Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pointless Reaction

Daily Draw: Deirdre of the Sorrows Tarot ~ Knight of Swords

Ever ready to shoot off a pinnacle in aid of he knows not what, it matters not. Long on action, short on thought is our Knight.

I'm reminded by this card I was thinking in the night,  and recognized one more sad lonely nail proving my post last week about the Hermit and bedrock. There is never any point in rushing off and trying to fix something broken beyond return. Choosing to turn my back on the sorrow and ride forward is much healthier.

We are free to evade the effort of thinking, to reject reason, but we are not free to avoid the penalty of the abyss we refuse to see." ~ Terry Goodkind 1946- The Sword of Truth

A deck from Ireland this week, Deirdre of the Sorrows, softcover 176 page companion book by Deirdre O'Donoghue, art by Wayne McGuire. The first ten pages of Tarot Unlocked introduce Deirdre's simplified system of learning to read the cards. Then each card gets a full page full color spot with the opposing page giving the theory behind the scene or action and how to approach the card in a reading, at the bottom of the page are a few keywords for memory prompts. The cardstock is linen-finish, the deck can be ordered from Deirdre O'Donoghue at her website Tarot Unlocked.

Deirdre's own name and the deck title come from the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology about Deirdre of the Sorrows, the daughter of royal storyteller Fedimid mac Daill, at the court of Conchobar mac Nessa, the King of Ulster. The art in the deck alternates between greyscale and full color,  between modern and ancient views, indicating in the end nothing has changed, we all still live out our Swords/Cups/Wands/Coins lives as best we can. My favorite cards are the aces which bear no title at all.
There are no spreads given in the book but something I've not seen included in any other 'how to' book. Deirdre chose three cards for the last page, the Hermit, Page of Coins, the World. She asks the reader to interpret the reading without referring to the book text.


  1. What a perfect quote for this card! I look forward to seeing your posts this week with this deck.

  2. He really is poised on the crest of an abyss...there is no where off the mountain peak at his velocity except out and down. At least he is looking to the future rather than his past.

  3. We all like to hide out and pretend ...but in the end, everyone must put their true face forward and face reality!


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