In last week’s 11 Keys – An Advanced Love Tarot Spread, I briefly mentioned the ‘Karmic Cards’ and I was asked by a couple of people to extrapolate on this. Essentially, these are the cards that indicate issues either carrying over from a past life (or many past lives) or lessons pre-agreed upon in the Life Between Lives. For those of you interested in exploring Life Between Lives, I recommend the book Journey of Souls by Dr Michael Newton.
A while back, I created a Past Life Connection Tarot spread. Before laying the cards out for this type of reading, I like to do a 9 Square to see if there is an indication of a past life connection. I want at least two of the cards listed below to show up. Continue reading
The World card is a card of transcendence which tells us that we have completed a cycle of learning and are ready to move on to the next one. There is a deep sense of fulfilment connected with this card and to the relationship, this card means that the best possible way of relating (relative to where we are on the path of personal development) is now opening up to us.
The naked Dancer of Life in this card will give you an idea of the feeling of this card. How comfortable in your skin would you have to be to dance naked in a sunny forest glen? How great would it feel to be in perfect harmony with the world around you, contentment radiating out from every pore? Yet, with each completed cycle comes an invitation to begin a new one. The dancer has mastered the choreography of one piece and moves on to learn the choreography of a more complex piece.
To a couple, The World card indicates that you have now reached a phase where you can trust each other completely. You have sense of belonging without codependence, a sense of peace without boredom and a sense of vitality because you keep sparking off each other. How is this possible? It’s possible because you have faced and transcended your deepest fears concerning intimacy. Continue reading
Yesterday, I watched Katy Perry’s new video ‘Wide Awake’ for the first time. Wow! I spotted The Hermit straight away. It was pretty obvious that the song was about the breakdown of her marriage and the lessons she learned from that.
She’s embodying both Death (butterflies of transformation) and The Hermit and taking her inner child along on the labyrinth path to heart healing. Watch the video and you’ll know what I mean.
Four stages of initiation into self-love are clearly present in this video: Continue reading
Ariadne (meaning most holy) is the Goddess of the Labyrinth. In the Lovers’ Path Tarot by Kris Waldherr, she and her husband Dionysus are depicted embracing in Key XXI – Triumph (trad. The World.) During her early days, as a human, she was a princess in ancient Greece. She was granted goddess status by virtue of marriage to the god Dionysus.
We can turn to Ariadne when we feel lost and in need of guidance, for dream interpretation or when we need to heal a broken heart after the break-down of a relationship.
Ariadne was the daughter of the Cretan King Minos and his wife Pasiphae (daughter of Helios, the Sun god). She helped the famous hero Theseus, whom she had fallen helplessly in love with, to defeat her monstrous half-brother, the Minotaur. She gave Theseus a thread that would keep him safe and help him retrace his steps inside the labyrinth which imprisoned the Minotaur. Theseus was sent inside the labyrinth as a sacrificial offering to pacify the monster; with Ariadne’s help he not only slayed the monster but set the other humans waiting to be sacrificed free as well.
Although the Cretan people were relieved that no more sons or daughters would have to be sent to the Minotaur as a sacrifice, Ariadne’s betrayal had angered the royal family and Ariadne and Theseus had to flee for their lives.
According to Ovid, Theseus abandoned Ariadne shortly thereafter during a pit stop on the island Naxos. This is where Dionysus found her — fast asleep. He fell in love with her and his love completely healed Ariadne’s broken heart. She was rewarded with true love and goddess status.
Ariadne is someone that all who have been betrayed in love can identify with. She is also an archetype that intelligent women who fail to be appreciated for their intellect will have affinity for. In the marriage between Ariadne and Dionysus, female intellect meets male chaos and ecstasy. In this union, you can expect something completely new to be born as neither of them are bound by tradition or gender roles.
Invoke Ariadne and invite her to speak through the cards. Pull one card for her to show you how past hurt is preventing happiness in love right now. Pull another card for how to reverse this influence. Finally, choose a card that represents what you would like to manifest.
Here are a few of the best love and relationship cards to choose from:
- 2 of Cups (reciprocated love)
- 3 of Cups (lighthearted fun and flirtation)
- 4 of Wands (moving in together, marriage)
- 6 of Cups (a soulmate relationship)
- The Lovers (true love)
- Knight of Cups (the knight in shining armour)
- The Hierophant (wedding bells)
- The Empress (to become more attractive to the opposite sex)
The Ariadne myth teaches us that life’s twists and turns can lead to something much better than we dared imagine. When a door closes, another one opens – sometimes during sleep when we allow the subconsciousness to inform us. In the end, it is our own ingenuity and intuition that save us from yet another dud.
Hail Ariadne, Goddess of the Labyrinth!