Saturday, April 12, 2014

Exploring THE CAULDRON, a new 22nd Major Arcanum designed by Roswila

TODAY'S CARD is THE CAULDRON (XXII), a new 22nd Major Arcanum I've been designing and using in readings for many years. (That is, it does not exist in any other deck than those in my collection or those I'm designing.) The above sketch is one of the versions of XXII I've made for my deck-in-progress "The Marker Tarot" (a blog for which will soon be online). Below is an earlier version of XXII in another deck-in-progress of mine, "The Taiga Tarot":


This last sketch below is an early version of XXII that I considered for my "Taiga Tarot":




I don't find any of these three Cauldron cards satisfying, but do see them as steps along the way. One of the reasons I wanted to do this post was the hope it will precipitate a design that more nearly reflects my growing sense of The Cauldron. By the way, both my Taiga Tarot and Marker Tarot decks are totally black and white. However, my final design for The Cauldron need not be and I look forward to trying some color versions. (Though, of course for use in each of the above decks I would have to make them in black and white.) And I should also mention that I have an extra card with XXII written on it, in all the Tarot decks with which I read. So what I say below comes almost entirely from what I saw about it in readings in which it showed up. That is, hands-on experience.

THE CAULDRON (XXII): I've posted here before about XXII so rather than repeat myself, here's a link to that post. It goes into what prompted me to design a new 22nd Major for the Tarot should you be interested. My own interest in XXII was piqued again recently when I saw all the "meanings" and thoughts I've accumulated for it, and how my sense of it has evolved. E.g., "We are in The Cauldron all the time, not just in times of obvious transformation, transition, re-birth, etc. We are always in the midst of a host of possibilities that await the magic of our choice. Which then moves us on to the next treasure trove of possibilities in The Cauldron of the moment." I also noted some time ago that XXII put me in mind of "Tir na nOg." In Irish mythology it's the afterlife, or the other life, and/or the life before life. One translation for it is "Land of Youth," for to leave it is to die, i.e. to enter into mortality. Also from these notes: "XXII is the place where things go when they no longer hold a shape. It is the place that gestates the new forms but does not birth them nor reveal them in any way. The Cauldron exists beneath and beyond forms, like a fluid underlying urge toward shape." As I continued to transcribe these notes (I make them in shorthand) I suddenly thought "wabi sabi!" The Japanese aesthetic that says nothing's lasting, nothing's finished, and nothing's perfect. I have seen wabi sabi in the Tarot's Three of Swords in the past. However, it inheres in The Cauldron in a deeper and more encompassing fashion. A beautiful sadness.

MEANINGS/INSIGHTS/READINGS FOR The Cauldron (XXII) -- Please note: The below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card as I am still developing my relationship to 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.):

Negatively aspected (e.g. if you read with reversals, or it's near "negative" cards, or maybe your gut says it is so): XXII can mean the issue is hanging by a thread, balanced on a razor's edge, ready to boil over, about to implode, etc.

Be forewarned. Continued negative thinking about yourself (or someone else) may eventually work a deep magic, creating a future you may not want. The formula might go: Repetition and intensity gets it firmly into memory; what we remember we tend to believe; what we believe we tend to act upon. So be careful what thoughts/emotions you consistently toss into The Cauldron.

The problem/challenge goes back before your own life. But not to a past life, rather to your genes and to the choices others made long ago. It may be something you will only be able to mitigate with acceptance as it cannot be eliminated or transformed. It simply (and not so simply) is.

Can mean this situation is, at least for now, outside your influence and even your understanding.

You want to move forward into a new life but can't seem to get started. Try looking at, then letting go of what you cling to from your past: old hurts, losses, guilts, angers, etc. You can't walk on from that door when you've shut it on the hem of your coat.

This will transform surprisingly, but only if you let it go. Your continued fussing at it and worrying over it only prolongs the agony and prevents the birth of something new.

Not everything about this is beyond your influence. Maybe not in a way you'd like or as much as you'd wish, but you can have some input. You can effect it subtlty via affirmations, ritual, meditation, prayer, etc. However, simply the passing of time will do the work if you are patient.

This is amenable to your conscious intervention. Quietly and carefully think over all sides to it (yours and those of others). Try not to let your emotions or habitual mentations churn out the same old responses. Then steep in all the possibilities of this issue for a while. An effective and positive response should eventually become apparent.

You need to trust you are doing the right thing. It's not a time to wait for complete clarity or surety before acting intuitively and sustaining that action. A big fast moving change is afoot. You need to get on the band wagon or it will pass you by.

It's your choice. Each option or direction has its advantages and disadvantages. One is not clearly better than the other. (NOTE: This card tends to have an in between, or "neither here nor there" quality to it.)

Yes, this is a time of unclarity, formlessness, and feeling neither here nor there. You will eventually have the opportunity to assemble whatever's on your plate in a new way.

If in answer to a yes/no question: Yes, as things stand now. But they could very well change. It's uncertain like the weather report.

It's pretty much up to you what you think, believe, or do about this. I.e., it depends much less on objective factors than usual.

Can refer to dream work, depth psychology, psychoanalysis, spiritual work, and the like.

A medial personality: someone who lives deeply connected to the unconscious and brings that material into the conscious world. E.g., an artist, psychologist, or that person you call an eccentric thinker. Though this quality can surface briefly in positive or negative ways in anyone on occasion. In any case, maybe what' s being suggested by this person is not off the wall or wrong-headed, just extremely new or conversely so old as to be long forgotten.

XXII can amplify the qualities of the cards it is next to. Be careful of this as, although not a "negative" card, XXII's shapelessness can be perceived as casting only a shadow on other cards.

Also, sometimes when XXII is more than usually dense or vague, the cards near it may reveal aspects of its meaning. The Cauldron itself has a tendency to appear to be only a mirror or reflective. However, unlike The Moon that has no light of its own, what XXII sometimes radiates can't be perceived directly, but only by its effect on what it's near.

Lastly, The Cauldron tends to be supportive in a reading. On reflection, it's usually been only my own difficulty with embracing unclarity as part of the process or being "neither here nor there" that has given it a negative cast. For as implied in much of what is said above, The Cauldron signals that we need patience. Which for me is another way of saying that we need to be with whatever is at any particular moment. To quote from my earlier post about XXII: "The clay has not been shaped, the cloth not yet spun. If we quiet ourselves and act in subtle and responsive ways, a shy and delicate strand of manifestation may come to us."


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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.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

THE CHARIOT in The Golden Tarot of Klimt

Here's a link to a tanka, DREAM CHARIOTEER, that I wrote on the above card. The card is THE CHARIOT in The Golden Tarot of Klimt, the newest deck in my collection. This particular card appealed to me given my intense and on-going interest in dream work. The charioteer looks, at least to me, to be riding in her sleep. I also really enjoy that it's a female charioteer, not common in Tarot. Overall, this deck has always intriguing and sometimes challenging illustrations. Unfortunately, the highlighting lovely gold stamping on the cards cannot show in scans. The link above to additional images from the deck also has links to in-depth reviews of this fascinating artful 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.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A KNIGHT OF CUPS FOR THE FOUND TAROT

Yes, I know, this is way off the (hoof) beaten track. But I keep seeing the Knight of Cups [4-10-13 12436v2] in this above version of an old photo of mine I just made. Not totally without some (admittedly minuscule) visual clues for that idea. I see a suggestion of a horse's curved foreleg in the middle right, a cupped hand in the middle left, and an armored visor in profile in the middle. And here below is the Knight of Cups in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck for comparison's sake:

As to the usual mini-Tarot reading I find in any new card I post for my Found Tarot deck, this one was not immediately apparent. So I went to my own post here on the Knight of Cups and the meaning that jumped out at me was: "Accept what others offer; don't minimize their praise or gifts." Even now as I typed that I found myself resisting. But it is timely, I suppose. Not only have I been getting some positive responses to a small photo exhibit (and tangentially to some of my poems and didjeridu playing), but I have a big photo exhibit coming up in a few weeks and a talent show performance. In a way, I think this Knight represents both me offering the cup of my efforts, and others responding positively. That this Found Tarot version was made from a photo of the center of a rose -- you can see the outlines of its petals -- may also be significant. Though I'll need to think on that a bit longer. Or maybe just let its aroma, if you will, seep into and inform me in less conscious ways.

P.S. of 3-30-14: In the evening after posting this I found out about a gift I will be receiving. Unfortunately, it's problematic as the situation generating it is very complicated. I would even say that an extremely vague intuition about this is what most deeply informed my seeing the Knight of Cups in the abstract photo to begin with and the choice of "meaning" I share above.

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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.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

WHAT BROUGHT ME TO THE TAROT AT THE VERY START


Kate (a/k/a Solandia, the owner and editor [and bright light extraordinaire] of aeclectic.net) recently queried her contacts in an email. She was interested to know what got us started with The Tarot. I've answered this question many times over the years and always enjoy telling the story. When I answered her email I realized I don't think I've ever shared that part of my personal Tarot history on this blog. So here's my response to Kate:

Back in the middle 1970's my dear friend and roommate was given an RWS [Rider/Waite/Smith] deck and lessons for her birthday by mutual friends of ours. None of us were more than vaguely familiar with Tarot or anything else esoteric. But our friends had noted my roommate's intuitive nature and wanted to help her become more comfortable with it. (It tended to spook her out a bit.) Each evening when my roommate came home from the class she'd tell me about it, illustrating with cards from her deck. The study of Tarot ultimately did not take fire with her, but it did with me! I began talking about Tarot to friends and co-workers. When a co-worker gave me my own first deck (The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age by Cooke & Sharpe) I was off and running and haven't stopped for breath yet. [end of email response to Kate]

Nor, might I add, have I stopped collecting decks. At one time in the 1980's I had 120 decks, and now I have close to 80. The above Fool card is from one of my newest additions and a favorite to read with these days, The Deviant Moon Tarot. And I just got The Golden Tarot of Klimt and am looking forward to posting some of my favorite cards from it here once I've finished studying it, card by card. I've also designed a complete deck of my own years ago, and have three others currently in the works with an idea for a fourth. I doubt any of these will ever see print but the journeys are well worth the time I spend on them, whether they are completed or not.

I don't think those friends ever realized what a gift they were giving me when they gave our mutual friend that deck and lessons. Not only did it open me to the universes of The Tarot, but ultimately to many other intriguing studies (Kaballah, astrology, numerology, etc.). I'll be forever grateful.

*I have no idea why The Fool graphic above is not quite as clear as usual. I tried posting it in a larger version, no improvement. I even re-scanned the card and re-posted it, still no improvement. I can only say that I've been having problems with how the images I post appear on one of my other blogs. I'm inclined to think this has to do with blogger and not the images I've been posting. Especially as the pictures (both scans and uploaded photos) appear absolutely fine in every other program I view them within, but not blogger.
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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.

Friday, March 07, 2014

POSSIBLE JUDGMENT & ACE OF WANDS FOR THE FOUND TAROT

Above is an old version (4-27-11 10794e) of an even older photo of mine that I just recently realized puts me in mind of the Judgment card.

Below is a new version (12-16-10 10150v5) of another old photo of mine that when it showed up on my screen after the umpteenth filter I applied, prompted me to declare "the Ace of Wands!"


As often happens when I choose pix to post for my Found Tarot, I feel I've also been given a Tarot mini-reading. In this case, all the letting go and stock taking I've been doing will continue to unfold in new growth.

If you'd like to see other photos in The Found Tarot series that I've been posting here, just enter "Found Tarot" in the far upper left search box of this page. The results may not appear in correct date posted order, but they should be all of those appearing here to date. I should also add that as my tastes and skills have evolved over the time that I've been "finding" Tarot cards in my pix, so have the photos I produce. Enough that many I may go back to and edit a bit, or even scrap altogether.

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Until next time, keep enjoying The Tarot in whatever ways it comes into your life,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under AView my complete profile@)**** SEE ALSO: 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 pix only).****

Friday, February 14, 2014

A NEW TAROT DREAM POEM ABOUT THE TEMPERANCE CARD

Here's the link to a new tarot dream poem of mine about the Temperance card, on my dreams & poetry blog. The dream ultimately offered me a new way of looking at XIV.

The above Temperance card is from the wonderful Steampunk Tarot.

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until next time, keep enjoying The Tarot in whatever ways it comes into your life,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under AView my complete profile@)**** SEE ALSO: 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 pix only).****

Thursday, January 30, 2014

CARDS FROM THE DEVIANT MOON TAROT & MINI-REVIEW

The Ace of Wands & The Ace of Cups
in the Deviant Moon Tarot

The newest deck in my collection (of approximately 60 decks) is The Deviant Moon Tarot by Patrick Valenza. (The two aces above are two of my most favorite cards.) It has also become my "go to" deck for readings for myself at present, which does not always happen with a deck new to my collection. Its images speak directly to my current issues, though I suspect it will continue to do so even when this particular personal turmoil passes. As for a deck whose pictures can be viewed as dark and even creepy at times, I'm finding them often rather beautiful or at the very least to the point in their darkness.

But beyond my personal identification with the dark side of the moon right now, if you will, The Deviant Moon Tarot artwork is endlessly engaging in detail, color, and textures. Flat sections flirt with areas of shadow and depth. The illustrations are recognizably Tarot, yet go one and sometimes more steps beyond into new territory. And I hasten to add that there's even some humor salted throughout. All of which makes for an intriguing, meaningful scene on each card.

As with all my new decks I studied The Deviant Moon Tarot card by card first, before doing any readings with it. Yet, each time now I come to it for a reading I find something else I had not seen or for which I had not caught the implications. Though this is not uncommon with suggestive images such as the Tarot's, it is far more prevalent with this deck for me. And that adds to the richness of the readings that result.

Can you tell I highly recommend this deck to anyone who'd like to explore and expand their relationship to Tarot imagery?

Now to share more of my favorite cards from this deck: 

Four of Wands

The Hermit (IX)

I should note that it's still an uneasy favoritism of The Hermit. I find this version disturbing, yet it also resonates for me deeply. When I hang in with Tarot images that are difficult for me they often produce valuable insights.

The King of Cups

The Three of Wands

This Three of Wands is a good card with which to end this post. That umbilicus speaks to me of the present nurturing the future. I have even seen the future returning the favor in one reading I did in which this card showed up. All this puts a more active slant on the more traditional 3W imagery (as in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck) in which a figure is standing looking out toward a vague future horizon, as if waiting for his ship to come in. In this Deviant Moon version the connection between present and future is expressly alive.

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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.

Monday, January 20, 2014

EXPLORING THE KING OF SWORDS

TODAY'S CARD is THE KING OF SWORDS. (I've only four more cards to go and I'll finally have completed the deck, one of which is an additional Major I designed.) Here's the King of Swords in a block print deck, "The Light and Shadow Tarot" --



Here it is in a photographic deck, all pictures of my old home city back when I was still living there, "The New York Tarot" --




Then for some fantasy and color, here's the King of Swords in "The Celtic Dragon Tarot" --




And for COMPARISON, here's the King of Swords in the well-known Rider/Waite/Smith deck --




THE KING OF SWORDS: The New York Tarot King of Swords above really grabs me. This is actually nice for a change as this card tends to leave me cold -- which experience could in itself be a simple meaning for the King of Swords. When I lifted it from the deck I immediately thought that the man was saying "Where's the King of Swords? You wanna try the throne on for size?" Then I noticed that sword dangling in the air over the empty chair and I thought "Not me! No way!" And yet ... and yet ... every time I skewer myself or anyone else in my thinking I'm in that King's dark, precarious seat. Of course, there's much more to this King than that. Which is one of the reasons I've included The Celtic Dragon Tarot version above. Although a King he seems to be waiting on orders or approval from that dragon Queen (with her baby, at the bottom of the card). Or maybe he's paying his respects monarch to monarch, or petitioning for her support. In any case, there's a potent power here, sheathed for appropriate use if and when it's needed.

MEANINGS/INSIGHTS/READINGS FOR The King of Swords, 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.):

Self-destructive tendencies.

A dark, dangerous parent or care-taker.

Sitting in negative judgment of others and/or of one's self.

Someone who may have a chilling influence on the situation. This can be either helpful or hurtful, depending on how "hot" or "cold" things were to begin with.

Don't be bullied by this cutting display of intelligence. A truly smart person doesn't need to get defensive or be controlling of others.

Protect your time, space, and thoughts carefully right now. There may be some attempts on the part of others to undermine or control you in some way.

Time to be careful with how you express your thoughts. Your insights are more than usually sharp and to the point.

Drawing a line in the sand. Setting boundaries with someone else in a caring sensible way.

A male muse. The "Svengali" in a positive Svengali-like relationship.

A teacher who is as talented as his student but with more experience handling the emotions involved in developing one's art/talent/skills.

To break this mental trap get physical. You've reached the farthest limits of your understanding.

Don't let yours and anyone else's thinking on this issue cut you out. Your input is needed.

An incisive thinker and/or writer.

A break from the realms of thought will afford you a sense of renewal. Meditate, listen to music....

Legal issues; legal communications and processes.

And last, I'll close with what I've glimpsed in this card character on occasion: a capacity for many sorts of courage. E.g., the courage to step up in a new relationship, or to provide much needed leadership in an endeavor. If he were to sing it might be the song "Hero". But the King of Swords would probably be too focused on what he was thinking or doing to sing.

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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.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

ROSWILA'S (70th) BIRTHDAY CARDS w/Mini-Review of The Circle of Life Tarot

In the past I've posted my family of cards in The Tarot, from a deck I was currently intrigued with, on my birthday.  Thought I'd do it this year for the first time in a few years.  Turning 70 seems like the biggest deal since I turned 40.  My body may sometimes feel ancient, but inside I'm still that forever teenager, wondering who I'll be when I finally grow up.  (BTW, your family of cards can be determined using numerology, astrology, and your birthdate.)

The cards below are from The Circle of Life Tarot, which I just finished studying a couple of weeks ago. I bought it back in 2008 but somehow never got around to spending time with it card by card until just now. It's a delightful deck, if a bit of a challenge to my aging eyes with its tendency to pale colors and very tiny details. I also have never been all that fond of round decks for all the claim that they provide more of a variety in meanings (differing tilts and slants, if you will). I don't even read rectangular or square cards using reverses as I find plenty of variety in the upright images. Yet I still thoroughly enjoyed my journey through it's alternate worlds and intriguing artwork. The little white book that accompanies it has some unusual takes on the cards, as well, and it's images have a sense of humor at times. I may do a post in the future of just the cards that tickled me most, even as they addressed more serious issues.

And now, below, the cards that are "mine":







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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.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

THREE NEW FOUND TAROT CARDS (AC, 2W, & 9W)

It's been a while since I've "found" tarot cards in my photos. Here's a few I just recently stumbled over in my slew of pix. In the one above I see the Nine of Wands (mundane title "On The Alert").

In this one below (mundane title "The Light Within") I see the Two of Wands:
And in this last one for today (below, mundane title "Found Ace of Cups") I see the Ace of Cups:

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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.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

FURTHER EXPLORATION OF THE TWO OF WANDS

Although I have previously posted some thoughts on TODAY'S CARD the Two of Wands, since then I have accumulated such a number of additional "meanings" I thought I'd better share them before they take over my file. But before those meanings and thoughts, here are three different takes on this card.

This first version of the Two of Wands is from The Mystic Dreamer Tarot:

This second version below is from a deck I enjoy reading from regularly because its unusual images often yield fresh insights into the cards and/or my inquiry, The Universal Fantasy Tarot:

And for COMPARISON, here's the Two of Wands in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:

THE TWO OF WANDS: I've had a long standing affection for this card. It's one of the few I've designed so far in a deck I'm --- albeit very slowly -- developing, The Taiga Tarot. In my post sharing that design I quoted this from notes that I made on it: "You may feel hemmed in, even imprisoned by circumstances now. But the walls are really more like the shell of an incubating egg -- protective and holding while deep changes are taking place. You are in an ideal position to take a larger perspective on things as you wait for rebirth. And remember that ultimately everything you need is always right here in the palm of your hand." In that same post I also mentioned that the Two of Wands can be read to predict what is beginning, more and more, to be our reality: living in our own castles in the air, each with our little worlds in our palms. I.e., smartphones, tablets, etc. Who knows how all this technology will actually play out socially -- though it will most probably wind up all accessible through an implant in our bodies somewhere -- and what the impact will be on our planet as a whole. One could hope it will ultimately lead to a true global consciousness. A tolerance, even enjoyment of that immediate connectedness that I am afraid to admit I find irritating. But I'm deeply rooted in the pre-computer age, no matter how much I enjoy and avail myself of the benefits these advances bring. That is, I read that figure on the parapet in the RWS Two of Wands above as looking to the future, holding on to the world he knows, and wondering what the future can possibly bring.

MEANINGS/INSIGHTS/READINGS FOR The Two 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.):

Micro-managing; over controlling.

Withholding from a position of arrogance, or superiority, or to punish or hurt others. Or out of shame, humiliation, or a sense of failure.

Housebound by illness and/or worrying too much about things.

Two opposing inner imperatives in gear at once. (E.g., a deep desire to be expressive, yet extremely anxious about doing so.)

Overwhelmed; feeling as if the entire "ball of wax" is in your hands to deal with at one. And not feeling able to do anything at all about any of it.

This new project is in danger of collapse unless all aspects of it are supported by attention and action.

Withdrawing out of a perceived need to protect one's self. Conversely, wisely self-protective but not hidden away.

Ignoring difficult aspects of this question/issue won't make it go away. So pay attention and consider it all fully.

Are you making much more of this than it warrants? It's not world shaking, neither the outer world nor your own small inner one. A little distance between you and it all now might be helpful.

It might be wise to stay "close to home" in response to this issue, either literally or figuratively speaking. Others may not be very tolerant of differences of opinion or new ideas with respect to this right now.

Not a time to make changes or do new things. Stay for now within familiar boundaries. It's a good time for planning and organizing for new enterprises but not to start them.

Is this a good time to retreat into yourself? You may have something good to bring to the situation, and might also feel better if you socialize a bit. Conversely, this may be a good time to withdraw from this situation. You have enough to do to take care of yourself.

A necessary and/or reasonable break from being social. In order to re-assess, or heal, or do some inner work.

Recognize the limits of your skills and talents; so far and no farther, at least for now.

There are things in your life you don't and cannot "get a grip on" and trying to understand them will only hold you back from a full life. Accept that knowledge is always at best only partial.

You're getting ready to stand on your own. This time of fearful clinging to the past or a dream or a belief is coming to an end. Part of you is already free-standing.

You are backed up and given a certain vision by your faith in what matters most to you in this life.


Although not all that explicit in any of the thoughts I list above about the Two of Wands, it frequently speaks to me of a duality, and often of a choice to be made between two options. And that has put me in mind of Robert Frost's famous poem in which he ponders a choice between two roads and how he might feel about his choice in the future, The Road Not Taken.

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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.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

EXPLORING THE FOUR OF CUPS

TODAY'S CARD is THE FOUR OF CUPS.  This first version below is from a deck I just recently re-familiarized myself with when updating my Tarot deck collection inventory.  I've not ever been fond of round decks.  However, I do really like many of the illustrations in this one, The Circle of Life Tarot:

This next card below is from my newest deck, one I've wanted for a while.  I've had a particular taste for "darker" themed decks over the past few years (though this is not my only taste, by any means).  And I usually find, as I have with this new deck, that it takes a few complete viewings to really get next to decks like The Bohemian Gothic Tarot, and the one from which the below Four of Cups comes, The Deviant Moon Tarot.  (And this deck is resonating very well for me as I study it, especially the suit of Wands):

FOR COMPARISON, here's the Four of Cups in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck (RWS):

THE FOUR OF CUPS: My favorite meaning for this card is a question from an old Four of Cups post of mine: Are you afraid of going overboard if you let this gift into your life?  And, I'll now add, how often are we able to recognize the gift that life is always offering?  We ... nay I'll own this, I get so focused on other things that like that figure in the RWS Four of Cups above, I'm too often not even aware of the gift that waits only on my acceptance.  I should also note that years back this card popped up frequently, nudging me to get off my butt and do something with all my mulling over and wool gathering, as I would groan yet again in recognition.  I haven't been getting this card very much for years now.  Though I wonder if that indicates I'm actually thinking less and doing more or if the Four of Cups just gave up and is offering its cup to someone else. :-)

MEANINGS/INSIGHTS/READINGS FOR THE FOUR 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.):

Risky, emotionally prompted behavior. You might get away with it again, but you may not. Like going off a diet that is then very hard to get back on, if at all.

Watch that you aren't getting "drunk" on your imagination and/or emotions. That what you think you see and understand is actually happening.

You are -- or need to be -- getting better at knowing what is yours to take on (literally or emotionally) and what is someone else's responsibility.

"[Delusion] is doing the same thing over and over, hoping for different results." (The expression actually starts with the word "Insanity," I've changed that to fit my sense of this card.)

A tendency to give up when motivation flags. Recall why you're doing this and keep going.

Don't be rushed or guilted into doing this any sooner than you can or want to.

Until you own the bit of perverse pleasure you take in this suffering, you'll not be able to go beyond it. And will just keep re-creating it. This odd pleasure is not the only one available to you. Own it, then let it go.

Someone is withholding the truth from you about this, because of some contribution of their own to it all of which they're not exactly proud.

You may be made an offer that feels way too good to be true. Check it out very thoroughly and especially honor your intuitions.

Watch the tendency to give others the reactions they expect from you.  Especially in negative ways.

Hold off a bit on responding to this situation. Things may change in a day or two. In any case, giving yourself time before responding will put you in better emotional space from which to respond.

What can you do about it? Not much. It may just hang there puzzling and/or annoying you for a while yet.

Take the time to pay full attention to details.

Yes, you could do this. But be sure you really want to. Your plate is already rather full.

Focus on what you need and/or want to be doing, not on what you fear.

All those projects and commitments can hang fire for now. This is a time that requires deep inner work.

Can indicate a person who needs to spend a great deal of time alone in their creative efforts.

Can indicate someone's interest and/or belief in psychokinesis.

If possible, go someplace and sit quietly alone (like a park or restaurant) and see what comes to you. Either literally or in your mind.

Time to take a break. Breathe. Relax. Enjoy your own company and that of nature.

You remember love, right? Why not try sipping from love's light cup?

Those last two Four of Cups comments put me in mind of the song "Nature Boy" as sung by Nat King Cole. The relevant lyrics here: "...the greatest thing you'll ever learn is to love and be loved in return." The nature connection is clear in the RWS card version. And that single cup being offered echoes The Ace of Cups in most decks, which can be read to represent love.

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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.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

SUPPLEMENT TO RECENT TWO OF PENTACLES POST

OK, I guess I have to embrace it. I'm truly getting old. Although I clearly recall going through all my notes for anything I had on the Two of Pentacles before I made a recent previous post, I just unearthed several more thoughts about it in my folder of notes. And this is an appropriate point to share an unusual version of this card. Below is the Two of Pentacles in the Gothic Tarot of the Vampires:
What feels particularly relevant for me today in this rendering is the reflective (pun intended) balance between youth and age. I may be only months away from 70, but truly don't feel any particular age at all inside where arthritis and wrinkles (and memory glitches) hold no sway. Of course, the outside realm of physicality is aging, in no uncertain way. The challenge is to keep on stretching and dancing in those ways that I can, honoring both inner and outer.

I also want to share below one more Two of Pentacles before going on to those additional meanings found in my notes -- from
The Complete Tarot Kit
:

It has a lightness and freedom to it. I think that "wand" the figure holds may represent what a juggler uses to keep plates and other objects spinning and trading places in the air. However, I always see it as a bubble blowing pipe, and the two pentacles as the bubbles. One way of understanding the delicate, awesome balance we live in from moment to moment.

ADDITIONAL MEANINGS/INSIGHTS/READINGS FOR THE TWO OF PENTACLES, SOME LESS COMMON OR EVEN QUIRKY (Please note: The below is intended to supplement previous posts here about this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with it.):

Menopausal issues ("The Change" "Change of Life").

Feeling out of balance. If bodily, be sure to eat right and do exercises (especially those that strengthen your ability to balance). If emotionally/mentally, give the unbalance time to be fully conscious, maybe try journaling about it.

Resistance to changes in the offing, by playing around with familiar old patterns of behavior.

No matter how long you dance with this possibility, it's not going to happen. Conversely, no matter how well and creatively you dance around, you still have to do this unwelcome task.

If you'd like things to change identify the conflicting messages you are putting out, then choose a stance and take it.

If you want to stop feeling confused, make a choice and go for it.

Enjoy this brief rest in which containing form and edge-testing motion are balanced.

A dynamic balancing of the imaginative and the concrete.

Balancing the needs of the present and the future (thanks to the Gothic Tarot of the Vampires -- see image at top of this post -- in which the two figures are said to be present and future).

Especially as one gets older physically, one's inside life and outer one match up less and less. The challenge is to enjoy the dance of the "eternal" inner space with the outer's temporality.

After drafting this post and letting it settle a bit, I was put in mind of the Cyndi Lauper song Time After Time. Especially these lines: "If you're lost you can look and you will find me // Time after time // If you fall I will catch you I'll be waiting // Time after time." The inquiry these lyrics left me with is clearly Buddhist influenced. (I've just finished a helpful, very nicely written and organized book by Toni Bernhard, "How to Wake Up.") And that question: Who is it then who balances and catches?
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'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever ways it comes to you in your life,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

NEWEST FOUND TAROT CARD; LINK TO ANOTHER TAROT DREAM POEM

For anyone new to this blog, I've been posting photos of mine sporadically in which I "find" Tarot images, after the fact. Here's my Found Tarot possible Temperance (XIV) card:

And here's one of my favorite versions of Temperance below, from the Steampunk Tarot, to head up this link to another new tarot dream poem of mine with Temperance at its heart:

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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.