2018 Samhain Blog Hop – Saying thanks to Spirit

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Spirits have always been part of my life. I would probably feel very lonely without my clairesentience ability… and thinking about this makes me realise that sometimes I am an absolute twat with *them*. An ungrateful opportunistic selfish little human being who even forgets to do her prayers in the morning. (Well it’s mostly due to my toddler needing something and me getting side tracked but still.) What’s due is due and the question prompts kindly provided by our wrangler Aisling come very timely indeed. 

To take a look at my relationship with one spirit who is very dear to me, I have used the Darkwater Tarot by James Douglas. This is my new go-to deck when it comes to communication with the other side. Its black and white images lend themselves well to this task; they remind me of what is beyond the veil, and after testing them in a number of readings for different topics they became my 78 piece Ouija board. 

So let us see the spread I have created for this wonderful occasion! (I am not good at staying with what has been provided, sorry)


James Douglas Darkwater Tarot1. (The selfish little human): what does my spirit guide (slash secret crush) think about me?
2: What do I think of my spirit guide (slash secret crush)?
3: What is the thing I’m doing he is happy with?
4: What is the thing I’m doing he is fed up with?
5:  What is the thing he’s doing that I am happy with?
6: Why?
7: What is the thing he’s doing I am fed up with?
8: Why?
9: What is the main thing he wants to teach me right now?
10: How can I ever thank him for being such an awesome dude?
Well, looking at the cards, I am surprised there are not many Majors… Not quite what I expected – or rather – not what I wanted to see.
1. (The selfish little human): what does my spirit guide (slash secret crush) think about me? – Three of Pentacles
Am I so hard to work with? Really? Surely not! What do you mean I’m whining all the time?!
2: What do I think of my spirit guide (slash secret crush)? The Star reversed/ Empty Sky
I think He isn’t fulfilling my wishes, and I do know it is a good thing, ok? I might moan about stuff time to time but who doesn’t? (Now he rolls his eyes at me and tells me a name who doesn’t. Le sigh.) The sky would indeed be empty without him. There was a period when I had to be without him, and it was hard. I am super happy he is back.
3: What is the thing I’m doing he is happy with? – King of Cups reversed
I am controlling my emotions much better than I used to. And working on leaving behind what doesn’t serve my emotional wellbeing. Yay.
4: What is the thing I’m doing he is fed up with? – Two of Wands reversed
I am not acting on my ideas. I am fed up with it too. Sorry dude… 😦 I’m working on it!
5:  What is the thing he’s doing that I am happy with? – 10 of Cups reversed
He isn’t going light on me anymore. There was a time when he was super kind and just kept me floating, giving me strength to survive. Now I can take on more, so he does dump it on me and I love him for it.
6: Why? – Page of Wands
Because I am ready!! (Said it in Spongebob style.) I am proud of being stronger.
7: What is the thing he’s doing I am fed up with? – 4 of Cups
Amm… I have no idea what this means. At all. Nope. There’s nothing I am fed up with. Lol.
8: Why? – Lovers reversed/The Fall
Oh all right sometimes I do miss him being super nice. Jeez, this deck is insistent.
9: What is the main thing he wants to teach me right now? – The World reversed/ The Unexplained
Omg wow! Oh-kay…. no pressure then… I shall grab my notebook! ^_^
10: How can I ever thank him for being such an awesome dude? – 10 of Wands reversed
Stop whining and taking too much on. Enjoy life, spend time with family. Also, the ten wands look like ten skewers ready to grill some food for him. I wonder if he’s hinting at something, haha! (Yes. Yes he is.)
Well, this spread did turn out nicer than I expected it to be! If you give it a go, do let me know how it went! Or you could hop on to Jay or Arwen’s posts! Happy Halloween!

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The Five of Flags for the 1917 Tarot

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I am just so in love with this! The image has gone through a lot of changes , from a doodle-like MsPaint picture to the final image of the Five of Flags (Cups) of the 1917 Tarot!

 

The woman on the picture holds on to the idea of the Tsar and pre-revolution Russia, ignoring the progress the country has made under communist rule. Who is she? A former noble, grieving her lost status? Princess Anastasia, grieving her murdered family and hiding her identity? Could she be me (I do have a soft spot for the Romanovs)? I will leave the decision to you, dear reader.

Tarot Blog Hop Anniversary – Musical Cards

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Happy anniversary, Hoppers! This is the 50th edition of the Tarot Blog Hop and to celebrate, our wrangler Jay Cassels has come up with a super glam idea:

PAIR TAROT AND MUSICALS!!!!!!!

and because these are two of my favourite things, I said to myself:

Crikey, I almost missed the deadline!!!!!!

In such a short time, what could I do? Well, I decided to keep it simple. My favourite musical? Elisabeth, without a doubt, although the “Tanz der Vampire” (Dance of the Vampires) makes a close second place. My favourite tarot card? Death, of course, what else? Pair them together and what a coincidence! Death is a central character in Elisabeth!

See him dancing with Sissi, with German lyrics but English subtitles:

That’s all well and good but now watch it in Hungarian!! The guy singing Death was so popular he was even invited to sing in Japan! 😀

And this is my favourite song from the whole musical. Its title would translate to something like ‘The shadows grew long today”… Death tries to entice Sissi’s son… and of course he wins. 😉

Comment your favourite Death themed songs! Now hop on, I need to do some singing on the top of my voice! Happy hopping!

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Triumph of Life Tarot – Ten of Cups

It has been such a long time since this project started! I am so happy it has finally come to fruition and that I have been able to participate with a card! Before I’d tell you about my story, this is what the Triumph of Life Tarot is all about:

Andrew Kyle McGregor of The Hermit’s Lamp had a simple idea: create a tarot deck that brings light and hope to cancer victims and survivors, AND that does something to stop this horrible disease.

Cancer and Cartomancy: The Triumph of Life Tarot

And this is how he did it:

First, get a bunch of people to contribute art to a tarot deck whose focus is the celebration of life. Make it as inspirational and life affirming as possible without denying the hardships we might face a long the way.

Each artist would strive create a card that answers the question “How does this image help us get from a place of loss and suffering to a place of joy and remembering?”

Second, print up the deck and sell them.

Third, take the profits and donate them to cancer research.

So 72 artists came together and made it happen!

This deck is entirely volunteer created.

All profits from sale 1, $13 per deck, will go to cancer research.

By February 2018, more than a thousand Dollars have been donated to the Terry Fox Foundation! Well done everyone, keep it going!!!

Now let’s talk about my card. By the time I found this project all cards were taken, so I just followed them and cheered from the background. Then, one day, Andrew announced that an artist had to withdraw. I jumped at the opportunity and got the Ten of Cups to make! How exciting! It was a very short time I had to finish painting but after a few days’ brainstorming (brain tsunamiing, hurricaning!!) my card was born. May I present you my Ten of Cups from the wonderful Triumph of Life Tarot!

Cancer and cartomancy: The Triumph of Life Tarot

The card shows a photograph hung on the wall, with ten cups raised for toast around it.

In India – where the person I dedicated the card is from – people hang the pictures of their passed away loved ones on the wall, with a garland of flowers around them. This is to show their love and of course to remember their dead. The Ten of Cups, this traditionally happy card advises us to keep the good times spent together in our hearts, and remember those who are not with us anymore with a nostalgic smile instead of tears. They are gone, and we can not change that. But a part of them, the amazing memories will stay with us forever, and that is what we need to celebrate. Raise your cups and tell a happy story when your loved one made you smile. Talk to your family and friends and share your grief with them. It is easier together. But most of all: smile.

Hindus believe in the process of reincarnation. In fact, their sacred scriptures advise us to think of our bodies not as a part of our identities, but rather as a coat that our soul, our real, immortal self is wearing. When a coat is too old and the wind blows right through it, you will change it for a new one, isn’t it? So why would a soul cry for a useless body? Our loved one’s soul hasn’t died; the soul is immortal.

In every religion people’s beliefs are similar: the soul has left the body, and it has transcended into another plane of existence, be it a new life here on Earth, in Heaven, at the side of Allah or in Nirvana… The thought that gives us hope is that we will meet again; it is only the matter of time. They are now in a better place.

Upright meaning: happiness; celebration; making the most of the time we have together; remembering the good times; taking the support of our family.

Reversed meaning: isolation; building up walls; inability to let go; the need to ask for our family’s help; the need to grieve together.

“As a man casts off his worn-out clothes and takes on other new ones, so does the embodied soul cast off his worn-out bodies and enters other new.”

– Bhagavad Gita 2:22

See you again soon, Didi! I wish you comfortable and sturdy clothes!

2017 Samhain Tarot Blog Hop – Ancestors

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Ah, the ancestor thing again. I am in a little bit of a pickle here, thanks to our wrangler Jay Cassels.

You see, my family never venerated our ancestors. After my maternal grandmother died, my mom used to go every 1 November to the cemetery and spend a few moments at her mother’s grave. But never visited anyone else’s – well, her brother’s after he died. I doubt she knows where her grandparents are buried and she had a rocky relationship with her father so there’s no chance of her going to his grave (I never even knew him, so you can imagine).

The only person in my family who loves going to graveyards is my other grandmother. She says she finds peace there. I find this both strange and beautiful. Although if you think about it, that’s where you are laid to eternal rest…

Back to the topic, in my family we don’t do this lineage thing and ancestors and whatnot. I have no idea what my great-grandfather’s name was. Also, I firmly believe in reincarnation, so I have trouble finding much importance in my current family tree when I have had so many others already. To cut it short, when I have seen the topic of this hop, I got nervous. I know that for my blog neighbour Benebell Wen her ancestors are really important (I adore her knowledge and connection to the craft, she is fantastic!) and that for many ‘pagans’ it is the same… so I feel as out of place as a lamb at the Annual Carnivore Conference.

I asked the cards how could I avoid totally losing face and having to withdraw half day before the hop. I got from the Goddess Inspiration Oracle, Mut; the mother of mothers. Very apt, thank you cards.

So then I asked my trusty old Egyptian Tarot (Mut is the *Egyptian* goddess of motherhood) what can I learn from my mother and my grandmothers. Here be the reading…

1. What can I learn from the matriarchs?

2. In what should I follow their example?

3. Where should I avoid following their example?

1. Ten of Pentacles, Judgement, Death

I can learn from them how to stay whole, and how to keep the family together. I can learn how to resurrect myself from my own ashes and continue on. How to cut away what is not healthy anymore and how to change with times.

2. Justice, King of Pentacles, Page of Cups

I should follow their example in giving myself justice, and judging others righteously. Giving everyone what they deserve. To be self dependent and unshakable. To show my feelings to those who deserve it, and protect myself and mine from outsiders.

3. Queen of Cups, Ten of Cups, Three of Wands

I should avoid being too emotional and emotionally dependent on others. I shouldn’t look for The Perfect Family because it is nonexistent. And I shouldn’t try to be ‘creative’ (dishonest) when dealing with mine. I need to be direct and honest, and tell when I don’t like something.

A lot to think about, Thank you Jay! Now hop on to Benebell on the right or to Joanne on the left, or if you like it random, click one link on the master list! Happy Halloween! Here’s my Thoth pumpkin I carved today. Because of the pumpkin’s curves it is not very visible but I am so proud of it, I had to show it off, hahaha!

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Centenary of the Russian October Revolution and the 1917 Tarot

I have meant to write this post since the beginning of the project, but alas, something was always more urgent. But, you have time for what you make time for.

And as we know time goes by so quickly you don’t even realise! On the 7th November (25 October in the Julian calendar Russia used that time) 1917 a signal was sent from the ship Aurora, that would change world history forever. On that day, monarchy ended in Russia and gave its place to Lenin and the Bolshevik.

To commemorate this event Silhouette Publishing has came up with the idea of creating a not for profit, collaborative deck. Natalia Plakhina, Vladimir Sitnikov and Elena Udina have successfully herded their cats, and voila, the deck is in its final stages of creation and available to preorder!

Big shots who gave their name and artwork for the project include Ciro Marchetti, Robert Place, Alexander Daniloff, Oswaldo Menegazzi, just to name a few.

And among the smaller contributors you can find, well, me. 🙂 Here I would like to thank all the gods for TABI, social media and Ciro Marchetti’s choice of card! Ciro, thank you for choosing Rasputin! If it wasn’t for that post you wrote in TABI’s FB group, I would never have found this project!

And now, I’d like to show you my cards. These are the images I have sent in. They don’t have a border yet, they aren’t the finished product. But I am so very proud of them, I just can’t express it in words, haha! So much for trying to look modest.

Here I present my submissions for the 1917 Tarot!

My Emperor. Nicholas II’s icon. Did you know he was canonised? 🙂

The Two of Stars (Coins). You’d never guess I am a Marseille Tarot lover. 😉

My Five of Flags (Cups). I have a soft spot for Nicholas II… 🙂

The Six of Hammer and Sickle (Wands). Gagarin’s space flight was just 21 days before America’s Alan Shepherd’s!! He does look vexed, but then America beat Russia to the Moon. 1-1!

Two more cards were proposed by me, but they had to go through a little transformation before they could be added to the deck. One was the Page of Flags and the other the Three of Flags (Cups). I’d rather not embarrass myself with showing the originals, lol. You’ll see what came out of it when you buy the deck here: http://www.1917tarot.com! 😀

I am so, so grateful for this project! It has been an amazing inner journey, a great experience with art, and the start of some extremely strong friendships. Natalia, Elena, Vladimir… thank you! ❤