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It took me a while to decide which deck to pair it with. I wanted something in some way related, like an animal deck, but preferred not to use a deck I'd blogged with before. Then I thought the fact of having semi-illustrated pips is a major feature in choosing an appropriate match, as is the fact that the Courts are Queen, King, God and Goddess. And so I finally landed on the Haindl Tarot (U.S. Games, 1990). It's not a deck I've gotten on with much before, but I notice that I'm changing in my appreciation of, and how I read, decks. Time to give it a go...
For this first daily draw, I pulled XIII Bastoni, or the God of Wands in the Secret Language of Birds, traditionally the King of Wands, and in the Haindl the Father of Wands in the East (Haindl states his Courts are ordered Son, Daughter, Father, Mother). Despite the familial names, all Haindl's Courts are associated with deities (another reason these decks seemed a good match), and here we see Brahma.
The SLB God of Wands is handsome and young, looking up at the stars as he embraces a Hindu firebird, the Gandaberunda. Flames shoot up behind him limning his crown in burning red, indicating his "passion, inspiration and spiritual knowledge". I also see in this card an ability to reinvent yourself: to look to the stars for guidance and then move towards your dreams.
For me, this card speaks more of wisdom and authority than the SLB God. Still, the emphasis on spiritual connection is still clearly there: all he does is related to the gods, and reminds me that the Hindu Brahmin class are the priests of society.
How do you connect with the divine? What can you do today to feel spiritually renewed? What dreams can you aim for, and wha actions can you take to move towards them?