8 of Pentacles

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

What Does The Deck Say? June 27 2014

Each suit in the Bag of Bones playing card deck tells a visual story progressing from Ace to Ten. A heartwarming lamia, a persistent gardener, a spider’s catch, and a clumsy walker make for quick stories. The face cards stand alone, but have stories for themselves.

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Today’s cards: Queen of Diamonds, Ace of Clubs, & 6 of Diamonds. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? June 27 2014

Ace of Pentacles

A short pillar of clouds float on the left side of this card. From that pillar, a brilliant hand emerges towards the right, filling the interior of the space. It is cupped and holds a pentacle comfortably upright. At the bottom of the card is a garden scene with lilies in bloom on a grassy field. A path is worn through that field to a fence that is completely overgrown with vegetation and blooming flowers. The path is met at an unobstructed arch (also overgrown), through which two peaks of very distant mountains can be seen. Continue reading Ace of Pentacles

What Does The Deck Say? June 26 2014

The Sweeney Tarot was designed to read with reversals. Having the expected 78 cards, one could use any system of meanings with it. However Lee Bradford has put deep thought into the the meanings of the Sweeney Tarot, making sure it is approachable by all and without occult or religious concerns that would restrict its audience or use.

Today’s cards: 6 of Coinsrv, Strengthrv, & Justicerv. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? June 26 2014

4 of Pentacles

A man bearing a short squat crown sits hunched on a block of stone facing the viewer directly. The richness of his fur cloak and robes gives the impression he is a wealthy man of some power. His arms encircle a large pentagram and holds it close to his bosom. His posture implies if he could envelop the pentagram with the entirety of his body, he would. However, under each foot is a large pentagram and he is pressing his feet against them securely. Mounted on his crown is a fourth pentagram. He is visibly held by that which he would hold tightly. Behind him, in the near distance, are the multitudes of buildings and towers that can be found in a thriving Medieval city. He alone is in the foreground, further giving the intimation that what he holds separates him from daily life. Continue reading 4 of Pentacles

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