Monday, September 30, 2013

EXPLORING THE JUSTICE CARD

TODAY'S CARD is JUSTICE (XI or VIII). This first version below is from the gorgeous Voyager Tarot by Jim Wanless and artist Kim Knutson and is probably one of my favorite versions of this card:

This second Justice card is from The Manga Tarot, a very different take; posting this card today has revivified my interest in this intriguing deck:

FOR COMPARISON, here's Justice in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck (RWS):

THE JUSTICE card for me tends to just lie there in a reading and not resonate a whole lot. Not always, but often enough for me to think "uh oh" when I turn it over. However, there's an intriguing flag phrase I use for it (not mine, I read it somewhere ages ago): "The earned is given." And it's a card with a lot of rich background to it. (E.g., the Egyptian Goddess Maat connection -- She was said to weigh one's heart at death against Her feather and only if it was lighter was one allowed to move on to the spiritual world.) I have found Justice good at pointing out legal issues, but mostly I relate to the "balance" aspect of this card. Inner balance, though as I've aged it's also warned me of new challenges to my literal balance (increasingly arthritic joints). However, what I'd most like to address is how to me inner balance is not a static thing. We don't attain it and then stay there. Balance is more like an ideal center that our lives weave toward and away from, eventually returning to it, then wandering from it again out of need or accident or foolishness. The point is to believe that it is there and then learn how to return to it. In my conception, at best we more or less gracefully live our ways along a mobius strip, visiting balance every so often. And therein may lie the reason for my somewhat uneasy relationship to this card: it can be so tentative or transitory in nature and yet so central. By the way, if my aging memory serves me well, Justice has been said to be the female counterpart to The Fool.

N.B. I tend to adhere to the Justice card being numbered XI, with Strength being VIII. There is a difference among decks and readers on this, with some numbering Justice VIII and Strength XI. Again if memory serves, it has to do with switching the order of Strength and Justice to fit within an astrological correspondence sequence, back when the RWS deck was being developed.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR AND INSIGHTS ABOUT THE JUSTICE CARD (Please note: 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.):

Don't wait for things to be fair or just. They aren't, and aren't going to become so. Move on. Conversely, someone once suggested to me that for those seeking well-deserved justice this card can indicate that it will come. If not in the material world, certainly in the spiritual.

Why are you blaming yourself for this situation? You neither did anything to cause it, nor do you deserve it. But blaming others is no better. Do whatever may be needful and then move on.

Injustice and possible loss. It happens. Don't waste time fighting this reality. Get on with responding the best way possible.

These consequences of your choices are not judgments of you. They are results. Plain and simple. Deal with them as such.

Deep soul or life-changing choices that may seem contradictory. But in "weighing" them things will become clearer.

What is going on is a necessary rebalancing, even if hard. In a way it is a clearing of your path so that you can move on to a newer place/space.

Conditional love (as could be expressed by "the earned is given") can be more comfortable to some folk than unconditional love. They feel less taken over by it, and that the demands will be fewer and have limits to them. There's a nice distance or breathing space to it. If they can live with the insecurity of the love's conditionality. Weigh this with respect to your inquiry.

Balance may be rather a challenge. The demands of inner life and outer are both high, and not complementary right now. But try not to neglect either one. Ultimately, you will become more flexible and able to switch gears with more ease.

For those dealing with special diets and/or body weight issues: Stick to whatever you are doing. You're on to something essential that may simply require some time to make its effect felt. Or, conversely, move toward a new balance by starting to eat right and/or do more exercise.

Calculated risk, i.e. considered and thought out. As opposed to the more impulsive or innocent risk The Fool might take.

Persist in what you know is right to do, no matter how hard it may be to do so. "To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest is to act in accordance with your thinking." -- J.W. von Goethe


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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: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); 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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Monday, September 23, 2013

EXPLORING THE SIX OF SWORDS

TODAY'S card is THE SIX OF SWORDS. This first version below is by Stephanie Pui Mun Law:


And here's another one of my favorite Six of Swords, from the The Victorian Romantic Tarot:


And for comparison, here's the Rider/Waite/Smith Six of Swords:


THE SIX OF SWORDS: For many years I've been slowly but surely doing a post for each card in the Tarot on the meanings I tend to see for it. I'm down to not even a half dozen left to do. Up till now I've tended to choose one from that undone bunch that drew me in some way. Last night none of the remaining cards really tugged at me so I went with the one for which I'd gathered the most "meanings." I was actually surprised at just how many "meanings" I'd collected for it over the years. And given this, I wondered why I'd not felt pulled to post on this six before. As I transcribed my "meaning" notes -- most of my note taking is in shorthand -- I saw how many of them have to do with leaving and/or moving on. And last night after doing the first draft of this post I had a dream about leaving an apartment I lived in for 23 years before moving here to California in 2008. I guess I just wasn't ready until now to recognize how I am moving on (and what work is yet left to do on this) from that life I left back in New York. It seems even though I did not feel a pull toward the Six of Swords, it found its supportive way into my awareness anyway. Put in my peculiar Six of Swords language: it got it's message across.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR AND INSIGHTS ABOUT THE SIX OF SWORDS -- Please note: 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:

Fear that someone close to you is or will be dying. Whether this proves to be true or not, what is important now is to figure out the source of this fear in yourself so that it does not negatively impact on your relationship.

The title of a book of poems by Anne Sexton: An Awful Rowing Toward God.

It's truly over and/or no longer viable, and time to move on. But not without mourning for what's been lost/let go.

Mourning will slowly free you from the shores of what has been.

Yes, you can leave this situation but nothing much will ultimately change as given where you are right now you will be taking yourself and your current beliefs and behaviors right along with you.

Nothing can be done no matter how clearly you see the need to move on (or for someone else to do so). Just wait for now. Things should be more amenable to a change soon.

Try to view things uncolored by how you want them to be.

You may be sorely tempted to "fold up your tent" and "leave town." However, as difficult, frustrating, and apparently endless and enervating as this all is, it's probably better to hang in. Things are ripe for change, especially a different way of seeing them that's tantamount to change.

Gaining perspective on today by looking at the past.(E.g., What about today is like back then? What do I not want to repeat? What do I need to accept?)

You'll shortly be in a new place or position with respect to this issue. Especially if you take a more spiritual perspective on it and are willing to work hard.

Yes, you have a clear perspective on this new journey. Just be sure not to cling to it, but let it evolve as the journey progresses.

Someone whose natural ability to achieve a broad perspective can make her feel distant from others at times. Others may also perceive her as distant as well.

Get over it! Rise above it. It'll be a real trip (in that old hippie sense of this word) but well worth it.

A good time to look over one's past without getting emotionally re-embroiled in it all, by taking a light view from the distance of time passed.

You may need to navigate through and cope with some old emotions and thinking patterns, raised by memories. Once through them you'll be in a place of new understanding.

It may not feel like it yet, but you are "getting over" this situation/issue, and/or moving to a new place with respect to it.

The need to get something across to someone, such as your point in an important discussion.


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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: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); 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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