Monday, 30 March 2015

Tarot Knights | Musketeers

For the past 6 weeks, Friday nights have been dominated by my obsessive need to watch the swash-buckling gorgeousness that is The Musketeers on BBC1.  Who better to illustrate the fast-moving antics of the Tarot's Knights?

Athos, Porthos, D'Artagnan, Aramis - the Tarot's court card knights

The incredibly handsome cast of Muskys have been a delight to watch as they struggled with the evil Rochefort as he plays the spineless French King against his Queen like the consummate player (and Spanish spy!) that he is.

The second series drew to a close on Friday (what do you mean, you haven't watched Series 1?!) and I await news of a third series with bated breath.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

King of Pentacles | Google's mobile friendly algorithm change

King of Pentacles | Rider Waite Smith Tarot | US Games Systems
I've heard from a couple of colleagues now that Google is changing their algorithm to weight in favour of mobile friendly sites.  That clearly also affects Tarot sites, so, with both my web-design hat and my Tarot hats perched precariously on my head, I am impersonating the King of Pentacles.

Here are a couple of things you might want to take a look at before you pay your webmaster any more money:

First, run all urls for your website through google's own mobile-friendly checker:

Monday, 23 March 2015

Kickstarter | Locus Tarot

Locus Tarot | Mike Stop Continues
I am sometimes contacted by people who are trying to raise awareness for their Tarot Kickstarter projects and, mostly, I don't get involved.  However, the Locus Tarot which went live on 5 March piqued my interest and I wanted to find out more.

Locus is an 80-card deck that is SO stripped back that if it took anything else off, it would be on a public indecency charge!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Tarot Blog Hop | Spring Equinox | The Troll

Welcome to Tarot Thones Towers, where the great, the good and the mind-meltingly bored at work come along to read about my take on the Tarot's Court Cards.  Whether you are here because you have hopped here from either Olivia's or Chloe's blogs or just stumbled upon me in the dark, you are most welcome *offers plate of warm buttered scones and bids you sit in the BEST comfy chair*

Our Wrangler, Ania, set us a challenge to write about what grumbles we have with the composition of the Tarot - who has outlived their use? Who needs a style overhaul or even a spot of plastic surgery? Who's missing?

I must admit that I was stumped.

I write about court cards and, while no-one these days talks about sending their Smallum off to become a Page as the first step on their career ladder, I think his role in the Tarot is clear - regardless of his name.

Likewise the Knight.  Most contemporary Knights are to be found corpulently propping up the bar in the House of Lords, rather than embracing their teen-spirit adventurer.  Yet we're all quite clear about what the Knight's questing drive is about.  So I don't want to change him either.... no, I'm keeping the Courts as they are, thank you :)

Even those cards with strange titles (Hierophant, I'm looking at you) all serve a valuable purpose in the Tarot deck.  If they didn't, they would have been cast OUT in the cold, like those two bare-foot beggars in the 5 of Pentacles.

Instead I decided to look at what was truly missing from the deck and I came up with one 21st century character that none of the Majors seems to adequately fit:

The Troll....

A face you could never get fed-up punching :)

He is both contemporary in nature and ancient in lineage.

He is the fairy-tale fearsome creature who skulks beneath the bridge as the billy-goats gruff trip trap their way over... and the very real and heartless individual who revels in their anonymity, behaving abominably and hurtfully on line, just because they can.

I fancy that the Troll card image would feature some innocuous-looking person sitting at a desk typing away at a computer.  However, in the mirror on the wall behind the computer would be their reflection - and it would not be purty.

The Troll card would arise in a reading for people who were either indulging in bad behaviour (on-line or off-line) or for people who are being subjected to trolling behaviour.

What is trolling behaviour?  Here are a couple of examples:

Got a memorial page to a deceased child? The Troll will pop some utterly uncalled for and emotionally incendiary comment .... just because they can.

A celebrity looking a little portlier than they did when they were 20 years old? Trolls will gloat and berate you .... just because they can.

Have the temerity to suggest that a woman should go onto a bank note? Get death threats from trolls.

Be an older lady on TV and yes, they'll even raise their ugly heads to snigger at yours.

In real life Trolls are inadequate, cowardly, pathetically infantile, thoughtless, c*ntfuttocks (MAN, that felt good to write!) who create a malevolent self to exert the power that they do not possess in their real lives.

Like perverted superheroes they indulge in their superpower - to wound and inflict pain - simply because they can.

In the Tarot deck, I think he would lie between The Hierophant and The Lovers - aware of what stepping out of societies cultural traces can do, but not yet enabled relationship-wise (possibly NEVER enabled relationship-wise). Trumped by the Chariot's willpower and kicked into touch by the all-seeing eyes of Justice.

Yes, my addition to the Tarot deck is the Troll.

Before you hop off to the next blog, if there were a Troll card in the deck, what would it mean to you?


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Review | Holistic Tarot | Benebell Wen

This is a massive book!

Literally,  it is the size of a house brick and runs to 845 pages - and that's NOT including 27 pages of index.

Metaphorically, the Tarot landscape that it covers extends as far as the eye can see and THEN round some corners!  It is epic in its scope, in the true sense of the word.

The strap line for this book is 'An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth'
Quite a claim!

But where to start?!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Full Moon | March | Virgo

It's that time of the month again, when the moon becomes full and we turn our attentions to the Court Card that bathes in its glorious light!  Yes, on 5 March, our Full Moon rides again!
This month, the sun sign is Pisces and so our full moon lands in the opposite sign, Virgo.

In Tarot, Virgo is represented by the Knight of Pentacles.

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