Sunday, June 19, 2011

Speak Softly, Carry Big Stick

Daily Draw: Xultun Tarot ~ 2 of Swords
This figure is titled Warrior of Peace; his swords are drawn but he is seated. I expect part of his ability to perform his position comes from his projection of actual power.
I'm reminded by this card of something Fonzie said to Ritchie when Ritchie was psyching himself up to intimidate a bully. He wanted to know if Fonzie was sure this display would work, make the bully back down. Fonzie's response was "maybe, but to really work you had to have once hit someone"; or be known to be able to walk the walk not just talk the talk.
"Master the divine techniques of the Art of Peace and no enemy will dare to challenge you." ~ Ueshiba 1883-1969

As so often is true I'm jumping into the crevasse of the unknown with this deck choice. First published in 1976 the deck features the art and life of the ancient Maya civilization. Separate companion book is the soft cover 183 page Feathered Serpent; deck and book by Peter Balin of New Zealand. The deck has recently been republished with Balin's permission and there is another companion book by Michael Owen, The Maya Book of Life: Understanding the Xultun Tarot.
One of many things that sets this deck apart was that the Majors form a complete scene. The only other deck that features this is the Grail Tarot - A Templar Vision by John Matthews in 2007.
The suits are: Staffs/Brown, Swords/Yellow, Cups/Blue, Jade/Green. Majors are untitled but have the 'lines and dots' method of numbering I've seen in some of the Australian decks also. I indicate the coloring with the suits as the courts are titled Lord Lady Servant Warrior but not suit. If I can explain that worse just let me know...

1 comment:

  1. When we turned the tv on last night, that was the happy days episode that was on, and at that very point of the show!


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