Posted on April 27, 2015
Posted on April 23, 2015
Who is this chick and how do we stay as far away from her as possible??!
Look back at that visit for a moment (don’t worry, the link will open in a new tab/window).
So what the hell happened between then and now? How did we get from “brilliant mind” to “off with his head” and full body armour?
Here we’re dealing with the bias and symbolism that are elements as we move from deck to deck. Remember that each card has energy that runs on a spectrum from weak (and unbalanced) through balanced to over-used (and unbalanced). Some artists view the strong point of a particular card more toward one end of the spectrum than the centre.
Remember that the Queen is emotional, even though she’s Queen of Swords, dealing with the mind and rationality. So one end of the spectrum (actually two spectra working together) is going to be highly emotional with limited rationality. You can probably relate to times when you’d like to have taken someone’s head off.
At another unbalanced point, there’s severely limited ability to connect with others along with cold rationality. We’ve got lots of examples of the total lack of compassion with a logic that says, “we need to kill you to – fill in agenda here –“. Many of them fit into the headings of Crime or War.
Since we know this deck is based on the symbolism of the Golden Dawn, we can come up with another explanation if we do a little research. Here’s where study of the history and traditions of Tarot can be very useful. In this case, that severed head symbolizes our own egos (in the arrogant, ignorant, negative sense). The Queen of Swords uses her clear mind to cut through self-deception, “killing” the delusions that cloud our perception.
So which one is the “right” interpretation? All of them can be true in various circumstances. On a single card draw, I suggest going with your gut response to the image on the card. In a multiple card spread, note the influences of the other cards. Is the “Swordness” strengthened or weakened by the cards around the Queen of Swords? How about the emotionality and connectedness of the Queen (read her energy as Cups or water)?
At face value this week . . .
Watch your temper!
Posted on April 21, 2015
“Do not look at others’ bodies with envy or with superiority.
All people are born with different constitutions.
Never compare with others.
Each one’s capacities are a function of his or her internal strength.
Know your capacities and continually improve upon them.”
― B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom
Posted on April 16, 2015
What a beautiful card for a spring day (at least, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere – those of you in the South can lift a cup to spring days yet to come)!
3 of Cups is a social, cheerful card saying, Celebrate! And find your best friends to celebrate with you.
You’ll remember, from Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think, that 3s are expression and expansion, and Cups are emotions, relationships and creativity.
So how can you express your emotions? How can you expand your relationships? Your creativity?
Looking to the Crystal Tarot image, we’ve got the three Cups (or Chalices) enclosing an egg, symbol of fertility and creativity. This one is many layered and includes a design that makes me think of the beautiful pysanky from the Ukrainian Easter tradition. Floating above the stable triangle is the fluttering butterfly of transformation. We’ve no shortage of blooming flowers here, with lots of heart-based green and turquoise from the higher heart – that place where expression comes from the heart.
For Tarot 2: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, let’s introduce 3 of Cups experiences to a couple of Court Cards. Start with the Knight of Cups. We’ve got the airy Knight stirring up the watery Cups in a situation of the same element. Remember, he keeps moving. As long as things are expansive, is he likely to stay? When we look at the stability of the 3, how is he likely to react? What happens when we’ve got too much water and it’s all being stirred up?
Bring the practical Page of Pentacles in. How do earth and water get along? Pretty neutral, aren’t they? But how long is this Page likely to stick around if the party just keeps going, particularly if it’s celebration for celebration’s sake? The Page may not have much impact on the situation, but the situation may not have much impact on the Page either.
If you were a Court Card, who would you be? And which Courts might best represent some of your friends? Now, which ones do you want to invite to the party?
Are you running out of patience and ready to be out creating and socializing? Have at it!
You can sign up for Tarot 2: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore with the Berkeley County Adult Ed Program. The fun happens Friday, 1st May, from 6 to 8pm.
Posted on April 13, 2015
“The asana is an enquiry: ”Who am I?”
Throwing out the parts until only the Self is left,
the final pose is “I am.””
Look at last Monday’s post to see how Mr. Iyengar has whittled away the non-Self.
As a teacher, I’m privileged to watch students deepen their sense of Self regularly. You’re welcome to do the same in any of my classes (listed over there on the right).
Posted on April 10, 2015
Rather than look at a specific card this week, let’s talk a little about how to use tarot effectively.
Do you know folks – or are you one – who run to the deck for every little thing? Those are the folks who’ve lost their ability to make a decision without drawing a card. They no longer have hopes, dreams or desires. They’ve essentially put their fate in the draw of the cards.
I’m all for taking the information of a spread and putting it to good use. But we want to factor in our own feelings on the matter. And we want to keep our own intuition active. Tarot as a crutch is going to limit life severely. You finally have that spontaneous romantic encounter but you can’t go with it because you don’t have time to draw a card. Really? That’s a level of very sad that I don’t want any of you to reach. You’ve got a decision to make in a job interview and you have to stop to pull out your deck. Say bye-bye to what could have been a brilliant opportunity.
If you use tarot as a crutch, count on life to kick it out from underneath you.
Here’s another ineffective way to engage with tarot that I see regularly. You throw a spread and it doesn’t tell you what you want to hear. So you throw another. And another. Eventually, you might get something close to what you want and you triumphantly exclaim victory and then do what you wanted to all along.
You’ve just told your intuition that tarot is a tool that you’ll only listen to when it tells you what you want to hear. So when you use it, you’ll get two possibilities. One is that you’ll get gobbledygook from your spread. The other is that you’ll get an unreliable sycophant telling you what it knows you want.
If you don’t listen to tarot, it will stop talking with you.
No one really knows how tarot works, but I’ve got my theory. It’s based on resonance and attraction. Our beautiful vibrating energy system attracts symbols and occurrences that vibrate in harmony with it. So, when we cast a spread, we’re looking at the energies that surround us. Tarot gives us an opportunity to get conscious about some of the energies that have been below our perception horizon.
And that leads us to one of the best ways to use tarot: as guidance from our own trusted soul to our selves. We still need to choose the actions we’ll take. And we still need to take those actions ourselves. We’re interacting with tarot in the context of our lives.
Keep your relationship with tarot honest!
Posted on April 6, 2015
Posted on April 2, 2015
There’s a special push to put things into form this month. Building projects that have been on hold resume construction. Businesses that have been a nebulous idea are finally incorporated. Sculptors love this energy, because they’re all about expression through form.
The energy can be summed up as expression with form and integrity. In the arts, this is also a satisfying energy for dancers and choreographers, as long as they’re not trying to overdo and push their physical limits. Focus on the beauty of the line and what you mean to express with it.
For the rest of us mere mortals, attending art exhibits or any of the performing arts (with especial emphasis on sculpture and dance) will allow us to be witness to those remarkable moments of artistic genius.
Expressing ourselves through our businesses and through the businesses we choose to be associated with is also a strong encouragement this month. Again, it’s a time to ask whether our business dealings express who we are; what’s our integrity in the world of commerce?
The energy is social this month and can favour cliques and societies. That can cause sore feelings amoung outsiders. If you’re on the outside, find connections with others by speaking your truth with consideration for the differences in people. In fact, that’s great advice for everyone this month! If you’re an insider, enjoy your special connections but be sensitive to exclusivity or superiority complexes.
Whatever the opportunities, express yourself!
Your personal month insights are available; just let me know you want them.
Posted on April 2, 2015
We’ve had a pretty thorough look at the Knight of Cups before (as one of his aliases: Prince of Cups). Since he follows his heart in and out of our lives, let’s take a look at a few more of his possible faces.
One of my favourites is his appearance as a white glamour puss on his proud black mount, from the Baroque Bohemian Cat deck. This Knight obviously loves the finer things in life. When he rides into town, it means you’d better put on the dog to have a chance with him. It’s nights at the theatre and five-star dining. The minute you want to run through the sprinkler in your undies or crash on the sofa, he’ll be back on his horse in search of his next peak experience.
Brian Williams’ Knight of Cups from his Renaissance Tarot seems more accessible, perhaps even more interested in being of service. He’s awfully placid atop his feisty and substantial steed. This Knight promises growth and healing (his green garments and the corner reference to the Archangel Raphael) if we drink from the cup he offers. But his horse has all the ferocity and bite of the transient and truncated sexual encounters (Scorpio’s sting is in there, after all – the astrological correspondence for Knight of Cups) that the Knight of Cups is famous for.
Finally, we have the Aleister Crowley- Frieda Harris Thoth Tarot (another Prince of Cups). Frankly, a whole lot more scary Scorpio and less hopeful romantic. His sights are still set firm on his desires (the serpent rising from the cup), but he wears and rides the eagle aspect of Scorpio (the “evolved” scorpion) and carries a lotus blossom. This Prince (Knight) may still tear through with romance, but he’s putting the transformative aspect right out front.
So, what kind of emotional mindset do you need to get on the horse – or eagle – with any of these Knights, even for a short ride? Can you visit the elite artistic heights with the Baroque Bohemian Cat? Are you seduced by the gentle healing promise of Williams’ Renaissance Knight, despite his high-spirited horse? Are you brave enough to join Crowley’s Knight for a transformative flight?
What about the transient romances in your own life? Have you been the “victim” of a Knight of Cups or two . . . or three or . . . ? Were you able to let go after the encounter to let it be healing? (Or did you, like many of us!, kick and scream in resistance to the ending?) Are you still lost in romantic fantasies of bygone desires and wishes?
Or have you been the Knight of Cups, highly creative and innovative, intimate with whomever you fancy? Commitment? Of course you’re committed: to love, to creativity, to beauty and truth. Are you guilty about your Knightly self or have you learnt transformative acceptance?
Be in touch with your desires this week and make a commitment to their source. Spontaneity and creativity are required in your ride . . . the scenery will change, after all. Above all . . .
Commit to the ride!
When the ride gets a little wild or confusing, a tarot session with a professional can help you find your course. And here‘s where you can find one.