From the intense and emotional personality of Scorpio we journey with the Sun into an altogether brighter sign with the fiery Sagittarius leading us into the wild unknown. While Scorpio is introverted, moody, and personal, Sagittarius encourages us to expand greatly beyond ourselves and to boldly go where no one has gone before. Freedom and defiant joy are hallmarks of Sagittarian energy, which can be exhausting if one expects anything as mundane as a roadmap or itinerary on this voyage. And while Sagittarius may be unable to finish much of what it starts, it is also a straightforward and optimistic sign that at least gets us started on the right track. Symbolized by Chiron, the mentor of many a Greek hero, and summarized by the phrase I seek, Sagittarius invites us to rediscover the wonder and exuberance we had when first learning to read the Tarot.
Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign ruled by Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system named after the king of the Greek gods – a fact Sagittarian energy, with its expressive confidence and self-aggrandizing tendencies, will never let you forget. The flipside to this get-up-and-go attitude is that Sagittarian energy invites isolation and recklessness, both of which distract us from seeing our brilliant new ideas through to completion. If we’re willing to go along for the ride, however, we’re treated to brand new vistas and a reserve of childlike wonder we may have thought lost forever.
How can you incorporate Sagittarian energy into your Tarot practice? You can:
- Indulge your curiosity by starting new books, classes, or workshops that offer a different approach to Tarot than what you’re familiar with.
- Anticipate heightened feelings of boredom or frustration from regular habits that have thus far carried you through learning Tarot.
- Connect with people, ideas, and places beyond your normal scope of Tarot practice. If you don’t usually read cold for strangers, give it a go. If you’ve never tried mixing Tarot with your other passions from herbalism to writing to anime fandom, what’s stopping you?
- Meditate on cards like the Chariot, the Knight of Wands, and Temperance.
- Keep a massive to-do list of all the projects you want to start right now and be patient with yourself if you can’t seem to commit to any single one.
Etienne & Sage’s Decks
I recently taught a Tarot class at my workplace, and the biggest question was “how do I pick my deck?” It’s different for everyone, but here are some guiding principles I came up with on the spot:
- Don’t be afraid to just pick up a deck and go, some times impulses can be for a great reason.
- What kind of images do you want to see on your deck? I knew when I started I didn’t want to deal with people on my cards, in large part because I didn’t want to deal with gender on my cards. There is a deck for everyone out there, from the twee cat decks, to the abstract and geometric.
- Do the research online, check out images and reviews of decks that you like. If you are looking at images or videos of people handling the deck and you can’t connect with the images? That deck isn’t for you.
- If the cards you pick deviate from the traditional suites of wands/pentacles/swords/cups, make sure you’re comfortable with the deviations and you understand how that will affect your reading. A lot of deck advice suggests that new tarot users go straight for a traditional Rider-Waite style deck, but if that feels wrong to you, disregard it! Just understand how your deck is different. Make sure you get the guidebook with any decks that are different from your average deck.
Whatever you decide, remember you can always pass on the wrong deck to someone who might find it useful. Or repurpose the deck for art, spells, or teaching. I recently purchased an art nouveau deck and realized I hated it. It wasn’t remotely anything I would feel comfortable with in anything more than very simple readings. So I made it my teaching deck, a deck that I’d be comfortable letting people sort and touch when I’m teaching a program or showing people something about the cards that I think they need to see/touch to understand.
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Etienne here, bringing you all an actual reading (our client consented to their query being shared). This is both so people can get a sense for how readings from Sage and I work, but also so you can see how spreads and meanings interplay. Sage helped me with this one, when I got a bit stuck on the reversals.
Our querent today is about to make big move and there are a lot of changes happening in their life and wanted to know what they should focus on during this time of upheaval.
After consulting and clarifying the needs of our client, I selected the TAZ Spread Sage & I created. I used the Ostara Tarot.
- Temperance (Reversed)
- The Sun
- Chariot (Reversed)
- Judgement (Reversed)
- Nine of Cups (Reversed)
Four Major Arcana cards bracketing the driving force in your life made me laugh out loud, but having moved cross country myself, only seems fitting. It’s a wild ride, and a big change. There are so many outside forces and energies demanding time and attention from you. And you, at your center (Nine of Cups) are seeking rest and an end to be proud of.
Read more below the cut! As a side note, you can book a reading like this for $20!