Sunday, 7 October 2018

Queen of Swords | House Moving Tale of Woe

So, Thursday rolled around - the date that we'd all been dreading - the day that my mother was moving to an apartment in an 'independent living' complex.

Why the dread? The flat is lovely and I expect her to be much happier living there with lots of people around her and lots of emergency cords in case she has a fall. BUT she has lived in a 3-bed semi for 56 years and it is pretty full of 56 years of tat.

By Saturday evening she was a weeping rag of a woman, sitting in her little armchair unable to process any more requests from my SIL or myself about what was to stay and what was to go.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Tarot in Art | King of Coins | Salvador Dali


My quest to find more Salvador Dali Tarot court card images continues!

Not seen this one up for sale before; the King of Coins image by Salvador Dali ... of Salvador Dali as the King of Coins.

It's interesting having the smudges of finger print around the image because there are many pieces of Dali art out there where people believe that other folks painted them and he just added his name ... and raked in the coinage.

This particular image is currently up for auction in a sale room in Alameda, California.  The expected price is between $400 - $600 - so not entirely out of one's league if one fancies a Salvador Dali litho.

Here are the full details, if you fancy putting in a bid!


Monday, 4 June 2018

Look Again | The Aquarian Tarot | US Games


My acquisitive quest for tarot decks is on an enforced go-slow at the moment and as a result, I am diving back in to some old decks that have fallen off my tarot rota.

Today I wanted to chat about the Aquarian Tarot by David Palladini.

The deck was originally published in 1970 (Morgan Press) and the version that I have is a later version from US Games.

I loved the brand Biba in the 70s (still do!) and everything about this deck reminds me of that same stylised Art Deco feel with a 70s twist. It's a full 78-card RWS-style deck with Strength as VIII and Justice at XI.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Tarot In Art | Igor Makarevish | Majors Only

Golly, this is one for those with very deep pockets!  A set of 23 tarot cards (all the Majors plus a Significator, possibly?) that are up for sale at the moment here.

This collection of cards is called The Makarevich Tarot.  The lot also comprises of a cover sheet and are presented in a silk covered hard case, each mounted on paper; 14 signed, some with initials, and nine dated 1994 and one 1995.

Each card ink and watercolour, and cover sheet ΕΎ ink on paper, 22 cards measuring approximately 20 by 13 cm, one 21 by 17 cm, and cover sheet 12 by 15 cm (each image size).

The present owner acquired the cards directly from the artist in 1998.

Sit down for this one:  They are expected to fetch between £5,000 and £7,000! 

The cards are by Georgian-born Igor Makarevich (born 1943 - still with us!).  Makarevich is a photographer and conceptual artist who studied at Moscow Art School as well as the Moscow Institute of Cinematography 
and in 2012 was awarded for "the Creative Contribution to the Development of the Contemporary Art".

Lives and works in Moscow.

Auction date is 6 June. 

So, start saving up!


Monday, 7 May 2018

XVI The Tower | The Court Cards

We all have roles that we play in life - child, sibling, friend, lover, partner, parent, colleague, boss, grand-parent, high priestess ....  hey, it's your life, your roles :)

Whether we are anchorite nuns, mothers of millions, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies,  we will all experience, God help us, that lightning strike that leaves us shattered like a broken mirror.

Most often we associate this colossal blow with personal disasters such as the death of a loved one; an incident that leaves us cored, without a centre, without the familiar roles that anchored us to our lives so securely.

The tarot card that illustrates this collapse of ourselves is The Tower.

We build a tower for ourselves in life out of all these roles.  Each brick builds the tower walls thicker and higher. 

Sometimes the tower that we unconsciously create is a restrictive prison - how fed up are you at returning to the family home to slot straight back into the role of 'rebellious teen' and you're nearly 55? Just me?!

Sometimes we nestle inside, secure and hidden behind this enormous facade that we have built - it can protect us.  We're safe here from The Big Bad Wolf.  He can huff and puff as much as he likes, but he's never blowing down these walls.

But of course, he does.

Because they were never really bricks and they were never mortared in place with anything other than our relationships -with outselves and with others.

The bricks tumble and fall and our view of ourselves - and sometimes the way the world views us too - is forever altered.

The number of The Tower in the tarot deck is 16 and we have 16 court cards in the deck. Yes, it's just a co-incidence but humour me and stick with it for a couple of moments.

For me, all the bricks in the Tower are the court cards.  They are all the different faces that we show to the world.   The caring Queen of Cups sits alongside the enthusiastic student Page of Swords.  Of course, some bricks will be bigger and more important than others.  If you are the Head of the IMF, your Pentacles Court bricks will be GINORMOUS and maybe those Cups bricks are reduced to nothing more than some pebbles in the mortar.

Suddenly the lightning bolt strikes and the whole edifice falls apart.  Well, that's got to be the end of the world, right?

But I put it to you that while it is the end of ONE world, it also offers up a brand new opportunity to step into a new one.  One where the bricks are in a different order, perhaps with a different priority.

The lightning strike can illuminate you and awaken you to new possibilities. 

You can consciously build yourself a NEW Tower.  One that better reflects who you are NOW. 

And, over time, THAT tower will also tumble and we will take our bricks and begin again.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Beltane Tarot Blog Hop | What Lesson Can I Teach The World? |



Photo of Ganesha by Jose Luis Sanchez Pereyra on Unsplash
Lord Ganesha
Blessed Beltane to you! May the coming 12 months be fertile and fecund in whichever ways you need them to be!  You have either stumbled here fortuitously or come from the Sacred Healing blog or the Willow Path blog - whichever path you walked to get here - sit down, you are very welcome here at Tarot Thrones.

So, our challenge for this Beltane hop is to wax lyrical about the 'Lesson I Can Teach The World'.  Reader, I trawled through the archives of my life looking for some profound and enriching gem to share with you, but could only come up with:

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Pholarchos Tarot | Carmen Sorrenti | Arnell's Art

Pholarchos Tarot: card back
I was part of that fortunate band of tarot fans who took part in Arnell Ando's last Tarot Art Tour to northern Italy back in 2015.  Amongst the many treats we experienced during the tour, one was undoubtedly the visit to the Tarot Museum in Riola.

There in the garden of the museum, a young woman called Carmen Sorrenti propped some intriguing and beautiful paintings against the garden fence - the first paintings of the Pholarchos Tarot.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Druidcraft Tarot | Rebox

Just before Christmas I was provided with a review deck of the newly reboxed Druidcraft Tarot.

new box, brighter coloured book cover
Even a casual perusal of back posts from me will show that the Druidcraft is one of my absolute favourites and I fondly recall buying my first copy from a little incense-infused shop in Glastonbury when I met up with some tarot friends from TABI waaaaaaaaay back in the mists of time - 2004!

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