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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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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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Today we’re looking at how The High Priestess can be used to judge the timing of a future event.

The interpretation is the same for the Marseille Tarot and the Rider Waite Tarot.

Marseille Tarot The High Priestess

In many respects the High Priestess is the last card you want to see drawn when trying to judge the timing of a specific event. Why? Because she is all about the unknown, things that you are currently unaware of, and things that you are not supposed to know about at this point in time. Oh great, that is really most unhelpful.

She may sound like a pretty useless card for timing things, but she has an up-side. In life we are not meant to be forewarned about everything, or always shown the specifics. If we do then the surprise and adventure is taken out of our journey.

The classic case of the High Priestess coming up is when someone asks, “When will I meet that special someone?” The answer, “You’re not supposed to know, at this point in time.” Now that may sound like a truly disappointing answer, but the truth of it is, that if you knew when, and where, and how, that you would act differently and miss the moment. There’s always a right time to meet that special someone, and if we interfere, then we run the risk of upsetting the natural flow of things.

One example of this was a client of mine who related a story to me about what happened to her years before. As a teenager she’d consulted a psychic who told her that she would marry a man with the initial ‘M.’ Now, that is very specific. After a while she met a man named Michael and within a few months had married him…she pushed for the marriage because the psychic had said that she would be extremely happy with ‘M.’ He was supposed to be the love of her life, no less. After two years she divorced Michael, because they fought and really were not compatible. Several years later she met and married a wonderful man, who she’s still with to this day. His name is Mark.

So, let’s put it like this. If she’d turned the High Priestess, who told her she wasn’t supposed to know, then she may not have pursued Michael and become locked in a loveless marriage. She might even have met Mark sooner.

Waite Tarot The High Priestess

People do strange things when they have been convinced by a psychic that they will find love somewhere specific. Which is why we have the High Priestess as a warning that you are not supposed to know the answer.

When reversed the High Priestess means that you do know, but that you don’t realise that you know. For timing an event it’s best to draw another card as a modifier, so that you can work out what it is that you know, but are unaware of. Confused? Most people are when I saythis to them during a reading.

Here’s an example.
A client asked me, “When is the best time to speak with a business colleague about an important issue.”
Up pops the High Priestess reversed, saying, “You know when.”
“No, I don’t,” he replied, “or I wouldn’t be asking.”
He drew a second card which was The Chariot, representing a car, vehicle or journey.
“Ah yes, I remember now,” he said. “We’re travelling to a business meeting together next week.”
“Then that is the time to speak with him,” I replied.
Before taking the second card it hadn’t even occurred to him that this was a prime opportunity to speak with his colleague.

Interpreting the High Priestess with regard to timing is never straightforward, but always deeply fascinating. By asking for the ‘when’ on an event we are trying to push aside her veil, and see into the unknown, before she is ready to share her secrets.

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New blog post on my sister site ToniAllenBooks

Marseille and Waite Magician

Marseille and Waite Magician

Ever wondered how to use Tarot cards to time when something will happen? Now you can find out in my series of articles Tarot and Timing Events. The second post is all about interpreting The Magician in relation to timing future events.

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New blog post on my sister site ToniAllenBooks

Marseille and Waite Fool

Marseille and Waite Fool

Ever wondered how to use Tarot cards to time when something will happen? Now you can find out in my series of articles Tarot and Timing Events. The first post is all about interpreting The Fool in relation to timing future events.

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