Take a Bite from the Database

It’s not as cheesy as it sounds, although the artwork is campy in spots. Ian Daniels is a good writer, bringing fresh insight and reflection to each archetype. I was quite impressed with the comprehensiveness of the book in comparison to other sets.

Yes, this is the blood-spattered The Tarot of Vampyres by Ian Daniels. I am not a vampire person, I thought Bram Stoker’s Dracula book was goofy and poorly written, and most of the vampire books I have read seem a bit lame, more like romance novels. I tried the first book of the Twilight series in graphic novel form and had to toss it.


But gosh darn that guy on the Six of Knives is absolutely to die for. (Click to enlarge)


I still think this is a worthwhile deck. One can get a bit jaded with the silliness of themed decks, but Ian has put such depth into the book and artwork that I would actually recommend this. The paintings are very lush with lots of decorative detailing. A few less drops of blood and this would be better for me but that’s the theme I suppose. I enjoyed many draws with it, and must get it out again.

Oh man, that Six of Knives……




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!



Maybe, Perhaps, Sort of Mr. Exuberant

Daily Draw August 28th, 2011

Our neighbours had their once a year wild party last night, Twelve hours of loud rock music, some from CDs and about four hours of a live band. Right next door, the amphitheatre one-hundred feet away. Thump, thump, thump goes the baseline to every song; they finally shut down at 2:30 a.m. with lots of drunks still hooting and shouting, but dwindling down. At least it wasn’t hip-hop or rap music or the bimbo-of-the-month girl singer Rhiannachristinabritneyalicajennifer Whatshername.

Then I had a dream that I got a two or three page letter from a fellow called Mike whom I used to speak to online. I was puzzled why he would be writing me almost twelve years on, and when I tried to describe details of his job and interests, I got them wrong. The idea I suppose was that I neither care nor remember him well.

Now that I’ve got that sorted out..


I have been meaning to find where I put this deck for several days as I wanted to use it again, and I finally found it while rummaging to find decks for my Law of Attraction comparison yesterday.

Plump full to bursting with youthful energy, ready to race off and do something fantastic, the wind in his hair and cloak. What I noticed about this was that the blood trickling from his mouth was not flying backward in the wind. It might be too sticky, it might be dried, so while he looks full of vitality, his blood isn’t saying that.

I am tempted to think this is just an acknowledgement of my inner body, but I think today it points toward the act of exuberant action. Initially you might have to act “as if” and then the reality will kick in. So if I act as if I had such bursting energy, it will kick in.

Maybe, sort of, perhaps.

Sacrifice, Perspective, and Reversal

Daily Draw January 26th, 2011


What I like about this rendition is the fire underneath him, seeping into his body as if it was only a matter of time before his whole being was suffused with fire. Fire can eat you, consume you, but it can also energize you, at least metaphorically, or chemically it can render atoms into other atoms.

It hurts though, it hurts a lot, and then it doesn’t. Odin on the World Tree.

I would consider that literalism auspicious. Suspension and waiting are inherent in this card. I can wait. Sacrifice, emotional release, self-denial, reversal, seeing things through a new perspective, enlightenment, rebirth. Give up the struggle, let go, let it flow.

Those old roots and beliefs that bind me will dissipate. This refers to a transition of health, a physical process of cleansing I will go through shortly, where I leech it all out. I keep wondering how I can do it, but I will just hang there until it’s over.

Sometimes you choose to let go. We think of the word “reversal” as a bad thing, but it isn’t always. You can reverse disease, reverse pain, reverse injury, reverse fear.

The Steadfast Guy

I’ve been trying to post this for hours, but the server has been down.

Daily Draw December 14th, 2010

Still fighting cold and flu. I saw an interesting profile on the show Iconoclasts last night about Ron Howard and Steve Nash. It was nice to see something about celebrities that isn’t about celebrity, it’s about their work and passion. I like quiet people who work hard and have ideas and initiative but don’t fuss about calling attention to themselves.



This looks literally potent. It reminds me of poppies and that cloudy scene in the Wizard of Oz movie when the witch gazes into her crystal ball and invokes the lull of poppies.

Craftsmanship and the enjoyment of work, productivity and cultivation of skills. Yeah, that’s what I want today. Measured action and attention to detail: like following a recipe, you have the flow of passive and active, a meditation of work. Work patiently in stillness, avoiding extremes and excesses.

I like the way he ties this card into Virgo and The Hermit, and those qualities of introspection and inner wisdom. Virgo people are often fussy with details, I know because I married one and one of my parents is one. They are careful people who chip away at things and get things done. Quietly, with minimum fuss, they simply like to be active.

Completing the Circle of Buttons

Daily Draw December 4th, 2010




Definitely a little different for this card, called the Four of Wands in other decks.

Jewellery, henna tattoos and a henna streak in her hair along with encircling choker and wrist band and an ornate cross and chain. That wreath looks vaguely Christmas-y. This speaks of protection to me, she is needing security and a safe place, needing to dispel the darkness.

Ian Daniels refers to order, structure, unity and arrangement in this. Deep satisfaction, completion, perfection. More blossoming creativity and harmony with a firm foundation. Systems, systems of creation.

Yes, I can see this as yesterday I plugged away systematically on some cleaning and cutting out fabric to sew a nightie. Instead of being overwhelmed by my creativity I am structuring it that I can get things done and complete older projects.

Unity or purpose, unity of disparate projects and discipline. I would also like to think that my body might work in harmony, firmly grounded so that it doesn’t flare up in pain while I’m trying to finish things.

Plus, I’m going to buy buttons today. I have a list of several I need for special Xmas projects as well as my own designs. Oooh, buttons.

Yes, I am a person who needs structure and ORDER.

Do Your Worsted Magus

Daily Draw November 29th, 2010



Here he is, tearing in to add a cup of blood to the vat of dye for my handmade sweater. Atta boy Magus, give it your all!

It’s going to be that kid of day. Mondays are always a bit sad I find, but I have the knitting machine in place again and I’m knitting up some swatches today for several sweaters I’ve had planned since the summer when I got my machine working again. Four cardigans and a felted handbag actually, now if only I could stay focused to do them up, as I could really use the clothes.

I’ve got to do the swatches, wash them, pin them out to dry and then measure the gauge after they’re dry and have rested for a couple of days. I thought I might as well swatch them all at the same time, then I know what gauge to plug into the software to get the right size.

I spent about five hours yesterday finishing these little fabric origami shapes for embellishment. I just noticed how well that hand woven scarf goes with the sweater yarn. Mmmm good.

Today’s master Magician plan of magic.