Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Is this someone you'd want to mess with? Lady of the Lake

In Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon, which this deck is loosely based on, The Lady of the Lake is the high priestess of Avalon, and she and her priestesses can part the mists to enter Avalon. Not everyone can do this -- in the book, it takes diligent development of natural gifts to learn to do it.

Wisdom of Avalon Oracle (Baron-Reid 2007) doesn't play on that aspect of Lady of the Lake so much. Today's card hearkens more to the Lady of the Lake from Arthurian legends, and the meaning given to the card is very much like the tarot Queen of Swords:

'She is the harsher element of truth, where denial is swept away by a tidal wave of events...serious business is at stake. The Lady reminds you of your personal responsibility in shaping your reality and its consequences. Seek the sword of truth within yourself and great success will be yours.'

This reminds me of something I read recently: 'Be who you are. People don't have to like you, but you don't have to care.'

If you are responsible for shaping your reality, why in the world would you want to shape it to conform to someone else's specifications? Would you want to wear shoes custom-made for someone else's feet? Dentures formed to someone else's mouth? Noooooo! So why would you even consider shaping your life to fit someone else's mold? Because they frowned at you? Because they made a comment to you online? Ha! No way, no how -- don't do it.

Look at the key words to this card: Absolute Truth, Courage, Self-Respect, Responsibility. Look at the Lady of the Lake -- sheer power and independence. She rises from the waters of the depths of her inner knowing, wielding the sword of her intellect, and she is ready to face whatever confronts her as she surfaces. This is you!

Monday, 25 August 2014

New Moon in Virgo - let's get hopping, little froggies!

This week I'll be drawing from a charming oracle deck called Wisdom of Avalon Oracle by Colette Baron-Reid (Hay House 2007). The inspiration for this deck is very clearly Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon, though, like many, Baron-Reid says she had an interest in Avalon long before that novel came out. In any case, the ties to Bradley's books are not strong. The deck features animals, human characters, elemental faeries, and  abstractions such as love, trust, protection represented by gentle woodland scenes. The artwork is beautiful, and you don't have to know anything about Avalon or Bradley's books to work out the meaning of the cards.  

Today is a bank holiday Monday, so the Frog is apt for two reasons -- one it will invariably rain today, and two the card is said to mean 'cleaning house, releasing emotional baggage'. That is exactly what we have planned for today! We want to give the flat a good clean and prepare for tonight's new moon. 

The new moon is in Virgo tonight, and that brings with it a powerful energy of definite endings. Diane Booth Gilliam of Yoganonymous says: 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Share a Spread Sunday -- Build a Bridge Spread

The Build a Bridge Spread can be used for any sort of situation where you want to connect the dots:

  • A love relationship
  • A career goal
  • School 
  • Weight loss goals
  • Fears and phobias
  • Procrastination issues

 Here's how to use it.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Ten Non-Negotiables

I hadn't heard of the 10 Non-Negotiables, but I spotted a post about it on New Age Hipster's blog, so I thought I'd have a go. ...Then I got stuck. What are my non-negotiables? Hmm.

Maybe I'm too old for a non-negotiable list that includes items about footwear and hair colour, because all of mine are pretty serious. But they are certainly non-negotiable.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Cross my palm with silver -- tarot in the movies

(This is the first in a new series in which I will share with you tarot in the media. They'll be tagged 'Movies', because I'm all creative like that.)

Tarot turns up in TV and movies (and even pop songs) a lot more than you might think. But in most cases, it is not portrayed as particularly helpful. In fact, most movie tarot decks seem to consist of only three cards: Death, Tower and Devil. It's not my aim to give a comprehensive look at tarot in film, but just to mention a few that I've seen. (Links to bigger databases listed at end of entry). 

Doctor Terror's House of Horrors (Amicus Films, 1965)

Five strangers on a train end up sitting near Peter Cushing (Doctor Terror) who whips out his tarot cards and offers to read their futures. Each person's reading, as you can well imagine, is scarier than the last, and funnily enough, the last card drawn for each reading is --- dum dum DUM! -- DEATH. There's a twist at the end of the film about the train and its ultimate destination...but I'll leave that for you to watch. If you dare! Mwa ha ha ha haaaa! At least Doctor Terror has the good taste to use a Tarot de Marseilles. Stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Deck Review - Silver Witchcraft Tarot

I received the Silver Witchcraft Tarot last Friday afternoon and have been looking at it all week. Here's a little review. 

Even though the deck is borderless and doesn't have multi-lingual titles, it does scream LoScarabeo from head to toe, so if that puts you off, beware. The artwork is by Franco Rivolli, who seems to be a very prolific craftsman because he has done quite a few tarots. 

In all honesty, after just one week, I cannot say if this is a deck I will end up keeping. I will just provide you with a list of my own pros and cons. 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

5 Reasons to Read Tarot

Last week in 5 Reasons to Study Tarot I wrote about tarot history, occult symbolism, traditions, spiritual practice and entertainment. I said that 'reading' is just one aspect of tarot. But you know what -- it's a very good aspect!

5 Reasons to Read Tarot