Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Polarity

Yesterday's post was titled Polaris, a nod to the 'North Star' today's Polarity is a nod to this ying/yang symbol I found on a post/email yesterday.

And since we have a New Moon tomorrow I thought I would share this lovely depiction of Ying/Yang.
Everything has it's time in ascendance and declination

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Polaris

Most Tarotist interpret The Star card as hope and healing after the emotional storm of The Tower.  I always want to make a wish when The Star reveals herself.  The 'Wish' card.

" A certain darkness is needed to see the stars." - not sure
I remember reports coming in after the huge earthquake in 1989 that devastated  the San Fransisco and Oakland area in California and one of them struck me as funny and then sad.  People were concerned and scared that the sudden appearance of Stars in the sky must have been the reason for such a huge earthquake, that some astronomical event had occurred... so many had never seen the stars because of so much light pollution from the huge cities.
I grew up in a more rural area and the stars were glorious and the happenstance to see a 'shooting star' was a very auspicious sign.
So I am going to 'make my wish' and enjoy my day.

The Rider Waite-Smith Tarot

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hurry up and wait

Let's get a move on!

Rachel Pollack tells us the Knights translate the quality of each suit into movement. If so, this knight seems hesitant about what he feels.  His emotions have him stuck, unable or unwilling to move forward.  Even his horse looks back at him as he stands there prancing in place.  Knights ride out and return.
The Knights in the Wands and Swords appear to be riding out and the Knights of Cups and Pentacles seem to be returning.

Today if something should arise that makes me hesitant I best take a moment to search my feelings before moving forward




Rider Waite-Smith Tarot

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wariness

The beginning of distrust.

Again I looked at several interpretations.  Most tarot enthusiasts look at most of the Court Cards as 'people' cards, especially in spreads.  Several authors notate this page in a stance of wariness or caution.  Looking back over her/his shoulder - sword at the ready.

I noticed that the Page as well as The Hermit from yesterday's draw are both looking back, why.  Reminiscing  over days gone by? Musing some hurt or wrongful action?  Longing for yesteryear?  I asked this Page and returned her to the deck and reshuffled and went looking for her and the card just before her - the Page of Cups.  Maybe then the backward glance is for my youth or more playful days?  Anyway, I never have figured out those ten swirling birds- maybe those are the days before being a teenager, as pages are sometimes referred to as young adults..  Also I noticed that there are trees in the background of each of RWS Court Sword Cards.  I finally found that they are supposedly Cypress Trees, so I went looking for the esoteric meaning of Cypress trees; long growing trees planted as a mourning tribute at graves.

RWS - Rider Waite-Smith Tarot

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Retreat

Today The Hermit seems all wrong to me.  Example and Guide.  Darkness and Mystery.

As I am trying to reconnect with the cards and the story they tell I referred to several Tarot books I have in my collection. Blah blah blah.
I don't think he is holding his light to show the way.  I think he has caged his 'light'  defeated or exhausted with the tussle in Strength and he has retreated to recoup.  He seems to be backtracking to figure out where it went awry.  He could have beat the beast with his magic wand or at released some of its magic to calm his or it's fears.
In some meditations or regressions I am told that we can go back into a memory and change its outcome to come to peace or grips or understanding of such a moment of crisis or despair.   Working on that.
Tomorrow The Hermit may appears as a wise teacher or Merlin back to play his tricks, today he looks like he needs to take a respite from it all.


Rider Waite-Smith Tarot

Friday, May 19, 2017

The call

"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thy own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee."  ~ John Donne









The Rider Waite-Smith Tarot


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Lessons

We teach best what we most need to learn.

Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?

Think about these once in awhile and watch your answers change.

In the RWS Six of Cups the gal has always seemed like a woman, a dwarf perhaps-there is a hint of bosom beneath her shawl.  Or maybe a mature woman whose time has come to step aside and  pass her skills and knowledge on.
"I will diminish, and go into the West."  - Galadriel,
 The Lord of the Rings



The Rider Waite-Smith Tarot.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Iconic

I wonder how people can really see this as a definitive expression of The Devil.

I have mentioned before and will again.  Devil spelled backwards is Lived, such a wonderful anagram.

An excerpt from Rachel Pollacks SEVENTY EIGHT DEGREES OF WISDOM pertaining to The Devil - "The Devil's power rests in the illusion that nothing else exists.  In a great many situations, from political oppression to the personal misery of a bad family life, people only become consciously unhappy when they realize that life holds other alternatives."
So, the loose chains we bind ourselves with are our own making. 
A life not 'lived' is a 'devil' of a thing.




The Rider Waite-Smith Tarot

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Flip Side

Rest and Repose

Another card of four drawn today.  Yesterday's get out of the house to today's stay in and rest.  Withdrawal can lead to healing.   In Janina Renee's book TAROT - Your Everyday Guide, poses that I reflect on the timeline of the cards and the healing may be a response to the Three of Swords, as in RWS image. 
Could this be repressive situation that the two figures in the Four of Wands ran away from?  Or am I to reflect on the the intolerable situation that I ran away from? 
The only thing I am really seeing in the comparison of the two cards is lots of yellow.  So I am going to wear something yellow today.
That's all I got.




Rider Waite-Smith Tarot


Monday, May 15, 2017

Exclamation Point

Optimism and the joy of freedom and choice. 

When Life gives you lemons, make some lemonade. 
Gratitude for what I have will make me a happy girl.



Rachel Pollack says these two maybe the same two that fall from the Tower.  They have escaped oppression in the walled city before the explosion or strike of lightening.  If I am stuck, I better get unstuck before a bolt strikes.







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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Own worst enemy

Closed off.   If I were by the seaside I would spend my time gazing at the waves, walking along the beach.  This card clearly lets me know that I am not in touch with where I am.  What I am doing.

I have not been connecting with the cards of late.  Too much darkness in my mind.  I have decided to go back to basics, Rider Waite-Smith Tarot.  It is the deck I have spent the most time with.  So I am returning to my tarot classroom.
This card falls right in place.  Last night I did a Celtic Cross Reading for myself to try and help me figure out why I was holding my breath of late waiting for.... dark and disturbing as was the draw.  Death and the Devil showed up as well as the High Priestess.  Swords overwhelmed the cards, the six, eight, nine, and ten - OH MY!  The five of cups was in the place of what I think about.  So many cards with shades of black.  Now here today the two of swords.  I have been sitting with her for awhile and wonder how long before her arms ache and she has to lay down those swords.  So to with me I suppose.  Put down those worries and fears and go play in the water.


Rider Waite-Smith Tarot. 


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Arresting

There is so much beauty and honesty to this face.  The eyes really can be the window to the Soul.  This Shaman needs no words to communicate, they are there written on his face.

I have been listing to the Hay House World Summit; an annual event that hosts prerecorded one hour interviews with most of the authors of Hay House.  I was listening to a interview with Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D on Anthropology and his topic which probably mirrors his book - 'Growing a New Body Using Ancient Healing Secrets.  He describes himself as a shaman.  He became very ill almost to point of death and changed his diet and mindset and healed his body.  A lot of the same stuff many are writing about in the Holistic-New Age-Metaphysical field.  Given all that he had some interesting takes on a few things and I think I will listen to his interview again before Hay House closes the Summit up. 


EARTH MAGIC Oracle Cards - Steven D Farmer

Friday, May 12, 2017

Got nothing

I have not been relating very well to the cards this week or maybe it is the Gaian Tarot deck.  Usually I enjoy working with this deck, not so much this week.  I drew a repeat card and it does not inspire or connect with me on any level.  I will see how the day unfolds and if it matches the theme or essence of the card.   So I grabbed a postcard off my desk.  It does match up with the squabbling eagles of yesterday, so that is something.