And Ye Shall Be Answered

Welcome to another edition of the Tarot Blog Hop. Our wrangler has given us a theme of “The lesson I could teach the world”, but before we explore that, here are the navigation links:


This theme has given me rather more difficulty than I expected, as explored in my other blog post  on this theme and so I decided to use the same technique and let the cards tell me what to write about.

Naturally, since the focus of this site is my Tarot deck and the focus of the blog is to show my latest cards, the obvious question was which card to do next. Well, let it not be said that my cards* don’t have a sense of humour – the card which came up was the 5 of Cups, which just so happens to be the last card I completed. OK, I consider myself chastised for not seeking the advice of the Tarot sooner!

*my working RWS deck, that is, since I can’t ask the Meniscus which card to do next if it doesn’t exist.

The next card which came out was the 8 of Cups. Funnily enough, I had been thinking about this very card at the weekend and planning the image I wanted to use. Unfortunately, I don’t have that image as yet and won’t be in a position to obtain it in time for this Hop. So, thus far, the Tarot has given me Past and Present (in terms of planning) or Future (in terms of achievability).

The next card out was the 6 of Pentacles. Groan. Once again, the Tarot messes with my head, as this was another one I’d been thinking about this week, albeit mostly in terms of how to avoid the temptation to utilise the imagery of scales yet again. Pushing my luck, I tried again…and again…and…etc, and every card that came up was one that I have already completed. Sigh. Well, I did ask and I was well and truly answered :/

Unfortunately, since I’m not in a position to provide either of these cards, it would seem that the lesson I can teach the world is how to disappoint.

But wait, I’m not going down without a fight! While the cards have put me on track for the my next moves, my desperate search through my archives for a suitable image combined with a determination to whip a last minute card out of my hat bring you this….


I took the photo towards the end of last year (the rainbow is from a much older photo) and promptly forgot all about how much it made me think of the 10 of Cups. So, just as well I spent a couple of days trawling through my photos and stumbled on it again 🙂

It’s now 10 minutes until this post goes live and I’ve just finished the card image (with much swearing at Photoshop, which I absolutely loathe, but was unfortunately necessary for the rainbow effect). Let it never be said that I don’t suffer for my art and pull out all the stops to come screeching in to meet a deadline with smoke coming out of my ears. Thus, to return to the theme for this post, my lesson to the world is this:

Anything is possible where there is a will, determination, adequate tools and an ample supply of colourful expletives.

I thank you for your indulgence as I prepare to repair to my bed, a relieved if somewhat gibbering wreck. Enjoy the rest of your journey through the Hop and please take a moment to leave a comment before you go. 




P.S. I should have paid more attention the themes in my other blog post: joy and procrastination sigh


8 thoughts on “And Ye Shall Be Answered”

    1. People frequently underestimate the power of a carefully employed expletive. You shouldn’t just cast them about willy-nilly or use them as punctuation, and as for repressing the urge to explete (sorry!), that can be downright bad for your health!

  1. How about some kind of seesaw image for the 6 Pentacles? The deck is coming on a treat!
    I especially love your Queen of Cups *cough, cough* 😀 <3

    1. Thank you 🙂 I’m rather pleased with the Queen of Cups too – she was a splendid model 😀
      I did think about a seesaw but I never quite worked out any further details.

  2. Agreeing with Ali on the seesaw for the 6 of P. Loving the 10 of C. Recognized it immediately, and frankly did not initially notice the rainbow (I know you suffered in Photoshop for that bit), but it does complete the RWS relationship. As always, love both your insights and incisive humour. 🙂

    1. I detest Photoshop! I use Lightroom for tweaking photo settings such as colour balance, exposure, contrast etc, and I love it, because it focuses on image processing in the same way you used to be able to do in the darkroom. I just find PS so unwieldy, unintuitive and over-featured and as it is geared more toward image manipulation, I find it really difficult to work out how to do what I want to do 🙁

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