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!




Remembrance on 4th Hinge

Daily Draw January 14th, 2012

I’m up late because I fell asleep in the chair while re-reading a wonderful book about an illuminated manuscript, so I thought I’d draw my card for tomorrow. You know that thing where you fall asleep in a chair and your neck goes into 4th hinge? That was me at 7:30 p.m., reeling back and forth from 1st to 4th hinge.

I’m on a fashion kick having put five fashion history books on my wish list. I already own one in the series called Dress in Detail From Around the World, and I had the one on 17th century fashion on an inter-library loan once but I would like to buy the whole series from the Victoria and Albert Museum:

– Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Fashion in Detail
– Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail
– Twentieth Century Fashion in Detail

Then I saw these two fabulous books which had great reviews:

– 100 Dresses: The Costume Institute / The Metropolitan Museum of Art
– High Style: Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Then I saw some embroidery books I’ve been considering for a bit and put them on the wish list too:

– 18th Century Embroidery Techniques
– 19th Century Embroidery Techniques
– Early 20th Century Embroidery Techniques

Wish lists are like window shopping, full of visual sensation and happy contemplation.



A day for nostalgia but in a reflective way, a remembrance of happy things rather than a clutching of the past. This would certainly be the echo of my previous post on all the tarot bags I have made over the years.

A thought of remembrance also reflected in my happy browse of the above-mentioned books and the lovely embellishment on this card and maybe my gentle little nap in the chair.



Dancing on Flowers, Joy, Elevating the Heart

Daily Draw January 13th, 2012

Continuing the celebration of my tenth anniversary in tarot land, I am today using my very first deck, the Zerner Farber Tarot, which I bought used from a tarot store. I remember gently wiping the cards to clean them and then drying them with a paper towel and letting them sit out by my radio, listening to jazz and classical music. I even slept with them under my pillow the first night because that’s what people said to do. The whole thing was mysterious and reverent.

This was the deck I chose because the fabric collages were non-spooky as I like to quilt and sew and embroider. I still remember the magic of it all before I knew the archetypes, before anything was familiar. The Queen of Swords card kept dropping out of this deck and that’s how I found my central archetype. I thought “What IS this card?” and when I looked it up I realized it was me.



This is such an apt card for celebration and anniversaries. This is going to be a good year, I already feel that. I am releasing old wounds and regaining my health, and a there is a general celebration of life and joy and inner peace.

I shall keep that in mind, and one day I’ll be able to dance again too, like these women. I like to dance; out to the Universe it goes.

This Card Reminds Me of That Pre-Raphaelite

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.