Animal Totem Tarot

Leeza Robertson, art by Eugene Smith

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Three of Swords

It is all too easy to spin even “negative” cards in a positive way. We’ve grown accustomed to shunning anything that might be considered negative, but this illusion that all can and should always be sunshine and rainbows comes at a cost. If we do not honor our sorrow, we forsake an important and necessary part of the human experience. Leeza Robertson shares a message that she received from Elephant while working on this powerful deck.

A message from the Elephant

“There is something to be said for taking a moment and honoring what hurts. Pain itself is not the problem; not knowing what to do with that pain, however, is where you can get into trouble. Loss is a very important part of this physical world. You cannot have new life without death, nor can you have gain without loss. So in this still moment, bow your head and honor all that was, is, and is on its way.”

Written by Barbara Moore
The tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore’s personal and professional lives for over a decade. In college, the tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, and history. Later, she served as the tarot specialist for Llewellyn Publications. Over the years, she has ...