Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Gaining ground, goal line bound!

Knight of Wands - Daniloff Tarot 
Oh look, more broccoli. It's Knight of Wands from Daniloff Tarot. Well, I drew Page of Wands on Monday and mentioned that when the Page of Wands grows up, he becomes the Knight of Wands.

Last night I started a new evening class, the first formal class I've taken since I earned my degree in 1989. I'm preparing for my assessment to become Area Librarian, which would see me in charge of five libraries. And this morning I woke up feeling like it was a good day to finally address all this junk food eating I've been doing for the last couple of years which has led to a weight gain of 30 pounds! (Maybe that's why the Knight of Wands is carrying broccoli and has a skirt of leafy greens...)

I've been a lot more Knight of Wandsy lately than is my usual MO. He has determination and commitment and a lot of passion. He charges forward toward his goal. He has no clear plan how he's going to get there, trusting that he can make it up as he goes along, 'monitoring and adjusting' as we used to say in the teaching game--in other words, trusting that he can deal effectively with any obstacles or challenges that cross his path. He is youthful, confident and outgoing. He's sort of like the high school football hero -- young, popular, confident, with his whole life ahead of him. Possibly arrogant, swaggering and full of hubris, but on the whole a good-natured and pleasant chap. This is the sort of character I think of when I typecast the Knight of Wands, and the character who comes to mind for me personally is from a little-known film from 20 or 30 years ago called 'Everybody's All-American.' The character is the young Gavin Grey:




Over the course of the film, Gavin is taken down a peg or two (or three!) but he's certainly Knight of Wandsy while he's in university and a few years thereafter. 'Golden Boy,' they called him.

I don't know how many touchdowns I'll score today but I feel like I might be able to make it over the goal line a few times before I'm done. :)

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Cowardly lion?

Strength - Daniloff Tarot 
Today's card from Daniloff Tarot (2012) is 'La Forza' -- Strength. Interestingly, this deck offers you two versions of Strength and Justice. The Strength card is printed with an 8 and an 11, and so is the Justice card, so you can choose which ones you use in your deck. I have no real preference because I use a variety of decks, but as this deck is quite clearly RWS based, I have chosen to use 8 as Strength  because that is the RWS tradition.

So here we see a maiden riding a lion sidesaddle. The lion doesn't look too happy about it -- maybe she's heavier than she looks. He reminds me a bit of the Cowardly Lion from Wizard of Oz, actually, and that's curious, because it's the second time this deck has made me think of Wizard of Oz. I already think most faces look a lot like the Scarecrow. (Their noses all look 'attached' to the face.) I wonder if the artist, Alexander Daniloff, is a fan of Wizard of Oz. I bet he is!

I wonder in what way I will be called upon to use strength today.


Monday, 15 September 2014

Raise your banner high - Page of Wands

Page of Wands - Daniloff Tarot 
All the Pages in Daniloff Tarot (2012) hold a banner like this, containing an emblem of the suit. This banner on the Page of Wands features the blossoming wand, a flaming torch and a salamander -- perfect, if you ask me. (Though the leafy wand reminds me a bit of broccoli.) The colours of the card a suitably fiery, with oranges and reds, and touches of green to denote the sprouting of life that is associated with Wands. Pages are the earth element and so this chap is Earth of Fire.

You've surely by now become aware that I like to associate characters from books, movies or TVs to courts to aid in understanding. The Page of Wands is Bart Simpson. True, he's not as popular as he used to be, but it's still a handy association. The Page of Wands, like Bart, is:

*mischievous
*playful
*energetic
*not inclined to consider consequences
*impulsive
*independent
*willful
*positive
*spontaneous
*risk taker

You can see the pros and cons of these traits straightaway! The energy of the Page of Wands must be balanced a bit or else, like Bart, you may find yourself constantly writing lines on the blackboard and wondering where it all went wrong. But you can't keep a Page of Wands down -- at least you will bounce back instantly from the consequences of your actions, and your spirit will not be one bit dampened. (Though unfortunately, you still may not have learned your lesson and will probably repeat this pattern over and over.). Oh well, eventually the Page learns -- and then he becomes the Knight.

Personally, I think it's asking a lot to want Page of Wands energy from a Queen of Swords on a Monday morning, but I'll give it a go.



Sunday, 14 September 2014

Share a Spread Sunday - Umbrae's Relationship Spread

This is an advanced and tricky spread created by Umbrae, of Aeclectic Tarot. Originally shared by Umbrae in 2002, this is a fascinating piece of spreadcrafting, and it deserves to be studied. I've used it for a client and it proves quite illuminating. (The cards in the illustration are from the Daniloff Tarot.)


The spread examines a relationship from the point of view of the sitter (or client), the other person in the relationship, and the relationship itself. The spread is broken down by row and column, and then looked at as a whole.


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Order from chaos - the craftsman in Daniloff Tarot

Today's card is 3 of Pentacles from Daniloff Tarot, a self-published deck from Alexander Daniloff. This card shows off a few of the qualities of the minors in the deck. The colours are more limpid than in the majors, slightly washed-out hues. Another thing to notice is the curious faces in the deck. They seem 'put together', like rag dolls or puppets more than human beings. If you look closely, you can see that the man's nose looks 'attached' to his face. I find this style of art interesting. It's a sort of 'Wizard of Oz Scarecrow' look. It is pretty consistent throughout the deck. Human figures have faces that remind me of puppets.

The 3 of Pentacles (or Coins) here portrays the expected scene of a craftsman working on a cathedral. It has the usual configuration (from RWS) of three coins carved into an archway. In addition, there are three gold coins on his garments (shoulders and hat). Interestingly, the two observers (a priest and a nobleman) are missing from the scene, and so the interpretation of collaboration or team work is less obvious, though one could still read them in I suppose -- there has to be a patron of this project, and the building, presumably, is still a cathedral. The work being does seems a bit more shambolic, with that rather haphazard-looking scaffolding in the back and some sort of copper pot with liquid slopping over its side. Still, the theme of working to a plan, of crafting something carefully and diligently, remains.

I found out on Thursday I have been shortlisted for Area Librarian and my assessment is next week. I need to begin work today on my 10-minute presentation. Right now I feel about as shambolic and mournful as this guy looks. But he'll make order out of the mess (as soon as he realises he's got the plans upside down) and so will I. :)

Friday, 12 September 2014

Say hello to the Daniloff Tarot

I just got the Daniloff Tarot and thought I'd show you my favourite cards from each section of the deck.  Here are my favourite majors - Magician, Chariot, Moon and World: 



I always like to look at the aces together when I am examining a new deck, and these do not disappoint: 


And here are my favourite small cards (or pips, or minors) -- 4 of Wands, 6 of Coins, 8 of Cups, 10 of Swords (startling):



And a sample of each of the four courts -- Page of Wands, Knight of Cups, Queen of Swords (she makes me laugh) and King of Coins: 


Click here to order Daniloff. :D

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Share a Spread Sunday: Harvest Moon in Pisces

The full moon is in Pisces this week (Tuesday, 9 September). It falls in Pisces Decan 2, a decan which makes us easily susceptible to the energies around us. Because this is a watery sign, we're going to be feeling emotional anyway, so it's going to be important in these days leading up to the full moon and then from then to the new moon to protect ourselves from negativity and shield ourselves with positive energy. 


This is also the last Super Moon of 2014 (when the moon comes very close to earth in its elliptical orbit) as well as the Harvest Moon (the full moon nearest to Autumn Equinox -- it beats out the full moon on 8 October by only 16 hours!) 

Here's a spread for the Harvest Moon in Pisces: 



1. How can I protect myself from negativity? 
2. How can I increase my own positivity?
3. How can I increase positivity around me?
4. What am I harvesting in this full moon? 

My reading for myself is on my other blog: Blackbirds and Rowanberries. :)