Thursday, March 27, 2008

THE STAR(S) in The Cagliostro Tarot


The Stars (The Star, XVII)

I chose a card at random from the The Cagliostro Tarot, asking "What do I most need to hear now?" What hit me first was that this version is titled "The Stars," as opposed to the traditional singular "The Star." My next thought was "Ah, much to be hopeful about; beauty coming from many different sources at once." Wow. That led me to think of the DREAMJIN group (see sidebar) I just started and what the members are bringing to this developing new poetry form. Blessings aplenty! And that each member is a "star" in her or his own right.

I also thought of all the wonderful elders I meet and greet every day here in my new home in a retirement community in southern California. Each person radiating their unique beauty, eternal youth, and hope. (This is not to deny or ignore the struggles I also witness and sense, but to acknowledge what lives in them even so.)

Now to this card in this deck a bit more specifically. At the bottom it says: THE DIVINE POWERS OF NATURE - NATURE - FECUNDITY. (This deck also has reverse meanings printed upside down at the top, which I happily ignore. I don't work with reverses. The range of a card is apparent to me upright. :-D) And I am reminded to more fully and regularly avail myself of the gorgeous gardens, large and small, on the grounds of this retirement community. Just as we all can be reminded to be open to all around us that radiates hope, healing, beauty, music, all the time. If only we can listen, be still. No instant results promised, but the opportunities are here. I am reminded of a haiku by the Japanese master, Basho (translation by Robert Bly):

The temple bell stops --
but the sound keeps coming
out of the flowers.

Here's The Star in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:


The RWS Star seems to me to take what I say above a step further: What we do for ourselves and others, goes into the collective pool of possibilities. We are truly all in this together. Even as The Great Goddess radiates Her bounty for us all.

Brief comments on The Cagliostro Tarot: IMHO, it's an odd deck. I've always sort of liked the (I think) watercolor Majors (the Minors are unillustrated) but they are a bit strange, silly even at times. E.g., here's The Madman (The Fool):


I rarely use this deck, but something told me to go to it today and I am happy that I did. :-)

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‘til next time, keep opening to the blessings around us 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; Roswila’s Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); and Yahoo DREAMJIN: Group for Dreamku – Haiku-Like Dream Poems.****

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

THE SUN (XIX) in The Gothic Tarot of the Vampires

Before I go on with this post I'd like to say I feel as if I've been cheating on this and my dreams & poetry blogs with my new Yahoo group, DREAMJIN (see sidebar for link to its introduction). DREAMJIN is for dreamku, BTW, a haiku-like poetry form for night dreams that I've been developing for some time now. Getting my DREAMJIN group up and running is taking even more of my time than I'd anticipated, but that's not a complaint; I love doing it. Now, to this blog.

I finally got my Tarot decks unpacked after my recent move to CA from New York city and put away. (Those in nice boxes and crocheted pouches are out on my shelves, however.) So I decided to just go to one of the two drawers of Tarot decks, reach in without looking, and pull out one deck. Then I'd chose a card from that deck at random. I got a deck I've posted about here before, The Gothic Tarot of the Vampires (published by LoScarabeo, distributed by Llewellyn), but picked a card I've not worked with here yet, The Sun XIX:


My immediate thought was a wry "But vampires have to avoid the sun!" I didn't get much further than that in my response to the card so I went to the little white book ("LWB") that comes with the deck. This LWB happens to be one of the more frustratingly unclear ones I've read. But as I went through it a sense of what this card is saying to me began to surface, especially once I sat just looking at the card for a while.

The LWB addresses each Major Arcana by its traditional name, a change within the metaphor of the vampire journey, and divinatory meanings. The change within the vampire journey for XIX is "The Truth." This really hit me. This vampire is digging, down on his knees, exposing various stone shapes (which I associate to bed rock or truth), and (as the LWB says) going "beyond the surface of things," and he cannot do this in the light of regular consciousness. This feels to me much like my task in this life, to work in the twilight of consciousness, digging always, exposed and vulnerable, revealing my scars as I seek, and then sharing what minute portion of The Truth I am fortunate enough to uncover. Here is my dream work, and work with the Tarot and poetry images. In all I feel my way in the semi-dark toward some shape that begs exposure and/or sharing. Only ultimately to see a glimmer therein of disatisfaction, that then becomes the urge to dig again.

And why is all this important to me now? I've been feeling a bit of pressure recently (from myself maybe even more so than others) to pull back on this sort of "digging" or introspection, to "let go," for instance. Getting this card now encourages me not to do so. We each have our areas and ways of work. This twilight digging is my life's work. (It may be gritty, dusty work, but somebody's got to do it! :-D) Which puts me in mind of an old dreamku of mine:

dream shard
children dig
for what's been buried


For comparison, here is The Sun in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:


Very different images for The Sun card but, as I think on it, the "light" of full consciousness that XIX in the RWS deck has been said to represent can help us see beyond surfaces, also.

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‘til next time, keep seeking truth 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; Roswila’s Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); and Yahoo DREAMJIN: Group for Dreamku – Haiku-Like Dream Poems.****

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Sunday, March 02, 2008

PATIENCE in THE ORACLE OF THE GRAIL CODE DECK

PATIENCE, from the Oracle of the Grail Code deck, by Amy Sophia Marashinsky

This is not a Tarot deck, but non-Tarot oracles work the same way as Tarots. Not in their particular organization, of course; e.g., this deck has no suits. But non-Tarot oracles, just as the Tarot does, offer wisdom, support and guidance when we are open to them. And I've been in need of this sort of help as the enormity of my move cross-country to California has finally settled in. I'm feeling overwhelmed and a bit blue. (I have no regrets, though. I know now for sure it was the right move, at the right time.) So I took out this beautiful deck, one of my newest, and asked: What is my single most important challenge at present? I got the above card, PATIENCE.

Well, that got a big laugh of recognition out of me. I've been feeling compelled to get everything done, now, if not sooner, and endlessly impatient and irritated at the inevitable snafus and delays. That "everything" includes not only getting my studio completely together, but meeting and greeting all 200 residents here and remembering all their names, having some of my collages in a residents' art exhibit, performing in a residents' talent show, learning my way around the grounds and so on ... phew, I got tired just typing that. :-) And feeling very anxious when I take any down time, such as even to work on my blogs or (heavens forbid!) watch some T.V. So just seeing the name for the card and the lovely serene figure, prompted me to take a deep breath and tell myself it doesn't all have to get done in the first month I'm here.

Then I went to the small hard cover book that comes with the deck. (BTW, I will be featuring this delightful deck in a future post, and will go more into its philosophical underpinnings then.) The "Meanings" for Patience make clear the connection between impatience and a difficulty in knowing one has the right simply to be, as one is, at any given moment. I'd not realized my often fractious impatience is rooted in a feeling I'm not OK as I am at any given moment. Something needs to be done now or I will be judged and harshly -- by myself and/or by others. And my impatience with others is also rooted in that, because when I am delayed by someone else I feel I will somehow be the one at fault as I'm not OK (have no right just to be) to begin with. (That's very simply put, but I don't think this is the forum in which to wander any further through my psyche. :-D)

After the meanings offered for each card in the book, there is an appropriate and moving meditation one can just read or do. The meditation for Patience leads to a dialogue with the Divine Mother. (Synchronistically, my dreams last night indirectly referenced my actual mother.) How perfect, when something as fundamental as a troubled sense of one's right to simply be underlies the issue at hand...being reassured, encouraged, and guided by the Divine Mother.

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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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