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The Moon – 2 of Coins – 7 of Cups

This moon card reminds me of the subconscious and our hidden depths. The lobster is starting to crawl out of the primal pool representing our emotions. The moon is facing away, seemingly unaware of what is occurring beneath her. The two dogs remind me of animal instincts. There is a large amount of stuff rising out of my emotional depths which seems to come and go in cycles – rather like the moon waxes and wanes. Sometimes it feels out of my control and I can only fall back on my instinctual, habitual behaviour – howling at the moon. It also relates to dreams and how these can provide valuable insight. I’ve been experiencing very vivid and deep dreams in the last few weeks which I’ve felt have been bringing things out of my subconscious.

The 2 of Coins visually links with the Moon. The top coin takes the place of the Moon and the bottom one takes the place of the lobster. The two dogs are replaced by flowers.  This card represents cooperation, bringing things together so that they work in harmony.

The 7 of Cups suggests that I may receive flashes of inspiration – however these may pass quickly and I should note them when they occur. The way the leaves curl round one cup suggests that one idea in particular is worth pursuing. The 2 of Coins as the central card suggests that my dreams are beneficial at the moment. There is a cooperation between my conscious and unconscious to bring valuable insight to light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Proverbi Figurati for today gives me: pazzo e colui, che va a piedi per commodo del cavallo.
Or crazy is the man who walks for the sake of the comfort of his horse.

This seems like a message concerning taking on burdens which are not your own. How many times do we take on something which inconveniences us but which eases the load for someone else! Often that person may well be better equipped than we are to do the job.

 

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British Summer Time began today signalling increasing hours of daylight in the evenings. Yesterday was a beautiful spring day – sun shining, birds singing, increasing number of plants blooming. This time of year always gives me a spring cleaning urge.

How can I make the most of the increasing hours of daylight?

Le Soleil – 6 of  Coupes – Ace de Batons

How appropriate to draw the Sun card on this question. 🙂  Two figures bask in its rays near water. This card makes me think of the seaside especially with the wall behind – protection for the promenade. I haven’t visited the coast for ages and a few days out at some favourite places would be lovely.

The 6 of Cups is a very balanced card – it speaks of harmony and growth. The colours match those of the Sun suggesting that the longer evenings will bring a feeling of peace and balance.

The Ace of Batons is a return visitor. The baton has replaced the flowering stem in the 6 of Cups but is accompanied by the drops falling from the Sun. The green is only matched by the foundations of the wall.  It heralds a time to build solid foundations, to take inspiration and use it with single-minded focus to make the changes I want to see in my life. Make hay while the sun shines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Proverbi Figurati for today is Chi si crede esser piu savio de gli altri, quello e piu pazzo di tutti.

Rough translation is: Someone who thinks they are more knowledgeable than others, is more foolish than all.

I quite like this idea. It reminds me of people who are so completely sure that they are right – everyone else is wrong. However, if we cannot be humble enough to learn from others, we will never grow as a person. It is foolish to presume that we know everything.

 

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After a week’s break from blogging, I’m back with the ISIS Marseille and the ‘Proverbi Figurati di Giuseppe Maria Mitelli’.

The first is a beautifully coloured, expressive TdM from Japan, the second is a deck which a few of the Deck of the Week group have tried (quick wave to Jema, AJ and Bodhiseed).

Ace of Batons – Temperance – Cavalier D’epee

Temperance is the central card, advising caution and a moderate approach. Her eyes are fixed on the hand holding the baton. She is looking at it while mixing the water in the jugs, finding a way to temper the energy it represents before it does too much damage.

The Ace represents an idea or impulse which can become slightly obsessive, although here my first thought was that it was a stick to beat someone with. Obsessive ideas can do that – we can become so focussed on them that we chastise others who fail to live up to our expectations.

Coming in from the right, the knight charges forward resolutely fixed on cutting something down to size. The question is whether he wants to cut down the restraining influence of Temperance or the obsession of the Ace. My instincts tell me  he wants to cut down Temperance who is oblivious to the threat behind her.

A clear warning that my tendency towards moderation and compromise is not welcomed by all. There are others for whom an idea has become so important that they will not want to hear alternatives. Time to watch my back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ‘Proverbi Figurati’ card reads ‘Chi non puo batter il cavallo, batte la sella’

a loose translation of which is  ‘Someone who cannot beat a horse, beats the saddle’.  The implication here is which is more useful to have at your beck and call – a horse which you have tamed of its wilfulness or a saddle? It seems to imply that it is necessary to focus your attention on the most important detail. This card advises dealing with the proverbial elephant in the room rather than  something which will not be helpful in the long run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting that both cards talk about something which needs to be dealt with – the first is the hidden threat represented by the Cavalier and the second is the obvious thing which everybody ignores. Good advice for me at the present moment.

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Qualities – The Empress: Growth, creative, expansive, life-affirming, abundance, bounty, beneficence, matriachal

Verbs – Temperance: Measuring, moderating, blending, mixing, balancing

Objects – The Moon: Dreams, illusions, the night, the subconscious, primal, cycles, the dark

Putting them together gives me:

Measure growth in dreams

Creativity blends with the subconscious

Balance expansive illusions

Bounty moderates the night

Abundant illusions come in nightly cycles

I like measure growth in dreams. It sounds positive – what better yardstick than your dreams? Which ones have you attained? Which ones are still on your list to achieve? How different would life be if countries measured how well they had met their citizens’ dreams? This of course, would be wonderful if we all had the same dreams. However, this is not the case. People’s dreams for a happy life are different in the details although they may share a core – a dream of peace, happiness for their family, clean water, food to eat, enough money to live comfortably, religious and political freedom. How does our country fare in helping its people achieve those core aims? Some seem to do it more successfully than others.

Abundant illusions come in nightly cycles makes me smile. My nightly dreams are certainly abundant and most definitely have the quality of illusions. The question is, are my daytime dreams really any less outlandish sometimes? This little proverb also hints to me the role of sleep in helping us sort through the events of the day. Often my dreams will pinpoint something I’m not seeing clearly. My illusions manifest in glorious technicolor, fully realised and vivid. Of course, when I wake up I see how ridiculous they are. Honest. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do and Don’t

A simple Do/Don’t do spread for today.

Do! – Ace of Wands

This is a beautiful card – the aces in this deck are among my favourites. This angel is kneeling with a white flower in their hand, focused on something ahead of them. With the wand in the hand, the book on the floor and the candle to one side, it feels like they are undertaking some sort of ritual. It reminds me of my desire to find some meaningful ritual to keep connected to the sacred on a daily basis. I’ve been experimenting with a few different ideas to see what works best for me. This card gives me the impetus to keep it up.

Don’t Do! Eight of Wands

More fiery wands energy! This time there is a cautionary note not to try and proceed too quickly. The way that the angel is glancing at those flying wands make me think of those times when I want to see quick results. It is a gentle reminder that sometimes things need to proceed at a slower pace.

These cards point to the importance of taking time to ourselves, to slow down and connect. Life does not always have to be lived at break-neck speed. Sometimes we need to be the tortoise rather than the hare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creative input

At the moment there are a couple of ambitions I’m working on. One is to write more – short stories, poetry. I just want to get my creative juices flowing. Unfortunately, I seem to have reached the infamous writer’s block and am struggling for inspiration or just to get started. I come up with an idea and promptly reject if for being too stupid.

Tarot to the rescue!

To get myself out of this unproductive rut, I’ve pulled 3 cards to write a story about. I’m not going to worry about quality as my inner critic is the source of my block – I’m just going to concentrate on getting it down on paper.

So we have: Queen of Wands, Nine of Swords and Six of Cups

Possible scenarios:

  • Charismatic go-getter struggles with painful self-doubt and wishes life was simpler
  • Two boys play together in a garden unaware that their father has just had a terrible premonition about their mother
  • A woman is stuck in a nightmare past, unable to break free
  • Career woman falls into coma and becomes trapped in the prison of her mind.
  • Woman worries endlessly about her children so locks them in a walled garden to keep them safe.

The Queen of Wands in this deck has an odd quality of stillness to her – she looks quite meditative but all that red suggests a dangerous quality. A few ideas to play with anyway. 🙂

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In Memoriam

On this date, 10 years ago, my Dad died. I miss his humour and sound advice enormously so the following spread is in honour of him. I used the Golden Tarot by Kat Black.

What is his greatest gift to me? Judgement

Here lies the chance to be reborn, to start afresh in a new life. In many ways, this fits not only my response after his death – when I reinvented myself and changed in many fundamental ways – but also his attitude in life. He always encouraged me to try new things and not be tied to the past. If something wasn’t working, he’d tell me to try a different way. I always felt that his support would be there even if I messed things up spectacularly. It gave me the courage to be adventurous.

What advice would he give me now? Queen of Wands

Of all the court cards, this is the one which I’ve always identified as not being like me. I struggle to be assertive, to take charge and be a leader. My natural default position is to be reflective and reactive. I know that I need to take charge and be more proactive in a particular part of my life so this is very good advice for me. It won’t be easy to step into her shoes but if I want the situation to change, I’m going to have to.

What would he encourage me to laugh at? Nine of Coins

This seems very apt. One of the things which is holding me back, is my worry that the change will lead to a loss of my financial comfort and independence. Maybe I just need to lighten up about it and trust that the change will still bring money. It will be different but it does not need to lead to hardship.  She is surrounded by the abundance of nature which perhaps is pointing to the fact that my life can be enriched in other ways.

Thanks, Dad! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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