TarotBlogHop: Winter Solstice 2016

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Joanne Sprott gives us our topic of “So, pick a card or cards or develop a spread that you think reveals a useful message from the Dark or Hidden realm of life. What can we learn from those messages as we wait for the return of the Light, and how do you find uses for the dark times in your own life?”

The dark or hidden realm can be scary to some of us. Others revel in it and dive into it. We are going to look at it as fertile ground. Seeds need dark time before they sprout. Many alcoholic beverages require a waitng time before they are drinkable. So too do we humans require quiet times for recharging.

So here is a spread to help you with your recharging needs.

RECHARGING THE BATTERY

  1. What part of me needs recharging the most?
  2. How can I make time for the quiet that I need?
  3. What is my best way of honoring this time of recharging?

We invite you to do this spread then leave your thoughts in the comments. We would love to hear from you!

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TarotBlogHop: Mabon 2016

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Our wranglers for this Blog Hop are Jay and Arwen. They have asked us to discuss the Foodies Guide To The Tarot. Wouldn’t that be a fantastic book? Since we don’t have that book, we thought we would discuss how the Tarot and food can go hand in hand. Among the many ideas we had, we landed on this one.

Old English Tarot

Old English Tarot

What would the Fool serve if he were giving a party? Dessert first, of course. There is even a dish named in his honor. Well, okay, it’s called a Fool.

Research tells us that it is an English dish made of stewed fruit and custard. It seems the appropriate thing now would be to offer up a spread…err recipe.

We don’t have any recipes of our own so we will offer a link to the BBC Food website’s Gooseberry Fool. But we did want you to also have a spread to eat…err read.

Gooseberry Fool Spread

  1. The Fruit: What is sweet right now?
  2. The Custard: What needs to be prepared?
  3. The Dish: What holds your energy right now?

We hope that this simple spread, like this simple recipe, offers you some insight into your life. Feel free to let us know your results! And if you make the recipe, we are happy to come help you eat it.

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Reblog: Tarot Blog Hop, Lammas 2015: Shining and Mercurial…Aren’t We All?

During the last Tarot Blog Hop, Maureen Aisling Duffy-Bose shared her thoughts on the topic using our own Haindl Tarot. She kindly gave permission to reblog her entire piece here. You can visit Aisling at her blog: TarotWitchery.

Tarot Blog Hop, Lammas 2015: Shining and Mercurial…Aren’t We All?

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Our Wrangler for this Hop, the creative Joanne Sprott, invited us to discuss the influence of Astrology on the interpretations of Tarot. I am vastly intrigued by this topic, because I teach a class combining one’s Astrology sign with the Fool’s Journey, so I have a rather complex interaction with both planetary alignments and tarot trumps. So–Sun, Mercury, Me (and You, too…) Hmmm….let’s chat about it. How do we Be this?

The Sun in my usual interpretation of the Tarot has to do with active energy, male energy, the God, the “power hand”, and other concepts that are related to “shining forth”. We look at the Sun as the harbinger of life, that without which the crops cannot grow, that shining light which cannot and does not conceal itself. We know in our hearts who we Are, and our Sun Sign in the Astrological world is supposed to be a template for that awareness. Our Being is not chained to the esoteric meaning of our Sun Sign in our Birth Chart, but we do see some similarities between the explanation of our Sun’s qualities and some of our own inner impulses on how we choose to express our Selves. In my deck of choice, the Haindl Tarot, the Sun shines over a complex horizon, focusing on the single rose in the foreground, and it seems obvious that the flower’s petals are basking in the light, but no two of them are similar in their angle of orientation, representing the many facets of the illuminated personality.

Mercury, on the other hand, only shines when he wants to. The Trickster, the Fool, he who mutates at Will, he who makes it impossible to predict that which he will do, this is the alignment of Mercury both in ancient mythos and in Astrology. We see the placement of Mercury in our charts as the awareness of our Being, and how we communicate that to others, both in words and in actions. But we also recognize that the shining light of the Sun will sometimes choose to hide in the shadow of mercurial thought and action, and that we can understand our own Being from being able to mutate and codify our way of interaction with events, life changes, and other beings. Therefore, in my opinion, there is usually no single card in the Tarot deck which always aligns with Mercury…this alignment is dependent upon circumstance. I often remind people that the Fool in the Tarot is not called the Fool because s/he is stupid, but to represent the openness of the zero, the unfilled circle, which can be filled at Will, and because the Fool also calls to mind the medieval custom of the one person in the King’s Court who could speak truth to royalty with no fear of retribution, as well as representing the concept of acting and speaking without thought for consequences (being “Foolish”) which, in the modern world, does sometimes not work out so well. So, in the Haindl deck, there is a Trickster whose actions have come home to roost, who holds the bleeding swan, gazing into the distance with a look of loss upon his face…and yet, in the background, there seems to be a chance of rebirth, of another choice, of more possibilities to fill that zero. The astrological sign on this card is actually Uranus, representing the distance of possibility and the far-reaching consequences of one’s actions. So, sometimes, there is a Mercurial flavor to the Fool…but not always. I don’t see this card as the Tarot representation of Mercury, but as leading us to that representation. There’s more.

And sure enough, the very next card after the Zero of the Fool is the One of the Mage, he whose raised finger and focused wand says “I Am”, he who chooses what he shall do, and he who may change reality in accordance with his Will. The Sun is Being, the rising sign is Expression, the Fool is possibility, and Mercury is Communication–and all three of these entities combine in the energy and power of the Mage, who, in the Fool’s Journey, represents self-awareness and claiming of one’s personal Power. He gazes serenely into the future, holding his tools of possibility, grounded in his intention, and fully self-aware that his number, one, is the beginning of Being, his own Being. So it does not surprise me that the astrological sign on the Mage in Haindl’s deck is, indeed, Mercury.

Combine one’s essential personality, the Sun, with one’s choice of self-expression, Mercury, and one’s creation of one’s personal reality, the Rising Sign, and one is looking at the Mage, whose keyword is “I Am, I Said” and who will Be, Do, and Become, what he Will. Male or Female, old or young, right-brain or left-brain, makes no difference to the essential need of all humans to Be, to Become, and to choose their own way of Being. And Mercury and the Sun together. both in astrology and the tarot, produce the energy of the self-aware. focused, and personally empowered Being, who is as s/he chooses to be. And that, my friends, includes every one of us, doesn’t it?

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Animals In Tarot

In the Rider Waite Smith tarot, each of the queens has an animal with her. You can click on each image below to see a larger version.


Rider Waite Smith Queen of SwordsThe Queen of Swords has a bird flying high over head. There is also the butterfly on her throne.

She is a lady of mental acuity and focused thoughts. Her animals are messengers in many world mythologies.

What bird do you think is flying over her head?


Rider Waite Smith Queen of Wands

The fiery Queen of Wands has a small black cat at her feet. there are also a number of lions on her throne. Why do you think cats are associate with this Queen of getting things done?

She is a passionate woman who acts on impulse. She understands her own power. This lady can light up your world if you let her.


Rider Waite Smith Queen of CupsThe contemplative Queen of Cups has fish as well as mermaids for her companion. She is the queen who others come to for comfort in emotional times.

This lady knows the value of a good cry as well as a belly laugh. She encourages you to dive deep into your own emotional self to find the rewards of being you.


Rider Waite Smith Queen of PentaclesThe Queen of Coins has three animals. Look at her throne. You will see a goat as well as a bull. In the far right corner, you will also see the rabbit.

She is the queen of fertility and growing things. Her message is to do the work to gain the reward. This lady is the most determined of the four Queens of the Tarot. She knows the value of honest, hard work.


What questions would you ask of these queens if you could sit down with them?

Rider Waite Smith Tarot

 

Tarot Comparisons: Ace of Cups

Ace of Cups

Let’s take a look at the Ace of Cups. Traditionally this card is read as love being offered, compassion, creative endeavors. The reverse meanings include missed emotional chances, rejection, blocked emotions.

The way we interpret a card can change based on the art of the card itself. Compare the following Ace of Cups:

Tarot of the Cat People Ace of CupsTarot of the Cat People
Sacred Rose Tarot Ace of CupsSacred Rose Tarot
Hobbit Tarot Ace of CupsHobbit Tarot
Cat's Eye Tarot Ace of CupsCat’s Eye Tarot
Crystal Visions Tarot Ace of CupsCrystal Visions Tarot
Radiant Rider Waite Tarot Ace of CupsRadiant Rider Waite Smith

Tarot Comparisons

Beltane Tarot Blog Hop

The blog before us was Amanda Donnelly's 78 Whispers.

We are very excited to be the kick-off blog for the Beltane Tarot Blog Hop. It was a lot of fun to share pictures from various decks last time so we thought we would do that again for you.

This round's topic is "Fire Tends To All". We thought we would turn to the Sun card to show you different ways this card has been interpreted.

1JJ_19Sun

One of the first deck U.S. Games published was the iconic IJJ Swiss in 1970. This deck represents an older style of Tarot. It is considered a Marseilles variant. With a woodcut design, these cards feature very basic colors of black, red, blue, green and yellow. 1JJ Swiss Tarot Deck, © 1970 U.S.Games Systems, Inc.

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From the same year, the Aquarian Tarot's Sun has a very different look. Some might call it a bit creepy but others love the smiling sun. Aquarian Tarot Deck, © 1970 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

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From the Rider-Waite deck, one of the most well known Sun depictions. Here we see the child on the white horse with the sun overhead. Rider-Waite Tarot Deck ® © 1971 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

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The Tarot of the Witches sun even has a star beauty patch. Tarot of the Witches, © 1974 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

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The very old school Pierpont Morgan-Bergamo Visconti-Sforza Tarocchi Deck from 1975 (reprinted in 1984) offers an unusual sunless sun. This is said to be a card that was added later. It's very rich and lush with the gold.

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One of the earliest black and white decks, the Hermetic Tarot Deck offers an almost ArtDeco type sun. © 1979 U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Here we have the Lord of the Fire of the World.

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The Morgan Greer, also a 1979 publication, offers two people staring at each other, but includes the sunflower and the wall from the Rider Waite.

Motherpeace_19Sun

The first of the round decks, the 1983 Motherpeace went far afield in its interpretation of this card. A zebra and a giraffe romp in this bright yellow card while a lot of happy folk frolic.

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Moving into the 90's, we see the 1995 Rohrig Tarot's Sun shows a blazing white hot sun. It looks a bit like a fried egg, doesn't it.

Goddess_19Sun

Kris Waldherr's 1998 Goddess Tarot moves to an old folk tale to depict the Sun.

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Fradella Adventure Tarot by Frank Fradella, (c) 2003 shows an uncle playing with his niece and nephew in a nod to the family focus of the Sun.

DeviantMoon_19Sun

From 2008, the Deviant Moon by Patrick Valenza remains a top pick year after year due to the unusual imagery. Here two moon people seem to be engaged in a fiery tango.

Transformational_19Sun

Arnell Ando's Transformational Tarot shares a masculine, confident Sun.

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The 2011 Crystal Visions Tarot has the white horse but the figure is a young woman standing with the sunflowers.

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Another 2011 deck is the award-winning Cat's Eye Tarot. Here we see the Sun as a bright orange sun-loving cat with daisies.

GS_Sun

Finally, releasing this month, Lisa Hunt's Ghosts and Spirits interprets the Sun as the spirit rising up.

So which of these decks are in your collection? We hope you have enjoyed this journey through just a few of the many Tarot decks published by U.S. Games. You can find us on Facebook where we post a Question Of The Day M-Sa.

The blog after us is Andrew McGregor's The Hermit's Lamp.

EXPRESS TAROTBLOGHOP TICKET: If you hit a missing link along your TarotBlogHop, you can get back on the bloghop from this master list. TarotBlogHop Master List, May 2012.

13 means Death?

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So today is one of those days that holds a lot of fear for some folks. Friday the 13th! I mean there's even an seemingly-never-ending horror movie series, right? And let's not even talk about covens and black cats and ladders.

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But what about the thirteenth card in the Tarot deck? What does it mean when you get this in a reading? Should you hide under the bed? Leave town? Pretend it didn't happen?

CV_13Death
Not really. Death traditionally means change. In some decks like the Sun And Moon Tarot, it's been given the additional title of Rebirth to show what happens after the change. Or Transformation in the Joie de Vivre Tarot.

JdV_13Death

Think of the Death card as unavoidable endings that lead to new ways of being. And isn't this last Death a happy fellow from the Halloween Tarot?

Halloween_13Death

So, what do you see the Death card as? How would you read it in a reading about a job? What about love? How does this card make you feel? Any funny stories to share about this thirteenth card of the Tarot?

Death (sometimes riding a pale horse), in order of appearance:

  1. Cary-Yale Visconti Tarot
  2. Rider-Waite Tarot
  3. Crystal Visions Tarot
  4. Joie de Vivre Tarot
  5. Halloween Tarot

#Tarot Thoughts On A February Full Moon 2012

FullmoontreeTomorrow, February 7th brings us a Full Moon in the sign of Leo. Native American tribes refer to it as the Full Snow Moon, the Little Famine Moon, or the Full Hunger Moon, referencing the time of year, weather conditions, and how the tribes were affected. Leo brings in the energy of an increased sense of purpose, and how we creatively express that purpose.

The Full Moon itself is viewed by many as a time for bringing to fruition the seeds that were sown during the New Moon, and releasing those things that are no longer working for  us. While I do hold that to be true, I also believe that the full energy of the Moon can be used to begin new projects. The choice of releasing the old, bringing in the new, or doing a combination of both is up to each individual.

We will be looking at our individual freedom (which is rapidly changing as the structures that make up our society change), as well as our responsibility to community (local and global). We need to take care of ourselves – to create personal time, to take the time to meditate, ground ourselves, and connect with whatever we accept as Spirit. A new paradigm is coming into being – as we adjust to it, we need to find our sense of balance in life – personal/professional, work/play, family/self … the list goes on.

Leo is all about spontaneity and freedom of expression. It is also good to remember that Leo is a Fire sign – it wants to be out and about and doing things! It is time to share stories, and to allow ourselves to grow from both sharing our own stories, and listening to other people’s stories.

Leo also asks us to express our dreams and hopes for the future. To do this, we need to be grounded in the present. Other energies to keep in mind as we navigate the Leo Full Moon are those of the Hierophant (2012 is a number five year, relating to the Hierophant in the Tarot), and the Dragon (from the Chinese New Year, which started January 23rd).

The Leo Full Moon has a partner in all this – the Aquarius Sun. While the Leo Full Moon is more about individual self-expression, the Aquarius Sun brings our energy and focus to the common good, towards helping humanity as a whole. It is all about community, groups, and social causes. Push/Pull between individual good and common good.

One way to share our stories is through divinatory readings. I am going to add the small thought here that these readings can be done as individuals, or they can be done within a group setting. Or we can read as individuals with a focus on global issues/connections. Do what feels right for you.

This is my offering for the Leo Full Moon. Cards were drawn from Patrick Valenza’s “Deviant Moon Tarot” .

My Story

DM Knight of Cups_NEWDM Page of Cups_NEWDM Queen of Swords_NEW

DM Magician_NEWDM Knight of Wands_NEW
DM Empress_NEWDM Five of Swords_NEWDM The Hermit_NEW
DM The World_NEWDM Ace of Pentacles_NEW

  1. What am I conscious of on this Full Moon? Knight of  Cups
  2. What am I not conscious of on this Full Moon? Page of Cups
  3. What is coming into my consciousness on this Full Moon? Queen of Swords
  4. What do I need to release? The Magician
  5. What do I need to bring in? Knight of Wands
  6. How can I access my creative self? The Empress
  7. How can I best express my creative self as an individual? Five of Swords
  8. How can I best express my creative self within community? The Hermit
  9. What new goals am I forming? The World
  10.  Where are these new goals taking me? Ace of Pentacles

The Seeker is conscious of new information coming into a situation, and, on a more personal level, of the influences that a possible romantic interest is bringing into their life. It can well be that the new insights, and new opportunities, are opening up because they are opening themselves up to another person. 

The Seeker is not yet conscious of the fact that they are accessing their imagination, and their creative/emotional self. They are beginning to experience and express a greater degree of compassion in their life.

What is coming into the consciousness of the Seeker is a need to get to the truth of things – in their own life, and in the world around them. During this time, the Seeker will be walking alone.

The Seeker literally needs to release their need to control everything, and to be the one that makes things happen in their life. They need to step back, take a time out, and learn to flow with life, to allow Spirit to do its work.

What the Seeker needs to bring in is the ability to make decisions on the fly (sometimes pondering too much is not a good thing!), to allow themselves to be impulsive from time to time, and to go on a journey that may come to them in a very sudden manner.

The Seeker can access their creative self by being willing to nurture themselves, to give themselves time and attention. They also need to open themselves up to the feminine mysteries. The Seeker needs to be willing to birth their own ideas.

The Seeker can best express themselves in a creative way as an individual by living their life in harmony with those around them, by not creating or adding to conflict.

The Seeker can best express themselves in a creative way in community by going within themselves, recognizing the answers they will find there, and sharing the strength of that wisdom with others.

The new goals that the Seeker is forming are coming out of the previous cycle of their life – they are at a point where their life is coming together on all levels. They need to take the time to enjoy being “whole”, they need to enjoy their sense of “victory”, before they move on to the next level. The goals that percolate during their time of celebration will be the ones they take into the next cycle of their life.

The new goals are taking the Seeker into the land of opportunity, into a time of success, prosperity and abundance in the physical world, but also into a sense of balance between their physical and spiritual worlds.

I would love to see comments on this interpretation – to see how others interpret this spread!  

Scans were taken from the “Deviant Moon Tarot”, Patrick Valenza, U.S. Games Systems., Inc, 2008.

© January 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

Italian Vacation Anyone?

Arnell Ando has created a marvelous slideshow of their grand tour of Italy. She shares this in the hopes that you can see a "bit of the magic & wonder so atmospheric in bella Itali."

Come take a mini vacation with Arnell and friends.

Tarot Art & History Tour ~Italy 2011

Want to go yourself? Check out the upcoming 2012 Italy tour: http://www.arnellart.com/tarot-italy-tour2012.htm