Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Astrology | The Sunday Times Rich List

Sunday Times Rich List
Richard Branson
King of Disks
OK - this isn't strictly speaking TAROT, but I'm making it into a tarot post by the end, so keep reading!

The Sunday Times Rich List (Britain and Ireland) actually looked at the birth signs of the top 1000 earners (where known).  It makes for interesting reading:



Gemini        116
Aquarius      93
Libra            82

Total Air signs   291

Pisces         91
Scorpio      71
Cancer       88

Total Water signs  250

Taurus      98
Virgo        89
Capricorn 90

Total Earth signs 277

Aries            96
Leo             106
Sagittarius 102

Total Fire signs 304

Best performing individual sign Gemini - the Air sign - The dare-devil with mental agility...... the Knight of Swords!

Worst performing individual sign Scorpio - Water sign - The diplomatic, empathetic........ King of Cups.

With a total of 1122 signs being considered (some of the top earners are in bands or partnerships, which causes there to be so many actual birth dates to consider)

Fire signs 27%
Earth signs 25%
Water signs 22%
Air signs 26%       (all figs rounded up/down to nearest whole no)

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, the assertive 'Yang' signs of Wands and Swords are the biggest earners with 53% of the overall swag bag.   The 'Yin' suits of Earth and Water on 47%.

The relationship-focussed suit of Cups has the fewest high earners in the top 1000 .....

The suit traditionally associated with the making and keeping of wealth, Pentacles, performs next worst (or third best, depending on how you look at it!)

What do you think? Time for Pentacles to hang up their crowns as the money guys?  A load of old tosh?!


Monday, 25 April 2016

The Book of Shadows Tarot | Andrea Aste


The Book of Shadows
I decided to throw caution to the wind on Friday and make a proper video deck review for this deck, The Book of Shadows Tarot.

Dear Reader, I kid you not, it took HOURS and you would NEVER know that from the 7 minute offering that I made on youtube.

I shall look at even TV adverts with new-found respect ....

Anyway, the deck that I reviewed was The Book of Shadows Tarot by Andrea Aste.

I had the good fortune to meet Andrea last year when I visited Italy with a group of nefarious ne'erdowells  Tarotists on Arnell Ando's Tarot tour.


Andrea Aste
I was hugely impressed by him.  And not just that moustache.  His drive, vision and illustrating skills fairly whipped me along with him.  So, when the kickstarter was launched, I was there, pledging.

As is my habit, I am now reviewing the court cards from the deck.  To see my review of the whole shebang about the deck, go to my youtube channel. Yars.  I haz one.  I do rabbit on somewhat .... so take a coffee and something to keep you awake.

There are two pages in the book that comes with the deck that focus on the hieroglyphs found on the cards; thus the symbols act as titles and keywords.

Initially, I thought that there was nothing to decode the symbols on the court cards.  BUT I AM MISTAKEN!!!

The Magician's decoded glyphs show me the four symbols that signify each suit. Wands is represented by a stylised two-branched tree, Coins by a spiral, Swords by three wavy lines and a scimitar and Cups by a cup.

Through additional Sherlockholmesian shenanigans, I can see that the symbol for Woman and Man and the symbol for Power show up on the Queen and King cards

Power + Man + Wand/Cup/Sword/Coin = King of suit
Power + Woman + Wand/Cup/Sword/Coin = Queen of Suit
Horse + Human Being + Wand/Cup/Sword/Coin = Knight of Suit
Human Being + Wand/Cup/Sword/Coin = Page

It's that simple.  And that clever.

The Suit of Swords
Alternative career as fashion designer entirely feasible!

The Suit of Wands
I don't know what went wrong with my scanning - too much gin, maybe? 

The Suit of Coins 

The Suit of Cups 



I think that you can still buy a copy directly from Andrea via his website (and have it signed, perhaps?!).  I understand that Lo Scarabeo, who printed the cards etc) will be distributing via their outlets too.

So, what do you think? 



Monday, 18 April 2016

Sunday Times Rich List 2016 | Tarot Cards

Last week on Facebook I shared an image promoting the Sunday Times Rich List, featuring an enticing-looking deck of Tarot cards.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

King of Swords | King of Wands


The King of Swords is a decent sort of a person, but very keen on taking action when his decisions are based on logic, knowledge and common sense.   The King of Wands is a very different animal, preferring to rely on passion and intuition to direct his steps.

When they are positioned next to each other like this, it looks as though the two Kings are very much engaged with each other.  The King of Swords, by holding his sword in his right hand, appears open to the King of Wands.  The King of Wands is entirely focussed on the King of Swords.

Elementally they are Air and Fire - a combustible combination.  It could work well to create the most enormous and fabulous fire the world has ever seen (ie brilliant teamwork and co-ordination on a project)


Swap the cards around and you have a completely different take on the situation.  The King of Wands is looking elsewhere, with his back to the King of Swords.  The King of Swords seems to be listening now to someone else, just out of sight - and of course that sword is now angled towards the King of Wands back!

Not so much of the brilliant teamwork now, is there? It's looking as though they are not listening to each other, but to other people outside of their dynamic.

Perhaps the King of Wands might be looking to the past, or his previous experiences, using them as a reference point, whereas the King of Swords is inclined to the future and new experiences?

But what would those clouds mean, that his vision of the future is not as crystal clear as he might like to think?

What do you think of their relationship?

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Crow Moon| March 2016 |

The March full moon has a lovely selection of names that speak of the quickening of the soil and the spirit of Spring:

Sap Moon
Worm Moon
Crow Moon
Lenten Moon

I have chosen the Crow Moon to celebrate the full moon of the 23rd because I am surrounded by the flappy black blighters.

Lots of people hate them - frightening off the songbirds from the bird tables as they craftily work out how to burgle your squirrel-proof feeder.