to all with an interest in Tarot from curious beginner to experienced pro. All of the articles in this E-zine were written by our members. If you'd like to join us, just click on the banner image below.
The theme of this issue is ‘How Tarot changed my life’. I’m sure you’ll agree after reading some of the pieces here, it really can bring change on so many levels.
Enjoy the read and Tarot on!
Sandra & Lisa
I taught tarot at a New Age College.
It was the beginning of a term and the Principal handed me ten folders and a list of the students in my new class. That morning nine women of varying ages arrived and I ticked them off on my list and handed each a folder.
Finally an elderly woman burst through the door, puffing away, as though she had been running.
‘Hi, you must be Susan?’ I said. This was the last name on my list.
‘No, I am Mary. Sorry I am late’.
‘Hi Mary,’ I added her name to my list, handed her a folder and invited her to take a seat. “Welcome!’
At the coffee break the Principal popped in to introduce herself and welcome the students. She also told me that Susan had let her know that she could not make it today, but she would be joining us next week.
I said ‘Mary is here and I have given her a folder’.
‘There is some mix-up as I have Mary booked into the evening class’, said the Principal.
‘Can I stay here?’ asked Mary tentatively, looking at me. ‘Of course you can. You were obviously meant to be here!’ I responded.
Mary was older than the other students but she fitted in well. The next week she was the first person to arrive, with a big smile on her face. As she got to know the other students she blossomed. She had a wicked sense of humour and was very intuitive.
‘Tarot changed my life!'
By Annie Dunlop
How Tarot Changed my life: A Fool’s First Love.
By Bobbi St. Jean.
I still remember when my first set of Tarot cards arrived in the mail. I’d spent days looking for “The Ones”, the only deck of Cards I thought I’d ever need (Yeah right, we all know how that goes). I’d gone back and forth about ordering them for almost as long as I’d spent looking for them- I’d heard that decks not gifted to you were bad luck, and that one should never buy their own tarot decks. Thank Gods I ignored that.
Excited beyond belief that they’d arrived early, I didn’t even wait to get into my apartment before ripping the box open and thumbing through them
I was 17, living with only my cousin as a roommate, and waiting for University to start. I didn’t know how much I’d rely on the guidance of cardstock at that time, but I knew it was an avenue of my spirituality I needed to explore.
I began as we all do, laying out small spreads and checking frantically in the book to see what I was being told and how it might be immediately tangible in my life. carried my cards and drew them anywhere and anytime if I felt I needed guidance or reassurance. More often than not, the cards told me to trust myself, or to stop asking and deal with it normally. I soon learned that while Tarot is a tool, it isn’t going to solve all your problems. You still need to do the work, you still need to make your own choices.
I learned that quite thoroughly as I was going through a spiritual, early-life crisis.
At 15, I’d turned away from the church of my upbringing (Roman Catholic), and I’d decided to experiment. First with Satanism, because I perceived it to be the exact
Ivan is a queer person of color who is a lover of creative writing, photography, and Tarot. He runs the website TarotProse.com where he explores Tarot through the lens of poetic prose. He hopes to explore the world and all of its beauty one poetic verse and Tarot deck at a time.
I was lost in the storm that was my life
searching for a way to keep my head
afloat above water.
It wasn't until I found Tarot
that it all began to make sense.
I didn't know my soul
craved the power
of seventy-eight cards
until I started healing
It was at that point
in my existence
that I stopped drowning.
Healing With 78 Cards
By Ivan Ambrose
How Tarot changed my life
By Maria Alviz
This first deck came with a decent booklet and a few meanings for each card, I started reading Majors only and begging my non-believer friends to let me read for them. It took me a while to get out of the canned meanings of the book and start seeing the whole picture, but during that time, the first change that Tarot introduced to my life took place. It got me closer to my spiritual self, and it opened my mind enough for me to want to seek for answers, to align with my own spiritual being and to explore the options available besides the Christian environment I had been raised into.
A couple of years later, my Tarot and spiritual practice had become much more serious and consistent. It went all by hand, as I evolved in my spirituality, finding what truly resonated with me, I developed as a reader. The more I used Tarot as a guidance tool for my spirituality, the more I found my place, and the more I found where I felt comfortable in, the deeper my readings became.
The first time I had a Tarot deck in my hands, I was just 14 years old. I went to a bookstore and picked a deck, taking into account all the woo-woo advice I had been given: Don't buy a “Black Tarot for it will bring blackness to your life” and make sure you resonate with the “Lovers” card. There were not a lot of options available anyway, and my budget was quite limited, so I ended up choosing Da Vinci Tarot, because I had just read “Da Vinci's Code” and you know... I thought it would be full of secrets.
Deck Review: Tarot of the Hidden Realm
By Bobbi St Jean
I found myself drawn to it more strongly than the gentle tug that wouldn’t let me forget it was there. Upon shuffling through the cards again, and really taking the time to look through them, I see both why I was drawn to them, and why I wasn’t ready for them at the time of purchase. The imagery, while based on the RWS system, isn’t clearly traditional. Lots of portraits and animals, very little use of the suit icons, and 5 renamed Majors initially threw me for a loop when trying to apply a more rigid system. This deck seemed to know I wasn’t prepared to read it how IT wanted to be read, and so it’s waited patiently for me to come to my senses.
Now that I’m better acquainted and more relaxed in my interpretations of tarot as a whole, here’s what I have found about this deck.
I bought this deck when it was new, ecstatic to finally have found a deck to cater to my Faerie obsession that I a) liked, and b) was still in print. I am picky on my deck art in a way that doesn’t make sense to most, and this aesthetic was pleasing to me in part because of the structured wildness. I used it religiously for a few months, then it sat on my shelf. I never stopped loving it, but I guess I just wasn’t ready to really dive into it either.
Last year, the peoples of the Hidden Realm decided that enough was enough.
My Journey To The Tarot World
How Tarot changed my life.
By Nilambari W. Lalita
I really started to enjoy creating dialogue with the images, and now it’s just part of my daily routine to check the cards, speak with them, and ask a question.
After collecting some basic knowledge, I started reading tarot for my friends. They got some good answers with it, and so I started to post a weekly free reading from my favorite deck on Instagram. With some meditation and crystals, I gained new insights with each reading, and I started my deep journey to the tarot world with a traditional RWS deck and fairy decks.
I gained more insights from crossing classic art and traditional tarot. When I come across a reading with the High Priestess, I see her first as commanding feminine energy, and the archetype associated with the Moon and moon phases. I connect with this energy of
Hello everybody. I am a vedic vastu consultant from India. My job includes clearing energy in an area and filling it with positively charged energy, using crystals, pyramid yantra, and so on. This is a professional aspect for me. I wanted to add more depth in my professional and daily life, so I started to apply some symbolic images to draw prosperity into my work. I learned about symbology to aid me in this. Later, I started to use online resources, and joined a number of groups on Facebook for Nature and Classic Art, which are my favourite interests. I started picking up some tarot decks with beautiful colours and pictures, and added them into my work.
The High Priestess is ready to give answers to any question as a pillar of white light, to know the hidden truth behind the veil, to see clearly into our shadow.
She is the gatekeeper of this journey to gain the knowledge and wisdom. She is my guide and helper. I am a seeker and reader for all of life’s challenges. She is an angel of mystic energy, the angel of light; Archangel Haniel for me, who works with the Archangel Raziel.
This is my Prayer for the High Priestess as Archangel Haniel:
“Thank you, Archangel Haniel, for your presence in our lives, for bestowing your light of
wisdom upon us, and giving our life journeys more fruitful insights.
I am grateful for your help and presence, and for your grace in our lives.”
(C) Nilambari W. Lalita
Nilambari W. Lalita is a Tarot reader and Vedic Astrologer from India. She urges us to "Follow your path and be true to yourself as your own heart's desire to reach your destination."