Tuesday, October 6, 2009
My guess is that I'll be posting about some of the major arcana. I don't put nearly enough time into the major arcana. The minor arcana catch my interest so much more because they are cyclical and in patterns (four elements, ten numbers, etc.). Perhaps there's a pattern in the major arcana that I don't see... Well, I'll be thinking about where I want go with the major arcana because I need to put more time into them. Maybe I'll even figure out why I leave them out so often!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Morgana has another class started up in October. The class starts October 7. Here's more information.
Morgana's class style was relaxed and helpful. I was upset at first because she requested that we not read the booklet that came with our Tarot cards until after we had completed the class. It was very for me to not read what the "authority" who had designed the cards said they meant. I have always been a read-ahead type of student, and I was told not to do that!
It turned out that Morgana's request was beneficial to me. When I use my cards, I connect more strongly with the cards that I found the meanings for instead of being told or hinted at their meanings. That doesn't mean Morgana just had us find all our own meanings for the cards. We started off discussing general themes (what are cups, what do aces mean, etc.), and then we "jumped off" from there.
The only negative consequence to this learning style was that I misplaced the booklet that came with my deck, and now I wish I had been more careful about it. That is not something I can blame Morgana for, though! I am currently working with a Mary Greer book at Morgana's suggestion. I plan to get more of Mary Greer's books in the future. If you have any other book suggestions for future development, please feel free to leave them in the comments.
Morgana offers more then just classes. She does readings professionally, apparently she even does them for parties. I've also attended two of her divination workshops that she did at Bookmans as part of TAWN's education series a few years ago.
If you're looking for someone to give you a reading, or someone to take a class with, and you plan to be in the Tucson area, check out Morgana Dragonfly's webpage!
I woke up this morning and did a reading that has me thinking about card interpretations (truthfully, the reading went so well that I’m afraid to think too closely on it!). The card that got me thinking this way is the Nine of Wands. My scanner won’t talk to Vista, and I can’t find anyone else’s picture of the Arcus Arcanum Nine of Wands, so I hope that my description is good enough.
The Nine of Wands shows a man whose facial expression is clearly over taxed. He shows signs of facial strain, and he’s holding eight wands. One wand has been removed from the center of the stack and is being held by a woman in the background.
I always have a gut reaction to the Nine of Wands. The weird part is that I have two different, contradictory gut reactions! Sometimes I get one reaction and sometimes I get another. When I think about it for a moment, I remember the other interpretation. Sometimes I see him as over doing it, and if he doesn’t let the other person help more, he’ll drop everything. Sometimes I see him as over doing it because the other person isn't helping enough. Today’s reading clearly showed me that the other person isn’t helping enough.
The Pages are messengers. The Page of Swords bears his message (which is about words) with pride. However, that’s pretty much all I can get from this photo. When I was studying with my teacher, I believe she gave an example of a job offer as the message being brought out. The reason I believe that is because it’s the only thing that ever comes to mind when I look at any Page of Swords, and it’s not something that I feel inside myself – it feels like a memorized shopping list.
UPDATE: It is a full year later, and I am contemplating my future as a writer. For some reason, I had this urge to look over this paltry blog that never got off the ground, and as I stare at the Page of Swords, for the first time I see him clearly. He is not just bearing his swore with pride, he is offering it to others with pride. I wonder if I'll still see him this way later.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I love it! It was an easy knit, it's well shaped, and my cards look lovely. Sophie-girl likes my new, pink case.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
One thing I am very curious about is if there's anyone out there using the Barbie Tarot Deck. I do not have this deck, but I spent a good portion of my Sunday looking it over and just feeling the astonishment at it. I have no idea why it would astonish me this much - the idea of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Tarot Deck (canceled before it was released) didn't leave me absolutely giddy, and I am a serious Joss Whedon fan.
I love that the King cards include Barbie because, in the words of their creator, what is Ken without Barbie? I also love that the creator discusses her feminist faith and reasoning behind using Barbie. She doesn't sound apologetic; she's just explaining why she chose this medium!
My favorite cards in this deck are the Major Arcana. Specifically, the Chariot card. Look at this.
For a while, I used two decks (if someone wanted to hear the good stuff, I'd pull out the Morgan Greer deck), but at this point, I've been away from Tarot for a while and am working to reconnect with my Arcus Arcanum deck.
That being said, I still love my Morgan Greer deck, and I feel like doing a bit of a comparison between these two aces.
This is the Ace of Rods from the Morgan Greer deck.
And here's the Ace of Wands from the Arcus Arcanum deck.
Some of the differences are obvious. The Morgan Greer deck feels (to me) very 1960s. This is interesting since it was published in 1979. I'm not sure when the Arcus Arcanum deck first came out, but it was illustrated by a comic book artist, and the pictures really do have a class comic book feel to them.
Some of the differences are in my interpretation of the cards. Both are fire aces (wood). Aces are about beginings of a cycle, they are the person alone, they are individual cards. Both as fire signs are about passion and However, the Ace of Rods in the Morgan Greer deck has a more ethereal feel to it. The Arcus Arcanum Ace of Wands has a much stronger, more passionate feel to it.
In the Morgan Greer Ace of Rods, the hand is wielding the stick, prepared for the change to come. In the Arcus Arcanum Ace of Wands, the hand that is wielding the stick is the passion, and it's being attacked by a lion! That's not just a card about the start of a new cycle, that's a pretty explicit statement about a coming onslaught! When I first looked at the Ace of Wands in the Arcus Arcanum deck, this is one of the differences that really slapped me in the face. The other card whose difference in meaning really shocked me is the Lovers card (and I'm sure that I'll be posting information on that card here in the future).
I wish that I could properly emphasize how what I'm saying isn't good or bad per say. Each card has its own interpretation, and while one card gives me a more forceful feel with the idea of outside influences pushing in on the individual, that's not necessarily bad (or necessarily good). I'm still ambivalent about my decision to post this blog with my interpretations of cards because of what a personal thing each interpretation is. This is how I personally feel about the cards. Looking over my notes about how I felt about the cards a few years ago, it's interesting seeing how my interpretations have changed. I wonder how different (or not different) my interpretations of the same cards will be in another five years!
It goes without saying that everything I'm writing is my own interpretation of the cards (of course). Someone else might look at this and think I'm nuts ;-) Of course, someone would actually need to be reading my blog for them to think that what I'm saying is nuts, and since there's no one reading this, I guess that's something I don't have to worry about!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Today's card is The Ace of Wands from the Arcus Arcanum deck, and this is a bit about what this card means to me.
Wands represent fire and passion. They represent strength, competition and growth.
Aces represent new beginnings. They are about the individual, one, alone, the start of a cycle.
The Ace of Wands is about your inner fire lighting your way; it’s your guiding light. Note that the hand contains the fire not the wand itself. This is true with all the Aces in the Arcus Arcanum deck - the hand is made of the element.
This shows that the growth and change is being forced upon you by strong outside forces (the lion's rushing at you), the impetus for growth and change is within you; the burning passion is within you.
The lizard is your inner hopes and dreams. It’s standing with you against the onslaught. The lizard represents both sides of your dreams (hopes as well as fears). Hold onto all aspects of your hopes and dreams, you can use both sides, but don’t let the fears overpower you. You should also be careful not to let your own passion consume you completely and burn up your defenses.
The lion rushing at you can be unpredictable as well as strong. That saying about “with great strength comes great responsibility” refers to a human and a spider – it doesn’t refer to the King of Beasts. He doesn’t restrain himself all the time, and it’s possible that the change will be mighty!
While it may seem like it’s more then you can handle, that isn't the case. These changes are all within your abilities. Just because the changes coming at you are a dominant force doesn’t mean that your strength can’t stand up to it. Hold firm to your goals. This is a challenge that you have the strength for. He’s straight at your dreams and aspirations (lizard), and you might not understand why, but hold onto your goals.
The Ace card represents new challenges and new goals – hold firmly to what your inner passions are guiding you towards. The change appears to be coming from outside of you; it appears to be forced upon you, but it’s your inner passions that are going to light your way. Don’t let outside influences pull you off track! Use your inner strengths to guide you forward through these changes.
REMEMBER: The change is being forced from outside of you, but your inner passions and dreams are what will light your way through this change.