Daily Draw June 25th, 2010
Instead of a daily draw, I like to meander through a new deck occasionally to see what attracts me or what reminds me of cards in other decks. It’s a nice way of familiarizing myself with something new.
Today’s noodling is with the Nature Spirits Oracle Cards. Normally, I don’t have money for new cards, but this was $15.26 with free shipping so I dipped into next month’s budget. I haven’t told the spouse I spent this money yet because I knew he’d be upset. Sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up; alas for me I’m going to get in trouble.
For now though, I have pushed that from my mind to glory in the art and colour. I was surprised as I went through the cards, how many reminded me of other things and I had quite a happy exploration sorting it all out as you will see.
A couple of cards struck me right away. One called New Beginnings looks like a fenced cemetery with a headstone figuring prominently, and some lovely purple effects springing out, like a soul escaping perhaps. I have a great fondness for cemeteries and monuments and history so this was card had definite sparkle for me. I also happened to use the same engraving on the right for a background in the Coffin card of my Illustrative Lenormand Oracle which gave me a tickle.
The other card I liked is called Planetary Healing and the symmetry of it reminded me of Art Nouveau designs. The fairy looks like she is wearing a cloak, perhaps embroidered by Jane Morris while contemplating nature in the garden at Kelmscott Manor? Yes, I think that’s the story here and a suitable Art Nouveau tile will help in the display of this beauty.
I have decided to call this lady Quadra.
The Follow Your Path card immediately reminded me of the computer game Riven, which we sadly loaned out and never got back. It has the most haunting graphics and music, and I often think of it. The rickety boardwalks and ladders on this card are so reminiscent of the village in Riven.
I liked this card because of the balance and the complementary colour scheme. Sometimes you like stuff just because you like it. Pink and green are my favourite colours and that path is pink and green: we are all on the pink and green path of life. The colours also remind me of how the roles of parent and child often change as parents get older, much like complementary colours on a colour wheel.
My first deck was the Zerner Farber Tarot and it is still one of my favourites. This Nature Spirits card delighted me in its similarity to the Empress in that Tarot. They go beautifully together, both in colour and in the way the figure is sitting, truly Magic.
The Leap of Faith card is very archetypal and I had some lovely comparators in the Osho Zen Tarot (upper left) and the Rohrig Tarot (right).
Goals are a big thing with me so I loved the Focus on Your goals card with its very archetypal stairway. The best comparison for me was the lovely Eternity card from the William Blake Tarot of the Imagination (far right). Another of my favourite decks is the I Ching of Love by Lo Scarabeo, and the colourful stairs in The Initial Difficulty card (middle) came to mind when I saw the Nature Spirits card, as the colours and stairs have the same bright colours. These three cards go together in their sensibility as well which I liked.
Fairies on toadstools, there could be no other comparator but Brian Froud from his Faeries’ Oracle.
Lastly, the Higher Self went to the Fire Wand Circus and made some new friends who bore a canny resemblance in twindom. From the beautiful, irrepressible, fantastically creative and inspiring, Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot come the comparators of the day.
Quadra now wants a cup of tea. It has to be in an Art Nouveau cup.