Monday, June 29, 2009

THE FOUND TAROT CONTINUED, by Roswila

I'm still taking digital photos as frequently as ever, and finding Tarot images in them. In this post you'll note that I'm putting up two possible Tower images, and another Hanged Man (see previous post for a different version). An email friend even found a probable Fool image in one of my photos that I'd not caught. (I'm not posting that one yet, as I want to re-take it from a slightly better angle.) What fun this all is! I'm even digging deeper into the manual that came with the camera to get more technically proficient. :-)

By the way, if you'd like to see some of my non-Found Tarot photos, visit my dreams & poetry blog. I've started posting a picture a day with my Daily Dreamku.

Now to the new Found Tarot cards/images:

Here's that alternate XII/Hanged Man I mentioned above:



And here's a "maybe" II/High Priestess, I really like those two pillars:



I'm seriously considering having the Page cards in The Found Tarot be Child cards. Here's what could be the Child of Swords, followed by the Child of Cups:





Now for something a bit darker, both literally and figuratively, the Five of Wands. This was taken in a rather small but fecund and jungle-like corner by our community's front gate, from a cross walk above:



I'm not sure about this one. I loved the willow that it once was, and now even the stump and it's beautiful patterns are gone. The patterns aren't quite as clear or colorful in this photo; I know now how to take a better one but it's too late. So this picture I'm considering for XIII/Death is permeated with feelings of loss for me:



Hm, is there is theme emerging in this post? Yeah, I'm in a rather blue mood. Anyway, the next and last are two photos I'm considering for XVI/The Tower. I think I actually slightly prefer the palm to the building as it has a mild sense of "looming," though I've still not quite captured the angle I want in a palm photo and I've taken many of them:





I have others in which I clearly see Tarot cards, but want to re-take due to some angle issue or obstruction/distraction. (Sheesh. That could be the theme for my life at the moment, why I'm in a blue mood. LOL! I just thought of that expression: "Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.") I also have many in which beautiful flowers speak a little bit to me of various Cup pip cards. But I would like more than a whisper, so I'm waiting on those.

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‘til next time, keep 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 18, 2009

CONTINUING WITH THE FOUND TAROT, by Roswila

See previous posts for more info on the digital Tarot I'm beginning to develop.

This first new Found Tarot card I took the picture for weeks ago. But did not see The Empress in it until I'd begun using it on my desktop. I've always liked the feel of that little door; I kept thinking of it as a mysterious hobbit door. But then it hit me that III's Hebrew letter is Dalath, which in noun form means door! The association I have always made to that is She is our doorway into life. BTW, this door is to one side of Hillel Foundation's Jewish Student Center (Isla Vista, CA). So I think it's highly appropriate I made a Hebrew letter association, albeit unconsciously.

THE EMPRESS




This next Found Tarot card I'm a little unsure of, but only because I don't usually have a sense of the color red or fuchsia associated with The Star. But those "whiskers" (stamens?) just make me feel The Star's abundance pouring down on us. And the shape is rather star-like. I saw The Star in the process of cropping this picture.

THE STAR




Here's one that hit me as I took the fourth photo of this planter from yet a different angle.

THE HANGED MAN




And this next I'm saying is the Eight of Wands, even though there aren't technically 8 definite branches in it. To me it just so clearly called up the Rider/Waite/Smith Eight of Wands when I saw it on my computer screen, that that's what I'm saying it is. So there! :-)

EIGHT OF WANDS




This is one of my personal favorite photos. I had it up on my desktop, and even hung a small print for a while on my front door. The card within only surfaced (at least to my eye) after my first couple of Found Tarot posts had already been done.

TWO OF WANDS




And that's the last, at least for today. I can't stop taking lots of pictures. It's like Lay's potato chips, I can't have just one!

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‘til next time, keep 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 11, 2009

MORE FOUND TAROT CARDS, by Roswila

Here's some more cards I've been finding in digital photos I've been taking. These are truly "found" cards as when I take the photos I am not seeing them as Tarot cards, but as something intriguing. I only see a card in any photo once it's on my computer screen, and even then not right away. I have, though, begun revisiting certain photo sites to attempt to get a better shot for a card I found in an unsuccessful shot. (See three previous posts for the found Tarot cards already posted.)

THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE



STRENGTH [not sure how well this works, but I see lion's feet in these roots, and root systems might be seen as a metaphor for the rising of kundalini in the human body often said to be represented in Strength]




QUEEN OF PENTACLES [This could also be The Empress as I see III as a combination of earth and water, but She feels more like a Queen; She could also be the Queen of Cups or Wands, but all that earthly abundance makes me settle on the Queen of Pentacles]




ACE OF SWORDS [All four Aces are now represented, which is nice given Aces tend to be about beginnings.]




THE SUN




FIVE OF CUPS





THE WORLD




That's all for now, folks! I'm obsessed and loving it. What I really want to do soon is squeeze in the time for some sort of class in digital photography. There's only so much I can learn about the technical aspects on my own, methinks. :-)

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‘til next time, keep staying open to the myriad universes around us (even in the familiar!) 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, June 07, 2009

P.S. TO "MORE FOUND TAROT CARDS"....

I was just wandering through some older photos I took. After cropping one I suddenly realized I had a much more powerful Ace of Wands than the one I posted yesterday (see previous post):



I may still take another version of the first Ace of Wands (in the previous post) when the light is actually lit, just to see how it comes out. Can you tell I'm having fun? ... Hold the phone, er, the computer, I'll go take one now. The light is by the entrance to my building and I'm on the ground floor...



Oh my, now I'm torn. I like both the striped red leaf and the lit lamp Ace of Wands. O joy, joy, joy.

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‘til next time, keep being open to joy's surprising arrivals, 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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MORE FOUND TAROT CARDS, digital photos by Roswila

What a delight this process is! As I said in my previous post, since I'd found one Tarot card "by accident" in the photos I've been taking, I was going to go looking through my files and see what other cards might be waiting for discovery. In all the many taken before I found the Judgment card (see previous post) I did not find one true Tarot card. Though I did find what will probably become the Nine of Wands once I re-take it closer up and from a different angle. And that image also gave me a possible idea for the image for the suit of Wands: lamps/lighting fixtures. (Although I love trees, so the Wands suit might wind up being a mix of lamps and trees.)

Then when I next went out taking pictures, I began to watch for Tarot cards consciously. Those results were not truly successful. Neither as pictures, nor as Tarot cards. I even got bollixed up in one case on which card I thought I'd "found," it was the Five of Wands though I kept thinking of it as the Five of Pentacles. I think looking for Tarot cards and pictures splits my focus (pun intended).

However, when I went hunting photos yesterday, with no intent to gather Tarot cards, but just to enjoy the process as I have been all along, I wound up with several Tarot Cards! After the fact, once I'd loaded the pictures on to my computer. (Maybe not thinking about Tarot cards as I wander taking pictures, is like the shuffling process before a reading.) And here they are:


The Ace of Pentacles (that bit of shadow in the lower right is my hands, camera, and head; hard to see that sort of thing in the tiny digital display but I'm getting better at noticing/anticipating this sort of thing):




The Lovers:




The Ace of Cups (this was a huge surprise and gift, a bowl of light! hadn't even noticed that light in the center when taking the picture):




The Ace of Wands (may re-take this at night when it's lit; it pales as it is now by comparison to the other two aces):




Looking at the above cards as a very simple reading for myself, it seems quite apt. Lots of beginnings and choices. A lot of youthfulness, and given I'm well on my way to 66 years old that's certainly encouraging! Since the only ace missing is the Ace of Swords, I see that as supporting my attempts to think less, and act and be and create more.

Hm, just re-read this post and note I'm talking about the "suit of Wands." Guess I have decided to build a full digital Tarot. :-) I can also see it's going to be a more than usually delicate balance between just letting it happen and organizational intent.

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‘til next time, keep focusing on the moment, 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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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

A FOUND JUDGMENT CARD and reading by Roswila


I've been trying my hand at a lot of digital photography, without any training and only having read the manual accompanying the camera. I'm actually having a wonderful time. It's a great solace as I go through a rough emotional time. It also calls on any artistic sense I have; trying to squeeze what I'm seeing into a barely discernible tiny square on the camera -- that goes unseeable in bright light, LOL! Not to mention that I think the challenge is helping to keep what brain cells I have left alive.

Now to The Tarot: I just googled to find out the name of the flowers in the above photo. And not surprisingly found that they are called Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia). As I read that it hit me, Judgment! Of course! No wonder this particular shot was so important for me to get down in at least a decent way. I actually went back to this Catholic church again a couple of days after my first shots because I just wasn't getting up close enough, or was at entirely the wrong angle. I'm still not totally happy with this shot, but it's getting close. And it can be said to be a found Judgment card. :-)

So life at large offered me a one card reading and it took me several days to get it. A new life is calling! Wake up! Yes, clean up whatever needs work from the old life, finish the mourning. But hear that trumpet call, don't ignore it's encouragement and energy.

See? We don't even have to have a Tarot deck at hand to have the Great Mystery offer us help via The Tarot's images. What a tremendous gift these images are.

P.S. Duh! I just happened to re-read my previous post, and guess which card is the first in the reading? Yup, Judgment, and that call to a new life. Well, I guess I should be grateful that when I fall asleep The Tarot images are there to wake me up with a clarion call. :-)

P.P.S. Of course now I'm wondering what other Tarot images I've missed in the slew of photos I've been taking ... so I'm off to check them out.

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‘til next time, keep responding to the gifts that the Tarot offers,





[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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