31 Days of Tarot: Days 9 to 16

Onward I go with Ethony's 31 Days of Tarot Challenge! (Love me some Q&A). See the first round of questions right here.

The Sun and Moon Tarot (Vanessa Decort), Holly Simple Tarot (Holly Simple) and Dame Darcy Mermaid Tarot (Dame Darcy) all remind me to hit the pause + snooze button.

The Sun and Moon Tarot (Vanessa Decort), Holly Simple Tarot (Holly Simple) and Dame Darcy Mermaid Tarot (Dame Darcy) all remind me to hit the pause + snooze button.

Day 9. What would you say is your favorite tarot card for now ('cause these things change) and why? Is it the artwork, the meaning, or both?

The 4 of Swords, because it reminds me to pause and rest, and sometimes play dead. Whenever I feel like bowing out of social interaction, this card tells me it's okay to rejoin the world of the living when I actually do feel better. I'm on perennial burnout watch so this card and concept is incredibly important to me.

What a sneaky little son of a… [Deck used: Centennial Smith Waite Tarot (Pamela Colman-Smith)]

What a sneaky little son of a… [Deck used: Centennial Smith Waite Tarot (Pamela Colman-Smith)]

Day 10. What is the card that you don't want to see pop up in a tarot reading? Why?

The 5 of Swords and the 7 of Swords — when these show up together my intuition gets all jacked up. I feel like it starts out with the 5 of Swords guy feeling a little guilty about whatever he's done and then he progresses into someone who just does bad stuff fearlessly. Which is a little hard to swallow and difficult to deliver when you're telling someone that he or she's that guy.

I may suck at team sports, but this card reminds me of my wins. [Deck used: Small Spells Tarot (Rachel Howe)]

I may suck at team sports, but this card reminds me of my wins. [Deck used: Small Spells Tarot (Rachel Howe)]

Day 11. What card did you pull the most in [2016]. Why do you think this is the case?

The 6 of Wands, no fail—particularly from the Small Spells tarot. Can't complain! ;) Despite the tough year I believe we've all had, there have been big and small wins too.

Day 12. What is your go-to tarot spread right now? Extra points for sharing it.

No spread! I really prefer to read freeform.

Day 13. Do you create or modify tarot spreads?

I try to, but I always go back to just reading without precise spreads and positions. I feel the right questions and "positions" come up as I read.

I love these decks, but this card… really… [Decks used: Circo Tarot (Marisa dela Peña), Centennial Smith Waite Tarot (Pamela Colman-Smith), Golden Thread Tarot (Tina Gong)]

I love these decks, but this card… really… [Decks used: Circo Tarot (Marisa dela Peña), Centennial Smith Waite Tarot (Pamela Colman-Smith), Golden Thread Tarot (Tina Gong)]

Day 14. What card confused the heck out of you when it showed up? Why do you think this is?

Judgement. I really dislike the image of that angel popping out of the clouds. My tarot teacher, Rob, also pointed out that Judgement could be a shadow of mine. Very very true!

Day 15. Why do you usually use the tarot? (self-reflection, guidance, advice, recreation, communing with spirits / dead, communication with deity, other?)

Self-reflection, guidance, advice and recreation. I take a more psychological approach to tarot. I appreciate its practicality and its fun factor too.

Day 16. How much emphasis did you put on the textbook meanings of the cards, and how much stress do you place on the "feeling" you get from the cards through their artwork / symbolism / etc. (aka reading intuitively)? Do you do both, or one, or the other?

I do both. I feel it's important to learn the textbook meanings of the cards because when your intuition refuses to cooperate, you'll have something to fall back on. That said, artwork is also really important. I constantly push myself to go beyond the standard definitions and take them further by looking more deeply at the art.