The King of Swords and Two Ladies

The King of Swords, that virile fellow, has been dating two women and is indicating a preference for the younger Page of Coins from the Ancient Minchiate Etruria rather than the Japanese lady on the 7 of Hearts from the Ukiyo-e Playing Cards.


Given his penchant for intellectual world-building and vision, I’m not sure this earthy Coins Page is a suitable match, but he has been mesmerized by her practical ability with finances. Unfortunately after he becomes used to her hair streaming in the wind while she delicately skips about in her fine sandals, he will begin to notice her lingering stubbornness when he wants to hire an architect to build a new palace. She will say to him “Look at this Coin, do you really need a new palace, isn’t it enough to disport through the kingdom in a handsome bear cloak with me by your side as Queen in new dresses woven with gold?”

“Well no”, he will remark after indicating the new style of architecture from Milan, and even her youthful bosom will not sway him from his will to build, to throw his mental power into a new project. At that point he will dream about his more demur and compliant mistress with the dark hair and imagine her letting her hair down and brushing it over his forearm while he shows her the new architectural plans and sketches for statuary, including the Venus he wants her to pose for.

He will call for her to come to him in rustling silks and gold, and she will sing songs of world-building ventures as he closes his eyes and smells jasmine.

You can’t be too careful in choosing the right partner if you are a King. Differing enthusiasms about world-building can strangle you like a long, draped scarf.





Eagles Across Decks

I thought I had all my cards unboxed from our cross-country move but while searching for particular animal decks, I realized that some loose ones that I wrapped separately from their boxes were missing. Fortunately the spouse rounded them up for me. You would think with 394 decks I would forget but Judith never forgets a deck!

An overview with an attendant eagle figure, this one by Schleich.


And don’t forget those other four decks Jude. The eagle in the card with the yellow border has taken a fancy to my figure, he’s zooming toward him with some urgency. Figures inspire everyone I suppose.


The KING OF SWORDS  was the card I drew today from the Animal Totem Tarot that started the eagles flying. I had mentioned to someone recently how my deck collecting had gone down lately because I just want to buy art created by hand or at least created by hand in Adobe Illustrator. Upon taking these cards out my heart sang with the impact and beauty of the art and each artist’s expression and composition. It does not get better than this for me as a collector, this stuff makes me happy and inspires my own artwork.

The King, in his highly analytical way, enjoyed this comparison. In this card as you fly higher you strip away what isn’t important, your soaring height makes things clearer, shifts the focus, lets you drop nonessentials. Not a bad reflection of how I currently feel about card decks.


The Magical Menagerie was one deck I couldn’t find this morning so I knew I had another box somewhere. The Pathfinders deck holds up, it’s one of my favourites. Susan Seddon Boulet has been dead since 1997, but her Animal Spirits Knowledge Cards are still in print, and no wonder; what a legacy.


I think the Animal Messages deck is out of print now but I’m so glad I bought one when it was readily available, it’s a treasure, and Sue Lion’s Spirit Animals always looks so fresh and comes in a tin with a window so you can put your card of the day in view. The Animalis deck is also a fresh vision with lots of bones and unusual compositions.


More decks that hold up for me: the Tarot of Reincarnation is one you have to hunt for the species and some of the names have changed. I have a fuller discussion and small review of it here. It has nothing to do with reincarnation, unless you figure the original illustrations (long out of copyright) have been reincarnated.


I absolutely love both these bird decks, they are definitely treasures both for the art and the variety of images. I rarely use the Medicine Cards but they are neat in their own way. At the time they were published I don’t think there were many animal decks in existence, so it was important.

Ah, the satisfaction of a card comparison after a long break from my cards. It’s like coming out of a desert to drink a glass of ice water. Cool baby.

Happy Sunday!







Owls and Parakeets and Wrens and Water and Air

1 OF BIRDS (Ace of Cups)
Quaker Parakeet


Pair an owl which represents wisdom for many, with this King along with his sense of order and authority, and you get a deep sense of things being okay if you remain in the realm of the intellect and don’t let emotions and circumstances upset you.

The Ace in the Cups suit is the epitome of friendship, contentment, all matters of the heart and is a cheery chappie besides. For me the Aces are the ultimate in a suit, so he represents the whole of emotion, feeling everything, yet remaining himself, singing, being green, the beginning of the suit, a fresh outlook.

I am feeling slightly better today although I had to knock myself out with 2 motion sickness tablets to sleep 10 hours. The aftershocks of those pills had me down for a two-hour nap this afternoon. My pain is not quite as bad and I am drinking water, eating vegetables, taking my vitamins and carrying on, which is something the King of Swords would approve of. The 1 of Birds reminds me to balance my emotions too for a full recovery.

We have wrens nesting on the property and they chitter and sing all day, it’s a wonderfully bright song, full of sweetness and nature. These two birds on the cards are helping me along too.

The Memory of the King of Swords

My oldest cat followed me downstairs this morning, and I paused on a step to pat her head coming up behind me and said “Just you and me Betty, you and me in the morning.” Her name is Tosca, but her real name is Betty Plodgett. Thus spoke the Universe to me one day 14 years ago.

A good cat friend in the quietude of the morning is a great, great thing. I’m not sure if I’ll have cat friends after my two current friends die. It is getting too expensive and too emotionally difficult to deal with ageing and death in pets.

I heard a song on the radio, an old song from 1971 by the Guess Who with Burton Cummings singing exquisitely. It’s called Sour Suite, and the break in the middle keeps going through my mind:

But it’s too late now
It’s too late now
It’s too late now

Whatever happened to images, ’cause now they’re gone
And worn out phrases just keep a-hangin’ on
Whatever happened to homes as opposed to houses?
A conversation, sayings as the evening drowses
It’s just like four six two oh one
It’s just like four six two oh one






Oh my, the Sword family is coming to play this week. It’s the King of ideas and intellect, black horse rearing in the background, the air in a whirl, white birds flapping.

I am writing today. I have some creative ideas completed, and further artwork ideas for a review I am writing but rather than hold up the review, I’ll add them next year. The last review I wrote was for the Diary of a Broken Soul Tarot and I am so slow to create that it was held up for two years. This time I shall add to it, keep it alive with momentum.

Happy Sunday!





Watchers in Shadow

KING OF CATS (King of Swords)


This reminds me of my own Siamese cat Stitch who is still struggling to stay alive. He is now on a course of antibiotics for a sinus infection and abscess; we were fortunately able to repeat the prescription from last year without taking him into the vet in these very cold temperatures.

He had a major flare-up of his inflammatory bowel disease three weeks ago and now this. The poor man is skeletal, with all his vertebrae and ribs showing. I have taken to filling a hot water bottle to go under his flannel blankie in the evenings, so he can retain some heat.

He bounces back a little bit less each time, but we bought him a new scratching post and catnip and he liked that. He’s happy now that he can breathe and eat again, but who knows how much longer he will live.

The cat on the card seems to have some tears in his blue eyes, perhaps watching his friend’s health deteriorate. The shadow on the wall reminds me of the souls of old cats watching over Stitch.

The King of Swords is generally a watcher I find, keeping his own counsel but observing everything.


Wind in My Eagle Eye

Daily Draw August 19th, 2011


This is from the Mythical Goddess Tarot which effectively strips away esoterica from tarot and has a totally feminine bent. I usually stay away from that sort of imbalance of gender but the artwork in this was just too interesting.

This lady would be the King of Swords conventionally (but goddess forbid we should have a man sully the deck!) Sorry, I just don’t buy the “all men are evil” vibe that some women wear like armour. Men provide a needed and welcome balance as do women. Balance of gender is a necessity to humans and society.

Like yesterday’s card, she is holding an egg—I got a kick out of that. I actually dislike egg-shaped things. Gemstones are often carved in the shape of an egg, and I can hardly bring myself to look at them; I prefer a round shape myself.

There is something both penetrating and kind about her eyes, and the third eye in the eagle headdress makes them even spookier. She is Spirit-embodied with her eagle-eye sight. I like the idea with this card of seeing further, opening the mind to new things.

She comes to you with gifts of insight now needed to ascend above your present circumstances into new realities and perspectives; of possibilities never before imagined.


The King of Tangibility

Daily Draw June 8th, 2011


This has to be a phoenix. I can see this King recovering and re-birthing quite easily, his mind would always have a handle on reinvention, resurrection.

A few days ago I took a notion to make a special Tree of Life pendant. I hadn’t planned to but yesterday I just started with the base and when that turned out I grabbed some gemstone chips and beads and went with it. That’s the kind of spontaneous, fiery project I like. It doesn’t burn ferociously but creeps with the odd crackle and out of that rises something beautiful.

Be it tree or phoenix it means growth and movement and a spectacular entrance. I bought some different wire for making these so in about three weeks when my supplies come I’ll be creating more trees.

They mention in the booklet that this King gives life and substance to dreams and the word that struck me was “tangibility.” I often say that I have trouble getting things out of my mind into concrete form, but this King gives rise to tangibility too, a very good thought for the day.

All it takes is one word.