Friday, June 21, 2013

Litha Blog Hop: Shining the Light

Hi there! You may be coming to visit me from Chloe's blog if you're doing the blog hop from the beginning. In any case, no matter how you got here, blessed Litha to all of you!

The sun is at its most powerful at Litha, and so it's time to "shine the light" on ourselves and our talents. So I've selected three tarot cards that represent my talents the best. 

The first is the Hierophant. 


As the Head High Priest of the Tradition of the Witches Circle, I not only provide spiritual education to my students, but I'm also their spiritual advisor. It's a role that I feel I do very well, especially when it comes to knowing when to give my students/clients space and when to press them. It's a very fine line to walk sometimes. 

I'm also often called upon to help people "go their own way" in life, spiritually or otherwise, and I know what a traumatic experience it can be. 


The second card I picked is the King of Pentacles. 


As a sun sign Scorpio, you might have thought I'd go with the King of Cups. Not this time. One of the nicest compliments I was ever given was when a veteran tarot reader told me she never worried that I wouldn't be grounded in reality. 

Astrologically speaking, I'm Capricorn moon and rising, and in many ways I'm much more earthy than watery. 

One of my best talents is my work ethic. In addition to a full-time office job, I have a professional tarot and astrology practice, and my duties in my spiritual community. I love to work and revel in getting a job finished the right way. 

All of the nuts and bolts of running my own business make me happy. My accountant LOVES me at tax time because I've got business records that would make many people jealous. I'm able to keep track of it all and still excel, so I feel like overall I'm very prosperous and organized. It's even had positive financial effects: I've received some tarot gigs because other readers never called prospective clients back, and I make it a point to respond to every single inquiry as quickly as possible. 

When do I sleep, you might ask? Well, that's another reason why I've pulled the King of Pentacles. I had a back problem last summer and have spent (a little) more time relaxing and taking care of my health. I'm in probably my best physical shape in more than ten years. I even have ABS now. WHO KNEW??

Finally, the last card I picked is the Emperor. 


Compassion has never been my strong suit. But honestly, one of the most important things I've learned is that my role as a "father" is important. I don't have human children of my own, but I feel like I'm able to walk that line between stern and imposing--like the RWS Emperor--to supportive and understanding. It's something I've been working on for a long time, and I'm finally starting to see the results in my professional and personal life. 

Learning how to hold the line without being cold was the challenging part. But I'm happy to say that I'm doing it rather successfully now. 

Thanks for the opportunity to "toot my own horn"! Let your own talents shine this Litha! 

If you're continuing on with the blog hop, please head on to Machelle Earley's blog


24 comments:

  1. Good post :) Any Virgo in the mix contributing to the record keeping ? ;)

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    1. Hi Vivianne...no Virgo at all here, but I was smart enough to marry one! She keeps the rest of my life in order! :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. These are great cards that you have chosen to represent various facets of your personality - they are all strong and dependable. Gives us a good idea of what you are like as a person - thanks, John!

    Ali x

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  3. All 3 cards highlight the nurturing, guiding soul that you are. I felt that when I read your post. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. That's very kind, Joanna. Thank you for stopping by!

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  4. Nice work and howdy from a fellow Capricorn rising. What's on your to do list today?

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    1. Howdy! Thanks for stopping in, Cassandra! Well...I am busy at the office today, tarot party tonight, and going pretty much non-stop until Sunday morning. You? :)

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  5. Simply perfect, John. I always love your blog (even if I forget to post a comment, sorry.) Tooting your own horn this way was so very well done! I enjoyed meeting you like this.

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  6. Great post. Thanks for sharing your talents. :)

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  7. Hey, somebody's got toot their horn to start the band, John, and I like the music that flowed as you did it.

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    1. Thanks, Jordan, for your kind words and for stopping by. :)

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  8. Wow! Got all the cool and practical masculine stuff laid out for this one. Very grounded, very methodical. I assume you also work on your nurturing side as well; sounds like it from the walking the fine line thing with students. Congrats on the abs. We must see a new blog profile pic one of these days!

    Enjoy your busy creative weekend!

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    1. Thank you! I work on the nurturing side as well...I try to balance "masculine" and "feminine" in my life. My students and my tarot practice give me plenty if opportunities to do that.

      And the fact that I can actually see/feel my abs when I work out now is just fantastic, I have gotta say. :)

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  9. Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop and great sharing on the spreads and insights, John! Great to make your acquaintance :)

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    1. Thanks Louise! I am happy to be back after missing Ostara! :)

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  10. I feel I know you much better, from your choice of cards, John! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Great cards! Love the contrast of the earthiness of the first two with the fire of the Emperor. You're clearly a highly motivated and passionate person... especially where your goals are concerned :)

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    1. Sharon, motivation is not a problem for me...relaxing, on the other hand, is something I need to do more of. :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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