Monday, February 6, 2023

CARD OF THE WEEK: February 6-10, 2023

 

 Four of Cups

Modern Witch Tarot

by Lisa Sterle

 

February 6-10, 2023: "OVER IT," declares the wording on our Tarot friend's grey hoodie. Just as in more conventional Four of Cups paintings, she looks totally uninterested in what she has (the three goblets arrayed before her) and what she could have (the fourth one, proffered by a spirit hand floating in mid-air). Even her cellphone, on the ground beside her, goes ignored.

As I've mentioned elsewhere, sometimes it pays to follow clues that arise as you gaze at a Tarot card. What details draw your eyes? What words, sounds, or music do you suddenly hear? What energies do you feel in your body?

In this case, I'm being drawn to certain colors--the yellow bricks, the placid blue sky seen through a large window, the grey floor. Though yellow is usually a high-energy color associated with the intellect--quick, bright, uplifting, and motivating--this orderly arrangements of bricks into a strong wall, combined with the figure's closed, refusing body language, suggests lack of movement, being dead-set against whatever might be newly offered. In the little box that comes with her deck, Sterle mentions cynicism.

The grey of the floor and hoodie--Wait... Is that grey lipstick, too?--suggest this person is wallowing in a limbo state of indecision or even depression. The blue of the sky does what blue does. It refreshes. Or, at least here, it offers refreshment.

The "cups" in Sterle's suite of Cups are all simple, modest in form and of a mid-toned pink, not expensive, precious metal goblets. They're there for anyone who needs them. Anyone, that is, willing to open mind and heart and take the gift.

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Saturday, February 4, 2023

CARD OF THE WEEKEND: February 4-5, 2023

 

Strength

Modern Witch Tarot

by Lisa Sterle


February 4-5, 2023: Thanks to a stop in New-York Historical Society's bookstore back in mid-January, I now own a copy of Lisa Sterle's Modern Witch Tarot, and I love it! You'll probably see a fair amount of it in coming weeks. This weekend, we're journeying with Strength.

Sterle associates Strength's lion with the sometimes scary, sometimes hard to control aspects of our inner selves, and I'll note here how gently the wise lady touches, calms, and protects her lion. You might imagine her speaking to him quite sweetly. I will also note, as Sterle does, they both wear wreathes of red roses, uniting them. They belong to each other.

And, further, check out milady's high-heeled sandals! Our elegant guide can do everything both forward and backward and in high heels!

 

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Follow the Fleet (Library of Congress)

Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backward and in high heels. 

– Ann Richards (1933-2006), former Texas governor

 

So, class, what are we learning? An approach to those wild, scary bits that moves with respect and love. Do not beat yourself up for parts of yourself that have troubled you. 

How might you have fallen out of alignment? What needs gentle redirection?

How can you reconcile with yourself and find true, profound value in who you are as a whole human being?

Reach within and bring out that strength!


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Monday, January 30, 2023

CARDS OF THE WEEK: January 30-February 3, 2023

 

The World

and

Nine of Chalices

Afro-Brazilian Tarot

by by Alice Santana with art by Giuseppe Palumbo

 

January 30-February 3, 2023: Rather than shuffle a deck for these posts, I usually take a "stroll" through the deck and stay alert to the way one or another card reaches out to me. When I pulled Afro-Brazilian Tarot from the basket where it resides with a number of other decks, I found myself drawn to the two cards you see above--The World and Nine of Chalices (Cups). I swear it took me a minute to recognize that those poses are identical!
 
Major or Minor, they are sisters raising magickal symbols in supplication of the grand forces of nature. And both are celebrating and expressing thanks for their bounty or achievement.
 
So, this looks like a week to move forward with confidence and reap the rewards of all your efforts. This is a week to believe in yourself but also in the forces beyond you that both challenge you and lift you higher. This is a week to meditate on gratitude for the abundant harvest.

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Saturday, January 28, 2023

CARD OF THE WEEKEND: January 28-29, 2023


 Nine of Swords

Golden Tarot 

by Kat Black


January 28-29, 2023: Yeah, I know. A scary one. I call Nine of Swords the nightmare card, and I have a lifelong history of being plagued by nightmares. Of course, it could be the card of worries so all-consuming that you never get to fall asleep and dream to begin with.
 
For this version of the card, from Kat Black's Golden Tarot, I suggest taking a steadying breath and focusing on one or a few details that draw your attention and spark your imagination. I'm drawn to the faint gold pattern on the dark drapery. They suggest texture rather than uniformity. What appears bleak needs closer examination to reveal its details--many of which might include subtle sources of light and potential.

In the small book accompanying this deck, Black describes the dog as "menacing" and clearly relates this symbol to a term often used to speak of depression--"the black dog."

But what if this dog--as I and so many others have experienced with cats--has approached the suffering human to offer companionship and comfort, even guidance?

To me, the imagery hints at an ambiguous situation, more complex--and malleable--than thought at first sight.

Even the orientation of the swords could signal available resources of mind and speech to be seized and used in positive ways. Grab one!

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Monday, January 23, 2023

CARD OF THE WEEK: January 23-27, 2023

 

 Seeker of Cups

 World Spirit Tarot

by Madame Onca O'Leary, Lauren O'Leary,

and Jessica Godino

 

January 23-27, 2023: Some Tarot images draw you right into the energy of a moment, and here's a lovely example. The World Spirit Tarot's Seeker of Cups (Knight of Cups) and his steed pause in their waterborne journey to gaze at a gold chalice floating just above their heads. And, suddenly--whew!--this song came to mind!


Rhiannon Giddens sings Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "Up Above My Head"

 

Tarot's knights--or seekers, as conceived here by the O'Leary-Godino team--are all about focused, dedicated action. And Cups symbolize the flow of emotion and creativity.

Our seeker/knight lifts his arms in adoration and receptivity. He and his stallion are ready and eager to see a precious gift safely to its destination and recipient.

This week, consider what you most love, what you hold in highest value. What do you wish to bring forth in this world or pass along to others? How can you prepare to fulfill your most sacred commitments?

The Seeker of Cups' sensitive and loyal heart leads the way in all things. This card asks you to listen deeply and never betray your heart.

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Saturday, January 21, 2023

CARDS OF THE WEEKEND: January 21-22, 2023

 

Two of Pentacles and Temperance

Neo Tarot

by Jerico Mandybur with art by Daiana Ruiz
 

   

January 21-22, 2023: Balance and blending are the key concepts here, illustrated by two cards from Neo Tarot who wished to collaborate on this weekend's message--the Minor Arcana's Two of Pentacles and the Major Arcana's Temperance.

The first most often refers to balance within practical, earthly matters with the prancing figure skillfully keeping everything moving in harmony. The second takes things to more psychological, archetypal, and magickal levels, hinting that it's possible to make the "impossible" happen.

Consider the truth, too, that what we think of as earthly and what we think of as spiritual are already one, already perfectly functioning as one. Lean and relax into that reality.

I continue to enjoy Daiana Ruiz's art for this deck, and I especially love the sapphire blue spurt of water from vessel to bowl and the lavender aura emanating from the Temperance angel's head. And, of course, that outfit with its wing-like power shoulders!

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Monday, January 16, 2023

CARD OF THE WEEK: January 16-20, 2023

 

The Tower

Neo Tarot

by Jerico Mandybur with art by Daiana Ruiz

 

January 16-20, 2023: Might it ever be possible for the sight of The Tower to bring a laugh? Or a wheeeee!!! woohoo!!!? Or, at the very least, a sigh of relief?

It might not seem the way things typically go with Tarot's Tower, but you never know. I'm definitely getting a curiously giddy vibe from this Neo Tarot Tower today.

The disruption of the status quo introduced by a higher, external force (that pointing index figure) both liberates enormous energy and gives the toppled figure a Hanged Man-style brave new perspective on things. And it's all to the good.

So, if you often find yourself asking for sameness--perfect stability and safety--maybe ease up on that this week and see what novel things this week will introduce to your life. Accept that you don't know everything and that your good may come in a form as yet unanticipated.

Let go and fly!

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