Friday, July 28, 2006

THE QUEEN OF CUPS

TODAY'S CARD IS The Queen of Cups. This version is copyright Amy K. Brown/HeatherWind Designs:



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



THE QUEEN OF CUPS: My favorite version of this Queen is in The Thoth deck. But, that said, this Lady always seems to me to have an incredible array of dark and light depths. For instance, I found this Queens of Cups when searching for a version to post today -- don't miss what is said about darkness below the image, by the way. (I only found this image because I'd googled for "Queens of Cups," and I'm glad I made that typo.) I hasten to add, though, that the Queen of Cups can also be a Lady of tremendous light, creativity, and beauty. However, I think those aspects of Her possibilities get plenty of attention elsewhere on the internet. :-)

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE QUEEN OF CUPS:

Negatively aspected, withholding insight that would be very valuable to the situation, maybe out of fear of how it will be received or a desire to control.

Watch the tendency to try to force one's vision on others; it may not be time for your vision if force seems necessary.

Don't become mesmerized by your dark reflection; you need to own your entire self, not just the darker aspects.

Taking what others say or what one senses from others, too much to heart.

Skilled at intuitively filling in the blanks and creating a workable picture/plan.

A subtle ability to reflect others back to themselves.

When the right situation/relationship comes along you will know it if you listen to your heart.

Someone will make a great offer, maybe one you can't refuse.


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Resource: Key Word Tarot Card Grid; some key words for several entire decks.

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

‘til next time, keep reflecting on your intuitions 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, July 26, 2006

THE SEVEN OF PENTACLES

TODAY'S CARDS IS The Seven of Pentacles. This version is by Firemaiden for the Third Aeclectic Community Tarot:



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



THE SEVEN OF PENTACLES: I used to get this card frequently and still do on occasion. The Seven of Disks (Pentacles) is called "Failure" in The Thoth deck, the first deck I studied assiduously decades ago. And I have a tendency to assume or fear failure when things get too quiet, or hit a hitch, or even are just about to change for the better. It will usually then remind me that it is probably how I am interpreting things and not the situation that is in trouble; if, of course, I have done the necessary work. That it is my unconscious fear of the coming change that is coloring my view of things. Hey, I'm a Capricorn! I like organization and structure, and change can be messy. :-) For some synchronicity involving another version of this card and the graphic, see my dreams and poetry blog post for today, "P.S. To 'Prose and Poetry at the Lighthouse.'"

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE SEVEN OF PENTACLES:

It's "dead and buried," but you still need to contemplate it. There's valuable information there.

If you are feeling envy, it might be a good idea to learn from the situation. I.e, how did they do it?

Financial difficulties or other kinds of material "failures."

Unconscious stuff is about to undermine you.

Yearning, but for what? Meditate on this.

Stopping efforts just as they are about to bear fruit out of fear of success.

Watch how others accomplish what it is you are wanting to do.

Think this over carefully. What action or response does it actually require, if any?

Other changes have to be more fully developed before you take the action you are considering.

All that is blocking you from the rewards of your hard labor is your fear.

Get clear on your intentions and take the first steps, then wait for feedback.


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Resource: Hollywood Tarot, this is fun, e.g. the Three of Cups is Dolly Parton.

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

‘til next time, keep planting your intentions 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, July 23, 2006

THE TWO OF SWORDS

TODAY'S CARD IS The Two of Swords. This version is from The Wheel of Change Tarot, by Alexandra Genetti:




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



THE TWO OF SWORDS: I've wanted for some time to post the unusual scissors version of The Two of Swords above. But some other card kept cutting it out of the first spot in the queue. And now, at last, justice prevails. Or at least what's sometimes referred to as the mini-Justice card. :-)

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE TWO OF SWORDS:

Judgments about self or others; others may be judging your actions.

Don't cut someone off without very careful consideration.

Conforming to keep the peace.

Temporary peace.

Stalemate.

Someone may cut you out or off.

Someone may appear to be cutting you off, but they may be simply attempting to balance out their lives at the moment.

Indecisiveness; "Six in one, half a dozen of another."

Enough intellectualizing, give over to your intuition (or vice versa).

Balance between intellect and intuition.

Take your time making the choice; listening to both intellect and intuition.

Rising above conflicts.

Here is the place and the time is now; "X marks the spot."

Don't shut your eyes to the imbalance in this matter in your well-meaning desire to be fair. Sometimes one "side" needs to be backed over the other in order to achieve true equity.

Reconciliation.


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Resource: Tarot Symbols, A Brief Guide by Maryl; one way to start learning about the Tarot’s rich symbology.

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

‘til next time, keep finding peace 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, July 21, 2006

THE HANGED MAN (XII)

TODAY’S CARD is The Hanged Man. This version is The Hanging Man from The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age (a/k/a The Reverse Tarot) by John Starr Cooke:



For comparison, here’s The Hanged Man in the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck:



THE HANGED MAN:

In addressing The Devil in my last post I was drawn to get out The Reverse Tarot, my first deck ever (published in 1969). After going through the deck, I chose The Hanging Man for today because it has always puzzled me, even more than many of the dense and intriguing images in the Reverse Tarot. I quote from the book accompanying this deck as the design is different enough from the more traditional Hanged Man to deserve some exploration:

“As the Hanged Man was trapped physically, [The Hanging Man] is trapped morally and he is weighed down by the two figures dangling by his outstretched arms. ... He must drop the ego illusion that he is indispensable to others. .... The Hanging state awaits the redemption of the act.... The Hanging Man represents the Christ state. This involves the balancing of all opposites by permitting all to flow through him. .... Between earth and sky, matter and spirit, the Hanging Man stands not only as a balancer but as a bridge, a mediator, and by this very token a sacrifice. The redemption lies in the effort to bridge, reconcile and bring together the seeming opposites. .... As an observer or witness, the Hanging Man is weighted down by these two principal enacters [the two hanging people/polarities] within his own mind-projection stating the law of opposites. He weeps since he can seemingly do nothing to resolve their plight. He knows infinite consciousness and infinite unconsciousness simultaneously yet cannot move forward until the male and female sides of his own projection are going in the same direction, no longer divided, but in the harmony of Unity. Unity alone produces redemption ..... He awaits his place in the heavens, but he knows he shall never attain it until every living entity is redeemed. Redemption is a universal act. ... But the responsibility is first of all to Self – for only thus can universal redemption be accomplished."

The above is not all that was “shaken out of the tree” by my previous post on The Devil. Cooke, the designer of The Reverse Tarot, also designed a triple deck set, “The Word of One Tarot,” and I felt compelled to pull out this set, as well (published in 1992). The decks address three different levels of the development of consciousness – from Atlantean, to Gypsy/Medieval, to The Aquarian Age. (The deck for the Aquarian age in this triple set is the complete Reverse Tarot plus one additional Major, The Wanderer; the other two are original decks by Cooke with the Majors only.) I may devote a post in the future to this triple set, and share the results of a reading I did for myself with it last night.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE HANGED MAN:

Many years ago, I read that adopting the posture of a figure on a card can deepen one’s relationship to it. And, yes, back then I managed to get myself upside down against the wall. That was quite a rush, one I’d not had in a great many years, and all that readjustment of perception! This generated an insight into The Hanged Man for me: You need to shake your viewpoint up. It is your perception that needs changing, not the situation.

You are hung-up on this issue. Give it a rest and come back to it later.

Someone is not to be trusted. They may “hang you up” or “out to dry,” or leave you to “blow in the wind.”

Action delayed too long.

Preoccupation with money or material things.

Your conscious “hang-ups” at this time make action risky or improbable.

Some situation is about to turn upside down.

Be prepared to fall “head over heels” for someone or some area of endeavor.

Try suspending your own feelings/thoughts on this matter. It could make room for higher wisdom.

You need a vacation, either literally or metaphorically. Relax.


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Resource: Review of the Word of One Tarot, with images from the Reverse Tarot and a link to images from the Atlantean and Gypsy/Medieval decks, too.

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

‘til next time, keep seeking unity 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, July 19, 2006

THE DEVIL (XV)

TODAY’S POST IS The Devil (XV). This version is © Stephanie Pui-Min Law (visit her wonderful galleries at Shadowscapes):



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



THE DEVIL (XV)

OK, it’s time to give The Devil its due and talk about this card. Even though I myself have told many a Tarot newbie that there are no bad Tarot cards, some societal conditioning runs rather deep. I.e., I still find myself a bit, oh, shall we say apologetic that this is one of my family of Tarot cards. (You can determine several cards in the deck that have personal meaning for you by various means, such as birth date. The Devil is Sun sign Capricorn, and so am I.) I also suspect my hesitation to address this card has deeper significance for me and, therefore, it might be helpful if I post it sooner rather than later to see what gets shaken out of the tree. LOL! That expression puts me in mind of The Devil, renamed The Thinker, in The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age (by John Cooke and Rosalind Sharpe)*, who sits in a tree surrounded by flames. Hm....

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE DEVIL:

I'm making an exception here and quoting first from the book accompanying The Reverse Tarot on The Thinker (the "progressed" Devil): "If he didn't sit and think about them, the chains might drop and leave him free to descend from the tree." "Don't take your time. Respond at once to the action of your heart." "In the Aquarian Age, there is no outer Devil to tempt you. It is only your own inner THINKER which enslaves you." [end quotes]

Self-imposed limitations.

Learning from life’s hard lessons.

Not yet time to lead or teach others, you are too bound up in personal issues.

Bound up too much in someone else’s issues.

A teacher/teaching that challenges what you have previously believed. Remember that doubt is an important spiritual tool.

Temptation, rather than being seen as a failing, can be seen as an opportunity to recognize your choices. I.e., an opportunity to stay conscious and act responsibly.

You may be intensely influenced/bound by issues of nature and/or nurture. Therefore, childhood is a good place to look for information relating to the issue of inquiry.

Lighten up; don’t take yourself quite so seriously. (There’s that old expression that “Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.”)

By the light of recent grace or insights, you can lift the chains of some negative habit.


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* This link is to a review of a later triple deck that Cooke produced, which includes the entire Reverse Tarot. The Thinker is in the bottom row, far left.

Resource: Photographic, Computer Manipulated and Collage Tarots, view several samples from some unusual decks, including The Devil card.

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

‘til next time, keep lightening up 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, July 16, 2006

REVIEW OF A TINY FOLIO: The Art of the Tarot

The Art of the Tarot
by Christina Olsen
A Tiny Folio
Abbeville Press Publishers
1995; ISBN 0-7892-0016-3

Yes, this book was published many years ago, but it is truly timeless. And The Art of the Tarot may be a small book – 4" X 4-1/2" – but it is huge in content. It is filled with beautiful color plates of Tarot cards – 275 to be exact – from the 15th through the 20th centuries. My only wish is that fewer plates for any one deck had been included, so samples from more decks overall could have been shared. But maybe that’s being greedy! :-) It covers quite a span through the centuries as it is. The Art of the Tarot also manages to fit in a short history of the cards and a brief guide to reading them.

Every time I wander delightedly through this book, I find other cards to wonder over. For example, The Hermit card in the 17th century Gioseppe Maria Mitelli Tarot – a naked old man with wings, walking on crutches. (This way, we stumble; that way, we fly? Hm...) Or the soft pointillism-like abstract art of the modern Dorflinger Tarot.

It’s true that in this day of the internet there are many sites on which the art of the Tarot can be viewed. However, there is something to be said for holding a beautifully produced book with lovely color art plates in it. I keep my copy by my easy chair to enjoy in quiet contemplation and leisurely enjoyment.

In short, this not-so-Tiny Folio makes a wonderful addition to the resources of any Tarot art lover.

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

‘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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Friday, July 14, 2006

THE PAGE OF PENTACLES

TODAY'S CARD IS The Page of Pentacles. This charming version is by Love Beth Drew:



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



THE PAGE OF PENTACLES: Many years ago I had a reading by a psychic Tarot reader. He said that this Page in the position it was in indicated a "certain adolescence" that was not the best quality for me to encourage in myself. At the time this made sense within the reading as a whole, though I had to chew it over after the reading to come to that (:-D). To this day, whenever I see The Page of Pentacles I remember his comment. Only now I am thankful to have a "certain adolescence." At 62, I welcome this youth's presence in my inner community.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE PAGE OF PENTACLES:

Pages in general: can indicate that energy has begun to unblock, or readjust, or move again. (The suit and placement of the Page should help identify what sort of energy.)

Don't let yourself be undermined by the essentially immature or simply inexperienced attitude or advice of someone around you.

Moodiness; stubbornness.

Can indicate an adolescent way of thinking/responding/acting.

Coming to conclusions too quickly without all the information.

This is it. There won't be any more to this situation. "That's all she wrote."

Learning how to limit one's behaviors to fit the situation.

Someone from your young adult or teen years may surface, for good or for ill.

A younger person has something important to teach you, if only by example.

You are in the process of learning about this issue. Give it time. You will know what to do soon enough.

Slow down. Take joy again in learning, which for children is often indistinguishable from play.


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Resource: Excerpt from "The Symbolism of The Tarot", by P.D. Ouspensky, the Russian occultist (1878-1947).

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

‘til next time, keep learning with delight 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, July 12, 2006

THE FIVE OF SWORDS

TODAY'S CARD IS The Five of Swords. This version is from The Ferret Tarot, by Elaine Moertl:



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



THE FIVE OF SWORDS: I just got out of my "gibbous moon crazies" and thought I'd go for a little bit of humor with The Five of Swords from The Ferret Tarot above. It's drawing is a fun way to represent that sort of childish defiant attitude that is definitely one of the traditional readings for this card.

After I drafted this post, I happened to look at my daily appointment book in which I have a Tarot card entered for each day (from a reading I do regularly that uses the entire deck). The card for today? The Five of Swords. I don't claim this is anything remarkable as I may have unconsciously remembered this. However, one of the great gifts of the Tarot, IMHO, is based in just this sort of helping us to recall ourselves, to nudge us toward home.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE FIVE OF SWORDS:

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.

Fear that history may repeat itself.

Can represent someone who's hard to get along with.

An attitude of "get them before they get you."

Envy: one's own, or the effects of others' envy of you on you.

Time to gather your resources (similar to The Ten of Wands).

In a transition: learning to let go of somethings, yet still clinging to others.

Help is being offered. Trust it, stop fighting it off.

Stop wasting your time and energy holding back, and get moving.

The only thing missing for things to change is your full participation.

Reclaiming aspects of self one has projected on to others, or buried under projections from others on to you.

Learning to work with others again.

Learning from others' mistakes; "taking a page from someone else's book."

Reclaiming, or a need to reclaim one's energies from relationships or projects that no longer nourish; reclaiming aspects of self.

Making an idea your own by working creatively with it.


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Resource: Tibetan Book of the Dead and The Major Arcana by Cheryl Lynne Bradley. Decades back when I was first studying the Tarot, I also read a Jungian take on The Tibetan Book of the Dead and was struck by resemblances to various cards in The Tarot. So when I recently ran across this article I was delighted.

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

‘til next time, keep reclaiming who you are and enjoying The Tarot,

Roswila

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

THE KNIGHT OF CUPS

TODAY'S CARD is The Knight of Cups. This version is from The Dragon Tarot, author Nigel Suckling and artists Roger and Linda Garland:



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



THE KNIGHT OF CUPS: I ran across the above mentioned Dragon Tarot online yesterday, and having a long and loving history with dragons I was charmed by it. (See ON DRAGONS, WITH THREE DRAGON DREAMS, the June 28, 2006 post to my dreams and poetry blog, link at bottom of this email.) I've also recently received a series of little surprise gifts from friends so when deciding on the card for today I was drawn to The Knight of Cups.

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE KNIGHT OF CUPS:

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."

Accept what others offer; don't minimize their praise or gifts.

Something is not as good as it looks; if it seems to good to be true it probably is.

Though rarely, I have seen a "Trojan Horse" aspect in this card. There may be unexpressed motives on the part of the giver (whether someone else or yourself).

Although there may be no deliberate deception involved in the giving, the situation is emotionally charged and can be setting up mis-understandings.

A surpise gift may be coming your way.

Follow any impulse right now to be exceptionally generous. It is coming from Spirit.


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Resource: Source of the Waite/Smith Tarot Symbols, charts showing the deck sources for various symbols in the Major Arcana of the Rider/Waite/Smith deck; at the end are a few more Tarot history links.

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

‘til next time, keep giving generously and enjoying The Tarot,

Roswila

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

THE SIX OF CUPS

TODAY'S CARD IS The Six of Cups. This version is from The Feng Shui Tarot, by Eileen Connolly and Peter Paul Connolly:



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



THE SIX OF CUPS: As to the Feng Shui Tarot's corresponding of the suit of Cups with the Phoenix, the little white book that comes with the deck does not explain this odd correspondence (water = fire?). It simply states that of the two schools of Feng Shui, this deck "employs visual depictions of Form school Feng Shui as a means of balancing a site and its environment within a particular card." So I googled but found other Taroists as confused as I. I hope that the book that has been published to go with the deck explains this. (The other suit correspondences make more sense, at least to this reader.)

Now for some Tarot synchronicity (or more likely, suggestion). One of the meanings for The Six of Cups is childhood abuse, which I did suffer. I drafted this post yesterday and last night had a dream about which I just wrote this haiku:

close to home
the child foils
a stalker

I like very much that the stalker was foiled. :-)

Another Six of Cups traditional meaning is nostalgic pleasure. So I'm going to indulge in a little here. Many years ago I studied both Tarot and Gnothology (numerology) with Eileen Connolly. During one of those courses I had the great delight to see some of the original art work in progress for the lovely (and now long published) Connolly Tarot. I also got to meet the artist, her son Peter Paul Connolly. I was star struck -- Tarot pun definitely intended!

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE SIX OF CUPS:

Addiction issues; alcoholism.

A wish to have it all "handed to you on a silver platter."

Overly sentimental or sweet.

Reactionary attitudes; clinging to what was at the expense of what is.

There's something to be learned from your childhood that when you do will be a gift.

Time to be playful, to have fun, to do what gives you pleasure.


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Resource:Robert M. Place's Web Site, the prolific Tarot artist, and author. (See my review of one of his books that I posted yesterday.)

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

‘til next time, keep having fun and enjoying The Tarot,

Roswila

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

REVIEW OF "THE TAROT: History, Symbolism, and Divination," by Robert M. Place

THE TAROT: History, Symbolism, and Divination

by Robert M. Place
Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin; 2005; ISBN 1-58542-349-1

I first studied the Tarot over 30 years ago and have since read a great many articles and books on its history. Many of them rehashed the same information and a few presented something new or an intriguing slant on the old (at least to me, as I do not consider myself a Tarot scholar, just a passionate devotee). Place’s book is unique in his examination of the evolution of the Tarot symbols themselves. It was this aspect that drew me to the book and initially kept me captivated.

However, Place does not only cover the evolution of Tarot art/symbols, but goes into depth on the underlying philosophies that influenced these designs at any given time. After these chapters, he then examines the classic Rider/Waite/Smith deck’s evolution, making a good case for more important contributions to their design by the artist, Pamela Colman Smith, than she is usually given credit for. In the subsequent chapter, Place examines each of the Rider/Waite/Smith cards, which ultimately revivified the deck for this reader.

Place ends his book with a chapter on reading the cards and offers original layouts. In effect the book has by this point run the gamut from Tarot origins, to evolution, to a classic deck, ending in specific methods of use – effectively grounding the intellectual research in the practical use of the cards. This is an amazing accomplishment, especially as he does not give short-shrift to any of these areas.

Place’s scholarship is evident. He synthesizes information from art history, philosophies, and other Tarot scholars to offer a compelling picture of how the Tarot most probably evolved. I also kept recalling as I read that he has designed four Tarot decks (The Alchemical, The Saints, The Angels and The Buddha Tarots) with a fifth (The Vampire Tarot) soon to be published, and is therefore an artist himself. And what moved me literally from the beginning of the book was that his Tarot calling was presaged in a dream. (My three passions are dreams, poetry and Tarot. See my other blog for dreams and poetry; link at bottom of this post.) It is this combination of scholarship, artistry, and intuition that made the book such an intriguing and gut-trustworthy read for me.

This book is, in essence, a compact course on the Tarot, with an emphasis on the history of its art and symbols. It would be intriguing to people interested in art history of any kind. A person new to the Tarot could find it useful if starting at the chapter delving into the Rider/Waite/Smith deck card symbols and meanings, followed by the chapter on layouts, and then reading the rest of the book from the beginning. But most of all, I believe Place's book belongs in the Tarot library of every serious Tarot afficionado.

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

‘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.****

Sunday, July 02, 2006

THE QUEEN OF WANDS

TODAY'S CARD IS the Queen of Wands. This version is from The Thoth Deck, painted by Lady Frieda Harris:



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



THE QUEEN OF WANDS: Initially I wanted to post any one of several Queen of Wands that are more unusual or newer than the one in The Thoth deck. However, as I mused on the Queen of Wands I recalled the below amazing story from The Tarot Handbook, by Angeles Arrien, that is about the Thoth Queen of Wands:

"...[S]he represents ... a woman who, before she knew who she was, had black hair and walked with a panther by her side. As she began to discover who she was her hair turned brown and the panther changed to a leopard. When she fully realized who she was and began to manifest who she was in the world ..., her hair turned fiery red. At this stage of self-knowledge, she pinched the growth marks of the leopard to prevent it from transforming into a beautiful lion to match her self-knowledge because she wanted a reminder of the dark places from whence she had come (the spots on the leopard)."

After looking up this story so I could quote it here, I found myself re-reading "The Tarot Handbook," mining gem after gem I'd forgotten in the sixteen years since I first read it. Thank you, Thoth Queen of Wands, for shedding your light on this long-shelved book!

DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE QUEEN OF WANDS:

A controlling person.

Repression or denial.

Someone who will not, or should, let go of the past. Or, someone who is ready to move on and just needs encouragement and support to do so.

Someone in the past (living or dead) is attached to the querant and needs to be released.

"Keep the focus on the self," as is said in 12 Step groups. E.g., pay attention to one's own issues, and don't project onto others or get caught up in others' issues.

Something in one's past needs healing ... or ... Something unfinished in one's past is being agitated by this present situation ... or ... Something is only an echo from the past -- acknowledge it and let it go.

This is an odd one, but a friend and I have often seen this card indicate dental problems.

Physical detoxing. I've seen this card many times when I've just begun a diet or fast.

Get as up-to-date with your life's various projects as you possibly can.

I've always seen a hidden likeness to Medusa in this card (wands are sometimes corresponded to serpents), in the sense that a woman's power can sometimes be seen as fearsome. In a reading I've seen this mean: Due to the limitations of the situation, a temporary voluntary damping of one's power and drive is necessary.


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Resource: Thoth Web Gallery, has some original drafts of Lady Frieda Harris's designs for the Thoth deck.

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

‘til next time, keep recognizing where you come from 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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