Thursday, August 1, 2019
Tarot Blog Hop: What's in a Name?
As the heat of the summer bears down upon us, our wrangler Jay Cassels gave us the fascinating question of "What's in a Name?" as a challenge. He said, "This month's hop is in many ways following on the idea of timing posed in our last hop at the Solstice. The Wheel of the Year now places us at Lughnasadh or Lammas as it also known. The idea of names got me to thinking about the power that names hold and also the confusion that they hold as well. For this hop, I am asking participants to explore this idea; as always I have presented a few talking points/suggestions but also left it open for the writers muses to take them on whatever journey has come to mind as well..." He gave us several options, but the one that resonated with me was "Challenge yourself: Discuss, show and tell us what life would be like through the cards, if you changed your name..."
I didn't have have to wonder if my life would change if I changed my name, because I did legally change my name eight years ago after my divorce. My birth name was Lorraine Carol Collins, I became Lorraine Carol Enos when I was married, and I legally changed my name to Raine Clara Shakti after my divorce because I no longer wanted my ex-husband's name and I wasn't really my daddy's little girl anymore. I wanted a name that reflected the bold and independent woman that I hoped to become. I chose Raine as a nod to my birth name and because it means Queen in French, I chose Clara because she is a saint who helped me gain clarity, and Shakti because she is the Indian Goddess of Female Empowerment. At the time of my divorce, I needed to claim my power and so I deliberately chose a powerful name.
A little research revealed that one method to figure out your tarot card based on your name is to associate each letter with a number from 1 to 26 (A=1, B=2, etc.). After assigning each letter to a card, add up the value for all the letters in your name. If this number is 1-21, the number equates to the corresponding tarot card (1=Magician, 2=The High Priestess, etc.). As there is no way to get zero using this method, if the sum of the numbers equals 22 it equates to the fool. If the sum of the numbers associated with your name is over 22, then add the digits until you get a number under 22. Here is an example using my birth first name.
After figuring out the formula, I decided to see if the numbers reflected my move from my father's daughter, to my then husband's wife, to being my own independent woman and the results were fascinating.
My First Names (Lorraine & Raine both equal 11)
The only deck I have where 11 is actually strength is the Tarot of the Sidhe, the deck I usually work
My Birth Name (Lorraine Carol Collins = 9)
The Hermit speaks of solitude and withdrawal. This is the card of going within and choosing to listen to our hearts versus the voices of the media and the external world. There are so many Hermit cards that I love and that speak to me, but for this blog post I've chosen the Hermit from Tarot de St. Croix as I love the image of her coming out of her cave, from her place of contemplation into the world. In so many ways, the Hermit is my true nature as I much prefer introspective solitude than the bustle of the crowds. I would much rather curl up with a good book than hit the clubs. However, the Hermit is also bittersweet to me as it was the taunts my ex would fling at me when we were fighting about going out. He'd call me a hermit and the way he said the word made me think of madmen holed up in mountain cabins. Since we have divorced, I've been working to reclaim the meaning of the word as someone who seeks introspection and who does inner work. It's odd as I write this to think about whether one of the subconcious reasons for changing not only my last name, but my first name was about distancing myself from my ex's hurtful words. However, the truth of the matter is that we can never truly leave our past behind and the hermit reflects my truest nature.
My Married Name (Lorraine Carol Enos = 14)
I struggled with the relationship between Temperance and my name while I was married as
My Chosen Name (Raine Clara Shakti=6)
Journeying through my names and realizing the numerical connections to the cards was a fascinating bit of excavation as I realized how my names have reflected who I was at the time. It also makes me wonder what the magick of the universe is that makes that happen.
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