Friday, August 31, 2007

BLOG DAY 2007



BLOG DAY 2007
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"Choices, choices...," The Seven of Cups in the Rider/Waite/Smith Tarot

This is a little departure from my usual posts here, but it's such a good idea I'm going with it. Scuffyhippo (of scruffyhippo's blog, see below) let me know that today is BLOG DAY 2007, in which we bloggers post five of our most favorite blogs. I visit these five below just about every day:

THE TAROT CHANNEL
Amazing resource for any Tarotphile, such as myself; basically, all things Tarot can and do show up here, via it's several contributing editors.

ONE DEEP BREATH
A weekly prompt is posted for writing a haiku (haiga, tanka, other small forms welcome, too); you send them the permanent link for your posted response, and they post the link from each responder to their blog. I participate every week (see my dreams and poetry blog). There are also many good links to related sites here.

SUMMER HAIKU 2007
This is a group blog, to which all who sign up can post and comment (haiga, tanka, etc. are also welcome). It just closed to new haiku today as it's summer's end, but leave a comment if you want to be notified of the fall blog (i.e., each year there are 4 group blogs, one for each season). However, you can still read all of the posts here on Summer Haiku 2007.

WORDS MATTER
A new blog by a wonderful writer and thinker. You might want to also visit his web site. He’s recently started a copy writing business (link on his web site) and I’d hire him myself.

SCRUFFYHIPPO'S BLOG
And last, but most certainly not least, scruffyhippo, who told me about BLOG DAY 2007. Wide ranging posts on all things esoteric. I always find something to comment on at great length. LOL!

If you visit, say "Patricia (a/k/a Roswila)" sent you. :-)

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‘til next time, keep on blogging, 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, August 26, 2007

THE TEN OF WANDS

TODAY'S CARD IS The Ten of Wands (Staves) in The Ancestral Path Tarot, by Julie Cuccia-Watts, published by US Games 1995:



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



THE TEN OF WANDS: This card has always been an intriguing one to me. In the RWS version above, is the character really over-burdened or just happily plowing ahead with some creative project or possibly bringing a load of firewood home to the family? If burdened, could s/he choose to put down that load altogether, or maybe break it up into smaller bunches? Suffice it to say that although I certainly see it's traditional meanings of "oppression" and "burden," I also see a lot of possibility for creative action here. And the Ten of Wands above in the Ancestral Path Tarot reflects this in the well-cared for family. I definitely get no impression of burden here, rather of the work involved in manifesting caring and commitment.

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

Unconsciously exaggerating your troubles in order to feel more alive.

Hiding behind familiar old problems to avoid the unknown.

It's your cross to bear, so get on with it. Get a grip, yes it's a lot, but you can handle it and you know this deep inside.

You'll ultimately be glad you held on (or out).

A need to shield against others' negativity and/or pain.

Unconsciously holding yourself back or down, possibly in response to a sudden overwhelming rise of energy inside yourself.

Time to apply your skills and talents elsewhere, i.e. time to wind up this endeavor and move on.

Focus on pragmatic, hands-on things, like getting "on the road" with some project or gathering your resources for it, and less on emotions and anxious thoughts.

It's appropriate for people's focus right now to be on what you do/produce, rather than on you; i.e., the work is more important at present than any individual involved in it. Conversely, you need to come out from behind your projects and be known for your work.

The way to develop more muscle is to challenge your body. The way to achieve more in your work/career is to challenge your creativity.

"He's not heavy, he's my brother." The work of loving care and responsibility.


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Resource: The Ancestral Path Tarot at aeclectic.net.

‘til next time, keep working to manifest your caring 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, August 19, 2007

THE EIGHT OF WANDS REDUX II

The Eight of Wands -- HARMONY -- in The Voyager Tarot


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



I just did a meditation on The Eight of Wands in The Voyager Tarot tonight as a part of a 14 day Tarot ritual I'm in the middle of (see "Resource" below). Several new slants on The Eight of Wands in general occurred to me in this process:

Watch a tendency to harsh judgments of yourself or others. They may have the ring of "objective" truth, but they may really be projections from an overly strict aspect of the Super-Ego.

Don't stew in your envy of their harmony. Figure out how to appropriately join in, or leave it be ... for your sake as well as theirs.

You have gathered more than enough information. It's time to take action.

Different aspects of yourself seem to be working better together now than in some time. It might be a good time to take on some long put off project or pursue an endeavor you have always wanted to try.

Before there can even be a hope of harmony, there has to be deep listening. To paraphrase something I read a while ago: the purest gift one has to offer another is one's full attention.


Click here to read my first post here on The Eight of Wands. Click here to read the one before this one.

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Resource: The Tarot Channel book review that includes instructions for the 14 day Tarot ritual I'm doing.

‘til next time, keep offering the gift of attention, 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, August 16, 2007

A TEN OF SWORDS DREAM STORY (poem by Patricia Kelly)

Ten of Swords in The Barbara Walker Tarot (see "Resource" below)


A TEN OF SWORDS DREAM STORY*


Yes, she has survived, made the long swim
to shore, riding out harsh waves
and crossing over deep trenches, the crescents
of her arms like moons rising
and falling, rising
and falling

Yes, she has done all that and more
to stand on this new shore with sea water dripping
like tears from her black robe

Like the tears she harbors for the one
whose landing was not safe:
he who swam through the storms by her side,
the songs they sang to each other above the crash
of waves and thunder their only life line

The songs that told her who she was,
echoing off the skies and sounding the depths
in a shining map of the possible or alive
with the gloriously fantastic

Their singing together that taught
her how to keep on breathing no matter
the gales that would snatch
at their breath

She curls her toes deeply
in the wet sand, claiming through the haze
of her pain a true purchase
on this new shore

She looks toward her burrowing
toes but her belly beneath her black robe
is too hugely round to allow
this grounding sight

The new life she carries there pulses
from her center against the black robe,
once, twice, raising it gently like a heart’s
fluttering as a wind sighs toward her
from the rising sun



* written 1993: a fusion of a dream, and the Ten of Swords that I drew for the dream at random from the Barbara Walker Tarot deck; revised August 2007.

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Resource: Barbara Walker Tarot at themysticeye.com.

‘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”)****SEE ALSO: Roswila’s Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry and Roswila’s Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka).****

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

THE PAGE OF WANDS REDUX II (With a Mini-Review of The Voyager Tarot)

I'm going to be doing a fourteen day Tarot ritual starting under the New Moon this Sunday, August 12th, utilizing the wands of The Voyager Tarot. In separating the wands from the rest of the deck in preparation tonight I was delightfully reminded that the Page of Wands is just about my most favorite card in this gorgeous deck. So I thought I'd share it here:

The Child (Page) of Wands (titled Seeker), Voyager Tarot
Jim Wanless, symbolist and Ken Knutson, artist

I love the quiet delicacy of this design, the hush of watching and listening. Notice the light shining through the rabbit's and mouse's ears (upper and lower left, respectively). Traditionally, the Page of Wands (as are all pages) is a messenger. Here it is seeking messages, receptive to them. The overall effect for me is of an awe-filled waiting. It is not surprising that The Tarot would have brought this card to me during this time in which I am filled with lamenting and questioning. Reminding me that to question ultimately requires us to watch and listen, quietly and reverently.

[To read my previous posts on The Page of Wands, click here and click here.]

A happy coincidence -- When I checked out The Voyager Tarot site tonight and clicked on the "card for the day" it was The Three of Wands, another one of my "just about ... most favorite" cards in this deck. That central hand is from a statue of Kuan Yin. The card is called "Compassion" in this deck. A wonderful take on a card often seen to be about new enterprises/business matters.


MINI-REVIEW OF THE VOYAGER TAROT: This is an absolutely stunning collage deck, produced on good size, great quality card stock. There are a few designs (as with every deck :-D) that I do not particularly like or agree with, but they make sense within Tarot and are beautifully executed. Ultimately, though, it is such a stunning deck that I cannot do Tarot readings with it! I find myself lost in the art itself. However, I have always found it the perfect deck to do meditative or ritual work with, as I will be doing starting this Sunday. In short, it is a deck that has not ever "gathered dust" in my collection, even though I've had it since the middle 1980's when it first came out.

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‘til next time, keep watching and listening in awe for the answers you seek, 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, August 05, 2007

YIN & YANG (Tarot/dream-based Poem)




YIN & YANG

I

In the dream I look up at you
from The Queen of Swords card
and quote this lonely lady
as she speaks to me:

We are more than what
we see and feel


II

In the subway the stranger and I
are silent but connected
by the riotous sunset that greets
us as the train curves into Queens:

We are more than what
we hear and say


by Patricia Kelly, 1993

Image: The Queens of Swords by jmd from the Aecletic.net's second Tarot project.

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‘til next time, keep knowing there is more than we believe we know, 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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