Wednesday, August 20, 2008

THE ARTIST: a new Major in The Pen Tarot


I was absolutely delighted when I came across some of the cards from this deck. Laughter and recognition and surprise all bubbled from me. I don't have the time now to go into any of the cards in my usual wandering way, but thought I'd at least get a link up to some of it's images for you to enjoy.

The card I've posted above does not exist in any other Tarot. The words at the bottom of it are: "If this be art, let it be magic..." Oh, yes, may it be so! And isn't it so already ... life is truly magical and we are all artists when we acknowledge it. And I'm not talking about that "airy-fairy," "isn't it sweet" way of understanding the word "magic." But rather magic as that constant transformation of energies that are coming into and going out of being, and back again, all the time, each moment. Not only artists surf these energies and use them creatively. I deeply believe that we each craft our lives much more than we tend to acknowledge. E.g., a change in perception alone can transform an entire day. (As Irving Berlin said "Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.")

Then there's the more active crafting we can participate in, the concrete steps we take. And it need not all be boring or frustrating work; magic has a way of tickling the funny bone and warming the heart. As I typed that I saw another level to that old wiccan salutation: "Merry meet, merry part, merry meet again." Joy and life's magic frequently work hand in hand, methinks, when we do not narrow our sights or attach to outcomes, but stay open to the many possibilities always coming into being.

Give yourself a treat and visit the link under the above image.

* My unending gratitude to aeclectic.net for all they do for the Tarot universe; along with my congratulations that they now have images from over 1,000 Tarot and oracle decks on-site.

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‘til next time, keep responding to the magic in life 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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Sunday, August 03, 2008

THE KNIGHT OF WANDS

TODAY’S CARD is The Knight of Wands. This version below is from The Thoth Tarot:



FOR COMPARISON, here’s The Knight of Wands in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:



THE KNIGHT OF WANDS: It was difficult to choose a Knight of Wands to head up this post. It’s one of the cards in the Tarot that I like in many different decks. I ultimately settled on The Thoth rendition because I have particular affection for it going back decades when I was working exclusively with that deck. The Knight of Wands kept popping up as I prepared to make my first trip to Block Island, R.I. (my favorite place on earth, until I moved here to Goleta, CA in February). The Knight of Wands (in any subsequent deck) has not shown up a great deal in ensuing years in my readings for myself so whenever it has it’s like an old friend dropping by. It showed up last night when I was trying to determine which of the strings in my current ball of wax I need to pull on first. I immediately knew I needed to attend to “getting on the road,” i.e. getting out every morning for a walk. I’ve been talking about getting back to doing this for some time and the Knight of Wands showing up like this is supporting and urging me to do so now. The lovely thing is that once I work up to walking all the way to the beach overlook again, I’ll be enjoying a view very much like on Block Island. What a gift I’ve been given to be living here.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR The Knight of Wands (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):

Each of the four Knights can address getting into some sort of action, either literally or metaphorically, often in the initiating stages.

You are being manipulated by someone you admire and have given over too much of your own light to. “Get out of Dodge” now and reclaim that light!

Long past time to move past this negativity. You wound yourself by clinging to it. There’s a world of difference between wounding one’s self endlessly with negativity/guilt/anger, etc. and accepting responsibility for one’s feelings and actions.

Can indicate a tendency to rely on charm and enthusiasm, with very little follow-through. Big on charisma, short on actually doing anything.

Your impulsiveness needs to be tempered with awareness of others feelings on the issue. Even if their thoughts/feelings don’t make sense to you or hinder you in some way. These relationships are part of the process, not separate from or inimical to it.

You are a better leader/facilitator/teacher when you can also follow.

A little charm at this time may “help the medicine go down.” I.e., help someone with what you have to say or do that they may have some problem or trouble with.

Not a time to withhold even if the last thing you feel capable of is giving, be generous.

Someone who recognizes s/he does not see it all. But still shares lovingly and appropriately from what s/he does see in case it might be helpful.

Not resting on one’s laurels. There’s always something more to be learned and accomplished.

A big change (or a slew of little ones) are coming and fast. The more you know where you are at, the better able you will be to keep your balance, and respond creatively and appropriately.

Traditionally: card of travel to be undertaken, or of a change of residence.

For further takes on The Knight of Wands, see my design and thoughts for the card here on my Taiga Tarot blog.


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‘til next time, keep "taking your act on the road," 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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