Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Celtic Dragon Plus Celtic Lenormand: A Reading

About two years ago (Yikes! That long ago?) I did a reading with a spread that uses a Lenormand line of five and two Tarot cards

Just the other day, I came across a two-card Tarot/Lenormand combination spread over at Greylady's Hearth. I loved what Ellen did with the two cards she drew, so I decided it was time for me to try a Tarot-Lenormand combination again.

This two-card pairing features The Celtic Dragon Tarot by D.J. Conway and Lisa Hunt (Llewellyn Publications) and the Celtic Lenormand by ChloĆ« McCracken and Will Worthington (U.S. Games Systems Inc.) I am totally not coming up with a question or concern that I want to address right now, so I am going to challenge these cards to “tell me something I need to know today.”

Okay, Celtic Dragon, you go first: JUDGMENT (Trump 20)

And now, let’s hear from the Celtic Lenormand: LORD (Card 28). This is one of two cards numbered 28 in this deck, the other being titled “Man.”

Well. You know, the first thing that strikes me with this pair of cards is the similarity between the pose or “attitude” of the dragon on the Judgment card and the man on the Lord card. I mean, look at them. But of course there are differences. Let’s see what we can see.

D.J. Conway tells us that the dragon on Trump 20 is tenderly administering healing and comfort to the man in the bed. And, thanks to Lisa Hunt’s artistry, you can sense this by looking closely at the card. Judgment does represent a cycle of renewal or rebirth, an awakening to a new world filled with sunlight.

It’s not hard, then, to imagine the man in the bed on Judgment rising up and embracing a new life, transforming himself into the man on the Lenormand Lord – proud, strong, and dignified. The Lord (or Man) card traditionally represents the querent if he is male, or the most important man in the querent’s life. I think it is fair to adjust this to say “an important man” in my life, without making the distinction of “most important.”

I see this pairing as pointing to my brother, who recently retired from a company where he worked in management for ten years. He thoroughly enjoyed the first eight years of the job, but the last two were filled with health problems, friction between himself and upper management, merging companies, and finally, an attempt by the company to give him less than he deserved in severance or retirement pay. Finally, this has all come to end, and he is free to move into a brand new phase of life with his wife.

As it turns out, my brother is visiting us this week, so this lends even more credence (in my mind) to the theory posited above. What I need to know is that this is where he is right now and anything I can do to support and encourage him will be appreciated.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Old English Tarot: 7 of Swords

In today's blog entry, Helen Howell continues her exploration of cards from the Old English Tarot by Maggie Kneen (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.)

Old English Tarot
7 of Swords
by Helen Howell

What could be more fitting for the Old English 7 of Swords than a Knight fighting a Dragon! Unlike its traditional brother the Rider Waite, it doesn’t give us the impression of a sneak or deviousness in an outright way.

If you remember the Rider Waite shows us someone who has crept into the enemy camp unnoticed and is making off with their swords, which can symbolise for us subterfuge or not showing your hand in a situation to get what you want. Also, though, it speaks of strategy and that’s what the Old English appears to speak of to me, too.

In the Old English image is a Knight bravely (or stupidly, whichever applies) fighting a dragon at close quarters. That old dragon is puffing out fiery flames that look like they could burn that Knight. Our Knight is already pursuing a course of action which could also speak of tenacity, determination to see something through no matter what the risk. But I think for me, this card is also suggesting, that one should look at how we approach it.

As Swords are the element that connects us to clarity, intellect and thoughts, it may well be suggesting to us that perhaps we need to rethink our actions, form a new strategy, one that will ensure success. Now this is a number 7 in the tarot sequence. This, for me, has come to represent wisdom, insight, and gaining personal confidence and growth. It’s a number that urges us to reflect on a situation. From this will come growth and self-knowledge. The number coupled with the image on this card of the Knight fighting the dragon does give me the feeling that together they represent that one needs to realise that an aggressive approach may not necessarily be the best one.

I think the one thing that both the Rider Waite and the Old English do is draw our attention to the fact that one should consider the consequences of their proposed action before they take it.

The LWB says:
Perseverance, new plans, endeavours, fortitude, fantasy.
Reversed: Arguments, questionable advice.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Listen to the Animals: Black Rhino

For this Tarot Notes feature, I pull one card from an animal-themed deck to represent an important message from that animal.

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Today I am using Ancient Animal Wisdom by Stacy James and Jada Fire (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.)

My card is BLACK RHINO.

Rhinos are one of the oldest groups of mammals, virtually living fossils. The black rhino once roamed most of sub-Saharan Africa, but today is listed as Critically Endangered because of rising demand for rhino horn (thought, in some cultures, to possess magical and medicinal qualities), which has driven poaching to record levels. Both black and white rhinoceroses are actually gray. They are different not in color but in lip shape.

The Ancient Animal Wisdom guidebook assigns the key phrase “Survival of Self” to this card. The black rhino’s solitary nature can be a signal to me that I need to worry less about what others think or say about me, that I need to focus on the path that is best for me, what helps me survive. Additionally, the black rhino’s thick skin reminds me that I sometimes need to be “thick skinned” when it comes to criticism or questioning of my path.

The guidebook has a small section on numerology. The Black Rhino card is number Two, which the guidebook says represents “Intuition, Feminine Divine, Sensitivity.” This reminds me that “sensitivity” can be either helpful or harmful, depending on various factors. My challenge is to use my own sensitivity wisely, to avoid being hypersensitive while still being thoughtful and perceptive when appropriate.

You can read more about the black rhino at these web sites:

And here are some photos I took of what I believe are white rhinos. (The word “white” does not refer to color, but is rather a misinterpretation of a Dutch word meaning “wide.”)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sherlock Holmes Card of the Day - 2 of Swords

The Sherlock Holmes Card of the Day is:


In The Sherlock Holmes Tarot by John Matthews and Wil Kinghan (Sterling Ethos), the suit of Observation (represented by an eye) is comparable to the suit of Swords. The quotation chosen to represent the entire suit of Observation is from _The Red-Headed League_: “This is a time for observation, not for talk.”

On the Two of Observation, we see Holmes paused in the act of making an arrest, waiting to hear the explanation offered to him by the villain. Sherlock Holmes always makes his own decisions concerning the outcome of a case, and there are times when hje even allows apparently guilty people to go free. We see this in the Holmesian Wisdom quote linked with this card: “I had rather play tricks with the law of England than with my own conscience.” (from _The Abbey Grange_)

When this card appears, we are advised to analyze a situation before taking action. The best choice may be amnesty, temporary peace, or compromise. Hesitation and indecision are not necessarily wrong or harmful. Reversed, the Two of Observation can indicate treachery, duplicity, betrayal, false friendship, or dishonour.