Jealous Lovers in the Tarot

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“Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy – in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein Are you the jealous type? Do you accept the jealousy of a partner as some form of flattery? Jealousy is not called the ‘green-eyed monster’ for nothing. As much as some people like to think that jealousy means you give a damn, it actually blocks love from flowing and where love flows freely, jealousy has no in-road. That doesn’t mean we don’t all sometimes feel jealousy… but those of us who know that it is not a healthy condition, choose to let go of the feeling as soon as we accept its presence. Resistance or denial are both futile. Remember: What you resist persists. So rather than telling yourself you’re not jealous learn to change your self-talk to ‘jealousy has no hold over me.’ The temptation to be jealous may or may not go away, just as the temptation to cheat may be there even when you are happily in love with someone. However, it doesn’t mean you give in… Learn to observe your feelings rather than identify with them. Acceptance is not the same as identification or giving in. Acceptance allows you to observe and let go. Denial and giving in to temptation are at opposite ends of the spectrum but equally dangerous. Jealousy creates pain and makes you paranoid and possessive. Ultimately, it may kill a relationship that would otherwise have succeeded. It’s a high price to pay for feeling that you are in control of another person which, as you probably know, is not possible anyway. So what does jealousy look like in the Tarot? For readers who use Astrological correspondences this is a no-brainer, we need look no further than to the Scorpio cards, especially the Knight of Cups, 5 and 7 of Cups, possibly in combination with the 3 of Swords and/or the Devil. Do bear in mind that the cards have to be read in context of adjacent/surrounding cards, the question and also your own energy. Jealousy is more likely to be indicated in a reading where a third person is showing up in the reading too. “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on.” ~  William Shakespeare,...

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Tarot Deck Interview with The Universal Fantasy Tarot

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Tarot Deck Interview with The Universal Fantasy Tarot

The Universal Fantasy Tarot deck arrived through the post yesterday and I had a wonderful time sitting on a bench in the sun getting to know this deck yesterday afternoon. It was love at first sight so this interview will be biased but then I never claimed to be an objective reviewer of tarot decks. Some of the cards made me giggle with delight and every single card warranted a second glance. There is so much going on! Yes, you have been warned: This deck is not for you if you are the kind of person who prefers plain lines and decks that aren’t too ‘busy.’ Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to capture the rich detail or vibrant colours of this deck in the photo I took earlier for the actual deck interview (below). I was really drawn in by both the colours and the movement of the lines of these cards. This sense of movement is something the Universal Fantasy shares with the Mary-El which was the other deck that arrived yesterday.  They are both quite intense decks but the Universal Fantasy manages to be playful too and that is probably the reason I felt drawn to interview this deck first. Had I received this deck as a young child, I would have played with the images for hours on end, making up stories for each of the characters. Click HERE for a diagram of the deck interview spread. The Universal Fantasy Tarot © Lo Scarabeo. All rights reserved. 1. Describe yourself in three words Dreamer, passionate, seer (5 of Cups) 2. How would your best friend describe you using only three words Empathic, escapist, fun-loving (10 of Cups) 3. What gift do you bring? The ability to escape the bonds of logical and linear thinking, which does not always contain the answers you seek. (8 of Swords) 4. What do you expect in return? A willingness to leave the past behind and to stay true to your own soul path which is that of a creative intuitive. (XX Judgment) 5. How can you help me serve? I’ll help you detach from the musts, oughts and shoulds. I will liberate the child within and help you find the most outrageous ideas. (King of Swords) 6. Is there anything else you would like to tell me about yourself? Yeah… *laughs mischievously* You really couldn’t ask for a better companion for your Hermit year! (The Hermit) Thanks, I’ll keep that in mind! Click HERE to learn what your Tarot Year card is, Blessed be!...

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The Tarot 5’s in Love

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The Tarot 5’s in Love

The number 5 stands for crisis, evolution, conflict, aggression, communication, healing, learning through the senses, the quest for freedom and a love for adventure. Romantically, the 5’s in the Minor Arcana touch on the need for freedom in one way or another. The issues highlighting this could be jealousy or power plays of one for or another. The lessons are mostly about letting go and blessing the other on their path When a 5 shows up in a love and relationship reading, it doesn’t have to mean the end of the relationship but it does mean a major road bump that has to be navigated before you can move on to the next and higher level. The 5 of Wands. This 5 is usually a sign that there is a battle of egos going on. It could show up in a reading where both partners are quite competitive and like to be on top. This doesn’t have to mean anything too sinister and in fact, if both parties have a humorous approach and are able to make light of themselves, this could actually be quite a fun component. It’s likely that there is a lot of sexual chemistry between these two but they may have to spend time apart and sexual frustration could be an issue. In a single person’s reading about love and romance, this 5 usually indicates strong, non reciprocated desire for another person. The other person could be spoken for or simply not interested. The 5 of Cups. Jealousy or power plays could have driven two lovers apart as this card signifies an element of loss and regret. If this card comes up in a reading for a couple who are still living together, it could signify that someone is paying way too high a price for the presence of the other and are having their heart quietly broken because of it. Relationship counselling would be a good next move. In a reading for a single person, this card usually indicates the need for some serious heart-healing before they are ready to move on and start dating again. The 5 of Swords. The aggression and competitive element found in the 5 of Wands has turned really nasty here. Someone is hellbent on getting the upper hand and there is no room for love any more. When this card shows up in a reading, it’s time to take stock of what you can take with you before you get the hell out as quickly as possible. The other person doesn’t have your best interests at heart – It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee. You will notice that everything you say to them can and will be turned against you. In a reading for a single person, this card means that they need to start moving in different social circles if they are hoping to...

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