A Year in Review and Anticipation
Today is the 1st year anniversary of my tarot IG feed and I'm guessing that's where most of you reading this have found me.
I haven't written a blog entry since October. Some of you may be aware that in the first few days of November I received the devastating news that my mother is very ill. It took the wind out of my sails. Due to the nature of her illness and treatments, I have been on the road a lot due to the distance between our locations, as well as physically caring for her. I have been able to keep up with my daily IG and client readings, as well as my wedding ceremonies, but my tarot blogs have taken a back seat.
Mom is between treatments and for the time being I am able to return to my tarot blog. Thank you for the many prayers, thoughtful words of encouragement, and positive vibes, wishes and intents. They are appreciated and they make a difference. They are heartfelt and meaningful.
Boy have I missed my public tarot blog!
One of the things I did not want to miss was marking the occasion of my one year IG anniversary by expressing the gratitude I feel for this past wonderful year! I also look forward to the promise that a new year holds.
This coming year, 2016, marks my 40th anniversary as a tarot reader!
It's quite a landmark year for me and I'll probably celebrate all year! I almost can't believe it's been this long because it seems like yesterday that I felt the excitement of holding and gazing upon my very first deck of tarot (the 1JJ Swiss). The deep intense feelings of awe it brought out in me are still something I feel with every new deck I experience. I am sure that my nature and personality have been improved upon by my tarot experience. It has been a channel for my intuitive perceptions, and a method of guidance that has brought deeper understanding and patience to my life as to why stuff happens and how to respond to it. I also like to think that I've made a difference to at least few lives along the way. For me, tarot has been about healing and growing and loving.
My first tarot Instagram entry was on New Year's Eve 2014. The card pulled for our daily draw that day was the Nine of Pentacles which was perfect. I had a wonderful year in 2014 and wanted to do something new and fun and challenging with the coming year. I had no idea how my IG tarot thread would be received, there are many wonderful readers out there. I have 'met' many of my followers through comment dialogue and private messages. Some of you are readers and some of you are clients, and although I haven't met any of you in person, I cannot imagine not having made your acquaintances. It blows me away that my humble tarot feed already has a few more than 1000 followers! I never would have guessed that so many people would have noticed me in a sea of so much talent. I haven't given anything away except for daily reads, I'm not flashy nor a technological wizard. My format is humble and simple but genuine, just as I believe my followers are, and I've never missed a day. Not one. I have been committed to this project.
My goal by doing one card readings with daily intents, was to show how rich a reading can be with only one card. I'm not positive but I'm reasonably certain that my IG thread is unique in being exclusively and consistently dedicated to posing a myriad of daily shared intents (not merely a card pull with a message for the day); things we all struggle with or think about from time to time, and a one card pull (sometimes more) to offer a solution, insight, or clarity. For one learning tarot, it helps demonstrate how to reconcile a card with a question or specific intent, no matter how unrelated or difficult it may seem. My hope is that the daily reading reaches the one person (or many) that were meant to see it. Tarot is usually always on point, and when it seems not to be I think it's more that we don't yet comprehend what it is telling us. Having a public platform to offer public one card readings has been a wonderful experience for me and if the interest remains, I would like to continue my IG feed into 2016 and beyond. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Thank you to all 1015 of you!
2015 was the year that I returned to an online format after many years of exclusively in-person and phone readings. I created a new (this) website. (I had one in the late 1990's through the early 2000's. At that time I was known as Mahealani and sometimes as Magdalene. Always an M name.) This past year the majority of my tarot readings have been via this website which I created in response to the many requests for readings I received through my IG feed. 2015 is also the year I began this public tarot blog which has been a lot of fun for me.
In 2015 I was interviewed by Pleasant Gehman and Crystal Ravenwolf of The Divination Nation along with interviews with other individuals of the tarot world like Robert M Place. This was a great nod for me, that I have been noticed and recognized as an interesting person in the tarot world. (Please do check out the interview after reading this one of course.) 2015 also marks the year that I submitted a tarot card design and it was accepted for publication, in a tarot deck devoted to cancer titled: The Triumph of Life Tarot Deck. (You can see my card on IG with #TriumphOfLifeTarotProject. It is the 1st card posted with that hashtag and appears 4 times.) My card is Strength, and I dedicated it to my mother who is a cancer survivor. She has just been diagnosed with the disease again, and I am praying that the deck gets published very soon so that she may be alive to see her card in print.
Even though 2016 marks my 40th anniversary as a tarot reader, 2015 was a pretty great tarot year for me, one of the most fun ever!
I will undoubtedly try to step things up a bit in 2016, perhaps offer skype readings once I figure it out, and add a few more reading options on my website. I think it might be the year for me to assemble my writings in a book about tarot. The market is already swamped with tarot books, and I'm not sure I can add much more to the discussion, but a concise ebook that one may keep handy on their android or iphone devices might be useful. Through the years I've mentored individuals on tarot, always in person, but the idea of offering an online tarot mentorship appeals to me if I can figure out a way that I am comfortable with presenting it with integrity.
I also want to know what you want me to write about in future blogs so please give me feedback. Do you like card combinations, deck reviews (which I have resisted doing since loving a deck is such a personal thing), comparing cards from different decks, history stuff? What is it that you'd like me to write about? Either leave a comment here, or on my IG feed under the photo for this article.
2016 will bring some heartbreak and challenges, but hopefully none that aren't already foreseen. I know that 2016 will bring many more wonderful things for all of us. We each have the potential to make meaningful and useful contributions that will make the world better. Let's all make a conscious effort to always take stock of our many blessings, find the strength and support to deal with our challenges, always remember to be kind and generous, and take one issue and one day at a time.
All my love to all of you. xoxox ~ Marilyn
The featured deck in the photo may be purchased here: http://www.loscarabeo.com/