Friday, June 30, 2006

THE FIVE OF CUPS

TODAY'S CARD is the Five of Cups. This version is from the Blue Rose Tarot, by Paula Gibby (link is to the Tarot Passages page where you can view all of the cards from this deck and email the artist).



For comparison, here's the Five of Cups in the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck:



THE FIVE OF CUPS: I chose the Five of Cups for today because I just ran across the Blue Rose version above and was very moved by its unique AIDS quilt take on the card.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE FIVE OF CUPS:

I find that fives in general in the Tarot have a sense of "separating one's self from the herd." E.g., during times of emotional and psychological growth, especially in the sword and pentacle fives.

Illness, but not necessarily serious.

Time to walk away from the situation lovingly (the Two of Cups upright is behind in the RWS version).

Stop thinking about it and do it! I.e, commit to and take action, whether that be to stay or to go.

Standing firm and taking responsbility for both the mess and the caring.

Try to understand how you got to this pass.

I often recall the expression "What you resist, persists" when I see this card in the RWS version. Another way to put this might be that what you focus on you tend to give energy to. In the RWS version, the focus is on what is spilled, while right behind is the upright and brimming Two of Cups -- usually a rather positive card.


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Resource: Care2.com's click to donate page; given the Blue Rose's Five of Cups theme above, I thought I'd put up this site where you can make a difference in varous issues with clicks of your mouse (and in other ways).

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep working to understand the situation and to enjoy 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, June 27, 2006

THE PAGE OF WANDS

TODAY'S CARD is the Page of Wands. This version is from The Thoth Deck and is named The Princess of Wands in that deck:



For comparison, here's the Page of Wands in the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck:



THE PAGE OF WANDS: I have seen discussion as to whether the Princesses in the Thoth Tarot are appropriately corresponded to the Pages in other decks. I personally feel the "fit" is not exact, but is close enough. No "translation" is ever completely accurate, IMHO, unless one deck is a "clone" of the other (just a re-working of the same symbolism). Not to mention that for me, my working relationship with any card, in any deck, changes over time.

No matter what deck I'm working with I also see the image in my mind's eye of the Princess of Wands from the Thoth deck when I get the Page of Wands. The Princess of Wands was a persistent visitor in my readings many years ago when I was using the Thoth deck during a time of tremendous creative (and other sorts of) change. I ultimately became rather fond of the Page of Wands in any deck, heralding as she had so many different kinds of creative bursts.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE PAGE OF WANDS:

The time is not right for what is urging itself upon you to do.

Sudden creative impulse.

Use this surge of energy wisely, don't waste it or ignore it.

You have a "tiger by the tail." Be careful you do not communicate or act without consideration of your own resources and where others are at on this issue.

This card used to come up when I had been neglecting playing my didjeridu, during the years I was very focused on music (...drums, flutes, rattles...I'm not a trained musician). A didjeridu is an Australian aboriginal instrument made from the hollowed out branch of a eucalyptus tree with a bees wax mouthpiece, looking somewhat like the "wand" the Page is holding in the RWS design. :-D


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Resource: Tarotpedia, on online encyclopedia of The Tarot.

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep using your creative energies wisely 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, June 26, 2006

STRENGTH (VIII or XI)

TODAY'S CARD is Strength (VIII or XI). This unique version is by Love Beth Drew and is used by permission.



For comparison, here's the Strength card in the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck:



THE STRENGTH CARD: There's a difference among decks as to the number assigned to Strength, either VII or IX, though more often it is VIII. (If I recall accurately, there was a re-numbering from VIII to XI to accommodate astrological correspondences, "way back when.") I find either number works fine for me, and usually relate to the number on the Strength card in the deck I'm working with at the moment.

Strength is one of a "Female Trinity" I see in The Tarot, along with The High Priestess and The Empress. These three can be seen as the three aspects of The Great Goddess: The Maiden = The High Priestess (she's often said to be virginal, or "complete unto Herself"); The Mother = The Empress; and The Crone = Strength (it must take a lot of hard-earned wisdom to look a lion in the mouth, :-D). At any rate, I enjoy thinking of these three female cards in this way.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON STRENGTH:

Loss of nerve. But remember that courage isn't a feeling, it's an action (i.e., courage doesn't necessarily feel courageous).

Speak or not speak, do or not do, it doesn't matter. It's a waste of energy and time. This is not where you need to be focusing your energies right now.

A little aphorism I wrote about Strength when meditating on it ages ago:

when looking
a lion in the mouth,
hold still
and listen
very closely

I once used the Strength card as my entry visualization into light trance work. In this light trance I was "told" that this card is essentially a glyph of a reader in communication with the Tarot's collective voice. That all the cards offer a way, but Strength -- more than any other -- represents where/how the individual may hear The Tarot's voice.

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Resource:James Ricklef's site; he's a Certified Tarot Master and freelance writer; the author of several Tarot books; his website has articles about Tarot, some Tarot book and deck reviews, a daily Tarot affirmation, and more, like Tarot games and humor; it also includes some of his fiction and poetry. (I had one of his excellent articles up on my now defunct website.)

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘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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Saturday, June 24, 2006

THE SEVEN OF SWORDS

TODAY'S CARD is the Seven of Swords. This quite unusual take on the card is from the Maat Tarot by Julie Cuccia-Watts and is used by permission.



For comparison, here's the Seven of Swords in the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck:



THE SEVEN OF SWORDS: I've always found the scene on the more traditional versions of this card intriguing. The "thief" often appears to be happy and relaxed, and when one notes he's leaving behind two swords -- the Two of Swords which in some decks is called "Peace" -- it becomes all the more interesting. Then there's the idea of not waiting on others to approve you or to give you permission to be who you are, but simply taking your own power. Sort of like Prometheus stealing fire for humanity from the Deities. (Of course, he suffered for that, but I won't examine that part of the myth here. :-D).

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE SEVEN OF SWORDS:

Wanting or attempting to "get away" with some behavior or thinking you recognize is problematic.

Manipulation, unconscious or otherwise. A need to be more direct with others/yourself. Look at your fear of assertion and confrontation, and what you really/need want right now. Then, should it seem desirable/necessary, go for it in an above-board way.

You may be undermining youself with envy of others (he's carrying five swords -- the Five of Swords, which can be read as envy). Look at what you can do in your own life now without comparison to others or what they may expect of you.

The situation is draining you, "stealing" more from you than you realize. Re-evaluate it very carefully. It may be time to reclaim your independence from it or at least greatly change how you are within it.

"Steal" some time now for yourself to renew.

Best to keep your upset to yourself right now and maintain the peace.

Don't wait for the energy to do it. Doing creates energy.

Taking your power back from a negative state, such as depression or destructive behavior.


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Resource: Housewife's Tarot, an hilarious take on The Tarot, especially for this reader who remembers the 1950's, and be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for a list of links to more serious articles about The Tarot by many different authors.

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep owning your personal power 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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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

THE FIVE OF PENTACLES

TODAY'S CARD is The Five of Pentacles. This version is from the new deck in progress, The Philospher's Stone, by Simon Christopher.



For comparison, here's The Five of Pentacles in the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck:



THE FIVE OF PENTACLES: As someone who is largely an "outsider," and definitely an Urban Hermit, I've always identified a bit with this card. Also having had my share of financial woes over the years, and spiritual struggles, this card tends to resonate for me. Actually, all the Tarot cards move me deeply. Some just seem to do it a bit more persistently. :-)

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE FIVE OF PENTACLES:

I find that fives in general in the Tarot have a sense of "separating one's self from the herd." E.g., during times of emotional and psychological growth, especially in the sword and pentacle fives.

Literal cold weather/temperatures -- this card showed just before my apartment heating system kept breaking down; or metaphorical cold -- feeling "left out in the cold" by a situation/person.

Something in your life needs attention or repair very badly.

Feeling like a failure. Therefore, maybe also afraid of retribution or longing for forgiveness.

Fear of always being the outsider, of being too different or too much.

Get out of your home and be physically active.

Get outside yourself and be more social; share what you have with others.

You feel like an outsider in this situation because you don't belong in it. It's neither healthy nor right for who you are, no matter how much you may want it.

You are meant to be an "outsider," though not ungiving. It is how you gain your unique and valuable view of things.


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Resource: Tarot Meditations. When I was teaching Tarot I always urged meditating on the cards. This site has some good ones for selected cards, though you need not follow an established format to mediate on a card. You can simply gaze at it and be aware of your inner responses. However, a predefined structure definitely has its merits, too.

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep honoring your uniqueness 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, June 18, 2006

THE EMPEROR (IV) (on Father's Day)

TODAY'S CARD is The Emperor (IV). This version is by Thalia Took, and is used by permission.



For comparison, here's The Emperor from the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:



THE EMPEROR: Well, it's Father's Day and The Emperor is often seen as the archetypal father. (Kings are also sometimes seen as fathers.) For a meditation I did on a particular Emperor card, see my post of May 23, 2006, THE EMPEROR IN THE XULTUN (MAYAN) TAROT DECK. For a view of my personal father relationship and one dream-based poem, see my dreams and poetry blog post for today (link at bottom of this post).

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE EMPEROR CARD (IV):

Using anger to deny other feelings such as grief, sorrow, loneliness, etc.

A lot has been done, built, accomplished to get this far and can form the basis for further action.

Difficulty coping with responsibility.

Clairvoyant awareness of (possibly foundational) changes that are coming. If what you see is unsettling, try not to force your awareness on others or fortify yourself against the changes you see, as these behaviors can be experienced by others as beligerent.

Feeling "at home," either in one's literal space (office, house, etc.) or within one's self.


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Resource: Llewellyn's Free Online Tarot Readings. Years back when first exposed to online readings, it took me awhile to realize that they have a valuable position in the Tarot universe. When reading for myself, I go online when I suspect my vision is too clouded by the issue of inquiry to rely solely on my own responses.

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep feeling at home within yourself, 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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Friday, June 16, 2006

DEATH (XIII)

TODAY'S CARD is Death (XIII). This version is by Rebecca Carr (click here to visit her site at Elfwood) and is used by permission.



For comparison, here's Death (XIII) from the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:



DEATH: Of the three cards most likely to startle or frighten inexperienced readers, Death is "first among equals." (The other two being The Devil and The Hanged Man.) Although the Death card can can certainly indicate physical death, oddly enough in my over 30 years of experience, that is the very least of its meanings. The Death card, generally speaking, has everything to do with transformation.

An important note here about reading ethics. No matter what a reader may see in the Death card -- or any card(s) actually -- a death should never be predicted, IMHO. Like so much about life the time a soul picks to do anything, much less leave this plane of existence, is not written in stone. To predict a death, whether or not it happens, can cause the querant a great deal of unnecessary distress. One can, again IMHO, express concern for someone's health or well-being, or offer a warning if an accident or some such event seems imminent in a reading, but never predict a death.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE DEATH CARD:

There's stuff you have to let go of in order to grow.

Too much personal stuff is in the way that you need to deal with or lay to rest for you to proceed at present.

Are you trying to trample the new so that the old can continue?

Are you cutting off the new for fear it will not last?

Things are owed you -- either literally, such as money, or figuratively speaking -- that you may never collect. Is it time to let these "bad debts" go?

Let go of it. If you do not, events will take it from you and you may not like the way it happens. You have the opportunity now to let go graciously.


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Resource: Tarot Passages Tarot Deck Collection, a heavenly site for someone like myself who collects decks, and for anyone who enjoys Tarot art and the varieties of decks that are designed.

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep letting go as needed, 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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Thursday, June 15, 2006

THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE (X)

TODAY'S CARD is The Wheel of Fortune (X). This version is from The Golden Tarot (U.S. Games 2004):



For comparison, here's The Wheel of Fortune in the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck:



THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE: Today's post on my dreams and poetry blog (see link at bottom of this post) has a poem of mine which mentions The Wheel of Fortune at the end so thought I'd address it today.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE (X):

Everything seems to spin out of control, no matter how hard you try. "Can’t win for tryin’."

Are you using your negative experiences to justify negative behaviors in order to avoid the effort required to make true change?

The best you can do at this time of tumultuous change is to center yourself. If you are at the center of the wheel the tumbling and wild swings are more manageable.

"What goes up, must come down." And vice versa. :-D

And lastly, I understand life as a spiral experience. The Wheel of Fortune can be seen as that spiral viewed from above or below. Here's a little poem (aphorism?) I wrote about this idea of life as a spiral that could apply to The Wheel:

passing our pasts
on each turning
of the spiral,
we gather in
and move on

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Resource: Tarot.com's Tarot Library.

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep centering yourself 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, June 13, 2006

THE NINE OF PENTACLES

TODAY'S CARD is the Nine of Pentacles. This version is from The Second Project of The Aeclectic Tarot Community, and is by lunalafey:



Here's the Nine of Pentacles in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck for comparison:



THE NINE OF PENTACLES: This has been a very special card to me for many years. A long time ago I originated and ran an open poetry reading series that I titled "Kestrel" after the bird on the lady's hand in this card. I used the Nine of Pentacles in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck as the logo for this reading series, in which I was attempting to offer a creative space where fellow poets could share with each other and within which I could feature poets I especially admired.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE NINE OF PENTACLES:

Feeling incomplete, even though you may appear to have it all.

It once represented pregancy in a reading, but for a woman who was quite distant from the querant (both in location and relationship).

An "urban hermit." A person who spends a great deal of time alone, usually by choice or nature. (This card came up one time with someone who had once wanted to be a sequestered nun.)

If you are not already putting your efforts out in the world, it may be time to release them, to let them fly.

It is fine, even necessary now, to spend a lot of time cultivating your inner life. You will have all the more to offer the outer world at harvest time.


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P.S. Today's post on my dreams and poetry blog (link at bottom of this post) is also about Tarot -- "Dream Haiku About Tarot Cards."

Resource: The Hermitage: A Tarot History Site, "One objective of tarot history is to trace the many changes the cards have undergone through the centuries, as they were taken to different locales and redesigned by different artists and cardmakers. Many variant designs are beautiful, intriguing, or provocative, giving us a window on the popular culture of different times and places."

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep sharing your bounty with the world and enjoying The Tarot,

Roswila

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

THE MOON (XVIII)

TODAY'S CARD is The Moon (XVIII). This version is from The Babylonian Tarot by Sandra Tabatha Cicero (review below in my post of June 5, 2006):



For comparison, here's The Moon in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:



THE MOON: I recently posted an exploration of my relationship to the actual moon along with a moon poem, on my dreams and poetry blog (see link at bottom of this post). So I thought I'd cover The Moon card in this blog.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE THE MOON CARD:

Addiction or an addictive tendency.

The real or the underlying issue is unconscious and therefore very unclear, if "seeable" at all at present.

The issue you are inquiring about is reflecting aspects of yourself you can't or don't want to see. Surrounding cards may help clarify, or drawing another card from the deck at random. If not, inquire again in the future.

You may not be able to see what you need to because past experiences are coloring your thinking. Maybe draw some additional cards at random on what these old experiences might be.

Long on dreams or ideas, but short on action.

Don't take risks or make changes now, wait until the storm is over or the clouds have cleared.

Things cannot be clear right now; wait.

You may need to allow for change or wildness in your life right now; you may be being overly responsible or controlling.

And with respect to one of the traditional interpretations of this card as referencing psychic abilities, here's an interesting quote I ran across: "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." -- Oscar Wilde


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Resource: The Tarot School, good site with Tarot lessons, readings, teleclasses, a list of free online reading sites, a newsletter, etc.

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep being patient as needed 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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Thursday, June 08, 2006

A FIVE OF WANDS WAKEUP (Dream Exploration Using The Tarot)



[The Five of Wands in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck]

This post is a bit of a departure from my blog's basic focus, but certainly within the topic of The Tarot. It's an old dream exploration of mine that illustrates how dream work, in this instance using The Tarot, can occasionally offer very pragmatic help. (It appeared in 2003, in a slightly different form, in the email newsletter "Dancing World.")


In early May, 2003 I had a lengthy dream that ended with an image that intrigued me:

We have ordered lunch. When it arrives I eat it all, but avoid the pile of orangey-yellowish very fine grain. It winds up spilled on the floor. I clean up as much as I can by hand and tell my friend I will get the broom to get up the rest.

When I did journal work with the entire dream all but this closing image yielded insights. No matter how I thought about and followed the vaguest associations to it, I could not get a decent handle on the “orangey-yellowish very fine grain.” I knew this had to be an important image to which I was resisting relating. This kind of impasse is an example of what can bring me to The Tarot when doing dream work.

I pulled a card at random and got the Five of Wands in the Tarot of the Cat People. This just sort of sat there and did not really resonate, either (1). So I did what I often do when stumped by a card, I reached for my favorite Tarot book, "A Guide to The Herbal Tarot"(2). As soon as I put my hand on the book, I remembered that the Five of Wands in The Herbal Tarot has Turmeric on it.

Gadzooks! It hit me that I had started taking Turmeric – along with other herbs and supplements, losing weight, and exercising – to see if it could help with osteoarthritis pain in my knees. The fine grain in the dream looked just like Turmeric in its spice form, and was the color of the Turmeric tablets I’d been taking.

Why had I resisted seeing this? It was so obvious! Then I remembered what I did in the dream: I did not eat the fine grain. Oh, my, I then became quite sure that the dream image was saying that I should not take Turmeric, that it is not good for me. In dream work this sort of image is called “prodromal” – a message about/from one’s body.

And my resistance to seeing Turmeric in the dream image? I spend a great deal of time researching and then deciding on which herbs and supplements to take, as I have a lot invested in finding healthy alternatives to NSAIDS for pain alleviation (3). So I tend to resist letting go of even one of the many things I have placed a lot of hope in.

Being endlessly curious, I then began to wonder how it was not good for me. As I read what “A Guide to The Herbal Tarot” says about Turmeric, the fact that it stimulates digestion jumped out at me. I’d been having a noticeable increase in appetite that I could trace to starting on Turmeric, as I keep a detailed food and supplement journal. OK. Turmeric was definitely not good for me.

Then I locked on to the part of the dream image of “clean up…by hand,” relating it to the recent increase in the itchiness of eczema patches on my palms, that I had attributed to the healing process. OK. I’ll bet Turmeric was starting to aggravate the eczema(4).

Need I say it? I’ve stopped taking Turmeric as a supplement. I hasten to add, this is based on my own body’s responses. Many, if not most folk might tolerate Turmeric fine as a pain management supplement. (Always, of course, under a doctor’s management.)

Ultimately, this experience has reminded me that no matter how carefully I research and think over anything in life, nothing is certain until I risk doing it.

Footnotes:

(1) Since the five of wands can be seen as representing “the struggle of life,” I did briefly wonder if what the very fine grain symbolized might be stressing me.

(2) “The Spirit of Herbs: A Guide to the Herbal Tarot;” U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT, USA; 1993; ISBN: 0-88079-525-5.

(3) Over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory pain relievers like aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen.

(4) Still curious much later, I looked up the Five of Wands in The Tarot of the Cat People deck on Tarot.com and got a chuckle out of the comment that one might need to develop a thicker skin!


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Resource: see footnote (2) above.

til next time, keep listening to your body 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, June 05, 2006

REVIEW OF THE BABYLONIAN TAROT, by Sandra Tabatha Cicero


THE BABYLONIAN TAROT




Book and Deck by Sandra Tabatha Cicero
Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 13:978-0-7387-0716-7
ISBN: 10:0-7387-0716-3



Whenever I get a new Tarot deck I can barely wait for my first complete look through the entire deck. Like a kid on Christmas morning, opening the gifts from under the tree, sometimes I’m not as pleased as others with the unwrapping. However, with this deck I was delighted.

The Babylonian Tarot’s images are very reminiscent of ancient Babylonian art, at least from my non-expert point of view. They are also extremely evocative, whether one is an experienced Tarot reader or not. A friend who knows next to nothing about the Tarot looked through the entire deck and was very engaged by it, and she is not always by the decks I share with her.

I have since used the deck to explore my night dreams. Since its images are not familiar to me – being from an ancient culture not overly exposed in our art and media – I found it particularly suitable to dream work. It may have shaken my preconceptions loose, allowing for a rather dream-like response on my part.

One of my pet peeves is when a deck is so small that details of the art are hard to see – this deck is a perfect size. Another pet peeve is thin paper stock for the deck – this one is a good weight and nice to handle. The traditional 78 cards all have zodiacal, planetary, qabalistic, and elemental correspondences listed in a detailed appendix. The deck also has five additional cards (one new Major and four extra Courts).

The accompanying book has a wealth of information on a host of Babylonian Deities and legends attributed to the cards, many highlighted with quotes from ancient texts, and all rounded out with suggested Tarot meanings. There are also two Tarot layouts designed especially for use with this deck, and a rich bibliography filled with cites to material on ancient texts.

This is a thoroughly thought out and beautiful deck and book set. I highly recommend it.

‘til next time, keep exploring various decks, 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, June 03, 2006

THE KNIGHT OF PENTACLES

TODAY'S CARD is the Knight of Pentacles. This card is by Major Tom and is part of the First Aeclectic Community Tarot Project:



Here's the Knight of Pentacles in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck for comparison:



THE KNIGHT OF PENTACLES: In reviewing my posts I note I've not done a Court card or a Pentacle, therefore today's card. This knight has been a long-time favorite of mine as one reading for him can be: slow but steady travel along the spiritual path.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE KNIGHT OF PENTACLES:

Knights in general: something getting into motion; if so, Knight of Pentacles usually slowly, Knight of Cups a bit more quickly, Knight of Swords more quickly yet, and Knight of Wands which might say "Do it now before the energy is gone, catch the wave."

Dragging one's heels; hedging one's bets; protesting too much.

Making haste slowly.

"Dumb like a fox;" one who tends to "forget" conveniently.

It can't be rushed. It has to go at its own pace.

A need for patience.

An oppositional personality.

Go slowy, there may be other issues to be dealt with before proceeding.

May appear "slow-witted" but is usually just cautious and thorough, or highly intuitive (which way of obtaining information can take longer as it uses a different brain pathway than "ordinary" thinking).


RESOURCE: TarotTools.com, a very resourceful site, that offers a good email newsletter.

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep taking the time you need, 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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Thursday, June 01, 2006

THE THREE OF CUPS

TODAY'S POST is The Three of cups. This version is from the unique new deck designed by Toni Allen, author of the book "The System of Symbols: A New Way to Look at Tarot."



For comparison, here's The Three of Cups in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:


THE THREE OF CUPS: I was drawn to the Three of Cups in Toni Allen's deck because I'm a sucker for bright colors, especially in the pink/purple range. I also like how it perked up my attention, which I would say the Three of Cups asks of us.

As to The Three of Cups in general, I've again become acutely aware how "reframing" one's thinking in a more positive way can have profound effects on one's inner life, especially one's emotions. This principal always puts me in mind of this card in the Tarot.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE THREE OF CUPS:

Holding positive thoughts may improve your mood and/or concentration.

Whatever you hold in the cup of your mind effects what you feel.

Misery loves company.

Clinging to what clearly no longer works may cause more pain and trouble.

Modeling cheerful/positive behavior on someone else's. Depending on the situation and the model, this can be for good or for ill.

Brainstorm with a couple trusted others to find the solution.


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RESOURCE: Tarot Passages, a hugely resourceful site, including deck reviews, lessons, links, etc.

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep being aware of how you are thinking, and enjoying The Tarot,

Roswila

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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