Tuesday, August 29, 2006

ONE WAY TO UNDERSTAND THE NINE OF WANDS (Poem)

[The Nine of Wands from the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck]

Years back, a friend who knew a great deal about plants and growing them explained how huge sweeping fires were actually necessary to the health of prairies. And how wild horses of the prairies would instinctively run back through the flames to the safety of the burned-out side. I was struck by a "Nine of Wands" feeling as I listened, and the poem below resulted. (For anyone not familiar with The Tarot, Wands are attributed to the element of fire.)


ONE WAY TO UNDERSTAND THE NINE OF WANDS

Maybe it's time to learn
from the wild horses of long lost prairies
and turn, leaping back through the flames
of your denial.

And there, on the other side of conflagration
plant your feet upon the fertile debris
and accept its burned-out peace.

Then rest, and wait for life to rise again,
drawn upward to the clearing skies.


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P. S. I'll address the Nine of Wands in my usual fashion in a future post.

Resource: Tarot.com's Deck Collection, you can view the entire deck here of many popular Tarots.

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, August 27, 2006

USING TAROT TO EXPLORE DREAMS

[The Tarot Three of Cups, copyright Stephanie Pui Min Law, Shadowscapes.]


The following is an April 2006 post from my dreams and poetry blog. Early on, when I realized how much my two blogs would overlap in content, I decided to post any "overlapping" post to the blog that seemed to be most appropriate. However, I've come to feel these sorts of posts should appear on both blogs.

INTRODUCTION

I’ve heard it said that using The Tarot with a dream is like dreaming about your dream. If so, what I’ve also heard said, that sometimes the key to a dream is in a subsequent dream, is particularly apt. I use journaling and dream re-entry, write dream-based poetry, go to the I-Ching and the Runes, and share dreams with friends, and find that The Tarot is as effective as any of these methods for dream work.

EXAMPLE

In my dream I listened to a former friend deny what she was clearly feeling. Leading me to wonder when I awoke, what I might be denying. The card I pulled at random was the Two of Wands from the Rider/Waite/Smith deck. What struck me immediately is that he holds a world globe in one hand. Traditional meanings have to do with “dominion” and “attainment of goals,” which meanings could have served to calm my concern about the dream. After all, he’s holding the world in his hands. But I have learned to stay with images a while and what surfaced next was “The world you can hold in your hands is too small a world for you.” This is not a meaning for the card that I had ever run across anywhere, and it rang all too true. I realized I was about to repeat an old pattern and limit the reach, or grasp, if you will, of my life, by playing it safe. What I was denying was my awareness of this.

The Tarot offered me an immediately graspable (pun intended) image to amplify the dream image. I do not claim that in realizing this I fully understood the dream. Only that because of The Tarot image I was able to recognize an important area of my life referenced by the dream that needed my waking intervention. Of course, not every dream/Tarot interface is as immediate or dramatic. But most are enlightening in some way, and many are humorous--and laughing is sometimes the most healing thing we can do (and there's a lot to be said for just plain enjoyable).

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

My approach to The Tarot is through a mix of intuitive flashes and the more traditional meanings of the cards. However, you need not have studied or even be familiar with The Tarot’s abundant images and meanings to use it to explore your dreams.

What you need are a willingness to set aside the time to listen inwardly to whatever surfaces while viewing the cards in relationship to the dream images. Then to take the time to keep careful notes. Lastly, but actually primarily, you need to hold a basic respect and compassion for yourself and the process, just as if working with someone else and her dream.

If you are going to purchase a Tarot deck for dream work, I recommend getting one with "illustrated pips." I.e., a deck with an illustrated scene on each card of the four minor suits, such as The Rider/Waite/Smith deck, and not just suit symbols. There's more for your intuition to grab on to.

THE PROCESS

Before I go to the Tarot cards, I read over the dream. I let what surfaces, surface. I read the dream as many times as I wish or need to.

Whatever responses, insights, questions arise, I write them down. Sometimes this leads to an exploration of the entire dream and I feel no need or desire to go to the Tarot.

If this reading and note making does not lead to a satisfactory exploration of the dream then I go to the Tarot.

I do sometimes go directly to The Tarot for help with a dream, bypassing reading and mulling it over. I may be rushed, or the dream may be very dense and complicated. In these cases, one card can sometimes open the dream up. But on most occasions when I have gone to The Tarot before working with the dream, I have found it difficult to relate the cards to my dream. Most of the time, when I read and mull the dream over first, when I do go to The Tarot it opens my dream in very helpful and sometimes astounding ways. I believe the attempt to work on the dream first without The Tarot prepares the fertile ground of our unconscious for the advice and insights The Tarot images will help us harvest.

QUESTIONS TO ASK

You may not wish to ask any question of The Tarot before pulling a card on a dream. This works fine, too. I do find, though, that sometimes I want to address a particular aspect or area, so by asking a question in my mind as I shuffle I "fine tune" the answer The Tarot will give.

A good question to ask when pulling one card at random is “What is most important that I hear from this dream?” This can be very illuminating.

Other good questions are:
– “Where is this dream going?” Like our lives, dreams are in process.
– “What action is being urged by this dream?” I find this question useful when I’ve been getting masses of insights from dream work over an extended period of time, but not seeing any translation of these insights into concrete change in my life.

You can also ask any question that comes to you, or none at all, when you pull a card on a dream.

Strange as it may sound, I believe The Tarot can also help glean something from unremembered dreams. I’ll share those questions in a future re-posting from my dreams and poetry blog.

RELATING TO THE TAROT CARDS PULLED

As I mention above, all you really need to do is to listen inwardly to whatever surfaces while viewing the cards. Whatever you think on first viewing the card, even before trying to relate it to the dream, is often most important. Most often I find it offers a welcome insight, though ocassionally it may seem silly, or off-putting. In the latter cases, don't immediately reject that insight, but try to see how it may be amplifying the dream.

Sometimes, one particular aspect of the card "jumps out." Pay close attention to that aspect and what you think or feel about it.

Often the relationship to the dream is immediate and obvious. Sometimes I have to look at the card a bit, and then re-read the dream to make a connection.

A note here to experienced Tarot card readers: The meanings for the cards can also be instructive. Especially when a card seems "dense" in relationship to the dream. However, in my experience intuition trumps meaning, on the rare occasion there is a conflict or contradiction between them. Almost always, though, I find my intuition and the meaning amplify each other nicely.

KEEPING NOTES

Lastly, remember to keep notes. I usually append the card notes to the dream exploration notes, which I append to the actual dream. At one time I kept separate dream and Tarot journals. That got to be unwieldy and confusing. I now find having everything relating to one dream in one place, works quite well. I highlight important things when I've completed working with a dream, to make searching through my notes in the future easier. Often, this actually works. :-) Although I like hand-writing my notes, I do see the advantages to keeping computerized notes, such as the "search" function. You will find what works for you.

CONCLUSION

These are my experiences. We all develop our own relationships with our dream worlds and with The Tarot. You may very well develop your own methods of using The Tarot with your dreams. I offer my experiences as starting points and guidelines.

May we all realize (in both senses of that word) the gifts our dreams offer us.

Resource: a wonderful, extensive Tarot site Aecletic Tarot; among other things it has book, software and deck reviews, Tarot reading lessons, and a forum. As a collector of Tarot decks, I especially love the scanned images from hundreds of Tarot decks. You can sign up for a regular email about what’s new to the site.

‘til next time, keep dreaming, 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.****

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

THE ACE OF PENTACLES

TODAY'S CARD IS The Ace of Pentacles. This intriguing doll version -- DEMETER -- is by Lynn Dewart; be sure to check out some of her other art work on her site.

DEMETER


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



THE ACE OF PENTACLES: This is a card I have frequently seen to represent pregnancy and birth. At one point, years ago when I was still reading Tarot professionally, it showed up so frequently in this capacity that I found myself hesitating to mention this to the querant. I had begun to think it just could not mean another pregnancy. In years past, The Ace of Pentacles has also appeared a great deal in readings for myself. I almost always read it as advising me to eat more healthfully. Specifically, to introduce more whole grains* into my diet.** This never worked out; I always found my appetite increased when I did (something I do not ever welcome :-D), and other digestive and related mood problems ensued. Even so, it was quite some time, including many appearances of The Ace of Pentacles, before I recognized that my body cannot handle grains, especially wheat. This is one of the few times I have thought that maybe reading with reversals*** might have been helpful. That is, might The Ace of Pentacles have shown up consistently reversed, and might I have read that as advising against whole grains? Maybe. But it's more likely that my love of pastas and breads would still have blocked any negative perception of grains, whole or otherwise. I clearly was not ready to give up grains and would not have seen the warning even if writ large in sky writing. :-) By the way, the vast majority of the time I have found The Tarot "gets around" these sorts of personal resistances which is why I find it such an incredible support system, especially when exploring my dreams.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE ACE OF PENTACLES (i.e. 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 this card):

Feeling secure. Or, this security is about to be disrupted.

What appears to have begun may not materialize.

It may be necessary to "go back to the drawing board," to start from scratch on this.

A stalement, or a sudden suspension of activity.

It has begun, there is nothing to be done to stop it. Accept it and it will go easier for you, and you'll be able to be more creative about your responses/actions.

A need to eat more healthfully; to take better care of one's body.

A strong foundation; a really good beginning.

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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* Whole grains are on The Ace of Pentacles in The Herbal Tarot, which I have worked with a great deal over the years.

** I did not usually advise clients on health issue specifics such as these. On the rare occasion when I did I'd always recommend checking with one's doctor.

*** Many readers, such as myself, keep all the cards upright -- finding enough richness in the upright orientation -- and rely on surrounding cards, position in the layout, and intuition to indicate further variations in card meanings.


Resource: Tarot, a jam-packed, easy to read article "about the structure, card imagery, and history and origin of tarot decks..." It also has many links.

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

‘til next time, keep healthfully nourishing 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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Sunday, August 20, 2006

THE PAGE OF CUPS

TODAY'S CARD IS The Page of Cups. This verision, The Boy of Jars, is by Neely Stewart, at Sandraven Gallery, watercolors of the Native American Southewest; don’t miss her other "Myth-based" watercolor art.



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



THE PAGE OF CUPS: Things in my life have recently gotten over-wrought emotionally. Working closely with The Page of Cups for this post refreshed me by precipitating an awe-filled and most welcome memory of my first view of Mohegan Bluffs on Block Island, Rhode Island. I had not seen any photos of the bluffs, nor did I even know I was approaching them as I walked curiously past the Southeast Lighthouse. Suddenly, the cup of the sea held vast, incredible bluffs rising sharply from the rocky beach to end at the fence I stood before and gripped. What a totally unexpected and awesome gift that sight was! And that sight proved to be just the start of many wonder-filled experiences on that island.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE PAGE OF CUPS (i.e. 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 this card):

Can indicate emotional possessiveness, maybe out of fear of loss.

Be more of a witness to your emotions. You may gain perspective on them and the situation out of which they arise.

Try to focus on what is new in the situation. Don't just automatically gravitate to what is familiar, what you know how to do or relate to. Let the situation challenge you.

"Take one step at a time."

Pace yourself. Your cup is very full right now.

What you want isn't manifesting right now, be patient.

Be prepared. This auspicious beginning may not play out the way you want it to.

Watch this new development for now; not time to do anything about or in response to it just yet.

A situation/development may elicit a childlike sense of wonder. Or you may need to cultivate your sense of wonder to refresh your life.

There's much more in this cup than is apparent. Imagination and intuition are the keys.


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Resource: Color Your Own Tarot Cards, a terrific way to get to know the deck and to deepen your receptiveness to symbols in general.

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

‘til next time, keep opening to awe and wonder, 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, August 16, 2006

REVIEW OF SPIRIT HILL TAROT BY STONE RILEY

Spirit Hill Tarot
[The link above is to the deck images with excerpts from the book version. The review below is based on the CD. The art is the same in both.]

Other books by Stoney Riley

[With his bio and contact information.]


There's an hermetic quote I ran across recently: "Without imagination spirit is not perceptible." This new and unusual art Tarot deck can help us let go of surface knowing and allow perception of the deeper and more subtle realms. Even those of us already familiar with this allowing of intuitive responses within ourselves, can benefit from the inspiration of these incredible images on Stone Riley's deck.

I do not presume to be sure how someone with no knowledge of more traditional Tarot images and meanings would fare with this deck. They might fare better than I, with no pre-conceptions to intrude upon awareness or to entice comparisons and wanderings. That said, I have found my years of study of many different deck images actually afford me a ground from which I can take off when viewing these stirring images. Ultimately, I only know I find these art pieces challenging and rewarding, and that there is something extremely nourishing and satisfying about engaging in a dialogue with their worlds.

Some of Stone's Spirit Hill images have a clear visual connection to more traditional Tarot images, such as The Hanged Man:



While others are not clearly related to more traditional images, such as the Page of Fire (Stone calls the four suits earth, air, fire and water):



Some of Stone's images are reminiscent of petroglyphs and other American Indian art, and all are suffused with color and movement, many having nature images. A most intriguing thing is how diverse the images are. There is not a single "style" uniting them. Each card is a world unto itself. Yet there is a sense of community about them as a whole.

The Spirit Hill Tarot designs are art and, IMHO, can be appreciated as art alone, i.e. with no concern for their being Tarot cards. To quote the first sentence from the entry on the CD about art theory: "Spirit Hill Tarot is a massive demonstration of a theory of painting called 'New Modern Art'. According to this theory, we can now create a visual language with immense communicative power by merging the genres of Modern art." On the CD there is also a wonderful chart showing "New Modern Art Theory in a Nutshell." Stone also speaks to Tarot history, shares all of his poems for the Major Arcana, gives brief suggestions for doing a reading, and discusses paganism ("...small religion, big art project"). It is also possible to print out a full color copy of the deck from the CD (Yes!).

After making my first notes toward this review, I had a dream. In it, I was working on the end of this review and decided to compare The Ace of Cups from the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck, The Thoth deck, and the Spirit Hill Tarot to show "a progression," as the dream called it. I had not yet actually viewed the Ace of Water (Cups) in the Spirit Hill Tarot, but the dream made it clear I should. I was amused and moved on viewing the Ace of Water the next morning to read on it: "Awaking in a Dream." :-)







Those words on the bottom of Stone's Ace of Water are ultimately how I feel about his deck: it is fertile, beautiful, and pleasurable. Suffice it to say, spending a bit of time with all of the Spirit Hill Tarot images and only working at length with one so far (see my post here on The Four of Earth) has been one of the best recent experiences I've had with a new Tarot deck. (At one time my collection numbered 120 decks.) Whether one is a Tarot newbie, an experienced reader, or somewhere in between, I believe it will richly reward imaginative, receptive viewing. I highly recommend the Spirit Hill Tarot.

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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 opening to Spirit 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.****

Sunday, August 13, 2006

THE FOUR OF PENTACLES

TODAY'S CARD is The Four of Pentacles. This version is from Spirit Hill Tarot, by Stone Riley. (I will be posting a rave review of the full deck/CD here in a couple of days.)



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



THE FOUR OF PENTACLES: I find the Spirit Hill version of this card very pleasing. It's reminiscent to me of the American Indian Kokopelli, who wanders playing his flute. (Years back, this myth came into my life when I'd just begun playing and collecting flutes and didjeridus.) And Stone's version of this card sent me off on a mini-quest. I'd forgotten that Calliope (see bottom of his card above) is the muse of epic poetry. Well, not to over-identify simply because I'm a Capricorn and this four is one of my "family" of cards since it's often attributed to Sun in Capricorn, but it does seem at least somewhat appropriate for me, given I write poetry and have also taught it. Then there are the words "The Owner, and his power, and his love of power." These put me in mind of something I'd just read in "Gnostic Philosophy," by Tobias Churton, so I went thumbing through the book to find the exact quote: "Words express powers. The right use of words (poetry or the making thereof) invokes or evokes psychic energies." And that brings us right back to Calliope. What an intriguing new level this brings to the The Four of Pentacles (well beyond any personal identification I obviously have with any of its light or dark aspects :-D).

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE FOUR OF PENTACLES (i.e. 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 this card):

Body shame (covering up).

Fear of or actual loss or privation.

Someone who "plays their cards very close to their chest."

You're being controlling. Lighten up.

They may never admit it, but they really do understand. You'll just have to be content with knowing this.

Yes, you can control this. But do you really want a situation you have to work so hard to control? And at what cost?

A disciplined activity would be good for you right now.

An avid collector.

Experiencing one's power to create order internally and/or externally.

Careful and appropriate management of material affairs.


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Resource: Hippie Tarots, being an aging hippie, I enjoyed this site -- six cards from each of six different decks.

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

‘til next time, keep managing your power joyfully 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, August 11, 2006

THE TOWER (XVI)

TODAY'S CARD is The Tower (XVI). This version is from Kate's Kingdom Tarot Gallery:



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



THE TOWER (XVI): This card was a haunt in my readings for months prior to the Twin Towers disaster of 9/11 here in New York City (as were pairs, i.e., "twins," of card numbers). The Tower was very applicable in my personal life then. However, that does not mean it was not also foreshadowing the events of 9/11. And after choosing to write about this card for today's post on August 9th, then waking on August 10th to news of a huge failed terrorist airplane bombing plot, I'm even more inclined to believe that XVI has unfortunately taken on a possible collective meaning of global terrorism. Kate's version of The Tower put me in mind of the below scifaiku (sci-fi and fantasy form based on haiku) I wrote recently. The image I saw in my mind was painfully beautiful, but also carried hope. One of the positive meanings for XVI is of a lighthouse -- illumination, enlightenment -- and in this scifaiku the lighthouse still stands:

nuclear spring
an ancient lighthouse points
to the shattered moon*

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE TOWER CARD (XVI) (i.e. 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 this card):

A "healing crisis;" or "de-toxing" as when dieting.

Headaches (especially migraines).

Heat wave.

Wishing for something to break you out of a situation or emotional state. But be careful what you wish for, you may just get it. It might be better to be pro-active and take steps to get out "on your own."

"Bingo!" You've finally got it. You finally understand; stop trying to deny it or wiggle out of it.

Lots of smoke and mirrors, dust and noise! But it's not at all what it appears to be. Relax. All will become clear soon.

Suprise! ...and not always a bad one.

Intense interactions via electronic media (email, chat room, cell phone, etc.).

Lighthouse, e.g. illumination or enlightenment.


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* I wrote this scifaiku days before I saw the ad for or read about the new T.V. show ("Three Moons Over Milford") about the effects on a small town of the moon broken into three pieces. It was some surprise to see the shattered moon in that ad!

Resource: Wicce's Tarot FAQs, nice coverage of commonly asked questions about The Tarot on a major Tarot site.

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

‘til next time, keep seeking the light, 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, August 09, 2006

THE THREE OF WANDS

TODAY'S CARD is The Three of Wands. This version is from the delightful Language of Flowers Tarot:



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



THE THREE OF WANDS: When I stumbled upon the Language of the Flowers Tarot online I was delighted. I have loved plants since I can remember. Many of my fondest childhood memories involve plants and flowers, several of which are in the Language of the Flowers Tarot. As for the Three of Wands being attributed to "Pine," one of my earliest memories is of the smell, sound and feel of a pine needle "carpet" as I lolled around on it. I also remember being fascinated by iridescent drops of rain dangling from pine needles, and my favorite paperweight these days is a large pine cone. Like the figure on the Rider/ Waite/ Smith Three of Wands I stand briefly in now bearing my memories, ready to move on into the future with each new step.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE THREE OF WANDS (i.e. 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 this card):

Negatively aspected, an obsession with what "could" or "should" be.

The ground you are on is too familiar; time to take a risk.

Are you trying to blame someone/something else for this situation?

You may have been on this fence so long because you sense your efforts and skills would be wasted in the effort.

Keep focussed on here and now; looking ahead right now will be either confusing or inaccurate.

Respect the need or desire you are feeling to look to the future; you need to fully consider possible consequences.

Take the high road in this conflict/confrontation.

Take credit for this, you deserve it.

Your overview of the situation is acute right now. Share it.

This is a very good start. Keep up the active effort.


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Resource: 78 Notes to Self: A Tarot Journal, a tremendously resourceful and helpful blog.

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

‘til next time, keep taking the high road 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, August 07, 2006

THE FOUR OF CUPS

TODAY'S CARD is The Four of Cups. This version is from The Hollywood Tarot:



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



THE FOUR OF CUPS: Back in the years when I'd occasionally seek a Tarot reading from a fellow professional, this card inevitably showed up. Equally inevitably it was suggested (and sometimes rather sternly) by the reader that I needed to stop thinking and start doing. Now this was certainly true for me back then. But even more true was that there were deep-seated reasons (blocks, fears, misunderstandings, etc.) for my lack of action. And unless I'd question this level of "why," it was not addressed by the reader.* What I'm getting at here is that in my experience this card can have a level to it that lies just beyond the more apparent or obvious sense of the card within the reading. An important and delicate level. That cup being offered in the Rider/ Waite/ Smith version can bear a gift, if one can quiet one's knowing mind and let it in.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE FOUR OF CUPS (i.e. 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 this card):

Don't take on anything new just yet.

Exhausted by doing it all by one's self, but unwilling to ask for or accept help.

Some news may almost literally knock you off your feet. Spend some time thinking about it before taking any action.

Are you holding on to how things are? Resisting change?

Don't do anything that does not feel totally right during this time of change, i.e., not a time to take risks.

You may soon be dealing with yet another emotionally laden issue.

A wish you may unconsciously want to remain just a wish. The work to ultimately achieve it is more than what you are truly willing and/or able to undertake.

What you believe you tend to manifest.

"Thank the Deities I don't have to do that!"

The last bit of a major change is almost in place. Rest in preparation and be patient.

Are you afraid of going overboard if you allow this gift into your life?


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* A little advice from someone who's been both reader and querant. Make it clear before you start reading for someone whether or not you invite questions as the reading goes along, or if you want the querant to wait to be asked for questions, or if you even invite questions at all. It can be very counterproductive for a querant, especially in the heightened atmosphere of a reading, to feel her/his questions are unwelcome or that they are interrupting the "flow" of the reader's insights.

Resource: How To Read A Querant's Non-Verbal Behavior. This article is by Elinor Greenberg, Ph.D., who is a psychotherapist, writer, and tarot reader. [My apologies for previously crediting this article to the wrong author -- but fortunately to the correct web site, which site I highly recommend. I've upped my already super-cautious and repetitive proofreading.]

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

‘til next time, keep being open to other levels, 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, August 04, 2006

POEM INSPIRED BY THE UNIVERSE CARD IN THE THOTH TAROT

The Universe (World) Card in The Thoth Tarot


Although the Thoth Tarot deck was actually the third deck I worked with, it was the first deck I studied intensely and thoroughly.

My first deck was Cooke's "The New Tarot" and in true Tarot tradition it was a gift. I really enjoyed it's unusual images but did not work with it intensely until several years after I was given it. The second deck I studied (but did not own until later) was the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck. My roommate at the time had been given Tarot lessons as a birthday gift and she'd share what she had learned when she got home from class. But I soon felt a need for a different deck, a real hunger for some other images. Both a saleswoman and the owner of an occult book shop I went to recommended The Thoth deck. I saw The Universe card and was hooked.

The Thoth deck remained my main deck for many years, shelved only long enough to familiarize myself with any new deck I'd obtained. I always used The Thoth deck when reading for clients unless they requested a different deck, an option I always offered them. (My collection at one time was 120 decks; it's now about 70. And I no longer read for others.) It was about 12 years ago that I began to work less with The Thoth deck. However, I feel some deep layer of my psyche will always be tuned to its images, even if I rarely read with it anymore.

The poem below is not intended as an interpretation of The Universe card. (I will address the Universe [World] card here in my usual fashion in a future post.) Nor am I attempting to express any particular spiritual or philosophical view in it. The poem is simply where the card's images took me at the time, well over 20 years ago. It is admittedly a bit of a hodge-podge of elements I'd come across in my various studies -- both Tarot and non-Tarot -- at the time.



Before universes whirl,
stars sing, or souls stir,
before even before, She is.

Before distinctions in which
was, is, and will be
are not yet, yet are,
She dances.

Before sowing Her wise blood
beyond Her abyss
She plays with a pattern.
A pattern to stir
Her infinite depths.

A serpentine pattern
to precipitate conception
in the humming cauldron
of Her virgin* womb.

Naked and awash
in Her oceanic Self,
She spins the webs of heaven,
as She and Her serpent consort tumble:

like a soul
embracing its embryo.


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*Used in the old sense of "complete unto one's self."

Given how much I have worked with The Tarot for over 30 years, it is still surprising to me I do not feel compelled to write more poems about the cards. But it is the case that I have written very few Tarot card poems. I've also had very few Tarot card dreams. I did have one last night though, about the Ace of Cups and The Queen of Wands, that also referenced the Eight of Wands in an attempt to explain the symbolism of wands to someone in the dream. The person to whom I had explained wands said "So this is a rooted wand." The Ace of Cups was a tulip, by the way. I look forward to working more with these Tarot dream images, that were at the very end of a much longer non-Tarot dream. I'm sure some dream haiku will come out of it all.

P.S. OF AUGUST 5, 2006 -- Click here to go to my dreams and poetry blog to read the haiku series (post titled DREAM HAIKU SERIES II and dated August 5, 2006) resulting from the above mentioned dream, with Tarot images.

Resource: SuperTarot, has a lot of information about The Thoth Tarot.

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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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

THE THREE OF PENTACLES

TODAY'S CARD IS The Three of Pentacles. This version is from the deck I use most (and have for many years) the charming, fantasy themed Tarot of the Cat People:



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



THE THREE OF PENTACLES: This card is one of my "family" of cards in The Tarot (by month and day of my birth). I've always loved this card in the Tarot of the Cat People. Just imagine what a miracle it would be or what magic it would take to teach a cat to do tricks! I've too often felt in my life that it's been like "herding cats" to get anything accomplished -- me being the cats! I've also always really liked the above Rider/ Waite/ Smith version. I read somewhere years ago that the two characters who are giving instructions to the artisan on the left are The Fool and The Hierophant. In my better moments I do feel guided by Spirit and intuition. Actually, I imagine their guidance is always there but my "hearing" may not always be all that good.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE THREE OF PENTACLES (i.e. 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 this card):

You sure have your work cut out for you!

Understanding sometimes only comes after action.

Be informed by the world, not defined by it.

Lack of experience; you need to learn more before proceeding.

Persistence that can create breakthroughs.

"Little miracles" may be possible right now; a sense of magical possibility.

Time to be guided by Spirit and intuition, especially in any creative endeavors.



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Resource: For The Love of Tarot, you can view sample images from a long list of Tarot decks here.

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

‘til next time, keep listening for what Spirit and intuition are urging, 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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