Sunday, September 25, 2011
Clarifying Life's Pips
Although a card denoting tragedy, I love this rendition from Kay Steventon's brush because it is actually illustrated. Up until the Rider-Waite deck of 1909 tarot minors were much like playing cards; 8 coins, 4 cups, and so on. That 1909 deck is a wonder but the 3 of swords and 8 of wands were what I think of as lazy cards. None of the hidden symbolism or story-behind-the story that make the other cards evocative story tellers. We could spend all day telling stories about this version.
I'm reminded by this card plain pips life is probably how we manage to survive adulthood as well as we do. If the swords (mental) are front and center the wands (physical), cups (emotions), coins (earthly goods), are probably lying low in the background. A crisis can clarify our focus and that is always a good thing, like spring cleaning.
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity." Melody Beattie 1948-
The Spiral Tarot is the deck for this week, 158 page companion book and card art by Kay Steventon; published in 1998, US Games Systems. Kay is based in Australia, and often lectures and teaches there. The Spiral is based on archetypes from Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Authurian myths, and includes symbols from the Kaballah's Tree Of Life.