A youth stands near a body of water under a cloudless sky. Waves are seen rolling behind him. He is in fanciful attire as if the squire or herald of some medieval lord with long-stemmed lotus flowers being the pattern on his clothes. His left hand is on his left hip as he holds a large chalice upright in his right hand. His richly adorned head is cocked towards the chalice, and his stance is one of challenging disbelief, for good reason. There is a fish emerging from the chalice as if it would talk to the youth. Continue reading Page of Cups
The Fey Tarot is the work of Mara Aghem and Riccardo Minetti. While the card names mostly track conventional tarot naming, the scenes differ from Pamela Coleman Smith’s renditions. Not all minors display the full pip count of their number. Rather, the scenes are meant to evoke the intuition of the reader rather than depend on long lists of regurgitated meanings.
Today’s cards: Knight of Chalices, The Empress, & The Hermit. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? June 30 2014
A curved tall display table is set as the background of this card so that the inner curve faces the viewer. Draped in cloth reaching to the floor, there are nine large chalices arranged on it from one side to the other. Before the table stand a plain wooden bench. Sitting on the bench with his legs apart and his arms crossed in a smug manner is a gentleman in rich robes and a fantastic hat. His attitude is that of a feast-goer or an innkeeper, sitting in front of the chalices as if to demonstrate his capability. Continue reading 9 of Cups
The Universal Waite is Mary Hanson-Roberts’ recolored rendition of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. Nearly identical lining is softened by gentle coloring. Some faces have been reworked to be more pleasing to the eye.
Today’s cards: Ace of Wands, 8 of Wands, & 10 of Cups. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? June 29 2014
A short pillar of clouds hold against the viewer’s left of this card. From them a brilliant right hand has emerged, bearing a double-edged short sword with a hilt upright. An open crown floats around the tip of the sword, and draped over it are two wreathes, one of laurel and the other of olive. Six motes of light hover over the hilt. The sky is otherwise cloudless, and in the far distance at the bottom of the card are mountains and hills. Continue reading Ace of Swords
The Bosch Tarot will sometimes read direct, and sometimes it reads like a koan. It is a good deck for introspection and examination of internal motives.
And then there’s those times when I wonder if the cards are drunk.
Today’s cards: 10 of Wands, The World, & 7 of Pentacles. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? June 28 2014
A young man wearing a crafting apron straddles a low bench. A disk is propped up against a working block, held in place by the chisel in his left hand. His right hand holds a small crafting hammer upright, and he seems to be in the moment before bringing it down against the chisel. A five-pointed star has already been formed on the work in progress. On the ground under him is a completed pentagram. Leaning on the bench before him, facing the viewer, is yet another. Mounted on the wall rising up the side of the card are five more pentagrams, bring the total depicted to eight. He is working outdoors under a cloudless sky. In the far distance is seen a keep and a path leading up the hill into it. Continue reading 8 of Pentacles