The Passion of Lovers

I know quite a few passionate lovers of Tarot and several have risen to a challenge set out by Oephebia to celebrate international Tarot Day 2018. Participants have been allocated a random card and asked to investigate it and write about its meaning, symbolism, associations and anything else that we can dig up.

I have been assigned The Lovers, rather aptly for a Gemini such as myself, so there you have your first correspondence: the Lovers is traditionally associated with the star sign of Gemini. Since both duality and oneness are associated with twins, and the mythology of Castor and Pollux, the twins on which the sign is based, is fraught with contradiction and inconsistency*, it is hardly surprising that this card’s interpretation can vary widely. 

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Singin’ In the Rain

Welcome to another edition of the Tarot Blog Hop, the 50th no less, and our wrangler has given us the theme of musicals and music. A fitting way to celebrate, I think. But before we clear our throats, warm up our vocal chords and prepare to take the stage, here are the navigation links for the playlist.

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We Three Kings

Welcome to the Mid-Winter/Yule Tarot Blog Hop. The theme for this Hop, set by yours truly, is entitled “Wishing on a Star” and inspired by a previous Yule Hop post. I’ve asked our bloggers to reflect on what they have to celebrate from the past year and wish for the year to come. Before putting some meat on those bones, here are the navigation links for the Hop, though I hope you’ll stick it out to the end of this post and use the ones there.

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Balance

Welcome to the Autumn Equinox Tarot Blog Hop, in which our wrangler has given us the theme “Tarot Characters and Sacred Cooking” and asked us to choose a character and try to find out what they would cook at Harvest Time. Before I proceed, here are the navigation links for this Hop:

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Completing the Majors

As you’ve probably realised, there are still a couple of cards pending in the Major Arcana: Temperance and Judgment. I have had several ideas for both – some feasible, others not. The same has been true of some of my ideas for a number of the other cards – The World would ideally have involved a trip into the upper atmosphere, if not actually space! Anyway, I’m almost there for both cards, I just need the weather to pick up a bit, since they are both  going to be outdoor images.

I’ve tried to retain elements of the RWS in many of my cards, so that they will be more easily recognisable and thus easier to work with, whilst at the same time creating something unique. So while I’m waiting for the opportune moment to complete the Major Arcana, I’d like to know what you consider to be essential elements or symbolism for the two remaining cards. For example, does Temperance have to contain water or jugs? Is it the Angel blowing the Final Trump* or the open coffins that says Judgment to you? Or maybe there is something else that evokes the spirit of these cards? 

I’d love to know and, if I haven’t already planned to, I’ll see if I can work in your preferences when I come to photograph them, so please leave your comments below 🙂

*Apologies for any unfortunate associations that may evoke – I promise that this card will  most definitely not have the Orange One on it!

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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By GAD!

Welcome to another Tarot Blog hop post. In this, the Hallowe’en/Samhain instalment, we have been asked to seek guidance from our ancestors or ghosts on what we need to work on in the year to come. First, I must present you with the navigation links to guide you to my neighbours:

ANCESTOR | GUIDE | DESCENDANT

(In other words, the links to the Previous Blog, the Master List and the Next Blog)

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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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