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The Path To Thanksgiving: A Tarot Spread

 "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

-John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice."

-Meister Eckhart

"Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action."

-W.J. Cameron


There is a path to Thanksgiving? Yes, there is a path to Thanksgiving – and to thanksgiving (the giving of thanks). Thanksgiving is celebrated here in the U.S. on the fourth Thursday in November. (Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated on the second Monday in October.) The first Thanksgiving celebration in the American colonies was shared by the pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians. It was a celebration of the colonists having survived their first difficult winter, but also a celebration of their having learned from the Indians how to live off of the land.

Modern Thanksgiving is a time of families getting together, of traditional family recipes appearing on the table – of roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. It also highlights one of my favorite events of the year – the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, which ends with the arrival of Santa Claus in his sleigh. Your household may be watching old movies, or that very important football game, or, in the past few years, a very important NBA basketball game.

Readers see another side of this holiday, especially if they read for a phone line. They see the stress that people are under – dealing with difficult family members, tempers flaring, alcohol consumption gone out of control. They might also see those individuals who are spending the day alone, which might trigger some level of depression. How can we help our clients (or ourselves, if we are under stress)?

I designed the following spread as a way to get a quick overview of the Seeker’s situation. Further questions can be built on this spread.

Thanksgiving House of Cards 

  1. Where is the stress coming from that the Seeker is aware of?
  2. Where is the Seeker’s hidden stress coming from?
  3. What actions can the Seeker take to release their stress?
  4. What energy can the Seeker use to help heal?

 From the Fantastical Creatures Tarot (Lisa Hunt & DJ Conway) I drew: 

  1. The Star
  2. Page of Cups
  3. Knight of Swords
  4. Queen of Pentacles


The Giving of Thanks

The giving of thanks is an ingrained part of Thanksgiving, beginning with the pilgrims being thankful that they had survived their first year, and that the native Indians shared their wisdom on how to live in harmony with the land, in a healthy manner. The giving of thanks does not have to be limited to Thanksgiving Day – it can be honored all through the month of November (actually, it can and should be honored year round).

When we give thanks, we are acknowledging the things that we have to be grateful for – the things that nourish and sustain us. In acknowledging the things that sustain us, we are able in many ways to release at least some of the stress that we are under. Our lives are filled with blessings, if we choose to see them.

In what ways can we acknowledge the blessings in our life? Here is a partial list – place in your life the tools that work best for you. You are a unique individual, and you lead a unique life. Only you know what will work best for you. 

  1. Prayer
  2. Thanking your Guides.
  3. Journaling
  4.  Giving a random smile to a friend, co-worker or stranger.
  5. Lending a hand to someone in need.
  6. Inviting someone who would otherwise be alone to celebrate Thanksgiving with you and your family.
  7. Donating time or money to your favorite charity.
  8. Making a conscious effort to life your life in harmony with those around you, and with Mother Earth.
  9. Make an effort to live in the present – in this way you will notice the abundance and prosperity around you that you have to be thankful for.
  10. Give silent thanks as you go about your day.

The Tarot represents the story of our life. Its archetypal nature tells our personal stories, as well as the stories of communities and nations. It is an excellent tool for understanding where and how we have a need to give thanks. In giving thanks, we are keeping in touch with ourselves, and with the environment around us. We are keeping our mental/physical/emotional/spiritual selves in balance, and living our life in an authentic manner.

What does the Seeker have to be thankful for in the:

  1. Mental Realm.
  2. Physical Realm
  3. Emotional Realm
  4. Spiritual Realm

 From the Medieval Scapini Tarot I drew: 

  1. Nine of Swords
  2. Seven of Wands
  3. King of Cups
  4. Temperance


May this Thanksgiving find you healthy, happy, and celebrating the abundance and prosperity that is rightfully yours!

Wishing each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 © November 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Tarot Crossword Puzzle

Crossword Woohoo! I made another Tarot puzzle for you all–this time, a crossword puzzle! Let me know if you'd like to see more of these types of puzzles, dear readers.


Tarot Crossword Puzzle

2. High Priestess
3. Court de Gebelin
6. Arthur Waite's Middle Name
8. Traitor
10. Levi
11. Sola
12. Fortitude
13. Batons
15. Thoth Judgment
16. Pictorial
1. Pamela Colman Smith's Nickname
2. Hierophant
4. La Maison Dieu
5. Lady Frieda
7. Juggler
9. Crowley
14. Pentacles

Janet, Social Media Maven for U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

Nudity in the Tarot

BW 300 On the U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Facebook page, we're talking about nudity in the Tarot–and it's generated quite a few opinions!

Full-frontal, danglies, American "prudishness"–we're hearing it all on Twitter and Facebook.

You can be a part of the conversation at the USGS Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/c0MdhA or via Twitter at http://twitter.com/usgstarot.

Or you can feel free to grab a beverage of your choice, sit a spell and share your thoughts here at the Fool Stop Tarot Blog.

Dan Staroff, creator of the Tarot of Sephiroth observed: When Tarot of the Sephiroth was in pre-production at US Games ten years ago…We had a serious discussion about nipples. They stayed in. Have times changed for the better or worse?

So tell me, dear readers: What do you think about nudity in the Tarot? When is nakedness "too much"? What about clients? Is it ever warranted?

Weigh in!

Janet, Social Media Maven for U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

Image from the Barbara Walker Tarot ISBN 0-88079-292-2

Tarot of the Sephiroth ISBN 1-57281-251-6

Tarot Dilemma #1 – What Should Donna Do?

Woman Holding Q Mark I'm pleased to introduce another great feature to the Fool Stop Tarot Blog–Tarot Dilemmas!

Tarot Dilemmas are fictional situations where YOU get to test your skills as a reader.  Consider the dilemma, ponder the cards and render your advice–it's that simple…and fun! There are no wrong answers, so let those insights fly.

The benefits? Beginners get reading practice and seasoned Tarotists hone their skills–and we all gain from seeing the cards in new ways!

But this inaugural Tarot Dilemma has yet another benefit.

Oh yeah, baby…it's giveaway time again! Woohoo!

This time, you can win the new Sun and Moon Tarot by Vanessa Decort. You may remember that I profiled this deck a few weeks back (click here to read the post and see card images).

Cover 180 How can you win? Simply share you take on the cards for this first Tarot Dilemma as if you were actually giving this fictional person advice. Want to multiply your chances of winning the random drawing? EVERY post you make on this thread counts as an entry!

No one-word answers, though, or mere words of agreement or disagreement. Instead, please contribute thoughtful and honest information, feedback and advice to our make-believe querent or your fellow posters–as well as any questions you may have (in case you happen to be insanely curious like myself).

Remember to be considerate! (But I didn't have to tell you that…you guys are great.)

So without further ado, I present our first Tarot Dilemma!

Donna Rambunkle has a problem.  [Suddenly, I feel like Gene Rayburn from Match Game…]

Her pre-teen daughter, Seneca, has been uncommunicative and moody. Donna isn't sure what's wrong or how she can best relate to her daughter. She wants to be supportive, but not intrusive–available, but not smothering.

She comes to you for advice. From the Fenestra Tarot, you draw the following cards:

Fenestra 6 Cups Fenestra 2 Sw Fenestra 9 Pents 


Based on the above cards, how do you assess the situation? What will be your advice to Donna?

Remember, all thoughtful, considered posts will be entered in the random drawing to win the Sun and Moon Tarot by Vanessa Decort…but you only have until Sunday, August 29, 2010, midnight EST to post!

Have fun, and good luck! 

The Fenestra Tarot is illustrated by Chatriya Hemharnvibul. You can find out more information about this deck at the U.S. Games Systems, Inc. website at this link. The ISBN for this deck is 1-57281-560-4, and is available from your favorite online retailer or brick-and-mortar store. If you don't see it in stock, just ask for it.

— Janet