Saturday, September 29, 2007

HAIKU ABOUT THE THREE OF WANDS in The Manga Tarot

Three of Wands in The Manga Tarot


a new life calls
she releases her love to
the crossing's flow



[It's not very clear in the scan above, but that's a red rose she's putting into the water before her.]

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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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Monday, September 24, 2007

HAIKU ABOUT TEMPERANCE in The Palladini Tarot, by Patricia Kelly


strength to forge
and bear this new amalgam
wings of gold


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To read previous posts on Temperance, click here and here.

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Resource: additional images from The PalladiniTarot.

‘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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Friday, September 21, 2007

ROCK THE TAROT WITH MADONNA!

I'm presently in the process of finding out how to actually have a YouTube viewing screen show here on my blog. But in the meantime, I don't want you to miss out on this fabulous Tarot video set to wonderful music by Madonna:


It may be titled THE FOOL, but it covers a slew of Tarot cards. Check this link out!

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‘til next time, keep rockin' to 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).****

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Just a quick check in ....

Two of Pentacles in The Tarot of the Cat People


I haven't forgotten this blog, not at all. But my life is a bit like one can see the above woman's right now: do I do this, do I do that, how do I get it all done? :-) Preparing to move -- and not knowing when so I have to be ready sooner rather than later -- with 23 years of stuff to sort through, a garage sale or two to organize, etc., etc. and try also to keep up with my three blogs, writing groups, email correspondence ... well, you get the idea.

The Two of Pentacles is sometimes called "Change," and yes, I'd say that's here in the card for me now, as well. Inner change and outer. (I'm still losing weight and eating healthier, for instance.)

So there's my projections on to The Two of Pentacles for today. Do you have any of your own? Leave me a comment.

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‘til next time, keep balancing your life's many aspects 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, September 11, 2007

WAY OF THE HORSE (Review of A New Non-Tarot Deck)

THE WAY OF THE HORSE: Equine Archetypes for Self-Discovery
— A Book of Exploration and 40 Cards
Author: Linda Kohanov; llustrator: Kim McElroy
New World Library
Product Code: 15138
ISBN: 978-1-57731-513-1


I've been a horse lover since earliest childhood, not only drawing them as soon as I could hold a pencil but collecting horse figurines well into my 20's. Horse is, of course, one of my power animals (Tiger being the other), so I was inclined to like this deck, Way of the Horse, from first seeing it's slip case cover. But it has induced in me a completely unexpected rapt and delighted attention only equaled by special Tarots.

Before I share from my personal experience of one particular card, I would like to say that this set does not relate to the horse only as a symbol. But as a real animal, with real characteristics, and as individual lives with unique personalities. Each card shares stories of actual horses the author has known, worked with, loved, learned from, and cared for. And these stories are the heart of each card's meaning and wisdom. Then there's the art work. Stunning. Gorgeous.

I've begun pulling a card a day a random and will continue to do so through the entire deck. The one I pulled on first opening the deck was #20:

Close to Shore


On looking at this card, before reading anything about it, I thought: "Looks like where I'm at in my life; an old horse looking for something new, something beyond this life I have now, beginning to leave a lot behind in my search; with the world of spirit watching over me and maybe not always being aware of this." Once I read what the book had to say, I was in tears. It is a card of transition, much like Death (XIII) in the Tarot, both of which include the possibility of bodily death in their range of meanings. But, as with XIII, this card addresses much more than that. Such as: "A new life is calling, but the form it will take isn't quite clear. In the meantime, your challenge is to stay [in what] you've outgrown, yet avoid becoming a 'lame duck' or a frustrated and manipulative old codger." Pinned me there, it did! However the deeper part of this card's pages, and where I began crying, is devoted to sharing about the graceful death of a beloved horse, that has much to teach us all about living.

From the ending of #20's pages: "...but few of us consider that fertile time between letting go of the old and embracing the new, the crossroads where knowledge gained can be passed on to the children of the future. If we call forth the Crone's detachment in the face of our own discomfort, old age ultimately becomes an opportunity to share the fruits of a life well lived." Perhaps my 64 years have not been so well-lived. I have made many wrong turns and bad decisions. However, I have still managed somehow to gather a lot worth sharing. This deck is one of those fruits that just fell into my hands along the way.

Here's a few more cards from the deck, illustrating a little of the range of art-style and approach. There are also cards with mythological horses, and even the occasional human :-D.



Suffice it to say, I cannot recommend this deck highly enough for those who love horses and animals, but even for those who don't. There is a great deal of wisdom and encouragement in this set. Ultimately, each time I pull a card, savor the image, then read what the book has to say, I am left feeling ... how can I put it ... pulled together. As if spirit and body have been properly re-aligned. This, in addition to all I learn about horses themselves. I would also say Tarot lovers can also appreciate this deck. Its spirit is so clearly aligned with that which informs the Tarot. It would also make a wonderful gift, as it is beautifully produced with a slip case for the hard cover 156 page book and 40 card deck.

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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 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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Sunday, September 09, 2007

A TAROT DREAMKU ABOUT THE SEVEN OF PENTACLES

The Seven of Coins (Pentacles) in The Fairytale Tarot


overwhelmed by
the Seven of Pentacles
her own creation


The above little poem is a Tarot dreamku (dreamku are haiku-like poems based on dreams). I had the dream this one is based on in March of 2004. I'm not at all surprised I stumbled across it now, as I am feeling a bit overwhelmed at this point in my life by what I've accomplished and am committed to doing.

The Seven of Pentacles is another (of the many) intriguing cards in the Tarot. It can have polar opposite meanings. On the one hand, it can be about failure, fear of failure, or only apparent failure. On the other hand, it can be about enjoying the fruits of your clearly very productive labor. At this time in my life I feel I'm faced with all of these meanings. LOL!

The fairytale for this card in The Fairytale Tarot is The Brave Little Tailor (see "Resource" below). This is a charming and very appropriate tale for the Seven of Pentacles. What I found particularly striking in the book that accompanies the deck about this tale/card is: "The Seven of Coins [Pentacles] is a call to recognize your own achievements, and take time to consider how best to build on them. It's on the whole a reflective card, although it's also about preparing for the next active steps in any plan or project....[I]t doesn't matter if the things we're proud of in life are objectively major or minor -- what counts is how we see them, and how that affects our relationship to the world."

Click here to read my previous post on the Seven of Pentacles.

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Resource: The Brave Little Tailor fairytale.

‘til next time, keep recognizing your achievements, big and small, 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, September 04, 2007

KNIGHT OF WANDS MEDITATION (On Sage of Wands in The Voyager Tarot)

Sage (Knight) of Wands -- "Seer" -- in The Voyager Tarot


INTRODUCTION:

Below is an edited transcript of a lengthy meditation I did recently on The Sage of Wands in The Voyager Tarot, which could be corresponded to The Knight of Wands in more traditional decks. Each of fourteen nights I meditated on one of the Ace through King of this deck – which is ideal for such use. It not only deepened and widened my understandings for each card in general, but yielded many valuable personal insights and a lot of support. (I’ve edited out some personal insights as they would require too much explaining. And even then, not be all that relevant to the card for someone else.)

What I share below would be better called a “writing meditation.” I light a candle and incense, cast a sacred circle, and then look at the card until I start having responses. Then I write and write, without pausing, except to look at the card again (and not all that often). With each of the fourteen cards I wrote for an hour to an hour and a half.

I do have a decidedly psychological approach to The Tarot. Even so, at least from my perspective, this meditation shows how the energies of the Knight/Sage of Wands can sometimes operate. It also illustrates one way of meditating with the Tarot cards. Of course, should you try Tarot card meditation the results would be uniquely yours. (E.g., I can imagine that a person with a more intellectual approach would get very different kinds of results from mine.) The Tarot has a great deal to offer each one of us, according to our individual lights and needs.

Lastly, you will note a switch from the “I” to the “you” voice at two points. This is when I feel I am being “spoken to,” as opposed to being the speaker. (This voice, more present in others of these meditations, is often a “we” voice. It tends to offer tough love, saying the hard things I need to hear. But it is always working for the highest good.) To help distinguish it from the “I” voice, its comments are italicized.

MEDITATION:

I’m still a bit sweaty and shaky from doing some heavy house work, so the fiery look of this card is certainly appropriate. :-) Hm. Yes, I can see the Knight of Wands here, taking the Page’s new energy out into the world, sharing the results of years of listening and growth.

This card is an interesting complement to the previous, The Child (Page) of Wands. The Child of Wands being quiet and receptive and this one being active and perceptive, but both with an incredible openness – The Child in awe and this Sage in joy. With the name “Sage” I think of wisdom accrued over a lifetime. An even deeper wisdom is knowing one doesn’t know it all and that what one does know can change on a dime. Then holding that wisdom – which can be frightening at times – within a warm sense of humor about life’s variety and tricks. (Love the grin on the face of the “Shaman” in the lower left of the card.) Also knowing that things one sees are ultimately only guidelines and provisional ones at that. Yet still taking the chance and sharing those guidelines for what ever they might offer others. Then, celebrating all of this!

So, what does this “Seer” [the title of this Sage of Wands] have to say to me tonight? LOL! See what happens when you eat well and are more physically active? There’s room for some positivity. Ah, yes, there’s also something here about the fires of digestion, both metaphorically and literally. Neither works well for me when fed sugar, and especially grains. It’s like throwing sand or wet blankets on a fire expecting it to keep burning.

Hm! This is a rather masculine card (though to be honest I can’t be certain of the sex of two of the figures, though I think they’re male), which would fit elementally as this card is attributed to “fire of fire.” Interesting, one of my dreams last night had a bunch of naked men climbing out of a didjeridu. Didjeridus are like the ultimate wand, being made from a tree branch. But back to this maleness, and the men in last night’s dream: I am not comfortable with it at all. Whereas I was at home with The Child (Page) of Wands. The energy of this card can all too readily turn aggressive, and not always in direct or overt ways. “Sages” can control, use, and manipulate others. (Women "Sages" can do this too, of course. It’s the energy that’s masculine not necessarily its user.) I fear this as I have been manipulated in that way by so-called gurus and leaders. That misuse is the shadow of the power that comes with partial wisdom. But it cannot succeed unless the shadow of the one who seeks out the Sage wants to give up the responsibility for him/herself. This is where I worry I could still get hooked. I tend still to yearn to be taken care of. And I know this now all too well, therefor will not fully trust any “Sage,” for fear I’ll give up my own power again. My mistrust of authorities is therefore really a mistrust of myself.

These ideas are not really new to me, but considering what I have to be doing in my life right now they are very illuminating, to the point, and energizing. The world has nothing it needs to prove to me. I need to prove to myself that I am OK, and am capable and willing to move forward, beyond all this muck and mire I tend to create that I could suffocate in if I don’t get the hell into fast (fiery) motion! Which is what I’ve been doing these past several months, betwixt and between collapses back into the muck. This pattern does not reveal failure or weakness, but a tremendous gumption and a fiery determination that gives me deep and far seeing vision and a huge strength to move boulders. I am sort of sensing, rather than “hearing” that other voice urging me to really recognize my power. Yes, I see my power. I acknowledge it. I embrace it. This is the fire that does not burn but leads to life. May I not forget all this when the flames are less obvious behind life’s inevitable dark clouds. Steady as she goes! No turning back, no giving up. I see a new life taking shape in the flames....

END OF MEDITATION

Resource: Knight of Wands in The Taiga Tarot, not surprisingly one of my recent Taiga Tarot deck designs was this card. You can also see here a more traditional version of The Knight of Wands (scroll past the Knight of Wands black and white design).

‘til next time, keep sharing your wisdom in joy, 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, September 01, 2007

A TAROT SCIFAIKU

open time capsule
living Tarot archetypes
walk the earth again

A scifaiku is a haiku-inspired poetry form with a science fiction, fantasy, or horror theme. I've been trying my hand at them for many years and really enjoy the scifaiku group I participate in on yahoo. Given my love of The Tarot, it was from the start a foregone conclusion that it would show up in an occasional scifaiku that I write.

I was not thinking of any particular card when I wrote this scifaiku. I was thinking of the deck as a whole. Imagining the characters on them having once been living on our earth in some time-before-time. I chose Judgment to illustrate it because of those opening boxes and also because of one of it's meanings: rebirth. And I have that yahoo scifaiku group to thank for the inspiration because I wrote it as part of one of our scifaiku linked strings. (Each scifaiku added by a new writer is somehow, if only vaguely, connected to the previous.)

Click here to read more about scifaiku.

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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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