Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Courts in Court | Crime Families | Corleones & Krays

He's going to make you an offer
you can't refuse......
My good friend Viv had another stroke of genius the other day (to see previous strokes, and stitches, visit her blog!) and suggested that m'blog would be a great place to discuss the Courts and chat about their various criminal inclinations.

And it's an INSPIRED idea!

So who do you think are our Corleones? our Sopranos? our Luccheses? our Krays?

And let's not forget those dastardly Partridges (for crimes against music, of course).

Let's set the mood.....

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Full Moon in Aries | Queen of Wands | October 2014

*claps hands* bring this woman a thermal vest!
In October the silver light of the full moon falls on Aries, or as we know her Royal Highness here at Tarot Thrones, the Queen of Wands.

Since this is also a lunar eclipse, that silver light will turn a dark and earthy red as the shadow from our own little rock falls across the face of the moon.

Technically, the moon is full at a whisper off midday on the 8th of October, so celebrate it when you can!  If you live in Western North America, you lucky things get to see the full lunar eclipse Here in the UK, we'll see nothing! PAH!

Not only will this be a lunar eclipse, it will also be a SELENELION.  Which is NOTHING to do with sealions and everything to do with fancy-pants atmospheric conditions.

You can read about it here.

Anyhoo, to mark the lunar eclipse and the marvellousness of the Selenelion we witness the appearance of the Queen of Wands energy in our inner lives.  Here's the Enchantress of Wands from the Tarot of Delphi, resplendent in her diaphanous red robe.  I think it may be time to send a Page down to the boiler room to instruct the ceremonial turning on of the central heating here at Thrones or she's going to catch pneumonia.....

So what is the Queen of Wands saying to us this Full Moon?

Friday, 3 October 2014

Tarot in Art | Queen of Pentacles | Visconti

"Here, you take it, my arm's getting tired!"
On my frequent forays into the dusty art vaults at Tarot Thrones to bring you something lovely to see, I found this gem tacked on the floor behind the door behind an ancient pile of Radio Times magazines.

This is the Queen of Pentacles, or 'Reine de Deniers' to give her her sale title, who was sold at Christies in Paris back in 2005.

It is attributed to The Master of the Visconti Tarot (mid 15th century) and is gouache on board, with gilded highlights.

Seated in front of a draped blue banner, we meet the red robed Queen.  She wears a golden crown to denote her rank and is depicted with her Coin held aloft in her right hand. Although she looks a bit pregnant, I suspect that is just the fashion of the frock.

Just off to the left of the card we an see another figure who is either handing the Queen her Coin or receiving it from her.

It's a beautiful little image that measures 168mm x 63mm

The card was estimated to sell at $33,549-$46,968

It actually sold for $376, 817!

Am I the only woman who wishes that Empire line frocks would come back into fashion so that we too can sit and let our tummies relax like the Queen of Pentacles.

Also crowns.  I would like a crown......

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Knights of Wands | Annoying little gaming dudes

Forget the bare arms -
pull on a sweater, woman!
So, it was Sunday.  I am alone in the house.  I am luxuriating a la Queen of Pentacles mode on the sofa with the soundtrack from Gypsy playing discretely.  Well, as about discretely as you can have Miss Mazeppa and her bugle,  a pot of posh coffee on the go.....the Sunday newspapers....I was in heaven.


My son and his equally computer-mad friend arrive at the door, asking whether they could just have 'an hour' playing a game on line.

Don't ask me what it was.  They tell me that it's building space-craft but there seems to be a LOT of shooting involved in building spacecraft the way they do it.

Anyway, I acquiesced, determined to keep my Sunday Morning Pentacly Vibe going for as long as possible.

And so I read the paper, ignoring the explosive noises coming from next door and supped at my coffee and let Ethel Merman do her lung-busting thang.

And the house got colder.

And colder.....

And colder......

Until it was colder than a nun's, erm, HEART.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Autumn Equinox Blog Hop | Ancestors

Hello and welcome to Tarot Thrones, where the best card is always a Court Card!  You might be working through the list backwards - if you do, I'm first!  Or you might have hopped here from Ania's 'Epiphanies and Elephants'!  Either way, forwards or backwards, you are very welcome!

This is the Autumn Equinox Blog hop.  Our Master Wrangler for this hop is Morgan Drake Eckstein and we were set the challenge to blog about:

"The topic of the Mabon Blog Hop is to talk about a time when your understanding of the Tarot undergone such a quantum leap, talking about what brought about the change in your understanding of the Tarot (if you have been able to figure it out) and how you approach the Tarot differently than you did before the change."

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This presented me with a bit of a problem because I've never experienced an epiphany.  In Tarot or anywhere else.  There WAS a hideous realisation in 1977  that I could NEVER marry Han Solo because he was only a character in a film.  That was a shocker *nods head sagely*

Oh yeah and Fight Club.  I was in the taxi going home from the cinema before realisation dawned there .....

And as for Tarot? Well, there was THAT time when I thought that *I'd* discovered the hidden YVHV in the neckline of the Temperance angel's nightshirt in the RWS.  Of course, I hadn't.


So this leaves me with a finger-tapping, lip-pursing problem:  I have nothing to write about.

Every thing that I know about the tarot has come from diligent study of cards and books and, hey, maybe THAT'S my epiphany moment:

When I realised that you don't need to be 'special' to read the cards well!

You don't need to come from a long line of spiritually aware mystics, or be able to trace your lineage back to a raven-haired Romany Great Great Great Granny whose earrings have been passed down through the generations along with her cards and fabulous complexion.

White robes are optional

No.  Your parents can be teachers or cleaners or bus drivers or can-can dancers!  All you have to do is decide that you want to learn to read the cards and then begin your journey.

So if you are reading this secretly believing that you need some Special Ancestry in order to become a good reader, then relax.  You don't.  Just work hard and all will be well.  Don't get hung up on the fact that some people seem to have been reading since they were embryos in the womb :-D

Just begin!

Anyway, I realise that this must come as a bit of a disappointment to anyone who thinks my curly hair and predilection for massive gold earrings comes from some gypsy heritage.

It comes from Bet Lynch on Coronation Street.

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