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  • Abundance

    VII of Pentacles : VI of Cups

    There is a sense of well-being in these two cards. The man walking past the tree on the VII of Pentacles is well-dressed. He works hard and reaps the benefits of his labours. There is a feeling of abundant harvest about the image since the 'fruit' appears to be literally dropping off the tree… In the VI of Cups the adult figure gives gifts to the child. More chalices full of flowers are falling from the sky. The message here, I guess, is that (all things considered) I have more resources than I really need (although a glance at the bank account this morning would seem to tell a quite different story!

    Kitty Kahane Tarot
    By Kitty Kahane
    Text from Lilo Schwarz
    Copyright © 2006 AGM AGMüller Urania
    ISBN : 978-3-03819-184-1

  • Holding Out For A Hero?

    Knight of Swords : IX of Swords

    I decided to use the Kitty Kahane Tarot again this week. A two card draw…

    To me it seems (pictorially at least) that the figure in the image on the IX of Swords is calling for help. This card is about anxiety. The swords are traditionally a representation of worries and concerns. It is a card which can signal sleepless nights. I AM worried about a few things at the moment. Nothing particularly serious - but troubling all the same. In this very small spread, it looks like assistance (?) of some kind is on its way. The Knight of Swords rides towards the distressed figure on the IX of Swords. Now. I may be wrong, and the Knight of Swords (often associated with someone reckless and uncaring) may be a signal that MORE unrest is on its way...

    Kitty Kahane Tarot
    By Kitty Kahane
    Text from Lilo Schwarz
    Copyright © 2006 AGM AGMüller Urania
    ISBN : 978-3-03819-184-1

  • Things Will Come Undone

    Knight of Chalices : 7 of Swords : 10 of Swords

    I think that the Knight of Chalices in this spread is a warning against naivety. I know that this is a trait normally associated with the younger Page of Cups - but when we are not focused and choose to indulge in immature daydreams (a message I sense from the image of this particular card) there is equal danger. Add to this the sense of deceit conveyed by the chameleon-like figure on the 7 of Swords and things come undone - something depicted in the dissolution/disintegration conveyed by the image on the 10 of Swords. It's time to stop fooling myself about the 'rightness' of my actions - it's time to get my head out of my arse…

    The Fey Tarot
    By Riccardo Minetti and Mara Aghem
    Copyright © 2002, Lo Scarabeo
    ISBN - 888395243-X

  • Monday - Here We Go Again

    Queen of Wands : Queen of Swords : King of Pentacles

    So today I drew three court cards from the fey tarot. It is more than three years since I last used this particular deck which was a firm favourite at one time with its depiction of bittersweet fey creatures with multi-hued skin. February has been a bad month for tarot explorations. I have posted so few. Over on Aeclectic my subscription (gifted to me two years ago) has expired and I have no funds to renew it. (Do I even need one?) I am in a tarot 'slump'. What do today's cards have to say to me? Court cards in tarot have proved to be notoriously difficult for me to interpret (whatever the deck or its background). Today is not an exception. There are three figures - each looking at me with their piercing (and baleful) eyes. The blue-skinned and blue-lipped Queen of Swords brings a sense of chill to the spread. There is (I think) a sort of resignation in her expression. Her concerns are constantly on her mind (symbolised by that small golden sword embedded in her forehead). Perhaps she is telling me to free-up my thoughts before trying to get back into reading the cards each day. The Queen of Wands is pregnant - her concern is inward and nurturing and she takes care of her body. She is more concerned with her physical well-being than her position as queen and is happy to remove her crown to do so. If I am to experience personal growth and development I need to abdicate some of my own responsibilities and liberate myself from other demands. The final card depicts a worried looking King of Pentacles. He is all fired up but responsibility (in the shape of a large golden coin) looms above his head on only a slender chain. I often worry about the security of my material resources. Should I be engaged in other more profitable and worthwhile activities to ensure their safety?

    Food for thought...

    The Fey Tarot
    By Riccardo Minetti and Mara Aghem
    Copyright © 2002, Lo Scarabeo
    ISBN - 888395243-X

  • Like-Minded

    Resolve : Bliss : Union

    Nothing remotely romantic is likely to happen today - unless it comes unexpectedly. The message here would seem to refer to the enjoyment (Bliss) that can be had when like-minds assemble (Union). The Resolve that is needed to ensure this is my commitment to attending a board-games meet-up this evening...at least I think that is what the cards are getting at, but who knows, I might be in for a surprise?

    The Chronicles of Destiny (Fortune Cards)
    By Josephine and Emily Ellershaw
    Artwork by Claudia McKinney
    Copyright © 2014 by Josephine Ellershaw, Emily Ellershaw, Claudia McKinney
    Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
    ISBN: 978-0-7643-4624-8

  • To Rise Again

    Victory : Ruler of the Realm : Phoenix

    I have neglected my blog for over a week - but I am back with an oracle deck. It is called The Chronicles of Destiny and features archetypal figures and events from legend and myth. Taking a break from tarot decks I am interested to see how this will read…

    I meant to (re)start blogging with my readings yesterday but I couldn’t shake the lethargy that has prevented me from drawing cards for the last ten days or so. Today I have pulled the Ruler of the Realm as a central card and it reminds me that I am in charge of my own life. For the longest time now I have been drifting...doing only what has been necessary to get by each day that I have got home from work...merely existing. It is high time I took control and high time I remembered that I can decide how my life will run. The crowned lion in the card image emphasises (personal) authority. By reasserting myself I will achieve Victory and like The Phoenix I will rise again.

    The Chronicles of Destiny (Fortune Cards)
    By Josephine and Emily Ellershaw
    Artwork by Claudia McKinney
    Copyright © 2014 by Josephine Ellershaw, Emily Ellershaw, Claudia McKinney
    Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
    ISBN: 978-0-7643-4624-8

  • So Much To Do

    Seven of Gardens (trad. Pentacles)

    It's going to be another one of those work filled and work dominated weeks - so I am not surprised that this card has shown up again. I know that it is 'traditionally' about harvesting the fruits of our labours (at least in the RWS tradition) - but in this deck it seems to be more about being overtaxed by what needs doing in order to bring that harvest about!

    Japaridze Tarot
    By Nino Japaridze
    Copyright © 2014 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
    ISBN-13: 978-1-57281-780-7
    ISBN-10: 1-57281-780-1

  • Alluring...

    Queen of Fire (trad. Wands)

    There is a determination about this figure, as well as an overwhelming sense of passion. For me this image conveys a sensual feeling and I find the figure has a certain allure. What she means in my daily draw today is something I am yet to discover!

    Damn these court cards!

    Japaridze Tarot
    By Nino Japaridze
    Copyright © 2014 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
    ISBN-13: 978-1-57281-780-7
    ISBN-10: 1-57281-780-1

  • Do It Well!

    Three of Gardens (trad. Pentacles)

    An artist sits at work capturing the image of his model on canvas. I have always thought of the 3 of Pentacles (this card in other decks) as a card which signifies doing a job to the best of one's abilities. Here (today) is a chance for me to use my skill-set to produce something of worth, to do something with flair and, of course, to do it well!

    Japaridze Tarot
    By Nino Japaridze
    Copyright © 2014 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
    ISBN-13: 978-1-57281-780-7
    ISBN-10: 1-57281-780-1

  • Nostalgia

    Six of Tides (trad. Cups)

    This image is a lovely evocation of childhood - of play and of innocence. In other RWS-style decks the card focuses on nostalgia. I guess this particular image emphasises this too. As I approach another birthday, I wonder where the years have all gone, I remember how much simpler and carefree life used to be. Do I want to be a child again? No...but I wouldn't mind going back, knowing what I now know, and reliving some of those past times again!

    Japaridze Tarot
    By Nino Japaridze
    Copyright © 2014 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
    ISBN-13: 978-1-57281-780-7

    ISBN-10: 1-57281-780-1

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