Saturday, June 28, 2008

A TAROT FAIRY

I just stumbled across this fabulous Tarot costume photo. It was taken by "giddygirlie" at the 2007 San Diego Comic Con:

A Fairy in a Tarot Gown

What a lot of imagination, not to mention work, went into this. Wish I could have seen it "live and in person." I don't imagine, though, she could sit down ... unless she had a small chair/stool scooted up underneath it ... or maybe it was flexible like those old hoop skirts this old lady remembers wearing in her long ago youth. But even those hoops took a lot of negotiation or one wound up rather exposed up front when sitting down. LOL!

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‘til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, where and whenever it shows up in life,





[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.****

Sunday, June 15, 2008

THE EIGHT OF CUPS REDUX

The Eight of Cups in the Rider/Waite/Smith Tarot

Today's post was prompted by a sort of "reverse reading." The insight came first, then I thought of the card that fits it: The Eight of Cups. This post is also a rather odd, but sincere honoring of my father for Father's Day. Much of the emotional underpinnings to this inquiry were based in feelings generated in my relationship with him.

The Eight of Cups showed up briefly in my review of and reading with The Bohemian Gothic Tarot recently. Although I got a lot out of the Eight of Cups then, I now see even more. I had a dream last night on which I did some journaling this morning. It became clear the issue I am dealing with profoundly now is disappointment. But of many different varieties and going in different directions at once. And it hit me, ahHAH! The Eight of Cups, since "disappointment" is a major meaning for this card. It also hit me that a dream from the night before had also been about disappointment.

Not to belabor this point, but my inquiry now is into how deeply I fear disappointing others, and how that has been a major theme (and unfortunately, reality -- deserved sometimes, but many times not) from at least my teen years. Not only that but recognizing how underneath the enthusiasm and energy with which I take on new projects is a deep fear of being disappointed by others, in addition to a fear of letting them down. I now see how this is one of the factors undergirding my tendency to be a hermit. I'm not saying this is totally realistic or that others don't also experience various disappointments. Only that given my particular history and issues, it's been an almost paralyzing "double whammy" of fear at times.

Then when I decided to make this post about what I am now seeing in The Eight of Cups, I went to my notes to see if there were any "new" meanings for it I'd filed away since my last post on this card. And there was this one I'd forgotten about: "You are more disappointed in yourself than they are." Phew. (Along with "Are you really willing to make this move/change? Be sure before going any further.")

All of this takes me down an avenue of thinking about expectations and hopes. How much can be invested in them without becoming so attached to them as to be sand-bagged ultimately by disappointment when they don't work out. I hadn't even -- until this morning -- recognized that what underlies so much of my withdrawal tendency *is* disappointment. Disappointment that prompts the walking away from we see in many Tarot versions of this card, as in the RWS version above, and this one from The Light And Shadow Tarot:


Or the diving deep, retreating from the outer world, to figure out just what is going on, as seen in this version by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law of Shadowscapes/Tarot:


Or taking off in the boat of one's own, ultimately too small world, to protect one's self, as seen in this version from The Tarot/The Complete Kit:


Here's a the link to my initial post about The Eight of Cups. It covers the issue of disappointment, among some other areas the card can be seen to address. It's illustrated with a version from The Sacred Circle Tarot.

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‘til next time, keep walking toward self-knowledge, and enjoying The Tarot,





[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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Thursday, June 12, 2008

THE THREE OF SWORDS REDUX

The Three of Swords in the Rider/Waite/Smith Tarot

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Three of Swords recently as in its best aspect it can be about singing. However, given the turmoil with which my determination to reclaim singing is rife, it really is a more fully negative Three of Swords experience – at first blush, that is. If you haven’t read my previous post, I have joined a chorus here in my new retirement community home in California. I haven’t tried singing in decades and even when I was, I was always terrified – not stage fright, mind you, stage terror – of singing in front of others, even close friends or family.

What I think tends to get lost in all the negative takes on the Three of Swords – you needn’t have studied Tarot to get what they are from just looking at the above version - is that the sorrow and pain it references goes some place. The storm ends, the sun breaks through. For me, the sun has come out brighter each time after I have hung in and weathered whatever the singing storm rained down upon me. I..e, I did not give up, or try to blame myself or others but went straight on through that storm, keeping as focused as possible on what I knew to be my love of singing. (By the way, these storms are internal, mostly stirred up by old family history that I’m still working through. The folk around me are wonderfully supportive and encouraging, though they know little to nothing of my “storms” or their terrible intensity.)

So what does this all say about the Three of Swords? Yes, there is pain and deep sorrow in life. But if we can go with it all and not give ourselves further grief by fighting the process or playing the blaming game or assuming further dire circumstances will come as a result, it all does most definitely tend to change. I’ll even go further and say that the nature of existence is to change. As one meaning for the Two of Disks (Pentacles) in The Thoth deck says: the only stability is change.

Boil this all down? Riding out the storms in our lives with a “wait and see” attitude. Though I must admit that for me in my reclaiming of singing it’s like riding a bucking bronco. I do hope I’ll become a more skilled rider with an at least somewhat tamer mount as I go along. :-) To see my previous post about The Three of Swords, with additional meanings, click here.

For comparison, here’s two more Three of Swords cards:

The Three of Swords in The Thoth Tarot

The Three of Swords in The Karma Tarot

And lastly, here’s a link to a You Tube video with the artist of the Mountain Dream Tarot about the Three of Swords card:

Video of Bea Nettles, creator of Mountain Dream Tarot

If you’re not familiar with the Mountain Dream Tarot, here’s a link to some cards from it:

Mountain Dream Tarot on Aeclectic.net

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‘til next time, keep knowing that all things change, and enjoying The Tarot,





[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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Monday, June 02, 2008

THE WORLD (XXI)


TODAY'S CARD IS The World (XXI). The version above is not a Tarot card, nor even an acknowledged art photo representing The World card. It's from an ad in this weekend's "Montecito Journal" (a California newspaper).

This ad leapt out at me from the page as an unusual World card, a fabulous one. I immediately cut it out to file it away, but realized I really wanted to post it now. It occurred to me also that I've not shared the various, less common meanings I've been collecting over the years for the cards, as I'd initially started doing when I began this blog, in a very long time. Almost simultaneously I realized that I was being offered a reading via The World popping out at me in the above ad. So before sharing the various less common meanings I've seen for The World over the years, I'll share what I hear XXI saying to me today.

I took a real risk today and sang a bit for the man who organizes musical shows in the senior community I live in. This may not sound like much. However, I suffer from terrible stage fright (even if that "stage" has only one person in the audience), and especially when it comes to singing. Yet I also love to sing. My father was a successful singer and his parents sang in Vaudeville. It's quite literally in my blood. So even as I shook and got vaguely nauseous, I felt great joy. Recalling this on looking at this "found" XXI card above I remembered how She can be seen as what begins to happen when we follow our true selves toward creative freedom. Yes, my spirit has been dancing all day long, ever since I took that risk. Something true, something essential in me is celebrating freely for the first time in way too long. Yes, I've taken a lot of risks recently. (Moving here to California was certainly the biggest.) However, none involved a central, deep aspect of my spirit in quite the way that singing does.

For comparison with the above non-Tarot image in which I see The World card, here are two others:





The World, from The Rider/Waite/Smith Tarot


DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE WORLD (i.e. the below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with this card):

Exhibitionism.

Inertia.

Refusal to try new, necessary things out of fear.

The world of your life may be hemming you in. The best action may be to dance along as creatively as possible with its requirements and demands until the encirclement eases or opens.

A need for physical exercise (often advises dancing).

Shelter, protection, sanctuary is available.

Conversely, a need to leave this shelter for the new or unknown, to go back out into the world.

Somewhat like The Fool in terms of taking risks, only you know pretty much where you have been and where you are, just not where you're going ... and you are going to go ahead anyway, joyfully.

The World, generally speaking, is an extremely positive card.



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‘til next time, keep dancing and enjoying The Tarot,





**** [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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