Sunday, October 27, 2013

EXPLORING THE TWO OF PENTACLES

TODAY'S CARD is the TWO OF PENTACLES, the version above is from The Karma Tarot. I bought this deck a very long time ago but did not keep it as I couldn't relate to its images. I now find that quite odd, given I've always been intrigued by dream images and this deck's images are nothing if not dream-like. That simply shows how our perceptions, like everything else, change --- which is a commonly used flag word for this card.

Below is the Two of Pentacles in the Steampunk Tarot, which if you've been following this blog you'll note is one of my favorite decks at present. I particularly like how she's bicycling on water. What an image for how even though we perceive things as solid, they change right beneath our feet. Yet, she's bicycling across the water! And we all do it. Daily, hourly, every second.

And for COMPARISON, here's the Two of Pentacles in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:

THE TWO OF PENTACLES: I've long been intrigued by the lemniscate (also called an infinity symbol) on the usual version of this card (see the RWS card above and the Steampunk version, too). It prompts me to remember that eternity is in the constantly arising moment. I.e., the only thing that does not pass away is that which constantly changes: the present moment. That this is seen via a pentacle card -- the suit of the material and physical -- I also find intriguing. Another reminder that all is ultimately built on the illusory, the impermanent (the water of the Steampunk Two of Pentacles above). It is therefore very good that we learn to be dancers, carefully cradling the ephemeral forms that come oh-so-briefly into the care of our hands. BTW, the lemniscate connects this card to the Magician who has one above his head in many versions. This connection feels appropriate to me as we all work "magic" in creating our responses to the changing of each moment (rarely even realizing our creativity). The other lemniscate often seen in the Tarot is above the head of the woman in the usual version of Strength. Which card, at one level, deals with responding to the demands of deep change constructively. And I can see the Two of Pentacles as representing preparation for just this sort of challenge that is faced in the Strength card.

MEANINGS/INSIGHTS/READINGS FOR THE TWO OF PENTACLES, SOME LESS COMMON OR EVEN QUIRKY (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 it.):

Time to stop dancing around and only playing at things; get serious.

Someone who's not thoroughly trustworthy. I.e., a bit too much enamored of their performance itself, and how they might profit from it even if at others' expense.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed or thrown off balance by all that one has to do. Maybe even stumbling a bit or dropping the ball. It happens. Pick it up and keep going.

Someone who needs to change how they communicate and/or act, but who's torn in two different possible directions by opposing aspects of self. (Thanks to what I saw in the Karma Tarot Two of Pentacles above.)

You will have to deal with these conflicting consequences of your actions until they are worked out. This may depend a lot on others reactions, as well.

Juggling issues as if they were hot potatoes? Why not just put them down and walk away. They are not your responsibility, no matter that others may try to convince you otherwise.

It may very well be that both choices you are faced with are good and/or necessary. If you cannot address them both right now, you could try drawing a card on each to help you determine which to do first.

The responsibility you take now for learning how to handle incompatible issues, is a preparation for bigger and more complicated ones in the offing. Those ships in the background of the RWS version will eventually come in. Just remember some of the cargo could well be treasures. If not, you will still be prepared to cope.

"The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing." However, we still manage somehow to handle the differing influence of, say, left and right brain input, in our daily dance. In fact, at the best the "two hands" each support and enhance the qualities of the other.

Yes, all does seem rather rocky at the moment, both in your own life and in the greater world beyond that far horizon. However, at least for now, you will be able to maintain your own footing, especially if you relate to this time as an opportunity to develop your life skills, and not as a judgment or punishment or even bad luck.

The best way to keep these opposites from conflicting is to keep them dancing. I.e., in motion. Not to let either lie ignored for too long.

Take your time with these several tasks and all will get the attention needed.

Tossing up new thoughts and ideas to see what will happen.

Breaking a stalemate with some creative thinking (I often think of that writing challenge we had in school: "contrast and compare") and then acting on it.

Weighing one's options.

A talented multi-tasker. Conversely, don't try to do everything at once. Prioritize and do things one at a time for the best results.

Keep your sense of humor, it will actually help you stay balanced as you work at this task.

Enjoying being in the physical -- dancing, walking, touching, seeing, etc., etc. Or the card may be suggesting that one needs to be active in some sensory, embodied way. Which puts me in mind of a line from the poem "Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver: "You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves."


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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, October 21, 2013

THE JUDGMENT CARD FOUND IN A DREAM

This post is simply to offer this link to a new dream poem of mine that concludes with an additional understanding for the Judgment (XX) card. To read a lengthy post just about XX, scroll down to the post below. The above XX version is from the amazing Mary El Tarot.

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[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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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

EXPLORING JUDGMENT (XX)

TODAY'S CARD is JUDGMENT (XX), the first version above is from the Steampunk Tarot (the Barbara Moore/Aly Fell deck).

This second version below is from the The Victorian Fairy Tarot, renamed "Awakening," and is my newest deck (a delightful deck, especially as I've always had a fondness for fairies):

The third one below is from one of my all time favorite decks, The Tarot of the Cat People, renamed "Rejuvenation":

And for COMPARISON, here's JUDGMENT in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:


THE JUDGMENT (XX) card is another one I've generally not been, shall I say, overjoyed to have show up in a reading. Yet when I see how many notes I've made for it over several decades, I find this surprising. I clearly do relate to it when it pops up. A Tarot teacher I had decades back suggested to our class that it could be that the usual name and symbols on this card are a little off-putting. Judgment? Bodies coming out of coffins? I considered her comment but given that even way back then I was long accustomed to thinking symbolically/metaphorically, that really didn't explain my own distance from XX. I now realize there's actually not been a distance, just an definite reluctance to hear and act on the powerful messages it's been giving me over these many years. I clearly was not ready, despite all the calling, nudging, and support from this intense card. Now, as I approach my 70th birthday in January, I'm hearing almost as if for the first time, what the "meanings" I share below have to say to me. My hope is that salted among them will be something useful to you, also.

Is that spelling "Judgment" or "Judgement"? Actually either is acceptable I gather, but I prefer it with only one "e."

MEANINGS/INSIGHTS/READINGS FOR JUDGMENT, SOME LESS COMMON OR EVEN QUIRKY (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 it.):

As is said in some 12 Step programs "Keep the focus on the self." I.e., don't get caught up in trying to change someone else, even under the aegis of helping. It's in one's own self and process that change or rebirth happens.

It's not the person you think you're having trouble with, but all the ghosts and difficult old patterns the relationship is triggering in you. Own them and you will see the other person and the situation more clearly.

Very important at this time to wake up and smell the roses: back off from a very personal, self-defined view of interactions with others. Others bring their own stuff to the table as well. You are not responsible for everything nor are you the center of it all. You may not like what goes down but there very well may be nothing you did wrong, nor for which you need feel responsible. (Others will let you know soon enough anyway if you should.)

Be grateful for this trouble. What it's calling forth in you and/or others you need to know, no matter how unpalatable or scary or unfamiliar or challenging.

You are being called to be in your life in a new way. The first steps require facing naked truths about yourself you've put off dealing with the implications of or even buried altogether. (Surrounding cards may give clues as to where to start. Or maybe draw an additional card or two at random, if you need a stepping stone or two.)

What's inside you right now that feels attacking or critical is really an inept attempt on a part of yourself to help. Try to damp down your reactivity and hear what's being "said." The more you "hear" what this part of you offers, the more it will have its say in a caring way. And there are some transformative gems beneath its awkwardness.

Be forewarned! Old issues you think you worked out but actually buried are raising their cantankerous heads again. This is nothing to despair of, however, but an opportunity to fully understand and own, then truly lay them to rest at last.

Been "out of sorts" or just not feeling like yourself? This will change soon. You come by this vague discomfort honestly. This is a time of unconscious change.

This difficult relationship/situation is an angel in disguise. Just shifting your perception enough to accept the situation may change things considerably.

Judgment as expressed here is rarely about blame. It is an embracing of responsibility with understanding, that leads to reconciliation with one's self and sometimes with others as well.

A sense of rejuvenation (thanks to The Tarot of the Cat People). Something old returning to importance in your life in a new way or in a new form.

A need to step back and look at the situation as objectively as possible, forgiving yourself and others for any judgments that may then become apparent.

There's a possible growth, even rebirth in you and/or this situation. If you are willing to fully embrace the past and understand it in a new light. Then it will all become nourishing compost.

As the poet e. e. cummings says in the poem below "... let all go ... so comes love." Letting go of attachments (expectations, demands, opinions, etc.) to this person and/or situation releases you into the freedom of the greater love:

“let it go -- the
smashed word broken
open vow or
the oath cracked length
wise -- let it go it
was sworn to
go

let them go -- the
truthful liars and
the false fair friends
and the boths and
neithers -- you must let them go they
were born
to go

let all go -- the
big small middling
tall bigger really
the biggest and all
things -- let all go
dear
so comes love”

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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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Thursday, October 10, 2013

LINK TO A NEW POEM (by Roswila) WITH TAROT IMAGES

On my other blog I post a daily dream poem with one of my photos. Today's dream poem has Tarot imagery in it. If you'd like to read it, click here. And be sure to read all the comments just below it, too. There's an additional graphic within them of a beautiful High Priestess card.

The card at the top of this post is the Knight of Disks (Pentacles) in the Thoth Tarot. I chose it because there's a dark knight and a pentacle at the end of my dream poem linked to above.

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[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.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

EXPLORING THE QUEEN OF SWORDS

TODAY'S CARD is "The Queen of Swords," the version below is from The Druidcraft Tarot and is one of my favorites:

This second version is another version I'm very fond of (will say more about it later below), and is from The Thoth Tarot:

And for COMPARISON, here's The Queen of Swords in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck (RWS):

THE QUEENS OF SWORDS has been an on-going presence in my life for a long time now. Not so much in the readings I do for myself, as in the sense of what's being required of me in my life. Of course not literally beheading someone, as in The Thoth Tarot above. (This has been said to represent the Bible story in which Judith beheads the invading Holofernes to save her people.) But in being direct and strong -- fierce even -- and cutting to the point, while not giving up even if I stand totally alone. (Loneliness and widowhood are often seen in this "Lady of Sorrows" as I used to think of Her.) A few months back I asked the deck for an image to keep in mind as my life issues demanded ever more determination and strength. I pulled this Queen at random after shuffling. So I then took The Queen of Swords from four widely different decks in my collection: Bohemian Gothic Tarot, Tarot of Transformation, Manga Tarot, and Universal Waite Tarot and attached them to a piece of black cardboard. They have been overlooking my living room computer desk ever since, each standing guard in Her unique way and reminding me that I can do the necessary, no matter how daunting it may all appear. As a whole I find that the Court cards (usually: Kings, Queens, Knights, Pages) are not very resonant in readings, but when one does become lively for me it becomes very lively indeed!

I use "she" and "her" below in addressing this card, but any of the Courts can be read in a contra-sexual way, and not even as people but as issues and situations.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR AND INSIGHTS ABOUT THE QUEEN 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 it.):

An extremely sensitive type who approaches the world from a sad and defensive stance. Her loneliness mostly coming from an inability to believe others don't carry the same sorts of hurts and vulnerabilities that she does. Therefore she can't trust in anyone's ability to be genuinely sympathetic and forgiving.

A lonely battle between the habit of tearing one's self down, and trying to cut out that sort of behavior, to "behead it."

It's like "being the car and driving the car" but think about the possibility that your thoughts are off the mark on this; that they may even be causing the troubles. Then go do something totally silly, or that requires you to focus on someone else. Put more succinctly, use your thinking to deal with the inaccurate use of your thoughts.

Someone who's liberated herself through a lot of lonely struggle. I.e., she did not get much support from outside herself, even as she fought inner demons. Her proud solitary stance has been well-earned.

She can freeze an over-heated situation with a single sharp remark, and sometimes just a frigid glance. Is she freezing some hot situation in you? If so, it will give you the time and space to more thoroughly examine it.

Someone whose intense reactions can be misinterpreted as anger, when they are really just rushing out on the excitement of discovery.

Her deep desire to communicate honestly and fully can lead her to be a bit verbose.

Because of her strong incisive mind she can tend to deny her own deep emotions when they are troubling or inconvenient. Conversely, she can put aside her own deep feelings when necessary during times of crisis better than just about anyone.

Someone who's often puzzled by others who exhibit little concern for careful and precise use of language, especially in intimate relationships. She's not being a royal pain with all those words, rather she's respecting that the tongue has a very sharp edge and should be wielded with care.

Surprisingly, she can be very motherly, if a bit distant. And she's more likely to be someone to work for a children's charity raising funds or doing office work, say, than with children themselves.

The mother inside us who's capable of cutting off overly rational, rigid, stultifying thinking, in defense of the whole, more fluid and creative self.

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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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