Friday, December 28, 2007

THE FIVE OF CUPS in The RWS Tarot with poem by e.e. cummings

[Five of Cups in The Rider/Waite/Smith Tarot]


let it go-the
smashed word broken
open vow or
the oath cracked length
wise-let it go it
was sworn to
go

let them go-the
truthful liars and
the false fair friends
and the boths and
neithers-you must let them go they
were born
to go

let all go-the
big small middling
tall bigger really
the biggest and all
things-let all go
dear
so comes love

poem by e.e. cummings


Note that there are two upright cups behind the mourning figure. And that the Two of Cups is often about love ....

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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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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

THE FOOL in The Ukiyoe Tarot

The Fool in the Ukiyoe Tarot


General comment: Sorry I'm so totally focused on the process of my move to California. I just hope the images themselves will offer you more about the cards I've been posting these last several weeks than I've been seeing in them and sharing with you. :-)

That said, this card grabbed me as I do see in it how I've been feeling: I'm standing at the edge of an abyss, or at least what appears like one as I can't really know what this move will be like until I'm actually living in my new home outside Santa Barbara. I also feel rather poor (the rags the character is wearing) and that I'm taking so very little with me (shipping is by the pound and I'm moving on the proverbial shoe string). But there is this tremendous optimism which is more apparent in other more traditional Fool cards, as in this version from the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck:



But what really pulled me up short on viewing The Fool in the Ukiyoe deck is the different relationship between the little dog and The Fool. In most decks, The Fool seems almost oblivious to the little dog's presence and possible attempt to warn him that there's a cliff ahead. In the Ukiyoe version above, not only is The Fool paying attention, the little dog almost seems to be urging The Fool to take the leap! I was happy to note this, as the little dog is often said to be our deep intuition, that which comes from the Goddess. And it is my strong gut feeling that I am moving to a much better life that is keeping me even minimally sane during this turbulent process.

I'm sad to say I no longer have the Ukiyoe Tarot in my possession. Many years ago -- in a fit of poverty induced insanity -- I sold a number of decks. This is another example of how my "taste" in Tarot has changed over the years. E.g., I now also regret having sold The Karma Tarot and Elksinger's Perfected Tarot. However, I am grateful that these are among the very few regrets -- of any kind, small or big -- that I am faced with as I make this huge transition to not only a new home cross country but to a new life.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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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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Friday, December 21, 2007

THE TWO OF PENTACLES in The Karma Tarot

The Two of Pentacles in The Karma Tarot


A friend recently mentioned this deck. As she talked I became extremely curious so I googled it and was utterly engaged by this 1980's deck. The Majors in the deck are, for the most part interesting and well-designed but not very unusual. However, it's in the Minors that this deck breaks out and mesmerizes, much like powerful dreams do. Like the card above....

The Two of Pentacles is often named "Change," and as in this Rider/ Waite/ Smith version:



... one often gets the impression that the change is being handled or will be coped with just fine. But with the Karma Tarot version the impression is much different. For example, for me, I see someone needing to change how they communicate, rather desperately, but torn in different ways by different, somewhat artificial aspects of self. Of course, I might see something quite different in this very dream-like image were that not exactly what I'm going through at this point in my life. (My preparation to move to California in about a month is requiring that I deal with more than just knotty material issues, both in myself and in others.) In fact, I will be very curious to see what comes to me when I view this same card at some distant future date.

Another intriguing thing about this deck is that it was a couple weeks after my friend mentioned it before I realized I had bought a copy of the Karma Tarot back in the 1980's, and eventually sold it as I had not liked it. How's that for a big "change"?

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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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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

THE EMPEROR in The SpiroTarot by Draagonstorm

The Emperor in the The SpiroTarot


I came across the images for this deck online just a couple days ago and was particularly drawn to The Emperor. It really gets across that sense of sheltering and protection of new and tender growth that can be represented by this card.

And, in case you thought you'd get away without me making reference to my move to California the first week in February again, this design also puts me in mind of the below photo of where I'm moving. It's of only one of the many gardens on the premises, this one in a courtyard:



I'd really recommend checking out The SpiroTarot via the above link to see more of this deck's intriguing abstract designs. While there you might also want to view Draagonstorm's the Tarot of the Golden Desert, a lush and unusual 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, 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, December 07, 2007

A LITTLE TEMPERANCE MAY BE CALLED FOR....

Temperance in The Maroon Tarot


I ran across the above image today when searching for a Ganesh image I thought I'd placed in a wrong folder (long story). I'd forgotten how beautiful and evocative it is. I'm a bit rushed and bleary-eyed today (all this getting ready to move to California is at a very wearying stage), so decided to leave it up to you, dear reader, to see what this card has to say today.

Then I got Aeclectic Tarot's new Tarot newsletter (visit the site and sign up for it if you haven't already!) and came across another unusual Temperance image, in The Chocolate Tarot:




So when I take my afternoon break (which usually ends with a nap, I'm getting to be such a Crone :-D) I'll definitely meditate a bit on what Temperance has to say to me. As I typed that into blogger, I recalled reading somewhere that Temperance's path on the Qabalistic Tree of Life is the most difficult path of all. Which given how I've been feeling during this preparation to move I could most certainly agree with. :-D However, there's also something about balance of opposites/intensities in this card -- e.g., the RWS images of a volcano and irises:



And even though this balancing may come hard, it will. Oh, well, so much for leaving it all up to you to respond to this card. What can I say? Tarot images can be so compelling and energizing.

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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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Sunday, December 02, 2007

THE LUGGAGE (The Chariot) in The Discworld Tarot

The Luggage (The Chariot, VII) in The Discworld Tarot


OK, so I said to myself "Self? It's time to do a Tarot blog post..." and the number 12 popped into my mind. Yeah, I know this card is numbered seven. But as blitzed as I am by all the packing and tossing preparing for my California move, I looked through all the stored computer images I have for XII, looking at all Tarot images numbered VII instead, and didn't even realize it until I went to do this post. Go figure! Actually, The Chariot preceded by a vague reference to The Hanged Man makes sense. I will be suspended for the next two months, neither really here, nor really in my new cross country home. But my focus does need to be on moving, on "getting my act together and taking it on the road."

At any rate, I could not resist posting this card today. It may not make much sense (other than being about travel) to anyone not familiar with Terry Pratchett's fabulous Discworld book series. The Luggage is sentient/magical, and a hoot! (See link below under "Resource" for a Terry Pratchett site.) I'm finding as I sort through objects and reduce their numbers to fit them into a studio, that they are becoming almost sentient. They are most certainly energized by memory and emotion. And I must admit I do wish the ones I cannot take with me would simply sprout feet like the ones on the card above, and waltz happily off into the sunset. I have so much stuff to find new homes for! A late in life lesson in living simply.

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Resource: A Terry Pratchett/Discworld Site, may take quite some time to load; it's massively resourceful.

‘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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