Saturday, March 31, 2007

THE LOVERS (VI)

TODAY'S CARD IS The Lovers (VI). This version is from The Native American Tarot by Laura Tuan and Sergio Tisselli (published by LoScarabeo):



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



THE LOVERS: in this beautiful Native American Tarot (there is at least one other, older Native American Tarot deck) is rather unusual. But a little online research helped me understand it's mythology and, in so doing, it expanded my sense of The Lovers as a card in general. The standing figure is said to be a Goddess who is encouraging romance that will lead to new life. The other two figures are twins who create and nourish all the earth's forms. (One reviewer noted that their being twins means they cannot be lovers. However, it is not unheard of in mythology that siblings are lovers.) As I thought on this I recalled that one of the main meanings for VI is "choice." So I hear that we, all the sisters and brothers of the earth, are entrusted with the choice to help create and nurture all our planet's forms, including each other. I also recalled the psychologist Jung's idea that twins in a dream represent something new about to emerge in the psyche, and this would certainly fit with making the choice to be creative and/or nurturing of new life, in some form.

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

Fear of making a choice because you might succeed; you would rather stay in an uncommitted place.

Not choosing because you want the best of both worlds. Therefore, causing anxiety and disruption for both yourself and others.

A time that is very trying, as if you are being tested.

Another's choices/issues may offer you something you need to hear, especially if they upset you unreasonably or turn you off inexplicably.

A tendency to over-involve yourself emotionally in others' life choices/issues.

An intensely empathic person; a situation that requires deep empathy.

This choice you have made is only the first of many; it is not an ending of anything, but a beginning.

This relationship or way of understanding another or yourself can be a haven for now.

Inner sense of completion and harmony; all the pieces seem to have clicked into place.

And lastly, a more usual intepretation of VI: can refer to a romance or a wedding.



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Resource: Tarot Deck Collection on Passages, with reviews and sample images.

‘til next time, keep creating and nurturing, 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 Tarot poetry and Roswila’s Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka).****

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

ONE-LINE TAROT HAIKU WITH THE AEON CARD

The Aeon [Judgment] in The Thoth Tarot


shaft of sun....The Aeon shimmers


There's a slightly glossy poster of The Aeon on my living room wall. As I was typing in a comment to a post on The Tarot Channel (see link in sidebar), I happened to glance up and see the light playing off the poster. I tend to think of Crowley's reworking of Judgment to reference a "new age," more personal though than "New Agey." It felt like this sun-shimmered Aeon is a positive image for me to hold in mind during this extremely stressful time of my life, as it changes again both inwardly and outwardly. What a lot to say about a one-line eight syllable haiku! :-)

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Resource: Marlene Mountain is known for her fabulous one-line haiku.

‘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 Tarot poetry and Roswila’s Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka).****

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

THE KING OF CUPS

TODAY'S CARD IS The King of Cups. This version is from The Stone Tarot by Alison Stone (visit the link to see a few other cards from this strong and very colorful deck):




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



THE KING OF CUPS: in the Stone Tarot above looks very much to me like the King of Cups in his more negative aspect(s). Way too brooding and intense, the overly sensitive "artiste." Actually, I have identified with those aspects of this card so much over the years that he usually shows up in my readings for myself only in those capacities. Of course, this then raises an interesting issue: Does one become set on particular meanings for a card, or does that card actually mean those things, time and again, when it shows up in readings? I am always aware of that former possibility of habitual responses to the cards, which is one of the reasons I so like working with new decks. They shake up my understandings and let in fresh air. And that is just what, IMHO, The King of Cups above in The Stone Tarot appears to need.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE KING OF CUPS: (i.e. the below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with this card):

Possible addiction issues, especially alcohol.

Can be a very shady character. His stormy aspect may be camouflage for dishonesty and manipulation.

Out of emotional control, or about to be. In dire need of emotional balance. Conversely, so controlled as to be like a "black hole," draining others' energies.

Don't confuse thought and emotions. Know also that what you think can determine what you feel.

Well-meaning and empathic, but not necessarily very effective.

It may be time to fully attend to your creative ideas, to take care of them with concrete action so that they may manifest.

A tremendously creative and capable nature, that supports the efforts of others.

Can sometimes indicate a romantic partner or relationship.


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Resource: The Glastonbury Tarot, another brightly colored deck.

‘til next time, keep keep balancing thought and emotion, 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 Tarot poetry and Roswila’s Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka).****

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

ANNOUNCING A THIRD BLOG



As some of you may know, I have begun designing a Tarot deck, The Taiga Tarot - very briefly put, taiga are illustrated tanka poems. I've been posting the designs, along with background on them and any revisions, to this blog. However, the designs are being posted in and amongst all the other sorts of posts I make here and I wanted to share them in a more readily accessible fashion. So I've begun a third blog, Roswila's Taiga Tarot to which I have transferred all posts about The Taiga Tarot. I will no longer post here about the Taiga Tarot.

Oh, and if you want to know what the three tiger kittens above are about visit Roswila's Taiga Tarot. :-D

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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 Tarot poetry and Roswila’s Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka).****

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

TODAY'S CARD IS The Ace of Cups. The version below is from The Fairytale Tarot, designed by Karen Mahony, illustrated by Alex Ukolov, and artwork by Irena Trikova; published by Magic Realist Press:



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



THE ACE OF CUPS: Given my recent new creative project that I've been sharing here (The Taiga Tarot), I thought it was a good time to speak a little about the Ace of Cups. Not too long ago, after I'd drafted a review of a beautiful new art Tarot deck, I dreamed of three different versions of the Ace of Cups. I think that is a good example of how this card shows up around times of creative beginnings. This ace also tends to surface in times of great potential for love and other emotional abundance. I must admit it is one of the few cards in the Tarot that I've infrequently seen show up in a negative capacity. In fact, like The Star, its positive meaning(s) often radiate within a reading, affecting surrounding cards. I find attributing the story of the Ugly Duckling in The Fairytale Tarot to the Ace of Cups to be charming. The ultimate new beginning for the beleaguered ugly duckling as a beautiful swan is a wonderful image of potential realized. (The accompanying book covers this correspondence in depth, as it does with all of the cards and their fairytales.)

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE ACE OF CUPS (i.e. the below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with this card):

Can indicate an egotistical or self-centered person.

To positively effect your mood, take a shower whether you need one or not (it's worked for me!).

Rarely, but it can indicate a situation is approaching emotional overwhelm.

Watch the tendency to stay in the delightful early stages of creativity in order to avoid the next, grittier steps needed in order to manifest the idea.

An influx of many different sorts of creative energies or ideas. Keep notes so you can decide later what to pursue.

A time to be emotionally generous. The more you give, the more you have to give.

That sense of (or yearning for) mystical union with the All.

Aces in General: Can mean one needs to go back to the beginning to "pick up lost stitches," or start again from scratch. Can also simply suggest taking stock or a second look before taking any new action.


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Resource: The Transparent Tarot, "...uses clear sheets with symbolic elements that can be combined in layers, to make combined pictures and meanings," 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 being open to creative energies 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, March 11, 2007

"A ROOM WITH MANY VIEWS," A NEW DREAM-INSPIRED TAROT LAYOUT

The Seven of Cups
Rider/Waite/Smith Deck


BACKGROUND

In late February, 2007, I had a dream in which "I enter a room by a door. In the wall in front of me is a row of three double windows. I realize I have to shut the bottom two windows on the right and the middle top one as it is starting to rain." When I mentioned this dream to Eva Yaa Asantewaa (in another context entirely) she said "A Tarot layout!" Thank you so much for the inspiration, Eva.

The layout format itself seemed clear from the dream: two rows of three, with the addition of an entry and exit card. I had realized on working with the dream that it had to do with not seeing things clearly because intense emotions (the rain) were clouding my view. So I decided the hinge of the reading layout would be determining where one is seeing clearly or not. Although I do not work with reversed cards, I thought here's a time they would really come in handy:

Upright = Seeing Clearly
Reversed = Not Seeing Clearly

It felt very strange to scramble up one of my decks to work with this reading, but also fun. Although I'm not now a convert to reversals, for this layout I do like working with them.


LAYOUT



NOTE: The following about upright and reversed cards only applies to Cards 2 to 7. Cards 1 and 8 can be read as you normally read upright and reversed cards.

UPRIGHT CARDS = You are seeing clearly whatever the card is addressing. The card itself will provide further details.

REVERSED CARDS = You are not seeing clearly or what needs to be seen. The card itself will provide further details.

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ROW ONE & ROW TWO = You can designate these to address any two issues, areas, or concerns. They can also be two aspects of the same issue, or complementary or entwined issues. Samples: Self/Other(s); Spirit/Body; Mind/Heart; Job/Family; Finances/Romance; etc. The two issues need not be related, but I have found some connection "ups" the energy of the reading, and can yield intriguing levels to the relationship.

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CARD 1, IN DOOR = Advice to keep in mind when doing the reading.

CARD 8, OUT DOOR = Help for going forward after the reading.


CONCLUSION

Whether this is a reading of fine-tuning your perceptions or a deeply moving one -- or something in between -- varies, of course, depending on what issues are assigned to Rows One and Two. But each time I've used this layout it has yielded helpful results. I'd love to hear how it goes for you should you try it.

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Resource: Aids to Dream Recall.

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

‘til next time, keep enjoying your dreams, and 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, March 08, 2007

FOUR HAIKU BASED ON TAROT DREAMS


The Page of Wands by firemaiden,
for The Second Aeclectic Tarot Community Project




the ace of cups
in three different decks
evolution

premature
I see the six of wands twice
but it's blank

elevator
each time the door opens
new Tarot art

startling!
the page of wands looks in through
my glass terrace door



It seems I'm getting a little breather from The Taiga Tarot designs. In the meantime, I thought I'd share the above four Tarot dream-based haiku. When going through my dream haiku the other day I noted the first three above -- dreamed between October 2006 and March 2007 -- show a general progression with respect to The Taiga Tarot (among other concerns in my life). From growing potential, to false starts, to where I am now: with the first few designs manifested and more "floors" yet to be visited on the "elevating" ride.

The dream on which the fourth is based I had this Tuesday, but it was speaking clearly to concerns other than The Taiga Tarot. Though at first, of course, I did attempt to find a new Taiga Tarot design in it. :-) Aspects of this fourth intense, brief dream's import (combined with the impact of a subsequent very vaguely Tarot dream) are still floating into consciousness. What pieces have arrived so far are very helpful and encouraging.

A fellow poet once said to me with a puzzled expression "But using Tarot with your dreams is like dreaming about a dream!" I agreed with that, to her further bemusement. To which I'll now add "And dreaming about Tarot is like doing a Tarot reading."

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Resource: Dreams and Tarot, Articles at Tarot Affirmations.

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

‘til next time, keep dreaming and enjoying The Tarot,

Roswila

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

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