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Sarah Barry is a full-time professional psychic tarot reader working from her private tarot office in Newtown, Sydney. She has a unique, non-sectarian tarot reading style that is calm and grounding, while also accurate, inspiring and fun. With her willingness to connect with you on a heart-to-heart level, her readings are healing and authentic.
For this month’s Tarot Reading for the Collective, I am using a tarot deck only recently released ~ Dust II Onyx: A Melanated Tarot Deck by Courtney Alexander. It’s a beautiful deck depicting cultural myths, symbolism, history and icons within the Black Diaspora. This deck was funded by Kickstarter and the first edition completely sold out! Courtney is currently taking pre-orders for the 2nd edition, and there is also an option to sponsor a deck for a healer in need.
Let us learn to see our own reflections with kindliness. Let us see all of our anger, mistakes, dissatisfactions and fears with the knowingness of an elder with the wisdom of experiential knowledge. Let us learn to see ourselves in all our frustrations with the understanding that there is a path through all of this gunk. And while the path may not be easy sometimes, seeing ourselves with benevolence will enable us to better understand the importance of holding ourselves dear, and not letting anyone else’s projected negativities squash our innate power.
2. What must we learn to protect?
Ace of Gourds
Let us learn to protect the precious flow of life, our sources of water and the source of our tears. Let us not push away the emotions that build the tears, but rather, protect all the layers of feelings with as steady and firm a gaze as we can muster. Looking at what dwells deep within means we know more about how we can start to crack apart, so that we can then better protect our deeper spaces from those who might poke and jab without care or understanding for our ways of being.
3. What must we learn to cut?
Nine of Blades
Cut the creepy stories that tell you lies about the state of the world, and your place within it. Cut away at the push to let go of the life jacket and sink down down deep deep – NO! Cut at the nightmares that disguise themselves as realities. If you’re needing extra help, go back to Papa Coin and Ace of Gourds and sit with them some more. Who in your life is Papa Coin? Who is Ace of Gourds? Even a memory will help at this point with the Nine of Blades. Cut out the statement, ‘that’s just the way things are’, and reach out for a story that ignites rather than deflates.
4. What must we learn to embrace?
Embrace the power that comes with seeing things as they really are, and all the reverence and spaciousness that arises with that awareness. Embrace the stories and actions of the wise ones around you, those who keep striving to wake up with every passing moment. Learning to embrace your own wisdom means that you’re no longer buying the story of how you are supposed to fit into society, depending on the prejudices of the era. Embracing The Shaman means you are reaching beyond the veils of pretence and exposing a reality that has more clarity than we can bear to take in. Let us at least try.
This Tarot Reading for the Collective was done with Dust II Onyx: A Melanated Tarot Deck by Courtney Alexander (images used with permission). For more information about this deck and to pre-order the 2nd edition go to dust2onyx.com . You can also check out Courtney’s Instagram: @dust2onyxtarot , and don’t forget about the amazing deck sponsorship program if you would like to donate some dollars towards a healer in need!
It’s a new year, a new month, which means a new tarot reading and of course, a new tarot deck! I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of the Next World Tarot by Cristy C. Road. Since it arrived on my doorstep, I’ve noticed that my approach to handling this deck is the same as I would approach anything sacred: with reverence, care, and quiet enjoyment. I don’t want to excitedly exclaim how amazing it is to work with a tarot deck that is full of people of colour, queer folk, and people with all different kinds of bodies – I just want to let people know this deck exists, in the hope that they get to know it themselves.
January’s questions are:
Who will help us best work together?
How can we grow a future power that supports the whole collective, rather than just the privileged few?
How do we let go of the old rules that bind us?
Where do we go to retrieve our discarded dreams and hopes?
Of course it’s me. The one who will keep you on track by making you watch your speech. What’s that you were going to say? Are you sure you really want to say that? Are you about to use cutting words because you’re feeling vulnerable and you’re really not comfortable with that sensation, and if you say that shitty thing you’ll feel a bit better for a nanosecond or two?
Or are you using cutting words because you fear we have already spent too much time politely talking in circles, protecting those who need no protection and asking those who are thrown to the curb to explain – in essay form with full citations – why exactly they need us to understand their situation better, and help them do something about it?
Can we work best together because we are willing to cut out the bullshit, to say what must be said without the preamble? And if we do it that way can we be clear that even when we’re in pain, our words strike with genuine grace and ferocious empathy?
2. How can we grow a future power that supports the whole collective, rather than just the privileged few?
I could be smart and say: Solar power – GO! But that’s obvious right? So is saying “teach young people to have respect and gratitude for the earth that we live on, the air that we breathe and the water we drink. And of course for the sun. Teach them to live in harmony with the planet, for the benefit of all beings.”
Yet maybe we need to be reminded of what isn’t all that obvious. The thing that happens when we gaze at each other with wonderment rather than disdain and judgement. That thing that happens when we sincerely enjoy the very particular ways each of us bring marvellous ideas to the world. When we collectively bounce off each other and brainstorm an action that sheds the collective dead skin and awakens new cells.
What if we were to point to something that is so pure and new we can’t quite describe it? Something that awakens such tenderness that it pains us to feel it, because if we feel this fully we might break if we lose it. Is a supportive collective power something that just requires each of us to hold a steady gaze on what we hope is possible, that can then grow exponentially as we each hold our part of the puzzle?
3. How do we let go of the old rules that bind us?
The Queen of Cups
Old rules? Rules? What rules? I seem to have escaped them somewhere along the way – if they ever existed. Which is why, I suppose, I’ve shown up. How to renounce the rules that bind so completely that you find yourself, inexplicably, drinking tea with an octopus? When you gaze at me, can you honestly say to yourself, “there goes one who tried their very best to fit in and follow the rules”? Of course you don’t! I got here by being curious, by trying on what I was encouraged to not try on, by moving past those who told me to be orderly, those who didn’t realise that by allowing chaos to reign I was allowing myself to reorganise things so much more beneficially. When I didn’t have to rely upon the structures that shame the natural emotional flow and awareness of our collective beauty, I began to see that something new was emerging: a way forward that held my mind with such delicate grace that my actions had to be wild in order to maintain the balance.
Let go of the old rules by examining them. Ask yourself, who made them up? What was their intention and what are their credentials? Who gives them the right to dish out the rules? What inner work have they done to allow them the privilege of exercising jurisdiction over our rights? Do their rules speak lovingly to the freak within, or do they brutalise them or ignore their very uniquely structured freedom?
4. Where do we go to retrieve our discarded dreams and hopes?
The 6 of Swords
It’s a journey that is important and it’s a journey that doesn’t end. Going to uncharted places that start to become familiar until the next realisation that renders it all unknown again. The beginners mind, over and over – a way forward that relies on instinct rather than theoretical knowledge. Don’t you get it yet? You’re going inside your membrane on this journey. Your dreams and hopes reside within you, splintered and stuck behind the conditionings that told you were afuckupjustforgetyoursillydreamsalreadyyouidealistichippiethatsnothowtheworldworksstopstopstop.
I move without fear. You think you can’t do it but maybe that’s because you still believe the lies that people have told you are your truths. And what if they are truths? No one has all the answers and if you need to uncover something inside then grab the hands of a trusted few (professionally and/or personally) and dive on in. Seek support and go deep. No support? Go as deep as is safe and when you do come across a similar mind make best use of the opportunity. Their sentences or their mere presence could rearrange your future meanderings into clear paths of purpose, beauty and strength.
Or not. Maybe the path is just long and quiet and dark, always the moment before the dawn and never the dawn. But it can’t be, right? There has to be something there worth gazing upon. There is nobility in this process and there is honour in it, isn’t there? Shift with the times and speak to the moon, the dust and the cars speeding off in the distance, carrying other people’s lives. What about this life, this dream, this hope right here that sits in a shard of broken glass beneath your foot? It might cut you as you pick it up, but it is your piece to work with, in a life like a dream with visions that no two people will ever completely agree upon. Why forget a part of yourself that could be your gateway to being at peace in this piece of mystery?
This month I am using the Triumph of Life Tarot – a deck conceived and coordinated by Andrew McGregor of thehermitslamp.com, and created by 72 different artists. What makes this tarot deck extra special is that it is entirely volunteer-made, and 100% of the profits will go towards cancer research! At time of writing over $700 has been raised. The deck also passes my looks-good-feels-good-smells-good test with flying colours! If you want to buy the deck go here.
I’m doing things a little differently this month. Instead of coming up with the questions and then drawing cards for the responses, I randomly pulled a card to ask the question, and then randomly pulled another card to provide the response. This way we get to see more cards and I get to test drive a new way of doing things.
Question 1: 8 of Cups
Artwork by Jennifer Badot
How can you show your love a little more obviously… how can you translate your feelings in such a way that people can find you in your isolation?
Answer: 7 of Discs
Artwork by S. Johanna Hill
Show your love by working on projects that require care and attention to detail, that require you to consider the world around you and then respond with creative force. Translate your feelings with a healthy dose of patience and hope, knowing that it’s always worthwhile putting in the effort to reach out to your community, even when your own mind-state makes it hard to trust that.
Question 2: Ace of Wands
Artwork by Aisling Dreamrange
How can you bring light into impossible situations… how can you challenge outdated ideologies in a way that purifies and heals, rather than destroys?
Answer: The Hermit
Artwork by Linda Jones
All that you can do is feel the strength of your own heart and push that light out in gracious flows or timid stutters, as it comes, as it goes. The light gets stronger with your ability to look within and see what treasures lie beneath the murkiness. Even though it will seem as though progress is slow and ideologies are suffocating – at least there will be the tiniest bit more awareness than there was before with each of your efforts. Bit by bit, it all adds up, and by spending time with other seekers, that force is bound to grow.
Question 3: The Wheel
Artwork by Lori Lytle & Matthew Brown
Which way do you need to turn to better understand what’s ahead…where is it safest to seek solace, when the challenging parts just keep on keeping on?
Answer: 10 of Cups
Artwork by Katalin Patnaik
Turn to what you know works every time, even when you are resistant to it. Turn to the practices that ask you to pay attention to what you are feeling, rather than suppressing things. The safer spaces will be with the wise words of all those who have touched you – those living as well as dead – for now those words live inside of you and can guide you through chaos as it arises and falls away.
Question 4: The Tower
Artwork by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince
Whatdo you need to break, in order to discover what’s within… what do you do when you can’t find anything within just yet, and it all feels empty and dry?
Answer: King of Wands
Artwork by Ryan Edward
Break the ideas that bind you to the past and break the illusion that you need to be stronger for the task. When there is nothing to be found within right now, embrace stoicism with resigned curiosity until there is relief from the pressure, with the understanding that we cannot wait for others to change their behaviour in order for us to have release in our own mind state.
And, because when I contacted Andrew to ask for permission to use this deck for a Collective reading, I also asked if he was okay if I published more than the usual four cards on my blog, to which he responded, ‘use as many cards as you want’…here is a wild card:
Ace of Pentacles – The Tarot by Oliver Hibert; Ace of Wands – the Navigators Tarot of the Mysic Sea by Julia Turk; Ace of Vessels – Slow Holler Tarot by the Slow Holler Collective; Ace of Swords – Tarot of the Crone by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince
For this month’s Tarot Reading for the Collective, I am using theSlow Holler Tarot Deck by the Slow Holler Collective. An inclusive deck made by artists with ties to the Southern states of the USA and/or Queer identities – I enjoy the ways my eyes and heart relax when gazing upon its mysterious beauty.
The Questions for this month are:
How do we best face ignorance in ourselves and others?
What do we need to sharpen?
What do we need to soften?
What do we need to see more of in ourselves and others?
1. How do we best face ignorance in ourselves and others?
Ten of Stones
By giving ourselves space between our thoughts, we best face ignorance in ourselves and others. What we thought in the past can be vastly different to what we think now, and having space to expand and realise what’s going on around us can help.
We can potter around the home or any safe space where we can take the time to go about our day while thoughts drift in and out. When we notice thoughts that block our potential for growth we can pause and acknowledge that in a mindful way: trying to remain kind to ourselves but certainly not letting ourselves off the hook. The idea is to be grounded with these awarenesses.
When we notice ignorance in others, we have the opportunity to extend the same mindful kindness to them as we do to ourselves. Which of course, is really difficult, and at times seemingly impossible…. and if they are harming us with their words or actions, then what good is being mindful and kind?
Well, I guess we can start with what investment we have in them ‘getting it’ and go from there. Do we really need them to come out of this specific ignorance in order for us to be happy? Are we just wanting them to piss off and leave us alone, or do we genuinely want to see them grow? Are we able to hold our ground with grace, and be so aware of what we want to share that our clarifying presence will no doubt creep into the cracks of their being somewhere, no matter how subtly? And if the ignorance entrenches itself to the point of apparently no return, can we just retreat and surround ourselves with like-minded wonderful people and bask in each other’s company for a spell?
2. What do we need to sharpen?
Eight of Vessels
Sharpen your wisdom, your spiritual tenacity, your ways of being that help strengthen your capacity to deal with the vastness – the mysteriousness of life – without the need for a belief system as a prop.
Sharpen what you are lowering to the ground, what you are offering to your community. It doesn’t have to be perfect and it doesn’t have to be beautiful, but it does need to be a true reflection of you.
Sharpen your tears. Let them fall with purpose, not just because you want to roll in the misery. Let your tears serve their purpose in the moment they arise, you cry for this moment, not another.
Sharpen the fear that letting go means losing others. If they need to go, let them go, but if they need to stay, let them do so naturally. Don’t let those fears suffocate them, or you.
3. What do we need to soften?
Soften that haughtiness, that inauthentic sympathy, that ego.
But also soften that idea that you are meant to be fast, resilient and in control all the time.
Soften enough to make sure your tough exterior doesn’t become a faux truth while you spiral out of control inside.
Soften to make sure that people can still reach your heart even while you kick around making a mess. Soften to make sure there is still something rich inside of you and that you can make amends where possible.
4. What do we need to see more of in ourselves and others?
Two of Branches
In ourselves and in others, we need to see
the onset of decay
that we are all skeletons underneath this flesh
that something grows from the pain
that we have all been messed up by these systems of oppression and that all-too-common statement, “that’s just the ways things are”
that an apology is nothing if it’s just words alone
that something beautiful and unique grows if we are still enough to watch, and wonder.
My latest tarot newsletter is out, this time featuring the Knight of Swords as the Card of the Month. Read it here for energetic tarot tales from the Knight, how to book in for my last two Intuitive Tarot classes for the year, and how to book me in to do tarot readings for your end of year parties!
For this month’s Tarot Reading for the Collective I am using The Collective Tarotby TheTarot Collective, partly because seeing the word ‘collective’ repeatedly amuses me, but mostly because it is a beautifully inclusive deck which soothes my tired, world-weary parts. Perhaps this deck can soothe your weary parts too.
This month’s questions are:
How do we dismantle the lies?
Who has our back?
How do we protect our minds and hearts from misguided bullshit?
How do we stay in connection with community?
Let us begin!
1. How do we dismantle the lies?
Dismantle the lies by being so honest and clear in your dealings with the world that those who rely on your believing their fabrications start to feel uncomfortable in your presence. Of course when I say honest, I don’t mean harsh (cue the petulant whine: “I was just being HONEST…), I mean being unashamedly clear about your observations (i.e, NOT your evaluations) so that those who persist in lying begin to unravel in your presence. I know the unravelling process can be painfully slow to watch sometimes, which is why I will pump lightness into your heart in between the heavy stuff, so that you are still able to connect with the important things despite any lingering treachery.
2. Who has our back?
Ace of Keys (Wands)
I have your back and I have your heart. I have your memories and I will keep them safe. When I awaken within you, you will have no desire to behave in ways that dishonour the sacred stories people share with you in confidence. Unlock your own stories in my presence and be reassured that your revelations won’t be degraded by greed or manipulation.
For those strange, crazy, and hopefully rare moments when your stories might be gossiped about in corrupt ways that leave you feeling unsettled, lean into the knowledge that not everyone is so easily fooled, and that there will always be those willing to gaze piercingly at what is real, and what is not.
3. How do we protect our minds and hearts from misguided bullshit?
Seven of Keys (Wands)
Protect your mind and heart from misguided bullshit by surrounding yourself with those who uplift your heart and speak to your intelligence. There is no need to face adversaries alone, it is far better to ignore the inflammatory comments of those who have no desire to connect with your experiential wisdom. If you feel called to face adversaries, meet them only with your people, so that you can keep renewing your energy as you face disappointingly stuck ideas and stances.
There is much ignorance to counteract in these times, especially from those who are unwilling to see how much has come to them so easily from mere accident of birth. Gather where you know you can find support, so that you can be reminded of what is most important in the quiet moments when it just you, alone with your thoughts.
4. How do we stay in connection with community?
Seeker of Bones
Seek out the bones and there is community! Find the right bone though, not the rotten bones of old. Stay in connection with community by ignoring unnecessary expectations and rush toward those who find your very particular weirdness rather delightful and exceptional. Seek out situations that help you talk things through. Hold the talking bone. Speak when you’re holding it, shut up when you’re not. Don’t discard the idea of community just because someone hogs the bone and doesn’t want to share. Let them snuffle around while you talk with the wise ones. Perhaps they will get wiser one day – perhaps not. In a community though, maybe it doesn’t matter too much.
In the meantime, community is a collection of many parts – it is not a hierarchy – and no one deserves more attention than others. Forget the ‘deserves’: “I deserve this, I deserve that” – poo! Who cares? It’s irrelevant! Focus on what is most important, relevant and full of raw energy, right now. Focus on what can be made beautiful and help us all heal. Don’t let the divisions destroy. Be bigger than that. Be more loving than that. Keep creating good stuff and don’t let the silly potato-heads get you down.