Saturday, 7 September 2013


Oracle of the Mermaids
This morning, I decided to finally draw a card from the Oracle of the Mermaids (Blue Angel, 2013), as there was something bothering me to the point of insomnia.  I guess I was hoping for some kind of simple, uplifting message.  However, what I got made me laugh - Divination.  Okay, point taken, this is a complicated issue and needs a bit more thought than "Speak your truth" ;D

So, I did a Horseshoe Reading with my Gaian Tarot (Joanna Powell-Colbert, 2010) to look at the problem that was bothering me.  The issue is around approaching an authority figure to pitch an idea which will be quite expensive, but which I think will be a really positive investment.
Gaian Tarot Horseshoe Reading

Past: Four of Air

This card reminds me that I have been very passive, very inactive, in this area for quite some time.  The downside of that is that I haven't had to make this kind of pitch for a while.  The upside, I guess, is that this person can see I don't just go into these things on a whim.

Present: Bindweed - The Devil

Ha, yes, here's the nub of the problem, and my insomnia.  I feel all tangled up in my thoughts, and in the little voices of those birds on the wire above this figure.  Voices telling me my ideas are no good, that I'm silly or childish, that I'm not deserving of other people's time, that I should be quiet and let the adults/professionals get on with things.  There's no particular reason for me to hear these messages, but I think it's partly an issue about how I relate to authority figures.  Much of my work is fairly independent.  It's not often that I depend on others, or have to get their approval.

Future:  Ten of Fire

I need to burn through the ties that are binding me, in order to free up space and energy to work on this new project.  Like a forest fire that leaves room for new growth, I need to clear out the negativity so I can focus on doing the necessary work.

Action to Take:  The Lovers

As I'm going into my inner child (and not in a good way), I need to focus on the fact that I can make adult choices.  I'm reminded of something Rachel Pollack said about the Lovers (paraphrasing here).  She says that this is like the first time we leave home, which back in the day was when we got married. It's about making independent choices and living with their consequences.  I need to show that I've thought this through, that it's not just an infatuation.  Instead, I need to line up my arguments in a logical, rational way, but still with passion.

External Influences:  Nine of Water

I think this may be saying that the people I have to approach are also emotional beings.  They don't particularly hate me nor want to make me unhappy.  However, I also need to pitch things to where their emotions lie, to the things that will move them, not just wow them with statistics and numbers and legal arguments.

Hopes and Fears:  Justice

I hope that my motives will be shown to be good, and that my past behaviour and successes will be taken into account.  I fear that there is bias in my choice here, but hope that it isn't enough in itself to bring my arguments down.

Potential Outcome:  Strength

What a lovely way to end this reading.  I love this card, so warm and uplifting :)  The card suggests that, at the very least, I will be able to tame my fears and my authority issues to create a good, logical, passionate pitch.  I can't ask for more than that :)


  1. That is why I prefer the tarot when I have something important to sort out. In my opinion the tarot can tell you so much more about a situation. And bias….. I think there is always some bias when you read for yourself. But what the heck; Bias can be another way to connect to that inner therapist. :)
    I loved this reading and this deck. I have it on my wishlist

    1. Quite true, Ellen, the tarot takes a very holistic perspective, with plenty of detail :) And yes, getting in touch with our own bias is a way to connect to our inner knowing!

  2. What do you think of the Mermaid Oracle? I watched a youtube of the deck creator using it, and it all seemed kind of samey to me. Have you had much of a chance to look at it yet?

    I have no doubts, whatever annoying little birds are whispering in your ear, that you will give a killer presentation and get what you want from these authorities. You have an amazing gift of speech. You're pretty darn awesome all the way around, lady.

    1. I'm still not sure what I make of the Oracle of the Mermaids. I don't find it all that samey - for example, the Lo Scarabeo Mermaid Tarot is far more samey. And, as you can see from yesterday's post, it's not all just prettiness and light, either...

      Thanks for your supportive comment. Turns out, I must have been on just the right wave length, or have picked well, or a bit of both, as they were totally in favour of the project. Felt like I'd been worrying for nothing, as I'd barely finished my spiel when they said yes, great. So, my take-home was that I once again built up problems to be far bigger than they really were. I think, as I said, it's about going into my inner child in a not-so-good way. Ah well, live and learn...

    2. I am happy that everything turned out ok for you.
      (There is a Dutch saying: Don't make an elephant out of a mosquito:))

    3. That made me laugh, Ellen. We say: Don't make a mountain out of a mole hill. Still, I think the Dutch version is funnier :)

  3. What a hilarious response, asking you to do more tarot/divination! I love that. I really like the Mermaid Oracle--would like to get it sometime. The cards I've seen you use from it are wonderful.

    Sending you peaceful goodness,

    1. It's funny, I kind of like it, but I've also had quite strong negative reactions to some of the cards, though not always cos they were scary. Like with the Yemaya card, which was pretty, but just pressed my buttons. I don't think I've had a single "easy" reading from it!

      Sending you energising hugs,

  4. Hopefully you are feeling more peace about your upcoming pitch? The strength card is beautiful and a wonderful outcome. Maybe the point is that it matters less what others think about your ideas and more that you believe in yourself so that you can present them with confidence.

    1. That's a good message, Siddaleah. In the end, the pitch was really easy, maybe I just fell into the right vibe. So, the Strength as potential outcome was perfect :)