Top 5 Tuesday: Cards for Laughter, Cards for Tears

I bet most Tarot experienced readers could populate a list pretty quickly. For beginners, it can be a fun exercise to practice, by naming off as quickly as you can, 5 cards that signify any feeling, situation, or type of person you can think of. I tried to think of the most unique cards to include in these lists, to offer a different perspective and variety in their interpretations, so these might deviate from the norm. In alignment with the principle that good and bad are mental constructs, the cards described are not always for “good” laughter or “bad” hardship.

I’d love to see your own lists or thoughts about what I’ve written in the comments below or Tarot Nerds Facebook group.

Next week: Cards for Luck.

Top 5 Tarot Cards for Laughter


The laughter of zeal for life. Laughter is a force of nature, connected to our instincts. Sometimes we have to stifle laughter when it springs up in an inappropriate context. The Strength card portrays the mastery of nature that comes with consciously training our laughter. 

4 of Wands

The laughter of a party getting started. A reception, birthday party, reunion, or social mixer.

7 of Cups

The Chaos Magick practitioner is advised to invoke laughter in order to banish raised energy in all workings, from having charged a sigil, summoned an egregore, or just when things get weird.

5 of Swords

The laughter of conquest, delight taken in bringing on someone else’s downfall. This could be the laughter of vindication, or cruel, humiliating laughter.

9 of Pentacles/Disks

The soft laughter brought on by pleasurable surroundings and the playful side of nature. 


Top 5 Tarot Cards for Hardship

XVI – The Tower

When unexpected and sudden upheaval comes, which many experience as the epitome of hardship. Beyond an irrevocable end follows the collapse of a whole cultural system within our lives and for everyone who suffers the catastrophe. 

5 of Wands

Facing the competition, engaging in conflicts to test your beliefs, build character, and strengthen skills. The hardship of growth, guided by contrast. 

4 of Cups

When nothing feels as sweet as it once was. Facing disappointment in getting what we thought we wanted. The hardship of refining our discernment of desire, to ask and receive more appropriate things. 

3 of Swords

The first heartbreak of discovering the wrongness of your expectations on someone or something. The honey moon phase ends, but the following reconciliation reveals the integrity of the relationship. 

7 of Pentacles/ Disks

When we’ve put in all the work we know how to do, and it’s time to wait and hope that our efforts are rewarded, but when we must also review any mistakes we have made and think about what we might do better, next time.

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Sometimes, it gets a little too real.

Months have passed since this happened. I needed time to think about what I wanted to say, and how I wanted to say it. What was the lesson in this sad experience? What would I have to share?

Last summer, I cast frequent readings for myself and situation, as I went through a particularly turbulent transition. In early August, I pulled the Death card for the immediate future. My gut flipped over as I thought, what more could I let go of this year? I lost my dad in January, and the Death card showed up for me the day of his passing, as he succumbed to post-operational pneumonia, following heart surgery. I said my goodbyes to him when he was still on life support, and later when my mom called with the news, I was still looking at the cards in front of me. Death was right there, in the near future position of the Celtic cross spread. Now, the card appeared again, and I wondered who or what would pass away from my life? 

Shortly after summer solstice, I surrendered custody of my daughters and sold or gave away the overwhelming majority of my stuff, to follow a glimmer of hope for more progressive health care and a better chance at meaningful work in the Portland, Oregon, area. I was feeling stupid for leaving my daughters in their fathers’ care, since they had seen each other only once in the three weeks since I had left, I felt no closer to finding work or home, and I didn’t even have health insurance yet. I felt like I had already lost everything of value in my life: the chance of enjoying the early years of my daughters’ childhoods, since they were just 6 and not yet 2. 

To distract myself from all this pain, I decided to meet with a man from craigslist: a tall, dark, and charming British emigre in his early 40’s, who invited me out for blackberry harvesting and a visit to Kelley Point, on a Thursday in early August. 

At Kelley Point, my new acquaintance and I saw two men walking along the river with a  little boy of about 2 years old. One man happily pointed out a frog swimming in the Columbia Slough, about 30 yards from the mouth of the Willamette. The little boy splashed in the shallow water. My heart ached with longing for time with my daughters. I watched as they walked back up to the edge of the point, together.

I learned how to swim when I was about 4, and the slough was narrow, so I ventured across the slough and back, picking up garbage from the opposite bank and collecting river clams. I didn’t have a swimsuit, but I didn’t mind swimming in my shorts and t-shirt. The current was strong, but not overpowering. When I crossed back, carrying all the garbage I could find in a plastic bag tied to a stick, my pockets stuffed with river clams, I heard crying and yelling from up at the point.

A couple of women on the beach with the little boy, and one of the men I’d seen earlier, had watched their friend disappear under the water – the one who, minutes before, had been delighted to see a frog swimming. Someone had already called 9-1-1. I looked out into the water and saw two more women, also friends of the missing man. They were both crying in grief and terror at what had just happened. One laid on top of the raft, the other held onto the side.

Then I did something stupid: I swam out with another person, out to the raft, and helped to pull the women back to shore. Circumstance had mercy on me, and we got to the raft without incident, though I could have been pulled under by a rip tide, had there been one. I grabbed the arm of the woman floating on the other side of the raft. I heard her sob that she wanted to go with her friend, she couldn’t live without him. I told her to hang on, and I made sure to hold onto her as I kicked steadily but not too fast. Finally, we stood up at the shelf and the women reunited with each other on the shore.

As I left, the Death card flashed in my memory. I walked off by myself, babbling to no one in particular, “Sometimes you pull a card and it’s symbolic, and sometimes it’s literal, and how can anyone tell the difference? What’s even the point of getting an omen if you don’t know what it means?” I collected my composure and my things and left the beach with my friend as the rescuers arrived to recover the man’s body.

Since then I’ve asked myself time and again, what’s the point in knowing the energy of what is to come, if the details don’t always get fleshed out, and if we can’t stop what’s happening? What if I had stayed with that group, and talked to the man, instead of going off to my own thing? Could I have grabbed him before he went under? Would I have drowned myself, trying?

This was probably the weirdest synchronicity between spooky cards and shocking events that I have ever experienced. Even with the Death card appearing in a reading for the short term future a few days prior, I was still wholly unprepared for how it would play out. I do believe that pulling the card brought me to readiness and watchfulness for something big, though. I didn’t think twice about quitting the Tarot, just like I didn’t think twice about jumping in the river to meet those women. Maybe my presence then and there made no difference, and maybe it did. I feel confident enough in the operational principles of this reality to know that the Death card was not causative in any way of what I witnessed. The man apparently made his own decision to venture into muddy water of unclear depth without knowing how to swim, and without a life jacket. My heart still aches for the loss experienced by the people who love him and who must still miss him, every day. 

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A Different Kind of Psychic

The face of Tarot is changing.

More and more professionals with counselling credentials are working with Tarot as a tool for opening the mental associations between the unconscious language of symbols and their link to conscious memories. Repressed emotions in the unconscious mind often show themselves as mental illness such as depression, anxiety, chronic nightmares and other sleep cycle disruptions, and even substance addiction, or physical illness such as chronic pain or immunity-related disorders, and even recurring injuries or weakness in the body’s makeup. Once the conscious mind gets in tune with the messages being conveyed by the unconscious, the trapped energy can be released. Until then, questions can be answered, problems can be addressed, but the same questions and the same problems keep appearing, again and again. It is only when the underlying cause is addressed that the lessons can be fully learned, and we can freely explore new questions and tackle different problems.

Certified practitioners in the mental health profession abide by limitations in what they can predict, which is why psychic mediums are still in demand. Adept mental health practitioners often carry psychic gifts of empathy and foresight, but may not know how to apply them. Masterful psychic practitioners will be trained in counselling techniques, bringing their abilities into conscious awareness, such as a natural ability in recognizing micro-expressions on a person’s face, or picking up on subtle cues in a person’s speech over the phone.

Then there are the unexplained manifestations of the link between us all. The cosmic vibration that carries relevant details from the past, other people’s lives, events, messages from people who have passed on from this life to the next, resonates with some as inner sight, sound, cognizance, sensation, or even taste and scent.

Many people want to glimpse their own future, or the future of their loved ones. The tricky part about making predictions through time are the variable choices and circumstances that may affect the outcome because all beings are simultaneously on their own course of free agency within a set of predetermined circumstances. Tarot has always pointed out the differences, to me, between the known knowns, the known unknowns, and the unknown unknowns (and sometimes there are even things that we know, but we aren’t aware that we know them, or that their knowing has relevance to the problem at hand).

Once, after giving a reading to a graduate student in Psychology, I was told that in twenty minutes, that I had covered relevant background information that would have taken weeks’ worth of sessions to uncover.

My personal role as a Psychic Intuitive is to offer guidance that comes to me through the Tarot cards as I get out of my own way and let the information flow. A second phase of interpretation follows, where I apply what I know about the situation to the information revealed by the cards.  This phase is where I make the predictions that can be made, and articulate the future potentials that are yet to be determined.

The third phase is when I present some questions to you: how do you want to feel about this outcome? How can you apply what you know in taking positive steps toward your desired destination? How can you expand your vortex to include both where you are now, and the goals you wish to reach, to move easily and without effort toward them?

The questions themselves take on a personal scope in relationship with each situation presented by my clients. That’s where you come in. The journey takes on new dimension, deeper meaning, and you are empowered in your choices to create your reality with the universe.

Are you ready?

Using Astrology to Predict the Number of Children One Will Have

I’d love to share with you a helpful source to identify children and birthing in your chart, from the Milky Way Maid.
I would extend this example to include the birth of creative projects in the native’s life, if parenthood is outside of the native’s scope of goals.

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One of the most popular questions in any astrological life reading consultation is how many children one is likely to have.

The best technique I have seen to handle this question is one promoted by prominent astrologer Carol Rushman. We will take a few charts and see how her method works.

The method is as follows:

1- Assuming you have drawn up an accurate birth chart, look to the fifth house of children. Determine the traditional ruler of the sign on the cusp of the fifth house.

Note that we will use the traditional rulers, although in the case of signs that have gained a modern ruling planet with the discovery of more planets in our solar system, we will of course try using the new ruler to see what that yields.

This means that the ruler we will use for Pisces is Jupiter, for Aquarius…

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Life Events Update

Namaste. You might have noticed that I haven’t been posting regularly for quite some time. I’m taking a bit of time to be Queen Mommy to my beautiful Princesses, and that is my primary life calling at this time. I’ve always got something cooking, creatively, so I’m also working on a system for spiritual and practical self improvement (holistic as I am) based on the Cabbalistic Tree of Life (because I’m also esoterically minded), and writing a novel. Drop me a line at with any questions you may have, and I’m still available for readings by appointment, payable via PayPal. Thank you for walking with me on your healing journey. Peace and love, Faye