#tarotthursdaythree for 03/30/2017

I'm late again, but as they say, better late than never! Today I'm tackling this past Thursday's three tarot themed questions. I don't think this one requires any fancy lead in, so let's just get right to it.

1. How would you refer to yourself as it relates to your practice? For example, I am a..."tarot reader", "witch", "intuitive", "tarot practitioner", "mystic" etc.

I'm yet to hammer this one out, but for my profile, bio or general description I will usually refer to myself as a Tarot Reader or Tarot Practitioner.  I absolutely do not resonate with the title of Witch (though I will sometimes include witchy tags on social media) and I agree with Ania when she talked about the term "intuitive" being a bit watered down. I also feel that while yes, I am an intuitive, I don't think labeling myself as such really explains what I do. Like, what would intuitive reading be as opposed to non-intuitive reading? Does that just mean you go strictly 100% by the book meanings? Sincere question! And the word "psychic" still doesn't sit perfectly with me. It's not because it's inaccurate, but because of what I feel the public perceives when you say "I'm psychic". First of all, I don't think being psychic is special or unusual. We all have the capacity to use our psychic senses. Sure, it comes more naturally to some and sure, some of us choose to access this part of ourselves, but that doesn't mean it's reserved for only a few. And finally, the word I most resonate with and feel accurately expresses my ability is "empath". I wouldn't go out of my way to explain this to a client before a reading though or lead with this title, because I'm not sure it really clarifies how I access my intuitive ability or work with the cards. But, it does inform a lot of my practice and how I approach it and the people I read for.

2. Stalker alert! What is one card that keeps making itself known to you, either presently or in the past? Why do you think it keeps showing up?

For about a year solid, maybe more, the 8 of Cups stalked the shit out of me. It prompted me to write a whole blog post about it, which is unusual for me since I rarely write posts about what I feel cards mean. More recently, The King of Wands stalked me through March and that was an energy I very much needed to work with to get through the month. I feel it letting up a bit, like, I got the message so it no longer needs to hammer it home. And I think that's how those stalker cards work...they're going to keep showing up until you get the message or make some change!

3. On the contrary, what is a card that you rarely pull for yourself in a reading? What do you think its absence is suggesting?

To answer this question, I actually grabbed the closest deck to me and went through the whole thing to pick out all the cards that have been hiding from me lately. From the Minor Arcana, I rarely pull the 5 of Swords. I guess I don't generally find myself, luckily, in the midst of much conflict. I'm fairly even tempered if not down right indifferent. I guess that could be a good thing or a bad thing, but I'm feeling like it mostly helps me so we'll go with it that! From the Major Arcana, I rarely pull the Empress for myself. I'm not sure why exactly. I can't say I overly resonate with her - The High Priestess, The Hermit, Strength - those all seem more relevant to me, my personality and life's direction. But, I'm sure there are other reasons too why she keeps her distance. Let me meditate on that awhile.

How do you refer to yourself? What cards are stalking or avoiding you? I'd love to know! Comment below or copy and paste these questions into your own forum and answer away!

Until next time...

Julia