I use tarot and oracle cards as tools for reflection and contemplation. Rather than divining the future, they are a way for me to look more deeply at the "now."
"The goal isn't to arrive, but to meander, to saunter, to make your life a holy wandering." ~ Rami Shapiro

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Bodacious and Boundless

This week I'll be using the Anna K. Tarot, created and self-published by Anna Klaffinger (though now published by Llewellyn). Along with it, I'll be drawing from the Meditation Cards, a deck created and self-published by Asha Greer. All the keywords and quotes for these cards have been added by me. Today's draws are the Empress and "Window Cleaner:"
          I remember when this deck first came out; several people thought this bodacious beauty wasn't lovely enough to be considered the Empress. She has a wildness about her, not the perfected looks of a magazine model. Her roundness symbolizes her abundant love and unlimited benevolence expressed in creative ways. She has no interest in fitting into someone's overly structured beliefs or following strict guidelines. Her nurturing aspect is boundless and reaches out in all directions.
          The Window Cleaner figure looks as if it sits behind a pane of glass. It reminds me of specialized collections kept under lock and key that people can look at but not touch. These things are no longer beneficial in a practical way, but used only in displays. One of the quotes I chose for this card is by Rumi: Every holy person seems to have a different doctrine and practice, but there's really only one work. The work he speaks of is love, not some dogma or ritual mandated by those in charge. We all have different ways of showing our tenderness and affection to others. All the Queens of each of the suits in tarot have their own method of nurturing and caring. I tend to be a two-sided coin, with the Queen of Pentacles on one side and the Queen of Swords on the other. How about you?

8 comments:

  1. Well, the title of this post is fabulous. So fun to see Asha's cards here and I love your innovation with them. I think my queenly self tends towards a Cups~Swords combo.

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    1. Asha's cards are great for letting my mind drop into each painting and rest there, then see what bubbles up. :)
      I can totally see you as a Cups-Swords gal!

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    1. He says things so poetically yet profoundly. :)

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  3. Same as you: Pentacles and Swords! I like these oracle cards. they remind me of Soulcards. Do you have set meanings for them or do they vary according to how you feel?

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    1. I basically just went with what I felt or saw, then added my own titles and quotes to match. :)

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  4. Great post! Cups and Swords for me... I feel and think to much. :)

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    1. Love your new avatar! And I can very much see you as cups and swords. :)

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