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.