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,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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Blogger Eccentric Scholar said...

Your lovely discussion reminded me of this:

"Isn't life wonderful — isn't it just the most wonderful and thrilling thing that is given to us? Listen to the stars — there's love in their song!" —Cosmo Hamilton, 1916

10:41 PM  
Blogger Roswila said...

Ah, a delightful quote. Thanks, eccentric scholar!

BTW, I've been itching to edit the "but" out of Bly's translation of that haiku:

the temple bell stops
the sound keeps coming out
of the flowers


11:55 AM  
Blogger VCW said...

I was going to say that I loved that translation by Robert Bly. Fact is... once I saw yours... I like it better.

the temple bell stops
the sound keeps coming out
of the flowers

It has a magical delight to it. There is one about a frog jumping into a pond that has that same feeling for me. I can't think of the exact words. I bet you know which one. I have seen it on many sites celebrating Basho's work.


4:51 PM  
Blogger Roswila said...

I wanted to stop that "but" from "butting" into that haiku. It kept getting in the way of the flow for me. :-)

This is the Basho haiku you are referring to I think:

The old pond
A frog jumps in
The sound of water.

Here's a link to a site that posts three different translations of this one and several others of Basho's:

Thanks for stopping by!

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Easily I to but I contemplate the post should have more info then it has.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Roswila said...

Hi Anonymous,

Hm, if I understand your comment you would have liked more information on The Star card. I can only guess by "more" you mean the more traditional and in-depth meanings attributed to the card. There are many sites abounding on the internet for just that sort of listing of meanings. What I do here in this blog is to take a different slant on the cards, my personal experience of them. However, I don't exclude traditional meanings. Not at all. I simply do not focus on them.

Thanks for stopping by.

8:19 PM  

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