Thursday, March 26, 2015

FURTHER EXPLORATION OF THE FIVE OF PENTACLES

[If you're curious about my previous post on the Five of Pentacles, click here.]
The Five of Pentacles (5P) is one of those cards that elicits a strong response from Tarot innocents. In this case, "Oh, how sad" pretty much covers it. Here's the Rider/Waite/Smith deck version of the 5P in which one can clearly see why this might be so:

And, very generally speaking the 5P in other decks provokes similar reactions. Yet, for me, I sometimes wonder why the figures on this card don't just go into that church, either for shelter or to seek help. That said, though, what drew me to post on the 5P today was a blue mood I've recently left behind. I'd been feeling outside of every good thing. In the cold and impoverished in any way that really seemed to matter. And not able to avail myself of any warm lighted space I might stumble by, to walk into for comfort or aid.

This next 5P is from the "Sacred Circle Tarot", a lovely deck that evokes mythic feelings, which I studied and read with a great deal when I first got it many years ago:

And this version is from The Pathfinder's Tarot (the link is to the site of the artist Sylvie Daigneault, as I can find nothing on the publisher online; BTW her work -- both Tarot and otherwise -- is delightful). The 5P in this deck is intriguing in that one can see those pentacles as either heading up into freedom and growth in the light, or marching themselves deeper into the cold stony dark:

And this last 5P for today is from another very old deck of mine, that I studied and read with way back when, and rather extensively, The Xultun Tarot". One flag word for the 5P in general is "worry" and the figure in the top right of this one certainly looks worried about the jaguar stalking him. Despite how well-armed he appears to be:

I've already mentioned above why I chose to expand on the 5P for today's post. I'll simply add that one tack I take with a deep mood of alienation is to look at it as a lesson. What can I learn from this? The issue of lessons, BTW, is something I often see in the fives in the Tarot. I seem to recall that this is said to be an aspect of the number 5 in numerology. And, if so, it certainly fits with the Tarot fives. Omigosh, I may not be as far from the grasp of that blue mood as I'd thought. I just re-read these notes and thought that they seem to be at a bit of a remove from this card. I hope my notes on the 5P below (or my previous post linked to at the top of this post) will bring at least a few of its wealth of aspects more clearly into view.

MEANINGS/INSIGHTS/READINGS FOR THE FIVE OF PENTACLES (5p), SOME LESS COMMON OR EVEN QUIRKY -- Please note: The below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick Google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with it. (Given my heavy reliance on projection of my feelings and experiences onto the cards, I recognize that I may very well reveal more about myself here than I do about any particular card. However, this is exactly my point: I use the cards as a path to self-discovery and healing. I hope what I post here that comes out of that process will be useful in some way to other seekers.):

-- Monkey wrenches. All fives can have this quality, which can be seen to fit with the number 5 being one of lessons. I.e., what can we learn from that monkey wrench just tossed into the works. Might it even be used in a positive way.

-- This card can highlight a strong strain of self-pity.

-- There's a difference between moving on and running away. Your urge right now to pass all this by is based in assumptions of having been excluded from it. Whether you have been or not is beside the point. Get over indulging in "poor me." Then you can freely choose to move on, or not.

-- Are you letting material concerns drain and impoverish your spirit, in a damaging and/or debilitating way?

-- Stubborn thinking that leads to trying to hold on to things, in spite of change that's beginning to shine through.

-- You'll be shut out of that option or decision for some unrelated reason. The upshot is that the time is just not right to move ahead on it.

-- You may feel out of it soon; disconnected, even from yourself. Be patient. You'll feel connected again soon. Use this "disconnect" as a time to catch your breath, to relax.

-- They don't appear to even notice the church within which they could inquire for help. This may indicate it's inner resources that are needed at present. Try meditating or journaling or asking your dreams for help.

-- Attachments (e.g., to people, money, situations, beliefs, goals, etc.) that one gives up or that have been taken away, can free one. Letting in fresh takes on everything. Not necessarily a fun or quick process. Bu it can have a very positive and concrete outcome eventually.

-- What are you holding almost deliberately outside your awareness? It may cost nothing to let it in and may even enrich things.

-- An introvert whose community is aspects of her inner life. This may seem lonely to others but it's not. It's necessary and natural ... for this particular person.

-- Own the decisions you made to bring you to being so outside of things. It's OK to need/want a vacation from social involvement. It can be a time of renewal. And everyone will manage OK without you for the duration.

-- Can indicate that you are being unfairly pressured ("guilted") into doing something.

-- Outsiders are often the bearers of what is new or long forgotten, and therefore unfamiliar, even frightening. But nonetheless valuable.

-- Don't let pity for others blind you to the lesson you personally need to learn from this situation.

-- Step outside your usual warm fuzzy, comfort zone. There's a lot more world to be learned about and experienced beyond your habitual and familiar boundaries.

-- The stresses in your life right now are beginning to impact your physical health. Small, even five minute breathing breaks in your day would be very salutary. Especially if you think about all you have to be grateful for.

-- Out of touch with important aspects of self or of one's life in general.

-- Finding comfort within one's self at a time when all external supports seem to have failed and/or fallen away.

-- You may feel impoverished in all ways right now. But it's at times like these that the riches of spirit are most available. Even letting this possibility settle into your thinking can have a profoundly helpful effect.

-- Delicacy that needs not only acknowledgement but protection.

-- Can sometimes indicate a return to a sort of innocence, a time of not knowing what to do, or where to turn. Or that one is more innocent in this particular situation than one realizes. Therefore, both the beauty and vulnerability of innocence are in play, and need to be acknowledged.

I'll end with the feeling expressed by that comment immediately above. Only adding that I was surprised when it surfaced for this card. That, and the delicacy referenced just prior to that. Though I suppose after all these years I should not be surprised at the layers and depths that a Tarot image offers. Then again, maybe the lesson here is to be grateful that I am still being surprised.

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N.B. A small thing, but just in case: some of the extra reference links offered at the very end of my oldest (years old) posts no longer work. As there are so many posts here to go through I am choosing not to find and change all of those links that are "dead." If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I've found that some are still around in new locations or incarnations, some not.

'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever ways it comes to you in your life,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

A FOUND TAROT PAGE OF WANDS (kinda, sorta)

Yes, this Found Tarot Page of Wands of mine takes a bit of explaining. After I'd morphed the behoositz out of the original photo, I gave it the mundane name "Tiger By The Tail" (3-21-15 019v5). It was that which led me to see the Page of Wands in it. In the Thoth Tarot this Page -- rather, Princess, as all four pages are called -- is flying, hauling a tiger behind her. What has always struck me is that the tiger's tail is curled around her neck. Not exactly a comfortable place for it to be for the Princess, I'd say. The message I get from that aspect of the Thoth Tarot version today: no progress and/or use of power without some inherent danger. BTW, the Princesses in the Thoth Tarot are rather more powerful and active than the Pages in most decks. But correspondences between decks are not always neat or exact. And she's still a Page to me.

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N.B. A small thing, but just in case: some of the extra reference links offered at the very end of my oldest (years old) posts no longer work. As there are so many posts here to go through I am choosing not to find and change all of those links that are "dead." If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I've found that some are still around in new locations or incarnations, some not.

'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever ways it comes to you in your life,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A FOUND TAROT WHEEL OF FORTUNE (X)

Another WHEEL OF FORTUNE (X),
in Roswila's Found Tarot

It's been some time since I've posted a photo in my Found Tarot series. Today's morphed pic is one of a few versions I've made from the same original photo. As I stared at this one wondering if I was going to post it to my photo blog today or not, it hit me: The Wheel of Fortune. And, as usual, when I "find" a Tarot card in one (and sometimes more) of my pix it has something to say to me. "Stop clinging to the surfaces and boundaries of things. Their brightness and certainty is deceptive. Remember the center is in the unknown. That's where all possibilities lie and from which true change arises."

I can't recall if I've mentioned this here before (and I'm nearing the end of my daily computer binge so don't have the time to search and find out), but I no longer envision my Found Tarot winding up produced as a deck. Maybe, should I ever actually "find" all 78 cards and the energy and urge surface, I'll make a print copy for my own use. But basically I now intend for it to remain a random series about Tarot images that I discover in my photos while I'm busy doing other things to them. (Such as torturing them beyond all recognition, like The Wheel above.)

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N.B. A small thing, but just in case: some of the extra reference links offered at the very end of my oldest (years old) posts no longer work. As there are so many posts here to go through I am choosing not to find and change all of those links that are "dead." If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I've found that some are still around in new locations or incarnations, some not.

'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever ways it comes to you in your life,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.



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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FURTHER EXPLORATION OF THE KNIGHT OF CUPS

In the time since my first and rather brief post about The Knight of Cups (KnC) I've collected a good many more thoughts and meanings. But first, a variety of Knight of Cups cards.

Here's the more unusual of the images for this card that I'll be sharing today, from The Stone Tarot:

As you see, it's a female figure. In this deck knights of the "feminine" suits of cups and pentacles are Amazons.

This next image moves toward the more usual for the KnC and is from the Universal Fantasy Tarot. However, that down-held cup is different. As if this centaur had already drunk it dry, or is rushing off to get it filled (again?):

This next KnC is from one of my oldest, well-loved and used decks, The Tarot of the Cat People:

This deck's images are grounded in those of the Rider/Waite-Smith deck, even if the Knights all ride very large cats. The look on this tiger's face is priceless. Is it aware of the bright spirit bubbling over its head? Or does it have its eyes on something even higher and further along the path?

And for COMPARISON, here's the KnC in the well-known Rider/Waite/Smith deck:

THE KNIGHT OF CUPS: The first thing I thought on choosing the images of the KnC to use with this post is that it's not surprising this card would be up for attention in my life. For some time now I've been trying to figure out additional ways that I can be of use in the retirement community in which I live. What ways I can offer the cup of my caring, if you will. Ways that honor my limitations, utilize a skill or two of mine, and engage my interest (maybe even teaching me something). I don't ask for much, do I! Yet I have found two ways so far (re-stocking books on our library shelves, and taking a part in a small play one of our residents has written) that do all those things. So a gift this Knight has given me is to remind me to pay it forward, to express gratitude in some way for all I am given. Taking a different tack, it occurs to me that the Tarot Knights are frequently very active figures, very engaged, and on the road. Very "hands on," in a way. And can therefore be less internally oriented, more about doing than thinking/feeling. Even this water (emotions and intuition) knight can become totally focused on the road, on the ride, on the heft of the cup in his aching out-stretched arm. However, as you'll see from what I say below this is rarely the case in my readings for myself.

MEANINGS/INSIGHTS/READINGS FOR THE KNIGHT OF CUPS, SOME LESS COMMON OR EVEN QUIRKY -- Please note: The below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick Google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with it. (Given my heavy reliance on projection of my feelings and experiences onto the cards, I recognize that I may very well reveal more about myself here than I do about any particular card. However, this is exactly my point: I use the cards as a path to self-discovery and healing. I hope what I post here that comes out of that process will be useful in some way to other seekers.):

-- Someone whose generosity is motivated by a desire to manipulate others.

-- A person who tends to be a bit too readily and intensely emotionally expressive. It's almost as if he/she uses up all the oxygen when they're around ... exhausting.

-- This offer is an attempt to get you indebted to the giver. It's the only sort of connection he or she trusts and understands.

-- This person does not give very much at all. They're trying to keep others working for their approval; to keep others a bit off balance, unsure.

-- Feeling that one is not loved, parched and empty.

-- Focusing on finding love so intensely, constantly, and single-mindedly that one is ironically blind to its presence.

-- He's capable of denying/hiding darkness in order to make his point, to share his enthusiasms. However, this is usually more a problem for himself, than for those he shares with.

-- Progress can be made and a painful backslide prevented. It's not so much this recurring challenge that causes problems as the refusal to take it on.

-- You may not want to drink from this cup. But it is necessary to do so. Only time will reveal why.

-- You may be trying to control this issue or your emotions too much. Letting go will be a gift to all concerned.

-- You'll know when the time is right because you'll feel motivated from you heart. I.e., you won't do much thinking or planning about it. You'll just start doing it.

-- Feeling so loved/loving that it spills over onto others.

-- Magic happens: pouring out love and generosity refills rather than empties the cup.

-- Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Accept the gift as offered. It isn't even the real gift. The true gift is the caring connection made by the giving and its acceptance.

(If you'd like to read other posts on this card, click on the "Knight of Cups" Label at the bottom of this post.)

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N.B. A small thing, but just in case: some of the extra reference links offered at the very end of my oldest (years old) posts no longer work. As there are so many posts here to go through I am choosing not to find and change all of those links that are "dead." If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I've found that some are still around in new locations or incarnations, some not.

'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever ways it comes to you in your life,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

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Sunday, January 04, 2015

FURTHER EXPLORATION OF THE FOUR OF PENTACLES

FURTHER EXPLORATION of THE FOUR OF PENTACLES (4p): In the time since my first post about the 4P, I've collected a good many more thoughts and meanings. But first I want to share some more unusual versions of this card.

Below is the 4P in The Tarot of the 78 Doors, a very unusual rendering that both tickles and challenges me:

This next is from The Golden Tarot of Klimt, the expression on this face and the hand postures are priceless:

This third version is from The Thoth Tarot, the second deck I ever studied thoroughly almost 40 years ago.The 4P in this deck is called "Power" and was a welcome different slant on this card after having first studied the Rider/Waite/Smith (RWS) deck:

And for COMPARISON purposes here it is in the well-known Rider/Waite/Smith deck:

THE FOUR OF PENTACLES: The 4P is often said to be the card of the miser. To be certain the illustration that usually appears on it does look that way. And it does have just such an aspect at times. However, it is as rich in meanings as any of the other cards in the Tarot. I suppose I'm going to the trouble of stressing this as it's one of my family of cards in the deck (determined by numerology and astrology) as I'm a Capricorn and it's attributed to Capricorn. Although the Three of Pentacles is more specifically related to me via my actual birth date, I tend to resonate more with the 4P. Not to mention that it appears rather regularly in the readings I do for myself. And since today is my birthday (my 71st, say what?) I thought that of the cards I've amassed many additional meanings for, the 4P might be appropriate right about now. Last, as I was looking at the RWS version, I suddenly thought that the posture of this figure could be advising "Keep your feet on the ground, your heart center warmed, and your mind engaged."

MEANINGS/INSIGHTS/READINGS FOR THE FOUR OF PENTACLES, SOME LESS COMMON OR EVEN QUIRKY  -- Please note: The below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick Google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with it. (Given my heavy reliance on projection of my feelings and experiences onto the cards, I recognize that I may very well reveal more about myself here than I do about any particular card. However, this is exactly my point: I use the cards as a path to self-discovery and healing. I hope what I post here that comes out of that process will be useful in some way to other seekers.):

-- Fear may be a companion of yours for some time to come. Make friends with it. Take what it teaches you and become a better manager of your life. But do not let fear take over control of the wheel. Stay in the driver's seat.

-- The best you can do right now is to hold on.  This rough ride will pass.

-- Aversion, greed's flipside. I.e., aversion can be a denial of a greed that's overwhelming or frightening; a greed we just cannot acknowledge.

-- Clinging to material things and/or beliefs and/or relationships because one can't bear to give up anything more than one already has had to.

-- Are you sure all you are taking so painfully to heart is yours to take on?  Or are you being unfairly projected on to by others?

-- Best to keep your own counsel on this. Your thinking and/or experience is way outside that of others in this case. There is no way, even done very tactfully or humorously, for you to express yourself without creating difficult reactions in others. Silence is truly golden with this.

-- The best one may be able to do in this difficult situation is to see to it one's own emotions don't get out of control. I.e., that one steers one's own ship carefully.

-- Your defensive mood and crankiness may be due to eating poorly.

-- Someone whose apparent over self-control was come by honestly. They have learned their intensity and very eccentric ideas need to be carefully modulated or they overwhelm some folk and put off others.

-- Consider that you may be trying to control things a bit too much, i.e. micromanaging where it's not needed.

-- Don't be miserly with your creativity out of fear of loss based on past experiences. Take a chance, things might just work out this time. And if they don't, what have you really lost?

-- Over-eating, or the desire to do so, or a warning it's in the offing.

-- Stresses may literally give you a stomach ache soon. Try to breath deeply, and take it easy.

-- You needn't swallow all that's said about this. In fact, it's best you not or you'll get one huge belly ache.

-- Don't lose heart, hang in and hang on. Things are changing for the better. Your personal power (the ability to effect changes) is returning.

-- You have the power to do pretty much what you will in this situation. But you can't do anything from behind locked gates. Openness is the key.

-- Can represent someone with almost mesmerizing personal power and/or physical presence.

-- This card is a good example of the expression "appearances can be deceiving." Things may appear to be sealed away in the dark. But there is much light here for those who do not beat on the door, demanding access. The drawbridge lowers and the gates open for those who are open themselves.

-- Let light in! Open the gates! Recharge your batteries by spending more time outdoors, maybe even with a friend.

-- Celebrate embodiment! For with your body you know the supportive Earth beneath your feet, the living faith of your heart, the brush of Spirit's wings at your crown. Yes, celebrate!

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N.B. A small thing, but just in case: some of the extra reference links offered at the very end of my oldest (years old) posts no longer work. As there are so many posts here to go through I am choosing not to find and change all of those links that are "dead." If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I've found that some are still around in new locations or incarnations, some not.

'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever ways it comes to you in your life,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

FURTHER EXPLORATION OF THE KNIGHT OF PENTACLES

In the time since my first and rather brief post about the KNIGHT OF PENTACLES (KnP) I've collected a good many more thoughts and meanings. But first I want to share some more unusual versions of this card. The first KnP (Knight of Coins in this deck) below is from the surreal and stimulating Karma Tarot, which frequently takes me back to my hippie years when viewing its art:

Next is from the beautiful fine art paintings of The Stone Tarot. In this deck the Knights of the feminine suits of earth (pentacles) and water (cups) are Amazons:

And here's the Knight of Coins (Pentacles) in The Giants' Tarot. The figure here is a Norse giantess (another female knight):

And for COMPARISON, here's the KnP in the well-known Rider/Waite/Smith deck:

THE KNIGHT OF PENTACLES: The KnP has been like a hovering angel in my life for many months now (replacing the Queen of Swords as my advisor), whispering in my ear "slow and steady ... slow and steady." This whenever I get frantic about time -- which is all too frequently. As I had done with the Queen of Swords before it, I xeroxed four very different versions of the Knp and taped them to my wall to remind me to breathe and slow down. Especially internally. When I heed this angel on horseback, one upshot has been a more thorough awareness and appreciation of each moment along the way. Not to mention that I'm more able to do what I have before me. (At least until I speed up again.)

MEANINGS/INSIGHTS/READINGS FOR THE KNIGHT OF PENTACLES, SOME LESS COMMON OR EVEN QUIRKY -- Please note: The below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick Google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with it. (Given my heavy reliance on projection of my feelings and experiences onto the cards, I recognize that I may very well reveal more about myself here than I do about any particular card. However, this is exactly my point: I use the cards as a path to self-discovery and healing. I hope what I post here that comes out of that process will be useful in some way to other seekers.):

-- Knights in general: have to do with being in or getting in to motion. The Knight of Pentacles is the slowest; The Knight of Cups a bit faster; The Knight of Swords faster yet; and The Knight of Wands the fastest. This aspect may help when dealing with timing issues in a reading.

-- An oppositional person. No matter which way you want to go, he or she will want to go the other. No matter what you say, he or she will have a smart aleck response.

-- This feeling of being stuck or held back is a red herring. You are basically avoiding moving on because of the sustained effort you know going ahead will require.

-- Someone who's slow to refocus when a situation demands it. That look of theirs is one of puzzlement, not annoyance.

-- There are both forward and backward looking aspects to your feelings/thoughts about this. All need to be heard and considered respectfully. This may slow things down quite a bit. But it's much better than being tossed from the saddle altogether should you dismiss or not see something crucial.

-- Someone who takes their sweet time to respond to almost anything as they hear any request or question or problem as a demand.

-- Take your time on this. There's no rush, and going too fast could cause problems.

-- Slow down internally. Try not to react before a bit of time has passed. Let the world respond to you, instead of trying to wrest control from others by rapid reaction. Time often has a different story to tell than your immediate reaction might have led you to believe.

-- Clinging, or being clung to. Time to free up the situation, to loosen it up.

-- Don't let others pressure you into rushing on this. Take the time you need, or that the situation requires. Their pressure speaks more of their insecurities or lack of knowledge and experience, than of you and/or your skills.

-- They're not disinterested, just pre-occupied with something major having nothing to do with you. Give them time to refocus on your interaction.

-- What the situation requires and what you have to offer will eventually match up. Be patient.

-- Recovery from this all too familiar problem will take longer than it has in the past. Don't give up or lose heart.

-- That this is going so slowly is as if it were saying "forewarned is forearmed." Rethink the situation.

-- Someone who's not very quick on the uptake, but once on board is thorough and reliable.

-- Late or slow bloomer.

-- Enjoy what's going on around you. I.e., don't just focus on your goal. "Take time to smell the roses."

-- True home is where you are at any given moment. All the yearning for and fear that you won't find home is like chaff in the wind. Another way to put it: Wherever you go, there you are.

-- Maintain a sense of curiosity; take the time to be open.

-- There's a heartful spiritual striving here. And given we are always a work-in-progress spiritually, the journey can sometimes feel very slow and very long indeed. Exactly the length of a life time.
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N.B. A small thing, but just in case: some of the extra reference links offered at the very end of my oldest (years old) posts no longer work. As there are so many posts here to go through I am choosing not to find and change all of those links that are "dead." If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I've found that some are still around in new locations or incarnations, some not.

'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever ways it comes to you in your life,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

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Monday, December 01, 2014

TAROT 3-D -- by Kim Arnold

Just a quick post to share this link to a delightful You-tube video exploring the Death, Empress, and Judgment cards: Tarot 3D - by Kim Arnold. I found the images evocative and unusual. As I don't have working speakers I can't know what else I may have missed. But the visuals alone were worth the visit.

My thanks to Ruth and Wald Amberstone of Tarot Tips newsletter for sharing this link with their readers. You can sign up to receive their resourceful email newsletter at Yahoo groups.

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N.B. A small thing, but just in case: some of the extra reference links offered at the very end of my oldest (years old) posts no longer work. As there are so many posts here to go through I am choosing not to find and change all of those links that are "dead." If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I've found that some are still around in new locations or incarnations, some not.

'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever ways it comes to you in your life,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

EXPLORING THE ACE OF WANDS

TODAY'S CARD is THE ACE OF WANDS (AW). The first version below is an unusual one, from Tarot of the 78 Doors. I can almost hear that man exclaiming "Open Sesame!" and that nicely echoes the magical aspect this ace can have:

The next below is from The Giants' Tarot. I like the trickster aspect of the AW this mythological Loki figure carries:

This last below is from the new, visually gorgeous The Ghost Tarot:

And for COMPARISON, here's the AW in the well-known Rider/Waite/Smith deck:

THE ACE OF WANDS: At last! With this AW post I've completed the sharing of my collected meanings for all 78 cards in the Tarot (plus a 79th, The Cauldron [XXII] that I've designed). I started this blog in the spring of 2006 so it's only taken me eight years (LOL). In my defense, I've been making many, many other kinds of Tarot related posts here during these eight years. And be forewarned, I have a folder, thick with notes for more meanings for the cards that have come to my attention since first posting about each. I suppose given this the AW is a highly appropriate card to wind up being the last I had left to do. For though this posting is a completion, it's about a card of beginning. A last little observation: as I transcribed my notes on the AW I saw how often I used exclamation points. Beyond being able to see an exclamation point as a tiny glyph for a single wand, the intensity indicated by one echoes that of the AW.

MEANINGS/INSIGHTS/READINGS FOR THE ACE OF WANDS, SOME LESS COMMON OR EVEN QUIRKY -- Please note: The below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with it. (Given my heavy reliance on projection of my feelings and experiences onto the cards, I recognize that I may very well reveal more about myself here than I do about any particular card. However, this is exactly my point: I use the cards as a path to self-discovery and healing. I hope what I post here that comes out of that process will be useful in some way to other seekers.):

-- Aces in general: "Not necessarily" or "It's too soon to tell." The suit may offer a little detail as to why.

-- You have a lot of creative energy in your hands right now. Don't hold on to it without using it for too long. Or you could get burned. E.g., you could wind up depressed, or very irritable, causing unnecessary upheavals in your life.

-- Passionate urge, either creative or destructive. The difference between may not always be clear as hot is hot.

-- Watch the tendency to use your passions as a shield. As a way of keeping those you are close to away from or simply unaware of your vulnerabilities.

-- Just as fast as this liaison has begun, it will burn out. So don't invest too much in it. You'll have fewer ashes to clean up afterwards.

-- You have too many brands in the fire. Their combined smoke is blocking your vision. It may be best to whittle down to one project and let the others burn out. Or you may lose the urge to complete any of them.

-- Sexual feelings enter and possibly disrupt an established relationship.

-- Don't let this success go to your head, inflate your ego, fill up the space that's your creative buffer.

-- You can't hoard flame, only memories of it. Open your grasping hand and welcome the emptiness.

-- Appearances may be deceiving here. You can only be certain that this beginning has great energy and may be difficult to stop if you change your mind.

-- This beginning needs grounding in concrete action or it will wind up only a rain of ghostly ashes.

-- There's a fiery form of intuition (I usually relate to intuition as watery), one that burns past our intellectual blocks to hearing it. And as such, it can present as irritation.

-- You may have to accept being out of balance for a while. This new effort needs a lot of the intense energy and effort you'd normally apply elsewhere.

-- Accept this creative challenge. Even should it not pan out you will learn a great deal in the process. And plant seeds for future efforts.

-- Be patient. The creative growth you are yearning for has begun. It's just underground, as seeds usually are while they germinate.

-- Let your past experiences with following your impulsive urges be your guide here.

-- Often seen as a birth card, both literal and figurative.

-- Hold it out to the world proudly, this "baby" of yours. Those who resonate with it will delight in it. But more important is the act of offering, for that is what actually completes what was begun.

-- Creativity stands as the protective action between your deepest passions and the world. A protection that shields both ways, even as it acts as a conduit.

-- Yes! It's here! Waiting only for you to accept it's offer of energy. Now, apply it in hard work.

-- As an ace, it may be only potential, but what potential! Of all the aces it has the greatest ability to sweep us along, no matter how tired, or scared, or doubting, or unprepared we may be or feel.

-- Go ahead! Dance for joy! The breakthrough you've been waiting for is here.

-- Don't let anything or anyone pour cold water over your feelings for this project. Shelter it as you would the flame of a candle from the wind.

And that last comment is a good place to end. Shelter your own creative flames, they are unique and our world (more than ever it seems) needs what they just might bring to this life.

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N.B. A small thing, but just in case: some of the extra reference links offered at the very end of my oldest (years old) posts no longer work. As there are so many posts here to go through I am choosing not to find and change all of those links that are "dead." If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I've found that some are still around in new locations or incarnations, some not.

'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever ways it comes to you in your life,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

A STRENGTH CARD FOR THE FOUND TAROT

The above photo of mine has always suggested a lion's open mouth to me. The mundane name I gave it is even "Lion in Waiting" (4-4-13 12427e). So I'm surprised I've not posted it here before as a possible Strength card for The Tarot. For comparison, here's the Strength card in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:

As usual when posting new Found Tarot cards, I find that doing so today also serves as a reading for me. The issue is not what may be roaring or swallowed up, but how I relate to whatever is going on. As my Found Tarot Strength implies, to put as much distance mentally and emotionally as possible between myself and disturbances/disruptions before reacting. How do I see this in my version? There's no maiden present. She's way out on the open, grassy plains of the veld, waiting to know how and when to respond. And this sort of waiting does require quite a bit of strength of me. I.e. being patient -- not my strong suit -- and gentling the intense emotions that rise while doing so.

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N.B. A small thing, but just in case: some of the extra reference links offered at the very end of my oldest (years old) posts no longer work. As there are so many posts here to go through I am choosing not to find and change all of those links that are "dead." If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I've found that some are still around in new locations or incarnations, some not.

'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever ways it comes to you in your life,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.



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Friday, October 10, 2014

... AND YET ANOTHER POSSIBLE FOUND TAROT TOWER CARD

My penchant when working on photos is largely for the non-representational. When this vastly fudged with pic (10-7-14 009v3e[1]) above appeared on my screen after applying the umpteenth Photoshop filter I immediately thought "The Tower"! So on the outside chance anyone else will see it also, here it is. And for comparison, below is The Tower (XVI) in the well-known Ride/Waite/Smith deck:

Maybe I should do some amplification (in the Jungian sense) of XVI, by reading about it in several different books. Although it's not been showing up in my readings for myself, it did show up in my previous post to this blog. And other Found Tarot XVI versions appear in several older posts. I found amplification very interesting and helpful many years ago when The Moon card kept popping up in my life. I suspect what I'll find out about visits from The Tower, is that this is a time of much forced letting go for me. Well, that does happen at this end of life -- I'll be 71 in three months. But also that "light" (understanding and acceptance) will come right along with it all. I certainly hope so, as right now I'm coping with the most intense Seasonal Affect Disorder I've had in several years. Hm, S.A.D. could be one "meaning" for The Tower card. I'll have to think on that.

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'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever ways it comes to you in your life,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

AN ADDITIONAL POSSIBLE TOWER CARD FOR THE FOUND TAROT

It's not surprising The Tower would come up for me, given we are just past all the 9/11 memorial remembrances. The thing with The Tower is that it doesn't usually appear in my readings in a painful or negative sense. Oh to be sure, it's warned me many times and I did not listen, ultimately taking quite a tumble. But it has this alternate sense of what radiates down upon us in grace if we can only see and then avail ourselves of it. It's this sense I see in The Found Tarot Tower above. BTW, I just posted this photo (mundane title "Rise and Fall" [8-16-14 004v5]) to my dreams & poetry blog with a rather Tower-like dream poem. If you're curious about it, click here. And for comparison's sake, here's The Tower in the well-known Rider-Waite-Smith deck:

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'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever ways it comes to you in your life,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

EXPLORING THE TWO OF CUPS

TODAY'S CARD is THE TWO OF CUPS (2C). This first version is from The Thoth Tarot, the third deck I ever studied and read with decades back:


I've always had a special fondness for the Thoth 2C, even making the below little sketch (way back in the day) for the upper left hand corner of my "Tarot Consulting & Teaching" business card. I had it printed on white stock that had a rather parchment like texture. This scan is the only thing I have left of that old card and was done on an old not so hot scanner I had back then, and "blown up" today for this posting, so please forgive the quality:


The below 2C is from the brooding and rich Bohemian Gothic Tarot:


And next below is the 2C from a decidedly odd deck whose designs can make me smile and sometimes shiver, a deck I return to every once in a while, The Terrestrial Tarot:


Last, for COMPARISON, here's the 2C in the well-known Rider/Waite/Smith deck:


THE TWO OF CUPS: After this post about the 2C I have only one left of the 78 cards on which to make an in-depth post. I kept hoping to accumulate some "meanings" for the 2C but -- as with the King of Pentacles just recently covered here -- it just wasn't happening. Of the 78 cards there are many others I might have imagined not making notes on over the years I've been doing this blog. However, not having amassed "meanings" doesn't indicate it didn't appear in my readings. Just that it did not offer up any new twists or leanings when it did. BTW, I used the same approach to garner "meanings" for the 2C as I did with the recalcitrant King of Pentacles: I pulled cards at random asking for 2C aspects. That process then seeded a later spontaneous rising of more "meanings." Lastly, I find it interesting that this card of positive partnering (a traditional 2C meaning) should be up for posting at this time. This aspect of the 2C is particularly crucial for me right now with respect to working with myself. There are many ways in which this is true. The most obvious being my on-going health project. E.g., I've lost 70 lbs. to date and am still going, slowly and steadily.

MEANINGS/INSIGHTS/READINGS FOR THE TWO OF CUPS, SOME LESS COMMON OR EVEN QUIRKY -- Please note: The below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with it. (Given my heavy reliance on projection of my feelings and experiences onto the cards, I recognize that I may very well reveal more about myself here than I do about any particular card. However, this is exactly my point: I use the cards as a path to self-discovery and healing. I hope what I post here that comes out of that process will be useful in some way to other seekers.):

Sometimes referred to as the mini-Lovers (VI) card. Though I've far more often had it indicate an alliance, partnership, friendship, or collaboration.

Are the possible negative consequences of cheating on or betraying this partnership worth the emotional thrill that will only burn out?

You can have the emotional balance you seek. If you are willing to give up on controlling what it should be like. Meet each moment as an equal partner and not as something to be micro-managed or molded.

It's important to have your own back right now. Others have not been and won't be very supportive (to say the least) around this project/issue. And you need to shore yourself up in your own most positive fashion.

Is this a real situation? Or just a compelling emotional scenario you're creating for yourself?

Important to be as clear as possible on your mental attitude toward this new partnership, as well as that of your possible partner. The emotional highs being shared could distort crucial information.

Just say "no" to the offer. It may be scary or hard for some reason to do so. But it's much better than backing out later.

Don't be hoodwinked by smiles and flowers -- and even other people's honest belief. If it's not right for you, it's not.

Yes, they are asking too much of you. But don't worry that saying no will be a hardship for them. Needy people have a way of getting their needs met, one way or another. Just take care of yourself right now.

Be prepared. This partnership may not work out. Especially if a third party becomes too present in the process. No shame, no blame. Just maintain your integrity no matter what you decide to do.

One way to deal with this confusion is to partner with a new understanding of it as a creative ferment.

Reflect on what it would mean to partner with someone. There are advantages and disadvantages, and many unknowns. Are you ready for the risky ride?

Things are rarely 50/50 in a partnership. A trust needs to develop on part of both that each is doing their best, with the varying skills and talents each brings to it. And that what most counts are the results of their mutual focus and effort, not keeping a balance sheet.

Do you really want a partner in this effort? Partnering will require energy and time you might better put to use on the work itself.

You do not need a partner for this work. You have all you need in yourself. What you may lack, however, is a will to work hard. However, it's an illusion that a partner would make it any easier.

It may be time to let go of some emotional belief(s) you have about yourself. (Surrounding cards may offer clues as to what this/these may be.) This will make room for a new, more creative relationship with yourself and many other folk.

Stay conscious of both yours (and your partner's, as much as possible) inner life during this complicated effort. It will lighten the load for yourself and possibly your partner as well.

Collaboration/partnership has more to do with a fluid sharing and developing of skills and insights, than clinging to pre-established "job descriptions." A collaboration/partnership is in itself a creative process.

There may be no concrete reward/result from all the hard work you and your partner put into this project. However, lessons about balance and sharing should not be minimized. In fact, they could be the underlying purpose of the work.

Listen to your better half. No, not your spouse, but that still small voice within you.

You have the opportunity to develop your ability to collaborate, while working on a project that means a lot to you both.

Nostalgia: lifting cups in a toast to times past.

This is a very promising project. Think long and hard about it. This should eventually trigger your intuition as to whom you might best approach to work on it with you.

Be open to pleasant surprises at this time. Things big and small that may lift your spirit.

Reach out to others and the world as if you were a very young child, with no fear of rejection and with the same joy and curiosity. See how the world begins to glow!

Harking back to the idea of the Two of Cups as a mini-Lovers card, I'll close with the opening line of a poem in e.e. cumming's collection, 100 Selected Poems: "love's function is to fabricate unknownness..."

And a last quick aside: the newest deck in my collection is the delightfully surprising Ghost Tarot, which I look forward to posting samples from soon.

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'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever ways it comes to you in your life,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

A POSSIBLE EMPEROR (IV) FOR THE FOUND TAROT

Just a quick post for today to share this above possible Emperor card [8-22-14 021v4] for the Found Tarot. It's strange sometimes how throw away shots turn out to be of more value than those I take my time framing carefully. This one was originally just one of several quick shots I took of this hallway chair. I wanted to see what various new camera settings I was trying would do in indoor lighting, as I'd just finished doing outdoors. When I saw the unedited original version of this one on my screen I immediately thought "The Emperor!" I briefly considered going back and taking another shot standing dead center in front of it. Then I thought I sort of like that little bit of off-centering. Any Emperor might do well to stay a bit off center, not get too complacent in his seat of power. And that, of course, is the message I think The Emperor has for me today. Get used to being a little woozy, a little out of balance. It's a good challenge, and keeps one alert.

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'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever ways it comes to you in your life,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

EXPLORING THE KING OF PENTACLES CARD

TODAY'S CARD is THE KING OF PENTACLES (KP). The first below KP is from the newest deck in my collection, The Archeon Tarot:

This second KP below is from one of the oldest decks I still have in my collection (that has waxed and waned in number over the years), The Motherpeace Tarot:

And here's another different take on the KP in The Manga Tarot:

Last below is not a Tarot card, but from a deck of regular playing cards for which there's a different photo of Elvis Presley on each, ranging from his early to his later years. Yes, The King himself. He makes a perfect King of Diamonds -- which would correspond to Pentacles -- not only was he very "earthy" but he was a sun sign Capricorn (an earth sign). I thought of this card because it's in the deck I use late at night when I'm playing solitaire to wind down:

And for COMPARISON, here's THE KING OF PENTACLES in the well-known Rider/Waite/Smith deck:

THE KING OF PENTACLES: In my experience the court cards of the Tarot can sometimes be a bit of a challenge to read when they show up, but usually well worth any extra effort that may be required. As for today's King, I'm not sure whether this card has actually been the most challenging of the courts for me, or if it just did not show up all that much over the years I've been keeping notes for this blog because I had only three meanings noted down for it. So I kept putting off writing about the KP, thinking I'd eventually gather more comments on this card, but I did not. One night recently I sat down with my lap desk determined to delve into the KP. I pulled a series of cards (one at a time) asking that each give me an insight into or "meaning" for the KP. It was a helpful process though some of the "meanings" felt a bit off the specific mark. I decided to let my long list of possible "meanings" stew at least over night. And the next morning I realized some of the dreams I'd had offered expanded and more on point "meanings" for the KP. (This underscores how much alike the experience of dreaming and reading the Tarot cards often are.) I now feel prepared to make this post on the KP. But before I go on, I don't know if I've mentioned this here already about the court cards: a King can sometimes represent a female in a reading, a Queen a male, and a Knight a female. Just to keep things simple, though, I refer to the KP as male in the "meanings."

MEANINGS/INSIGHTS/READINGS FOR The King of Pentacles, SOME LESS COMMON OR EVEN QUIRKY -- Please note: The below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick Google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with it. (Given my heavy reliance on projection of my feelings and experiences onto the cards, I recognize that I may very well reveal more about myself here than I do about any particular card. However, this is exactly my point: I use the cards as a path to self-discovery and healing. I hope what I post here that comes out of that process will be useful in some way to other seekers.):

A dangerous man, all the more so because he projects quiet and generosity. But watch the shadows that flicker quickly across his face in unguarded moments. They're darker than any cast by the collection of things he gathers around himself.

Someone who can be a bit much. Endlessly complex, demanding, or overwhelming and a challenge to say no to.

Escaping from overwhelming material responsibilities, into ego-inflating fantasies.

Someone who's feeling strangled by responsibilities. Drawing another card at random might offer a clue about what needs to be done about this.

Building an extensive domain on a shaky foundation. Over management/control, like acid rain, ultimately poisons from the roots on up.

Someone who hides tremendous insecurities behind material success and possessions.

You cannot have everything or do it all. Even a King's dominion and powers have their limits.

A weight gain is very probable over the next few weeks. This could negatively impact your moods and energy levels, so be forewarned and work to make better choices.

Someone who needs to be called on their tendency to run over others in their haste to deal with their own busy lives.

Isn't all this focus on where to go, what to do, who to do it with, and schedules, schedules, schedules, a bit too much? Then give it a rest. Nothing will be lost and considerable might be gained by sitting quietly alone, enjoying your own company for a change.

A creative ferment. It might be best to arrange your life to accommodate it, as it will impact you, one way or the other. And if you don't honor it, you could wind up cranky and overbearing.

If you observe closely you'll see his little boy within, the source of a lot of his charm. Also, of his occasional puzzling pouty mood.

This character tends to get a bit lost in the wild and fecund woods of his own mind. He's also a rather sturdy and mature personality so probably would not mind your opening his eyes with some thoughtful clarifying comments. He might even welcome a new view point.

You've taken on a great many projects. So you're not feeling lazy if you want to just sit on your butt for a while. Just be sure not to sit so along that grass begins to grow under you. :-)

Remind yourself when you're feeling low of the ways your surroundings nurture and inspire you.

A prudent person who's able to successfully nurture many projects at once.

A quiet celebration in natural surroundings (e.g. in the woods).

An earthy, sensual, magnetic man (like The King of Diamonds above).

A take charge type of person whose impetus to do so may come from an unconscious innate ability to help heal others with his energy field.

Someone with the ability to draw the many different energies of a group of people into one effective and positive focus of action.

Of all the kings, he most appreciates and practices the reciprocity involved in true leadership between leader and led. How "win/win" is more than a catchy expression.

There's the term "Earth Mother." This King at times is like an "Earth Father." Although he may not be obviously fatherly, it might show in his active concern for environmental or political issues. He might be a fireman or policeman, or EMT worker.

Can represent a community of people. Surrounding cards and/or your intuition will tell you more about these folk and why they have shown up in your reading.

Approach the richness of life with open and flexible awareness. This is good stewardship and should be applied to yourself as well.

And, taking off from that last "meaning," I'll close with the last two lines of a poem by Mary Oliver, The Summer Day: "Tell me, what is it you plan to do / With your one wild and precious life?"


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'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever ways it comes to you in your life,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

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