"In the Spring, a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love," wrote Lord Tennyson. As per traditional Hindu calendar Vasant Panchami is the first day of spring. Vasant Panchami is the fifth day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month Magh. Spring is a passage between winter and summer. Around Vasant Panchami, you can still feel the chill in the weather. Winter is not yet over, yet dullness of the winter seems to be dispersing. You can feel those happy romantic vibes in the air. Traditionally, the festival of Holi indicates the end of winter. Holi is the festival of colors representing colorfulness and joy of spring. It also indicates the victory of good over evil. It is the festival of growth, renewal and rejuvenation. The entire season of spring is the time for physical and spiritual revival. Vasant Panchami is also celebrated as the birthday of goddess Saraswati, goddess of speech, sound, universal knowledge, wisdom and all forms of art. Shatrupa Saraswati is beautiful goddess having hundreds of forms. Generally she is portrayed
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We are excited to be a part of the Ostara Blog Hop. The theme this time around is "Paint Your Journey." We couldn't think of a better way to paint a journey than through Tarot and Oracle cards. So join us as we follow the Ace of Wands (another card associated beginnings) through some of its incarnations in various Tarot decks published by U.S. Games.
From Batons to Wands to Sticks and Staves, this suit is commonly associated with the South, Fire and Summer. So even though Ostara is about Spring, we will be exploring the Ace of Wands.
USGames: What surprised you the most about creating your deck?
Lisa: This project was 50% preplanning, 50% spontaneous improvisation. I pulled the plug on premeditation even while researching the ghosts. I chose those ghosts and spirits that called out: "We need to be in your deck!". I had little trouble matching ghosts/spirits with card meanings as if their inclusion in the deck was preordained. I was also surprised by
One can only hope that when March comes in like a lion that it goes out like a lamb. This simple lore from generations past signifies that March is a month of
Lisa Hunt joins us to continue discussing her soon-to-be-released Ghosts and Spirits tarot.
USGS: What card was the most challenge to paint?