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!




Ripples and Eternal Flow

Daily Draw November 28th, 2012

I bought a book about the sketchbooks of other artists last week called Sketchbook Confidential. I like this sort of book because it inspires and shows that every piece of art doesn’t have to be a masterpiece; sometimes it’s okay to have fun.

I was delighted to see the work of Stephanie Pui-Mun Law in the book, and so different from her tarot art as you can see in the picture below with today’s card from her Shadowscapes Tarot.


I think of the Aces as cards of triumph, the ultimate in the subject for the suit. Cups are about emotions so this says to me that I will triumph over emotions. Attunement, potential, the intuition of in-seeing.

Stephanie mentions in the book: “It is the initial drop of water that falls upon the glass-smooth surface of a lake. There is an almost imperceptible ripple that starts to spread in expanding rings.”

In view of my draw yesterday I can take this either way, as the start of a ripple of death in my poor health, or the start of regaining movement and joy. Stephanie loves to draw dancers and you can see that one of her sketches reflects that. The sea ebbs and flows and fish undulate and move to that eternal rhythm, like blood beating through the body.

I may not be able to dance any more but I can cause good ripples and get my blood flowing. NOW.



All the Little Foxes and Their Friends

Daily Draw June 7th, 2012

Today I am doing a comparison of foxes in my various decks due to the card and comments in this post. The obvious comparison is the foxes in the Lenormand decks but I found quite a few in other decks, both tarot and oracle.

Before I start on cards I wanted to mention one of my favourite graphic novels from The Sandman series, The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman with artwork by Yoshitaka Amano, I’ve mentioned it before on the blog but it illustrates a classic Asian myth about the fox lady. This comes up on some of my cards too, but the art in this book is so dreamy and evocative, perfect for the story. I recommend you buy it if you love foxes. The cover of my edition is reflective gold so hard to scan accurately.

The Shadowscapes Tarot had the most foxes, a whole suit of them plus a few extras.

I found a few on I Ching cards.

Several stories with foxes in the Fables of La Fontaine are illustrated in these playing cards.

And here are the wonderful Lenormand decks and their attractive foxes.

An assortment of foxes on various decks:

Lisa Hunt has painted foxes in several decks.

More foxes, looking bushy-tailed:

It Seems One Way, But…

Daily Draw April 7th, 2011


I like the birds on the edge of the birdbath in this one as it reminds me of my own garden. It could be a brazier in the image too, or maybe that was its original purpose and the birds have turned it into a bath. The Siamese cats remind me of my cats too.The cat of the left is playing with a bell. There are pixies or faeries under the bowl which seems charming too. I love the watercolour bamboo, it looks so like a Chinese brush painting.

The imagery all indicates that things are not what they first seem to be. The roar of a lion is just that, the beast is not as ferocious as it sounds. Perhaps Strength is really about subduing and taming inner assumptions? Control is not always about dominating someone else.

The cat is playing with the bell rather than wearing it, because he can control himself when around the birds. The woman does not need to control the lion, he is in control of himself. Bamboo looks so delicate but sturdy furniture is made from those hollow tubes. It seems one way but is really another; strength comes in recognizing that.

Rage, the Emotion We Dare Not Name

Daily Draw February 19th, 2011

We’ve got a long weekend, yippee. I’m sewing two nighties for myself and so far it’s going well. I’ve managed to avoid making a buttonhole for 42 years and today I’m making four. That should be interesting, although I did spend an hour practicing about eight yesterday, so I expect good things. This is another unfinished project from about 18 months ago, soon to be done.

On a knitting forum I have come across (yet again) another woman who browbeats, questions, and argues incessantly. I finally had to tune out. Last week I had to get off a list where some bimbo in Arizona was sniping at everyone. It’s such a drag when you find somewhere where you can learn new things and get answers to your questions, but one of these nutcases shows up. They are just plain bullies. I suppose some people might like the gossip and drama of it all but I find it tiresome. Yappy little dogs aren’t my thing.

So keeping that in mind I’ll see what a card says about that.


There it is again. It makes me wonder if I’m not seeing something.

I was speaking to someone on the phone yesterday who asked me how I’m liking my “retirement,” which made me feel like I had to make excuses. I enjoy work, but after the last experience I’m happy to be at home. I can say that for the first time in 20 years I feel like I am taking care of myself. I wonder why I accepted such disrespectful treatment from other people in the past. Now I don’t. That’s Justice. Objectivity, rational observation, and finding a balance in life.

My husband resents that I am not working, but I went through hell for him, literally to the edge of hospitalization, and I’m not inclined to do it again. I can hardly say I’m relaxing and “retiring” as every night and day is a battle of clenched fists, extreme muscle tension and spasms, chronic pain, and the jaw clenching death grip of my mind.

For now, I need balance and care. Equilibrium is so enticing, so comforting to contemplate after years and years of tension and illness.

Pull Back, Rein in the Foxes

Daily Draw February 9th, 2011


Energy man. He looks a bit guarded today as he pulls back and yet he was chasing something, and his attendant foxes still are.

Controlled energy maybe? Or a controlled quest? He is prone to trampling flowers on his way, he’s beautifully heroic but a bit much to take for jus’ folks.

I had to pull back yesterday after a serious crying jag. Don’t know where that came from at all. The mystery of the human body: it needed to get something out. I awoke this morning with a nightmare and it seems things are surfacing emotionally that are uncomfortable. My overall physical pain is not as bad but my right arm and shoulder have acute nerve pain, and I will have to limit computer use today.

So I pulled back from the heroic quest and modified my actions. I think being ablaze with my lion and clever foxes was a bit too much for my brain. Some would say it’s part of cleansing, but I’m not up to that sort of rigorous cleansing. Perhaps in warmer weather?

A milder cleanse will continue the quest.

No Trespassing

Daily Draw December 12th, 2010


I rarely get this card, but for me it’s about protection or ritual defense maybe. The “feel” of things, which is an important aspect because I am usually a very visual person who sees before they feel.

The swan guards the heart, and the figure looks like he is carrying a child within the folds of the robe. Well, his sleeve hangs down as if covering something. Children, birth, the birth of ideas, and protection of that.

He is quite rigid and prepared to stand there for eons, warding off people. Denial or avoidance according to the book.

I am supposed to open my heart. I’d rather learn tablet weaving actually. “Open your eyes,” I’d rather sleep, the light hurts my eyes. To be fair, I have a bad cold and don’t feel engaged so it is a bit of a stalemate generally for health reasons.

This could be about procrastination too and I have to get going today and wrap presents to mail and finish my bookmarks which have been pressing for several days. No trespassing on my time, I have to complete the work.