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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Monday, June 09, 2014

SOME ARCHEON TAROT MAJORS SPEAK UP

The newest deck in my collection is THE ARCHEON TAROT. As is my wont with a new deck, I have been studying it card by card. However, this is the first time I found succinct little speeches popping into my mind for some of the cards. As if they were speaking to me, the audience.  Maybe it's Timothy Lantz's sometimes different takes on certain cards that prompted these words.  That, and the cards' artful, shadowy, suggestive depths.
So far, I've studied the Major Arcana, straight through in one sitting. (And look forward to the rest of the deck.)  Below are four of the Majors, each followed by the little speech that came quickly to mind as I studied it. Although each "speech" relates directly to some aspect of this particular deck's card design, I think each also works for that card in a more general sense in other decks.
XV: "You may see my face, hear my voice, puzzle over my wings, and appreciate the long curve of my bare back, but remember, you cannot see my hands and what they do, nor how far or deep their taloned grip may reach."

XVIII: "All who perform under the Moon's full light, beware. Much is exposed whether laid bare or not."

XIX: "Do not be concerned. My smile only appears to be a stiff mask. Even joy can become a strain on the senses after a while."

XX: "Bow your head. No, you'll not be beheaded nor even knighted. I am here to cut you loose from that weighty, impossible bag of memories you drag behind you into every moment."

I make no claims to great or even minor insights in these words. Though of these four above (including all the others I wrote about but do not share here) I am most drawn to XV's "speech." I also think that XV is one of the best designs in this deck. (Maybe I should also own up here to being a Sun sign Capricorn, the astrology sign usually corresponded to The Devil card. :-D) I now wonder if any of the Courts and Minors will also "talk" to me when I get to studying them. In any case, this is an intriguing Tarot deck as a whole, one I'm pleased to add to my collection.

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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, May 31, 2014

TWO FOUND TAROT CARDS (XXI & XVIII)

I tortured the above photo (mundane title "Pangaea" [10-1-11]) out of its original source picture quite some time ago. But as often happens with the Found Tarot, only recognized it as a possible version of THE WORLD (XXI) card yesterday. Even odder, I wasn't even looking at it nor had I in some time. It just popped to mind as I was recalling this newer photo below (mundane title "Sleep Walk" [5-3-14]) and seeing THE MOON (XVIII) card:

As to the little reading for myself that I usually stumble upon in a Found Tarot card post, I am reminded here of the ending lines to Robert Frost's poem "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening":

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


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[aka: Patricia Kelly]
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

FURTHER ON THE FIVE OF SWORDS

Today's post is a follow-up exploration of the Five of Swords (5S). This version is from The Golden Tarot of Klimt:

The above 5S amuses me every time I see it, while I find at the same time that it works as a 5S. She's not playing fair; showing her bare butt can be read as a sign of disrespect. And she may have amassed all five swords by distracting others with her sexuality, more questionable tactics. Lastly, I wonder at the nearness of all those sharp edges to her vulnerable skin, especially as she's not even looking in their direction. Caution even as she claims victory would be well advised, me thinks.

Here's the 5S in the Steampunk Tarot:

The Steampunk 5S above is another unusual version, yet it does seem that man in the red coat is about to attain all the swords, an action common to many Five of Swords designs.

And here it is in the Victorian Fairy Tarot:

The issue of bullying and cruelty is highlighted in this above fairy rendering. (Those poor hedgehogs are just trying to find something to eat!)

And for comparison, here's the Five of Swords in the well-known Rider/Waite/Smith deck:

THE FIVE OF SWORDS: There's only three left of the Tarot's 78 traditional cards that I've not done at least one thorough post about here. I'm still waiting to collect more than the two or three "meanings" I've got for those three before posting. In the meantime, I thought I'd make an additional post about the 5S as I've amassed many more thoughts on it since last writing about it. As synchronicity would have it, the 5S is a highly appropriate card for me to be looking at right now. Though the hostilities and skirmishes it often references are mostly internal, with various aspects of myself stepping into and out of the conflict at any given moment. As I transcribed the notes below I wished I had drafted this post several weeks ago. Some of what is suggested might have saved me a bit of trouble.

MEANINGS/INSIGHTS/READINGS FOR THE FIVE 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.):

-- Cutting yourself off from something or someone that is actually good for you. Possibly out of self-disgust, buried under angry denial.

-- Holding on to old behaviors and understandings at the expense of important relationships.

-- The narcissist. He's not getting what he wants so he takes all his toys and leaves the game. Spoiling it for everyone else.

-- To the world he looks as if he wants to be alone and likes all his "stuff" (literal and/or metaphorical). But he lives in secret anger and resentment that he's not more acknowledged and appreciated.

-- One of the best ways to disarm a verbally pesky or hostile person is to keep your feelings and thoughts on the issue politely to yourself. Don't give them anything to latch on to.

-- Someone who's often left "holding the bag" because people readily project a lot of their own feelings/thoughts/motivations on to them. Mostly because they're rather different from just about everyone else.

-- Walk away (either literally or metaphorically) from this situation before you're fully triggered. I.e, don't give the other(s) the satisfaction of provoking you so that you act out their anger.

-- Someone who's clinging rather tenaciously to their own view of things right now. Even at the cost of pushing others away.

-- You're not the unassailable fortress of solitude you'd like to think you are. You're human and fallible, and subject to a need to establish human connections.

-- Someone around you may try to steal your thunder, to take credit for what you have said or done. Is it really important that you get credit? Or can you just let it go, and recognize that it's more their issue, than a problem for you.

-- Not a good situation you've gotten yourself into. Go now while you can still leave with your head held high and with all that you brought to it.

-- Reclaiming aspects of one's self and one's life. While trying to get comfortable with the loneliness it generates as one also lets go of unhealthy relationships.

-- If you're feeling guilty it's because you're not used to choosing to take care of yourself in the face of others expectations and demands. Better to feel a little guilty (which will fade) than to suffer the rancid effects of your resentment if you give in to pressure (subtle or otherwise) from others

-- You tend to push others away out of fear of rejection over some conflict with them. But most others accept conflict (if finding it no more enjoyable than you do) as a part of what it is to be in relationships.

-- An attempt to establish one's independence from others expectations and demands. And over doing the withdrawal due to inexperience in so doing. (I.e., an overcompensation.)

-- Retreat is a useful tactic sometimes. This may be one of those times.

-- Be careful you don't pick up others negative or mistaken attitudes right now in your desire to be flexible and open.

-- Be sure you don't take on too much at this time. You may feel intellectually well-prepared, but you are not emotionally equipped to cope right now.

-- Reclaiming your sense of self from some others whose opinions you've been taking way too seriously.

-- Accept that nothing goes exactly as we want it to. Nor will it ever. It's not a defeat to embrace this, but an empowerment. It frees us into the always changing, ever creative possibilities of the moment.

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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, May 03, 2014

SOME FAVORITE CARDS FROM THE CIRCLE OF LIFE TAROT

Some time ago I said I'd put up more of my favorite images from The Circle of Life Tarot. At last I've got the time to do so. The bigger part of the work and also enjoyment in preparing for this post was actually choosing a pile of favorites. However, I did not like having to winnow them down to just these five. I consoled myself with the knowledge that I can always do another post with some of those others at a later date. I'm going to forego any comments on these cards and just let you see in them what you will. I'm fairly certain, though, that you'll find them ranging from fun to highly suggestive and intriguing. (Especially for those already familiar with a variety of Tarot images.)

The first image above at the top of this post is The High Priestess (II).

This next below is the Nine of Cups:


And one following is the Two of Pentacles:


The King of Cups is below:


And last is the Two of Swords:


Hope you've enjoyed this little sample of the endlessly imaginative and wise Circle of Life Tarot.

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[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, 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.

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