Monday, March 13, 2017

AN ABSTRACT THREE OF CUPS (3C) for the FOUND TAROT

What to say about this FOUND TAROT* "Three of Cups" (5-24-15 056v6p), other than the obvious, that it's non-representational. Yes, it has a grouping of three in that blue purple, but that's about it. All I can say in defense of my choice is it feels like the 3C to me. As in the below 3C in the Aquatic Tarot, it has a sort of celebratory feel. And, given my favorite meaning for this card ("What you hold in your mind you tend to manifest") the design sort of fits. As if all those mosaic-like pieces are being fit together to make something concrete out of an idea.

The 3C is also an extremely timely reminder for me in that I'm having a devil of a time handling my own mind's contents these days. There's only so much distraction one can find (and then maintain) and over-eating (or any other ingesting to excess) just is not a choice I will make. So I'm having to cope somehow (and not very well at times) with a mind that readily runs away with me. Creating deeper and deeper ruts that I am more and more likely to trip over and into at any given time. I've found taking a celebratory stance no matter what's got a grip on my thinking does help, if only to dilute what's running away with me. That may sound like a contradiction if sadness or pain or self pity have the reins. But it does work, when I remember to let it happen. When I let my natural tendency to enthusiasm surface by staying aware of the world beyond my own mind. Not a cure, by any means. But life often seems at bit more balanced then.

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*ABOUT THE FOUND TAROT: Since sometime in 2009 I've been making occasional posts here of photos of mine in which I see Tarot cards. However, I don't take these pix with the Tarot in mind, rather only see cards in them at some point later once they're on my computer screen. If you'd like to see previous Found Tarot posts, you can use the search function at the top left of this page, or "The Found Tarot" label at the very bottom of this post. There are also multiple versions of some cards. If I should ever wish to produce a physical version of this deck, I'll simply have to choose one. But that eventuality is highly unlikely. I simply enjoy indulging myself here in sharing pix of mine in which I see Tarot images.

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 search for and change all of those links that are "dead." (Though I immediately delete any I now stumble across that lead to questionable sites.) If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I'm finding 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: 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; and THE MARKER TAROT.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

AN UMPTEENTH ACE OF CUPS IN THE FOUND TAROT

I say "an umpteenth" in the title because I'm too lazy to go searching through the years of Found Tarot* posts here to find out how many there have been. And I know there have been several Ace of Cups (AC). Although I did not set out to "find" an AC (5-24-15 056v63) in my pix at this time, it certainly makes sense one might suggest itself to me. Valentine's Day is very soon and a most basic meaning for the AC is "love." E.g., in the Thoth Tarot's little white book it's said to represent the source of all the powers of love. It's also not surprising I'd "find" an AC in my photos/photomorphs at this time of my life as love and its presence and/or lack thereof throughout my life has been up for examination. (Turning 73 just a month ago seems to have triggered an even more intense life review than is my usual periodic wont.) I also keep recalling what I read somewhere that the value of a heart is not determined by how much it loves, but by how much it is loved. This puts me in mind of the well-known Rider/Waite/Smith deck's version of the AC:

... in which the cup is being given away, if you will, being offered to the world. This then raises another thought I often have that love may not be so much a feeling as an action. That it's what we do more than any attachment or caring we may live with. So, may you have a beautiful Valentine's Day being especially generous with your love.

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*ABOUT THE FOUND TAROT: Since sometime in 2009 I've been making occasional posts here of photos of mine in which I see Tarot cards. However, I don't take these pix with the Tarot in mind, rather only see cards in them at some point later once they're on my computer screen. If you'd like to see previous Found Tarot posts, you can use the search function at the top left of this page, or "The Found Tarot" label at the very bottom of this post. There are also multiple versions of some cards. If I should ever wish to produce a physical version of this deck, I'll simply have to choose one. But that eventuality is highly unlikely. I simply enjoy indulging myself here in sharing pix of mine in which I see Tarot images.

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 search for and change all of those links that are "dead." (Though I immediately delete any I now stumble across that lead to questionable sites.) If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I'm finding 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: 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; and THE MARKER TAROT.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

(Another) FIVE OF WANDS IN THE FOUND TAROT

So here's at least the third Five of Wands for my Found Tarot* that I've posted over the years. (Yeah, I'm really into trees recently, even more than usual.) This version is the most stressed out one, though. It puts me in mind of a PTSD episode. Not surprising I'd say that as my own life's been extremely challenged recently by things out of my past. I hasten to add that I'm getting better at making it through times like this without destroying my present life. And that there are lots of insights, and hopefully further healing, resulting. I keep reminding myself of one description I heard decades back of the Five of Wands: the battle of life. Why is that sort of comforting (and it is)? I don't feel quite so picked on by fate, if you will. It's one of the things that life does.

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

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*ABOUT THE FOUND TAROT: Since sometime in 2009 I've been making occasional posts here of photos of mine in which I see Tarot cards. However, I don't take these pix with the Tarot in mind, rather only see cards in them at some point later once they're on my computer screen. If you'd like to see previous Found Tarot posts, you can use the search function at the top left of this page, or "The Found Tarot" label at the very bottom of this post. There are also multiple versions of some cards. If I should ever wish to produce a physical version of this deck, I'll simply have to choose one. But that eventuality is highly unlikely. I simply enjoy indulging myself here in sharing pix of mine in which I see Tarot images.

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 search for and change all of those links that are "dead." (Though I immediately delete any I now stumble across that lead to questionable sites.) If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I'm finding 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,





****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View 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 photos only; and THE MARKER TAROT.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Back on Public Access Again, and Posting ...

Just a very quick post to say that I'm back in Tarot mode after over a year on what must have been some other planet! The above is a new Found Tarot card of mine, the Ten of Wands. And I'd say that's a good comment on what this year (and then some) has been like: hot, bothered, over-burdened, but still upright and looking forward to spring. And for comparison, here's the Ten of Wands in the well-known Rider/Waite/Smith deck:

BTW, since it's been quite a while maybe I should say that the Found Tarot consists of posts I make here of photos of mine in which I see a tarot card. I don't take the pic thinking of such, but only see it's resemblance in some way to a tarot card later, sometimes months later. I do not imagine this "deck" will ever be a physical deck with which to do readings. I offer it as an example of how the tarot images saturate the world for those of us who read and collect these cards.

I'm also posting designs again for the cards in my newest Tarot deck, The Marker Tarot (see link in signature to this post). And have no doubt I'll find designs popping again for my Taiga Tarot (link also in signature). Though it may take me a little while to get posts up on these other two tarot blogs. And these two decks I will someday produce physical versions of. In fact, the Marker Tarot sketches already exist on oak tag like paper, cut to card size. Also, other sorts of tarot posts will be appearing here from time to time, as in the past. Such as meanings for the cards or a Tarot poem.

'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; and THE MARKER TAROT.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

FURTHER EXPLORATION OF THE HIEROPHANT (V)

It's been a long time since I've done a thorough post exploring THE HIEROPHANT (V) and in that time I've gathered many more thoughts and "meanings" for this card, which I'll share later below. But first, here are some more unusual versions of this card.

The Hierophant (V) in the Gothic Tarot of the Vampires
This is a rather unusual imagery in some ways for V, yet it carries that sense of bowing to a greater power and/or knowledge. It almost looks like a torturous baptism. BTW, I like this deck as a whole, even considering its occasional bloody images.

The Hierophant (V) in the Mother Peace Tarot
I'd waited it seemed for ages "back in the day" for this deck to be available. But was somewhat disappointed as much of the artwork leaves a bit to be desired. Simply as artwork, without even considering the content/meaning of the images. V in this deck always gave me a bit of a giggle as The Hierophant (in the black "skirt") looks like a man in drag. Which, given this is a feminist deck, can be rather meaningful, actually. Is the power and wisdom V is seeking to bring through and in that process identify with, that of the Great Mother Goddess? Of course, if that figure is meant to be a woman, the same might be true.

The Hierophant (V) in The Xultun Tarot
This one of my all time favorite Hierophants. It's so rich (pregnant? or has V been swallowed by the mystical Jaguar? etc., etc.). I'll leave it to you to explore on your own what it may be saying. (See that Jaguar patterned "speech balloon" in the upper left?)

The Hierophant (V) in The Rider/Waite/Smith Tarot
And for comparison, this RWS deck version is probably the most commonly recognizable Hierophant.

I would have had a very hard time choosing which card to post more exploration about today, as I have a huge folder of notes, covering all 78 cards. However, each year at Samhain (Halloween; ancient Celtic New Year) I randomly pull one card from the Majors to represent and offer some guidance for the New Year. This year I got The Hierophant. The first "meaning" below is the one I keep coming back to when seeking to ease anxiety about my inner-self and outer-world relationships.

MEANINGS/INSIGHTS/READINGS FOR THE HIEROPHANT (V) (a/k/a The High Priest or The Pope), 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.):

-- Secrecy is part of life ... can one know the Great Mystery's mind? Most deception is simply ignorance wearing the disguise of knowing what's going on.

-- Two paths for one sacred energy. Choose the less conflicted, if less exciting one.

-- Don't take things at face value. Wait for your intuition's whisperings.

-- Be more in your body, and less in your head.

-- Clinging to traditional thought in order to deny possibly disturbing new thinking and (especially) the subtle prodding of intuition.

-- Understanding is not an end in and/of itself. What we do with it; how we live it out in the world is the fruition of that knowledge.

-- Domineering personality, at the very least, intensely charismatic.

-- Can sometimes herald a mediumistic state on the part of the reader. If V doesn't offer enough connection on its own, surrounding (or additional) cards should.

-- Time to hear what established wisdom has to say about this. As opposed to your own creative or intuitional sources. You need not give over to that conventional thinking in order to learn from it.

-- Heavy handed, fundamentalist, narrow minded guilting at its worst.

-- The moral underpinnings are what are important here. Not the details, or emotions and fuss surrounding it all.

-- Can indicate someone like a snake oil salesman. Impressive, giving a good show, but selling worthless stuff. And watch the snake oil salesman within: Don't believe everything you think.

-- Don't waste your time and energy trying to thoroughly explain to others what you believe to be true. Attend to your own beliefs as they evolve. They are both guiding and reflecting your actions.

-- Having trouble learning from others and sometimes one's own intuition. The very newness being defended against may herald a treasure's advent.

-- Information; i.e., that which bridges the mental and physical aspects of being. (A similar triangulation is seen on The Lover and The Devil cards. What differs may be where that bridging is being done. Maybe: V = Conscious; VI = Superconscious; and XV = Unconscious.) BTW, that old name for V, The Pope or Pontiff, means bridge builder.


Lastly, for an abstract Hierophant card, scroll down to The Found Tarot post just prior to this one.

And if you'd like to read other posts on this card, click on the "THE HIEROPHANT" Label at the bottom of this post. Then scroll past a repeat of this new post to get to the older.
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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 search for and change all of those links that are "dead." (Though I immediately delete any I now stumble across that lead to questionable sites.) If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I'm finding 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; and THE MARKER TAROT.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

For the Found Tarot: THE HIEROPHANT (V)

The first Hierophant (4-14-12 11684v2b) I've found in my pix! Albeit a very quirky one, but a High Priest nevertheless. At least to my eyes. I see the HP standing with arms spread in the middle top, blessing the two acolytes just below. This photomorph's mundane name is "Straddling the Worlds," so in that sense it can also be read as The Hierophant. Here's V in the well-known RWS deck for comparison:


As to any "message" from this card for me today? Given the difficulty I had getting a decent quality and size of RWS Hierophant image to post here, I'd say that straddling worlds can be difficult at times. But sometimes it's the only way to bring through what we need. And that being stubborn (sometimes mistaken as placid, smile) like a bull also serves. (V is often attributed to the astrology sign Taurus the Bull.)

I'd also like to mention that I've started posting again to my Taiga Tarot blog. The post today is my version in that deck of the Nine of Pentacles.

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*ABOUT THE FOUND TAROT: Since sometime in 2009 I've been making occasional posts here of photos of mine in which I see Tarot cards. However, I don't take these pix with the Tarot in mind, rather only see cards in them at some point later once they're on my computer screen. If you'd like to see previous Found Tarot posts, you can use the search function at the top left of this page, or the Found Tarot label at the very bottom of this post.

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 search for and change all of those links that are "dead." (Though I immediately delete any I now stumble across that lead to questionable sites.) If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I'm finding 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,

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Friday, August 21, 2015

ANOTHER NEW FOUND TAROT TOWER (XVI) CARD

THE TOWER (XVI)

Today's new Found Tarot* card was morphed from a very new photo of mine, one of the first taken with my new camera. It wasn't until after I'd posted it to my dreams & poetry blog with a dream poem and was leaving that folder of pix, that it hit me it was a Tower card. To see this card against a white background and in a larger version, click on it. (Its mundane name, BTW, is "A Towering Demise" [8-12-15 011v5].)

As to any particular meaning The Tower may hold for me today -- as cards I post here usually do -- this entire time in my life has a Tower-ish feel to it. When not "in my face," it's hovering in the background, just about to take center stage. Yet, those brief flashes of illumination, however painful they may sometimes be, are still welcome.
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*ABOUT THE FOUND TAROT: Since sometime in 2009 I've been making occasional posts here of photos of mine in which I see Tarot cards. However, I don't take these pix with the Tarot in mind, rather only see cards in them at some point later once they're on my computer screen. If you'd like to see previous Found Tarot posts, you can use the search function at the top left of this page, or the Found Tarot label at the very bottom of this post.

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 search for and change all of those links that are "dead." (Though I immediately delete any I now stumble across that lead to questionable sites.) If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I'm finding 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; and THE MARKER TAROT.

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Sunday, August 09, 2015

Announcing: THE MARKER TAROT: a deck in progress & new blog

The above is the original rough sketch for The Fool card in the deck I've been designing for some time now. For which I finally have a blog up and running. Click here for the first post about THE MARKER TAROT. This first entry is of necessity rather lengthy, given all the explaining I felt was necessary. Future posts will be more succinct, with a card design, some comments on it, and just a link to the first post for anyone wanting more in-depth background on this deck. BTW, all the cards have been designed. However, some need not only re-drawing but a bit of re-thinking. For instance, I still haven't settled on the styles of crown I want to use to distinguish between Kings and Queens. And the sword suit symbol is still not firm. Nevertheless, I do hope to post the deck "in order" (i.e., Majors, then Courts, and then Minors) as the Majors are most complete of all. And maybe launching this blog will keep me energized and focused enough on this many years long project to complete those cards that need it in a more timely fashion than is my usual wont. But I have many cards completed so I can jump around, out of order if need be and keep posting regularly from THE MARKER TAROT.

P.S. A side effect of preparing this first MARKER TAROT post is that I've found my interest in one of my other decks in progress revivified. I.e., The Taiga Tarot [see link at bottom of this post]. I've had a couple designs hanging fire on The Taiga Tarot for years. Maybe now I'll actually get going again on it, too.

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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 search for and change all of those links that are "dead." (Though I immediately delete any I now stumble across that lead to questionable sites.) If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I'm finding that some are still around in new locations or incarnations, some not.

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





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

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A TRIO OF NEW FOUND TAROT* CARDS with READING

THE MOON (XVIII)
[6-15-15 001v5]


THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE (X)
[7-3-13 001]


THE TWO OF WANDS (2W)
[5-6-10 10005v3d]

All three Found Tarot cards* I've put up today are newly created versions of photos of mine. XVIII and X were made from more recent pix and the 2W is from a five year old one. Before going on to the reading, some background: I've been having great fun going through what were almost 13,000 pix I've taken over the seven years I've been living here in CA. That is, archiving (to an external drive) those I want now only for history's sake, and completely deleting those that seem hopeless for any use, not even as "templates" for abstracts. In addition to archiving or deleting (or stumbling on new Found Tarot cards) I also often see new ways of relating to way too many of my pix. So that I then wind up creating even more pix out of my older ones. However, I am managing to stay ahead overall, and have gotten the load of pix on my computer down to a bit over 11,000 so far.

I went into all that because I see the above three cards offering a Tarot reading, as I usually do when I post Found Tarot. And in part the reading addresses the archiving/deleting project I just described. I.e., when it comes to creativity -- at least the way I experience my own process -- nothing is really all that clear. I'm always working by the vague light of THE MOON. And ultimately, all the decisions I make about my pix, about anything in my life, is a spin of THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE. As an enacted decision ratchets its way around I "cross my fingers" that how it plays out is for the best. I feel this every time I delete an individual photo and then again when I say "yes" to the trash bin pop up question do I want to delete all the items. Then, THE TWO OF WANDS reflects on how we hold our worlds in our hands but cannot really know what the future holds. Including the future of the decisions we so carefully consider and plan. Yet, decide we must, even as we take joy in the creativity that lives at the heart of not fully knowing.

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*ABOUT THE FOUND TAROT: Since sometime in 2009 I've been making occasional posts here of photos of mine in which I see Tarot cards. However, I don't take these pix with the Tarot in mind, rather only see cards in them at some point later once they're on my computer screen. If you'd like to see previous Found Tarot posts, you can use the search function at the top left of this page, or the Found Tarot label at the very bottom of this post.

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 search for and change all of those links that are "dead." (Though I do immediately delete any I stumble across that now lead to questionable sites.) If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I've found that some are still around in new locations or incarnations, some not.

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





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


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Sunday, July 05, 2015

FURTHER EXPLORATION OF THE SEVEN OF PENTACLES

In the time since my earlier post(s) here about the Seven of Pentacles (7P) I've collected more thoughts about and meanings for it. But first I want to share some more unusual versions of the 7P.

First is the 7P in The Karma Tarot, a rather trippy deck all told, and this card may be one of its more surreal ones:

The Karma Tarot's little white book (LWB) does not say this about the 7P but I see its image as cautioning or maybe just asking "What is growing in your life out of your thoughts?"

This second 7P version below is from The Tarot of the Trance:

What's growing here must be more important than the thinker/planter who's nowhere to be seen. Though that tree has a vaguely human aspect to it. Hm...

And third below is the 7P from the 1987 deck The New York Tarot (link is to a review on Tarot Passages, with publisher info):

I'm originally from New York City, where all of its photos were taken, so this deck always puts me in a nostalgic mood. Way back in the day I knew some of the Pagan community folk pictured in it (and others not photographed), though not the lady on the above card.

And for COMPARISON, here's The Seven of Pentacles in the well-known Rider/Waite/Smith deck:

THE SEVEN OF PENTACLES: The 7P is a card I get in readings for myself fairly often. (BTW, I only read for myself these days, by choice.) Although I know from long (going on 40 years) experience with its wide variety of meanings I still have a sort of atavistic "uh oh" feeling when it shows up. For the 7P can carry a meaning of failure. And usually when I come to the Tarot for a reading something in my life is in, at the least, a delicate or unclear state that's causing me concern. This makes reading this card rather a challenge at times. I often look right away to surrounding cards (or if I've drawn it as a one card reading, I'll pull an additional card) to point me toward what it's saying. Of course, when I use decks as different in design as the above Karma Tarot 7P, this is usually not necessary. The unique art work on those sorts of decks give me that clarification without the aid of other cards. And not to end this paragraph on that confusing point, I'll simply note that I see the character (as on the RWS 7P version above) as having done a lot of the work that leads to the lush, successful garden of the lady with her hawk on the RWS Nine of Pentacles. And this hard working 7P character is now taking a well-deserved rest. Hm, that could be a mini-reading for me at this point in my year. I've done a tremendous variety of work -- and am still doing much of it -- over the past two years. And what I have begun interpreting as a possible failure starting in one area may more correctly be understood as an earned vacation.

MEANINGS/INSIGHTS/READINGS FOR THE SEVEN 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.):

-- What's going on under the surface needs to be recognized and responded to or this harvest may go bust.

-- A casual perusal of this situation will not necessarily reveal a need for intense caution, but you do need check it all out very carefully. Especially any intuitive ("underground") reactions to it before making any commitment, much less taking any action or making any changes. There's a hidden negative aspect or cost to it all.

-- Watch the tendency to put the cart before the horse.

-- Just as it's pleasant and even heart-warming to believe in this project, like believing in unicorns it's not practical or ultimately workable. So weigh a time of enjoyable belief against this probable failure of outcome. Sometimes a period of lively fantasy can be worth the rude wake up, but sometimes not.

-- Slow down and be sure of not only when to move, but just what move to make.

-- What can be seen is deceptive. The real responses are buried. Be patient and open. What you (or someone else) are actually feeling/thinking will surface soon enough.

-- Attractive, yes, even lush and inviting. But all you see is not all there is. There's a lot going on underground. Wait until you have a better feel for the full parameters of this situation before jumping in.

-- Watch the tendency to understand this situation in opposites: black or white, right or wrong, good or bad, succeeding or failing, etc. Not only can both be active at different times and with respect to different aspects, but other options may come into play.

-- You've been too inactive for too long. Time to get in motion (both literally and metaphorically speaking). There are new fields to plow, new seeds to plant.

--What is your thinking planting in your life? What grows from how you habitually understand things?

-- Reaping what one has sown.

-- When seeking to understand yourself better, look at the physical "fruits of your labor." They are a mirror, for good or for ill.

-- You most probably won't get from this what you would hope. But it won't be as bad as you already imagine it could be.

-- Your focus on the possibility of failure leads to failure. Get back to work and take a chance on success.

-- Something you have forgotten about can be of use now. Have faith that it's there and that its influence will lead you. If not obviously, then in an intuitive flash or sudden memory.

-- "Appearances are deceiving." This may only look like a failure. Wait, something rather unexpected may yet bloom from this effort.

-- Time to "harvest" your work. I.e., get it out in the world, share it with others.

-- It's not possible to totally fail. Each moment is new, with new possibilities.

And I'll close with some lyrics from a beautiful song "Bring on the Wonder" by Susan Enan (on her album "Plainsong):

"I don't have the time for a drink from the cup
Let's rest for a while 'til our souls catch us up

Bring on the wonder
Bring on the song
I pushed you down deep in my soul for too long"


(If you'd like to read other posts on this card, click on the "Seven of Pentacles" Label at the bottom of this post. Then scroll past a repeat of this new post to get to the older.)
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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." (Though I immediately delete any I now find that lead to questionable sites.) If you are interested, you can try Googling for the name of the site or article referenced. I'm finding 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, March 26, 2015

FURTHER EXPLORATION OF THE FIVE OF PENTACLES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-- Delicacy that needs not only acknowledgement but protection.

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

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

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

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





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

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

A FOUND TAROT PAGE OF WANDS (kinda, sorta)

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

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

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





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

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A FOUND TAROT WHEEL OF FORTUNE (X)

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

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

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

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

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





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



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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FURTHER EXPLORATION OF THE KNIGHT OF CUPS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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