Monday, May 29, 2006

THE ACE OF SWORDS

TODAY’S TAROT CARD IS the Ace of Swords. This version is by Andrew Plotkin and is from his very funny deck, The Uncarrot Tarot:



Here’s the Ace of Swords in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:



THE ACE OF SWORDS: I recently had a dream in which is kept seeing version after version of the Ace of Swords, so thought I’d do a post about it today. At about the same time, a friend forwarded the link to The Uncarrot Tarot to me and I spent a lot of time enjoying it. I also tried to correspond his suits to the usual suits of the Tarot, without consistent success but with a lot of laughter. I finally settled on Swords being his suit of Silly Hats as hats are for heads, and heads (hopefully) hold brains and, therefore, sometimes even intellect. And, voila, could be considered "airy" as the suit of Swords is. Oh, and feathers are on birds, who fly in the air .... all of which reasoning demonstrates an expression another friend and I used to apply a great deal to The Tarot "If it doesn't fit, we'll make it fit." Which actually could fit Andrew's suit of Hammers. LOL!

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE ACE OF SWORDS (back to being serious, folks):

Don’t turn worldly frustration into anger at one’s self.

Cut the Gordian knot as this issue will not yield to thought, only to action. Consider carefully, though, what may be lost in the cutting.

Cutting off one’s own nose to spite one’s face; cutting off one’s nose to spite someone else.

Whatever behavior you are repeating or whatever you are obsessing about “cut it out!”

You are stuck on the horns of a dilemma, or hoisted on your own petard.

You have the choice to change your thinking, whether you think so or not.

The sword cuts both ways, so be careful.

Can indicate a person of great intellect.

Aces in General: Can mean one needs to go back to the beginning to "pick up lost stitches," or start again from scratch. Can also simply suggest taking stock or a second look before taking any new action.


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‘til next time, keep using your mind and enjoying The Tarot,

Roswila

[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 some articles about Tarot.****

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

THE MAGICIAN (I)

TODAY’S CARD IS The Magician (I). This version is from the beautiful Gaian Tarot, by Joanna Powell Colbert and is used by permission:



Here’s The Magician in the Rider/Waite/Smith Tarot:



THE MAGICIAN: I have always found a strong association between The Magician, and music and musicians. So when I saw The Magician in the lush Gaian Tarot I was especially delighted.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE MAGICIAN (I):

Can refer to music and/or a musician.

You are in some sort of transition, possibly stuck in it.

Loneliness (only the “I”).

You did the best you could given the skills and tools you had.

Charisma, possibly used selfishly.

As much as one learns, one does not know it all, ever.

Can indicate a person with mediumistic abilities; or that a deceased person wishes to communicate; or thoughts about the afterlife or a deceased person.


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Resource: The Colman-Smith Tarot, you can download this psychedelically re-colored version of the Rider/Waite/Smith deck for free here.

‘til next time, keep learning and enjoying The Tarot,

Roswila

[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 some articles about Tarot.****

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

MEDITATION ON THE EMPEROR CARD IN THE XULTUN (MAYAN) TAROT DECK

The Emperor (IV) in the Xultun (Mayan) Tarot by Peter Balin


Below is a transcipt of a meditation I did several years ago, that I think illustrates the power of symbols to move and teach us. I always recommend meditating on a deck’s cards in order to develop a personal relationship to the deck's symbols, above and beyond the meanings assigned to them by any accompanying literature.

I should mention that in the Xultun Tarot, the Major Arcana can be laid out to make one large picture, as at one point I talk about it in relationship to the High Priest card. The Resource link at the bottom is to Aeclectic Tarot where you can see more of the cards from this beautiful and unusual deck.



"MEDITATION ON THE EMPEROR CARD IN THE XULTUN TAROT:

I chose The Emperor card to meditate on tonight because he gives me trouble, this archetypal patriarch with all his stuff hanging around him. Whereas the High Priest seems to have his possessions in proportion, The Emperor is weighed down by them. He almost looks immobilized, imprisoned. His hands look as if hand-cuffed and his feet as if manacled: a prisoner of his materiality. Yet I yearn to redeem him! The jaguar cloud of the High Priest's speech seems to reach him, and he appears to listen to and even look toward the High Priest. This is hopeful. But he needs much softening and lightening up in order to be approachable, at least by me.

On a whim, I turn The Emperor card upside down. The green feathers on his head-dress appear to strain upward now, strain to grow, to be heard or seen. He appears more to hold a necessary heavy burden in the crook of his arms: a load of firewood for the house, or a bunch of toys for his kids, or a wonderful new tree for his wife's garden. He is pausing to catch his breath. It's been a long hard day of building, and at the same time, of trying to keep those green feathers from growing too obvious. They disturb him. Tenderness is not something he is comfortable with. Hard work, logic, deep thinking, yes; but not this tickling at the base of his skull, where he can't quite get a grasp on it. Maybe the wife will give him a good neck rub when he gets home. “

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P.S. The post for today on Roswila’s Dream & Poetry Realm is also about Tarot (link at bottomof this post).

Resource: Sample Cards from Xultun Deck on Aeclectic.Net; overall, this is one of the best Tarot sites I’ve found on the web.

‘til next time, keep seeing things from new angles and enjoying The Tarot,

Roswila

[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 some articles about Tarot.****

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Monday, May 22, 2006

THE NINE OF SWORDS

TODAY’S CARD IS the Nine of Swords. This version is from the Maat Tarot, by Julie Cuccia-Watts and is used by permission:



Here’s the Nine of Swords in The Rider/Waite/Smith Tarot:



THE NINE OF SWORDS: I chose this card to look at today because it is pretty much how I’ve been feeling on and off (more on than off) for several months. I.e., trying to wake up from a very bad dream.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON MEANINGS FOR THE NINE OF SWORDS:

The evil or intense difficulty is only temporary.

In general, the nines in The Tarot can indicate something that will pass quickly (as opposed to the tens which may be more stable and completed).

Trying to be in total control is exactly how things get messed up.

Keep it light! It’s not as bad as you fear.

Detach as much as possible from the situation or the person(s) involved; they are weighing you down and making clear thinking less likely.

Still “in bed” with the past.

The nightmare is in how you are thinking about it, not the situation itself.

A “heart stopping” moment, but things are really OK.

You’ve dealt with it for now, but the pattern may repeat if you haven’t dealt fully consciously.

Surprising generosity from some quarter.

Stop dreaming about it and do it!


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Resource: Joan's Reviews and Resources, a wonderful Tarot site where you can see some side by side comparisons of various decks; also has links and lists of e-zines.

‘til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot,

Roswila

[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 some articles about Tarot.****

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

REVIEW OF TAROT JOURNALING, by Corrine Kenner

Tarot Journaling:
Using the Celtic Cross to Unveil Your Hidden Story
(Llewellyn Worldwide, ISBN 0-7387-0643-4)

by Corrine Kenner


If you are new to Tarot or journaling, read this book! If you are an experienced Tarot reader or journalor, read this book! If you have ever even vaguely considered journaling – with or without Tarot – read this book! Author Corrine Kenner has created an amazingly accessible and thorough introduction to the rich world of journaling based in use of the Tarot.

Let me stress first, as the author does, you need not know anything about either Tarot or journaling to benefit from this book. Kenner offers clear, concise, uncomplicated Tarot basics, including how to choose a deck if you do not have one. Suggestions for choosing one’s physical journal (spiral, looseleaf, electronic, etc.) and the styles of journaling are also included. On the other hand, I have kept various journals (dreams, Tarot, daily, etc.) for many, many years and I found a great deal of value in her book.

Kenner’s outlining of the many benefits of journaling is not only accurate based on my own experiences and the shared experiences of many friends over the years, but is backed up by reference to research. She addresses the various inner hitches you may come across in journaling, always emphasizing that we respect ourselves as we would another person. The ethics of journaling are covered, including the issue of whether to read Tarot cards about someone else without their knowledge.

The author suggests that a journal can be the foundation for in-depth work with the Tarot, offering exercises and ideas for deepening your relationship to each of the cards. A great many of her ideas are gold mines for creative writers, even those not specifically suggested for such a use. And her suggestions for Tarot journaling from the time frames of past and future could be not only a great deal of fun, but offer healing, enlightening insights and fresh perspectives.

The chapter on family and friends is rich and intense. (As with all of the author’s suggestions throughout, one can pick and choose what one wishes to work with, or not.) In another chapter, Kenner carefully addresses the issues of “fortune telling,” and intuition vs. psychic talent. She stresses that the cards are not “psychic,” that only the reader may be – though you need not be to work with the Tarot. She nicely defines the various psychic abilities some folk may have. And Kenner ends the book with very good suggestions on how to best approach developing your psychic abilities which, as she states earlier, the cards can help you do.

Many Tarot readers, including myself, find that they have lost interest in the well-known, several card Celtic Cross layout for Tarot cards. Progressing through the Celtic Cross, Kenner uses a position meaning of the layout as a springboard for each of the chapters. By the end of her book, I found the Celtic Cross layout had been revivified for me.

The appendices are very helpful and uncomplicated, including Tarot card reading templates for journal records, and brief definitions for each of the 78 cards in a standard deck.

In my early years with the Tarot I read every new (and old) Tarot book I could afford or get my hands on. But in recent years, too many new books seemed to be re-hashing previous ones and I stopped (for the most part) doing more than reading online reviews. When I recently came across an ad for “Tarot Journaling” I was immediately excited by the fresh subject and I have not been disappointed. I believe “Tarot Journaling” is the single best book about Tarot, journaling, self-healing and inner worlds exploration that I have read in many years. It is also, by far, the most accessible and “user friendly” for readers of all levels of interest and experience.

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P.S. I'm working on a review of the wonderful Babylonian Tarot deck and book by Sandra Tabatha Cicero.

‘til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot cards, and recording your readings and responses to them,

Roswila

[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 some articles about Tarot.****

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

THE TWO OF WANDS

TODAY’S CARD IS The Two of Wands; this version is from The Mary El Tarot and is used permission:



Here’s The Two of Wands in The Rider/Waite/Smith Tarot:



THE TWO OF WANDS:

Many years ago, this card gave me a very clear answer when I pulled it at random on a puzzling dream. So I have a particular fondness for it. The first of the meanings I offer below came out of that dream exploration.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON MEANINGS FOR THE TWO OF WANDS:

Time to stop playing it safe; the world you can hold in your hands is too small a world for you.

A need to establish psychic boundaries.

“Six in one and half a dozen in the other.”

It may be time to stop all the planning and thinking, and DO it.

The world is much more open and rich than you are allowing yourself to perceive.

Yearning; what one truly wants to be.

Foundations laid to date may not yield the desired results.


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That's all for now on different takes on the Two of Wands.

Resource: Learning the Tarot, an online course.

‘til next time, keep balancing out your worlds and enjoying The Tarot,

Roswila

[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 some articles about Tarot.****

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

THE EMPRESS (III)

For today, Mother's Day, I've chosen THE EMPRESS (III) card of The Tarot. The below version is from the Victoria Regina Tarot deck:



Here’s THE EMPRESS (III) in The Rider/Waite/Smith Tarot:



THE EMPRESS: Since it’s Mother’s Day I thought it would be appropriate to post about what is often considered the archetypal mother in The Tarot. In my other blog (see link at bottom of this post) I’ve celebrated in poetry the lives of my two mothers. Here, in my choice of The Empress from the Victoria Regina Tarot, I’m celebrating the lives of my grandmothers. This particular III even strongly resembles old photos I remember seeing of my father’s mother in her youth.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON MEANINGS FOR THE EMPRESS (III):

The underlying mechanism of empathy: creative imagination – one imagines what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes.

One needs to reclaim one’s strong, caring, independent aspects.

Boredom or monotony, probably rising from not using one’s creative energies.

Can represent (and sometimes predict) an actual person of influence – usually, though not always, a woman. More so than other cards commonly said to represent an actual person (e.g. the Court cards).


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Resource: Wikipedia-The Empress. This is a great site on which to look up almost anything.

‘til next time, enjoy the creativity The Tarot can inspire,

Roswila

[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 some articles about Tarot.****

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Saturday, May 13, 2006

THE HIEROPHANT (V; The Pope)

TODAY’S CARD IS The Hierophant (V). The rendering below is from the The Mary El Tarot and is used by permission:



Here’s The Hierophant in The Rider/Waite/Smith Tarot:



MY TAROT BACKGROUND: I’ve been studying, collecting, and teaching about Tarot cards for over 30 years; my other two passions are dreams and poetry (see link at bottom to my dreams and poetry blog).

Over these years, I have collected my notes about Tarot card meanings in piles of envelope backs, yellow sticky notes, pieces of old flyers, etc. It occurred to me that I should assemble these notes on meanings so that I could more easily refer to them. Ergo, this blog. I will not include here the more traditional meanings (as I learned them), but only those that were – at least to me – less common when they occurred to me.

Books and web sites abound for the more traditional meanings of the Tarot cards. If you are a beginner with The Tarot, I highly encourage you try some of the links listed as resources at the bottoms of previous posts here or do a web search of your own. Tarot is an extremely diverse and exciting field.

I ultimately offer any of the meanings I post here hoping to contribute to the rich and constantly evolving universe of The Tarot.

THE HIEROPHANT:

In the Mary El Tarot V is visually very pleasing and also quite different from many other renderings. For one, I revel in its being female, as V is usually male – sometimes titled The Pope. I chose The Hierophant to look at today because it is in my personal family of cards in The Tarot (one can determine cards of personal relevance by birth date, astrology sign, and numerology--see Resource link at bottom of this post). V also holds an additional resonance for me because Ganesh appears on The Hierophant in the Secret Daikini Oracle, and Ganesh is my dearest Deity.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON MEANINGS FOR THE HIEROPHANT (V; THE POPE):

Not listening to one’s friends, or intuition, or dreams, or some professional one has consulted, when it might do well to at least hear what’s being offered.

Stuck in the middle.

Required to act as a mediator, as opposed to initiating any action of one’s own.

Secrecy.

Not wanting to or not able to connect with others.

The issue in question is an unconscious process, or elements of the unconscious are very much in play, so all the information needed to make a decision or move, is not yet available.


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That’s all for now on different takes on The Hierophant.

Resource: Innerchange-Tarot, how to determine your Tarot “profile,” i.e., cards in the Tarot of particular relevance to you. This site also has some other good articles on The Tarot.

‘til next time, keep listening to and enjoying The Tarot,

Roswila

[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 some articles about Tarot.****

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