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    Two of Rods : Eight of Rods : The World

    The Eight of Rods is often associated with swift communications (and in the digital age can sometimes refer to e-mails and/or other forms of electronic communication). With the Two of Rods making a second appearance already in the week's daily draws there is a hint here that news of the stranger who is about to step into my life will come soon and it will probably rock my World….Hmmm, I wonder…..!

    The Sakki-Sakki Tarot
    By Monicka Clio Sakki
    Copyright © 2004 Sakki-Sakki
    Copyright © 2004 M. Press
    ISBN: 9659068107

  • Change Is Imminent

    Two of Rods : Five of Swords : Ace of Cups

    There is a lot of melodramatic wailing and moaning going on at the back of the image in the Five of Swords - which conveys a sense of defeat and a feeling of loss - but the flanking cards give the reading a much more positive spin and there is an unexpected arrival in the shape of the figure stepping into the scene on the Two of Rods who brings more than a hint of emotional involvement (Ace of Cups) and a change for the better. Now...it is almost the end of the day and the situation in the cards has not actually transpired, but I do sense that change is imminent.

    The Sakki-Sakki Tarot
    By Monicka Clio Sakki
    Copyright © 2004 Sakki-Sakki
    Copyright © 2004 M. Press
    ISBN: 9659068107

  • Guilty As Charged

    Princess of Air : 10 Of Air (Guilt) : Trump 3 (Creation)

    This deck is not a tarot deck - not to me at least. There are too many title changes along with images that bear absolutely no resemblance or have any link (as far as I can see) with any existing tarot 'system' out there. With the central card the deck admits its 'Guilt' (10 of Air) and although my experience with the deck has been liberating in many ways (Princess of Air), this particular 'Creation' (Trump 3) is not really to my taste…:(

    The Vision Tarot
    By Dirk Gillabel
    Mini-Edition from 2011
    Self-published.
    Copyright © 2009 All Rights Reserved
    No ISBN information.

  • Feeling Good Again

    2 of Fire (Oneness) : 4 of Earth (Exploration) : 2 of Air (Soaring)

    Today only one card has changed in my daily draw. The 4 of Earth (Exploration) is at the centre of the spread. Today I was not at school and instead went with two of the senior management of the school to a presentation by an examination board. We are thinking of changing our current provider and today was an exploration of the new specification. I had the opportunity, once again, to 'shine' in my comfort zone as my efforts and skills were acknowledged and praised...and the flanking cards (2 of Fire and 2 of Air) maintained their positive meanings from yesterday (which had much the same feeling and which involved the same senior managers). Things are going well for me at the moment, which is a VERY pleasant change for me. I hope it lasts!

    The Vision Tarot
    By Dirk Gillabel
    Mini-Edition from 2011
    Self-published.
    Copyright © 2009 All Rights Reserved
    No ISBN information.

  • Self Belief

    2 of Fire (Oneness) : 3 of Air (Expectancy) : 2 of Air (Soaring)

    For 'Oneness' (2 of Fire) I 'read' self-belief and assuredness - a calm capability. This was the way I prepared myself for a lesson inspection/observation by the Senior Management in my school as part of a quality assurance programme. In 'Expectancy' (3 of Air)I could see myself waiting for the outcome...and though I have not had feedback yet the lesson went extremely well. My students performed admirably and rose to the occasion by engaging readily with the lesson content and being 'with me' the whole way for almost an hour. I did feel exhilarated at the end of it all...so 'Soaring' (2 of Air) is quite apt. I hope the official verdict turns out to be as good...but have to wait until Friday to find out.

    The Vision Tarot
    By Dirk Gillabel
    Mini-Edition from 2011
    Self-published.
    Copyright © 2009 All Rights Reserved
    No ISBN information.

  • Being A Better Person

    5 of Fire (Journey) : Trump 2 (Creatrix) : 4 of Water (Humility)

    Although I believe that I am capable of many things (an association of Trump 5 as Creatrix) I need to understand in this life's Journey (5 of Fire) that there will be occasions when my way is not the best way, when my plans are not the best plans. Accepting this with humility (4 of Water) means that I can acknowledge weakness as well as strength and be a better person.

    The Vision Tarot
    By Dirk Gillabel
    Mini-Edition from 2011
    Self-published.
    Copyright © 2009 All Rights Reserved
    No ISBN information.

  • Combating Fear

    Queen of Earth : 9 of Earth (Fear) : 9 of Air (Depression)

    Not a particularly auspicious set of cards! Fear (9 of Earth) and Depression (9 of Air) set a dark tone for the day...but I know that fear is irrational and I guess the pragmatism of the Queen of Earth is the best way to deal with it. In its most positive light this draw urges me to combat any worries I may have by addressing them in a practical way instead of letting them build up into something unmanageable. Fear is best dealt with when we face up to it and reduce its power over us. The alternative is to let fear take hold and multiply and drive us to despair. I know which approach I am going to take!

    The Vision Tarot
    By Dirk Gillabel
    Mini-Edition from 2011
    Self-published.
    Copyright © 2009 All Rights Reserved
    No ISBN information.

  • Upon Reflection

    Trump 18 (The Moon) : 3 of Water (Introspection) : Trump 21 (Star Gate)

    Both Trump 18 and the 3 of Water in this deck suggest contemplation. There is a quiet stillness about these cards which perhaps hints at the need for some disengaged solitude in which to think and reflect. Trump 21 (Star Gate) seems to convey a sense of imminent new beginning. It would seem that I am at the threshold of a whole new phase in my life. Before I step through that portal there is still time to consider, however …

    The Vision Tarot
    By Dirk Gillabel
    Mini-Edition from 2011
    Self-published.
    Copyright © 2009 All Rights Reserved
    No ISBN information.

  • Is It Tarot?

    Trump 2 (Creatrix) : 7 of Fire (Restlessness) : 5 of Water (Creativity)

    I wasn't sure which of the decks of those remaining unused and unexplored on my shelves I should use this week. Browsing Aeclectic Tarot Forum earlier today I came across some new posts about Dirk Gillabel's Vision Tarot. This is a deck that I got in a tarot trade earlier this year and after a brief glance through the cards I set it aside - somewhat confused by the imagery and the titles of the cards. I have decided to give it a try…

    I DO feel a sense of restlessness at this time (7 of Fire) and find myself unable to really focus on one thing at a time, and I guess that these cards are telling me that the most positive way forward is to find an outlet for all the ideas and projects and plans that I have whirling inside my head (which may well be the root causes of my distraction). I see little real difference between the two cards (and images) which flank the central card. Even their titles are similar 'Creatrix' (Trump 2)and 'Creativity' (5 of Water). In none of these cards do I see any real link to any tarot system that I have worked with before beyond the division of the cards into trumps and elemental suits. This makes me wonder if the deck is really a tarot deck at all…

    The Vision Tarot
    By Dirk Gillabel
    Mini-Edition from 2011
    Self-published.
    Copyright © 2009 All Rights Reserved
    No ISBN information.

  • Fair Play

    La Justice : VI de Coupe : VI de Deniers

    I get a strong sense of 'fair play' from these cards. The six chalices on the VI de Coupe are arranged in equitable and symmetrical columns, the six coins on the VI de Deniers are neatly compartmentalised, and La Justice depicts a figure sitting with levelled scales which are right at the centre of the card. Balance, even-ness, orderliness...are all keywords which spring to mind. No upset today, then.

    Le Tarot Noir
    By Justine Ternel and Matthieu Hackiere
    Copyright © 2013 Editions Vega
    ISBN: 978-2-85829-618-7

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