This Land of Mystereum Reminds Me of that Other Card
Daily Draw February 2nd, 2013
I received Tarot in the Land of Mystereum yesterday and immediately saw a few images that reminded me of other decks. This is one of my favourite exercises and it doesn’t happen with every deck, but now and then I see something visual that strikes me.
I found it disconcerting that Jordan has done a Fool’s Journey trip with this deck. That is an approach that I find intensely constraining. So in the writing, I’ve got to wade through quite a bit of extraneous associations, to find some of the core ideas. And there are some really wonderful core ideas here, but you have to sift them out.
However, the Fool says the Magician and High Priestess taught him “…the magic of things as they are” which is a philosophy I definitely like. Would I buy the deck again? No, but this is the way things are, that might be an interesting journey.
Firstly, The Fool card with its golden archway reminded me of a couple of cards. Fascinating how those arches turn into smoke stacks or swords in the mind.
I do like hands in decks. The hand image, minus the foliage, is also repeated on another card. I feel a bit distracted when artists repeat motifs. It seems a bit like Where’s Waldo, and all you can see is this familiar face popping up here and there.
Here’s an example of the man on The Chariot being repeated across six cards, which I find terribly distracting to the point of seeming silly. Sometimes he’s small, sometimes he’s big, but his hair is always carefully coiffed, like the mullet of an 80s rocker. The danger of associating across the deck like this is that you can’t actually see the card, the first thing that pops into your mind is “Oh god not another one!” The arches repeat, which might have a point, but when human figures repeat it looks lame to me.
Long ago, a friend of mine and I joined others in a study of the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot and I remember so many of those figures and this Mystereum card reminded me of this fellow.
Quite a few of the cups card reminded me of other things. These, bouncy, floating cups reminded me of a few cards in the Ananda Tarot.
More exuberant bouncing and tumbling cups:
This is the first card I saw online that reminded me of another deck. Looking at the two now the similarity is not that good but that’s how visual memory is, like Chinese whispers. In these two, I think it is the dotted line as well as the golden cups that zinged my mind with familiarity.
I always like to end one of these sessions with my favourite card, which in this case is the 3 of Pentacles. I love trees but I like the idea of growth and potential with showing a tree here. I also think this reflects the natural enthusiasm and exuberance that floods the book.
I have no idea how to use this deck, no idea at all. I wish I’d bought some books from my wish list instead, but I often feel that decks that seem not to my taste at first, or a waste of money, might turn out to be delightful to use in some way, or spark my creativity some how, I just have to find the way.
I was thinking if I concentrate on shapes of colour, kind of like looking at clouds and seeing objects, and then take some of the words and phrases that I like from the book, I might be able to make it work for me, or write poetry or draw mandalas or something, something….
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