Friday, 27 April 2012

One Singer | One Song | Which Significator?

So, I've gone right back to the 1960s again - sorry!

Cannot believe that this is the first track on her first album! What an absolute BELTER!

So, imagine that the girl in this song is sitting in front of you looking for a Tarot reading -  Court Card would you select to represent her and why?  What method did you use?!

If you have any suggestions as to what you would like seen covered here on the blog, please drop me a line.  I'll be happy to help!

Have a wonderful weekend!  No post on Monday, but Tuesday will see the publication of the Beltane Tarot Blog hop contribution.  I hope that you enjoy it!

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Hello to The Page of Coins

Page of Coins: Touchstone Tarot
Kat Black
On Friday the moon slipped into darkness before beginning to glow and grow in strength again.  That's my cue to pull a card to show me what energies will be useful to me until the full moon next month.

Say hello to Kat Black's Page of Pentacles from the Touchstone Tarot.

This is the second time that I've employed Kat's sumptuous deck for this exercise and it's the first time I had a good look at the Page of Coins.

Coins equate, of course, to Pentacles and his appearance here lets me know that I will be focusing on the physical for the coming period.  Which suits me fine!

My nose is streaming and my eyes are watering - I am most definitely coming down with a cold.  Unless it's hay fever *looks hopefully out of the window at the lashing rain*.  Unlikely.

I'm also trying to increase the amount that I run.  Well, when I say 'run', I really mean 'jog.'  And when I say 'jog,' I'm really talking about the speed that an arthritic labrador can overtake me with ease.  But still, it's a START.

And the Page is all about the starting....

Kat takes elements of many beautiful paintings (for example - Holbein's Hans The Younger provides the Page, the table and book; Fra Angelico for the gold coin hanging on the wall) and seamlessly melds them together into a stunning new image.

In the accompanying book, Kat has this guy pegged as a scholar, someone who is prepared to get his head down and work through all the data.  She actually writes 'slow and steady wins the race,' well, my jogging is certainly slow and steady.  Not sure about it winning any races.  Unless that arthritic dog is up for the challenge.

For me, the Page of Pentcles is keen to try new things and is very hands on - so he's more like an apprentice to me than a student (I'd associate that more with the Page of Swords).  However, I've just started attending an art class that will, God willing, at the end of 10 weeks see me producing a couple of Major Arcana Tarot card paintings/drawings.  Play your cards right and I might show them to you.  Maybe not.  You'd need to promise to be gentle with me.  We Pages are only little souls who are just sending forth little tendrils for exploration - we are easily crushed.

What does the Page of Coins mean to you?

Good Golly Miss Molly - check out that Amazon price!!!

Monday, 23 April 2012

St George's Day | Spread

'Get a dragon' you said...
'It will be fun!' you said...
Today is St George's Day and, in honour of my cousins of the red cross on white who live Darn Sarf, here's a Tarot spread for you to try today.

This spread was originally on my FB page as a Note last year, but I thought we could add a little court card spin to it here.

Think of the issue that you wish to address through the reading...

Flick through your Court Cards and choose one that best represents:  The Maiden - this card represents your goal  and one to represent St George - this card represents YOU in relationship to The Maiden.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Significators | The easy way!

    Welcome back, little Pages!                    
      From: Anna K Tarot
I admit, I've been a little unfair to you, dearest reader:  I hit you with the Golden Dawn Astrology/Court Card associations and I can see that you're a little woozy as a result.  I honestly TRIED to make it engaging. I even drew you TREES.  I don't even draw my SON trees.

Today I am kinder and outlining three easy ways to select an appropriate Significator.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Significators | Astrology | The need for a lie down....

So now we roll on to the Golden Dawn's allocation of Court Cards to the zodiac.

Reader, I wrote this post about half a dozen times, every time it ended up utterly turgid and soooo boring I thought I might have to post you out a couple of match-sticks to prop your eyelids open and assault you with this *brandishes hat pin* just to make sure you are awake.

First of all, it's bad news again for the Pages; there's still no room at the Astrological Inn for them with this system either.

BUT - you will be pleased to know that I've abandoned all that earnest writing in favour of a drawing!  OK, it's not the BEST drawing, but it does show the Golden Dawn's zodiac choices.  I even added some seasonal trees to tart it up a bit for you.  You're welcome.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Significators | How to choose 'em | Part 1

I don't care how nice your hat is, there's
nothing for you here, Sonny.
Keep walking....
One of the most popular ways to establish a Significator for your sitter is to ask them what their Birth Sign is (or Sun Sign) because, heck, even the Blackest Doubter knows their Sun Sign.

Back in the day, the 12 astrological signs were allocated by the Great and The Good (or at least the Heavily Robed) to the Court Cards.

What's that I hear you say? There are 16 Court Cards and only 12 Astrological signs (13 if you count the 'new' sign of Ophiuchus).  Well, it was decided (probably by Committee - and you know how THAT tends to turn out) that you could get around this anomally by leaving the Pages out of the equation all together.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Significators: Why bother?

Queen of Cups
Morgan Greer Tarot
published by US GAmes Systems Inc

Court Cards can perform a specific function within a Tarot reading; the role of Significator.

A Significator is a card that is deliberately chosen to represent the sitter.  There many different ways to select a Significator, so I've decided to break down the various methods of selection into next week's blog postings.

Note that I say 'CAN' have a specific function: Not everyone bothers with a Significator card these days.  Regardless of your method of choice, if you deliberately select a card to act as the sitter, then you immediately preclude that card from turning up within the reading itself.  That grates on the sensibilities of many Tarotists who would prefer to have ALL the cards at their disposal.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Toodle pip to the Page of Cups

I spent most of last week in Edinburgh, being dragged like a sulky teenager from exhibition to exhibition as my partner and son dabbled excitedly in the Black Arts of science: It was all dancing robots, LEGO mindstorms computer-assisted robots and, frankly, a lot of red wine and convenience foods.

Science exhibitions are FINE, but add horizontal sleet that numbed your cheekbones and made your eyeballs stop turning in their sockets and gale-force winds that actually blows your bedroom window open, I have to confess, I've been happier visiting the dentist.

This character was greatly in evidence as I used every bit of my imaginative willpower to pep-talk myself in the bathroom mirror in the morning so that I appeared jolly and up-for-it for ANOTHER science themed day.  By the time Friday's full moon came around, I was finding it all a bit wearing and was desperate to get home to my normal routine.

It is with relief that I note the influence of the Page of Cups is now ebbing until the dark moon.  This particular porcelain-faced and rather androgenous Page is set against a featureless white background and comes from the Aquarian Tarot, published by US Games Systems and created by David Palladini.

This deck positively oozes the Biba-esque Art Deco design  that was so popular in the early 70s (first published in 1970 and subsequently reprinted).  The image consists of a Page in an over-the-top hat that would be well-suited to Ladies Day at Ascot, a fish in a Cup and a couple of red tulips.

Red tulips are associated with declarations of love, like roses are.  Only less expensive. And less thorny.

The Page of Cups is Earth (because he's a Page) and Water (Cups) and indicates a fertile mix of creative juices.  A fish in a cup?! That's entirely normal to the imaginative Page of Cups.

Sadly, he's on the way out now - butI really did make use of him in Edinburgh!

I am quite sorry to see him go - even though it was quite exhausting dreaming up new things to do as a family every day, putting a smiley face on when the ceilings in the flat we had rented started leaking in every room,  gamely recreating the Edinburgh street map in my head because hubby had left it lying on the table at home....

His creative powers will be missed; his ability to find something marvellous in just about everything is enviable.  BUT, by Jingo, it is TIRING being the Page of Cups when all you want to do is lie on the sofa snacking on a Crunchie whilst leafing through a magazine....listening to the bad weather howling at the windows....

What do YOU think the Page of Cups might mean for YOU over the next week or so?

Hey - don't forget about The Giveaway!!!

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Competition Time!!!

Well, not really a competition, more of a give-away to be honest!

I've got a copy of the perennially popular Robin Wood Tarot to give away!

Although the box has been opened, the deck inside is still shrink-wrapped.  It is a duplicate of a deck that I already own (the curse of browsing Amazon's Tarot stock with a glass of red wine in one hand and the mouse in the other lol!).

I'm happy to post it to a new home, anywhere in the world!

To stand a chance of winning, all you have to do is click to become a follower (yes, existing followers will be included in the draw!) and also to comment on one of the blog posts that I've made here.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Game of Thrones. The OTHER one.

Tyrion Lannister.  Yes, I would.
Tonight wild horses will not be able to tear me away from the telly (nor will a naked Hugh Jackman reclining on a king-sized bed and brandishing a large jar of warmed honey).  No, nothing will be able to tempt me away from Sky Atlantic because TONIGHT, in the UK, A Game of Thrones returns to our screens!!!!

I luffed the first series 11/10 and still mourn Ned Stark *waggles black armband*

So, here's my question for today.....Which family in A Game of Thrones equates to which Tarot family?

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