Posted tagged ‘The Alchemical Tarot Renewed’

Ace of Pentacles/Coins Across Decks

August 27, 2014

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.

 

THREE MODELS

Ace1

THE HAND OF GOD APPROACH

Ace2

I don’t see too many people using the Fradella deck but it’s one of my favourites.

PAGAN PENTACLES AND GROWING THINGS

Ace3

COINS OF THE REALM

Ace4

PLANET EARTH

Ace5

BUDDHA AND THE THIRD EYE

Ace6

ANCIENT STANDING STONES

Ace7

PATTERNS AND SHAPES

Ace8

 

Ace9

SO UNIQUE THEY CAN’T BE CATEGORIZED

Ace10

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!

 

 

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That King Is Stronger Than He Looks

February 28, 2012

Daily Draw February 28th, 2012

XIX – THE SUN
KING OF VESSELS
VII OF VESSELS – TOOLS

 

The Sun in this deck is a bit like The Lovers, but with a wider angle perhaps. Robert Place calls it the Greater Conjunction, which reminds me of the Bob Dorough song Conjunction Junction, sung marvellously well by Jack Sheldon, many years ago. A conjunction can also be where you hook up to creativity, which is a type of enlightenment. Still, the support and warmth of a partnership is hinted at here, dancing together over the Earth.

The King of Vessels is also called the King of Cups, and is one of the Court cards I find myself disliking. It’s that emotional thing. Yes, he’s a strong ruler, but I tend to think of emotions as undermining men, making them weak. Is compassion and nurturing weak? Place emphasizes self-fulfillment and going within to find answers with this card. If you think of Buddhism and going within, of not overcoming emotions but absorbing them and neutralizing them, them that seems very powerful to me, an inner strength that may not be apparent but is stronger than most. The whale is blowing water (emotion) into a cup, so he can carry it, his back strong, acknowledging and neutralizing, the gold a protective wall against kryptonite.

The seven vessels look very interesting, like seeing antique tools and guessing what the purpose of each one was. It’s like Joan of Arc picking the boy who was the Dauphin out of the crowd, you look and feel your intuition kick in to decide which tool, what method; the inner guidance of choice.

A quiet day perhaps? A quiet day of intuition and going within. I’m already half way there thinking about the composition of a piece of art I want to do. At some point I have to stop looking at books on art and colour and just go within to create my vision. I have also been seeing references of art and cards in my initial Mary-El Tarot study, so that will pop up today.

Do you swim in emotion when you swim in art? I tend to be so overcome with art and colour that my brain will not shut down and I start feeling sick and exhausted. That is the 7 of Cups aspect of the last card, this sick wanting of everything. The King would not allow that, and he is looking to decisions and tools today, the Greater Conjunction supporting him.

 

 

Temperate Cuddles

February 27, 2012

Daily Draw February 27th, 2012

Amazon.ca has shipped the Mary-El Tarot to me and jacked the price up. Fortunately, they dropped the pre-order price to $25 for a short time, so I squeaked in at that price. Even so, my Dad is paying for it with a bit of money he sent.

I realized this morning while browsing decks that I rarely use The Alchemical Tarot Renewed by Robert Place. I love his artwork and I have two large books on alchemical artwork, plus I think it’s important to know historically about alchemy and its symbolism, just because I’m interested in history and art, but the esoteric part of it doesn’t appeal to me.

XIV – TEMPERANCE

 

Mixing equally, balance…surprisingly “health and beauty” from the LWB. Hmmm health and balance, the idea that moderation can improve health. My Dad always says “Everything in moderation” so I am also reminded of him.

I will think about that today, while one of my cats nestles inside the blanket I have wrapped around me, cuddling. I expect that’s where the beauty comes in.