Saturday, December 29, 2012

FOUND WHEEL OF FORTUNE CARD circa 1930 (unknown photographer)


This photo was in an e-newsletter that I receive regularly about books. (I highly recommend the site and their newsletter, Brain Pickings). I laughed out loud on seeing this circa 1930 picture, exclaiming "The Wheel of Fortune!" The more I looked the more it seemed appropriate for a rather modern day X in the Tarot. The men are all suited up and are above a city. I can't help but think of bankers in precarious balance. Who knows what change will come next, what rise or fall? It was taken in the 1930's which was the depression era. I wonder if the photographer meant for this picture to be a comment on the depression. Of course we're all at the edge of a "fiscal cliff" right now here in the USA, with Congress and our President stil dithering away. Could this old photo above be a more perfect illustration of that situation?

For comparison here's the Rider/Waite/Smith Wheel of Fortune:


The Wheel of Fortune is also a timely reminder for me personally at this end of life, as I get older and older. Just as I adjust to one element in my life changing, something either morphs again, or a new sort of change comes along. One might think (and this "one" did) that retirement means things slow down. That's an illusion, at least in my experience so far. Changes just keep happening when and how they will. I myself just move a lot slower, both literally and in how I make adjustments. And my balance, both literally and metaphorically, sometimes feels a lot like those men on the found Wheel of Fortune above: rather precarious. I can only hope the various life skills I've accrued along the way, and my joy in and will to keep learning, will stand me (pun intended) in good stead.

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'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever ways it comes to you in your 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); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

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Sunday, December 02, 2012

THREE CARD READING FOUND IN A DREAM

Today’s post is a bit of a departure from my usual wont. I had a dream recently in which the Tarot played a major role. Oddly enough, this has always been somewhat unusual for me, so when the Tarot shows up in a dream I pay close attention not only to that dream but to any specific cards appearing in it. Three cards were clearly referenced in this dream of November 29th (with others implied). [If you’d like to read the dreamku (dream poem) I wrote and posted about this dream, click on this link.]

The three dream cards challenged me to relate to them as a reading. Below is what I felt and thought as I sat last night with them in my mind as if I had just laid them out on my lap desk. (The image before each of my card comments is from the Rider/Waite/Smith deck, though when I was “reading” them I did not “see” any particular deck’s cards. Rather I was aware of a layering of many different deck designs and portions thereof, as I do when actually viewing cards in a physical layout.)


TEMPERANCE (sometimes called ART): Living one’s life may be the most difficult and creative art of all. With all its givens, we often can create little more than our responses to life. Yet this is no mean feat, requiring balance, flexibility, and strength, and most of all acceptance. [Temperance/Art was the subject of the previous post to this blog and includes my Found Tarot version. Just scroll down.]


THE MOON: I recall that famous haiku of Basho’s about staring up at the moon and being “grateful that clouds come to rest our necks.” As if The Moon card’s liminality portends a time of relief from the insistence on clarity and definition. A chance to enjoy the ease of shadows and shapelessness, before the gnawing need to comprehend and find form asserts itself again.


THE WORLD (sometimes called THE UNIVERSE): Ultimately, yes, "the world is too much with us," but in any of its endless guises it’s always and ever the only show in town. And the curtain is always rising on some new act, or scene, or overture. Enjoy the unfolding of the cosmic play on infinity's stage.

[end of dream/Tarot reading]

That “advice” to "enjoy the unfolding of the cosmic play on infinity's stage" is what I keep hearing (in one form or another) and not only in Tarot readings. It comes up in lots of the literature I’ve been reading, both fiction and non-fiction, and even some T.V. shows as well. Not usually so explicitly stated and sometimes it’s just where I go on my own with what’s being raised. In any case, it would be nice if after kicking and fighting almost every inch of the way for 69 years, I could finally lay back more and just enjoy the show. Or as was said a great deal in my long ago hippie youth: go with the flow.

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'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever ways it comes to you in your 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); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.****

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