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!




Jack Skellington Examines Skelita and Death and the Whole Damn Thing

Due to the influence of the humorous and creative Submerina, I went looking for a Monster High doll called Skelita. She has a face painted with symbolism from the Mexican Day of the Dead and a skeletal body. Even under her dress is a skeletal rib cage and pelvis—very neat.


I thought Skelita could use the Jack Skellington key chain I’ve had for years as a doll for a doll, and while I was at it I scrounged up another little skeleton called Skeletor hanging around on my tarot shelf. Jack has been hanging with Dr. Lock from the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot for years now, but he is interested in anthropology so is keen to get to know Skelita. When last seen these two skeletons were hanging with General Patton and Jumping Jack Joyce. The roister-doister boys of my tarot collection, they enjoy schmoozing.

On sale for $12, the Lagoona Blue doll reminded me of the Page of Cups in Tarot, so I have renamed her Page. Here Page and Skelita examine some cards that their colourful outfits reminded me of.


Skelita is enjoying the Death card from the Karma Tarot. Page is rhapsodizing over the Child of Hearts from the Inner Child Cards, who is Goldilocks and while she doesn’t exactly have yellow hair, Page has sea green and yellow hair.

I thought this was charming because the page represents a young person, or perhaps a young-at-heart person. Page has fins and webbed fingers and seems to embody the watery/fishy aspects of the Cups suit.

These two dolls might examine a few cards over the next little while.

Easy now kids, don’t get too excited. Art and colour and archetypes and dolls and skeletons, oh my!


Sleep Without the Spectres

Daily Draw June 1st, 2013

Not only did I sleep for 8 or 9 hours, but I just woke up from a 2.5 hour afternoon nap. Boy, it’s like a miracle. I hurt myself smearing wood putty in holes on our sunporch yesterday preparatory to painting, and have tons of bruises all over, so I wasn’t up to much today, but my husband painted the sunporch ceiling and it looks sparkling white. I even went to the grocery store this morning.

My Bach Flower blend came yesterday and I’ve been diligent about getting drops in every 4 hours or so. I still took motion sickness pills to make me drowsy last night, but that’s okay, it is so nice to feel rested and calm. I hope my brain is in the throes of resetting itself.

Today from the ultra-funky Karma Tarot, we have:



Whoa, this looks like a nightmarish world of dreams and fears to me. One of my flower essences is for just this sort of thing. It’s amazing how the fears and false imagination can get a grip on your head, like the main figure in this card. Hidden influences and emotional instability—hopefully old these old nightmares and trauma will resolve themselves.

There is something to be said for the experience of pain or trauma, but at some point you go forward.



Skye Mirror Land

Daily Draw April 22, 2008

Overcome by the power of the Mirror Witch, Gumby and Pokey start hanging around with the wrong people and enter the book A Brief History of Infinity: The Quest to Think the Unthinkable.

Knowing they were in danger, the brass cat with the 1999 Canadian penny in its head strode into the alarming book to rescue them, drawing a card from the Karma Tarot as he did so. It was The Page of Coins, who was holding a book and is sister to the Mirror Witch but a much more friendly entity with nicer breasts, red hair and braids who zoomed around on a mirror throne with a huge laughing head on the back of it!! Oh wait, the laughing head is merely a reflection of what’s in the Earth. Things are not always as they seem!!

Zounds, the boys are in trouble!!

They had just read this when the cat arrived:

“In other words, infinity is just an illusion. Like the end of the rainbow, you can never actually get there, but it’s something to aim for.””

OH MY GOD, this author says you can’t get to the end of the rainbow!!! What kind of evil has taken over the trees and mountains of Mirrorland? We’ve got to the boys out of this living hell and back into the real world of rational thought.

Fortunately we can always turn to Clifford Pickover to rescue Gumby and Pokey from the clutches of madmen. What say you Cliff? Cliff has decided a quote by David Weeks and Kate Ward would be timely:

“In an era when human beings seem typecast by their culture or genes, eccentrics are a refreshing reminder of everyone’s intrinsic uniqueness. By heedlessly flouting norms of behavior that most of us never question, they remind us how much of our liberty we forfeit without thought, and how great our ability is, in fact, to forge our own identities and shape our own lives.”

Whew, it’s a good thing that brass cat with the 1999 Canadian penny in its head is our friend, I’d hate to have an eccentric like that on the side of the Mirror Witch. Reflecting her wicked face, the cat distracted the Mirror Witch long enough for the boys to escape from the infinite darkness of the book, and then followed them, leaving a brass whisker for the witch to trip on as she lunged at him.

Gumby said to Pokey after they escaped from non-existent infinity: “Gee Pokey, I never knew books could be so dangerous, but the Page of Coins and Cliff Pickover have made me realize that one should choose books wisely, be dedicated to learning, and show respect for knowledge. That means not walking into books indiscriminately.”

Pokey winked at the Page of Coins, pawed the ground, and licked the copper penny in his brass friend’s head, thus ensuring that he received essential minerals to nourish his body.

The End