Friday, July 27, 2007

THE SEVEN OF CUPS (Plus a Poem Inspired By The Barbara Walker Version)

TODAY'S CARD IS The Seven of Cups. This version is from The Barbara Walker Tarot, designed by Barbara G. Walker, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., New York 1986:



Here's The Seven of Cups in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck for comparison:



THE SEVEN OF CUPS: I was doing some filing of my poetry and came across an old one of mine inspired by the Barbara Walker Seven of Cups and a dream. (That poem, "The Dreamer," is at the end of this post.) I realized that working in my files takes so long precisely because it becomes much like dreaming. All those old images (many from my night dreams and some from Tarot) induce a sort of dreaming state of mind. And the many choices I'm faced with (as on the RWS version above) become less interesting. I'd much rather continue to read through all those old poems, thank you very much, than decide whether they need editing; if I should seek publication; if I should post them to one of my blogs; if they are worth keeping; etc. I see this resistance to doing the practical work in life in The Seven of Cups. This, of course, is not always negative. Dream states and relaxed wanderings are also necessary and can lead to more creative ideas. Sometimes it's just a matter of choosing wisely when to do which.

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

At this point, any choice is probably better than "navel gazing."

Wanting what you can't and maybe shouldn't have.

See the entire incredibly rich picture, not just that one rotten apple.

You really need to focus, make up your mind. You have been putting out unclear and mixed messages to the Universe. Choose the clearest, most postive form your belief or desire can take and hold to that idea.

That which appears to be wanting its way into your world. Be sure now whether or not you want/need it, as it will be too late soon to keep it out, to keep it from manifesting.

Don't give up on your dreams or ideas, but take care of the practical pressing matters in your life for now.

Pay attention to your night dreams, they have much to offer you always but especially right now.


THE DREAMER
[Based on a dream and inspired by The Seven of Cups in the Barbara Walker Tarot]

She walks slowly towards
a doorway of flame,
her calm more willed than true.

She steps across the threshold.
Her past peels off with the sudden
progress and floats away in flames.

Fire licks at her exposure
but does not burn
and stills her heaving center:

Here, where all points are
and have no sharpness,
she dreams of a man,
who has no form.

A sliver of coolness beneath
her feet wakes her.
On a low bed, in a room of silver,
lies a sleeping man.
He shifts in rhythm to a dream
that shakes him:

A woman offers him twelve
drops of blood, one
for each pair of ribs
that harbors his heart.

Does he dream me again, even
as I prick my finger?

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‘til next time, keep choosing wisely and creatively, 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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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

CHECK OUT BOOK REVIEW ON....

....my dreams and poetry blog of "Wild Mercy," a wonder-filled collection of Tarot-inspired poems and musings by Elizabeth Cunningham.

‘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, July 24, 2007

THE EIGHT OF CUPS

TODAY'S CARD is The Eight of Cups. This version is from The Sacred Circle Tarot, by Anna Franklin and Paul Mason, Published by Llewellyn:



Here's The Eight of Cups in The Rider/Waite/Smith deck for comparison:



THE EIGHT OF CUPS: I've had the Sacred Circle Tarot deck for many years and have always found some of the designs stunningly apt and beautiful. There's a video on YouTube of some of the cards in the Sacred Circle Tarot. This video re-awakened an interest for me in this deck's images so I thought I'd post one today. When I looked through the deck and came to The Eight of Cups I was astonished! The landscape on the card is exactly like a years-old dream I still remember (but no longer have the notes for). Then when I read the flash word at the top of the card it opened that old dream image for me: abandonment by others, or by one's self of one's self (or fear thereof). Often this card speaks more to abandonment in the sense of debauch, and both can ultimately result in (or can even be caused by) disappointment -- which is a traditional meaning for this card.

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

Abandoning one's responsibilities (to others or to self).

Over-empathizing or over-identifying with others, which can overwhelm and exhaust you.

Fear of disappointing others; fear of being disappointed by others.

Focussing all of one's needs/desires onto one object, i.e. addictive tendencies.

A tendency to project responsbility for one's own feelings/actions on to others.

You may appear to others to be self-indulgent, however it is not only appropriate but necessary for you to have all these feelings about this situation.

It's not good or necessary for you to get involved; you can walk away.

Time to walk away, either literally or metaphorically. Your part in this is complete.

Walking away from this will free up more positive energy than you can presently imagine. Renewal awaits.


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Resource: Images from The Sacred Circle Tarot at aeclectic.net.

‘til next time, keep recognizing what your responsibilities really are, 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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Saturday, July 21, 2007

THE SIX OF PENTACLES, with Comments on The Daughters of The Moon Tarot

TODAY'S CARD is The Six of Pentacles. This version is from The Daughters of The Moon Tarot, by Ffiona Morgan, Published by Daughters of the Moon, 1984, 1986 (comments on deck at bottom of this post):



Here's the Six of Pentacles in the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck for comparison:



THE SIX OF PENTACLES: As soon as I'd done my previous post on the round Mother Peace Tarot deck, I decided The Daughters of the Moon Tarot would be next, as the "other" round feminist deck of that time period. Although, unfortunately, The Daughters of the Moon was one of those decks I sold in a spasm of poverty-induced insanity many years ago, I still have the book. In looking through the images I was particularly struck once more by The Six of Pentacles. It is very unusual for a "handicap" to appear on a Tarot card. And the scene on the above Daughters of the Moon Tarot Six of Pentacles is so energetic and so filled with "Success" of all sorts I just had to share it today.

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

All the usual sorts of difficulties attendant to working in a group.

Possible need to negotiate between practicality and emotions.

Yearning for success that seems elusive.

Can indicate condescension.

Be sure the person you are trying to help needs and/or wants it.

Be sure you are clear on why you want to be helpful. Is it to boost your self-esteem or because you really care? Your motive will color your actions.

Can indicate something being carefully doled out, as at the start of a new budget, or savings plan. I've had this come up to indicate the start of a weight loss regimen, or that one is advised or necessary.

Generosity; windfall.

Cultivate gratitude for the gifts we receive every moment of this life.


COMMENTS ON THE DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON TAROT: The Daughters of the Moon Tarot is deeply feminist, using words like "womyn" and "wimmin" instead of "woman" and "women." The two female and two male court cards have been replaced by The Great Goddess in Her aspects of Maiden, Mother and Crone. The Lovers card is of two women, though a second Lovers card that is more open to variety in pairing was added later:



The scan of the card on the right is a little unclear. The actual image on the card on the right is not clear as to the sexuality of the two lovers, either, leaving it to the viewer to determine what this/these may be.

This deck is also deeply spiritual. One of my personal favorite Deities, Kuan Yin, is on The Nine of Cups:



The Eight of Swords is very arresting and intriguing, those curved blades like question marks:



Although this was not a deck I ever worked with at great length, I always appreciated it's inclusiveness, which may sound contradictory given its near exclusion of positive male images (XV, though, is a very wonderful and positive Pan figure). But just see those wheelchairs in The Six of Pentacles above and know how unusual that is in a Tarot deck.

This deck was initially designed in black and white so that the user would color it herself. (I never did; for some reason coloring a deck has never appealed to me. I'd rather just design my own. :-D) It was published eventually in a beautifully colorful version, images from which you can see at the link by "Resource" below.

Ultimately I must admit that though it is a very lovingly and thoughtfully designed deck I never quite got deeply engaged by it. And now I wonder why, given my basically positive responses to it on this re-viewing.

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Resource: Images from the later color version of The Daughters of the Moon Tarot.

‘til next time, keep being grateful for life's many 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 Tarot poetry and Roswila’s Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka).****

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

THE KNIGHT OF SWORDS, with Comments on The Mother Peace Tarot deck

TODAY'S CARD is The Knight (Son) of Swords. The version below is from The Mother Peace Tarot, by Karen Vogel and Vicki Noble, U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 1981, 1983:



For comparison, here's The Knight of Swords in The Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck:



THE KNIGHT (SON) OF SWORDS: I pulled a card today on a dream that was "being dense." The Knight of Swords came up and given the dream symbolism I immediately thought "I'm jumping to conclusions!" This thought was abetted by this Knight's penchant for mental speediness. It really brought home to me one level of the dream: how I have been living way too much in my mind. Rather, in the emotions my mind has been creating with its huge conclusive jumps. I wasn't using The Mother Peace Tarot, but decided to post this deck's Knight (Son) of Swords as I have not put up any round deck card here at all yet. More on my thoughts about this deck below.

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

Knights in general: have to do with being in or getting in to motion. The Knight of Pentacles is the slowest; The Knight of Cups a bit faster; The Knight of Swords faster yet; and The Knight of Wands the fastest. This aspect may help when dealing with timing issues in a reading.

Jumping to conclusions that may lead to very unwise and precipitous actions.

Misguided defensiveness of one's self or another.

A tendency to project one's own negativity on to others.

Wanting someone else to make the decision, and/or do it for you. A desire for someone to "run interference" for you.

Someone who's distanced from their emotions. This is not always bad, sometimes it helps with dealing in difficult situations.

You are not as isolated as you think; it's the way you're thinking about things that's disconnecting you.

Time to stand up for yourself or someone else.

A person who's a "champion" for a cause or for a person, when informed by heart.

A person who's a "breath of fresh air," uplifting, and mentally inspiring.


COMMENTS ON THE MOTHER PEACE TAROT DECK: It was quite a "trip" to go through this deck for the first time in many years. It was love at first sight when I first got it at least 20 years ago. Those were my own stridently feminist years and I adored the fact that the deck was a round deck, too. Even though the cards took up a lot of space on my reading table, and added levels of complication to reading them as there is no plain upright or reverse but both plus all angles in between. The rather simple art work also appealed to me. The entire feel of the deck was rather "grassroots," or "up with people." (Those years were also at the beginning of my political activist period.) The figures from various myths and world cultures also deeply drew me. Though I have to admit my clients generally did not take to the deck, so I wound up using it only for myself. I eventually moved on to newer decks (I was so fickle and still am when it comes to Tarot decks...:-D). It was delightful to view its still vibrant images again tonight. I suspect I'll have some intriguing dreams tonight. As The Knight (Son) of Swords is one of the least interesting designs (IMHO) in this deck, here's two more that have more energy and impact; the wavy lines in the background were introduced by my scanner; you can also visit the link under "Resource" below for some more images:


[Ten of Wands at top and Ten of Swords at bottom; plate from the book "Motherpeace: A Way to the Goddess through Myth, Art and Tarot" by Vicki Noble]

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Resource: Slide show of cards in The Mother Peace Tarot.

‘til next time, keep informing your thinking with heart, and enjoying The Tarot,

Roswila

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

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Friday, July 13, 2007

CARDS FROM THE DORFLINGER TAROT

The Wheel & Force in The Dorflinger Tarot, by Johannes Dorflinger (b. 1941), granolitho prints on paper.


The Dorflinger Tarot is what can be termed an "artist's Tarot." Still a divinatory device, but also "a more self-conscious means of artistic expression..." (p.203, The Art of the Tarot), like the Salvador Dali deck. I don't know how I'd fare trying to do a reading with the Dorflinger Tarot. (I haven't even been able to determine if the Courts and Minors were ever printed, though reading with just the Majors is often done with Tarot decks.) But I do know I really like the art work, as art. The scans in this post do not do full justice to these wonderful pointillist art cards. Unfortunately, I could not post some of my favorites because the prints are so softly colored my scanner did not pick up on the subtle shadings at all. (See "Resource" at bottom of this post for a link to a site with smaller scans of all the majors.)


Judgment and The Devil in The Dorflinger Tarot.


The designs are so reduced and abstracted that on first viewing I was hard pressed to relate them to the more traditional Tarot images, though I liked them immediately anyway. There is something archteypal about them that draws me. Many put me in mind of ancient Goddess statues, like the famous Venus of Willendorf. I find them very moving and powerful. Sometimes as I view a print for the umpteenth time more of it's Tarot life begins to come through. However, that is gravy as I so love savoring these designs simply as very pleasing and stirring art. And that is just as well since they are not available as a deck. Sigh.

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Resource: Asian site with Dorflinger Majors. Be patient, it can take quite a while to load. Also note that although the cards are not identified, they run from left to right, starting with I, top left, and ending with 0, bottom right.

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

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

TAROT DREAMKU ABOUT THE STAR CARD




I'll have to flag
this meaning for The Star card:
the risk is worth it



My two most recent posts are both about The Star. The dream this dreamku is based on is one I had about two nights ago. It's delightful to have The Star card as a consistent presence at any time, but especially in times of more than usually intense changes. And especially when She (I always think of The Star as female, and it is most often female in decks) visits with such encouragement, as She did in that dream. Of course, I'm too savvy with respect to dream work to be certain that the last line indicates a positive outcome to the risk. Only that, no matter how it turns out, it will have been worth it. :-)

The two versions of The Star at the top of this post are from two different decks by John Star Cooke in his boxed triple deck set, The Word of One Tarot (Catalyst Enterprises, Visalia, California: 1992). The male (!) version on the left is from his Tarot for the Aquarian Age (a/k/a The New Tarot) and the one on the right is from his Atlantean Tarot. (You can see The Star from the third deck, The Medieval Tarot, at the link below by "Resource," as well as a couple other from The Atlantean Tarot, and several additional cards from The New Tarot. I will eventually do a post covering this triple deck set, with a sample reading. For now I'll simply add that the three decks cover the three ages of humankind so far.)

For many years The Moon card stayed by me. It remains to be seen how long The Star will now accompany me on my path. But however long She stays out in the open like this (She's always there, just not always in line-of-sight :-D), I'll be delighted and encouraged.

P.S. If you want to find out more about dreamku, there are links to A DREAMKU PRIMER near the top of my dreams and poetry blog (link below my signature here).

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Resource: Images in both The Atlantean and The Medieval Tarots and Images from The New Tarot.

‘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 blogs ROSWILA’S DREAM & POETRY REALM and ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

THE STAR (XVII) REDUX

The Star (XVII) in The Celtic Dragon Tarot by D.J. Conway & Lisa Hunt (see "Resource" at bottom of post for more info)


Today on my dreams and poetry blog, someone commented on a dragon image in one of my collages. As I answered, I've loved dragons since childhood, and when I first moved to this apartment, 22 years ago, I started a dragon figurine collection. Years into my stay here, I learned that my landlord family's last name, Leung, means dragon in Chinese. :-) So I decided to post a card from the dragon Tarot today and what better card than The Star, as not only is it all dragons with Saturn in the sky -- I'm a Capricorn which is ruled by Saturn, but my previous post here is a poem based on The Star. Oh, and a wonderful new Tarot layout by a friend I tried just a day or two ago had The Star as the central card.

As to what this all may "mean"? I'd like to think what the book accompanying the deck says for The Star's "Divinatory Meaning":

"Personal spiritual experiences give you a glimpse of universal consciousness. You need to stretch beyond what you think is your potential. New opportunities will present themselves to you. Divine guidance is available if you listen."

Traditionally, and very briefly put, The Star is about hope. To see my previous post on The Star with images of it in two other decks and some less common meanings, click here.

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Resource: Celtic Dragon Images on aeclectic.net.

‘til next time, keep listening for spirit's voice 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, July 05, 2007

THE STAR (A Poem Inspired By XVII in The Thoth Tarot, by Patricia Kelly)




THE STAR

newborn naked each evening
She kneels pouring gifts
to earth, to water, offering
more than we embrace,
Her seven sisters singing
in the distance

She never has nor ever will deny us
yet we deny ourselves.
Is this the sadness blushing
faintly violet through the night?


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‘til next time, keep opening to life's bounty 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, July 01, 2007

THE CAULDRON (XXII): A New Tarot Major by Patricia Kelly, With A Sample Reading

The Cauldron (XXII) is a new twenty-third Major I conceptualized many years ago. The Cauldron design I post below is from my Taiga Tarot project and was prompted by a dream, as are many of my Taiga Tarot designs. Much of the text of this post is from the two posts about it on my Taiga Tarot blog.

The idea for XXII came to me initially many years ago, after designing a one-day introductory Tarot workshop. I subsequently was told by a Tarot buddy that it can happen when studying an esoteric subject for some time that one begins to feel something might be missing. For me there seemed to be not so much something missing, as a lot of room for another card between XXI and O, if one views the Majors in a clockwise circle, starting with O. I'd also been hearing a lot about quantum field theory at the time and struggling to understand it even a little bit. So, all of this combined -- along with who knows what else -- and The Cauldron precipitated after designing that Tarot workshop.

In my ideas for The Cauldron design I've always seen an actual cauldron. (By the way, my use of the word "cauldron" is largely poetic, as opposed to alchemical in meaning as in XIV of The Thoth and The Arthurian Tarots. E.g., I often feel when gazing at the night sky that I'm peering into the cauldron of creation.) In The Taiga Tarot version below -- done in March 2007 -- you are looking down into the cauldron and seeing the wavy web or net or field that I always envision filling it. The Cauldron is that out of which everything arises, and that to which it all returns, to rise again in new forms. The wavy lines are meant to represent what underlies and connects, and is the source and goal of all creation. There's more on XXII and the meanings I've found for it after the Taiga Tarot design here:



I think of XXII as referencing what is beyond light/dark, pleasure/pain, etc., being just a process. Where dualities arise is in manifestation, and in our attempts to look at or understand or effect that process. In a way, I see The Cauldron as outside the circle of the 22 Majors, outside of time and manifestation, or rather, as my attempt to represent that which I intuit to be beyond and outside.

In readings, The Cauldron can say that the situation is very amenable right now to influence on the subtle planes -- via magic, ritual, affirmations, prayer, etc. It can also indicate that a situation can go either way, or that it's not clear yet whether it will even manifest or not. XXII can very gently whisper "patience, patience, patience," things will be clearer in time. Negatively aspected -- though I've found it rarely shows in a negative light -- it can be saying things are hanging by a thread, balanced on a razor's edge, ready to boil over, about to implode, etc. I'd say the over-riding sense I have of this card is that as unclear and uncertain as things may seem, we still can have input. But subtly and with an ear to what is being asked of us and what is trying to come through us. I.e., not just what we want, but how we fit into the much larger picture. It tends to be an encouraging card. The clay has not been shaped, the cloth not yet spun. If we quiet ourselves and act in subtle and responsive ways, a shy and delicate strand of manifestation may come to us.

The Taiga Tarot version is the only one I have done so far of this card. I will someday draw a more literal cauldron, without words (they are only for the Taiga Tarot), that I can print in appropriate size, laminate, and keep in each working deck I have. Presently, I have been making do, adding XXII to every working deck by using an end card (as comes with most decks) with the name and number printed on it in black marker. Here’s one XXII on an end card that I trimmed-to-size from the Tarot of a Moon Garden and keep in the deck I use most frequently, The Tarot of the Cat People:



Although I did not choose this end card for its art, but used it only because it was available when I needed one to make a Cauldron card, over time I've found the lush forest evokes the Cauldron for me as does the circle in the top half. :-)

As to how The Cauldron shows up in readings I do for myself? Today I asked of The Tarot of the Cat People: "What is this vague, sort of sick physical feeling I’ve had since yesterday about?" I got The Cauldron -- which is what prompted this post -- and immediately thought: "I’m betwixt and between in just about every area of my life right now. Things have 'died,' other things are preparing to 'gestate.' It would be very odd if I did not feel vaguely unsettled and queasy. It’s time to do some magic or light trance work to help smooth all these transitions impacting on me every which way, from every direction."

If you should try working with this new Major I’d so love to hear what your experience of it is.

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'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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