A Slightly Dreamy Woman

I’ve been doing a one-card tarot reading every morning this month, and every time I asked the same question — what do I need to know today?

I’m not sure what I need to know, but there is definitely a pattern to the cards. Five of the cards spoke of harmony. Two spoke of balance. Two spoke of working toward one’s dreams, and two said the dreams were coming to fruition because of previous hard work. Two or three mentioned change and growth. (That adds up to more than twelve cards, but some of the cards fell into a couple of these categories.)

It’s interesting to me that there is a theme to the cards I picked, but I have no way of interpreting it. Since at least two of the cards refer to intuition and inspiration, I should be able to intuit the meaning in these cards, but it’s hard to know if they are saying I’m almost to the point of balance and harmony or that I need to work harder to get to that point.

I must admit, I do feel as if I’ve found a balance to my life and seem to be in harmony with my self for a change, but since the tarot is about digging deeper and discovering what we don’t want to face, it’s possible I’m fooling myself. Though if I were, wouldn’t I feel out of harmony?

Either way, being in harmony (or nearing that state) and merely feeling as if I am in that state of near harmony, it seems to be the same thing — a feeling of having found a balance.

But since these cards also speak of change and working toward one’s dreams, maybe it means I have found near-harmony but that’s no reason to rest on my almost balanced laurels.

One of the cards I picked was the Keeper of the Crescents. This is a weird deck, one of those that the creators decided to forgo a lot of the traditional names and meanings and made up their own, as well as switching around the elemental meanings of a couple of the suits. This card is the equivalent to the Page of Cups. The book that came with the cards spent a lot of time describing the card and pointing out the symbolism and mythos of the various aspects of the card, but when it came to interpretation, they said only that it meant a quiet and slightly dreamy woman, full of deep passion and feelings.

Although the card seems apropos, I had to laugh. All of that imagery just to mean something simple as a slightly dreamy woman? Why not just do an image of a slightly dreamy woman then?

When I looked online for Page of Cups, I did find more of an explanation, such as this card representing the unexpected inspiration that comes from the unconscious (though isn’t inspiration, almost by definition, unexpected?), perhaps in ways we might not truly understand. It also says to be open to new ideas that come from intuitive inspiration, despite those ideas being something we might not expect.

So far, I haven’t come upon those new ideas yet — no ideas about the cards I’ve chosen so far this month and no ideas about anything, actually.

If I had an idea, I’d have written about it instead of writing about these cards.

Well, there was one idea that came to me — it suggested that I would have been better served to pick a more traditional deck for this first month’s foray into a daily tarot pick. That way, whatever I learned would have more relevance to other decks. So next month, I’ll be sure to pick a less esoteric deck.


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator


2 Responses to “A Slightly Dreamy Woman”

  1. Estragon Says:

    It seems to me “inspiration” is a singular word describing at least three similar, yet different types of insight.

    There’s the type of inspiration that comes from something external; a song on the radio, the shape of a tree, a turn of phrase used by a talking head on TV, etc.

    A second type is us consciously coming up with a novel interpretation of our own knowledge, as when we “McGiver” an improvised fix to a problem.

    The third, maybe what your interpretation of the card is alluding to, is inspiration that comes from your conscious mind interacting in a novel way with your lizard brain. This primal part of your brain generally isn’t directly accessible to your conscious mind, revealing its content through sometimes baffling emotions and/or physical reactions to our conscious thoughts and/or external stimulii. Inspiration can come from a better conscious understanding of what our lizard brains are up to.

    There’s theory that our dreams are a mechanism by which our brains encode and war-game the day’s events into our limbic systems, so we can react more quickly and appropriately in future. Maybe that’s where the “slightly dreamy woman” thing comes in?

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Good points! I’d never really thought about inspiration, though that in itself is strange since I think about everything.

      That’s also an interesting idea about dreams being a a way of war-gaming. I saw them as the images we saw while our brain was defragging itself,, but I like the idea that they might be more of a survival mechanism.

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