On my third day in Egypt we visited the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo. It holds the most extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts in the world and was established in 1902. It is a very beautiful old building and quite large. It is walled off and I saw more guards and military there than any of the other places we visited. I was glad that they were so careful to protect the valuable and precious items it houses. On the inside I will say that I was surprised at how run down the building itself was and at the lack of maintenance and order. It was explained to me that they were building a brand new and very magnificent structure and that they were in the process of transferring things from the current building to the new one. We did drive by the new museum building that was under construction while we were there and WOW! It really is magnificent and HUGE. I can’t wait to go back again and see it completed, but I was happy that I got the chance to go through the old one before it is gone. The energy in this building was just fantastic. So many ancient objects with such meaning all in one place. Heaven. I will share a few of my favorite pictures. You could take photos in most places, but you always had to buy an extra ticket to do so. I was blessed to be able to see the artifacts from the Tomb of Tutankhamun that day, but that was the one place where pictures were not allowed even with the extra ticket, so unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of those to share. I will say that if you ever have a chance to see them, it is well worth it.
The card I feel drawn to connect with and discuss for this day is The Wheel of Fortune or just The Wheel. I am using my Nefertari’s Tarot deck for these posts, but today for those less familiar with Tarot, I am also going to include a picture from the more traditional Rider-Waite deck. The symbolism in both cards is relevant. The Wheel has numerous meanings and is one of the most fascinating cards in the deck to me. I could write a novel based on this card alone, so to keep it at least a little simpler for this post, I am just going to discuss a few of them as it relates to Egypt and my museum experience. (At this point I do want to remind people that one of the reasons that I am writing these posts in this way is to help me better connect to the cards through my own experiences. It is my hope that following along will encourage you to apply the Tarot cards to your own life in this way. I just believe that it takes you to a deeper and more meaningful understanding of the cards and how they work.)
Generally, The Wheel card is symbolic of fate or destiny and the ups and downs of life. I, as so many other people, have always felt that it was truly my destiny to travel to Egypt and I was coming from a period of my life that was definitely “down.” In contrast, this trip will always be a memory of being on “high.” On a deeper level, the Wheel card has more to do with enlightenment, learning and beginning to understand that all things are connected and part of a greater whole.
In the Wheel from the Nefertari deck, the Great Mother Goddess, Nekhbet arches over and holds the wheel. In the Rider-Waite deck the Sphinx with a sword sits atop. Both images represent the keepers and protectors of knowledge. You find this image of Nekhbet over many of the doorways and arches in Egypt. For me, these images were emblematic of all the guards and security they had in place to protect the precious artifacts and the knowledge of the past that is kept within the walls of the museum.
The figures shown in the corners of the Rider-Waite card are all holding books. This is representative of learning. The figures themselves have many meanings, including associations with the four elements of air, fire, water and earth, as well as one of God’s Choirs of Angels, the Ophanim. Interestingly, these angels are also known as “The Wheels.” In the Nefertari deck the blue lotuses rising up out of the mud are equated with enlightenment. As I moved through the Egyptian Museum, I could not help but be a little overwhelmed with all the amazing relics and the amount of information and history that was available there. I certainly did a lot of learning while I was there! I could have spent days going through the place and was disappointed to only have a few hours.
Some of the other ancient Egyptian symbolism that I would like to point out in these cards, are also shown in a few of the pictures that I shared above. In the Rider-Waite card you see the Sphinx and Anubis, and in the Nefertari card you have the Double Crown of Egypt on the Griffin type figure, which is shown in the photo I took of the statue of Horus. This crown is connected to the Pharaoh and shows his power over both Upper and Lower Egypt and their unification. Note the relevance of the figure in the card, as he has his paws on the two people, holding them down (or together.)
Finally, the Latin characters T A R O, shown around the wheel in the Rider-Waite deck can be combined into a sentence in Latin that relates to the Egyptian Goddess, Hathor in her role as the Goddess of destiny. ROTA TARO ORAT TORA ATOR which means, “The wheel of tarot proclaims the law of Hathor.”
The interconnections of all of this is so interesting to me. There I was in Egypt in the year 2018 looking at these objects which were made as far back as the 31st Century BC and more, and here I am in America discussing their significance in a Tarot deck that was first published in London around 1909. Right around the time that the Egyptian Museum was established. So many interesting links. We are not only connected through our common experiences and qualities, but throughout time and space as well. One of the deeper implications of the Wheel of Fortune card. Thank you so much for reading and may the Fates be kind to you!
The second day of my trip to Egypt was mostly spent trying to adjust to the time zone change and my general surroundings. I was so amazed and impressed with how lovely everything was. I believe that Egypt gets a bad rep sometimes. It is not how I have seen it depicted in the movies. (Although some parts are.) The hotel was lovely, and the people were so kind. They fall all over themselves trying to make sure that you are happy and have everything you need. I was relieved at how many people spoke English and that the fact that I don’t speak Arabic (yet) was not a huge issue. If you have any desire to go I would strongly encourage you. I found that all of the things I believed about how dangerous it would be were mostly unfounded and over-exaggerated. I am not naive enough to say that there is absolutely no foundation for this, because sadly in some parts this is true, but my experience was that they care deeply about tourism as their livelihood and were extremely careful and very protective of the people visiting there. I didn’t really venture far from the hotel that day, but spent time recovering from the long flight, taking it all in and enjoyed getting to know the other people in my group.
The Tarot card I am choosing to represent this day is The Tower card. This card has many meanings, but I am choosing it because of the symbolism of the falling from your ivory tower. I was seeing the beliefs that I had taken on about foreign countries and the people there were false. The division of countries and my tendency to have a “my country is better than everywhere else” attitude because of that and the fact that I didn’t really know better from my own experience was apparent to me. I felt a little ashamed and sheepish to see the reality of what Egypt was really like versus some of the false ideas that I had about it. I think I expected to see the city and the people and transportation as something more from the movie The Jewel of the Nile. No beat-up bus full of chickens and people in poverty pulled up to get me. (I said I was embarrassed about my ignorance, right?) The other reason I like the Tower card for this day is the symbolism in it about language. It goes along with the Biblical story about the Tower of Babel. Basically, the Babylonians were unable to understand each other’s languages and the Holy Ghost descended on them with storm and fire, tore down the tower they were building, and they were all then able to understand and speak their old mother tongue. The fall of the tower broke through barriers and led to better understanding and communication between people. As I personally began to get to know Egypt and it’s people, I had to recognize my own arrogance and understand that many of my own beliefs were simply illusions or false images planted in my mind by the media and other sources. I was forming opinions without any actual knowledge from encountering the place myself. False borders and language differences are just boundaries we create in our mind. We are all the good same people from the same good Source. Lesson learned. Interestingly, in this particular Tarot deck, the Tower is represented as the Djed Pillar or the backbone of Osiris. It is a powerful symbol that signifies the resurrection of this much loved and well-known Egyptian God of the Afterlife. Things fall but they can be rebuilt. The Djed Pillar can also denote the powerful and intense rising of life-force energy within a person. If you have back or spine problems like myself, I find that meditating on this symbol can be very helpful for relaxing the muscles in this area and providing some pain relief.
I realized that one year ago today I was getting ready to board this plane to Egypt. It was such an incredible adventure and so much about me has changed since then. I was thinking about how much I would love to relive this experience and since I can't logically go back this minute, I thought it would be fun to go back through my memories and my pictures and have another visit if only in mind. And since this is a blog relating to tarot, I wanted to choose a card from one of the Egyptian decks that I actually took with me that represents my mindset as I went along. So this post represents the first day of my trip.
Yep. The Fool card. This card is assigned the number Zero in the deck. It suggests that one major phase of your life is wrapping up and a new one is about to begin. In the Rider-Waite deck, the figure has his bag packed and is taking a moment to reflect on his journey so far. In this deck the cat represents Spirit pushing (or scratching, LOL) the person in order to get them moving on their way. This card is about having trust and faith that even though you might be afraid or unsure of yourself or what the future might bring, everything is going to be okay. If you know me at all, you know that I am a giant fan of the cat Goddess Bast so I love that the cat is encouraging the person rather forcefully to just GO! That is exactly what Bast did to me and that is exactly what I did. More tomorrow...
Well, I realized that it is the last day of January and I never posted my 2019 New Year's spread! I wish I could say that it is because I have been doing all kinds of fascinating things, but in truth, it has more to do with mundane things like remodeling our bathroom. Anyway, better late than never, so here it is!
I used my Tarot Draconis deck and did a simple past, present, future spread. I drew the 6 of Coins in the past position, The Chariot in the present, and 2 of Cups in the future.
The 6 of Coins is a card that represents a win-win situation. It may indicate feelings of either giving or receiving in unequal amounts, but it is a reminder that when you give, you are also receiving the positive karma and emotions of the act itself. Release any guilt you may be carrying from fears of giving or receiving TOO much in the past. Give thanks for the things you have received or the lessons you have learned and celebrate your growth. It's time to move on.
The Chariot is telling us to get control of things. We have been stuck for far too long and it is time to grab the reins, steer our own course or drive our own destiny. We will make more progress by considering both the light and dark within ourselves and our situations. By considering both we become more balanced and can move forward unhindered.
The future looks encouraging with the 2 of Cups. This is a card of friendship, peace, and love between people. It indicates the healing of relationships and suggests an offering of peace in order to reconcile differences.
These cards may be interpreted as advise for both your own personal life (the microcosm) or as advise for how you deal with the world at large (the macrocosm.) In the words of Dos Equis, "Stay Strong My Friends," and have a fabulous 2019!
Today I used Nefertari's Tarot deck and the Hanged Man presented itself to me. The Hanged Man is a card with many meanings, but for me, when it comes up it is suggesting that you make some sort of sacrifice that is for your highest good. I associate this card with the story of the Norse God Odin who hung himself from the Tree of Life for nine days in order to gain the wisdom of the runes and divination. The sacrifice that you are being asked to make may not be comfortable. It could be as minor as tightening up your budget so that you are able to give more to others over the holidays or it may be as major as a close relationship, job or home. The blessing and reassurance of this card is that whatever it is that you have the strength to let go of, the outcome is bound to be one that has positive implications for you as well those around you. Sometimes the old must be sacrificed so that the new and better is allowed to flow and enter into your life and circumstances. I wish you blessings on this journey! Kennedy
"First Day in Heaven" by Kerolos Safwat
As the holidays draw closer, I keep coming across this image and it so touches my heart. I just felt that I had to share it because it perfectly expresses the impressions that I get from spirit about how they feel when they cross to the other side and join lost loved ones again. I see so many clients who really struggle during this time of the year and I just want to remind you that you WILL see the people that you love and who have passed away once again. I just want to write this post as a way to share love with you if you are in emotional pain from a loss and to remind you to try and keep your chin up. One of the messages that I most commonly receive is that our loved ones on the other side so want to see us happy. They are always trying to give you support and help you through your recovery process. It pains them to watch us suffer and they really do try to send signs to let us know they are there, but it is so difficult to recognize them when our hearts are still grieving. Take the time that you need for your own healing to take place, but do know that it is okay to ask them to help you with this. They love to be remembered and talked about so I always encourage everyone who comes to see me to include them in holiday celebrations somehow. Instead of avoiding the subject and trying to put it out of your mind, put out a picture, set a place for them at the table, give them a toast or whatever you might feel called to do to help honor them and their memory. They will hear you and will be trying to let you know that they are there. More than anything they just love to check in and see family members having a good time so as difficult as it is I do hope you will try. My heart goes out to everyone who is dealing with loss around the holidays or any other significant dates. Please reach out if you are struggling and ask for support from me or anyone else that you love. Know that the image in the painting I shared here will one day represent you but until then there is so much more life here to enjoy with those that remain in your life. Your loved ones are rooting for you from the other side, I promise you. I am also sharing a suicide prevention line number if you or anyone else you know is having trouble getting through things alone. Sending so much love to you at this time of the year and every other. Blessings to you. Kennedy xoxo
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1 800 273-8255suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Hello, beautiful ones! I will be in the Nashville area this weekend reading at this lovely event. There will be many wonderful speakers and lots of great vendors there, so if you are looking for something fun to do come on by and give yourself some good ol' self-love! Or let us do it for you! Follow the link below for more information and I hope to see you soon.
I am really enjoying using this new deck by Matt Hughes! I had a hard time finding it and finally stumbled across it in one of my favorite stores in Santa Fe called The Ark. (If you are in the area you really should stop by!) This is one of the cards that I really love because the cat and the lions remind me of the Egyptian Goddesses Bast and Sekhmet who are both always in my heart. The Queen of Wands follows her passions and her confidence and poise often make her the center of attention. She encourages you to believe in yourself and to let your gifts and creativity shine. Wands are associated with fire and this Queen will always go after the things that her heart burns for. If this card calls to you, then you are being asked to do the same. Draw on your will power and drive in order to gain the things that you most desire. I wish you luck!
Come out and join me this evening at the Mile Wide Beer Co. to celebrate the Autumn Equinox! I will be doing free Tarot readings, there will be some awesome pop-up vendors and of course there will be some fabulous beer choices! It is bound to be a good time. I hope to see you there and you can follow the link below for more details or go to my Events page. Blessings!
Goodness, life has been busy! If you would like more ways to reach me, I have recently added a number of upcoming events to my website. Thank you so much and here is a link to the list!
My name is Kennedy Turner and I am the owner of The Cat's Meow, Tarot and Talismans, LLC. I am an intuitive Tarot card reader, medium and healing Reiki practitioner. I also design, cleanse, bless and consecrate jewelry and other objects for use as protective personal talismans, tailored to meet individual needs.