Big M. Trips Through Gloxinias

I never noticed before how many flowers were in this deck until the tulip in the King of Wands. Here it looks like a Sweet William on the left and a tulip on the right. No, in looking up flowers on the web, I think the one on the left might be a Gloxinia, one of the double forms because the foliage matches better.

Yeah, the Magus likes a bit of gloxinia in the big picture. Upon checking, because of their sensitivity to climate, gloxinias often signify love at first sight. In Victorian times you could give someone a pot of gloxinias if you were shy and they would get the message. They can also mean a proud spirit because they are showy.

Ah well, The Magician likes to distract people from what he’s really doing.



Good mental powers. Hey kids, look at those flowers while he does the Vulcan mind-meld!

So, time to bring some keen focus to things. Because of the four suit symbols in this card I think of creating harmony, bringing everything together with strength of will, and a bit of magic.

I was afraid yesterday that the vertigo I had in March was coming back. I reared back in fear, eating properly and drinking lots and lots of water, which I will continue. That’s the WILL in this card. The will to say “Not this time.” I think we sometimes misperceive will as a struggle or effort, some dramatic, forceful thing, but it is often a mere decision that then lets you carry on, flow onward to where you need to go.

The Magus doesn’t have a lot of patience with people who dither and waste time and don’t get the message. He says “Wake up to reality and use your intellect and will.”

Okay got it Big M.




Blending with B & B

It has been a slow few days. Sitting in the dental chair with my mouth open for an hour ramps up my TMJ pain as well as the arthritic pain in my spine. I’ve been dizzy too and my right shoulder is causing nerve pain.

Thank goodness for reading!!



Definitely Bogart and Bacall. I try not to let the movie stars get too much of a grip on me in these cards, but it’s hard not to be aware if you recognize them.

Lauren Bacall died recently, a fact which was lost amid the ferocity of publicity about the suicide of Robin Williams. Betty Bacall used to get fed up with people asking her about Bogart. They were married for such a short time in her very long life and career, that she must have found it frustrating to have him be the continual focus of questions.

For me, this card says to be close, but don’t get caught up in the fantasy of the lovey-dovey Two of Cups. Yes, it’s quite nice to fall in love, to be consumed by that particular euphoria, but to have it the entire focus of your life…? I see this with people who are searching for “the one.” Like a heat-seeking missile that’s all they can see. I was lucky to fall in love when I was young and did not have the protracted search for love, the all-encompassing focus of searching for love. It’s too much, or rather too little a thing to consume people.

From my observation the people who are most attractive are those who live their lives, take action, have talent and like to learn. Generally people who are busy living, not lost in a fantasy about soulmates, or complaining about bad dates, or shopping or drinking and partying all the time. Read, write, create, be comfortable being alone, enjoy those alone hours and use them to learn and grow as a human. Then you’ll find the good old Two of Cups arrangement.

A quiet day with the spouse for me. He got on the phone before 8 a.m. trying to line up contractors yet again. A proactive, attitude, that’s the key to being an attractive human. The union of marriage constantly ebbs and flows, each day different, each person different.

Perhaps a bit of embroidery then, since I can’t move too well? The Two of Cups is also about alchemy and blending your old self and body with the new, not living in the fantasy of what you used to be able to do. A toast of Cups at the bottom of the card to such blending!



The Vision in the Tunnel of Light

An interesting card for a Sunday. Religion has been in my mind since I read a post by a blogger about religious tracts coming through his door by well-meaning people who think his tarot business is bad ju-ju. The assumption that every tarot reader is a devil-worshipping Satanist in danger of losing their soul is a fatuous attitude.

You do run across some strange people in the tarot world, and practitioners that give you bad feelings, but most readers want to help others and provide insight, and many people have a more Jungian, archetypal approach to tarot these days, rather than a desire to harness or inhabit and use dark forces. Discernment is key in any encounter with people: the lying, stealing, cheating, abuse, and murder in the news all contain dark forces, much more prevalent. I don’t see these religious people dropping off pamphlets to Joe Blow and his wife who’ve starved and beaten one of their children for years, and are finally discovered. Where are the tract-bearers and their sanctimony on this day of discovery? Would they take in a troubled child from a situation like this along with his unbearable anguish and rage?

I am ever reminded of the woman who came into the library where I once worked ranting about those “awful Harry Potter books” and how children shouldn’t be reading them. I asked her if she’d read any of the books and she said “No, my pastor told me about them.” Save me from the dangerous, dark souls of people who do not think for themselves nor have direct experience of something they are ranting against. Harry Potter is about ethics, friendship, loyalty, discernment, grief, death, and making the moral choice despite emotional hurt and physical pain, all things we humans should read about.

I was always taught, in my coolly rational Swords family upbringing, to do your own research, and examine, observe, and see things through your own eyes.



I’ve used this deck before but while using it for my Ace of pentacles/Coins study I thought again how good it was, how well it holds up and this card is an example of why.

If you look at it for a bit you notice a few details. This is what I observed:

1) The beam coming from the Hierophant’s eye is strong, like a funnel or a tunnel completed directed in a rigid pathway. As well, you can see that it’s only coming from one eye, as if he isn’t seeing with both eyes and thus his entire ability isn’t used, he is half blind in his focus.

2) The diamond pattern containing him is also like a force field that doesn’t let things in. Notice the white dove (a symbol of the Holy Spirit) that cannot penetrate his diamond shield and is flying away.

3) He is holding a card, which reminds me of the expression “holding all the cards” to denote having the upper hand or being omniscient, having more knowledge, the combination for winning, or thinking that you do.

4) The odd thing about the figures is that the one closest to him is in sepia and black, as if colour was stripped from him due to his proximity to the Hierophant. He could be a spectre from the past like old bones, old traditions. I thought it could indicate the black and white dogmatic thinking that gurus often have. They suck the light and colour from people and narrow it down to the polarity of two shades. The closer you get the less colour you have, the less choice, the less vision, the more you can’t see colour and reality.

That’s not Sunday. Sunday is about spirituality, reflection, the quietude of the inner self, the grace of an open heart, the mind connected to the infinite, and joy.

Happy Sunday!!



Mr. Pink, Meet Mr. Grumps

The spouse wants to go shopping with his retirement gift cards. He is interested in a hedge trimmer and a small portable table saw. After the dentist I’m not sure if my back is up to travelling in our bone-shaking car, but I was thinking he could drop me off at Michael’s while he went to Canadian Tire.

Pondering this, and whether I should go at all, I drew a card for the day:



Oh, the King of Finks…I mean Wands. What I feel with this guy today is a domineering and threatening need to have everything his own way. Spouse has been like that all week after I bought some books. Blah, apart from being hurtful it leaves me reluctant to go along with anything he wants, and to isolate myself.

However, Mr. Grumps, the overbearing intolerant crab-ass, is holding out a tulip, trying to be Mr. Nice Guy, and saying “Who me??”

So maybe I should go…trapped in a car and several stores with a taciturn cheapskate sounds like a lot of fun for a Saturday.

Oh now Judith, be nice, give the nice King the benefit of the doubt.

Later that day:


The miracle is that with all the DMC threads I have, I was able to pluck out these six and not duplicate anything I have at home. Light blue marbled flannel for a nightie with complementary blues and oranges in the embroidery. I’m cooking baby, cooking with colour.

And on the way home we cranked up Thin Lizzy and flew. The boys are back in town. Apparently they’re wearing blue this season and they’ll be trimming hedges with their new rechargeable hedge trimmer.


Ace of Pentacles/Coins Across Decks

I saw in my statistics page that someone had come to my site searching for images of the Ace of Coins. I thought to myself that this might make an excellent study.

Danger, danger, hours later after searching through dozens of decks and scanning, adjusting, rotating and labelling in Photoshop, I’m a bit punchy. When you’re in a funk, nothing helps like a bit of sorting, categorization, and organization. This was more than a bit, but hey it made for a keenly interesting day.

Dealing mostly with the Rider-Waite model (here used in the Universal Waite deck) I decided that there were three kinds of imagery with this card: the classic “hand of God” approach; the figurative approach related to the theme like in the Golden Tarot; and the pattern and shape decorated or changed similar to a pip in transformation playing cards, like in this marvelous Ace of Pentacles in the Sun and Moon.

In this study I am ignoring the figurative approach, and looking more at the other two.






I don’t see too many people using the Fradella deck but it’s one of my favourites.

















I’ve talked about that Universal Fantasy card before, it reminds me so much of an old brooch.

So that’s it, about 8 hours of work and 39 decks!



The Princess of Seed Beads

Daily Draw September 16th, 2012

Yesterday we had quite a day putting up a new fluorescent light in the basement here with several trips to the hardware store and some jury rigging up in the ceiling for a pseudo-joist to attach the fixture to. We still have another one to install (the old lights have dead baffles and are 26 years-old) but I think we might have to leave it until next week. My husband had a badly torn tendon in his shoulder two years ago that took a year to heal and nearly required surgery, so I don’t want him to hurt his arm again, and he said he was sore last night.

At least I can see the computer again.

A quick draw from the Cosmic Tarot:


Oh the ice in those eyes, eh?

She is young and flowery but watch that sword tip. Watch out for gossip’s Sweet Young Thing. She is a good one for the vitality to see a project through. I just finished some gifts (which you can see on my other blog) and now the world opens up to finishing 4 other projects I have recently found the energy to haul out again with the fresh eye of the Princess of Swords.

The Princess needs her jewellery. At least she makes it herself. Of course with her falcon eye no one else would do it properly.

Sword people, don’t you LOVE them?