Tuesday, September 26, 2006

A TAROT DREAM HAIKU


first the Page of Wands
then the Knight, Queen, and King
version upgrades










[Page, Knight, Queen and King of Wands above are from the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck]



This will be a quick post. I'm participating until October 8th in the International Association for the Study of Dreams PsiberDreaming Conference (online). That said, I had the dream on which the above haiku is based last night and thought it could be a fast post.

BTW, the last line does reference computer upgrading. In the dream, I clicked on links to the right of each card to download the upgrade. In fact, a last line I considered was: upgrade downloads. But I felt that "up-" and "down-" brought an unintended humor, as well as a sort of musical hitch to the haiku.

Although I haven't fully worked with this dream yet, on first take it does seem to be addressing my recent move out of almost virtual (pun intended :-D) isolation toward being a little more social. As far as the Tarot symbolism being entirely the Court cards of the Tarot, this supports the re-emergence of a social life. (Courts are often seen to represent people.)

In my own understanding and experience the suit of Wands tends to be a bit more closely connected to Spirit than the suits of Pentacles, Swords or Cups -- very generally speaking. The dream's choice of Wands, therefore, seems to reference my need and current efforts to "upgrade," to improve my way of connecting to other people -- i.e. at, and from, a higher level.

Lastly, the majority of the beginning of the dream focussed on getting the Page of Wands properly upgraded. This points out the areas in myself needing the most attention. Let it suffice here that these are the least mature (the Courts can be seen to progress in age, the Page being the youngest) and most impulsive (Pages in general can be about energy being freed).

Well, seems I can't write a really brief post when it comes to dreams (LOL!). I look forward to "using" these upgraded versions of the suit of Wands Court cards.

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Resource: Utility Tarot/The Major Arcana. My initial response to these designs was to laugh, but the more I looked at them, the more I found them intriguing. They resonate for me not only as a big city dweller, but as someone who has also developed very simplified designs for the Tarot images. (More on The Tactile Tarot in a future post, a deck I designed initially for blind folk, but for which I'm now thinking of a more general audience, possibly to have a haiku with each card.)

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 and your dreams,

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, September 24, 2006

USING TAROT WITH DREAMS THAT GOT AWAY

[The Moon card from The Rider/Waite/Smith deck]



Most of us who remember our dreams have had a dream that when we woke totally evaporated. But for some reason, rather than just letting it go, we find ourselves grasping frustratedly after it. The Tarot layouts below offer three different exercises I've developed to possibly retrieve aspects of just such a runaway dream.

You need not be familiar with The Tarot to use it this way. When working with dreams, your intuitive responses are at least as and maybe more valuable than knowledge of The Tarot.

Before I go on, I'd like to say that I do not necessarily believe that all dreams need to be remembered. But I do believe that when we have that sense of frustration or yearning on not being able to remember a particular dream, it may be useful to try one of these Tarot layouts.

Also you will note I mention the idea of a dream evolving. I believe all dreams -- remembered or not -- are unfinished, that they are all going somewhere, just as our lives are.

If you try any of these layouts don't forget to record the exercise you used, and the cards you got and your responses to them in your dream journal.


#1: ONE SHOT


Choose one of the options below, and think about it as you shuffle:

(1) What is an important underlying theme of the forgotten dream.

-- OR --

(2) What was an ACTUAL image in the forgotten dream -- this question might trigger some dream recall when you see the Tarot card. (Of course, The Tarot has only so many images, so the pictures on the card you get will most probably need to be looked at in a very general or associative way. However, that said, I have had The Fool, about to walk off that cliff into thin air, trigger a bit of memory of a dream in which I struggled to fly, i.e. to take off.)

Then pull one card, meditate on it with respect to the focus above that you chose, and make notes in your dream journal.



#2: BEFORE AND AFTER*


Look through all the cards of your Tarot deck and choose a card that somehow feels like it might relate to the forgotten dream, whether your choice makes sense to you or not, whether you like the card or not.

Then put this card back in your deck and shuffle thoroughly.

With the deck face up in one hand, go looking for the card you chose. When you find it, the card beneath it will be "where the forgotten dream was coming from" and the card above it will be "how the forgotten dream was trying to evolve."



#3: DYNAMIC DREAM LAYOUT


This is a five card layout and is a bit more involved. Shuffle and pull five cards at random. Lay them out face down, right to left (yes, this is the reverse of most horizontal layouts -- you are attempting to work backward in time, in a way), starting with card one. Then explore each card with respect to the following:

Card 1 = Where the dream was coming from.
Card 2 = What the dream was trying to tell you.
Card 3 = How the dream was trying to evolve.
Card 4 = How you can best support that evolution.
Card 5 = What Spirit/High Self was saying through the dream.


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Even if you get no particular sense that you've touched on the runaway dream, you may find your responses to the cards that you pull enlightening in some way. In fact, these layouts can be readily modified to address anything you'd normally go to The Tarot with, not just unremembered dreams.

*My thanks to Eva Yaa Asantewaa for the inspiration for exercise #2.

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Resource: transcript of Tarot use with a support group led by Dr. Art Rosengarten; a very good example of how to relate to the cards; has a nice layout, too.

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.****

Thursday, September 21, 2006

TEMPERANCE

TODAY'S CARD is Temperance. This version is from from the Mary El Tarot and is used by permission:



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



TEMPERANCE: I particularly like the Temperance card in the Mary-El Tarot above because it is one of the most unusual renderings I've seen of this card, and because Tiger is one of my power animals. I also hasten to admit that this liking is heavily influenced by Temperance being another of my "family" of cards in The Tarot -- determined by birth date, numerology, etc. Temperance is what The Hierophant -- another of my cards, as I'm a five by birth date -- is said to evolve into. I would hope that I will some day find the kind of dynamic balance that the traditional versions of this card depict.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR TEMPERANCE (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):

Balancing two demanding or opposing matters.

Temper any urge to excess right now as it could be costly; balance might be harder than ever to regain.

It's all in your hands so it's your responsibility. But don't become paralyzed by guilt or resentment, or by your awareness of the amount of effort that will be required to deal with it. You can handle it.

You may feel like you just had cold water thrown on your enthusiasm. Let this temper you, make you stronger, and lead to a deeper awareness of the true sources of your creativity.

The energies you sense gathering in yourself will need to be developed and shared soon, or they will just fade away. So prepare for a burst of activity.

You need to balance intuition and introspection with concrete action. And remember that this balance is a dynamic one. I.e., constantly shifting and rebalancing (think of a road down which you are moving that is a mobius strip).


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Resource: Glossary of Symbols Used in The Tarot, these can be quite useful in opening up a card's meaning, especially if you are feeling "stuck" with respect to it. These are based largely upon symbols in the Universal Waite (a specially colored Rider/Waite/Smith deck) and the Robin Wood Tarot, but can be generalized to a large degree with other decks.

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

‘til next time, keep enjoying the ride on this mobius strip of life, and exploring 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, September 19, 2006

THE KING OF WANDS

TODAY'S CARD is The King of Wands. This version is from The Babylonian Tarot, published by Llewellyn :



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



THE KING OF WANDS: Of the four Kings in the Tarot, this one is my favorite. He can be so fatherly, in such a loving way. A sort of "hearth and home" type. When I was looking for a King of Wands to use with this post, I got quite a giggle out of what I mistakenly saw in The Babylonian Tarot's King of Wands above. See those little lamps, right and left, on the bottom? Well, I saw them as a kid's booties with toe tassels! Of course, as with all the cards this one can be about much more than fathering, or what I suggest below. Oh, and he is also one of the more charismatic characters in the deck (at least in my experience). His energy can sometimes radiate (like the Ace of Cups) and effect cards surrounding him in a positive way.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE KING 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, you may need to be careful of taking your creative thoughts/efforts right now too seriously. They will need a lot of refining and organizing before they can be presented to others.

Do not be blinded by all the showmanship, or put off by it. There's a lot of substance beneath the flash and glitter.

If you do not share your creative projects you will implode or self-immolate (well, not literally, but I think you get the point).

Focus may seem like the last thing you can do when all seems to be burning down around you. But focus and concentration will cool the situation, both for yourself and others.

The archetypal "good father."

Trust your desire to be expressive right now. Your charisma quotient is high at present and will cover where you are not fully prepared. I.e., it's OK to "wing it" this time.

Enjoy using this energy/creative burst just for the joy of having it.


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Resource: AstroAmerica's Complete List of Tarot Decks, a "ginormous" listing with sample images for each deck.

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

‘til next time, keep focussing your creative efforts 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, September 14, 2006

THE SIX OF WANDS

TODAY'S CARD IS The Six of Wands. This version is from The Tarot of a Moon Garden:



For comparison, here's the Six of Wands in the Rider/ Waite/ smith deck:



THE SIX OF WANDS: The Six of Wands in The Tarot of a Moon Garden reflects the gentleness and story-book feel of the deck as a whole. It was just these qualities of the deck that drew me to it years ago and kept me using it as my basic deck for some time. I needed that gentleness and especially that sort of fairyland quality, as I struggled to and ultimately succeeded in creating a new life for myself. The deck's images offered not only a counter-balance to all the confusion and difficulties, but gave me ideas I may not have had access to otherwise in the harsh light of my life. I may very well have been drawn to this particular Six of Wands as I am again faced with totally remaking my life and wanted to be reminded that it can be done.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE SIX 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):

Someone wants to be or thinks they are more important in your life than they are.

Don't be discouraged if progress stalls.

What you do or don't do in this situation doesn't matter anywhere near as much as you think it does. So, relax!

Talent as a leader/performer, or desire to be one.

Remember that to lead successfully means also to serve those whom one leads.

Take heart, and you can be victorious.

Enjoy this feeling that comes with success/victory. But do not get too attached to it or to the accolades of others.

This particular issue is even closer to your heart (or the heart of the entire situation) than you have realized. Respond to it accordingly.

Time to let some untried aspect of yourself or newly acquired skill, take the lead, light the way.

Take some quiet time in the sheltering woods of your spirit and let intuition come to the fore. Let magic be received into your life.


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Resource: Reading the I-Ching with a Tarot Deck. If you have a book of I-Ching hexagram meanings, this article describes an extremely interesting way to use the Tarot. (This article came to mind because the above Six of Wands meaning "to lead is to serve" is a meaning for one of the I-Ching hexagrams.)

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

‘til next time, keep taking heart 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, September 11, 2006

REMEMBERING 9/11 (with The Star Card)

Many Visions,
One Wish:
for the Blessings of Healing and Peace
on This Fifth Anniversary
of the 9/11 Twin Towers/
World Trade Center Terrorist Attack
Here in New York City















































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I will address The Star card in my usual fashion here in the future.

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

‘til next time, keep finding the grace of healing and hope, 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.****

Friday, September 08, 2006

DREAM HAIKU ABOUT TAROT CARDS (I)

[This post is another of several that have appeared on my dreams and poetry blog that I've come to think should also appear here. All Tarot cards in this post are from the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck.]


It's always seemed odd to me that I don't dream more directly about The Tarot, given how much I relate to it in my waking life. I say "directly" because many of my dream situations do echo the Tarot, it's just that I rarely recall an actual image from it. However, I have had some clear Tarot images in dreams and below are the few haiku I've written based on them.


Gordian knot
version after version
of the Ace of Swords




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the Tarot layout
is strong both up and down
how to decide


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Empress or Papess
the Tarot card woman
won't be pinned down




["Papess" is another name for The High Priestess; there's a legend that there was once a female pope, Pope Joan/John.]


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overwhelmed by
the Seven of Pentacles
her own creation




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the Three of Cups
pops from the new deck
reframe your thinking




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the woman floats:
a fire Tarot card
with so much water!

[In most decks, a card can be considered either fire/wands, water/cups, air/swords, or earth/pentacles]


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makeover magic
which of the three Tarot cards
will she be?


[for an exploration of this last dream with the actual cards, see post in this blog called "Dream of Three Tarot Cards."]


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Resource: The Isn'ts of Haiku; a good antidote to all the misinformation about haiku out there. And, yes, I commit some of the isn'ts listed. I'd like to believe, in the name of experimentation and stretching the limits of the form. :-D

‘til next time, keep dreaming,

Roswila

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”)****My other blog: ROSWILA’S DREAM & POETRY REALM.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

DREAM OF THREE TAROT CARDS

The below dream exploration was originally posted to my dreams and poetry blog, but I have recently realized it should also be posted here. I offer it as an illustration of how the Tarot can help us understand our dreams -- in this case from within a dream. [The three Tarot cards below are from the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck.]


On May 15, 2006 I had a dream in which I was to "morph" into either the Three of Pentacles, the Five of Swords, or the Nine of Pentacles.

The Three of Pentacles:



is one of my "family" of Tarot cards based on my birth date. So it can be seen to represent the givens of who I am. I.e., a craftsperson (writer, Tarologist, dreamworker) attempting to heed and communicate the inspiration she receives.

The main figure on the Five of Swords:



has always looked fearful to me. He clings to all his stuff, afraid and unwilling to share it, maybe due to past rejections, misunderstandings, disinterest, and so on.

The Nine of Pentacles:



is the card I chose many years ago to be the logo for a series of open poetry readings I originated, organized and ran. I called the series "Kestrel," after the bird on the Lady's gloved hand. This Lady was how I aspired to be at the time: confident and centered. With the reading series, I was hoping to offer a creative space where my fellow poets could share with each other and within which I could showcase poets whose work I especially admired.

So this dream, at least in part (most dreams work on many levels), was emphasizing an on-going choice I wrestle with. Given who I am -- the Three of Pentacles -- I can either cling to my work and ideas, nursing past hurts and fears and refuse to release them into the world -- the Five of Swords; or I can nurture them until they are ready and then help them take flight as is their nature to do -- the Nine of Pentacles.

I think this dream was precipitated by the recent launching of my Tarot blog.* I also have a niggling intuition that the dream may be preparing me for negative feedback on some recent effort of mine,** by showing me very clearly the choice I always have in front of me. I can close down out of hurt and fear, or I can concentrate on creating and sharing out of my life's three passions: dreams, poetry and Tarot.

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* I.e., in May 2006, which is when this article was originally posted.
** This intuition proved to be accurate. I received rejections from two different online publishers of some of my poetry within days of the dream. And I've had to deal with the upset of seeing almost all of my poems published after this dream, appear with errors in them. All of which has challenged my never very strong resolve to continue to put my work out there. Though I hasten to add I have have not given up. :-)


Resource: Museo dei Tarocchi, this may take a while to load but it's well worth it; it's an automatic horizontal scroll through of modern Tarot images, a very dream-like experience.

‘til next time, keep dreaming, and enjoying the Tarot.

Roswila

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”)****My other blog: ROSWILA’S DREAM & POETRY REALM.

Monday, September 04, 2006

ONE WAY TO UNDERSTAND THE FOOL CARD (Poem)

[The Fool in the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck]


I wrote the below little poem many years ago when I was still going to poetry readings. One rainy Saturday afternoon, it was my delight to hear an intriguing man, new to the poetry scene, read his powerful poetry.


ONE WAY TO UNDERSTAND THE FOOL CARD

She had forgotten how it felt
to be drawn so to a man.

To stand breathless
at the edge of a cliff,
awed by the unexpected view,
with a voice whispering
in the back of her mind:

Jump!


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By the way, I did not "jump." Not doing anything may have been even more of a "Foolish" risk than jumping, as I never did get to know that poet.

P.S. I'll address The Fool card in my usual fashion in a future post.

Resource: Are You Too Negative? Positive Thinking With Tarot Cards, a good article by Angela Booth, with suggestions that can be adapted for other focuses than negativity.

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

‘til next time, keep taking (sensible :-D) risks, 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, September 01, 2006

THE FIVE OF WANDS

TODAY'S CARD IS The Five of Wands. This version is from the Tarot of the Cat People:



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



THE FIVE OF WANDS: Unfortunately, the scene in this card (in the RWS and many other versions) is how I feel a great deal of the time: embattled. However, one of the readings for this card -- to take a more playful stance -- is definitely applicable. (One of my family of cards in the Tarot, The Devil, also advises not taking things quite so seriously.) On those occasions when I have been able to take a lighter stance -- provided the situation itself was also amenable -- the situation became more productive. OK, so where'd I find that lighten up switch the last time? Maybe that slightly bemused/amused cat in the first Five of Wands above knows? :-)

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE FIVE 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):

Fives in general: A sense of separating (or wanting to) from "the herd," as during the times of emotional and psychological growth and change.

Stage fright; the anxiety experienced by some before a creative project or sharing.

Fear of not being in control, especially of one's own feelings and/or actions.

Feeling embattled; a contentious or challenging situation.

Defensiveness and/or blaming of others, possibly out of fear of being blamed.

Whatever's been a struggle or long and arduous is almost completed.

Try to take a more playful stance.

Accomplishing a great deal at a busy time.

Playful competition.

Energy for creative use being raised in a collective effort.

Preparing for victory.


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Resource: Understanding Tarot: Beyond the Myths, by Christin Snyder, a good overview of what Tarot is and isn't.

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

‘til next time, keep remembering to play, and 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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