Friday, June 23, 2017

Tarot Unfolding - The Fool and Ones

I am continuing to have a lot of fun working with the Facebook group Tarot Nerds and refreshing/challenging/working on my understanding of the tarot. It is really stirring up my interest in a way I haven't experienced in (ahem) far too long. Because of this, I have started doing edits on my work for this again, so I'm adding and changing a few things based on where I can see a need for improvement. It is fun to be pursuing a creative endeavor this way again. I've waited too long!

So, since I have already posted the introduction material, I'll jump straight in to the meat of the matter: the card explanations. I'm realizing some things are not as completely aligned with the original RWS imagery as I remembered. That is partly because my first deck was the Enchanted Tarot, and partly because I have a slightly different image for each card anyway. (Does this mean I need to design my ideas? lol I could try it!) I hope that does not make things confusing.

So, here is the material for interpretations on the Fool and the Ones, which include the Magician, the High Priestess, and the ones of each suit of the Minor Arcana. Enjoy!

The Fool
The Ones - The Magician, The High Priestess, & ones of Minor Arcana

And, for convenience, here are the intro chapters.
Introduction
Getting Started
Building Blocks - Numbers
Building Blocks - Elements

Until next time!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Tarot Unfolding: Introduction

Good morning, tarot fans! I don't claim to be an expert, but I have been reading the tarot cards for over two decades, so I've seen a few things even though I've never read for others professionally. That was never really my goal anyway; I was more interested in the personal development and the symbols. Oh, the symbols. I could talk about those all day. :)

Since a couple of you indicated interest in reading what I had to say about how I organize the tarot meanings in my readings, I thought I would "unlock the vault" and pull out what I had written about this subject. I will say, I've not seen anyone else use this sort of organization for the Major Arcana, so while I doubt everything in here is unique, I do think it is unusual. I find it very helpful, so I hope you do, as well.

As for what to do with it, I would hope you would read it, analyse it, see if it's useful for you. Keep a copy for yourself if you want, but please send people here with a link if you want to share. I did write every word of it, so please don't say someone else did.

So, without further ado, here are links to the "introductory" chapters of the book tentatively titled "Tarot Unfolding." Hope you find something useful.

Introduction
Getting Started
Building Blocks - Numbers
Building Blocks - The Elements

Please don't leave me hanging! If you find something useful or think it's full of hogwash, please let me know. I'm ever refining my interpretations based on what the world sends my way, so I would love your feedback.

Thanks for reading my little book.

Remodeling

It's been a long time since I've written on this blog. I've passed through many battles and parties on the way, and my family and I have grown from them.

I've spent a good time recently working to reach a life that aligns more closely with what I believe are my highest goals. This has been a slow process, but it has been well worth the extra soul-searching and thinking and figuring out. For me, the biggest difficulty has been hubris. So often, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking one must be remembered, honored, or regarded as famous or fabulous to make a difference. For years, I fell prey to those thoughts of "special" things to do and accomplish. No wonder I was confused when my life kept handing me humble tasks! My truth, as I've worked to uncover it, really doesn't have much to do with acclaim or fortune, as fun as both sound (in theory). And really, I've learned that neither "ideal" is actually a goal I would enjoy. Why would I be obsessed with fame as success when my life urges retreat, relaxation, and gestation? Could the cultural ideal be a mismatch to what I really need? Yes, yes, yes. But sometimes, it takes a hammer upside the head, as we say in the South of the US, to realize the truth of a situation.

So, why write publically again. Well, it doesn't really matter if I'm famous, but if I have something that needs to be shared, there are ways to share it without letting ego get in the way. I want to help others, and if I have no point of contact, how can I do so? How can I get feedback if I'm only transmitting? I feel like blogging is a good compromise for these situations.

As to what I will share, well, I'm going to start with the "easy" route and share some of my work on symbolism. I have YEARS of dedication and obsession with symbolism, how humanity uses it, abuses it, can learn from it, can hurt from it. My first real forays were with fairy tales and mythology, but the first that really caught my full attention was that synthesis of tales told in the tarot deck. After about a decade of interest, an online friend and new learner of the tarot asked me how I organized the meanings of the cards, and I started a project that sat unfulfilled for another decade. I've taken it out, brushed it off, and started finding that the waiting period feels more like a gestation, so I'm ready to try to bring this to the world, poor little child that it is, and let others see it, touch it, and help it grow. Perhaps it will turn out to be a marvelous living document that brings help to many. Perhaps not. Perhaps it will only give one little inspiration to another person. Perhaps everything that grows from this will be internal and personal. All of these possibilities are ok right now. My little Fool of a manuscript deserves its chance to meet the World and see what comes of its work. Perhaps I deserve that, too.