Tuesday, October 22, 2019

My Journey with the Tarot de Marseille

It's funny, but if you'd told me a few years ago that my favorite tarot system would become the Tarot de Marseille, I'd have said you were crazy. Who could love those images? Or read with those pips?! I'd have told you that it's the hardest system of tarot to read, and I'd have meant it--and a lot of people would agree that they feel the same about it, it's just so intimidating. 

And yet, this year I decided to learn the Tarot de Marseille and focus on using on this system to learn it really well. Every tarot deck and book I purchased had something to do with the TdM as it's fondly abbreviated. And I fell in love! 

When I decided to study the Marseille tarot system, I thought I'd have so much to learn like new lists of meanings, numerology, astrology, etc. because I never used those with the RWS and Thoth tarot systems, and I felt very overwhelmed. I discovered that I was wrong because the ancient way of reading tarot doesn't use all of that, it's actually much simpler, which made sense when I thought about it. After all, this system goes way back to the 15th century, a time when education was reserved for the merchant class, clergy and royalty, not the average person, and it wasn't always as good as it is today. Also, the tarot started out as a game, Tarocchi in Italy, and was widely used in gaming halls before it was turned into a divination tool. My point here isn't to give a history, there are plenty of good resources for that, but I had to mention its origins to explain.

So instead of having to learn any of those things, what I had to do instead was to throw out everything I thought I knew about tarot and come to it as a complete beginner, and the result has been wonderful. It's a return to cartomancy, which I first really fell in love with when I learned Lenormand, and I almost never returned to tarot because I loved that system so much. Now I have the best of both worlds because I have cartomancy with tarot cards as well as Lenormand cards! 

Tarotmancy has always been a struggle for me, really. And what do I mean by that term? Modern tarot, mystical tarot, tarot readings based on the esoteric meanings that Etteilla, Court de G├ębelin, Levi, and the Golden Dawn. I'm just not into using numerology, astrology, and the Qaballah to give readings for clients who want to know if s/he's going to call again or if they're going to get the job. I also don't use tarot for Shadow Work as much as I use Oracle cards for it as those go deeper for me. 

So, if you're thinking of learning the Tarot de Marseille, but you're feeling intimidated by all you think you have to learn, let go of that and begin the journey from the perspective of a beginner and it will be easier. It certainly worked for me! 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

My 30 Day Challenge Begins

Today is October 2, 2019 and I've decided to do a 30 day challenge until October 31 and return to following a Paleo diet and lifestyle strictly for that time along with intermittent fasting and see what impact that has on my health and weight. 

I've been eating healthier overall, but keep sliding back occasionally as well, and so neither my health nor my weight loss are progressing at the pace I know they can, and the changes I've made this time around aren't as significant as the ones I did 7 years ago that had such an impact. Then I did as I am now, I started with a 30 day challenge that ended up extending over months and resulting in a 70 lb weight loss when I quit smoking, and also healed the hypothyroidism, insulin resistance and fibromyalgia with chronic myofascial pain syndrome and IBS that had been plaguing me.

I'm making some tweaks this time around that I didn't make before because now that I'm in my 50s, some of this will be harder to do than it was then just because of changes that come at this age and the onset of menopause. In other words, I am not the same woman at 56 that I was at 49 physically. So I'm following guidelines for intermittent fasting that are more stringent, fasting longer and eating for a shorter duration on alternate days and eliminating sugars that I didn't eliminate before. I've also added a morning cup of black coffee and an afternoon cup of tea for the caffeine stimulation to my system. These have been part of Ayurvedic medicine for millennia. 

The other main tweak I'm going to make is that in addition to walking, I'm adding an actual workout schedule that will alternate weight training and floor exercises to strength train, something I didn't do before that left me still feeling and looking really fat when I was very close to my ideal weight for my height and age, which eventually led to me giving it all up and just returning to eating too much sugar and junk food. 

The first thing that had to happen though was to start loving myself and my life, and letting go of stress and worry. I've spent the past month working on this, starting while I was sick with a very virulent cold and couldn't do much else but go inward to start healing, and this past week I've finally really achieved it. One thing I know is that my mental and emotional state are key to the success or failure of this challenge. Having my husband's full support like I do is the other key. It's harder, though not impossible as my past success proves, to avoid those foods if they're in the house tempting me, so it's good that he's also on board with doing his own version of this challenge. 

I'll be posting occasional updates on here, not just this month but for as long as I'm blogging because this is just the kickstart for a lifelong plan, being honest about how well I'm doing and the results I'm seeing, because accountability is the other key to succeeding. Yes, I need to be accountable to myself, but it also helps to be accountable to others.