Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Emperor Times Four

This is the fifth entry in a series in which I share four versions of a particular Major Arcana card, and write a poem that takes us through all four versions. To read all of the poems to date, search “Times Four” in the blog search field.

To simplify the process for myself, I am going to go in alphabetic order by deck. In this post, representing The Emperor, we have the Tarot of Color by Leisa ReFalo (The Tarot Connection), the Chrysalis Tarot written by Toney Brooks with paintings by Holly Sierra (U. S. Games, Inc.), the Crystal Visions Tarot by Jennifer Galasso (U.S. Games, Inc.), and Tarot Draconis by Davide Corsi (Lo Scarabeo).



The Emperor
by Zanna Starr

Son of the Morning,
Chief Among the Mighty,
He is bold and fiery Aries,
A blazing Light, a purifying Flame.

Green Man,
Patriarch and Father,
He is balanced structure, 
Energy devoted to sustaining life.

The Emperor,
Guardian and Authority,
He is the Ram and the Eagle, 
A mighty protector and leader.

Inner Warrior,
Guide and King,
He is L’Imperatore and El Emperador,
L’Empereur and Der Herscher.
He is O Imperador.

The Emperor.
Son of the Morning.
Chief Among the Mighty.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Old English Tarot: Ace of Coins

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
Ace of Coins
by Helen Howell


What a nice visual the Old English Ace of Coins makes. Very different again from the Rider Waite traditional card, although the message conveyed in both cards is much the same.

The Rider Waite has a hand that offers a large pentacle, again the hand a symbol of a gift, the gift is the tangible. The Pentacle or Coin, whichever you choose to call it, can very simply mean that the time is right for going ahead with a money making idea, or that prosperity is in the cards! In the Rider Waite card, the garden is shown as lush and green, green being a colour that can represent adaptability, growth, balance, expansion and creativity.

The Old English shows us a house with a tree each side and that stands facing a field of wheat that is ready to harvest. When I look at this image I get the message that it says the time is right now to harvest that crop if you want to make the best of it. What I do see in this image more than I see in the Rider Waite one is that it shows us how the process through the other three suits has brought us to this moment. In other words, how the thoughts (swords) and the emotions that drive us (cups) have resulted in the necessary action (wands) to now manifest that initial idea into something tangible (coins.) If we look at this image we know that the farmer who lives in the house had the idea (swords) to buy wheat seed and a good feeling (cups) about how successful it could be, and so went ahead and planted and tended it (wands) in order to manifest it into a viable crop.

If we know our traditional meanings then we know the Rider Waite card speaks of this, but the Old English doesn’t just speak of this, it clearly shows us the results of those previous three suits and how this has manifested into the material form.

So the message may be the same for both cards: Manifest those ideas into something tangible. Whenever you see an Ace in a reading it always heralds new beginnings unless of course you’re reading its negative form. The one thing to remember, though, whatever the goal is, it is dependent upon your action to set it in motion.

A nice thing to also remember with all Aces is that its corresponding Major Card is the Magician and I like to think of that card as saying “The magic lies in your hands!”

LWB says:
Perfection, material and spiritual prosperity, bliss, attainment, treasure.
Reversed: Prosperity without happiness, wasted money.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Review: The Inner Wizard - Message Cards from Your Higher Self

R E V I E W


The Inner Wizard – Message Cards From Your Higher Self
Author: Jacob Roth & Libby Ram
Artist/Designer: Orma Ben-Shoshan
Independently Published
2003 (Hebrew), 2013 (English)
Available through _Kabbalah Insights_


TOP LINE (formerly Bottom Line)

More than simple “affirmations,” the Inner Wizard cards offer notes from various entities or “characters” including God, Venus, Your suffering body, Your past, Your future self, Your higher self, The spirit of magical nonsense, and The director. How we react or respond to the   identity of the “sender” of the note is perhaps as important as how we react or respond to the contents of the note itself. Equally important are how we respond to the zodiac sign associated with the card, as well as the choice proclamation on the other side. All of these things together create an interactive experience that gives us a more-than-generous helping of food for thought.

And if *thinking* is not what you really need to do right now, simply let the wise, uplifting messages of the Inner Wizards fill your spirit with hope and harmony. I like the idea of combining these cards with Tarot or other oracle cards as well.

THE PUBLISHER'S PRODUCT SUMMARY

“Each card is a short notelet that sends you a message from some aspect of your inner self or subconscious. The wise cards represent the higher self that communicate with us through a channel of intuition. They are unique healing angels that bring awareness to your inner world. They will empower you again and again, and reassure that you are an active participant in the game of life, and, in fact - whatever happens to you - is for your highest good.”

“The Inner Wizard cards expose typical stories of everyday life that relate to all of us. Each story is also related to a particular astrological sign that gives you, the reader, extra dimension to your understanding of the messages, as well as your own self.”

APPEARANCE, SIZE, QUALITY

The cards are a nice size, even for small hands (approximately 3 1/8 inches by 3 1/8 inches), and they can be shuffled without much trouble. They are printed on sturdy, glossy card stock. One side (the side of  choice proclamations) is red. The other side is a soft pastel color based on astrological sign. For example, cards associated with Leo, a Fire sign, are dark golden orange in color on the side where the note appears. Cards associated with Gemini, an Air sign, are blue. Cards associated with Taurus, an Earth sign, are green.

The deck is packaged in a sturdy box with a lid. The box also contains a leaflet with information about the cards and the astrological and elemental attributes.


BASIC INFORMATION

The Inner Wizard is recommended for people who would like to integrate an unusual tool into their divinatory work, and for individuals who would like to get in touch with hidden aspects of their life. The cards were created by the collaborative team Jacob Roth and Libby Ram. They were first published in Israel in 1999 and became best-sellers. The cards have been translated into English, redesigned and produced by Orna Ben-Shoshan, the creator of multiple Kabbalah Insights products like The 72 Names of God, King Solomon Oracle Cards, and Tokens of Light.

The deck contains 84 insight cards that make three sets in one package:

  • 84 personal notes to support you daily – These notes are “signed” as if coming from entities, beings, or aspects of yourself. Examples are God, Venus, Me, Your suffering body, Your past, Your future self, Your higher self.
  • 84 renewed choice proclamations, each beginning with “I consciously choose…”
  • astrological aspects that relate to your situation – A zodiac sign symbol is placed in the four corners of the side of the card containing the note. These astrological associations are intended to “deepen the significance of the card in your process.” 


The leaflet included with the deck provides “strengthening and weakening attributes of the astrological archetypes.” For example:


The creators of the deck recommend that “when you have a question or seek advice for the coming day, shuffle the cards and draw one out. Read the message on the front of the card, and you will gain a new insight. The reverse side of each card gives you a ‘renewed choice proclamation’ that will help you change your consciousness regarding the issue that came up, and support the closure of a certain cycle.” Other options include drawing a card in the morning and another in the evening to see what progress has been made, or drawing three cards and reading them from left to right, past-present-future, “as if you read an unfolding story.”

Monday, March 16, 2015

Listen to the Animals: Raven

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

If you are interested in finding out who your Animal Guides are, you can get an Animal Guides Reading through my _Etsy shop_ or my _Web Site_.

Today I am using the Animal Dreaming Oracle Cards by Scott Alexander King, illustrated by Karen Branchflower (Blue Angel Publishing). To read more about my experiences with this deck, click HERE.

My card is RAVEN / Magick.


Yes, it’s that “Nevermore” dude that Edgar Allen Poe was so fond of. And I’m fond of Raven, too.

In this deck, Raven is considered to be a Water card. This is obviously not because ravens live in water. It’s more about the symbolic meaning of Water, which I understand to include emotion, imagination, sensitivity, spirituality, dreams, the subconscious, intuition, and inner experiences.

Scott Alexander King writes: “Magick is the ability to communicate our needs and to channel our purpose by sitting within the silence, ceasing the inner chatter and reconnecting with the Universe.” In his Guidebook to the Animal Dreaming Oracle Cards, King states that the Raven card encourages us to strengthen our line of communication with Spirit through prayer, at the same time strengthening our self-perception.