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.