Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Eternal Zealot

Rather less full of fire and energy than many, today the Knight of Wands from the Vampire's Tarot of the Eternal Night (Lo Scarabeo, 2009) comes riding onto our screens.

Although not charging head-long into anything, his eyes glow a fiery red inside his dark hood, and he doesn't seem static as he sits astride his steed.  Behind him, a full moon gleams in a cloudy sky, and mist swirls around him.  He holds the reins to his horse calmly, riding with confidence.

I like the symbols Lo Scarabeo used on this deck to denote the different Court positions.  Kings and Queens have stylised busts, Pages have bats, and the Knights have roaring lions.  These certainly express the dynamic, proud energy of the Knights.

This card speaks to me of a powerful drive to push forward: those glowing eyes in particular seem to show his intent and focus, ready to burn holes in anyone who gets in his way.  And perhaps he needs that intensity to ride so calmly through a stormy, misty night.  He feels like a warrior guarding some mystery, riding the perimeter with eyes peeled for any threat to what he protects, ever vigilant.  He also has the look of a zealot, willing to do whatever it takes for the cause he believes in.

What idea or cause impassions you today?  Might you be ignoring something due to your intent focus?  Do you feel defensive about something that you do or believe in?  How might that influence how you respond to others?  What can you do today that would feel worthwhile?

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Eternal Lovers

There's a real Romeo and Juliet feel to today's card from the Vampire's Tarot of the Eternal Night (Lo Scarabeo, 2009).

Lying in one another's arms - face to face, lips touching, yet both as cold as the grave - these Lovers speak of choices.  At some point, each chose the (after)life of a vampire.  Perhaps one chose it because of the other.  So, this raises the question of why we make the choices we do, whether they bring us closer to our higher self, whether we choose from love or some other emotion, how rational our choices are, and whether we accept that there may be unforeseen consequences.

What decisions do you face today?  How will you make your choices, based on what criteria?  Can you take some time to imagine what might happen if you chose differently?  What factors influence you to decide as you do?

Monday, 27 February 2012

Eternal Predator

Another extremely creepy figure from the Vampire's Tarot of the Eternal Night (Lo Scarabeo, 2009).

This image is very different to the traditional Nine of Pentacles card.  Instead of a woman in a garden, surrounded by beauty and luxury, we have a creepy, bald, sharp-earred figure inside a tomb, and a ghost-like woman in white floating around outside in the cemetery.  The sense I get is that the woman is being called to the vampire, and she is his garden, so to speak: the abundance which he has invested his time and skills in cultivating, allowing him a sense of well-being.  Still, when I think of some traditional Nine of Pentacles keywords, such as independent and solitary, they both fit and seem strange.  The vampire is solitary, yet needs others for sustenance, independent of the daylight world, yet tightly bound to it.

Can you recognise the many ways in which you are bound up with other people?  In what ways do you sustain others, and how do others sustain you?  Is there a good balance in this aspect of your life?  What could you do today to improve that balance?

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Eternal Effigy

Another Four, but this time a far more peaceful one, from the Vampire's Tarot of the Eternal Night (Lo Scarabeo, 2009).

Still, unlike the Knight holding vigil that we see in the RWS Four of Swords, here we have an actual tombstone effigy.  However, in a Vampire deck, dead doesn't necessarily mean dead!  Resting up during the day in his stone tomb, will the occupant rise at night to continue on his existence?

There's a fair bit of debate in the literature as to whether vampires feel a desire to sleep and do so during the day due to the travails of sunlight, or are literally dead to the world during the day.  Either way, a bit of time out is a necessity, and not just for the undead.

Do you respect your need for time to rest and recuperate, both physically and mentally?  What must you prepare for, and how can you best do so?  What can you do to have a break?  How can you best nurture yourself today?

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Eternal Wealth

This week I will be drawing from the Vampire's Tarot of the Eternal Night (Lo Scarabeo, 2009).  With artwork by Davide Corsi and a companion book by Barbara Moore, this is a distinctly dark and creepy deck, yet with a lot of depth.

The first card to show its face is the Four of Pentacles.  The creepy guy with soulless eyes is a warning of what can become of us if we focus too much on clinging to the material.  I notice the way one elbow of his coat is ripped - he holds so tightly to his pentacle that he has no energy to notice such things.   He sits on a throne, yet looks deeply uncomfortable.  Material possessions will not keep us warm at night, and closing our hearts to others leads only to a cold and empty life.

Of course, this is the darkest reading of the card.  Perhaps he holds onto that pentacle precisely because his coat is ripped - he needs to watch his finances carefully in a time of hardship.  One of the things I like about the companion book is that it gives a dark and light interpretation for every card, and an additional human interpretation for the Majors - three different perspectives to ponder.

Is there something you have been holding too tightly?  Or do you need to guard your physical and material well-being at the moment?  How can you take care of yourself while remaining open to life?

Friday, 24 February 2012

Token of Involvement

For this last draw with the Tokens of Light, a strange image.  How to make sense of it in the light of the keywords?

What I see is a man wrapping a sleeping figure up in ribbons, while a woman behind the sleeper seems both connected to him and yet also with her focus elsewhere.  I notice, too, the three balls of light floating around them.  One feeling I get from the card is that we should pay attention to our dreams: that they have something to tell us about our current situation or emotions; that they are pertinent to what is going on for us, even when they seem strange and disjointed.

Looking at the three people, each is involved with the others, and yet seems to be caught up in their own little world.  Perhaps a message about noticing where our focus is, and being present in our lives.  The booklet talks about family relations, and certainly we are often connected and yet disconnected with our family.

Do you remember your dreams, either the ones in the night, or the ones from your heart?  Can you make them relevant to your everyday life?  Is your attention divided between where you are and where you want to be?  Do you focus on the people you are actually with?  How can you be more mindful today?

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Token of Light

Today's card from the Tokens of Light is titled: "Radiating light on the surroundings".

The man wears a golden shirt, with a blue cape and a pale green hat.  I like his intent yet gentle gaze forward at what he is interacting with.  In his hand is a hose with a tap on the end.  I have to say, I see him more as watering the world than radiating it with light.  Still, both are nurturing, growthful activities.  And his golden shirt shines, symbolising enlightenment.  Perhaps his hand on the tap transfers that light into the water, so that the water is doubley nourishing.

Is there a situation in your life that could do with some illumination?  Can you be a conduit for spiritual healing to those around you today?  How can you allow your inner light to shine?  Or will you allow someone around you to be a beacon for you today?

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Token of Spirituality

Today's Token of Light from Orna Ben-Shoshan is titled: "Making a living with spiritual knowledge."

At first, I will admit I was a little non-plussed by the image.  What does a guy on a roof with weird growths coming out of his head and a stick he's waving amongst red ribbons have to do with the title?  However, the more I sank into the image, the more sense it made to me. 

He is dressed in the white of spiritual purity, the colour of all other colours combined in light.  The red ribbons form a sort of globe, like the foundations of a new world he is creating by directing his will through the wand in his hand.  And he sits on a roof, so with an entire house supporting him.  Whether seeing the house as a symbol of the self, as Jung did, or as a sign of prosperity, both play into the idea of abundance or wholeness.

Orna attributes this Token to the hebrew letter Zayin, associated with the element of air, and with the Lovers card in tarot.  Here, then, it is about the choices we make, and being able to choose something that is both spiritual and materially rewarding.  Whether this card recommends that you try to get advice from such a person, or become one yourself, will depend on the context. 

Orna says that: "This aspect of the letter Zayin also indicates the need to dedicate a regular time each day to practice meditation and spirituality in a peaceful and nice place that will reload your energies."  Always good advice, and something I'm trying to do.

Would it benefit you to seek advice from a wise, spiritual teacher?  Are you working towards becoming such a person yourself?  Is it possible that both are true, and you would benefit from advice about how to make a living doing what you love?  Could that advice come from spirit, if you take the time to meditate?  What other benefits would meditation bring to you today?  

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Token of Healing

Today's card from the Tokens of Light is the follow-on from yesterday's card.  So, it is the third aspect of the hebrew letter Yod, associated with the Tower in tarot, and with the keywords healing and repair. 

I really like these two strange figures ministering to mini-cows.  Their clothes are the red of security, the yellow of dealing with emotions and seeking enlightenment, with a little heartfelt, growthful green thrown in for good measure.  Their glasses are purple, for wisdom - they see beyond the apparent.  The cows, although the size of toys, seem very animated, the central one lifting it's head as though to snuggle against the hand of the man tending it.

The message I see here is to accept assistance offered, and to take time to heal and repair, be that the body, mind or soul.  There is also something about the joy of helping others, and the benefits we gain from lending our assistance.  This can be in terms of feeling good about ourselves,  receiving recognition from others, and learning something in the process.  A reminder that, when someone helps another, both parties receive something of value.

What help can you give to others today?  And what help can you allow yourself to receive?  What lessons might there be in this?  What in your life needs healing, and how best can it be healed?

Monday, 20 February 2012

Token Blossom

Another surreal image from the Tokens of Light by Orna Ben-Shoshan!

A huge flower blossoms, raising its head high.  Under one bud is a little man with a golden hat and a blue top.  And above it all, a curtain pelmet suggests raising the curtain on a performance, looking out of place against the blue sky brushed with wisps of fine cloud.

The keywords for this token are fertility, openings and blossom.  It is the second token associated with Peh, elementally related to Earth, and to the Tower card.  It seems a very positive card of growth and possibilities.  The light side of the Tower, the new shoots sprouting after the storm. 

The line from the booklet that most chimes with me today is: "Stuck energies begin to move, and changes occur for the better." As I read that I thought, "From your mouth to God's ears".  It's a phrase I associate with the Spanish, but it turns out (thanks, Google) that it's actually far older than that, being a Hebrew phrase.  And so, it fits this token even better than I thought.

What can you do today to help unstick your energy?  What needs to be dug up and what needs to be fertilised?  In what aspect of your life would you like to blossom?  Which possibilities will open for you today?

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Token of Satisfaction

I really like today's image from the Tokens of Light by Orna Ben-Shoshan!

A man tends a giant flower, taking care as he drips something in amongst the stamen.  I see in this image someone putting focus into something, even if others might not see its importance.  It's about doing your best no matter what you're doing, which is satisfying in itself: knowing you gave your all, rather than just coasting; knowing you made the world better, even if only in a small way.

According to Orna, this card is the first connected to the Hebrew letter Yod, and associated with Virgo, the element of Earth, and the Hermit card, which makes a lot of sense to me.  The sentence in her interpretation which most stands out for me is: "strengthen others and do for society, maintain high values and retain for yourself only what is necessary."

What helps you feel grounded and satisfied?  Can you focus on what you have to do, and do it to the best of your ability?  What can you offer as service today? Think also, what is necessary for you?

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Token of Flexibility

This week I will be drawing from Orna Ben-Shoshan's self-published Tokens of Light.  You can find a video review of this oracle here.

For this first token, I pulled 37, which correlates to the Hebrew letter Mem, and is attributed to the Hanged Man, according to Orna's system.  The phrase from her interpretation that chimes most with me for today is: "Things progress under the surface, concealed activity with motives that are a mystery to others."

As for the image, I notice the clouds on the character's suit, connecting them to the sky (despite this being a card associated with the element of water).  The "face" is held on by string - a mask to hide what is going on underneath.  And in the background, a surprise parcel.  I like the green branch in his hand, but I do wonder about those pants!

Bringing it all together, what I see is someone trying to blend in, but doing a poor job of it.  Yet the creativity and wonder are there, too.  So, misunderstood, but doing one's own thing, going with the flow, even if others seem to be in a different river.

What face do you show to the world?  How do you adapt to the people and situations around you?  Do you give free reign to your creativity?  How could you be more flexible?

Friday, 17 February 2012

Heart Mix

After yesterday's nod to Samson and Delilah, today the Heart Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2009) offers us Beauty and the Beast as Temperance.

By their dress and aspect, this pair suggest the balancing of fire and water, as well as other notional opposites: male/female, large/small, monstrous/human.  This Beauty and the Beast notion is one that could quite easily translate to the Strength card, and yet here the feeling is very different.  They seem to be partners - sharing generously, seeing each other as equals - rather than one controlling the other, no matter how gently.  The message I get is that sometimes, in order to find balance, we need to combine disparate elements, counter-intuitive ingredients, that still somehow work together.

What things do you have in your life right now, that may seem very different, yet that make up the way things are?  Do you need a bit more of one or another to get the right mix?  What can you do today to feel more balanced?

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Heart of Strength

Lots to think about with today's version of Strength, from the Heart Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2009)!

What I first see is Delilah, about to shear Samson and rob him of his Strength: feminine wiles and ill-intent combined.  This is an unusual take on what I normally consider a positive, female-centric card: using compassion and gentleness to harness baser forces.  If we see this as ourselves and another, which are we?  Are we being tricked, allowing ourselves to be weakened?  Or are we abusing someone's trust, attacking them for our own gain?

Another aspect to it is the more overt male-female dichotomy - less obvious in cards where a woman holds a lion, or even where a man wrestles a dragon or a crocodile.  So, perhaps there is something here about an inner battle between our masculine and feminine aspects, and how we make peace between them.  Does one overwhelm the other, or can we find a balance that makes the most of each?

How do you approach conflict situations?  Could you be more direct at expressing what you want?  What part/s of yourself do you stifle?   What would it be like to experiment with allowing them out to play?

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Playful Heart

Another completely non-traditional minor today from the Heart Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2009).

Instead of someone fending off seven wands wielded by unseen assailants, as in the RWS, here we have a young child with seven coloured pencils, drawing a heart.  He lies flat out on what looks like a huge school book with grids.

This image reminds me of school days and people doodling in their books, or drawing hearts, writing people's names in them and "working out" if it was true love - my first introduction to numerology :)

What and who do you love?  Can you take some time today to express that love?  How do you experience your love?  Can you be playful with it?

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Hermit of the Heart

Today the Heart Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2009) offers us another Major: the Hermit.  This seems a bit of a strange card to receive on Valentine's Day, but then, needing some time out isn't dependent on a Hallmark holiday!

This Hermit seems particularly lonely, up on the top of an extremely high pillar, with birds flying below him.  The landscape all around is totally barren, though I guess that the patterns could be quite meditative for the eye.  Although he has a lamp, it is behind him, its light unseen.

In a jokey way, this image reminds me of the 2003 stunt by David Blaine where he endured 44 days in a plexiglas case next to the River Thames in London, with only water to sustain him.  This Hermit seems similarly disheveled.

What makes someone choose to distance themselves from others?  It can be to have some time and space to study and learn, or it can be as a protest or a performance.

Do you need some me-time today?  How can you manage to give yourself some headspace?  What do you want to learn?  Is there something you want to protest about?  What would be the most efficient way to achieve what you want?  What light shines in your life, even when you don't see it?

Monday, 13 February 2012

Heartfelt Prayer

Even the Majors in the Heart Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2009) are not entirely traditional. 

Today I drew the Hierophant.  In this deck the card shows a woman, one hand raised in blessing or explanation, the other holding a narrow glass.  To either side of her are hearts, and the seat on which she sits is carved with two male figures praying, as though to her.

I see great wisdom in this woman, but a gentle wisdom.  I hear her voice saying, "All acts of love are sacred." and "Love is the only answer."  Her bare feet speak of her down-to-earth nature - she does not seek worship, she only wishes to share the ecstatic joy she has experienced communing with spirit.
In what ways do you commune with spirit?  What wisdom do you need to hear today?  Can you find love in your heart for yourself?

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Heart Miser

The images on the Heart Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2009) are largely non-traditional, though the Majors less so.

That difference is quite apparent with today's card, the Nine of Pentacles.  It reminds me more of the Four of Pentacles.  The bony old man looks rather miserly, holding his money pouch close.  Is he delighting in looking at some of his lovely coins?  The cloth on the table is very plain, yet his hat is extremely fancy, with that strange, long feather.  And the way he is holding up one of the coins makes him seem like some kind of magician, levitating the metal with the tip of his finger.

All in all, there is little or nothing of the hard-won wealth and independence I normally associate with the Nine of Pentacles.  Still, perhaps his focus on the floating coin could be taken to indicate effort and intent that has allowed him to achieve the wealth layed out in front of him.  That strange feather could be seen as a sign of accomplishment, I guess...

Can you appreciate your achievements?  Would it benefit you to spend some time focusing on your finances?  What skill could you practice today?  Or do you need a day of taking it easy and enjoying some hard-earned rest and relaxation? 

Saturday, 11 February 2012

TABI's 2012 Conference

It's finally here!  Details of the 2012 Conference are now up.  Come and check out what will be happening at Aston Business Centre on the 28th and 29th of July.

From a workshop on Astrology and the Court Cards to get to know those tricky folks a little better, to an in-depth look at the Faulkner Tarot, via the French salons of the 18th Century and other snippets of tarot history, Saturday looks to be a jam-packed day.  And Sunday is equally exciting, with a workshop on Tarot and Numerology, followed by a talk from the amazing Tarot Lady - Theresa Reed - with tips and advice on being a successful tarot pro.

To top it all off, there will be plenty of socializing with fellow tarot addicts enthusiasts :)

What more could you ask for?  Well, even if you can't think of anything, there will also be a raffle, a fiendish tarot quiz, and stalls with lovely tarot and other esoteric goodies available to satisfy the shopping itch.  And remember, you can come for just one day or the other, or both for double the TABI goodness.  So, take a look, write it in your diary, and start saving your pennies!

For full details on the speakers, workshops, venue and so on, check out the TABI Conference website

Hearty King

This week I will be drawing from the Heart Tarot by Maria Distefano (Lo Scarabeo, 2009), which I reviewed earlier this week.

For today's draw we have the King of Wands.  He's rather a strange chap, with his pot belly and his scrawny legs.  Not what I'd normally associate with the traditionally strong, dashing, charismatic King of Wands.  Yet this King does seem to be led by his heart, his passion.  I like the way that he sits, as though daydreaming.  Perhaps he's remembering exploits of his youth, or imagining some new project or plan, something to get fired up about once again.

What do you feel passionate about?  Can you take some time to think about things you feel proud of from the past?  Would either of those transfer to a current situation?  Is there something you can do today that would make a difference to the world, if only in a small way?

Friday, 10 February 2012

Goddess Baba Yaga

For this last day with the Goddess Oracle (U.S. Games, 2006), I drew Baba Yaga.

This is a surprisingly "pretty" version of this Goddess (or female archetype, as she's more of a folktale), who is normally depicted as a child-eating hag who lives in a house on chicken legs and flies around in a pestle.  Still, even in the folktales she is acknowledged as someone who doesn't conform, and who is a source of wisdom.  I like the fact that she is clearly a crone, but no less strong and beautiful for it. 

She is the wild energy of the crone who lives outside the village, respected and feared for her herbal lore and other knowledge.  She pays no mind to traditional authority structures, and is more interested in the natural world than in human politics and prejudices.  I love her amazing red robe that seems to be almost alive, shining with golden, magical creatures.

Is there someone in your life who expresses this energy?  What wisdom do you need to experience today?  What can you do to get in touch with your own wild side? 

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Goddess Brigid

Last week was Imbolc, sometimes known as Brigid's day, and here she is, from the Goddess Oracle (U.S. Games, 2006).

I love this depiction of Brigid as a triple Goddess.  A bright fire burns from her red hair, and two more flames spring up from the hands of the central figure, who also wears a healing herb amulet pouch.  To one side we have her inspiration in the form of music, to the other she enjoys the scent of flowers, representative of spring.  Behind her, an oceanic blue background that suggests the sky, yet also points to Brigid's connection to sacred, healing waters. 

Reading up on her, I find it curious that Brigid was a triple Goddess, with two "sisters" also called variations on Brigid.  I had thought that the triple Goddess aspect was to capture her as maiden, mother and crone, not as three women of about the same age.  Perhaps it's because there's the idea that no one person could be and do so much...

In what area of your life could you draw on Brigid's inspiration?  Where do you need to let spring's fresh energy in?  Do you need healing on a physical or emotional level?  What do you need to burn away and where do you need new light?

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Goddess Kali

The Goddess Oracle (U.S. Games, 2006) is wonderfully illustrated, with women of all shapes, ethnicities, and ages.  It also isn't shy when it comes to some of the scarier Goddesses.

This is a fearsome, beautiful card!  Kali - whose name derives from the Sanskrit word for black, time and death - was originally revered as a creatrix and destroyer who lived in cremation grounds.  Associated with the black of night, the passage of time, and the sacrifice of the ego, we can see why she is a Goddess to fear.  And yet, she is also the nature of the Universe.

We fear losing our sense of self, and we fear death, yet in the Hindu religion both of these were seen as things we have to get over if we are to be spiritually free.  Yet it is frightening, too, to think of being truly free, unbounded.  This reminds me of a spiritual teaching by Ramana Maharshi, where he advises self-enquiry as a form of liberation.  His simple practice is to ask yourself "Who am I?"  I might answer, "A woman, a mother, a daughter."  Asking again, "Who am I?" this time I say,  "A teacher, a homemaker, a student, a tarot reader."  Asking again, more layers will emerge.  Yet none of these are ultimately I.  So, Ramana Maharshi taught self-enquiry as a route to still the mind and realise our ultimate oneness with the Universe.  It is scary to be without the labels we have grown accustomed to, and this is one of the fears that Kali brings.

What fears bind you?  What labels could you let go of today?  How can you feel more at one with life?

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Goddess Oshun

The Goddess Oracle (U.S. Games, 2006) offers up a West African Goddess today in the form of Oshun.  She is also worshipped in Cuban Santería.  In both, she is connected to love, intimacy, beauty and marriage. 

Some of that can certainly be seen in this depiction.  Oshun is a curvaceous, elegant figure, even when reclining semi-naked in a waterfall :)  Above her is a waning moon, which she seems to reach out and release into the sky.  This suggests something about love being willing to let the other be who they are and go their own way.  A star shines brightly beside the moon: Venus, perhaps, and a reference to feminine beauty.   She wears a golden scarf and headdress - suggesting enlightenment and abundance - a cowry necklace - represenatative of sexuality - and peacock feather earrings - denoting beauty again. 

How can you bring beauty into your life today?  Can you make some time for a sensual pursuit - be it a massage, a meal or a meditation?  What could you do to honour your own femininity (that goes for guys, too)?

Monday, 6 February 2012

Goddess Changing Woman

Another day, another Goddess :)  Today's card from the Goddess Oracle (U.S. Games, 2006) is Changing Woman, like yesterday's card a Native American deity.

And certainly, this lady is all about transitions.  She represents the cycles in life, both large and small.  From waking to sleeping, from monthly cycles to the wheel of the year, and through the evolution from maiden to mother to crone, she is there to guide and support.  I love the rainbow of energy whirling out from her calm centre.  She is the eye of the storm!

What changes do you face today?  How can you stay calm in the midst of flux?  Do you appreciate where you are in the cycles of life?  Can you take some time today to experience the changes of the weather and the seasons in nature around you?  Can you embrace what is becoming, while honouring what was?

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Goddess Corn Woman

Today's card from the Goddess Oracle (U.S. Games, 2006) is subtitled Nourishment.  On my other blog, it came up in a reading I did last week.

Still, as I look at Corn Woman today, what I see is something different.  Instead of speaking to me of eating superfoods, I notice the four colours behind her, indicative of the Native American Medicine Wheel.  The colours represent the four elements, and balancing them is part of what we need to be properly nourished.  This says, then, something about nourishment not being just about nutrients, but about balancing all aspects of the eating experience, and of life.  Who we eat with, and how happy or stressed we are when we eat, also contribute to how much or little nourishment we receive from our food.  Nourishment, in this view, is not just about what we eat, but about nourishing our souls.

What nourishes you?  Do you spend so much time nourishing others that you have little time for yourself?  How can you get more of what you find supportive?  Can you make one meal today a balanced and nurturing experience? 

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Goddess Demeter

This week I will be drawing from my favourite Goddess deck, the Goddess Oracle (U.S. Games, 2006) by Amy-Sophia Marashinsky and Hrana Janto.  If you're interested in this deck, I did a video review of it here.

For this first draw we meet Demeter.  The story of Demeter and Persephone is well-known: how Persephone was abducted by Hades and how Demeter refused to let the earth grow until her daughter was returned to her.  Demeter represents a mother's love, but also someone whose strong emotions fuel and drive her, who won't give up, and who trusts her instincts.

I love the symbolism here.  Not only does Demeter have corn decorating and growing from her dress to represent her earth mother aspect, but she also holds a pomegranate - allusion to Persephone and the importance of seasons.  She also grasps a flame, a light in the darkness for when she retreated into a cave, refusing to come out until her daughter had been returned to her.  For me, this symbolises the strength of her spirit and passion, but also the need for retreat to connect with our feelings.  Finally, a snake wraps around her neck, symbol of transformation and healing.  When Demeter's emotions were respected she healed the world.

What feelings have you not been honouring?  What healing do you need in order to become creative again?  Do you need to retreat in order to remind others to respect your boundaries?  How can you make some time today to tap into your feelings?    

Friday, 3 February 2012

Angelic Strength

So, it's our last day with the Watcher Angel Tarot (SpiralFire Studio, 2010).  It's a deck I've really gelled with, so don't be suprised if it shows its face again :)

Here we have Strength, represented byTuriel, whose name means Rock of God.  I see the chain here as being very metaphorical - what could chain a strong angel to the earth?  His love of a human woman, her passion and gentleness.  He is naked, indicating his vulnerability, while she wears a diaphonous dres, suggesting seduction.  Still, I am surprised that he looks away from her.  Perhaps, despite the fact that he has allowed himself to be tamed, he still sometimes thinks of all that he could do and be if he stood up and pulled away from her.

And what of the woman.  How does it feel to have subjugated a mighty angel?  Does she worry that her love and gentleness will not always be enough, that his desire will wane?

Which role will you take today, that of powerful drive or calming influence?  Or will you experience both together, working for a happy balance?  Do you feel in control?  What could you do today to feel more whole?

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Angelic Visionary

As we approach the end of the week, the Watcher Angel Tarot (SpiralFire Studio, 2010) gives us another Court card to examine.

This time it is the turn of the King of Wands, subtitled The Visionary.  There's something about his pose that I don't like, it seems indecorous and arrogant.  All that fiery power and authority, and he treats it so casually.

Yet the keyword gives quite a different, far more positive, perspective on this King.  He is someone with vision: he wields power because others have seen that his ideas work, and that he is confident leading them.

Perhaps I am only uncomfortable with this image because it feels so far from my own experience.

What about you, do you have a vision for the future?  Can you enthuse others with your passion and enthusiasm?  Are you willing to take the lead?  Or are you seeking outside of yourself for someone to fulfill this role?

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Angelic Craftsmanship

More crafty goodness today from the Watcher Angel Tarot (SpiralFire Studio, 2010)!

I can almost feel the heat of the forge in this card and hear the clang of the hammer on the anvil.  I feel myself transported: sweat drips from my forehead while my muscles flex and bulge with effort; my ears ring with the sound of the metal being struck, and my nose is filled with the tang of heat, metal and burning coals; my intent is pure and my focus is absolute.  Time passes, but I could not say how long it has been that I stand here pounding, tempering, heating, bending, creating.

The fire of enthusiasm burns through me, fanned by the breath of mental focus as I shape my materials gathered from the earth, and tempered by the well of emotion I express through my creations.  Although I work alone, I am accompanied by my teachers, by the people who designed the creations I work on, by the clients who commisioned them, and by the people who gathered the materials I use and those who fashioned my tools.

I return to myself with a sense of the wholeness of the experience of crafting something.  I am filled with respect for those who can create in this way.  Although I honour my own creativity, it is not often a physical thing, and I feel like I miss this whole-body, elemental depth.

What do you do that immerses you in all your senses, all your elemental aspects?  How can you feel more connected to your creativity?  With whom do you share your passions?  In what way are you part of a larger whole?