Friday, February 28, 2014

Fortune Telling

Gaius, Merlin's mentor and father figure in the BBC/Wales series Merlin, had this to say to the fretting young wizard who was doubting his magical powers:
There is nothing on this earth that can know all possible futures. The future is as yet unshaped. 
It is we that shape it; it is you, Merlin. The decisions you make, the actions you take.
I'm with Gaius on this one!

So what to do if a querent is asking for a prediction?

"Does my ex-boyfriend still love me?"
"I don't know."
Possibly the world's shortest tarot reading!

"What are the energies surrounding getting back together with my ex-boyfriend?"
"This has a bit more scope. Let's think of an appropriate spread and start shuffling!"

"Will I get the job I've applied for?"
"I don't know."

"How can I constructively spend my time while waiting to find out whether I got the job?"
"We can work with this. Which of these decks would you like to use?"

"What will my next partner look like?"
"I don't know."

"How can I best seek a compatible partner for a healthy relationship?"
"Let's have a look at what ideas we get from the cards."

"When will my online business be really successful?"
"I don't know."

"How can I move my online business forward?"
"Let's build a spread that hits the important points for your project."

A seer or a psychic? Not me! With you I glean ideas from the images on the cards.
The future? It's constantly shifting as we decide, act, re-think, re-act.
The cards are catalysts for our creative minds, a picture album of possibilities, 78 what-ifs, 
a brainstorm in a box.

The future is many threads as yet unwoven. 
The cards can help us choose the best yarns!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Odd Couples

This past weekend the new team figure skating event was aired from beautiful Sochi. Watching the pairs events got me thinking about couples who appear to be mismatched or incompatible.

Take Canada's Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, for instance. The difference in their heights is huge!
It looks like it could be a problem.

And yet...they fly!

How about Beauty and the Beast, one of the most famous odd couples, with this beautiful illustration
by Mercer Mayer.

And moviedom's The Odd Couple with the incomparable Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau who would later reprise their roles in Grumpy Old Men, a movie with the best out-takes ever!

Now let's go to some of tarot's most mismatched couples, Empresses and Emperors. (At least judging by their outward appearances. Because it's impossible to tell what's going on behind the public fa├žade of any relationship. Think of all the "ideal couples" you know who've split up.)

Let's start with the Bohemian Gothic from Baba Studios. She reminds me of my buxom French-Canadian Mimi in her handsome 50s. And he? A somewhat effete youngish man with a skull collection. Does she know about this hobby of his? Does he help out with the kids? Isn't she a bit old to have such a young daughter? Definitely a May-December kind of thing. Does it work for them? Hard to say.

How about Isha and Mark Lerner's Inner Child?
An elderly woman (fully clothed) rides away on a goose, possibly to escape her match with a naked delusional monarch clad in nothing but a barrel. Do they function as a couple? Perhaps not. (Although what woman doesn't appreciate a bit of a chase now and then?)
Are they great images for this tarot deck? Yes!

Now to Marcia McCord's Tea Tarot. Not just years but generations separate these two; they're not a couple but perhaps grandfather and granddaughter?
We see budding maternal instincts with her, and full-blown man-in-charge with him. Yet each exemplifies the role so perfectly.

It's said that opposites attract. Check out Emily Carding's Tarot of the Sidhe.
She is cool, calm, placid, organized. He's on fire, somewhat impulsive, always burning holes in his socks.
Lots of checks and balances in this household; plenty of arguments about whose style of handling the situation is the right one! But they're facing each other, in tune, and open. It works!

Are there any Empress/Emperor couples who are NOT odd? Absolutely!
The Empress and Emperor from Courtney Weber's Tarot of the Burroughs is one example.
These two are definitely on the same wave-length! She makes the babies and he pitches in bigtime.
Are they compatible outside the bedroom? Who knows? But for now they're doing fine!

Sunday, February 02, 2014

The Snow Queens

This is how things look around here these days. Hard as iron.

The paid shovellers are raking in the dough. Snow tires are earning their keep. The mail lady is doing a lot of trudging.

It's good tea-drinking weather. Or maybe hot apple pear cider with brandy.
Lovely for sitting by the fireplace, if it's in working order (mine isn't).
A jigsaw-in-progress tempts on the table.

Maybe I'll dig out that buttermilk buried at the back of the fridge and bake soda bread.

It isn't much of a stretch from the icicles above to Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen,
the woman with a heart of ice.

Which brings me to the Snow Queens of the tarot,
the Queens of Swords and Air and Winter.

I confess that I feel an affinity with these ladies, even though they are known to be the cold calculating hard-hearted women of the tarot court. 

Yes, there may be a little ice lurking around the edges of their hearts, but they have so many other characteristics that are enviable!

Take this Queen of Swords from the AnnaK, for starters. She stands unflinching in the cold, perhaps reviewing edits for a book she's writing, or pondering a cutting edge presentation she'll soon be making to the board.
(The snow board? Sorry, couldn't resist.)

Maybe there's a dicey issue with one of her subjects, and she's working out how to most kindly and efficiently deal with it.

Is this Queen using her superior smarts? Yes.
Is she also compassionate? Yes.

Now we come to the Tarot of the Sidhe.
This woman is a tough cookie. Meeting her is a bit like going to the vice-principal's office in high school. And she may speak sternly to you and give you a flinty look. You may squirm a bit in her presence.

But she brings the Gift of Reason to all her encounters. She doesn't make snap judgements or fly off the handle.
If she doesn't know the answer, she'll look it up.
And let's face it: anyone who forgoes a fancy throne to sit on a pile of books can't be all bad!

The Winter Court has arrived in the land of the Victorian Fairy.
Gone are the busy Autumn days filled with gathering and preparing. Stillness settles over all as cold and ice move in.

Here we have a pensive Queen. She holds her sword somewhat absently, as one might a pen or letter opener, and in fact it's pointing down at herself. As though to past wounds.

This Queen has known pain, heartache, challenges, suffering.
If you have earned her trust, and come to her for help, she will sift through her experiences and bring them to light in aid of you.

The ice covering her heart is its protection.

The Druidcraft's Queen has escaped to her throne on the
rocky heights. I think she's had a tough day and is letting
the wind sweep her mind clear of stress and negativity.

Once she's rested a bit, she'll be ready to cope with the problems of her world again. And she'll do it calmly and equitably.

As befits a Queen of the mind.

If you wish to chat with the Gaian's Guardian of Air, you might want to bring a big blanket! But her snowy perch is the only cold thing about this Queen.

She invites you in to enjoy her singing bowl.
She listens to your concerns.
She waits 'til you're done speaking.

Then she asks questions like:
Are you bringing your best effort to the situation?
Have you thought this through?
Are you allowing anger or jealousy to cloud your judgement?

Then she'll smile and send you on your way.

And that's why I love the Snow Queens!