Sunday, June 23, 2019

Three cards, three decks, three slants

You know I collect decks. And now that they've all got homes, it's time for some previously buried ones to come out and play! (I just love looking at these shelves - thank you, Becca!)

I'm asking a general career question:
What can Lulu do to move her chosen career forward?

The spread
1. Have you tried this?
2. Maybe not so much of this...
3. What are you afraid of?

First deck up is the AnnaK, one of my go-to decks.
Shuffled it, and used every 21st card (I'm writing this on the 15th of June, 15 + 6 = 21).

The cards
Card one: Judgement (ugh, this word turns my innards cold)
Card two: The Tower
Card three: Ace of Swords

The other decks
Motherpeace Tarot (hardly ever used at all)
Somewhere, in that stash of books and decks pictured above, is a tiny passage about a young woman at Catholic boarding school whose unhappiness and loneliness were noted by one of the nuns on staff. This kindly Sister gave the girl a copy of the Motherpeace Tarot. Although I can't find where I read it, or who wrote it, it sticks in my mind. Such an unlikely beginning for one's tarot studies, and such an open-minded (and open-hearted) nun.
The Motherpeace is one of my "should" decks. I should love it, I should read with it, I should learn about it. It's quite an old deck now (1981) and is the first one to take out the patriarchal aspects we see in most decks prior to that time, and apply a more goddess/feminine/earth-centred approach. I love all that it stands for, and yet...

Tarot of the Journey to the Orient (used a lot early on, but not recently)
In the early days of my tarot curiosity, I worked quite a bit with this 2002 deck by Lo Scarabeo. The "journey" refers to Marco Polo's long travels to the East, and his book chronicling (with some artistic licence!) his adventures. In grade five I remember spending what feels like the entire year on Marco Polo as a history project. Of course it couldn't have been that long (my favourite teacher, Sister Joan, would never have done that to us!) but it looms large in my memories of that year, and the exotic-ness of those tales has stayed with me. 

So now we've got the cards and the spread questions.
Keep it short, Decks. There are three of you sharing this soapbox today!

1. Have you tried this, Lulu? Judgement

Have you been hiding your light under a bushel?

Don't be afraid - come on up and show us what you can do.
We're not as daunting as we look.

And maybe lighten up a bit;
a little humour might not go amiss!


The world is becoming a more and more inclusive place. Is there potential worth in exploring areas of society other than your own?
Or markets other than those you're familiar with?

Is your current workplace a kind and generous place to be? Maybe there's a better fit out there for you.

Journey to the Orient

East meets West in this version of the Judgement card. What a great opportunity to grab new ideas!
How about a brainstorming session with a mix of your friends?

Are your plans too high-falutin'? Too up in the air?
Get your feet on the ground and think practical.

How about ideas from the older crowd?
Or some kids? Their minds aren't cluttered with a lot of no-you-can't-do-that.

And how about a bit of tasteful tooting your own horn! Be plucky! (Sorry, couldn't resist the harp joke.)

2. Maybe not so much of this...The Tower

Are you trying to bust down the doors of the establishment? That might not be the way to go, Lulu.

Burned out with climbing the career ladder? Take a break.

Are you thinking that putting down competitors ups your status?
Nope. You'll go down in flames too.


Are you taking un-
necessary risks in your climb to the top? Watch out you don't get burned.

Experiencing burn-out? Frying your brains thinking up how to further yourself?
Burning the candle at both ends?

Journey to the Orient

Be careful whom you ally yourself with, Lulu. They may not have your best interests at heart. Or they might be working to pull down the whole structure, and you along with it.

Are you working somewhere that's too top-heavy? Too many top brass, not enough people doing the actual work? Check out the organisational structure.

3. What are you afraid of?  Ace of Swords

Afraid of coming across as too sharp? Too smart? Too brainy?

Or maybe not being sharp enough?

Afraid of facing things all on your own?

Afraid of going out on a ledge with your ideas, and not being able to safely retreat? Or of falling flat on your face?


Afraid your ideas won't fly?

Afraid of showing your true colours and feeling naked and exposed?

Afraid that you are aiming to be a high-flying kite but are really a soft and fragile butterfly?

Journey to the Orient

Worried that your gifts are useless in a patriarchal career choice?

Is the gulf between what you see needs doing and what is possible to do too wide?

Fretting that you might need to relocate to achieve your goals?

Do you fear that your office culture isn't a good fit?

And there you have it. Same cards but three different sets of thoughts and suggestions.
That's why I love working with multiple decks!

In neighbourhood news 

My grandson's first impression of bagpipes.


Sunday, June 09, 2019

Welcome to the other side of my life!

Six years ago today, on my birthday, I trepidatiously published my first blog post. Most people in my actual real physical day-to-day life didn't know anything about it, nor about my interest in tarot. And they still don't.
So today, 246 blog posts later, on my 70th birthday (oh crap, I'm OLD!) I've decided to remedy that.

If you've arrived here from today's link on my Facebook page, this tarot stuff may be a surprise to you.

You may think I've fallen down the slippery slope to the devil and the dark side. Well, it hasn't happened yet (as far as I know) and it's been more than 25 years!
Here are my thoughts on tarot and fortune-telling

You may wonder why any sane person would pay attention to pictures on little cards.

Here are some of my reasons for working with the tarot.

I love the artwork! Every deck is a miniature gallery of 78 works of art.
Because you may not know or care anything at all about tarot, I will hold off showing you ALL my favourite cards from ALL my favourite decks. It was a massive exercise in restraint, but here, in no particular order, are just 10 little pieces of art.

Victorian Romantic Tarot

Tarot of the Sidhe

Art of Life Tarot

Zillich Tarot

Circle of Life Tarot

Druidcraft Tarot

Fantastic Menagerie Tarot

Victorian Fairy Tarot

Bohemian Gothic Tarot

Chrysalis Tarot

Tarot has broadened my horizons - and lengthened my bucket list!

Siamese Tarot

Tarot of the Moors

Tarot of Prague

Sacred Sites Tarot (Ganges River, India)

Romantic Tarot (Venice)

The Ancient Egyptian Tarot

I have a raft of new friends, from all over the world, who are fellow practitioners. Having opportunities to meet them in person is something I'm so grateful for!
Gaian Tarot

It's easier to think outside the box with fresh ideas from someone else's head. As my darling open-minded Mum said, somewhat surprised (and relieved about the fate of my soul) after seeing what a tarot reading is all about, "It's like having another person at the table." I love that observation.
And she was absolutely right!
Bright Ideas Deck

Sometimes a card makes me smile, or even laugh out loud - I love that!
Cat's Eye Tarot

AnnaK Tarot

The Housewives Tarot

I can help people out using the tarot, and I love that too! 
Perhaps give them some new ideas for tackling a problem -
Bright Ideas Deck

Suggest alternative ways of looking at the situation -
Gaian Tarot

Maybe just cheer them up -
John Bauer Tarot

or renew the wind in their sails.
AnnaK Tarot

Actively listen - that's a rare gift to give a person -
Gaian Tarot

And then there are the crafting opportunities!
Trimming intrusive borders from decks.
Making boxes for decks that either came without one, or with a really flimsy one.

And that's it! Thanks for checking out my small corner of the tarot world. 🌎
Yes, there's even a Game of Thrones Tarot!


Saturday, June 01, 2019

Testing, Testing: The Dark Mansions Tarot

This cute and quirky deck took AGES to arrive from Poland - I was getting so impatient! 
The Dark Mansions Tarot comes without a little white book, not even an online version. However, it's very easy to read, so instead of asking it questions as I usually do, I've picked out a few of my favourite cards that have a slight twist on the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition. The deck can take it from there! 

Actually, there is one question I'd like to ask it.

Dear Dark Mansions Tarot,
Why have you no LWB? Many of your images are unique, and I would have liked to read something on the whys and wherefores of what has been included.

The Hanged Man
Welcome to my tree, dear one. Look around with me, my sweet. What do you see? Anything strike your fancy, catch your eye? Of course it does! Do you see? That is all you will require to read me.
But please hang with me here a while longer...what good times we'll have together!

Two of Wands
Sshh, I'm concentrating. And for heaven's sake, no flashbulbs! This is not a trick for wimps, or for those who can't make up their minds. There is MUCH more at stake here, like me taking a painful dive to the floor. So please don't slam the door on your way out! 

The Tower
Most tarot Tower structures are tough and formidable. Like strongholds, or prisons. But I'm not like them. I was a rickety mess. Thank you, Lightning - it's high time I got knocked down!
Let the rebuilding begin!

Three of Pentacles
That old carpenters' saying "Measure twice, cut once"? That's the way, all right. Yes, indeed.
Plan first, then execute. You can't be too particular, if you ask me. No, indeed.

Two of Swords
Hmm. What to do?
Alright, enough messing about - it's almost dawn!
Will someone please grab that infernal ribbon so I can see what I'm doing?

Eight of Wands
Hey, Cat, we're on our way at last!
Messages collected and ready, perfect weather for flying, goggles adjusted for optimum vision.
Look out, below!

The Moon
Look, dear Seeker. I have unspooled my energy and am giving it to you. Use it wisely.

Note: this image always reminds me of that poem by Alfred Noyes, recited in Anne of Green Gables, that starts like this - 
"The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees.
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding -
Riding - riding -
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door."

Knight of Swords
I'm not one of your nice-guy Knights. I've got an idea and I'm running with it. You don't like it? Tough. Get out of my way.

The Magician
Magic is a thing of beauty and precision.
One's tools must be prepared and ready; one's mind and conscience clear.

Card backs - I love them!

And there you have it - a small tour of the Dark Mansions Tarot. Thank you, Dark Mansions!