Sunday, July 31, 2016

Tarot Outreach with the Tarot Nova

A friend has been puzzled for some time now about how any intelligent, rational person could be interested in that scary, absurd tarot thing. If the conversation ever came 'round to why I was travelling to New York every April, for instance, he would get THAT LOOK. You all know what I mean. Equal parts suspicion and incredulity. But, being of lively mind, he also expressed curiosity, and we agreed to meet so I could explain.

I, on my white horse, saddle bag packed with maybe a dozen tarot decks, rode over to his house yesterday. He would be so enlightened by my wise and thoughtful explanations that everything would become crystal clear, and he would say "Aha, I understand! Of course!"

Not only was he not swayed by my enthusiasm, he remained perplexed. In fact, he's probably more confused than ever, and still questions my sanity. Damn! Not a teaching success.

BUT...what a learning experience for me! 
His original question, "Why do you like the cards?", was never really answered. I was too busy trying to show him how useful they could be, how brilliantly I work with them, to pay enough attention! Duh. If tarot is about anything, it's about listening intently. I tricked myself; my ego got in the way!

Here's what I should have told him:
I like learning something new.
                  I like art (hence all the decks).
                           I like working within a system, a framework, and experimenting with it. 
I like creative opportunities. 
                                    I like writing about them.

Oh well, better luck next time! (And leave your horse at home.)

(All images from the Tarot Nova)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Dining Al Fresco: in movies and tarot cards

Tonight I'm watching (again!) Chocolat, which has one of the most gorgeous outdoor dinner scenes ever. Soft air, candles, succulent food, wine. Mmmm. And it's kind of forbidden, which of course makes it all the more delicious.

Other movies with unforgettable (to me, anyway) al fresco dining scenes are:

Eat, Pray, Love, during the Eat section in Italy. Elizabeth Gilbert/Julia Roberts is getting comfortable in her own skin, feeling fluent in Italian and fortunate in her new friendships.

Under the Tuscan Sun has mouth-watering indoor eating scenes as well as an outdoor wedding. We just have to wait until Frances Mayes, played by Diane Lane, gets herself sorted.

A Good Year, set in France. Much of the movie is al fresco, and the mouldering old wine villa is as much a character in the movie as are the actors.

The Darling Buds of May, a British series introducing a very young Catherine Zeta Jones. Their version of al fresco is likely to include wandering livestock and general unruliness. 

A Month by the Lake, set in pre-WWII Italy, at Lake Como.

There's lots of lakeside dining in Lake Come, but also such tantalizing swimming; I want to go there and jump in! Especially as I'm writing this on a humid 38C (100F) day here in south-western Ontario.

OK, on to the tarot cards!
As you would expect, most of the companionable eating-outdoors scenes take place in the suit of Cups. 
The Alice Tarot, with perhaps the most famous tea party in all literature!

Art of Life Tarot

Fantastic Menagerie

Green Witch Tarot

Wheel of the Year Tarot

Songs for the Journey Home: this one's not quite as jolly as the others. Something went horribly wrong at this meal.

Tarot of Jane Austen, the lone Air/Sword/Quill in the bunch. A picnic where sharp words result in hurt and regret.

The Tea Tarot, and a commercial venture by an enterprising mouse

A sweet finale from the Cook's Tarot. Notice the multi-tasking!

Eat, drink, and stay cool!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Revisiting the Vaults

Compared to many bloggers, I'm a newbie on the block - my list only goes back to 2013. But hey!
That's three years of steadfast writing and idea-birthing, almost every single week.

For a flighty Gemini with a
fleeting attention span, that's not bad!

 (The picture's kind of annoying, isn't it? But it had the flightiness I was looking for.)

This week, I decided to have a look back at some of those early posts, each dealing with one of the Major Arcana.

First up, Fools Rush In. A look at eight different Trump 0 from my collection (how it's grown since then!). There is much talk on social and commercial media about the state of our world right now. It almost takes the innocent courage of the Fool to navigate within these times.

Next, the Wheel of Fortune. Today I sent off a free reading on behalf of TABI. The young woman whose question I was addressing was in a very bad sad patch in her life. Unfortunately there wasn't much concrete that I could do to help, other than to say 'this too shall pass'. Which is pretty much the message of the Wheel - things change.

And last, Hanging Around with the Hanged Man. Yesterday I was on the phone with my daughter. Her almost-five-year-old came on the line to tell me that she was eating seaweed. A friend at school had shared some one lunchtime, Emily loved it, and it's now a favourite snack. Looking at the world of food from another's perspective: a Hanged Man moment, seen through the eyes of a child.

I hope you enjoyed this little trip through the vaults!

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Meet 'n Greet: 2 perspectives

I'm looking for a new doctor. The one I've had for 30+ years is fine, but I feel I need a change.
Two things make this challenging:
1) Not many docs are accepting new patients.

2) They are (understandably and laudably) reluctant to poach patients from their colleagues.

I had two leads - my daughter's doctor, and my friend's doctor. Neither were accepting new patients but both agreed to see me because of my connection to someone on their existing roster. And once that hurdle was cleared, there was the whole why-am-I-leaving-my-current-family-doctor thing to try to explain. Is he incompetent, brutal, error-prone? No. Then....why?

Last week was the first of these excursions. The receptionist regarded me warily. She was polite but distant. Everyone else she greeted with friendly enthusiasm. The doctor herself didn't bother to sit down, but stood and waited for me to explain. I tried. I asked if she had any questions. Her response? We don't normally do a meet-and-greet. Polite but definitely disdainful. She moved on to the next patient waiting across the hall. I could hear them comfortably greeting each other. 

Next: the second receptionist. I had already cleared the he's-not-taking-new-patients thing in a previous phone conversation, so this time I called to set up an appointment. She was warm on the phone. It was either genuine, or she was Oscar-worthy. I asked what would happen when I came in. Oh, the doctor will go through your medical history with you. Talk about what you're looking for. You know, kind of like a meet 'n greet. She couldn't see my jaw drop. 

The same three little words, in the same context, yet worlds apart. Wow.
Are there tarot cards that contain two such different perspectives within one image? Yup.

Here's the first one I thought of - from the AnnaK - the 4 of Cups
Isn't this fun? Harrumph.

The Bohemian Gothic, Two of Cups. 
Hello, my dear girl; how are you this fine evening? I wish he'd leave me alone.

The reliably off-the-wall Bruegel Tarot, the 2 of Swords.
Aarrgh! Whatever.

The Inner Child's Emperor IV
Don't I look great? He's kidding, right?

Tarot of Jane Austen, 2 Candlesticks (Wands/Fire)
Two sisters, Fanny and Susan Price, born of the same parents in the same house, with vastly different lots in life.
It will be all right, Susan. Maybe for you, Fanny, but not for me.

The Eight of Fire from the Mystical Cats.
It's nice here. I'm outta here!

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Cirque du Soleil and Ciro Marchetti

Today I watched a 5-minute Youtube video that Ciro made for Readers Studio a couple of years ago.
Tonight I'm going to my very first Cirque du Soleil event, called OVO.

I have a feeling that I'm going to see some connections between these two.


There is definitely an aura of fantasy, flight, drama, artistry, dance, that links Cirque and Ciro.
These images are from his Legacy of the Divine and Gilded Tarot Royale.

And these are from Cirque du Soleil's show called OVO.

Putting yourself out there creatively is risky. And sometimes you are working without a net.