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!




First Move Through the Labyrinth

KING OF BOWS – ADDER (King of Wands)


I traced my pattern off and cut out my nightie two days ago, but I’m pretty sore, so had to take a break. Two more days until I get my x-ray results.

Yesterday a real estate agent put his card on our door. We had talked to him last year, but I think we need to redo the bathroom and clear out some rooms before even attempting to put the house up for sale.

The World Tree has a labyrinth you need to go through before you get to the door, the access to the new journey after the end of another. I can’t wait, only three months until my husband retires, but I am also nervous about getting by on less money and the upheaval of possibly moving and more renovations and packing decades of stuff, particularly many books. It’s hard to think ahead when I am in pain.

But the King of Bows takes these things in his stride. The male snakes are fighting for dominance, the King likes to lead, to be the one with the answers. Strength of resolve occurs to me, path and goals are direct, you take them because it is what you need to do.

Big changes can be frightening. We always thought we would leave it until next Spring, but if we did it this year we’d be away and on the new journey by the time Spring comes. The stress though would be unbelievable and I’m already having health problems.

Maybe the King is too tied up in snarls and knots, or perhaps he is overcomplicating it?



Reclaim the Primal Rock

Daily Draw May 22nd, 2013

I had the computer turned off most of the day yesterday as we had terrible thunder storms and rain, plus our contractor was here fixing a few things.

Than at night after the electricity had been off for two hours due to the storms, and came back on, I couldn’t get any pressure in the well. There is a switch that you toggle on the switch box but I couldn’t get it to work. I called the plumber but they couldn’t get out to me so we had to wait until morning. They came right away, fixed the problem, and it was a courtesy call, no charge. I felt so grateful as the last thing we need is another bill we can’t pay.

After the wedding last week I have been getting back on track with eating. Last night with all the anxiety, I just had an apple for dinner and drank lots of water so felt better today. I feel like my body is humming and has some energy.

I need some special supplements, so contacted my naturopath and she suggested a real appointment as well as picking up stuff, so I agreed. I haven’t seen her for eight months so hope we can find a way to get me to sleep better.

14 – BALANCE (Temperance)


Every time I pull out the Wildwood Tarot I realize afresh how much I like it.

What struck me today is a thought with the Balance card: being still and calm in yourself, you sometimes have to deal with parts of your psyche that you would rather not deal with, but if you deny them you can’t absorb and reclaim them. This idea of reclaiming your weaknesses hit me as I have been learning to phone and deal with problems with contractors and such. It’s not so bad, I am not helpless or weak, I can reclaim this part of my psyche. Now that’s an interesting thought.

Balance comes up for me a lot in cards.

The Ace is a lichen-stained rock which reminds me of Lorena Moore’s unusual Lichen Oracle. The Foundation of Life means you are anchored, grounded. It reminds me of a Mountain Mindfulness meditation I find useful – a mountain is solid and all kinds of tempestuous storms and weather and seasons whirl around it but it stands.

This card is about ideas and creating ideas or manifesting wishes, getting things done. The primal rock is a stable point from which to plan and empower your life.

Yup, I feel this balance and underlying power today.


Of Floors and Staves

Daily Draw March 19th, 2013

I meant to draw from this deck yesterday but we had a meeting to discuss some samples with our contractor, and firmed up some kitchen renovation details so I was pretty frazzled after that. This is a tiny kitchen, but it still costs money to get these necessary things done.

I fell asleep in the chair last night and when my husband was late getting home because of a snowstorm I started getting worried. He referred to it as a “white knuckle drive” and I then started worrying in bed about the ceramic tiles in the kitchen and sunporch being so heavy that the floor gives way. This happened to me two years ago about a bookcase being so heavy that the floor gave way, and I had a panic attack about that one. So this time I could feel that building up but managed to drift off to sleep.

So this morning I was curious as to what psychological meaning anxiety about floors giving way could have. According to one mention it is about feeling a sudden lack of support. I also feel it might indicate that worry or a burden of some kind is too heavy and you feel you’re going to crash or lose your footing. All these things.

I seem to get these feelings at the end of winter, after I’ve been trapped inside for some months and we are getting more snow this week exacerbating my feelings of being trapped. So today’s draw is about that.



One of the reasons I love this deck is its emphasis on healing, nature and meditation. I have never been much interested in divination and the occult so prefer to use my cards for daily insights and meditation or writing.

The Four of Stones would be what I would conventionally call the Miser Card, some crabby old soul keeping things to himself, keeping anyone from getting close, or sharing. I absolutely love the take on it here, where a gentle fawn curls up among the protection of stones. Emotional safety is something we need, certainly after a lifetime of worry and trials and ups and downs. You must keep faith that the sun will rise again as it does on this card, bringing warmth and peace. The book refers to being spiritually wounded, weak and vulnerable with this card, and that is how I feel when this anxiety rears up verging on panic.

The Three of Bows is a card of waiting or observing to me. Waiting for a ship or traveller, having patience and balance. I like the way this figure seems anchored to the Earth with bare feet and freshly cut staves. The bow staves look like a gateway, so you let power flow in and flow through you. Trust, confidence, and security from within, inner security and joy.

“This combination of balanced energy and intellectual focus enables the mastering of any situation and allows the enrichment of success by being both at one with the environment and its inhabitants.”

No floor is going to give way under this figure, that’s for sure. Nor will it give way under me.



The Kingly Wader

Daily Draw June 17th, 2012

I am having a doozy of a month. When I did my Playing Card Oracles overview for the coming month, it said things would be bad but rationally I never expected it, so this surprised me. My carpal tunnel has flared up as well as similar feelings in my legs. Inflammation and nerve compression all around. Blah.


One of my favourite cards in the Wildwood Tarot, or any deck, features a heron. There is something so peaceful and calming about the way they move, their patience, their majesty and dignity.

I love in the book: “Greeting the dawn, often alone…” This is me as I am often up really early to see the dawn. One time while on my Dad’s boat on the west coast, I woke up much earlier than everyone else and made myself a tea and went up to the flying bridge and sat and watched a heron and an eagle. It was so lovely and peaceful, etched in my mind for all time.

Perception and reflection with this card, and the idea of balance and support, simply because of the way he is standing, but in a kingly way, a measured way. Intuition balanced with intellect, so those fluctuating moods can be ridden like waves, like floating above them.

I will also take this literally and think of circulation, getting my legs up, moving that blood and lymph around the body, slowly wading rather than straight standing or sitting.

The Stream in the Freezing Weather

Daily Draw June 14th, 2012

“Splash” goes the blood in my veins, enjoying the feeling of spontaneous joy. “Creak” goes the lantern as it swings, while I grasp the staff of support and try not to twist my knees.


Oh dear, I overdid it yesterday and inflamed my back and the muscles in my shins, so I was cramping and twisting all night, sciatic pain like a heated bolt thrown from my back. I seemingly never learn. It is hard to pull back when you’d like to get up and do things, but it will be a few days before I can ride my bike. I hurt myself cleaning it up and pumping up the tires with the manual foot pump. I also hurt it by lying on my back and raising my legs up. Rats.

Two cards popped out today, and I am encouraged by the Ten in relation to the Eight. I consider the Eight to be a personal card as I am often feeling trapped when the way is clear if I calm down and view things rationally. One can survive the storm with calm action. The Ten of Vessels tells me that patience will lead to freedom and stability, but not without a struggle. There is also a hint that blessings are already here, but I will struggle regardless.

Oh well, there is hope. Eating properly gives me energy but I sometimes feel bogged down like in the Eight, and somewhat fearful (look at her face!) of ever getting out alive. The light makes her face look inflamed like the tissues, nerves, and muscles in my body.

So I just put one foot in front of the other, and coming upon a tree with attractive patterns of snow in the branches, I take a photograph and forge on, pondering how the stream runs free in the freezing weather.

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: