Sasha Graham’s Tarot Card a Day Blog – The Shamrock Spread and the Three’s of Tarot

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Green people are stumbling around New York City with beers hidden in brown paper bags. St. Patrick’s Day must be upon us . . . A million questions race through my mind. I wonder what this booze fest is all about anyway? What are the roots of St. Paddy’s? Will I accidentally step in pile of puke?

I called up my sensible Irish friend, Jillian Dougherty. Jillian grew up in Ireland. I listened to her soft Irish lilt as she said, “I’ll give ya the short version Sasha. Saint Patrick was a sheepherder. Whilst out with the sheep, he got to be very religious and spiritual. Probably all that time in nature.  Becoming a devout Catholic in England, Patrick went back to Ireland and converted all the Pagans (who were living like the American Indians) to Christianity. Then, for good measure, banned all snakes in Ireland.” I suppose killing off all the snakes was meant to banish evil?

I asked Jillian what was behind the symbolism of the Shamrock, “Oh, the Shamrock is a three leaf clover – not a four leaf like many people think. It is an allegory for the Cross. The Father, Son and Holy Ghost.”

Wow! She mentioned the Shamrock as the Cross and I thought about the power of a triad and the number Three and how it all relates to Tarot. Father, Son Holy Ghost/Mother, Maiden, Crone/Mind, Body, Spirit/Three Pillars of the Tree of Life.

I teach my Tarot students that all Threes in Tarot suggest creativity. Three is the result, the offspring, of the Twos that have come before. The Empress, who represents complete and utter creativity, is numbered Three.

Think about a creative project you are or will be embarking on. The Shamrock Spread will tap into and examine your inner creative process.

 

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1         2     

 

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1. Your conception of creative work (passive).

2. The actions you take (active).

3. The result of your creative efforts (the child, offspring).

4. A negative aspect you can expel, like St Patty did with the snakes. What hinders your creative process? What can you get rid of?

 


Take out all the Threes in your Tarot deck. What do they have in common? How are they different?

Notice the difference between the Three of Cups and the Three of Swords?  Why do you think this is?

Notice the difference between the Three of Wands and the Three of Pentacles?

Why do you think these are so different?

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Sasha Graham’s Tarot Card a Day – Friday the 13th Tarot Spread

Sasha Graham’s Friday the 13th Tarot Spread

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Friday brings us our second Friday the 13th in a row (remember we just had one in February). A full moon shines mysterious energy upon us Wednesday, March 11th so be on the lookout for some weird, wild power rolling and roaming throughout your week.

In the spirit of Friday the 13th, I’ve created a little Tarot Spread you can do by the light of a candle or two . . .

Let’s take a peek at some superstition surrounding the number Thirteen and Friday:

– Phrase “Baker’s Dozen” created to avoid saying number Thirteen out loud.

– 80% of high-rise buildings have no floor numbered Thirteen – they skip it.

– Most airports skip the 13th gate.

– In ancient Rome, witches reportedly gathered in groups of 12 while the 13th was believed to be the Devil.

– The Tarot Deck’s 13th card is Death.

– Fear of Friday the Thirteenth is called paraskavedekatriaphobia.

– Fear of the number Thirteen is called friggatriskaidekaphobia. Are you friggin kiddin a phobia!

– According to numerology, the number twelve considered completeness while number Thirteen is a restless, squirmy number.

– Friday considered unlucky for some because Jesus crucified on Friday.

– Since reference in “The Canterbury Tales”, Friday considered unlucky day to begin new ventures.

Using this lore, we’ll turn it into a helpful spread and examine some odd and interesting things about you. The four questions come from reducing the number Thirteen to four. 1 + 3 = 4.

Good luck my intuitive lovlies . . .


Sasha Graham’s Friday the Thirteenth Spread

Pull one Tarot card for each question below:

1. What, like the number 13, is restless and squirmy inside yourself?

2. What can be done to sooth your restlessness?

3. Many people avoid what they don’t understand. What do I have the power to face right now, at this moment? What can no longer be avoided?

4. What can I focus on to change my luck for the better?

Sasha Graham’s Tarot Card a Day Blog – The Page of Pentacles

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Page of Pentacles:

Brilliant spring sunshine, steaming hot coffee and I pull the Page of Pentacles. Perfection. I look at the freshly plowed field behind her (the pages are feminine – no matter how they are pictured on the card) and I look from my deck toward my own garden plot.  Melting snow still covers the ground but streaks of soft earth peek through. The frigid air carries poignant wetness under it’s chill. I’ll be planting soon enough . . .

Notice how the Page of Pentacles gently holds her Pentacle, as if a bubble, fascinated by it. Pages carry a youthful, childlike enthusiasm. The Page of Pentacles is often understood as the student card. Remember being a student, in a class you loved, with a subject you were passionate about?

I always look at the Page’s Pentacle as a seed. No doubt this idea, this seed, will eventually take root and solid, sturdy results will occur. After all, Pentacles are the most concrete, most real, of the four suits in Tarot.

The marvelous aspect of The Page of Pentacles is that it never occurs to her what practical thing she should do with her subject. She never concerns herself with what the results will be. It is her interest alone that keeps her captivated. Are you the eternal student?

Isn’t it amazing, however, when your passion winds up being the same thing you make your living with? This is why we should pay such careful attention to things that bring us joy, mesmerize and enthrall us.

I’ve spent the weekend lost in seed catalogues but I’ve got larger things underway too. I’m in the beginning stages, still sketching, playing, and tossing around ideas that always intrigued me. Sooner or later I’ll plant them in a metaphorical ground. It will take the energy of the Knight of Pentacles to get them there, the nurturing touch of the Queen of Pentacles to see them to fruition. Then, hopefully, like the King of Pentacles, I’ll relax, secure, satisfied and proud.

Let the metaphor of a spring awakening bring your visions forth!

What plans are underway for you this spring?

What idea keeps striking you again and again?

What classes did you live for in school?

Imagine you are The Page of Pentacles. What is inside your Pentacle?

What subjects do you collect?

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?