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A few weeks ago I was delighted to receive an invitation to write for Luna Luna Magazine, a digital diary for creative thinkers, individuals, dreamers & darklings. I shall be writing for them once a month. My first article is a preliminary look at Sex & Tarot, in which I outline some of the basics.

Sex & Tarot by Toni Allen

Even if you’ve already read my book Sex & Tarot do pop along and have a read, because I’m always coming up with new insights and adding additional information which isn’t in my book.

If there are any tarot topics you’d like me to write about in future articles, either here or at Luna Luna, please leave a comment.

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Father ChristmasI don’t know why, but this conundrum crossed my mind earlier today. Which Tarot card does represent Father Christmas? I’m not sure, having never met the man in person, or had the privilege of reading for him. So I’ll have to use deduction and guesswork.

Well, let’s see now.


The King of Cups is the father figure. He’s warm and friendly, good Tarot King of Cupswith children and loves food. That seems like a pretty good start for Santa Claus. Hmm, is he the right card though? The King of Cups tends to show his affection by bestowing lots of quality time and hugs on the people he loves, and isn’t overly keen on showing affection by gifts alone. Sure, he does buy presents, but he’s more likely to bunk off work early to play with his children, then take them out for a bite to eat together, rather than bring home a bag of toys.

Tarot King of CoinsWhat about the King of Coins? Now, he has oodles of cash in his pocket and is fond of showing his affection through the quality of gifts he gives. He likes to show himself in a positive light as the ‘big man’ by treating everyone to high quality goods: and being in charge of arranging celebrations. Of course, he usually advises his secretary of which gifts to go out and buy for which people, but hey, this guy knows how to delegate, so he’ll be really good at keeping his elfish workforce up to speed making all of those toys. (He’ll pay good wages too!)

Now, the King of Batons is a fun loving fellow. He’d definitely be Tarot King of Wandsgood at all that ho-ho-hoing. He’s you’re man if you’re looking for a good party, and lots of laughter. The only trouble is he’s not always terribly well organised. He’s also not so good at sticking to routine and likes a variety of activities at work or he gets bored. Would doing the same job every year suit him? Could he stick with it? Hmm, not sure. But hey, he loves motor sports and is excellent with animals, so he’s my favourite for driving the sleigh and looking after the reindeer.

Tarot King of SwordsI don’t know if I’m even putting the King of Swords in the running for being Father Christmas. The King of Swords is too hard a task master, too much a disciplinarian. He’d be so tough on health and safety I doubt many toys would pass his rigorous testing. The sleigh would never break the speed limit to make those last minute deliveries, and the elves would probably all go on strike, or start a work to rule, if he was their boss. Yet, he would get the job done, because he’d treat it like a military campaign. No child would ever be missed out, and no secret Christmas wish-list posted up the chimney lost.

Oh dear, I’m still not sure who’d make the best Santa. They all have qualities that any decent Father Christmas requires. Pity I can’t roll them all into one. But wait! I can. The Magician has all of these traits and more.

Tarot The Magician MarseilleThat’s it. Decision made. I’m opting for The Magician to be my Father Christmas. He has the ability to pick up any of the energies, and use them in precisely the correct amount when he needs to.
Cups – emotion
Coins – wisdom and wealth
Batons/Wands – fun and laughter
Swords – self-discipline
That’s how he performs magic, by mixing them all together in the right quantity. He never fails and always comes up tops in the end. Guaranteed success, and no unhappy children on Christmas day. No unhappy grown-ups either. :-)

Which Tarot card would you pick to represent Father Christmas?

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Many people consult me for a reading when they wish to get pregnant. Mostly women pose the question, but men have also been known to ask about potential pregnancy if they and their wife/partner are looking to start a family.

Tarot High priestess Empress World cardVarious card combinations suggest pregnancy, but never forget to seek medical advice from your doctor or consultant. Always seek appropriate guidance from a health professional when deciding to start a family and never rely entirely on a tarot reading.

Many people view having a child as a benevolent gift from whichever deity they worship. This is true, because human life is sacred and special, but we also have to play our very human part in creating the child.

The first, and probably the most important card for pregnancy, is The High Priestess. She rules the unknown, the mysteries of life, and things that go on behind the scenes which we have no knowledge of. She therefore rules conception.

In order to gain a conception we need fertility. The Empress rules fertility as she is Mother Nature. The Queen of Batons represents the fertile woman and the King of Batons rules the fertile man. The 3 of Batons rules active fertility. Any combination of these cards alongside The High Priestess is very positive for conceiving quickly as we have both conception and fertility depicted.

The World Cards represents physical birth as well as rebirth. In an ideal world we’d like to see the combination The High Priestess, The Empress and The World all in a row. That shows an easy pregnancy and a perfect birth.

This is all well and good but we also have to make sure that actually do the deed and have sex with our partner. It takes two! Very often women say to me, ‘We’ve been trying for a baby for a year, but nothing’s happened.’ However, the cards on the table show that they only have sex with their partner every couple of months or so, which doesn’t really offer very high odds of conception. The Ace of Batons is THE sex card, and the 3 of Batons is a pretty good second. So the combination of Ace of Batons and High Priestess is also good for conception.

Tarot ten of Batons

Another card that is very important is the 10 of Batons, which symbolises being over- burdened. For the physical body is depicts weight gain and therefore also the carrying of a child. The mother is literally burdened by the weight and responsibility of the child growing within them. For once the woman wants to see herself getting bigger!

The cards I’ve mentioned are the nuts and bolts of reading tarot for pregnancy. There are many other tarot combinations that will also show it, but these are the basics.

Tarot Knight of CupsAlongside these there is one incredibly special tarot card that always gives me goose-bumps when it turns up in a question concerning pregnancy. The Knight of Cups. This card symbolises that a child is waiting for the right time to be born through the questioner. It’s a very spiritual card. It’s a message from the child’s spirit, saying they want this person as their parent. Very often The Knight of Cups appears when the couple have been having problems conceiving, but it shows that the child is on its way. I saw The Knight of Cups for one of my clients who already had two children by IVF, as a natural conception simply had not been possible. When I told her that she would have a third child by natural means she laughed, and claimed it was impossible. Within six months she sent me a text to say she had fallen pregnant without any IVF. She is now the proud mother of three mischievous boys.

Have you seen any unusual tarot combinations connected with pregnancy?

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Ever wondered what the Page of Swords and Seven of Cups Tarot Combination means?

Sometimes, when deciding what to write on my blog, I look at the search terms people have used to find my site. Tarot card combinations appear to be what most people are after interpretations for. Being able to relate two or more tarot cards to each other is often one of the hardest parts of learning the craft. Mostly the learning comes through practice, and in the initial stages of using tarot, feedback from the person you’re reading for. If, however, you’re reading for yourself, comprehending what those two cards mean together can be incredibly tricky.

The ‘Page of Swords and Seven of Cups Tarot Combination’ is a search term someone used recently, and if this person was reading for themself, I can fully understand why they’d need a little help understanding its meaning.

Tarot Page of Swords and Seven of Cups combinationThe Page of Swords is a fascinating and complex card, but with this combination I don’t need to go into a whole variety of potential meanings, because I have the modifying cards, The Seven of Cups.

The Page of Swords is a court card, so as a personality or character tarot card, we can quickly understand that he represents either the questioner, or someone in the questioner’s life. For this example let’s say that it’s someone the questioner knows.

The tarot suit of Swords symbolise mental activity. Thinking. The Page of any tarot suit represents the young energy. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the person is young age wise, but that they have a youthful approach, or are learning the skills represented by the suit. So here, with the Page of Swords, the individual is learning to use the processes of thinking and discriminating. Bring to mind any child you know, and you’ll quickly see that a youngster practising their mental abilities tends to try it on and test their luck. How far can they push you? Can they outsmart you? What happens if they tell an untruth, or an outright lie? They aren’t necessarily using their mind in the same way that we, as adults, will. It’s all a bit of a game.

A picture of the Page of Swords is emerging. He’s a mental gymnast! He’s not always honest and is usually very smart, because he uses his mind in ways we never thought possible.

Next let’s look at the Seven of Cups. Cups are all about emotions and emotional desires. Seven is a number of abundance and potential. Put the two together and you can see that the Seven of Cups is all about latching onto emotional potential. It’s the tarot card of wishful thinking and daydreaming of what we would like. There’s no action in this tarot card, only dreamy desire.

Tarot Page of Swords and Seven of Cups combination WaiteNow if we put the two card together we can see that we have a person with a monkey mind daydreaming. This is a fantastic tarot combination for anyone involved in the creative arts. Okay, so they haven’t put pen to paper yet, or picked up their paintbrush, but they have a truly inventive way of viewing the world. If, however, this is a romantic question we’re asking, then everything goes steadily downhill. Fast! The Page of Swords isn’t necessarily lying, but he’s definitely fantasising.

When asking about a lover this tarot combination starts to spell trouble. The Page of Swords influenced by the Seven of Cups will promise you the world, and mean it: but they won’t be able to deliver. They’ll have huge ideas for your future together, but won’t necessarily be able to get their act together. At some point you’ll confront them and say, ‘But you said that you’d make a million.’ Well, in their dreams they did. They may also aggrandise who they are and what they have to offer you in life. No, they’re not lying, just imagining themselves to be more than they are.

The worst scenario is if you’re asking about getting involved in a business with this person. They have a zillion plans, a billion brilliant ideas, and are apparently smart enough to make it all happen. Wrong. They’ll sit there and dream the dream, talk the talk, but never get round to acting.

If you’ve had this tarot card combination appear in your reading I’d love to hear from you. How did The Page of Swords and Seven of Cups turn out for you?

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I’ve written a brand new post on ToniAllenBooks all about alternative interpretations for the tarot Strength card. Pop along now to join in the conversation.

Tarot Strength card

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tarot 2 cups x 2

New article on ToniAllenBooks about Toni’s technique for learning tarot by taking a tarot card for the day.

Includes interpretations for the 2 of Cups and the 4 of Swords


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Tarot Knight of CupsOver at www.ToniAllenBooks.com you can discover how the story of newley weds Aimee Maiden and Nick Wheeler offers the perfect interpretation for the Knight of Cups.

They didn’t know they had met before until a family photo proved they had been on the same beach 11 years earlier.

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