Tuesday, January 30, 2007

TWO QUOTABLES

The Fool, in The Gilded Tarot, by Ciro Marchetti (used by permission)


Again I was going through my old files, this time looking for a particular handout from a course I taught many years ago. Before I'd gotten very far I came across these two quotes that speak to my understanding of symbols:


"When we understand that symbols are actually resonant structures, vibratory form-fields, and that we ourselves are resonant to our very core, then we can see that symbols are not something aery-faery but are completely vital to our functioning as whole beings ....As resonant structures, symbols literally create, work with, and inform our light body. The light body is the genetic code bank. It is the stuff of imagination, insight, all true under-standing — and more! [Our light body] can only be activated through a knowing use of symbols. Nor should this symbol-thriving light body be seen as separate from what we call our physical body. Rather, the resonant light body underlies and interpenetrates all of our functions. It is not poetry alone that commands us to declare that just as a flower cannot live without light and water, we cannot live without symbols."

Dr. Jose Arguelles Author, The Mayan Factor



"Rich symbolism and ingenious construction make Tarot one of the best instruments for true occult education, that is, drawing out the wisdom hidden within you. The Tarot Keys do not put something into your consciousness. They call forth what is already there."

B.O.T.A. Tarot Correspondence Course


That first quote really knocks my socks off every time I read it. It touches on something I've known from very early childhood, when I'd try to tell my parents about a dream I'd had, or explain what my drawing really was about. And the second addresses what I always tried to help students believe when they would ask me in that frustrated way of a newbie not yet trusting her intuition just what a particular card or symbol thereon meant.

These two quotes were on a handout I gave my students. They were also posted prominently in my Tarot room, as much to remind myself of the power of symbols, as to share them with anyone else.

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‘til next time, keep enjoying the incredibly rich symbol system that is 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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Saturday, January 27, 2007

TEMPERANCE REDUX

Temperance, in The Fairytale Tarot, Written and designed by Karen Mahony; Illustrated by Alexandr Ukolov, baba studio; Artwork by Irena Triskova.


The Fairytale Tarot is my newest deck and what a deck it is! Each of the 78 cards is illustrated with a scene from a fairytale, some familiar and welcome, many new (at least to me) and fascinating. This is a rich deck both in art and the accompanying book, which includes the full fairytales and how each relates to the card it appears on. I'll review this deck at greater length here in the future. For now I just wanted to share a card from it.

I shuffled the deck, asking simply "What card should I post?" and got Temperance. I've previously addressed this card here, so will only add that Temperance images (in waking and dream life) have been very present for me recently. So I was not surprised when The Tarot "suggested" I post it today. What was a little bit of a surprise was the focus in the Fairytale Tarot book's text on Temperance that we appreciate "ordinary life," those things often thought of as little or of lesser import. I've been caught up in that other understanding of "tempering" (how a sword is tempered in fire and water -- ouch!) and not recognizing the quiet, deeper truths just beneath all the fuss and bother and drama. A good bit of advice to remember when Temperance shows up in a reading.

Click on the link under the graphic above to see more of the cards in this wonder-full deck.

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Resource: Mother Goose Tarot, very different style and approach from The Fairytale Tarot (some have illustrations, some little poems) but still fairytale; it's a deck-in-progress.

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

‘til next time, keep staying aware of the possibilities in the "little" and quiet things of life, 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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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

IN ONE'S ELEMENT (A Five Card Tarot Layout)

A. INTRODUCTION:

At the time I designed this layout (at least 15 years ago*), I'd read somewhere that the elements of fire and water "fight," but when they "get it together," they are considered The Sacred Marriage. And that earth and air also conflict, but when they work it out they are The Earthly Marriage. This led to my investigating in experimental readings for myself what the other elemental relationships might be about, and how they all might inform Tarot readings.

I found that working with elemental relationships in a Tarot reading does not so much reveal the nuts and bolts of an issue, but it's color, or flavor, or intensity. That is, how it is being or will be experienced -- which has as much to do with outcomes as card and position meaning. Of course, this does not replace or exclude traditional card meanings or intuitions, but rather supplements and clarifies them. In some instances, I have also found the elemental relationship key to an otherwise dense card in a reading. In a way, I see elemental relationships as helping to ground a reading in our real, physical life, in our experience. Helping us to be more fully "in our element."



B. FOCUS OF THE READING:

Although you can ask a specific question when using this layout, I've found it most useful to leave it open-ended. A good question to ask could be: "What do I most need to pay attention to at present?" But this layout also works fine with very specific questions.

This layout also tends to have a present time focus, with the near future usually showing, if at all, in the card in the fifth/central position. But I've also found that intuition can sometimes do an end run around almost any layout's general limits. :-)

C. LAYING OUT THE CARDS:

After shuffling, lay out the cards as below:

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D. THE ELEMENT FOR EACH CARD POSITION:

The qualities listed after each card position may be useful in interpreting the individual cards, and the reading as a whole.

Card 1/AIR (Will; what one is thinking or planning; ego consciousness)
Card 2/FIRE (The part of the life-plan coming in now; inspiration; urge; High Self; instruction; collective consciousness)
Card 3/WATER (Emotion; intuition; this life's past; past lives; collective unconsciousness)
Card 4/EARTH (What is materializing; body; health; resources; unconscious/subconscious on a personal level)
Card 5/SPIRIT (Probable outcome; may be connected to Card 2; what may be coming in)

E. DETERMINING THE ELEMENT FOR A TAROT CARD:

The most common correspondence of the Minor Arcana (Ace through King) with the four elements in The Tarot is: Wands with fire, Cups with water, Swords with air, and Pentacles with earth.

To determine the elements of the Majors, you can look to the common astrological correspondences for the cards. I.e., fire for Aries, Leo and Sagittarius; air for Gemini, Libra and Aquarius; water for Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces; and earth for Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Planetary rulers of the zodiac signs can also align with the elemental associations: fire for Mars, Sun and Jupiter; air for Mercury and Uranus; water for Moon, Neptune and Pluto; and earth for Venus and Saturn. Or, you can intuit elemental associations for the Majors yourself.

The important thing is to stay consistent across readings with whatever elemental assignments to the Tarot cards you choose.



F. HOW THE ELEMENT FOR CARD POSITION AND CARD INTERRELATE:

Determine the element of the card and of the card position. For instance, Knight of Wands in position 1 is "fire in air." Based on this determination, each card in the reading will fall into one of the three categories below, indicating how the card's energy is being or will be manifested and/or experienced.

"Flipside" as I use it below can apply to reversed cards. I do not work with reversals, so for me "flipside" applies when I get a sense that a different side to the elemental relationship may apply.

1. Fire card in Water position; Water card in Fire position; Earth card in Air position; Air card in Earth position = PAINFUL AND/OR OVERLY INTENSE (flipside: very difficult but clearly productive)

2. Air card in Fire position; Fire card in Air position; Water card in Earth position; Earth card in Water position = SUPPORTIVE (flipside: possibly agitating)

3. Fire card in Fire position; Water card in Water position; Air card in Air position; Earth card in Earth position = IDEAL PLACEMENT (flipside: possibly low energy)

G. PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER:

See the list under "D" above for help with what each card position may be about within the reading.

Let the elemental relationships (determined under "F" above) between cards and card positions, supplement and/or clarify the meanings and intuitions that surface for each card.

Does your feeling or awareness of the reading as a whole change as you introduce the elemental relationships to it? Is there one predominant elemental relationship?

As with all readings, keep notes of the date done, the cards pulled, your responses, and any other pertinent information.



H. CONCLUSION:

I will admit I had forgotten about this layout (blush!) and only rediscovered it on looking through my old Tarot files for ideas for this blog. I am very glad I came across it, as I did a reading for myself after revising this article and it was tremendously helpful. I'd love to hear how this reading works for you, if you try it. And whether you try it or not, I hope you always find the way to be "in your element."

P.S. of January 27, 2006: A visitor from Hudson Valley Tarot site, tried this layout and posted the results to her site. Please visit and enjoy it! You'll also get to see some of the images from the unique Maat Tarot, as well: Reading With Maat Tarot.

*An article on which I've based this post, was published back then in "The Winged Chariot," a lively but sadly long defunct print Tarot newsletter, edited by Tracey Hoover.

[The Four Element graphics used in this post, top down: Fire, Water, Air and Earth, are © Robin Wood 1997, and are Used with Permission]


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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, January 19, 2007

REVIEW OF THE MILLENNIUM TAROT

Temperance from The Millennium Tarot
Images: Dorothy Simpson Krause
Text: Marina Dubois
With assistance from: Mary Taylor, Mary Ann Kearns, Jan Doucette, Linda Serafin, Lisa Padovana
Published 1994 Viewpoint/Printed in India/$25.00


When I first saw cards from this deck online I kept thinking "wow" and "gorgeous." Now that I've seen and held all of the cards I'm still saying to myself "wow, gorgeous." I'll also add that it's beautifully produced (and very decently priced for all that), and obviously lovingly and carefully thought out. I only wish there were at least a little information about the sources for the classical art -- paintings, statues, maps -- used in these designs. Though I hasten to add that this lack in no way effects its use in readings, and may only be of any interest to avid Tarot collecting folk, such as myself. :-)

The Major Arcana are stunning in their sumptuousness and elegance, evoking worlds of antiquity and myth. (Just look again at Temperance above.) The gold-colored borders and backs create this lavish appearance, supporting and amplifying the richness of Spirit the images point toward. The deck even comes in a gold-colored light net bag.

Temperance above is fairly traditional in design, while others of the Majors are not and on those the innovations really "work." Here's the female Magician, one of my favorite cards in the deck, who's usually depicted as male. Though as I wrote this review and then scanned in this card, I was less sure of the gender of this card, and that's also just fine with me:



The Court cards are fairly traditional and appear to have ancient statues on them. (I say "appear to" as photos of performance art were also used in creating this deck's images.) The first below is The Knight of Wands, and following that is The Page of Swords:





The Minor Arcana are traditional and a little less satisfying, but I may feel that due to my tendency to prefer fully illustrated pips. However, they are artistically pleasing and for those who like plain pips such as these, they should be more than fine. All the Minors have the suit symbols on a background of old maps or charts, which does seem appropriate for the cards in the deck often seen to address worldly matters. Here's The Six of Cups:



On opening a new deck I always do at least one reading with it before I even crack any accompanying literature. I shuffled this deck* asking "What's with my recent incredible crankiness (other than just getting old :-D)?" I got The Five of Pentacles:



The card precipitated these thoughts: Although I am an Urban Hermit and, therefore, used to and happy with being alone a great deal, I'm not at all used to feeling distant from my spiritual core. I've been letting the material realms and changes in my life "run the show," letting them take too much of my time, energy and will. These material concerns have their place in the scheme of things, but are not the scheme itself. They are only one of the pentacles in the outer array of five on this card, all of which are circling the central core of Spirit.

Not only is this deck luxurious, but also the accompanying booklet (no frustrating Little White Book here :-D). The card-sized -- 2-3/4" x 4-3/4" -- booklet has a slick full-color heavy paper cover, with Temperance on the front. It's 94 pages include a very brief Tarot history; meanings clearly written for this deck -- i.e., no "cookie cutter" LWB meanings, along with small pictures of the cards; basics of doing a reading; and instructions for the Celtic Cross layout and a clarifying reading.

From the little I could learn at the site (link under the Temperance card above) this deck must have a very interesting history, having begun as an art exhibit, then becoming on online interactive reading site. Maybe some day the creator(s) will give us a full version of this history, along with more about the classical sources of much of the art used in the designs. In the meantime, we have this lush deck with which to read for others and ourselves. I highly recommend The Millennium Tarot for readers, collectors, and beginners alike, and believe it would make a particularly lovely gift deck.

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*The corners of these cards are rather more pointed than I've run across, and I had to stay aware of this on handling them. Not a big problem at all, just not one I've had before.

‘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.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

THE QUEEN OF SWORDS (A Scifaiku)

[This is an edited excerpt from a recent post to my dreams and poetry blog. The poem is in a haiku-based form called scifaiku (science fiction/fantasy/horror themes) that I've been writing in for years, too. The graphic is The Queen of Swords in The Gothic Tarot of Vampires, published by LoScarabeo. I will review this deck here in the future.]



unreflective
she styles her long hair by touch
petulant vampire


I'll address The Queen of Swords in my usual way in a future post. For this post I'll simply say that I just finished a book in which a vain and ancient female vampire has never gotten used to not being able to see herself in a mirror. She is an exceptionally evil and powerful vampire, and this lack of self-reflection is true in both senses of that term. This lack of self-reflection, and the pain and trouble it precipitates for this Queen and those in her life, can be a reading for this card at its most negative.

I'd also like to thank One Deep Breath for the writing prompt that resulted in the above scifaiku.

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Resource: Hippopotamouse/Victorian Surrealism, a few really unusual Tarot card designs. For all their strangeness, though, they really capture the essence of each card, better than many prettier, less odd renditions, IMHO.

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

‘til next time, keep reflecting, 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.****

Monday, January 15, 2007

THE HIGH PRIESTESS (II)

TODAY'S CARD IS The High Priestess (II). The below version is from The Millennium Tarot by Dorothy Simpson Krause, and is used by permission (I will be reviewing this sumptuous deck at length in the future):



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



THE HIGH PRIESTESS: I've hesitated to address II here yet as She is so strongly associated for me with a dear friend I took care of as she died and I wanted to present this card in a more objective fashion than that might allow. But when it comes down to it, our relationship to The Tarot is nothing if not highly personal. So, here I go... Brenda was the one who introduced me to The Tarot. She loved The High Priestess especially as her first and middle name initials were B and J, the letters on the pillars on either side of the High Priestess in the RWS version.(see Footnote) Brenda's birthday was January 8th (along with Elvis :-D), so now seems the appropriate time for me to explore this card. As synchronicity would have it, doing other sorts of Tarot research I came across the Millennium Tarot's High Priestess and was bowled over. The woman on the card above, reaching toward a sketchy outline of a traditional High Priestess or Goddess in the background, could be Brenda in the bloom of her healthy youth. So I feel my dear friend has yet again checked in to say "hello."

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

Rarely, but can represent addiction or an addictive personality (devotion is a quality of this card, and addiction can be seen as it's "lower octave").

A disconnetedness from one's deepest intuition and wisdom. Maybe due to the necessity of focussing on outward and material challenges and needs.

Someone so introverted and concerned/fascinated with their own inner processes as to be unavailable for intimate relationships.

If she/he is seemingly hard to relate to, it may be for a good reason on their part. Consider if you are ready for the challenge or even want to take it on.

Can indicate a very wise but distant teacher.

Usually, if referencing a close relationship, it would be a platonic one. However, it can be someone whose passions are not obvious because they run so deep. Someone who has to first actually be perceived, or sought out; or who requires that a lot of trust be developed before deeper and/or physical intimacy can occur. (Just contrast Her to The Empress, who is open and available, and readily embracing.)

"Let go, and let God/dess."

Above all, for me, The High Priestess is about intuition and deep inner wisdom. She shows up in a reading and I am on even higher alert than ever. She asks us to listen, deeply. She is not an "easy" card to read, does not readily let Herself be unveiled, but rewards the efforts Her appearance precipitates in us.

Lastly, the RWS version of II is a glyph of the entire Tree of Life in the Qabala. For instance, the pomegranates on the curtain behind Her are placed as the Sephirah (globes/lights) are on The Tree of Life. (For a Tree of Life link, see "Resource" below.) This, for me, goes along with what I've read that all the waters seen anywhere in The Tarot, flow from Her robe. If it can be said that there's a central figure in The Tarot, She's it to my mind and in my heart.


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Footnote: The letters stand for Boaz -- strength, and Jachin -- establishment. I've also seen them referred to as the active and passive principles; and as the pillars of severity and mildness in the Tree Life in the Qabala (see Resource link below).

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Resource: Tarot Moon: The Tree of Life in the Qabala.

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

‘til next time, keep listening for the depths in yourself and others, 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, January 12, 2007

THE DEVIL (XV) REDUX

The Devil (XV) in The Ohtori Tarot (used by permission)
design(s) by Bara no hitomi
image(s) provided by Arkady


I think this is a fabulous interpretation of The Devil card, even without being familiar with it's setting in the anime/manga story of the Revolutionary Girl Utena (see Resource link below for more information on this story). Do visit The Ohtori Tarot page (link above) to see some intriguing and unusual designs for other Majors, and her conceptions of the suits.

I also really resonate with what Bara no hitomi says about her interpretation of The Devil:

"....One traditional meaning is greed, lust for power, temptation, and folly; another is the figure which guards the way to the underworld. In The Elevator, we see these meanings fused, for it is this elevator which allows people to access their inner feelings of selfishness, jealousy, and despair.... The Elevator thus symbolizes both temptation and despair, and access to the underworld of these emotions...."

And this puts me in mind of a recent dream haiku of mine:

the sudden free fall
of the elevator
surviving bottom

LOL! Especially given The Devil is one of my family of cards in The Tarot. XV usually has Capricorn assigned to it, and that's my astrology sun sign.

I have addressed The Devil in a previous post and will only add this meaning:

As the "Guardian of the Underworld" or "Guardian at the Gate," The Devil can keep us from dealing with what it guards until we are ready and able to. I.e., our fears are sometimes self-protective in a positive way.

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Resource: Wikipedia: Revolutionary Girl Utena.

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

‘til next time, keep respecting that Guardian at the Gate 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, January 10, 2007

POEM WRITTEN IN A DREAM WITH A DRAWING & TAROT REFERENCES

[This is a recent post from my dreams and poetry blog, that references two Tarot cards....]








no balance here,
but a forging
in fire and water:
a battle
of balancing








This post is a total self-indulgence, in the sense that my editor self says the poem especially is not all that good. However, an old part of me stepped to the fore in my dreams last night [January 5] and she wants to be seen and heard. So, here she is.

I did this drawing in December of 1992, when I was (yet again) losing a great deal of weight. I have been a fantasy fan since my teen years and when I did this drawing I was envisioning a costume I would be proud to wear soon. (It never came to pass, either staying that slim or the costume.) The sword seemed the most important aspect of it. I used the Ace of Swords in The Thoth Tarot as inspiration:



but obviously didn't do a very good job. I can't imagine how anyone could actually hold, much less fight with that sword in my drawing. :-)

Then last night I had a series of dreams in which there were many struggles and fights. The last dream I had ended with images of The Ace of Swords (no particular deck) and in that dream I composed the above little poem.

When I awoke I immediately associated the "forging in fire and water" in the little poem to the traditional Temperance card in The Tarot (Rider/ Waite/ Smith version below):



as that is one of its many meanings -- the way blacksmiths temper swords. Further supporting this association: in one of the preceding dreams was a woman named Iris whom I was struggling to relate to -- those are irises in the lower right. (I should also add that Temperance is one of my "family" of cards in The Tarot -- determined by numerology -- and as such, is said to be a further evolution of The Hierophant, my basic numerological card.)

All of this raised the idea of a warrior woman, and I recalled the drawing above.

So there you have it, the genesis of this post. I'm delighted to have this strong, determined spirit in the foreground again, stepping into the New Year with me.

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‘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.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

HAIKU ABOUT THE MANGA TAROT'S THREE OF SWORDS



swords earthed....the cold rain passes



I pulled the above card -- the Three of Swords in The Manga Tarot* -- at random, with the intention of using whatever card I got for inspiration for a 'ku. BTW, the Japanese glyph in the upper left is "winter." And although we're not having much cold weather here on the east coast of the U.S. (to say the least, with some folk wearing shorts LOL!), the card certainly captured some feelings I was having.

Click here to read my previous post about The Three of Swords.

*by Riccardo Minetti and Anna Lazzarini, published by LoScarabeo/ Llewellyn.

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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.****

Thursday, January 04, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ROSWILA....WITH TAROT CARDS

Yes, today's my 63rd birthday, about which I have extremely mixed feelings. Patricia says I'm at least this old, but Roswila feels ageless...well, on good days, that is. :-D

To celebrate that I have made it this far, I bought myself Volume Four of Stuart Kaplan's Encyclopedia of the Tarot,* which I have been lusting after since it came out in 2005. I could only now afford it because I recently got a second place prize award in a poetry contest. Of course the old lady in me kept saying I should put the money in my savings. But Roswila and Patricia won out, and I'm now the proud and happy possessor of Volume IV (by the way, I also have the first three volumes). I spent two days wandering through the over 700 page Volume IV and it has sticky notes flapping off page after page! (I just realized that the poem that got that award is about the death of the dear friend who introduced me originally to The Tarot. So she has gifted me again. Thank you, Brenda.)

Back to today's post. Below are all of my "family" of cards in the Tarot as determined by various means, such as astrology and numerology. I've chosen to use cards only from the Terrestrial Tarot* because it is so unusual, and because it makes me laugh and puzzle over it, both of which responses are refreshing. I'll review it at greater length in a future post. It's a trippy deck, but intriguing. You will note that six of the eight cards are green, the color in this deck for Earth/Pentacles. The two yellow cards are Air/Swords. (Wands/Fire in this deck are red, and Cups/Water are blue.)



CARD ON LEFT: III Birth of Form/Earth-Coins (Three of Pentacles); click here to read my previous post on this card.

CARD ON RIGHT: IV Order/Earth-Coins (Four of Pentacles); click here to read my previous post on this card.




CARD ON THE LEFT: V The Priest (V The Hierophant/The High Priest); click here to read my previous post on this card.

CARD ON THE RIGHT: XIV Balance (XIV Temperance); click here to read my previous post on this card.




CARD ON LEFT: Queen of Coins/Earth-Coins (Queen of Pentacles); click here to read my previous post on this card.

CARD ON RIGHT: XV The Unknown (XV The Devil); click here to read my previous post on this card.




CARD ON THE LEFT: I Knowing/Air-Swords (The Ace of Swords); click here for my previous post on this card.

CARD ON THE RIGHT: Page of Swords/Air-Swords (The Page of Swords); I will address this card in my usual manner in a future post. Suffice it for now that this card can (among many other things) represent someone with an unusually difficult childhood who ultimately heals, and moves on.

So that's the end of the trip through my Tarot family. Hope you enjoyed meeting them all.

*Both Volume IV of the Encyclopedia of the Tarot, and the Terrestrial Tarot, by Ara Gerhardt and Ad Zeeuwen, are published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA.

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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 celebrating your own birthdays 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.****

Monday, January 01, 2007

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE WORLD!

The World Tree from The Sacred Circle Tarot, one of my favorite versions of The World (XXI) card, given my love of trees.


The World from The Gothic Tarot of Vampires; I'll be reviewing this LoScarabeo deck here very soon.



The World from The Afro-Brazilian Tarot; I'll also be reviewing this LoScarabeo deck here in the future.



The Virgin from The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age (a/k/a The Reverse Tarot).



The World from The Manga Tarot (LoScarabeo).



The World from The Tarot of the Cat People.



Unity from The Terrestrial Tarot; I'll do a mini-review of this unusual deck very soon, and post some other images from it.



The World from The Gipsy Tarot.


I'll address The World (XXI) in my usual way in a future post. I'm just using all these versions of it today as my New Year's best wishes to you all, as it is (among so much more) a card of beginnings and endings.

[All cards are scanned in from my personal collection of decks.]

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Resource: A Tarot Origin Myth, a wonderful story which as stories often do, enlightens its subject.

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

‘til next time, may the New Year bring peace to our world; health, happiness, and prosperity to us all; and more Tarots to enjoy!

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.****