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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TarotBlogHop: Union of Opposites

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Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop. We are so glad to once again be a part of this fun effort.

Our TarotBlogHop mistress is Aisling. She gave us the topic of “union of opposites” asking us to share how two disparate cards might be similar. She gave us two choices but that’s the one we chose.

RWS_Devil001The Devil and Temperance are our choice for this discussion. The Devil is often seen as a card that show power over others. The two figures on the chains that are bound to the Devil’s on waist–who are they? How do they relate to the Devil? How can this card be seen as a union of opposites with Temperance.

RWS_TemperanceConsider that Temperance pours one energy into another changing it mid stream. Or do those two disparate energies actually emerge from Temperance’s hands to combine in the middle? Could that be the Yin of the Female and the Yang of the Male perhaps? Could Temperance’s hands be the transformed chains and Temperance herself the embodiment of balanced power?

Here is a simple spread for you to try with this in mind.

  1. What chains me?
  2. Who claims me?
  3. How do I break free?

Think of card 2 as the Devil or Temperance. That card may show you whether you need to face down your own Devil or embrace your already moderate lifestyle.

Feel free to share your responses. Tag us on Instagram if you share it there.

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TarotBlogHop: Awaken The Heart

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BLOG TOPIC: Awaken the Heart

“…the still point of the center of the fixed stimulates germination and the awakening of the heart.”

What a lovely saying from our wrangler, Joy Vernon. Joy tasked this group of bloggers to discuss this subject. She gave us some ideas and her own thoughts on the subject.

We thought we would share two new books that show this idea of awakening the heart in action since writing does involve being still so your heart can awaken. We think both books are great examples of this process. How about you?

First up is the brand-new Chrysalis Tarot book from Toney Brooks with art by Holly Sierra.

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Chrysalis_9HermitStoryteller This illustrated companion book to Chrysalis Tarot explores the spiritual journey of self-discovery and transformation that leads to higher consciousness. Part I examines the magic and energy of the Otherworld that guides you on this journey. Each of the five chapters focuses on a character from the Chrysalis Tarot illustrated with an original sketch by Holly Sierra. Toney Brooks relates wisdom from New Physics, the Collective Unconscious, archetypes, healing, and chakra work.
Part Two of this book expands on the interpretations of the 78 cards. In addition to Toney’s insightful descriptions, Holly shares the inspirations for her Chrysalis Tarot artwork and presents her original black and white sketches for each card. Chrysalis_3Empress

Next is a personal journey into the Deviant Moon Tarot with Patrick Valenza. In his Deviant Moon Tarot book, Patrick takes us on a personal journey from his childhood drawings to the finished Deviant Moon Tarot.

DeviantMoon_BookCover DeviantMoonBorderless_1MagicianTalented artist Patrick Valenza presents uniquely alternative interpretations of traditional tarot with symbolism inspired by childhood dreams and visions. This fully illustrated book takes you behind the scenes of Deviant Moon to glimpse the creative inspiration and artistic technique that gave rise to this popular tarot deck. Patrick also offers expanded meanings and interpretations, for both upright and reversed card positions.

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Two very different visions of Tarot brought to you in deluxe, hardbound format to enjoy throughout the years.

Which will you get first?

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Tarot Blog Hop: Mabon and Creativity

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Our blog hop leader is Aisling. She asked the group this question. “What does Mabon/the Autumnal Equinox/the Second Harvest mean to YOU?” Her challenge was to choose the card that means this harvest to us then create one.

Since we are in the business of publishing decks, we will let some of our creative deck makers speak for us in the form of cards.

We thought about harvest and what that meant. The card we chose to represent our thoughts about the second harvest is the Seven of Pentacles. The theme of this card is often about pausing in the middle of work. It’s a card about regrouping and regathering your energies. Since there are traditionally three harvests, we thought this one would represent the Second Harvest nicely.

JaparidzeTarot_7PentaclesGardensThe Japaridze Tarot uses Gardens for the Pentacle suit.

ArtofLife_7PentaclesIn the Art of Life Tarot, we see a lovely painting plus a quote to remind us about rest and work together.

Archeon_7PentaclesHere is a woman reviewing her harvest in the Archeon Tarot.

Hobbit_7CoinsOf course we need at least one hobbit to show up–The Hobbit Tarot.

GummiBear_7Pentacles001Our little bear is trying to figure out which is the best coin to harvest in the adorable Gummy Bear Tarot.

ViscontiSforza_7coinsOf course we have to have at least one representative from the marvelous Visconti-Sforza Pierpont Morgan Tarocchi Deck.

We hope you have enjoyed this journey through some of our decks. Please join is for our daily question of the day. And check out our Pinterest boards too. Now hop on to our neighbor. Remember to leave a comment so we know you were here. Just tell us your favorite card from this post.

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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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