Sunday, November 23, 2014

Energy Extensions Part 5: not so different after all? (Gaian & Tarot of the Sidhe)

The content for this post is pure serendipity!!
In case you're not sure, serendipity is the opposite of shit happens.
Doing a reading this week, I decided to use two very different decks to give the querent a broader range of ideas.

I chose the gentle inclusive Gaian Tarot.
And the tough-love energy of the Tarot of the Sidhe (cropped at the sides).
Disparate decks for sure. Opposites. They agree to disagree.

Guess what? They have SO MUCH in common visually. I'm floored. Flabbergasted.

Here are two views of the first card that came up.
Notice the V-shape between the man and girl, and a similar shape above the Sidhe's head.
The roundness of the drum heads echoed in the circles surrounding the acorn.
The yellows and whites, the colour of the sky.

Their legs and the standing stones!

Small creatures curled or crouched at the bottom of the image.
The colours, the shafts of sunlight.
A background of trees.
Spirals in the fern fronds and on the Sidhe's skin.

So many birds! So crowded in by foliage or feathers.
The diagonal lines of the branches and the matching sun lines.

It just goes to show that you never know!

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 11, 1918 "The Wonderful Day"

Poppies have become the symbol of World War I because of this poem by John McCrae of Guelph, ON.
It was composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915 during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium.          
When my neighbourhood was laid out eighty-odd years ago, the planners began with the centrepiece, Memorial Park, and framed it with streets honouring the participants of those terrible battles.

My Mom recently entrusted me with a shoebox full of letters her Dad posted home from France during WWI. Here's the one my then-19-year-old grandfather wrote on the day World War I ended.
He entitled it "The Wonderful Day".

I don't know what all those young people, who'd been slogging through the mud of Passchendaele, Ypres, Somme, and Vimy Ridge, watching so many of their companions fall, felt when they received the news that the "war to end war" was finally over.
Gratitude, exhaustion, triumph, anger, sadness, remorse, survivor's guilt, joy, fear, disillusionment? Perhaps all of them. A kaleidoscope of confusion.
Gratitude - Gaian Tarot
Exhaustion - AnnaK Tarot

Triumph - AnnaK Tarot
Anger - Gaian Tarot

Sadness - Voyager Tarot
Remorse - Tarot of the Burroughs

Survivor's Guilt - Tarot of the Burroughs
Joy - Gaian Tarot

Fear - Gaian Tarot
Disillusionment - Golden Age of Hollywood 

I offer this post with awe and gratitude
to all the men and women who left their homefires
Druidcraft Tarot

to set out on their great adventure,
AnnaK Tarot

and encountered this,
AnnaK Tarot

and this.
Gaian Tarot

Karma Tarot
Golden Tarot of Klimt

Death came, not in a glorious blaze of patriotism but with indiscriminate gore, to combatants and townsfolk alike.

Those fortunate enough to return brought their nightmares with them. 
Circle of Life Tarot

Lest we forget.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Dr. Seuss and the Six of Cups

My kids LOVED Dr. Seuss. Especially The Lorax, Cat in the Hat, and The Sneetches.
Loved them SO much, in fact, that they had to hear them at least 4,872 times. 
To this day, snatches of the Sneetches still surface in my speech, the Lorax lurks in the lurkum of my cranium, and boredom brings up this bit from Cat in the Hat's Thing One and Thing Two:
"So all we could do was to
And we did not like it.
Not one little bit."

My three-year-old granddaughter's first ride into Orlando FL, and her experiences with these beloved characters, brought it all back. It was wonderful dipping into those memories.

Nostalgia and the Six of Cups
Many decks use variations on the RWS idea of unspoiled innocence in the garden of childhood.
L to R: Dreaming Way, Maat, Shadowscapes, Buckland Romani

Others keep the theme of childlike play using animals or other non-human creatures.
L to R: Inner Child, Cat's Eye, Victorian Fairy, Animal Wisdom

There's an aura of wistfulness in these reminiscences, and perhaps a tinge of regret.
L to R: Druidcraft, AnnaK, Art of Life, Dark Grimoire

Even the children look thoughtful in these decks.
L to R: Bohemian Gothic, Klimt, Legacy of the Divine, Steampunk

There's work going on with the element of Water in these Sixes. No free ride here!
L to R: Bruegel, Mystical Cats, Housewives, Sidhe

Simple pleasures.
L to R: Gaian, Herbal, Fantastic Menagerie, Zirkus Magi

Circle of Life
There are Sixes of Cups, Chalices, Water, the Sea, Dancers, Mirrors, Buckets, Hearts, Shells, and Summer to suit every taste and perspective.
Have a look around!