Sunday, October 29, 2006

HAVE A BLESSED SAMHAIN....

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For those of us Pagans with leanings to the Celtic traditions, October 31 is also our New Years, so HAPPY NEW YEAR, too!

Although some Pagans find Halloween to be a pale reflection of its deep roots in an honoring of our ancestors and of the turning of the year, I still enjoy Halloween. The resonances are still there to its ancient origins at an implied and/or unconscious level. And Pagans are not the only ones who still remember these ancient traditions (e.g. "All Souls Day" of the Catholic church at this time of year). So I feel lucky, actually. I both have fun with Halloween, and honor an important turning in our earth's yearly cycle with Samhain.

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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 honoring those who have gone before us 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, October 27, 2006

EXPLORATION OF TAROT IMAGES IN A DREAM

[Two of Swords from The Thoth Tarot]


This exploration was posted previously to my dreams and poetry blog. Since it relates to Tarot, I thought I would post it here also.

I’ve posted here about using the Tarot to explore night dreams. In this post I will talk about an experience I had many years ago of Tarot card images within a dream. All the Tarot numbers, names and meanings that the dream attributes to the cards are those actually assigned to The Tarot cards mentioned.


THE DREAM

I see a black and white line drawing Tarot Major, quite oversized. It is a female figure. She is facing me, seated on a throne, wearing a crown. I am sure she is III, The Empress. I very briefly note that her crown is shaped like the roman numeral two: II.

I note with great interest the many groups of three objects on the card. Three clouds, three flowers, and so on. I become excited as I note 4, then 5, and then 6 triplicities. It becomes important to find 9 triplicities in all. I briefly assume that this is because it will mean "wisdom," i.e. IX, The Hermit card. I am delighted when I count my ninth triplicity.

Then I look at the bottom of the card and am shocked to see "II, The High Priestess." I remember the roman numeral two I had taken brief note of in Her crown. But how can She be II with all these threes? Then I am aware of a dynamic relationship between the Seven of Swords and this II/III. I realize that what the figure on the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck Seven of Swords is carrying away are two (II) plus three (III), equaling five swords, leaving the Two of Swords. [On the actual card a figure is tip-toeing away with five swords, leaving two behind in a tent.] Which means that when the confusion of II and III is taken away I am left with a "balance of mind and emotion" – a traditional meaning for the Two of Swords, and "Peace" – the name of the Two of Swords in The Thoth deck.


INTERPRETATION OF DREAM/CARDS IMMEDIATELY AS I WAS WAKING UP

I promptly think of the III/Empress as "imagination" – Creative Imagination is attributed to III, and II/High Priestess as "memory" – a traditional meaning for II/High Priestess. So there is much fear that imagination and memory have been conflated or confused with each other. It is this fear and confusion causing the many negative thoughts I have about myself – Seven of Swords, for which one meaning is enervating negativity. When I clear up these fears and confusion, I will find peace and balance – at least for a time. :-)


CONCLUSION

It would take a book to fully explain the issues toward which this dream directed my attention. It will have to suffice here that at the time of this dream, I was in psychotherapy for abuse in childhood. I had just realized that the therapist was manipulating my memories within light trance work – i.e., guided visualizations used for "memory recovery." (Or what became known at the time in the psychotherapy community as inculcating "false memories.") What these Tarot images did at that time by showing up in a dream was to clearly identify an important area of inquiry for me. I needed to be concerned with the relationship between imagination and memory.

These Tarot dream images also pointed to a much yearned for outcome: the last image in the dream was a feeling of gentle, pale blue peace – the color of the central flower on The Thoth deck's Two of Swords (graphic at top of post).


P.S. OF OCTOBER 2006

This dream work has proven to be more accurate than I thought at the time. I hasten to admit that though the feeling of peace at the end of the dream still alludes me for the most part, having untangled imagination and memory made a huge difference in my life.

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Resource: Dreams As Exceptional Human Experience, by Montague Ullman, M.D.; IMHO, Dr. Ullman is one of the bright lights of the dream field.

‘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.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

ASKING THE TAROT FOR THE BEST QUESTIONS TO ASK OF IT


The below is a slightly revised version of an article of mine that appeared on my now defunct web site.

We can ask all the questions of The Tarot that we want, and even get elegant, impressive answers. But if we're not asking the questions that are most important, that will help us make the best decisions, and connect us to Spirit and each other, then the results may be like cotton candy ... pleasing but with little substance. Then there are times when we don't really know what to ask or maybe how to phrase it but feel the need to go to The Tarot.

Therefore, I have developed a layout to find out what are the SIX QUESTIONS one most needs to be asking The Tarot - or ourselves, or each other - at a given time in our lives. This layout can be used for yourself or to help another person determine the best questions.

I chose the number six because it can be associated to the sixth sephirah of The Tree of Life, Tiphareth, the spiritual heart of the Tree. (In Tarot lore all of the Tarot cards can be corresponded to various positions on the Tree of Life in the Qabala - a collection of beautiful and wise ancient Hebraic texts.)

The word "question," in this context, covers a lot of territory. In my thinking it includes issues and problems. In other words, the six cards are meant to point us to looking at and thinking about what we might not otherwise investigate nor even know we needed to, and to do so in a heart-centered way.

To illustrate how this layout works, I am sharing an actual reading I did for myself. My focus tends to be on the psychological (and rather intensely), so that was the sort of questions that The Tarot offered me. But your results can be entirely different, maybe all six of your questions will be very pragmatic and career oriented, for example. Or maybe each question will relate to six different relationships in your life. Just let the cards and your responses to them speak to you.

It is best to find a quiet space to read in, where you won't be interrupted. Relax a bit, and do some deep, slow breathing in preparation. Then shuffle. As I shuffled I concentrated on the question "What do I most need to be asking?" Then I turned each card over, off the top of the deck and laid them out, starting with the first card and moving upward as in the below diagram:



Once laid out the cards should form a rough question mark. The position designations on the diagram above are simply meant to help you get a grip on the questions, like strings on helium balloons, by anchoring the question in something about your life.

In looking at the cards and their position designations as I laid them out, I did not think of each as representing a particular question that I had to ferret out. Rather, I simply took notes on what surfaced in me and then distilled a question from the notes. If a great deal comes up on a card/position, write notes on it all. You can narrow it down later to what seems most important.

The cards I laid out, the six questions I got from them, and a bit of how I got to those questions were as follows:

Question/Card One [Spirit/High Self; Ten of Wands]:
Why do I hide from my deepest nature?
The character on the card can be seen as hiding behind his burdens.

Question/Card Two [Fire; Ace of Cups]:
Why is love still so painful for me?
The Ace of Cups is often read to represent love. And this is a water card in a fire position. In The Tarot fire and water, and air and earth, can be seen to conflict.

Question/Card Three [Water; Five of Wands]:
Why has it become difficult for me to trust my intuition?
I see the element Water as often representing the function of intuition. And again, here’s a mix of fire and water. Also, the figures on the card are embattled.

Question/Card Four [Air; King of Wands]:
How can I best become loving mistress of my own thinking processes?
Air is associated with mind/thoughts and the King of Wands with a loving strong parent.

Question/Card Five [Earth; Justice]:
How can I best learn the tough lessons my body is trying to teach about balance?
Earth is associated with the body, and balance is associated with Justice - which is corresponded to Libra, also about balance. This is an air card in an earth position, more difficulty.

Question/Card Six [Heart; Page of Swords]:
How can I best champion my heart's urge to mature beyond defensiveness?
The Page of Swords can be seen as the embattled child of a difficult history, who deeply wants to and does eventually "win out", i.e., mature.

In my very brief and by no means complete description of some of the clues that produced each question I have not mentioned the most important ingredient: intuition. The questions grew out of allowing feelings and thoughts to surface, with no judgment or analysis, and holding them in an open space of inquiry. In my experience, being open to intuition is just as simple - and as difficult - as that.

Oddly enough, I chose not to do Tarot readings on these six questions. Instead, for six consecutive nights as part of my nightly quiet time before my altar, I meditated on one of these questions. The resulting insights were instructive and very supportive, and generated some very helpful dreams as well.

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Resource: Intuition Blog of James Wanless, the designer of the gorgeous and beautifully produced Voyager 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.****

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

THE CHARIOT (VII)

TODAY'S CARD is The Chariot (VII). This version is from the bold black and white Light and Shadow Tarot, book by Brian Williams and block prints by Michael Goepferd.*


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


THE CHARIOT (VII): I finally set up my scanner! I tend to be buffaloed all too readily by tech stuff, so wind up putting off dealing with it. How is this related to this post? Only becuase I can now put up versions of cards from decks I have not found online but have in my collection, such as The Light and Shadow Tarot. I happen to particularly like The Chariot in this deck because of the focussed Buddha figure at its center. It minimizes my tendency to see The Chariot in martial terms.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE CHARIOT (VII)(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):

Incorrect application of energies and talents.

It's very important you gain appropriate control over your emotions at this time.

A need to socialize. You've been in your shell too long.

You may be focussing too much on the external (the vehicle), and the internal (the emotions, the spirit, etc.) are in need of attention.

Be careful that your desire to be expressive does not run over someone else's intense need right now to be heard.

You may need to tolerate feeling out of balance right now, as your conscious and unconcious energies re-align themselves in your life.

Self-expression as a path of growth and service.



* MINI-REVIEW ALERT! The Light and Shadow Tarot has very strong, black and white block print designs. They are intensely evocative and I have very mixed responses to them. The cards are also over-sized and difficult to shuffle, but that is a minor concern for me compared to my tendency to negative visceral responses to the designs. I hasten to add that I am happy to have this deck in my collection. It just is not one I turn to for readings. But I do imagine this is a very personal reaction as the designs are evocative, beautifully executed, and clearly thought out.

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Resource: Tarot and Emotions Research Project Report, by Mary K. Greer. My generally intense "gut" response to The Light and Shadow deck as a whole recalled this interesting report.

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

‘til next time, keep expressing 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, October 22, 2006

THROUGH THE MOONGATE (Tarot Card Meditation)

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


The below is a slightly revised version of a meditation I wrote and posted to my now defunct web site. It was originally written as the warm-up for a Tarot class that I offered many years ago.


In my experience there are two general ways in which we receive information when we do Tarot readings. One, from the meanings assigned to the cards that we have learned from the literature and from experience; and two, from intuition and psychic sources.

The way of meaning involves memorization and experience. The way of intuition and psychic information is more subtle, and usually involves getting out of our own ways so that the information can come through. We tend to be in our own ways when we are out of touch with our bodies. It has been said that being psychic is, at its most basic, being fully present with all five of our senses. It may be that in becoming more aware of our embodiment, our senses then can act as doorways onto deeper perceptual abilities that lie beyond physical sensing. "Sinking into and then beyond,” if you will. However, please note, I do not claim that being in touch with our bodies is the only way to receive intuitive/psychic information. There is still so much to be learned about these ways of knowing.

In any event, it was this gateway of the senses that I wanted to explore when I designed this Moon card meditation as a warm up exercise for listening with and to our bodily senses in response to Tarot images. Also, I wanted it to serve as an example of one way to meditate on a card in general.

I chose The Moon card for two reasons. One, the card had been haunting me in my personal readings, demanding to be known by me in some deeper fashion. I knew that in writing a meditation I would delve very deeply into the card's images and traditional lore. And two, The Moon card lore has a very rich, old, and deep resonance with the cycles of history, both collective and personal, which we are said to carry encoded in our bodies. Our bodies even respond to the changes in actual lunar phases. All this made The Moon card, in my opinion, fertile territory to explore and respond to with our bodily senses.

PLEASE NOTE: This Moon Card meditation is designed for use with The Moon card from the Rider/Waite/Smith deck because it references those particular images and many of their traditional meanings. The Universal Waite, the Albano/Waite, or any fully Rider/Waite/Smith "clone" Moon card would work as well.

If you want to actually do this meditation, I'd suggest recording it yourself. It's an intriguing experience doing a meditation that's led in your own voice. But having a trusted friend read it to you, slowly and thoughtfully, will work just as well. It's also possible to do it reading the instructions from the page yourself, pausing where required, then going back to the instructions. This is more challenging, especially if you are new to Tarot images. In all three cases, keep notes as you go along; i.e., after each pause. Also, allow plenty of time for this meditation. It’s not a quick jog around the park. :-)


PREPARATION

Please note that wherever this meditation says "PAUSE," make sure to allow ample time for exploring in silence, then making notes before continuing on the journey. The questions and comments setting up a "PAUSE" are all in upper case, to distinguish them from the rest of the narrative.

Have a note pad and pen, and The Moon card out of your deck.

Find a quiet place where you won't be interrupted and where you can get comfortable.

Relax, do some deep breathing, and then just sit with The Moon card and look at it. Take several minutes to look it over. Don't worry about meaning or whether you understand The Moon card. Just take its images in.

After several minutes, place The Moon card face down. Relax some more. Close your eyes. On each slow in breath think: Relaxing. On each slow out breath think: Releasing. Continue breathing this way for a few minutes .... Relaxing ..... Releasing .... Know that you are safe always in this magical landscape you are about to enter.

Then, when you feel ready, start ...


THROUGH THE MOONGATE MEDITATION

See The Moon card in front of your mind's eye.

Don't worry if it doesn't seem clear, what is important will be there when you need it.

Now see The Moon card grow, swelling until it fills your vision with its mysterious vista. It has no borders now and you are in its landscape. Where you stand is in the Dark of The Moon.

This is the Goddess Hecate's realm of death and rebirth. Though cold, She is not mean. Though dark, She is not evil, for She ultimately brings rebirth.

This powerful Goddess Hecate will always be available to you on your journey toward the light of The Moon, that shimmers faintly way off in the distance.

A dull blue pool, wanly reflecting the distant moon, gently laps at your bare feet. You are standing at its edge, the pool's depths are to your back, as if you have just risen from its vastness.

A chill wind ruffles the hair on the back of your head.

HOW DO YOU FEEL? HOW DOES YOUR BODY FEEL? WHERE ARE YOU TENSE? WHERE ARE YOU RELAXED? HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT BEING HERE? … PAUSE … MAKE NOTES

You look to either side of yourself. The pool extends as far as you can see.

Ahead, you see a path that wanders off into the far, far distance until it disappears under the moon in the night sky.

You look at the two grey stone towers in the distance, whose supporting walls extend into infinity, but you do not have time to wonder at them because there, at your feet, a crayfish, a lobster-like creature, scrabbles up out of the pool.

It's metallic green-greyness glimmers slightly.

HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW? WHAT MUST IT BE LIKE TO LIVE WITH YOUR SKELETON ON THE OUTSIDE PROTECTING YET WALLING YOU OFF? WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR STOMACH, YOUR NECK, ELSEWHERE IN YOUR BODY? … PAUSE … MAKE NOTES

The crayfish scrabbles on ahead of you and out of view. Then onto either side of the path ahead, leap two animals. A wolf lands on the right side and a dog on the left.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THESE TWO ANIMALS? ONE IS WILD AND UNTAMED, AND THE OTHER THE PRODUCT OF HUMAN WILL. WHAT DOES YOUR BODY WANT TO DO IN RESPONSE TO EACH OF THEM? … PAUSE … MAKE NOTES

You are brought out of your reveries by the howling of the wolf. The dog focusses intently on the wolf, then responds by howling also, as if some deep chord of memory has been struck.

The road that passes between them beckons you intensely, suddenly brighter through the gloom. Even as the hair stands up on the back of your neck, you take courage and curiosity in hand and step out of the lapping edge of the pool, onto the road.

HOW DO YOU FEEL AS YOU WALK BETWEEN THE HOWLING WOLF AND DOG? WHAT DOES YOUR BODY FEEL? WHAT IS THE ROAD LIKE BENEATH YOUR BARE FEET? HOW DOES THE AIR FEEL ON YOUR SKIN? WHAT SMELL IS IN THE AIR? WHAT SOUNDS ARE THERE BESIDES THE HOWLING? … PAUSE … MAKE NOTES

The howling fades as you continue walking. The moonlight intensifies even more and you realize you are hearing new sounds, the buzzing of insects, the chirping of birds. You look at the field that rolls endlessly away from the path to either side of you.

THIS IS THE FIELD OF EXPERIENCE. EXPLORE EITHER SIDE A LITTLE BIT NOW. WALK AROUND, OFF THE PATH IF YOU WANT. WHAT DO YOU FIND? WHAT DO YOU HEAR, SMELL? WHAT DO YOU FEEL? … PAUSE … MAKE NOTES

The moonlight is almost as bright as day now. You hurry back to the path and look up at the full moon, smiling serenely down at you from the blue sky. Her face in profile is that of Diana, Goddess of the Moon. Diana, the Huntress, accompanied by Her dogs, both wild and tame.

The Moon is crying; tears of sorrow, tears of joy. Ancient tears that filled the Nile to overflowing. Tears that created the pool from which you and the crayfish arose. Nourishing tears that sustain the field through which your path has wandered.

You are drawn onward along the path toward Her. You suddenly stumble as the path takes a steep, long and exhausting downward turn beneath your feet. You have to look down, away from the light of the moon, to keep from tripping.

WHAT DO YOU FIND HERE, WHEN THE GUIDING LIGHT IS ALL BUT OUT OF SIGHT? WHEN THE GOAL SEEMS LOST? HOW DO YOU FEEL? WHAT IS YOUR BODY DOING? WHAT DOES YOUR BODY WANT TO DO? … PAUSE … MAKE NOTES

With courage and faith in hand, you continue walking onward. You remember that Hecate is always with you, in every shadow cast by the brilliant shining of the moon.

And the path begins to gently rise ahead of you again, under the bright moonlight of Diana’s blessed face. You continue to walk and walk, sometimes in the light and sometimes in the dark downward turning of the path.

WHAT IS YOUR PATH LIKE NOW? HOW ARE YOU FEELING? HOW IS YOUR BODY RESPONDING TO THESE CHANGES AROUND YOU? … PAUSE … MAKE NOTES

The path seems endless until you reach the two towers, one to either side of the path. And you find that you can walk no further, though you want to very much. Though there is no visible barrier in front of you, you simply can not walk further.

BREATHE DEEPLY INTO YOUR BODY. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO OR USE TO MOVE FURTHER DOWN THIS PATH? DOES YOUR INTUITION URGE YOU TO DO ANYTHING IN ORDER TO CONTINUE DOWN THIS PATH? ACCEPT WHATEVER REPONSE OR LACK THEREOF YOU RECEIVE … PAUSE … MAKE NOTES

Whether or not your intuition led you to a breakthrough, you are able to continue on this path now, for not everything we are able to do is the result of our knowledge or efforts or intuitions. The gift of grace is also part of the journey.

The Goddess Diana beams all the brighter for you have made it down the long path, to stand beneath Her, open to the deep blue sky. Her tears for now are all tears of joy!

Bathe in Diana’s Radiance.
Feel the Wisdom and the Sorrow of Your Journey,
the Fear and Elation, the Loss and Creation
Fill Each Cell of Your Body
with the Moon's Radiance until it Shines
like the Moon Herself.

It is time to return to ordinary consciousness. Look behind you. Bless the path you followed here, and thank Hecate for Her presence on your journey even if you were not aware of it. Then look at Diana again and thank Her. Breathe in and out deeply a few times.

When you are ready open your arms and hands wide in celebration, and slowly open your eyes.

You are now back here in ordinary consciousness. Make any additional notes about your journey. Be gentle with yourself as you reorient to regular consciousness.


CLOSING COMMENTS


Should you do this meditation, it will be interesting to note what your relationship to The Moon card is subsequently. It is also possible that you will find inspiration for creative writing or other art work resulting from this exercise. Insights and intuitions may surface during the meditation, and may also rise afterwards. You might find insights and intuitions arising not related at all to The Moon card or to The Tarot as you may have re/connected to parts of yourself in the process of this journey. For example, even just carefully reading and slightly revising this meditation reminded me that mixed in with the travails and sorrows of life, we sometimes find a gift of grace.

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Resource: Tarot Reading Layouts for the Major Arcana, though not meditations, per se, these layouts do in a way explore the card they are based on. This is Thalia Took's site, whose Tarot art I have posted here previously (The Emperor and The Star).

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

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

Roswila

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”)**** SEE ALSO: Roswila’s Dream & Poetry Realm for some articles about Tarot.****

Friday, October 20, 2006

REVIEW OF THE MANGA TAROT (Llewellyn/Lo Scarabeo)

[The Manga Tarot: Change and Continuity, by Riccardo Minetti, Artwork by Anna Lazzarini, Llewellyn/Lo Scarabeo, 2006.]

For a while now I've been wanting to get some Tarot decks that reach beyond my comfort zone, i.e. my personal tastes in art and/or cultures. One of those areas is Manga art. I have had some exposure to Manga (and Anime) as my roommate is a huge fan, her walls (and one of our shared hallways) are hung with posters she's collected. I've also watched a couple of anime movies with her and begun to appreciate what it offers visually, and I've enjoyed two of her Manga books -- both with Tarot images in the stories. So when I became aware of Llewellyn/Lo Scarabeo's Manga Tarot I looked forward to getting it, and I have not been disappointed.

This is a colorful and lively deck, with a variety of images from the tender and the mystical, to the tough and aggressive. Although it has some innovations, such as The Moon on which a woman apparently dances with a polar bear, it has mostly fairly recognizable traditional Tarot images.

One interesting diversion from the usual is in the sex of various figures, most being reversed, i.e., male when they are usually female and vice versa. E.g., the Three of Cups is three male figures in female Japanese garb holding open fans; and The Magician is the Sorceress. There is also some changing of the numbers usually assigned to cards. III is assigned to the usually IV Emperor, and IV is assigned to the usually III Empress, more sex reversal. The little white book ("LWB") mentions these sex reversals but without much clear explanation. However, these reversals seem consistent with what I've seen of Manga and Anime, in which men can often be "pretty" and women be exceptionally "aggressive."

I find the deck's innovations and reversals refreshing. They shake up my tendency to go on "auto-pilot" when viewing the cards. But more importantly they stir up new understandings of the cards, new nuances. At the very least they add some extra zest to a friendly familiar stew.

Figuring out which of the "glyphs" -- a Japanese ideogram in a circle on each card that represents one the four seasons -- is which season and therefore has which attributes as indicated in the LWB was a problem. Each card has one season glyph, while the Aces each have all four, and the tens each have only three -- the missing one said to be important by the LWB. So it does seem good -- if not crucial -- to know which glyph represents which season when using this deck. Of course, this use of a season glyph immediately called to mind the season word traditionally used in haiku. And, to my lights, serves the same purpose as a haiku season word -- providing a sense of setting/continuity. I finally did an internet search for Japanese ideograms and luckily found them on first hit. I list them below for anyone wanting to know what they are as I did.

WINTER


FALL


SUMMER


SPRING

The LWB also offers some unusual and intriguing phrases for each of the cards. Such as for The Empress: "A shameless glance indicates an unblemished conscience." Hm. Or for the King of Swords: "Only by comparing different opinions can the limits of your thinking be found."

I had my roommate look through this deck in order to get her sense of how well it honors Manga. She was very impressed as a whole, saying it nicely evokes the Manga art form. Based on my own admittedly limited exposure, I agree with her assessment. However, I hasten to add, that this deck stands alone simply as a Tarot.

I leave it to anyone new to Tarot whether or not they want to start with a somewhat non-traditional deck. Except to add that when it comes to the variety of decks out there these days, one is always "translating" anyway across the various differences in imagery and meaning. For all this deck's quirks in sex assignment and numbering, and the difficulty in determining which of the season glyphs is which, I think it makes a wonderful addition to any Tarot collection, and could work beautifully as one's only deck. I will certainly turn to this Manga Tarot again and again, especially when I need to shake up my preconceptions, and invite in the new and unusual.

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Resource: Manga Tarots. Though called Manga these are, at least to my limited understanding, more in the tradition of Anime. But they are fun to view as they show some of the various styles in which Tarot is being developed.

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

‘til next time, keep enjoying the beauty and variety of 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, October 17, 2006

THE EIGHT OF WANDS REDUX

I could not make up my mind what to post here today, and some dreams are clinging asking to be looked at in depth. So, I went to Facade.com to have a card chosen at random. I selected the Phoenix Tarot because not only do I really like the designs in this deck, but the idea of rebirth is very attractive right now. Of all cards I might have expected to get, had I thought about it at all, I would not have guessed the Eight of Wands. It was the last card I posted about here! It actually does make sense as issues that cards represent rarely just evaporate once we view, think and meditate on the cards we get for them. Before I go on, here's The Eight of Wands in the Phoenix Tarot:



What is intriguing to me is how the wands are placed and in what relationships they stand to each other on this version. It accurately reflects what my initial responses were to my dreams of last night (I'll get much more from the dreams once I spend some real time with them later). I.e., I need to reconnect to two issues -- the two pairs of wands on right and left of the card. And I need to disconnect from two -- the two pairs of "crossing out" wands in the middle. Ah, synchronicity, or is it 20/20 hindsight? Honestly, it doesn't matter to me. What works, works. :-D

I also imagine since this is the card of "swiftness" I will hear from the dreams, once I sit with them a bit more, that I should move quickly on these dream issues.

I'll end this post with a quote from Facade.com about the Eight of Wands: " ...cutting through confusion and indecision... " Yes, May It Be So!

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Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners. And see the previous post for more about The Eight of Wands.

‘til next time, keep moving swiftly as need be 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, October 13, 2006

THE EIGHT OF WANDS

TODAY'S CARD is The Eight of Wands. This version is from the dazzling Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti, who has also designed the gorgeous Gilded Tarot, and is used by permission.



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



THE EIGHT OF WANDS: As I've mentioned in previous posts, I've just finished participating in a two week, online conference. The Eight of Wands very nicely recalls that experience as wands are often said to represent electric/electronic communications. Also, the Eight of Wands with it's traditional meaning of "swiftness" is particularly apt for symbolizing email and message board communications. However at the same time, this intriguing card can also speak to my post-conference sense of burn-out -- it was an extremely intense experience for this Urban Hermit. The fact that I am alone again (out of continual "touch" with others via massively busy message boards; note that neither version above has any people on it) is a relief as I digest all the information generated by the conference. In a way, as I come back to the ground again, out of the electrified air.


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

Who or what are you shutting out? Conversely: Are you really being shut out or are you distancing yourself in some way?

Ends being said to justify the means.

You are over-extending yourself and headed for burn-out.

Are you unconsciously maintaining an overly busy life to avoid facing things about it that really need to be changed?

Dragging your heels; lack of directness in communication.

"Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow...." "Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today." Swift action is imperative; "strike while the iron is hot." I.e., do it now!

Detach from them and/or the situation; you may be setting yourself up to be burned or to burn out.

Do something physical (take a walk, exercise, dance, hug someone); you've been in the mental/intellectual/communication realm(s) too long and need a break.

Enjoy this alone time for as long as it lasts; things will get socially busy soon enough.

Keep it light!

It's not time to judge or follow-through on all the creative ideas coming to you. Get all the thoughts down (almost like taking a rush of dictation from the Deities), and later you can sort through them all. Most of all, enjoy this flood of inventiveness.



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Resource: Soulscape Tarot Teacher, an unusual and intriguing variety of 22 lessons, illustrated with 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 revelling in creative ideas 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, October 11, 2006

DREAM HAIKU SERIES (II)

The below was previously posted to my dreams and poetry blog and since it talks to Tarot cards I'm posting it here, too:




we share our stories
as we wait to check out
the lines are long

she says she was
sort of abused by him
still not owning up

there is no one
to accept our money
we can't buy freedom

the aging actress
will read my cards as we wait
she's a quick study

there is a way out:
the tulip Ace of Cups
and rooted wand






[All the above card images are from the Rider/Waite/Smith deck.]

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This series is based on a dream I had on August 4, 2006. The Devil card was not actually in the dream, but certainly implied. The Ace of Cups, The Queen of Wands and The Eight of Wands were all images in the end of the dream, both "verbally" and "visually."

Resource: Red Sunlight, quirky and very original Tarot card designs.

‘til next time, keep 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 .

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

"HOW Does It DO That!?!"



The below is a post I made during the International Association for the Study of Dreams, PsiberDreaming Conference that just ended Sunday. After I'd finished typing this response on one of the many amazing discussion threads, I realized I should save it as I might want to post it to this blog. I ran across the print out just now filing my notes and the papers presented during the conference, so here it is:

"....How does The Tarot work? Or as a friend used to say to me when I'd read for her "How does it do that!?!"? The plain and simple answer for me is "I don't know." I've been studying, collecting, teaching, and exploring with The Tarot for over 30 years and gave up decades ago trying to explain it's most mysterious ways.

A friend says it's unconscious kinetic manipulation on the part of the shuffler. Well, there are just too many variables for that explanation to work for me, though it may be a minor influence at times. I personally suspect (but don't go through rigors trying to prove it to myself :-D) that the major input is from the minds of those involved in the reading. The images on the cards act as triggers, are the vessels for the information that surfaces. (Fancy inkblots anyone?) But of course this doesn't explain why someone can do a reading relying totally on meanings 'by the book' and still be amazingly helpful. In this latter case, though, I do suspect again, since one has to choose among several meanings and then relate that meaning to the issue at hand, that the reader's sensitivity is active whether she knows it or not.

I take great comfort and shelter in how much I feel a kinship between dreams and The Tarot. Ultimately, I do not know for sure how either do what they do, how either give us their tremendous and beautiful gifts. They just do. They are. And I am grateful."

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Resource: Illumination Tarot/Dreaming Tarot, nice article on how dreams and Tarot work together.

‘til next time, keep 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, October 09, 2006

THE SEVEN OF WANDS

TODAY'S CARD is The Seven of Wands. This version is from The Fey Tarot.



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



THE SEVEN OF WANDS: The Faery (Fairy) World came up in a major way on one of the threads during the International Association for the Study of Dreams PsiberDreaming Conference I was attending that just ended yesterday. Fairies also showed up in many of our dreams during the conference, as they have over the years in my own. Therefore I thought it was time to post a card from a very distinctive deck, The Fey Tarot (top card above). I don't have this deck yet in my collection so I've not seen all the cards, but those I've viewed online are really impressive. They carry that mix of whimsy, mystery and pointed purpose I sense from the Faery realm.

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

It's time to stop being defensive and let the waters of deep emotion be felt. Conversely: Fighting off what you don't want to feel; it may not be time to give over to the feelings, i.e. action may be what is crucial at the moment.

A situation in which you will need to teach and/or lead.

A "spit-fire" personality.

You may feel overwhelmed, but something is about to happen that will change your perspective on the entire situation and especially your position in it.

Not willing to compromise your values.

Take to the high ground (aggression from others is possible concerning this issue).

Take the high road (don't give in to a pull toward aggresion on your own part).

What aspects of yourself do you consistently "fight down"? Check out their flip-sides or implications, they may be precisely what you need right now.

Challenging yourself and/or others.

A non-traditional approach to life, that can on occasion make you feel embattled because others require explanations or make defense necessary.

Truly hear others, and hold firm in what your heart and spirit know to be important.

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Resource: Self-Published Works. If you crave unusual takes on Tarot images you can find them here.

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

‘til next time, keep standing firm 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, October 01, 2006

THE THREE OF SWORDS

TODAY'S CARD IS The Three of Swords. This version is from The Goddess Tarot:



For comparison, here's the Three of Swords from the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:



THE THREE OF SWORDS: I woke up the other morning singing the below lyrics:

If you could read my mind love
What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old time movie
bout a ghost from a wishin well
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet
You know that ghost is me
And I will never be set free....

("If You Could Read My Mind," by Gordon Lightfoot) My first thought -- even before wondering what it meant as a dream -- was "What a Three of Swords song!" There's no getting around it. This card carries a lot of sad and heavy feeling. But I've also seen it point to acknowledging and working with that pain so that it leads to healing and growth. I'd even go so far as to say that much of what this card speaks to is how we cause much of our own pain out of fear and resistance to change. So, back to the song above as a musical dream version of the Three of Swords: it was telling me I have the option of embracing the changes fully upon me now -- to "cut short" the slide into fear and pain -- and trust in Spirit.

[BTW, I'm still participating in the International Association for the Study of Dreams PsiberDreaming Conference (and having an amazing time), so my posts will continue to be less frequent until at least October 8th.]

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE THREE OF SWORDS (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):

This is an old habitual way of thinking that is no longer applicable; it is not a true sorrow or regret. Let it go.

May indicate an old, deep wounding is being somehow echoed in the current situation. You have an opportunity to heal yourself and possibly also the situation if you can identify and acknowledge the source(s) of the wound(s).

Your pain now is the measure of your yearning toward wholeness. Keep reaching and reclaim another part of yourself.

Your plans may very well not work out. You can risk it, or re-think things.

It's how you are thinking about this that is the problem. Draw another card or two to see if you can get a new perspective on the issue.

There is no real or satisfying answer to that question right now, sorry! (Sort of like getting a busy signal on a telephone call.)


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Resource: The Tarot of Creativity; covers the Major Arcana: "...this early picture book is meant to evoke associations, images, stories. Let them evoke your own interpretations, variations, imaginations."

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

‘til next time, keep embracing change 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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