Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sherlock Holmes Card of the Day - 8 of Swords

For January 27, 2015, the Sherlock Holmes Card of the Day is:


The Sherlock Holmes Tarot (Sterling Ethos)

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.

This card is inspired by The Hound of the Baskervilles, specifically, an attack on Watson by the villainous Colonel Sebastian Moran. The scene on the card, showing Watson bound to a chair, is not recorded in the canon. However, the creators of the deck felt it very likely occurred as part of the whole ordeal. While reading the story, we know that Sherlock Holmes is close by and we have confidence that he will rescue Watson.

So here we have a situation where Watson is caught up in matters beyond his control, imprisoned, restricted, and unable to escape. The creators of this deck include the key words “fear of what others say, bigoted opinions, intolerance” – the idea of someone’s mind, ability to observe, or perspective being limited or inhibited in some way. It is important to escape or emerge from these limitations in order to see matters clearly and make a logical decision on what to do next.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Old English Tarot: 3 of Batons

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
3 of Batons
by Helen Howell

Now you may take a look at the Old English 3 of Batons and wonder what on earth does a windmill and rabbits mean? But if we take a closer look and compare it to a more traditional card like the Rider-Waite, then it all becomes clear.

In the Rider-Waite card we see a man gazing out across the water towards some hills/mountains (these could represent his goals). Two wands are firmly planted behind him (representing the actions already taken) and one wand he holds steady with his hand (the future action to be taken.) The card is about future action, making the next decision, realising that although the first stage has been completed there is still more to accomplish.

But this message is not so clear in the Old English and that is because its image is not so much about thinking about the next step, but rather showing more about being enterprising -- symbolised here for us by those rabbits who seem to be taking over the foreground. Also it’s about being productive, which is maybe what the windmill stands for -- you know the blades turn and the grain is ground type of thing. The green grass as a colour indicates balance, but also adaptability, potential and expansion, which is the key to the next step.

So although it may not be as obvious in its message as the Rider-Waite card, it still indicates that in order to grow and expand one needs to keep focused on what it is they want to achieve.

This is a number 3 card and in the tarot sequence it often shows us the first stage of completion. As this is a Batons card (Wands in traditional decks) it indicates how the creative energy is used in combining different elements to achieve an outcome.

So when you look at the Old English 3 of Batons, and you see that windmill’s blades turning and those rabbits multiplying, remember the message in its simplest form is keep at it!

The LWB says:
Practical knowledge, business acumen, enterprise, undertaking.
Reversed: Ulterior motives, treachery, diminishing adversity.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sherlock Holmes Card of the Day 1/24/15

I don’t plan on doing a Card of the Day (COTD) every day on Tarot Notes, but I thought that for a while, when I don’t have anything else longer that I want to post, I will share a card from one of my Christmas gifts: The Sherlock Holmes Tarot by John Matthews and Wil Kinghan (Sterling Ethos).

So for today, January 24, the Card of the Day is:


The Sherlock Holmes Tarot (Sterling Ethos)

I am a huge fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories by A. Conan Doyle, but in  this deck, The Hierophant is linked with The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, a novel written by American writer Nicholas Meyer in 1974. Published as a "lost manuscript" of the late Dr. John H. Watson, the novel focuses on Sherlock Holmes’ recovery from his addiction to cocaine. The title of the novel (and the card) is a reference to Holmes’ use of the drug in a seven-per-cent solution.

In the book accompanying The Sherlock Holmes Tarot, the creators of the deck write: “While we in no way condone the use of such stimulants, the effect of the drug upon Holmes is a perfect metaphor for the opening of the consciousness to deeper and inner levels offered by the Hierophant.”

As the Card of the Day, The Hierophant may be alerting me to an opportunity to use my insights to inspire others, to transform the mundane into the mystical, or to mentor someone who is young or inexperienced. I am cautioned to be careful that I don’t attach too much importance to myself, that I avoid getting bogged down in rigid procedures, and that I refrain from projecting my ideas onto others. I need to find a way to preserve and honor tradition or heritage without being a slave to them.

Friday, January 23, 2015

What / Why or Who / Best Response

I am using the Celtic Lenormand by Chloë McCracken and Will Worthington (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.) to take a peek at this weekend. The quotations below each positional definition are from the booklet that accompanies this deck. This 3-card line is intended to answer:

(1) What may take center stage
(2) Why or Who?
(3) Best response to the situation

(1) What may take center stage: BOOK (26)

“Esoteric knowledge and other secrets may be revealed to someone willing to study its mystery.”

“It may take some study or research to clarify whether these secrets are positive or negative.”

“The Book may also represent a project you are involved with. . . something that takes time, training and sufficient information and expertise to bring to fruition.”

(2) Why or Who? BEAR (15)

“The bear’s appearance suggests someone who may be stocky, curvaceous, broad-shouldered or hairy. Additionally, this card can represent either a man or a woman, and is seen by some as a mother-figure, by others as a protective male…”

“This drive to acquire wealth that may not even be used can be likened to a person who works so hard that he may not have time to spend the money he earns.”

(3) Best response to the situation: CHILD-GIRL (13)

“sincere, honest, open, childlike”

“This young girl is learning tasks that will serve her well in later life. . . Beginning with small chores, she will gradually take on more. . .”

“There is only one cure for inexperience, and that is life itself. So, approach it playfully…”

Interesting! Can’t wait to see how this plays out…