Alison Spokes

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May 12, 2017
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Tarot Geek Wisdom 2: Spider-Man & the Ace of Swords

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Lessons from the Ace of Swords:

All Aces in the Tarot deck are intended to be seen as blessings, opportunities, and new beginnings. The Ace of Swords, however, tends to come along with a little bit of fine print: “Draw me not without cause, sheath me not without honour,” an inscription translated from Latin that was commonly engraved on 18th century swords from Great Britain, America & Spain to remind the soldiers that carried them to maintain their chivalry even in battle. To draw the Ace of Swords in a reading is to receive that message that no matter what challenges lie ahead, you possess the power, skills and tools to overcome them, but be careful not to let that power corrupt you. Whatever weapons you possess should only be used if necessary and for noble causes.

A Similar Lesson from Marvel Comics:

“WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY.” — SPIDER-MAN

Wise words spoken to Peter Parker by his Uncle Ben shortly before his tragic death. Peter holds himself responsible for the death of his beloved uncle and inspired by the words of this infamous quote, vows to use his powers to fight crime and save lives instead of pursuing fame and fortune as a wrestler. A famous young carpenter from Nazareth was known to have said, “To whom much is given, much is expected” (Luke 12: 48), but it took a comic book legend to turn this bit of wisdom into a popular modern day proverb.

 

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May 10, 2017
by Ali
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Tarot Geek Wisdom 1: Lord of the Rings & the 10 of Wands

For me, the Tarot is a source of wisdom – a pictorial manual for life as a human being on this planet. Each card contains its own blessing, challenge, piece of advice and important life lesson. I love Tarot for that reason; that, and it allows me to dabble in something potentially enchanting …which is totally cool! I mean, who doesn’t want magical tools, right?! But honestly, it really doesn’t matter to me if the mysticism is real or not. It’s fun, and it’s always a good reminder to be better, do better, feel better and think about things from another perspective especially if you are stuck or stumped.

How does this relate in anyway to geek culture? I mean, you’re probably thinking that mystical, woo-woo counsel from magical cards is the complete opposite of geek values, right? Personally, I disagree. In may ways, the same things that draw me to Tarot also draw me to my favorite movies, books and games: they’re fun and entertaining, but also embedded with wise counsel, advice and important life lessons. Over the next month, I’m sharing a series of blog posts to show you parallels between Tarot and Geek wisdom, and how both can teach us better ways to navigate through life here on our little blue planet.

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Lessons from the 10 of wands:

The 10 of wands looks a bit bleak. It represents carrying a heavy load and bearing burdens of responsibility. It reminds us that the burdens we carry are a direct result of the choices we make. Now we must reap what we’ve sown. 10s represent the end of a cycle, so if we’re searching for a positive, an ending and opportunity to take a load off our shoulders may be it. Even when we’ve worked hard, fulfilled a dream or accomplished a goal, responsibilities and commitments are often created as a direct result of that fulfillment. If you find yourself overwhelmed or over-worked, you now must look for solutions: keep going and continue to shoulder the burden on your own, recruit help, or put down your heavy load temporarily or permanently and once again face the consequences of that subsequent decision. The important thing to remember is that you always have a choice.

A Similar Lesson from Lord of the Rings:

“DO NOT MEDDLE IN THE AFFAIRS OF WIZARDS, FOR THEY ARE SUBTLE AND QUICK TO ANGER.” —GILDOR INGLORION, THE LORD OF THE RINGS

Gildor Inglorion and his party of elves ride by just in time to fend off the Nazgul from hunting Frodo and his hobbit companions. Knowing they are now safe, the hobbits come out of hiding, greet the elves and inquire about Gandalf, whom they are searching for. Gildor responds with, “Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.” In other words, he means, “important matters should be left to important people and lesser beings ought not get in the way.” We all know the end of the story would have turned out much differently had it not been for meddling Hobbits, so while Gildor was warning them about the wrath and punishment of annoying one’s betters, Tolkien had a different meaning. What he really tells his readers is to think carefully before interfering with the affairs of those who carry the weight of responsibility, lest you find yourself bearing similar burdens.

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April 30, 2017
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May 2017 Monthly Tarot Forecast

Queen of Swords, Amanda Waller | 6 of Wands, Booster Gold | Page of Wands, Doctor Fate

Just like Amanda Waller, you may implement a clever new strategy or cross paths with some useful and highly coveted information this month. It will very likely bring you some surprising success, but keep your wits about you. You haven’t got it all figured out just yet.

Booster Gold urges you not to get too cocky, lest you end up looking foolish. It may be tempting to gloat or celebrate, but it’s possible you are missing some critical piece of information. It might seem like you know it all – that you’ve discovered some secret, or overcome some mighty obstacle. But just because it worked out this time, does not guarantee it will work out next time. Do a thorough analysis of your method and results to see if you’ve overlooked anything, or be very careful who you brag to. You could be taken down a peg.

The biggest lesson this month is to remain humble in spite of any successes. Doctor Fate reminds us that we’re still students. One success story doesn’t make us a master. Keep practicing your trade. Keep tweaking your technique until you can repeat the same positive results over and over.

 

 

 

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