Tuesday, January 29, 2008

DEATH and transformation, in the Sylph Tarot

Death in the Sylph Tarot


This will be my last post for a little while. I dismantle my computer for shipment to my new home cross country in California early Wednesday morning. When I was thinking what card to post a little bit about before I move, I decided to do the numerology for today's date which comes to 13. I was immediately struck by how appropriate this is, given I am in the middle of quite a life transformation. Then when I saw this above Death card image I thought it is very true to where I'm at: a chrysalis stage, dreaming of the wings to come (I fly to California in just a week).

So, there you have it. The Death card as representing transformation. And sometimes one that is preceded by a lengthy chrysalis phase in which the new winged form seems like it will never get here. In my case, the months of decision making, and then the two and a half months of dismantling an apartment stuffed with years of old things I could not -- nor would I have, in most cases, if I could -- take with me. This is also true of all the emotions and memories raised and released by leaving a home I lived in for 23 years, and New York where I've lived just short of all of my 64 years. In terms of the Death card, this latter phase is often said to be "cutting away the old so that the new can grow."

I'll be checking comments and emails in about a week and hopefully posting again soon thereafter from California. :-)

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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, January 18, 2008

A TAROT HAIKU (Four of Swords)

I recently had Ginny, of 78 Notes to Self Tarot blog, do a reading for me. (I recommend her thorough, insightful readings.) And one of the cards was the Four of Swords in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:



One of the things Ginny mentioned was that a hurdle might present before I could experience the "peace" the Four of Swords can be said to presage. That started me wondering. I came up with a lot of thoughts about hurdles. (There will almost certainly be a few during this last 19 days I have left to finish up my preparation to move to California.) As I pondered, I recalled that I read somewhere, ages ago, that one of the interpretations of this card is as a sort of Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. And that prompted this Four of Swords/Tarot haiku:

this enervating
wish for rescue
a small death

Yes, I've been yearning for someone to take care of me during this push to move cross country. Feeling as sorry as I do for myself since I am doing it virtually alone. Of course, I would not have it any other way. But at some level, there's a wish to be taken out of this turbulent suspension and just whisked magically to California, without any further ado at all! And that sort of wishing, for me, can disempower me...therefore that closing image of "a small death."

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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, January 14, 2008

THE FOUR OF PENTACLES in The Tarot of the Cat People

The Four of Pentacles in The Tarot of the Cat People


OK, this is exactly how I've been feeling at each step along the way as I prepare to move to California on February 6th. As I accomplish a huge task -- each of which requires a great deal of letting go both literally and figuratively -- I cling to what is coming next. Right now I'm dreading the final big packing push. I know I can't take all with me that I'd like to (even after already weeding it out tremendously), but ....

LOL! I just recalled another meaning for this card: good management. And, yes, I'd say I have been a rather good manager so far. There are so many details, each of which has to dovetail (coming and going) with others that even my basically organized Capricornian nature has felt very taxed by it all. Then there's that intriguing version in The Thoth Tarot, that is called "Power." So I can take heart that it's not all about my clinging (well, more accurately wanting to cling) to what I must let go of. That is, I am managing things competently and I have the power to do whatever I must.

Sigh, it's still hard. But I have no doubt at all, well worth it.

(By the way, The Tarot of the Cat People is one of my favorite decks, one I refer to regularly. And this card in it, one of my favorites in the deck. I love the science/fantasy aspect to the deck -- it's set on another world whose cultures have developed around cats -- plus the colorful art, and unusual outfits and jewelry designs. And oh my goodness, I just realized today was my beloved Grandmother Hill's birthday. This card is often attributed to Sun in Capricorn, so it is a card in both my family of Tarot cards and hers.)

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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, January 09, 2008

THE HIEROPHANT (Ganesh) in The Secret Dakini Oracle

The Hierophant (5 Ganesh/Lord of Obstacles) in The Secret Dakini Oracle

In the previous post I spoke about how one can identify one's own "family" of cards in the Tarot. Although The Hierophant happens to be one in my family (I'm a 5 by birth date and my name also adds to 5), that is not why I chose it today. I just had a feeling this particular version had something to say to me after a particularly hard day dealing with many both worldly and emotional issues. As my move to California on February 6th gets closer, the problems multiply and my ability to cope shrinks.

As soon as I pulled this card up on my screen I got what it had to say, and then some! Yes, we may be caught in a huge web of snafus, delays, problems, hostilities, etc., but with dear Ganesh at our center we will make it through.

Then I noted that in this deck Ganesh is named "Lord of Obstacles," as distinct from "Remover of Obstacles" as He is almost always called. This points to something I have thought for some time. That Ganesh may serve an even more primary purpose than removing obstacles, He may place those we most need and can learn from in our paths to begin with so that we will be empowered by dealing with them. This is not to say that He does not also remove obstacles. E.g., many times today I felt Him moving me forward; in essence pushing the obstacle of myself out of my own way. :-D Oh my, I just flashed on a childhood memory that illustrates this. I was terrified to ride my first two wheeled bike without my father holding the seat behind me to keep me upright. He insisted I would do fine, then gave me a good shove to get me going, and let go. And I did do just fine.

And how might all this relate to Tarot "meanings" for The Hierophant? The Hierophant is, IMHO, above all about spiritual lessons/teaching. Especially intuition, i.e. "inner tuition." (Along with The High Priestess.) It is often due to those tugs and little shoves of intuition that we move in ways from which we learn.

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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, January 04, 2008

THE THREE OF PENTACLES in The Red Sunlight Tarot on Roswila's Birthday

The Three of Pentacles in The Red Sunlight Tarot


Today’s my birthday. In the Tarot there are various cards we can determine to be our “family” of cards by our birth date, astrology sign, and so on. The card I tend to most identify with as representing me in my Tarot family of cards is the Three of Pentacles, which covers my birth date of January 4. (Some of the other cards in my family: The Hierophant, Temperance, The Devil. Click here to go to the post here on my last birthday, with the entire family of cards from the quirky Terrestrial Tarot.)

The above version of the Three of Pentacles is rather surreal and maybe that's why I’ve always been drawn to it. There’s something playful about it, too, maybe a child playing with building blocks. And that face sort of radiates like a sun. Though it does seem to be paying attention to something other than the building blocks. Hm, maybe that’s one way to see this particular card. Our sub- or unconscious is always building and creating, no matter where we have turned our conscious attention. And The Tarot and our night dreams, e.g., help us draw those creative efforts into consciousness.

In addition, that sun/face seems very calm and beneficent. Maybe it is also High Self watching over our lives through us. Now if that doesn’t sound strange, I don’t know what would. But that’s my mood as I turn 64 and come ever closer to moving cross country to California – where I’ll be building a new life. I.e., I hope that High Self is watching beneficently over me. And that leads right to the more traditional images on this card of a stonemason working under the supervision of what are sometimes said to be The Fool and The Hierophant. For example, here’s The Three of Pentacles in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:



And lastly, here’s two links at which you can learn how to determine some of your own Tarot cards:

Birthcards-Tarot School
Calculator-Tarot School

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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, January 01, 2008

THE ACE OF PENTACLES in The Karma Tarot

The Ace of Coins (Pentacles) in The Karma Tarot

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
May it be filled with prosperity, health, and happiness for All.


I chose an Ace for this greeting because Aces are often about beginnings. This one in The Karma Tarot is particularly touching.

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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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