Daily Draw – 3 of Wands

3 of Wands – The Wild Unknown Tarot

Be prepared to identify the obstacles.

Name them.

Say their name.

Take their power as your own.

This one spoke deeply to me this morning

#TarotPerspective – Day 9

5 is the card of The Hierophant, structure, institution, tradition.

Wands are the suit of fire. Strength, inspiration,  creativity.

The 5 of Wands shows conflict.

Shadowscapes Tarot – I read this as a man vs nature card as the athlete runs in the opposite direction of all the animals. They embrace the wands behind the athlete as they embrace only the one they use as a tool. Spread out, look at the bigger picture, consider different approaches, look to nature

The Wild Unknown Tarot – The wands are not parallel, they are not ordered or perpendicular. They look like brushes or pencils thrown down when working. The conflict has stopped order, structure, and progress.

Smith Tarot – I usually see a fight in this card, but no one looks dressed for battle. They also don’t look like they are hitting eachother. I wonder if they are dancing. Perhaps instead of physical fight this is more about disharmony in the group, they are out of step and out of focus. Some are blaming others, it may soon become violence.

#TarotPerspective – Day 7

8 of Pentacles The Shadowscapes Tarot, The Wild Unknown, The Smith Tarot

8 of Pentacles The Shadowscapes Tarot, The Wild Unknown, The Smith Tarot

spider-web-615272_960_720Resourcefulness, craftspersonship, learning a new trade or skill, job growth, being cunning and crafty, understanding your audience or market.

It is interesting to me that two of these decks have spiders as their central theme. The resourceful and skilled web builder on her silken strand.

There is a careful and planned cycle to the movements of a spider. I wonder if young spiders building their fist web have a lot of trial and error before they get it right?

Intro | Day 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |

#TarotPerspective – Day 6

4 of Wands The Shadowscapes Tarot, The Wild Unkown Tarot, The Smith Tarot
4 of Wands The Shadowscapes Tarot, The Wild Unkown Tarot, The Smith Tarot

Merriment, parties, friendship, this is the card I set out on my altar on Beltane.

I live how the colors flow in the Shadowscapes version of this card.

Intro | Day 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |

#TarotPerspective – Day 1

Today I drew the 9 of Cups/Vessels

The 9 of Vessels / Cups from The Wild Wood tarot, Wild Unknown Tarot, and Smith Tarot.
The 9 of Vessels / Cups from The Wild Wood tarot, Wild Unknown Tarot, and Smith Tarot.

This amused me as I considered removing the major arcana from the draw deck before starting. I feel like I need to sit with those cards more than the majors, especially as I really love decks with pip cards. This could be a good experience to look into the number symbolism of the cards. I think I will do this tonight as I felt pretty excited about getting a minor to focus on for the day.

9 of Wands from the Golden Thread Tarot
The 9 of Vessels / Cups from The Wild Wood tarot, Wild Unknown Tarot, and Smith Tarot.

While on break ay work, I pulled a card with the Golden Thread Tarot app and was amused to get the 9 of Wands. I will not be talking about this at leangth here, but it does inform how my thought process through the day went in terms of the daily perspective on the card I drew.

I looked up the Numerology of the number 9 immediately as that was the third time I’d noticed it for the day (the 2nd being when at work in a series of numbers as the “outlier” in data I was looking at).

The Number 9

Everything I know about Numerology came from Buckland’s Guide to Witchcraft. In reading back over his section on Numerology and the number 9, it didn’t feel right. I also realized he is mostly concerned about birth numbers and name numbers. I am really more interested in the symbology of specific numbers.


I struggled to find different resources for Numerology at first. I settled on looking into numerology and number symbolism in conjunction with Tarot.

This yielded more results that made sense to me, and was formatted in a way I found easy to read. I rather liked the way this was worded:


Fruition, attainment, bringing things to a conclusion, completion, fulfilment, selflessness, magnetism, idealism and giver of wisdom or inspiration. Many 9s in a reading mean that situations or events are nearing completion or have just been completed and another plateau awaits.
(Via Biddy Tarot)

Looking another place I found this passage which furthered where I was understanding these two cards to lie in the tarot meaning sphere:

The number 9 also resonates with learning to say ‘No’, creative abilities, sensitivity, loyalty, generalist, discretion, brilliance, problem-solving, inner-wisdom, self-love, freedom, popularity, high ideals, tolerance, humility, altruism and benevolence, empathy, non-conformity, artistic genius, an expansive viewpoint, eccentricity, communication, influence, perfection, magnetism, understanding, forgiveness, compassion and sympathy, the visionary, duty and calling, obligation, mysticism, optimism and Divine wisdom.
(Via Numerology – The Vibration and Meaning of Numbers)

Looking at this page reminded me as I got to the correspondences section at the bottom that all of the minor arcana correspond to a major arcana card. The 9th Major is The Hermit.

The Hermit (9th Major Arcana)

The Hermit from The Smith Tarot
The 9 of Vessels / Cups from The Wild Wood tarot, Wild Unknown Tarot, and Smith Tarot.

All of the minor arcana correspond to a major arcana card. The 9th Major is The Hermit. Now I want to give a brief aside to the fact that in The Wild Wood Tarot the 9th Major is The Hooded Man. His meaning does not differ meaningfully from that of The Hermit (according to the accompanying book). 

Hello, old friend. I see you seeking there. You worried introverted Virgo, looking to the earth, seeking endlessly, pilgrim and scholar. Shadow worker, teacher, mentor, friend.

Whenever you arrive I always ask these two questions:

  1. What is the truth of this card?
  2. What overwhelms this card?

9 of Cups

  • What is the truth of the suit of Cups?
    • Emotions are pure and need to be experienced.
    • Self-care is important.
    • Relationships are the fuel to your inner workings.
    • Changing it up and going with the flow can lead to unexpected and exciting places.
  • What overwhelms the suit of Cups?
    • Emotions that boil over
    • The ending of relationships
    • The beginnings of relationships
    • Routine where there should be spontaneity (and the inverse)
    • Thinking too logically, not listening to your heart
    • Creative blocks
    • Being rooted down to tightly.

Traditionally I would have looked at this card and said it was about too many of choices to make, about having too much on your plate. But thinking about the 9 of Cups through the lens of the hermit I instead want to talk about things like self-care, introspection, and shadow work.


This accidental stumble backwards to the 9 of Cups was interesting. Usually, I would start by spouting off what the 9 of cups means based on how I’ve generally interpreted it (especially in the absence of additional cards), and then move on to associations, more generic meaning of the suit, and then finally settle on the major that tied to the minor I was dealing with.

This has led me to decide two things:

  • I’m going to try to replicate this winding path tomorrow and see where it lands me.
  • I am going to remove the majors from my pull deck before bed tonight.

(Here is a link to the intro post for the experience)

Thank you for joining me on that wild ride,



#TarotPerspective – Day 0

Patrick (@inthe78cards [Youtube] [Instagram]) and Kelly (@TheTruthinStory [Youtube] [Instagram]) are running an August Tarot Experience they are calling #TarotPerspective.

The idea is that you draw a daily card each day during August and while working on what that means for you you find that card in two other decks. You then use those three cards to sit with the ideas that card represents in your day.

Here is their intro Video.

Kelly also did an intro video found here. Patrick’s intro video is here.

Deck Choices (left to right) The Wild Wood Tarot, The Wild Unknown, The Smith-Rider-Waite

Tarot Perspecitve – Day 0 Deck Choices (left to right) The Wild Wood Tarot, The Wild Unknown, The Smith-Rider-Waite

I am excited for this experience. I have pre sorted the Wild Wood Tarot and the Smith deck to be in order so that I can easily find the matching card from The Wild Unknown. I have the book for the Wild Wood Tarot handy (as I have not used it much). It is possible I will switch the Smith deck out after a few days as I am a bit undecided about it being involved.

I am going to try and post the draw to Instagram in the morning and then post a blog post in the evening. It is likely I will do some days two at a time in order to give myself a breather. This will likely happen if I pull a card I have sat with at length before.

Only time will tell.

30 Days of Tarot – Day 7

7. What is your favorite card (both in terms of the deck’s artwork and divinatory meaning)?

Favorite in the Minor Arcana:

3 of Wands

The three of wands is all about seeing what is there. It’s about the big picture. For some reason I love it. I appreciate the symbolism in the Smith-Style illustrated minors. I love the way it appears in many “pip” decks (decks with non-illustrated minors such as the Tarot De Marseilles in the lower right of the above image).

Favorite in the Major Arcana.

The Hanged Man
The Hanged Man from my personal study deck

As far as favorite card visually, I have always been drawn to the Hanged Man.

Hanged Man.jpg
The Hanged Man from The Wild Unknown Tarot

The Hanged Man means different things to me depending on how the card is placed and what intuition tells me, here are a few thoughts:

  • Ultimate surrender. Winning by conceding to the course you know needs to be taken.
  • Sacrifice. Giving up for the good of others your wants. Seeing wants as less important than needs
  • Deciding to take the action that is unpopular, but moral.
  • Tests and trials
  • Initiation
  • Submission
  • Suspension, waiting, holding off in making a decision
  • Taking time to think, but working while you do so
  • Martyrdom


30 days of Tarot challenge – by The Tarot Sybarite (Full list here).

The Wild Unknown Tarot has a website here, other decks pictured above can be found in the 30 Days of Tarot – Day 3.

Neko Atsume Tarot – PDF Download

A few months back I wrote about the Neko Atsume Tarot. Serizawascale over on Tumblr made a downloadable major arcana.

I made a print version of the deck complete with deck backs.

I want to share that with you today!

Copy of 384px × 576px – Untitled Design

Click here to get the Printable PDF of Neko Atsume Tarot – Major Arcana.