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!




Wasted Days

Another Pentacle today. I didn’t pull this card until 7 p.m. as I had my computer turned off. It is my 38th anniversary today and I got some lovely flowers and a card in the afternoon and an exciting trip to the library in the morning. Neither one of us is feeling it, we are just sitting and reading and not talking. I have bad pain and am depressed and he is depressed.

It does not make a good celebratory day. We tiptoe around each other, he tuning me out when I speak, and me shutting down into my own mind. A good book makes a good companion fortunately.



I did not want to see this guy. Mr. Practical energy, Mr. Business. The only thing I can think of for today is that he’s steady, much like my husband. Wheee!!!

So, not a great day. Meh. That’s the way it is some days, even anniversaries.

Lalalala, back to W is for Wasted.



Loops, Looping, Grinding Away

Not a great day, I hurt my back and knees trying to do housework yesterday and today (particularly floor scrubbing and sweeping), and Norton is still eating my hard drive. So I came downstairs and watched a couple of half hour shows on Cottage Life television and watched my floor dry very slowly in the humid weather, to try and settle my mind. I ate lunch, it was nice to take a break.


This is supposed to be a card of philanthropy or material gain. I am not feeling it, I’m feeling my CPU getting hotter and hotter while Norton grinds away doing whatever it is that it won’t let go of. Ah there, it has finally let go of its loop.

I also think I’m a little anxious over two projects I need to do. I don’t want to do them when I’m irritable, as I tend to wreck things when in such a mood, but not doing them gets me worried.

And on and on it goes. Speaking of loops and programs. Maybe this card is about taking the attention off myself…I don’t know. It would be a kindness to me.


Stoop and Mend, Patching With the Unconscious



Isn’t this beautiful? No wonder I’ve been thinking about this deck.

This is a taking care of business card, maybe envisioning or waiting for new things. Here she is looking after things, tidying up almost. There is a small patch of blue on her marble-patterned dress, which reminds me of Jo’s patched muslin dress from the book Little Women. Jo had the habit of standing in front of the fire to get warm and her dress scorched one time she did that, so she had to patch it.

It’s very practical to patch expensive clothes. Perhaps persistence and plugging away, letting my unconscious work on things while I do practical tasks, might be the message.



Crop and Let it Go

The scanning abilities of my new printer are not too good. Note to computer companies: program the software to preview and crop and adjust the colours before scanning! To be fair, my old Epson allowed this but the new Canon does not (nor did the evil Brother printer I had to return), hence the reliance on my buddy Photoshop.

A friend and I were talking about old decks and the flavour and creation of decks that existed 15 to 25 years ago. He bought the Unicorn Tarot to try and recapture that, and I decided to drag out some of the oldies but goodies and keep them down here to use. I never like to truncate time to a schedule so I might use some for days or weeks and others for a day or whatever follows.

I have been thinking much of the Hudes Tarot, and had a bit of trouble locating it among three bookshelves and a cupboard until I remembered that I’d put it in a bag, and that particular bag is in the cupboard. It’s been in a few different bags over the years but I found the greens, golds and reds in this bag suited it, with the stars and compasses reflecting the stars and maps and charts used as patterns and backgrounds in the deck, so it found its final home.





This card always means a sickening feeling of obsession to me, the winding snake of the mind, a feeling that I can’t get enough or fill myself up. A reminder to crop the obsessive thoughts from the mind and concentrate on what I have. Too much daydreaming and wishful thinking is often a loop I get stuck in.

Today I would like to sit down and create without all the wishful thinking. I want to draw and paint and colour and get something done. Something that may not be perfect but it is what has been in my mind for years. Get it out of the realm of daydreams and realize a design, that’s my activity for today.



Manifold Continuation

Daily Draw February 13th, 2012

I drifted into my room and gravitated toward the cupboard this time and plucked a deck in a bag out. It is the lovely Hudes Tarot, which to my surprise was published way back in 1995. It really holds up and outlasts many newer decks. Apart from the gorgeous watercolour, she has used patterns like marbled paper for decoration which I love.

I have in one of my tarot binders that I used before I had this blog, a write-up for this particular Nine of Swords. Wow, November 3rd, 2003. I had a cold I was exhausted from work and working with people who fooled around and did e-mail and browsed the web instead of working. I paired it with a good poem by Wallace Stevens called The Place of the Solitaires.


But today is a different day, and today the despairing figure on the Nine of Swords is paired with the lady in the high-walled garden. Feel the heat of the day and the scent of the cedar shrubbery. Birds come to you and you feel grounded in nature. No need to despair, you are safe and those swords over your head are merely in your mind.

The Place of the Solitaires
by Wallace Stevens

Let the place of all the solitaires
Be a place of perpetual undulation.

Whether it be in mid-sea
On the dark, green water-wheel,
Or on the beaches,
There must be no cessation
Of motion, or of the noise of motion,
The renewal of noise
And manifold continuation;

And, most, of the motion of thought
And its restless iteration,

In the place of the solitaires,
Which is to be a place of perpetual undulation.



This Card Reminds Me of That Card Star Date 456.978

Daily Draw September 12th, 2009

I received the Intuitive Tarot by Cilla Conway yesterday. People have their own approach to new decks, mine naturally evolved into a “This card reminds me of that card” exercise. It wasn’t a conscious decision, I am a very visual person and when I look at cards, I remember other cards. My brain loves comparators.

One of the reasons I bought the deck was because of The Tower card with its familiar architectural frame like the World Trade Center in New York; the distinctive ribs of that building are burned into my imagination.


The next card that struck me was The Emperor, who reminded me of a Star Trek episode from the original series called Friday’s Child, where Julie Newmar was the pregnant wife of the tribal leader. This is actor Michael Dante as Maab, that leader. I immediately thought of this episode when viewing the card.


Conway seems to have two distinct type of people in this: rounded, alien-like faces with naked bodies, and very angular faces with headdresses and elaborate clothing, like the Emperor, that also remind me of the artwork in the Magickal Tarot by Anthony Clark.

I went through each deck to see if I could find some suitable comparators. There is a vague reminiscence I like.




The Eight of Swords in the Intuitive reminds me very much of Odysseus being lashed to the mast to escape the sirens’ calls. A good example of that fitting with this card is from the Olympus Tarot.


I’ve had a lovely Canadian folk song by Wade Hemsworth called The Log Driver’s Waltz on my mind since yesterday morning, and when I saw the Nine of Cups in the Intuitive it seemed to fit nicely. The song is about a girl with her eye on marrying the log driver because he’s such a good dancer, so in that sense it’s a bit like the wish card of tarot, the Nine of Cups, and bringing your sweetheart to you. Here is a lovely rendition of it by Kate and Anna McGarrigle on YouTube:


The Eight of Cups immediately reminded me of a haunting piece of artwork by Pamela Colman Smith.


The Death card brought to mind the Death card from the Hudes Tarot.


The Strength card was so reminiscent of the same card from the Thoth Tarot, which is there called Lust that I had to go rummage to find it to scan as well.


There are several turbaned men in The Ravenswood Eastern Tarot that I was reminded of when I saw the King of Discs in the Intuitive, but here are the closest comparators.


Ah Blake, everything reminds me of William Blake. The Six of Rods in the Intuitive has faint echoes of the Eternity and Union cards from the William Blake Tarot of the Imagination, and the echo of Blake in the Oracle Alma Bose.


And lastly, these are my two favourite cards from the deck. the Four of Rods being my absolute favourite as I love the image and the colours. The Four of Rods also reminds me of a card in the Ananda Tarot.



And that’s today’s interesting visual exploration.