Saturday, January 29, 2011

RECEIVED: STYLISH BLOGGER AWARD


Imagine my suprise when I received this award from: Venus Does Mars, a unique Tarot blog site. There are some rules to accepting the award. First to share seven things about yourself, and second to pass on the award to 10 other blogs recently found.

Here's seven things about me:

-- I'm a senior citizen of planet earth and other less wordly realms, who's all too rapidly approaching 70 (just turned 67, but today feel like, oh, maybe a hair short of 85).

-- I am by no stretch of the imagination a trained musician, but love making a fool (Fool?) out of myself improvising on the wind instruments in my collection. Such as a didjeridu and bamboo flute walking stick (that's my cane, as well).

-- I have only lived in California for three years. I was a life long resident before that of New York City.

-- I've been told (and can see why from my various types of hand drawings and paintings, when I do any) that I should have been a textile designer.

-- I'm farily tall at 5'9'. Well, that's no longer true. I've shrunk, and don't like this, to about 5'7-1/2". It never even bothered me in my long ago youth to top out at 6' when wearing 3 inch spike heels.

-- My father was a singer who used to appear on the old T.V. variety show "Your Show of Shows" (Sid Cesar and Imogene Coca) every week; a tall, skinny, blue-eyed, dark haired baritone. He not only sang duets with guest stars like Margaritte Piazza, but appeared in comedy sketches and group musical numbers. (I make no claim to the accuracy of those name spellings; I'm too lazy to google them all. :-D)

-- I never married or had children. But I've had a life rich with friendships, and raised one roommate's boy for the first almost ten years of his life so feel like I've been a mother.

I hope you visit the sites (links below) that I'm awarding with this STYLISH BLOGGER AWARD:

TIMEKEEPER

SEA STORIES

THE DAILY DREAMER

ILLUMINATION TAROT

GNOSIS CAFE

InfiniteBody

HAIKU VENTURES

RISING MOON ASTROLOGY

BARBARA ARDINGER.COM

ELIZABETH AND MAEVE

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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.****

Monday, January 10, 2011

IS IT THE TWO OF WANDS or THE THREE OF WANDS?

A comment by Tarot blogger Vipera Kernewes to my previous post below led me to her Tarot blog. In a post there dated November 11, 2010 she points out a confusion or unclarity for her between the Two and Three of Wands in many decks, and illustrates this with images from several decks.

I was amazed and challenged! For all the years I’ve been working with and collecting Tarot decks I’d never noticed this. She’s right, by golly, there does tend to be a strong similarity between these two minor arcana cards in the decks she shares images from. This ultimately sent me off on a quest to compare these two cards in my own collection of decks. But first I began to contrast these cards in my mind. Asking myself just what are the distinctions between the Two and Three of Wands? I came up with lists of contrasts, such as (first the 2, then 3): inner vs. outer; embracing vs. opening; harboring vs. questing; overview beforehand vs. consequence after; containment vs. sharing; and so on.

I was not as happy with the three’s side of these contrasts, as the Three of Wands energy doesn’t usually feel to me as stable or fully here as the energy of the Two. So I modified all of the descriptive Three of Wands words I’d chosen to have a sense of imminence, i.e. the contemplative pause after a first step taken; action about to be taken; opening about to happen; possible consequence of contemplated action; etc.

Then I really became curious about looking at these two cards in decks in my collection. Below are scans of those I found most intriguing. They all seem to play out the “inner vs. outer” contrast. The cards in “The Tarot: The Complete Kit” (square cards with black backgrounds) being by far the quirkiest in design, with the energy seeming also to move in reverse. That is, the Two of Wands seems to shove the figure on it into a more contemplative or inner state in the Three. But that contrast is still there between inner and outer. Of course, I chose to look at these particular decks so my unconscious may very well have guided me to them to support my theory. And, as I have quoted here many times before, a friend and I used to say about The Tarot – only partly joking – if it doesn’t fit, we’ll make it fit. LOL!

Two & Three of Wands from:
THE TAROT/The Complete Kit and THE GOTHIC TAROT OF THE VAMPIRES


Two & Three of Wands from:
THE CIRCLE OF LIFE TAROT (the scan is not very clear -- those are snails at bottom of the Two of Wands)



Two & Three of Wands from:
THE UNIVERSAL FANTASY TAROT and THE MANGA TAROT


In any case, I’m grateful to Vipera for her post. It has, if nothing else, revivified my interest in several of the decks from which images are scanned in above, reminding me why they are in my collection to begin with.

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‘til next time, keep embracing and exploring 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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Saturday, January 08, 2011

THE THREE OF SWORDS and WABI-SABI


After proofreading the daily post to my dreams and poetry blog today it hit me that what I was saying about the Japanese term “wabi-sabi,” is another way to view the Three of Swords (3S) in The Tarot.

Here’s what I quoted in that post (from Wikipedia): “...if an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi. [Wabi-sabi] nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect." [emphasis mine]

This to me captures an aspect of the 3S I had not seen before, at least not so clearly. I looked at a lot of different versions of this card to find one that might lend itself more to this interpretation than the traditional heart pierced by three swords. I chose the one from the Witches Tarot posted above.

For comparison, here's a more traditional 3S (from the Rider/Waite/Smith Tarot):


And, as always with The Tarot, this new connection to wabi-sabi is very timely. I’d been wondering more and more about my increasing tendency to sadness -- as distinct from depression. I’ve been struggling with personal issues, but have also been becoming more and more aware of and even beginning at times to embrace those “three simple realities.” Or in terms of the image at the top of this post, more willing to walk on accepting that everything is impermanent, incomplete, and imperfect.

If you'd like to see my earlier explorations of the 3S, click here and here.
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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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