Mythic Tarot

Tarot Readings from Greek Mythology


This blog is a record of Apollo card readings done for myself or my wife or both of us. The Apollo card is a single card drawn to give one an idea on what to expect from the day ahead or as an indicator of what lessons were presented to one at the end of the day, depending on when the card is drawn from the deck.

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Apollo Card for Dec 1st

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Today's card is the Eight of Swords. The suit of swords covers the final chapter of the story of Orestes and the curse of the House of Atreus, a long, convoluted tale filled with bloodshed and conflict. This card in particular deals with Orestes being caught between the proverbial "rock and a hard place" in his dealings with the god Apollo and the furies.

In a nutshell, the young prince Orestes was the son of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra of Argos. The queen has plotted with her lover to slay the King in his bath (revenge for the King sacrificing their daughter to Hecate in secret.) Orestes has been ordered by the god Apollo to revenge his slain father. Orestes knows that if he commits matricide the furies will drive him mad and hound him into death, because they follow matriarchal law and the slaying of one's own mother is the worst crime possible. Apollo is also threatening to drive him mad and worse if he doesn't, for Apollo is a patriarchal figure and to slay a father (or family patriarch) is the worst possible crime. Orestes finds himself in a "no-win" situation. Whichever option he chooses, he will be driven mad, tormented and eventually killed by forces far greater than himself.

And that is the place this card takes in the story. It indicates a situation where one is unable to act or make a decision based on the consequences of that action/decision. A decision has to be made. And, like the situation Orestes found himself in, not taking any action is one of the options, but results in the same consequence as taking action. There is an underlying truth that the individual has most likely created this situation themselves. One should look at their own past, honestly for signs of avoidance, duplicity, blindness and fear of confrontation. Especially focus on situations where one has acted in this way with the intention of avoiding hurting someone.

In my own life, I know what this is referring to. While I do not care to share the details, I am facing a decision that does not appeal to me. I know that the situation is entirely of my own creation and that not doing anything about it will only make the situation worse. But the only actions available to me may also make it worse. Then again, they may make it better. I think that another way of looking at this lesson is this: if I am going to suffer for this, I will at least make the effor of trying to improve, or end, the situation, rather than resigning myself to my fate. Action is better than inaction, whatever the situation.

Black Friday 2013 Apollo Card

Posted on November 29, 2013 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

My wife and I do not participate in the normal "American" version of Black Friday. Instead we spend the day at home working on self-improvement. Sometimes we listen to auio programs by self-improvement authors. Sometimes we work on ideas and inspirations that have been rolling around in our heads. I spent today working on transcribing a particular piece of wisdom (The Optimist's Creed) to paper in my own hand and in a form of calligraphy (modern uncial.) I have found that writing anything in this manner requires a focus akin to a zen-like state and lots of patience. I love it. I find myself at complete peace regardless of what is going on around me.

And now, to follow up with that, I pulled a card from my tarot deck to give me a lesson for today. The card is The Knight of Wands. The Greek lesson derived from this card comes from the myth of the hero Bellerophon. Bellerophon was forced to flee his homeland of Corinth after killing a rival and then his own brother. He sought sanctuary in Tiryans under King Proetus. After the king took him in, the queen fell in love with Bellerophon. Despite his refusal of her advances, the king believed that his wife had been seduced. He decided to destroy the young knight via an impossible challange: slay the Chimaera. Luckily for Bellerophon, a seer suggested that he should catch and tame a winged horse, a pegasus to aid him in this task. Athene then gifted the young man with a golden bridle with wich he could more easily tame the wild horse. He was then able to fly above the Chimaera and rain arrows down upon it's back. He then fixed a lump of lead to the end of his spear and drove it into the beast's jaws. The fiery breath of the Chimaera melted the lead, which ran down it's throat, killing it. Bellerophon let his successes go to his head and became arrogant and boastful about his great deeds. He continued down this path until he finally convinced himself that he had become immortal and attempted to fly Pegasus to Olympus to live with the gods. Zeus became so enraged at this mortal's presumption that he sent a gadfly to bite the winged horse during Bellerophon's flight. Upon being bitten, Pegasus reared, throwing the quite mortal Bellerophon to his death.

The overall lesson is to try and adopt some of the qualities of Bellerophon: volatility, exuberance, the craving for wild adventure. These qualities can sometimes be indicated through a change of residence (or similar thirst for adventure due to feelings of being caged or cramped in ones current environs) or the introduction of a charming, exciting and somewhat unreliable young man, full of ideas and inspiration, but prone to letting his ego lead the way. Either way, the lesson is to adopt the qualities of volitility and adventure, but don't let it go to your head lest you lead yourself to (or allow yourself to be lead to) a bad fall.

Why the Mythic Tarot?

Posted on September 23, 2009 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

As this is my first blog entry for this site, I'll address my most oft asked question: Why do I use the Mythic Tarot deck as opposed to the standard Rider-Waite deck?


I was first introduced to the tarot at a rather young age (13) when a friend of my older sister did a reading for me. I was completely amazed at the concept. Starting that day, I began learning all I could about oracles and divination. While I am not about to claim any form of expertise on the subject, lately I tend to find myself answering more questions about it than asking them. Like anyone else, I still have questions, but finding answers has become more about personal development than seeking out "experts." When I was beginning to figure this out, a friend of mine presented me with The Mythic Tarot. She saw it on a shelf at a store* in Salem, MA and instantly thought of me. My first perusal of the book hooked me. At a time of my life when I was just understanding that ones future is primarily created by ones own choices, here was an oracle dedicated to explaining that concept. This tarot deck asks the seeker to focus inward, on ones own progress on the path of life, to find their own answers. Rather than blaming outside influences for ones struggles, the lessons from Greek mythology are used to show how the seeker may have placed themselves in their current situation and how they can get themselves on the path of bettering their situation.

I'm not the only one to be so strongly affected by this work. There is currently a school in Great Britain teaching classes using the Mythic Tarot deck. There are several sites offering readings and learning opportunities using this deck.**

In my face-to-face sessions, the seeker selects their cards from the deck, if possible. When doing remote readings (I did several readings for a friend via snail mail long ago, before the internet became popular) I was able to get very accurate results by merely focusing on the seeker while shuffling the deck, especially if the seeker had identified a specific area of their life that needed attention.

Of course, I am always open to new concepts and ideas. Leave your comments either here, or register as a member in the forum and open a discussion there.

EDIT: Due to inactivity, the forum has been removed for the time being. It may come back, if needed or requested by enough people.

*Obviously, this particular store focused on occult items and had a Stevie Nicks*** CD playing: rather common in that area during the early 90's, apparently.

**To my knowledge, mine is the only site offering to do a reading using an actual deck of cards rather than a computerised randomizer to select the cards for you.

***Stevie Nicks was/is a self-proclaimed witch and therefore a sort of Wiccan icon.