Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous Cards’ category

Affliction, Shadow-self, and the Dog in the Car

June 16, 2017

PAGE OF WANDS
K’OUEN – L’AFFLICTION – I Ching 47 – Exhausting (Huang translation)
SHADOW – I face my shadow-self bravely

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This Page is so young, so bursting with enthusiasm. James Ricklef refers to this enthusiasm as living life like a dog in a car. That tail wagging, ready-to-go, hanging your head out the window to see what’s coming up kind of feeling.

Which is not something I’ve felt for a while since being undermined by health problems, but the Yi King card (which is in French) refers to solitude and patience as a way out of affliction. When you are exhausted sometimes the best thing is to do nothing, to be patient.

The card from The Healing Deck mentions anxiety and self-doubt that poisons relationships and weakens our resolve, hardly things this Page would feel or think. Allow your light side to triumph, but allow time, bide your time, be patient. Reflection, interior solitude, let the faiblesse, the weakness and dimness pass.

This Page wears a mask, cut from a lion apparently whose dead legs hang down from his costume. Perhaps a way of feeling good is to put on the mask and act as if you felt well, as if you were strong, and then wait in your solitude for your light side to triumph.

Kings and Camouflage

June 15, 2017

KING OF PENTACLES
GRAPE (PUTAO) – Vitis vinifera

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The King is trying to hide those brambly prickles under soft, malleable leaves. Reaching out a hand he pretends to generosity and a pleasant demeanour, when we really see him as he is in this Chinese mirror. The back of it is fruitful with abundant grapes and the frolicking of birds and animals, but turn it over and see the King reflected in all his parsimonious glory, wrapped in dried up grapevines.

Disregarding his downcast eyes, I ordered a book on watercolour and the Kindle version of James Ricklef’s book on tarot spreads.

Go wrap yourself with wet reeds from the stagnant pond King. You might well look down and clutch your big pentacle and try to camouflage your dark face with a beautiful animal.

 

 

 

Rise Along the Road Yon Blue-Robed One

June 14, 2017

VII THE CHARIOT

31 – The Rubaiyat
Up from Earth’s Centre through the Seventh Gate
I rose, and on the Throne of Saturn sate,
And many Knots unravel’d by the Road;
But not the Knot of Human Death and Fate

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I assume this is Apollo or Helios with the sun on his headdress, riding the Chariot of the sun using rams instead of horses because the horses were getting their manes braided this particular morning. If so, there is an interesting bit of history that in the ancient world, Saturn was once referred to as The First Sun, thus tying in to the card from The Mystic Rubaiyat.

If not, then perhaps Apollo commandeered a chariot to rise up and ride Saturn and maybe have a chat about logical positivism with the dead. As you do.

 

 

 

Four for Introspection

June 13, 2017

IV OF SWORDS

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#33 – The 72 Names of God

April 30, 2017

33 – Yod-Chet-Vav
Illuminating the dark corners
(Revealing the Dark Side – Berg)

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The first thing that struck me about this image was the open drawer on the tower.

When you find yourself saying “What did I do? or “Why is this happening to me?” then this card will help. Negative traits or shadows can emerge and express themselves, particularly when spiritual light enters your life. Darn those nasty dust motes that show up in sunlight!

Those ropes or lemniscates are so flexible, they can lasso the moon or bind you or help you pull out the crumbs in that drawer so you can clean it and put a new liner down. Old patterns, shoved in drawers pop out to bite you. Let them see the light and release them and yourself.

Easier said, but be aware that these old patterns can be let go of. It’s possible to clear them out and the light will fill the spaces left.

Waiting for Winter 72 Times

March 2, 2017

There are some rather oppressive looking clouds over the sea right now. Rain today and it’s still cold so I’m waiting for winter to go.  And waiting and waiting and waiting…

While contemplating this weather yesterday, I took a notion to buy a card deck that I’ve wanted for some time. Actually, I’ve wanted three of Orna Ben-Shoshan’s decks but I had to pick only one — oh no, not that! I picked the 72 Names Cards.

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This was bought as a companion deck to Yehuda Berg’s book  The 72 Names of God which I’ve had for many years. It has needed a visual companion for an equally long time, so now it will have one.

I also have a book on Hebrew calligraphy so perhaps I’ll fire up my Pilot Parallel pen and do some calligraphy with these? I find it frustrating to be hampered by pain right now, but I am continuing the vegan eating plan and gradually feeling better. It will take months but I am confident that I’m giving my body the ability to repair itself.

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We’ve had several walks along the sea front in the past two weeks, but today amid the wind and gloom, it is a day for dreaming of names and colour and the wisdom of millennia.

Database in the Wilds of Woldman

February 27, 2017

I have two card decks by artist Susan Woldman, the Contemplation Cards and the Relationship Cards. She also created two other decks, the Yoga Path Cards, and the Ask Me! Cards, which are done in the same style; all of them are out-of-print. She also co-wrote and illustrated a book: The Promise Effect: How to Create a Life That Wasn’t Going to Happen Anyway that is still in-print.

“Susan Woldman is a multi media artist from New York city, finding expression through illustration, writing, painting, sculpting, woodworking and ceramics. After exhibiting her art widely, Susan discovered her passion for combining visual images with the written word. Her card decks are a product of this discovery.”

Upon looking her up online, I see she has changed her focus from exuberantly coloured art and card decks to subdued abstracts in acrylic that are just fascinating. Here are some recent works from her website:
http://www.susanwoldman.com/susan-woldman-artist/

I see her mention that she also makes jewellery. I tend to like artists who work across various disciplines because I do too. There is always something new to learn and try when you’re creative. It’s quite striking how different her art of today is from when she made the four decks. Can you see going from all those bright colours to the quietude of depth in almost monotonal abstracts in a large 48-inch square size? How interesting to discover variations in tone and texture after working in wild colour. Man, I find artists interesting.

Here are the deck boxes together.

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CONTEMPLATION CARDS

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A sample of four cards I like from the deck. This is not my favourite deck for some reason. I find it a bit same-y with the bras/tops of the women all having clouds and sky on them. It also has a focus on women in the artwork, I prefer more balanced images between genders. I didn’t find the words inspiring, but it’s a colourful deck for a card-a-day contemplation.

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RELATIONSHIP CARDS

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I liked these much better although details and decorative accents are much the same as in the other deck. The gender balance is here thank goodness. Yes Goddess worshippers, there ARE men in the world. I found the details in this deck more appealing, a little more specific and thus relatable to real life.

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I find in decks where there are portraits that I don’t get as much out of them as when cards have details and objects in them. If you see a face and maybe some clothing, there it is, whereas with some scenery or objects, with more defined settings, I can pull more meaning to a card from my mind, meander around creating a story, or simply just enjoy the scene better.

I rarely use these cards but the idea of working with them as the impetus for artwork is appealing, perhaps with colour as a theme or checkerboard patterns or faces. I often want to do that with decks like this but my arm hurts lately so I’m finding it hard to draw when in pain.

I like Susan’s quirky portraiture, but I find these cards a bit simplistic, not much to grow the mind on, but their exuberance is charming and she spent some time creating them which is appealing. She is obviously an artist who gets things completed and has many ideas and just might have interesting things to say in the book she co-wrote.