Saturday, December 30, 2006

THE PAGE OF WANDS REDUX

The Page of Wands, The Gendron Tarot, by Melanie Gendron


I've already done my usual post on the Page of Wands (click here to read it and the meanings I offer). But in going through The Gendron Tarot when I did my recent Star card post (click here for that post that also has a mini-review of The Gendron Tarot) I rediscovered my favorite card in that deck. And it feels particularly appropriate to this time of year when mystery and magic seem to abound, along with winter beauty.

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



The Gendron version above offered me the following "new" meaning for The Page of Wands:

Just being open to the possibility of beauty (as in that sense of awe) in our lives changes our orientation to other messages and insights; helps us be more open and receptive to Spirit.

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Resource: more Gendron Tarot images on Aeclectic.net.

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

‘til next time, keep being receptive to beauty 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, December 27, 2006

TAROT DREAM HAIKU SERIES III & COMMENT ON THE THOTH TAROT

The Four of Disks (Pentacles) in the Thoth Tarot*


Dream at the end of an evening of many dreams
December 13, 2006


we can't quite read
the new Tarot card designs
shuttered cottage

card of pentacles:
down-growing desert plant
rocks and moonlight

surge of light
the Four of Pentacles
right side up


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The Thoth deck's Four of Disks (Pentacles) was not the card I saw in the dream. But it was the one I immediately saw on waking and recalling the dream. As to why the Four of Pentacles? I can think of many reasons. Briefly, the astrology sign Capricorn is often attributed to this card, which I am, and it is after my birthday in early January that I usually find S.A.D. (Seasonal Affect Disorder) beginning to lift. I begin to feel more empowered then, too (the card is called power in The Thoth deck). There were other aspects to the dream that I have not written haiku for. But, they, too, had to do with reclaiming energy and light. "Light" I take to mean the ability to see things more clearly and in their correct orientation (not upside down :-D), which I have not been feeling I am doing very well since fall and S.A.D. arrived. All in all, a very hopeful dream after an evening of other deep and tumultuous dreams.

* I recently had an inquiry as to what I think of the designer of The Thoth Tarot, Aleister Crowley. For those who might not know, there is a controversy as to whether he was the incarnation of evil, or the best thing to happen to Tarot (and magick) since sliced bread. I personally feel after reading years ago from both perspectives that he was a tremendously free thinker who enjoyed pushing rigid thinkers' buttons and also loved his "bad boy" reputation, even playing with it deliberately. This is not to say that I like or respect Crowley or his work. I simply really like the deck he was instrumental in designing. However, I can no more prove my feelings about him than anyone else can prove their positions.

I will also say that I had alreay studied with The Thoth deck at great length (and other decks as well) before I ever learned of this controversy surrounding Crowley. And for a brief time I was concerned, being aware as I am of the effect images we hold in our minds can and do have on us. But I quickly realized this deck had done nothing but enrich my relationship to the Tarot as a whole. Not to mention that I tend to give the actual artist of a deck the lion's share of the credit for any deck. IMHO, Lady Frieda Harris's artwork on The Thoth deck is stunning. Ultimately that is what sticks for me with any deck -- the artwork itself, as disitinct from any accompanying book, or influencing designer, philosophy, or system.

However, I will hasten to add if someone is uncomfortable working with any deck, for any reason, I would encourage them to honor that hesitation. There are a couple of decks I have but do not work with because of hesitations I have about them. So let me stress that my comments here are not to encourage anyone with negative or hesitant feelings about The Thoth deck to use it, but only to make clear my position on the Crowley controversy.


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Resource: Tarot Affirmations, Tarot & Dreams Articles.

‘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.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

THE SUN (XIX)

TODAY'S CARD IS The Sun (XIX). This version is from The Haindl Tarot.



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



THE SUN: The Haindl Tarot was a gift from a friend. It's not a deck I have ever gotten "next to" but since it was a gift, I treasure it. I can also see why so many really appreciate it. The Tarot images are often unusual and the art work is unique and striking (see the link above for more images from this deck). However it may be, I chose The Sun in this deck today because I love roses, especially red ones. The Sun card in general is the third and last of the "Three Luminaries" in The Tarot. (See my two previous posts for The Moon and The Star, the other two of the luminaries.) I think it is a truly appropriate card to post during this season filled with holidays about the return of light/Light.

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

Most unfortunately, I have seen this card represent someone who was abused in childhood.

Someone who is not seeing clearly at all, though they believe they are. Maybe a fantatic who has been "blinded by the light."

A tendency to day dream only. Some concrete action is necessary now.

It may be time to take a rest from intellectual pursuits. To get out of the bright light and rest in the more intuitive realm.

Time for complete honesty, with yourself and/or with others.

Are you taking on too much and about to "go nova"? If you can, put down some of your burdens and take a breather. If you can't do this, try to find some "cooling shade" in others' support.

Can represent that Greater Consciousness from which our intuitive abilities gain their information.

You are in, or headed for, a time of great mental clarity, insight and/or wisdom. Enjoy it while it lasts. :-)

This card sometimes has a very social aspect to it. Large social groups at their best, doing their best work as long as they are able to. (The sun does set and clinging to what once produced good works is counter-productive.)

The healthy human desire to shine in someone else's eyes. I.e., a need for nurturing attention.

It is rare we really see our own light. So let others know what they illumine for you, how they nourish and support you. Find the sun in everyone.

This card can represent that part of ourselves that is able to connect in love with the soul's of others. (It can be a card of weddings and other big celebrations.)

And lastly, I quote from "The Book of Runes," by Ralph Blum (published by St. Martin's Press, NY 1982), from the section on the rune "Sowelu," wholeness, life forces, and the Sun's energy:


You who are the source of all power
Whose rays illuminate the whole world
Illuminate also my heart
So that it too can do your work


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Resource: The Runes, a basic chart on the runes (an ancient alphabet) and their meanings. I find the Runes nicely complement The Tarot. However, they are a wonderful system all on their own.

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

‘til next time, keep finding and acknowledging the Sun in each other, 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, December 20, 2006

THE MOON (XVIII) REDUX

My last post was on The Star card, the first of what is sometimes called "The Three Luminaries" of The Tarot. Logically, then, I should post about The Moon card next (and The Sun after that). Especially given I chose The Star because it fits the symbolism of the Holiday Season: the hope for the returning light/Light. The Moon is a card of subtle light, so, here's a Moon card (I apologize for the pale stripes in the scan of the below card. I don't know why my scanner does this to some images):

The Moon (XVIII) in the Dragon Tarot
Author: D.J. Conway
Artist: Lisa Hunt
Llewellyn Publications


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



As I've already gone into The Moon card in my usual manner (click here for that Moon post) I'll simply add this one "new" Moon card meaning of mine:

There's a lot of raw power and energy available to you at this time. Be wary of how you use it, as it can use you as readily as you use it.

I'll follow this post on The Moon, a card of subtle light, dream, illusions, magic and intuition (and much more), in a couple of days with one about The Sun card, the third of "The Three Luminaries."

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Resource: Everyday Goddess Tarot, site of Pamela Wells, it has lovely Tarot art and affirmations.

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

‘til next time, keep using the energy available to you wisely, and enjoying The Tarot,

Roswila

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

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Monday, December 18, 2006

THE STAR (XVII)

TODAY'S CARD IS The Star (XVII). This version is from The Gendron Tarot, by Melanie Gendron, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. (See mini-review below.)



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



You can click here, and scroll down to my post of September 11th to see several other decks' versions of The Star card.

THE STAR (XVII): I chose The Star as it fits the symbolism of the Holiday Season: the hope for the returning light/Light. As I looked at and read up on The Star in the Gendron Tarot above, it seemed even more fitting. I see the butterflies as all our prayers and hopes rising to the heart of the Compassionate Goddess, She who goes by many names. For me, She is Kuan Yin. In the Gendron Tarot She is called Coyolxauhqui (Aztec); Andromeda (Greek); Estsanatlehi (Navaho); Gendenwitha (Iriquois); Azer-ava (Finno-Ugric); Astarte, Innana (Sumerian); and Tara (Hindu). (And if you think it was easy typing some of those names, think again! :-D) May Peace for all of Gaia be born with the Light's return.

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

"Be in the world, not of it...."

Everything we do and are and hope spills into both time, and the eternal. This is how we each shine, like a star.

Are you focussing too much or working too hard on your inner processes or your outer life? Maybe it's time to look out or up, and let The Great Mystery nourish you. Simply receive for a time.

You may feel like the star of this drama, but not everyone involved sees it this way. Tone it down a bit, dial it back for more caring and productive results.

If you are feeling uncertain yet being reassured otherwise, listen to your hesitation. Unconscious elements are in play. We cannot always see or know what moves us. (E.g., that Jungian idea that only what is unconscious can control us.)

This looks like it will have a positive outcome. However, there is too much unknown at present so action may not be advisable just yet.

This situation is still very much up in the air, but there is reason to hope for a good outcome.

Accept The Great Mystery's gifts. Even if you can't know right now what they are, know that they are.

Above all, this is a card of hope, beauty and inspiration. That no matter where we find ourselves, and in what state, Spirit's help and nourishment is available to us, will return to us.


MINI-REVIEW OF THE GENDRON TAROT: This multi-media deck has art that is a blend of cultures and spiritual traditions from throughout the world, including animals and metaphysical symbols. When I first got this deck some time ago, my response was luke warm. Although I still find that some of the mix of art media styles don't work very well, I am much more intrigued with it on this viewing. And I am much more moved by its symbolism. I will probably post some of my favorite cards from this deck in the future. (IMHO, The Star is not a shining -- pardon the pun -- example of what this deck offers at its best. If you want to see other card images, click on "The Gendron Tarot" at the top of this post.) This is a nicely produced deck, accompanied by a full length, informative book.

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Resource: Cherry Tarot, a really nice Tarot blog; has some interesting layouts.

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

‘til next time, keep accepting The Great Mystery's gifts, 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, December 15, 2006

THE MAGICIAN (I) REDUX

A WICKED MAGICIAN --

I have addressed The Magician (I) already (click here). But I just came across this wonderful version by Teresa Wild that I use by permission:



Do visit Terry's site to see some of her other Tarot paintings.

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



Terry's version of The Magician gave me the following additional meaning:

Someone who you are seeing as scary or wrong or even evil (maybe blaming them for something) because of their unusual understandings and/or abilities. Take a deep breath and try to see past your assumptions or fear to determine what this person is really about and what they are truly offering. Then what you need to do will become clearer.

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Resource: Fourth Aeclectic Tarot Community Deck, each card designed by a different artist.

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

‘til next time, keep using all your skills to see deeply, 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, December 11, 2006

THE EIGHT OF PENTACLES

TODAY'S CARD IS The Eight of Pentacles. This version is from The Gipsy Tarot, by Walter Wegmuller, copyright 1982 by AGM AGMuller, Neuhausen/Switzerland, distributed by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.:



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



THE EIGHT OF PENTACLES: I've always been readily engaged by the Gipsy Tarot, with all the little faces and puzzling figures in the detailed and colorful designs. The Eight of Pentacles is a good example of this: see the three-faced figure just above the middle of the card, looking left, right and forward. This card sometimes has a connection to the past and future. So I can interpret this three-faced figure as representing this time spanning possibility. (Even when I do not find any clear meaning to this deck's embellishments and details, I still really enjoy them and find depth in the cards.)

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

A problematic relationship from which you need to and can learn something.

Past life issues. Whether one believes in past lives or not, the story as it presents through this card may be instructive with respect to the inquiry.

Not a time to over-indulge or expend resources.

Are you being a perfectionist about this issue? Is less actually more?

Are you approaching this in the best way? Take more time to think/feel your way around and through it.

Are you too dependent on this person/situation right now? It may be time to loosen the bonds, and even consider letting go all together.

Allowing and facilitating will yield far better results for all concerned right now (as opposed to pushing, commanding, demanding).

Issues with absorption, both literally and metaphorically. Taking in what is nutritious and supportive at a basic level. This will not only support the present, but nourish the future.

You may sense something of the future stirring in your harvest. But it is not necessarily time to figure it out or act on it, but rather to take care of the present situation.

Someone who takes great joy out of doing their work in the world, beyond even any material satisfaction or reward. Someone who, in essence, "walks their talk." Lives out their beliefs in whatever their life and work may happen to be about.


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Resource: Inspiration Tarot, a brightly colored, lively, abstract deck.

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

‘til next time, keep accepting what is nourishing, 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, December 07, 2006

....AND NOW FOR SOME TAROT FUN!

I recently came across the website Liquid Sculpture. It's a gallery of up close photos of liquids in various states of movement, and in all sorts of colors and shapes. The first thumbnail version I clicked on morphed before my imagination's eyes into ... tah DAH! ... an abstract High Priestess (named "Meditation" on the site; used by permission):



Here's the High Priestess in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:



Oh, boy, I was off and clicking! I "found" several other Tarot cards,among them this Four of Cups (called "Three Red Beads" on the site; used by permission):



Here's the Four of Cups in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:



I spent quite a bit of time enjoying these photos, both Tarot-suggestive and otherwise. I found several other Tarot cards (Justice and quite a few Aces). If you enjoy visually intriguing images, and especially if you love finding Tarot images in unusual places, visit Liquid Sculpture. See what these photos suggest to you, how they engage your imagination.

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

‘til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot,

Roswila

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

Sunday, December 03, 2006

REVIEW, WITH READINGS, OF THE MAGIC MIRROR TAROT

MAGIC MIRROR TAROT
by Stone Riley

THE REVIEW:

The Magic Mirror Tarot is a double deck set that would make a wonderful gift for the upcoming holidays -- for experienced and beginner readers, and especially for collectors. Each laminated deck comes in its own really nice hard box (not one of those pre-fab thin cardboard cartons most decks come in) and both are contained in a larger carton. For new readers, Riley’s accompanying booklet has a suggested approach to reading for one’s self, how to read for someone else, and the ethics of reading for others, among other things. Riley’s website (link above) addresses the differences in art style between the decks, along with additional information on each deck, the history of this art project, and all the images for each deck.

The two decks, THE SIMPLE TAROT and THE SPIRIT HILL TAROT, allow for personal taste in which deck to use, and maybe (IMHO) for differences in the type of question being asked of The Tarot. I will go a little into my experience of these two decks in the readings below. The distinction Riley makes between the art work on these two decks reminds me of what the science fiction writer Isaac Asimov once said exists between “window pane” writing and (I believe he called it) artistic writing. In the first instance one does not even notice the writing; in the second one is aware of the writing itself as art as well as what it is communicating. The Simple Tarot might be compared to window pane style, and the Spirit Hill Tarot to artistic.

THE READINGS:

THE SIMPLE TAROT is a black and white deck with very basic, uncomplicated line drawings. On viewing it I thought it might be well-suited to less complex questions.(Footnote 1) So I asked: Is it at all likely I will move out of New York City? I got what is a “yes” answer in my system of yes/no = The Moon card:



However, when and where I might move is still very unclear – the Moon card often indicates unclarity so it is far from certain that I will. If it does happen it will ultimately feel comfortable – though not necessarily be an easy process. It may be an indicator of the right place to move if it feels familiar in some way when I first visit it.

How did having used THE SIMPLE TAROT influence my experience of this reading? I cannot be absolutely sure but I believe it was the words on the card that precipitated my inner and immediate responses – beyond my general understandings of The Moon card. The words are direct and plain, as the drawing is, and left little room for my being distracted or tempted off path into other associations and possibilities. This is what the drawings and words on this deck as a whole do for me.

THE SPIRIT HILL TAROT is a full color, modern art deck (see my review here). In a more “scientific” comparison of these two decks one might ask the same question of both decks. However, it is no longer the same question as I have already had a very satisfactory answer. Even had the answer not been satisfactory it would still not be the same question any more. (One cannot step into the same river twice.) I also feel that the Spirit Hill Tarot may be, at least for me, better suited to a more obviously multi-leveled inquiry and to the more complex kind of answer that inquiry might result in. So I asked the Spirit Hill Tarot: What attitude and/or understanding might be most helpful for me to cultivate in myself as I continue to address my health issues? I got the Two of Water (Two of Cups):



Oh, my! The name of the painting on this card is “Persephone.” This myth happens to be a defining one in my life, as I am a survivor of childhood abuse. My associations to the painting itself also speak to me: rooted green surrounded in flame. Both the Persephone myth and the painting say to me to continue to work at befriending the opposites within me, those contradictions that seem nigh on to impossible to embrace – the darkness, the underworld, that which threatens to bury or consume. That this painting looks fiery and is on a water card, further supports this befriending of opposites (fire and water are said to often “fight”). And it is in that befriending, that accepting and receiving – as the card’s words put it – that I will more fully approach the health I have been struggling toward for so long. There was quite a bit more to this card reading but it would be going far afield of the purpose of this post to share it all. Suffice it to say the Spirit Hill design offered a much more complex answer than the one I saw in the Simple Tarot.


CONCLUSION:

I’d say the Spirit Hill Tarot lends itself to intensity and complexity of response. Whereas the Simple Tarot sort of said to me very quickly: “asked and answered,” and I felt no need to look any further. I do want to figure out a way of working with both decks on the same issue.(Footnote 2) At any rate, although these readings have given me a sense of the difference in reading with each deck, I hesitate to suggest this will be the same for any other reader. I will stress, however, that I really liked reading with both decks and that Riley’s art work unerringly hooks into something important for me every time I’ve used his cards.

So check out his website (link at top of this post) with holiday shopping in mind, or just enjoy it for yourself. But check it out!

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Footnote 1: It’s true it is not always apparent which questions are complex when it comes to The Tarot. What may appear to be a simple question for The Tarot can turn out to be a doorway onto a maze of issues and influences. So I am speaking rather generally here.

Footnote 2: One idea: pull one card from each deck and keep them face down until both are pulled, then read and compare them. Or maybe a two column reading...hm...a fun project for the future that I'll post here if it seems worthwhile.


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

‘til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot,

Roswila

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

Friday, December 01, 2006

THE ACE OF CUPS

The Ace of Cups from The Tarot of the Cat People
Instructions and Designs by Karen Kuykendall
Published by U.S. Games


I'm not really doing my usual post about a card here today (i.e. I'll address The Ace of Cups more fully in a future post). I'm rather low in spirits and just pulled a card at random from the above deck asking for some comment on my inner state. LOL! This could not be a lovelier card to get, or one that feels more impossible for me to fully take in right now. The Ace of Cups is all about abundance, fulfillment, happiness, pleasure, goodness overflowing ... phew! It's also one of the very few cards that rarely shows up in a negative light. I suppose what I can do is take in the reminder that these positive things are still possible. That nothing lasts forever, not even really blue moods. Besides, I do really love that cat! It always makes me smile to see its ecstatic pose and expression. And that is truly an Ace of Cups gift that I can accept right now.

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Resource: The Universal Fantasy Tarot, a recently published deck that I really want to get; lovely designs, IMHO. Even in a blue mood I can still lust after Tarot decks, so I guess all is not lost. :-D

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

‘til next time, keep knowing nothing lasts forever, 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.

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