Acing It

Welcome to the first Blog Hop of 2017. In this, the 5th birthday of the Imbolc Hop, our wrangler has asked us: 

How can I best foster the energy of the Aces in my life?

Well, I did laugh when I read that, but before I explain why, here are the usual navigation links to enable you to move through the Hop posts:

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Strike A Light

Welcome to my contribution to the Yule/Winter Solstice Tarot Blog Hop. Our wrangler has  instructed us to “to go back to the Dark Side of the Winter Solstice” and reveal “a useful message from the Dark or Hidden realm of life. I’ve been a little loose in my interpretation of this directive and chosen to focus on light in the darkness.

Before I elaborate, here are the navigation links to guide you through this Hop:
 

 

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For The Love Of…

Welcome to the Autumn edition of the Tarot Blog Hop. The theme this time is “Foodies Guide to the Tarot” and the brief is to take your readers on a gastronomy tour of the Tarot. How could I resist? Before I attempt to tickle you tastebuds, however, I must provide you with the navigation links to my neighbours and the master list:

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There, now that’s done let’s get on with the business of Foodie-ing 😀

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Toiling On

Last week, I printed out all the cards that I have completed, for the first time, to take to the TABI Conference. I am really pleased with the quality of the images, except one, which will either need some more tinkering or re-photographing, as I’m not happy with it.

I posted a couple of versions of my latest card, the Seven of Coins, on the Facebook page. Everyone who commented there and at the TABI conference, preferred this version:

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Cornucopia

This post is part of the Tarot Blog Hop and our wrangler, Maureen, asked us “which card in the Tarot most corresponds with your own interpretation of the second harvest of the Autumnal Equinox” and invited us to create this card ourselves. But before we continue to my efforts in this regard, here are the links to enable you to navigate this Hop:

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I must admit that I initially misread the specification for this Hop and was all set to create a new card, but after a long and busy Summer, my muse is off on her holidays somewhere and all I can think about is my planned Devil card. (Coming soon – watch this space!) I think you’ll agree that the Devil doesn’t really fit the bill on any level when it comes to a representation of the Equinox or, indeed, Autumn, and I was left scratching my head. That said, it has inspired me to add some additional cards to my deck to explicitly represent the seasons, so again, watch this space! 😀 Read more “Cornucopia”

Decisions, Decisions

This post is part of the Tarot Blog Hop and our wrangler, Joanne, asked us to write about “your take on the influence of the Sun and/or Mercury in the Tarot or your favorite oracle deck”. Before we proceed onto the subject of my favourite deck, here are the links to enable you to navigate this Hop:

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As you may be aware, I’m a Gemini, so I know first hand about those Mercurial shifts, so I’ll just reassure you now that I’m still very much enthused about this deck and my eyes have not yet slid away to gaze upon pastures newer. Besides, it would be rather rude of me not to choose my own deck on this website, so you may take it as read that I’ll be talking about Meniscus today 😀

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Tudor Coinage

The creation of this deck is something of a mixture of planning, opportunism and pleasant surprises. Some of the cards, such as The Hermit and Fool, are quite deliberately set up (I’d say carefully, but in all honesty it’s usually a bit more haphazard). For others, I seek out situations or events where I hope that the image I have in mind will manifest, e.g., The Hanged Man. The best is when I get a pleasant surprise by stumbling on just the right scenario.

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If The Suit Fits

The latest dilemma I seem to be facing in creating this deck, is the naming of the Minor Arcana suits. I’ve made a start on a few of the Minor Arcana cards and then it occurred to me that the “traditional” suit names don’t all *quite* work for me. Of course, traditions vary, depending on the tradition you happen to choose and its origins. Mind you, at least the plethora of fanciful modern alternatives has no appeal, since I can’t be doing with riffling through the LWB to look up which suit Chandeliers or Boulders or Dog Biscuits is supposed to be, so that narrows down the choices a tad.

Swords is a no-brainer for the…umm..Swords suit. I didn’t think twice about that one. I like swords and everyone knows where they stand with a sword. (Tip: I find that if you aren’t holding the blunt end, then out of range of the pointy end works best).

The other suits are a little more tricky.

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