The Wands Family

The Wands Family…

Fire signs: Aries. Leo. Sagittarius.




Think on their feet.

Great sense of humor.

Love to party.

Easily injured pride.

Tender hearted.

Love animals.







Following the dream.





Speaking out.





Anything else you’d add to the list?

The Tarot Year Card: When Does It Kick In?

We’ve talked about your personal Tarot Card-Of-The-Year before. But for those of you new to The Tarot Teaclub or who’ve forgotten it’s a numerological formula you use to work out which Tarot card represents the type of experiences you can expect to have each year. The formula is this: You add up your birth day + your birth month + the current calendar year. Then you work out which Life Lesson card matches the number you got. If the number is greater than 21, you add the digits together. Most years you just move into the next Life Lesson card. For example, I had The Devil last year so now I’m in The Tower.

There’s a bit of controversy about when this card kicks in. I’ve always felt as if it does so from the start of the year because the year number is clearly included in the formula. However many others believe the Tarot Year Card begins on your birthday.

As you can tell by my blog posts I’ve definitely been in a Tower-like space since the start of the year. There’s been one crisis after another beginning right on New Year. However, I can also see the work of The Devil card in my experiences. I’ve felt trapped, like I’m going round in circles, enslaved in a health system that won’t let me find escape or relief. Its only been this past week, as my birthday looms closer, that I’m experiencing some relief which suggests I may finally be beginning to escape the last dregs of The Devil card.

So maybe the Tarot Year Card takes both the new year and your birthday into account. Maybe it begins with the New Year but really kicks in around the time of your birthday. Looking back at my last Tower Year I can definitely see that pattern.

What do you think?

The Fool: Hello Again

The Fool

Just when you thought I might have given up on this blog altogether – Hello! I’ve been to hell but I’m back again. I’m thinking that this year I’d like to retrace our steps through Everyday Tarot (aka the Minor Arcana) one card at a time. Recap all the things we’ve discussed about theses cards. Circumstances permitting of course.

Does that sound like a good plan? Let me know what you think.

The Devil Vs The Tower: Hell In Slow Motion Vs Hell On Wheels

Well, I thought last year was bad but I ain’t never had a year like this one. Whereas last year when my Tarot Card Of The Year was The Devil I felt under massive pressure, this year in The Tower everything has been going to hell at the speed of light.

My eldest daughter’s health has been in crisis since the start of the year and no matter how hard I try I can’t get her proper care. Even though I have a pretty good idea what’s wrong with her. Even though I know what services we need to access. It’s like we’re stuck in cement leaning forwards getting nowhere. We’re up to her fourth hospital admission in two months right now. But still her health practitioners nod and smile and do nothing.

Meanwhile I had to help my younger daughter move out of home and head off to uni. This involved a complete switch of furniture between several rooms and several houses. Not to mention copious form filling.

Meanwhile I’m teaching my own grade in my own classroom for the first time which is full-on and nerve wracking at the same time.

Meanwhile I’m running between work and hospital. Spent two long nights in emergency this week alone.

Today the government sent me a bill for $2000 for some obscure overpayment four years ago. Four years ago, seriously? Not my fault they can’t keep their books in order.

So I apologize again for my absence. But there you go, the last few cards in Life Lessons Tarot (aka the Major Arcana) really are doozies. I’ve never had a year like this. Not even last time I had The Tower card. It’s not all bad of course. There are some amazing blessings in my life. My youngest is happy and very self-sufficient. My health has never been better. I’m loving my job. But it’s definitely testing my nerves.

Anyone else having a doozy of a year?

The Tower: Transformation

The Tower

Wow! I’m beginning to think The Tower card is ruled by Pluto/Scorpio. Talk about transforming my life – and the year has only just begun. (For those who may not have read previous posts, The Tower is my Tarot card-of-the-year.)

As I’ve hinted, my year got off to a very rough start. I have a close family member with mental health issues who was very unwell over the Christmas-New Year period. And then my laptop broke, not as serious in the scheme of things, but as someone with an internet addiction and writing pretensions, definitely annoying.

Now here’s the thing about The Tower. This card will send a lightning bolt up your butt in any area of your life where things are stagnant.

As it so happened, I had spent the last months of 2012 whining about the medical treatment my family member was receiving. I complained a lot but was reluctant to rock the boat because (a) I’m not a doctor so what would I know and (b) we felt lucky to receive the treatment for free through a public health service.

Cue lightning bolt.

My family member was as ill at Christmas as she’s ever been. It heightened our feelings that we were getting nowhere with the current treatment and propelled me into a manic internet search for other solutions. Result…We finally have a tentative diagnosis for her condition for the first time after three years of hell. We also have some new treatment options. This is a massive step forward for us as a family.

That’s The Tower at work (or as I keep ‘accidentally’ typing, The Wower, lol.)

Now to my laptop. There’s been a crack in the case for 18 months which the insurance company refused to fix. Apparently I’d done the damage somehow (they diagnosed this by photo). However six months ago my school tech informed me that he’s seen the same fault in the case of other laptops which are the same model. He said I should dispute the insurance company’s claim and gave me someone to contact. Six months ago. And had I? Hell, no.

Cue lightning bolt.

The tiniest bit of water got spilt on my laptop and it suddenly had a major hissy fit and refused to work anymore. While this damage was being rectified the case was fixed as well. Now, I’m not sure what the benefit to me was as I had to fork out a bit of cash for the pleasure, but maybe, just maybe, I was being saved some trouble down the track. You see, I lease my laptop from my employer and it’s due to be exchanged mid year, with the expectation that it will be in tip-top shape upon return. So maybe the universe was saving me from a bunfight over that crack down the track. Guess, I’ll never know.

Ye Gods, I’ve only just begun to live in this card and I feel like I’ve been on a roller-coaster ride already. And I’ve still got 11 months to go. Gulp.

How do you find The Tower card? Transformative, destructive or just plain annoying?

Nine Of Wands: Showing Resilience

9 Wands

I’m feeling particularly proud of my two teenage daughters today. They’e both been through some pretty rough experiences in recent years. As a mother all you want to do is protect your children but you can’t always. You don’t have control over the people who enter their lives or the battles they face, be they due to internal or external factors. Yet despite the scars my daughters carry they keep brushing themselves down and battling away.

This is the Nine Of Wands in action. Look at that fella in the card. You can tell by the bandage he’s been wounded and the fact that it’s wound around his head suggests his scars are mental ones. Yet he continues to stand there in an offensive posture defending his territory.

At the primary school where I work we talk a lot about resilience – or rather, the lack of it. Children who send their parents in to fight their battles for them. Who refuse to carry their own schoolbag, insist on a bandaid when they scrape a knee the tiniest little bit or skip school because it’s their birthday. They’re called the cotton wool generation, right? Whereas my parent’s pre-war generation are like the opposite. Never complain. Work hard. Use work as therapy. They are my model for resilience.

Do you think the younger generation lack resilience?

The Tower: Accidents And Breakdowns

The Tower

Well this happened. My computer broke. I knocked over a glass of water near my laptop. It has a protective cover and didn’t look like it got too wet but afterwards refused to turn on. Interesting. I’d finally sat down to work on my novel for the first time these hols. I guess the universe doesn’t want me to write right now. Of course my laptop requires a major part to be replaced and doubly of course I have to fill in reams of paperwork in triplicate before I can get the blasted thing fixed. The universe wants me to give up my internet addiction as well apparently, lol.

So I’ve been getting by with my iPhone and reading novels at night but have still felt tres` bored. My daughter has just lent me her laptop which definitely fills her description of ‘a heap of shit’ but it’s something. I feel like I’m connected to the world again, albeit by a very thin thread.

Accidents and breakdowns, this is totally Tower card territory. My Tarot card-of-the-year is sure living up to expectation (actually, it’s way worse than I remembered, darn it.) How are you going with your year card?