Monday, February 04, 2019

Tarot, Tea, and Friends around the Fireplace (featuring the John Bauer Tarot)

For several years now, right after Christmas, a few friends have gathered for some communal readings.
We sit by the fireplace, sip from Eileen's collection of ornate teacups, nibble homemade goodies, and all contribute our thoughts and ideas toward each person's question, one at a time.
Sound warm and wonderful? It is! And one of the dearest days of my holidays.

This year's decks were the Everyday Witch, the Victorian Romantic (2018 edition with metallic overlays), the John Bauer Tarot, and as always, the AnnaK and the Gaian. (pretty sure I've forgotten one...)

As you'll soon see, the John Bauer is the most mysterious of all, and least like the RWS. Truth be told, some of its cards are a bit huh? But they're all gorgeous. A tiny art gallery in a box.

So let's give it some generic set positions, and see what it says.

Hello, John Bauer Tarot. Welcome to my blog, and happy 2019!
What have you to say about the following for this early quarter of the year?
1. Do less of...3 of Wands

Creature #1: I can't see a dang thing through this fog.
Creature #2: That's not fog, Marvin, it's your hair. OK, you've dragged me all the way up here - now what?
Do less stumbling around without knowing where you're going and what you're doing.

2. Do more of...King of Swords

The King: Well, hello, little lady. Aren't you a bit old to be out wandering alone in all this snow?
Little Lady: Listen here, big fella, just because you're taller than I am doesn't mean you're the boss of me.
Do more respecting of others.

3. Do this right now...5 of Cups

Kneeling girl: I'm so sorry, Miss. I meant to have your lace collar ready for today, but we ran out of tallow for our lamp and I couldn't see to finish it.
Sitting girl (sobbing): And I so wanted to look my best for today.
Do this right now: Get your priorities straight.

4. Start thinking about this...Page of Pentacles

It's no use trying to carry so much gold that you lose your balance and trip on your belt.

5. A Major thought for you...XV The Devil

Hey! You could hurt someone like that!
You know that old saying, "Don't run with scissors"? Well, this is almost the same thing.
Don't drop grapes from a great height; you never know who's down there.

6. Last word...Ace of Pentacles

Look, Mummy! He followed me home! Can I keep him?

With apologies to the beautiful John Bauer Tarot for making light of its amazing images. I couldn't bend my mind to seriousness today.

In neighbourhood news

Frigid temps, ice and snow, record-breaking lows this past week.
As a result, one dance class, two choir practices, and one concert - all cancelled.
Hurray for permission to stay home and have guilt-free cozy time!