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!

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Zaklató kártyák – Carla Tate vendégírása

(A következő cikk Carla Tate munkája, amit az írónő engedélyével fordítottam le és jelentettem meg. Az eredeti poszt itt található.)

 

“Lámcsak, ki van itt megint. A Botok Hatos követ engem, ezért ma reggel felhasználom Pearl Annie zaklató kártya technikáját.

 

Megkevertem a kártyáimat és elosztottam őket öt részre: Tűz, Víz, Föld, Levegő és Lélek. A Botok Hatos a Föld kupacban volt. Tehát az életemnek ezen a részén, a materiális, fizikai valóságban van dolgom ezzel a kártyával.

 

De mi lehet ez az üzenet? Lehet, hogy azt akarja mondani, hogy semmi diadalmas nincs abban, hogy hajnal fél hatkor blogolok? Lehetséges.

 

Megkérem, hogy írjon nekem egy levelet, ahogy az Over the Moon Orákulum Kártyáktól tanultam: (Ez egy hat lapos terítés – Kati)

 

Kedves Kérdező!

 

Amikor felbukkanok egy vetésben, ERRŐL (első lap) akarok neked üzenni. Megmutatom, hogy EZ (második lap) történik éppen, és azt szeretném, hogy ILYEN legyél, vagy ÍGY érezz (harmadik lap). Amikor megjelenek, arra kérlek, ereszd el EZT (negyedik lap), és fogadd el EZT (ötödik lap). Amikor meglátsz, ideje EZT (hatodik lap) tenned.

 

Üdvözlettel,

 

Tarot Zaklatód

 

Morgan Greer Tarot
Carla vetése a kérdésre. A lapok a Morgan Greer Tarot-ból vannak.
A levél:

 

Kedves Carla!

 

Amikor felbukkanok egy vetésben, arról akarok neked üzenni, hogyan zárnak börtönbe a  saját gondolataid. Megmutatom, hogy mennyire a negative dolgokra koncentrálsz. Olyan komoran állsz hozzá a dolgokhoz! Azt szeretném, hogy vidámabb, optimistább legyél – fedezd fel fizikai létedet és a fizikai világot! Állj a világhoz úgy, mint egy felfedező! Menj vissza az alapokhoz. Játssz a sárban, vagy csináld ennek a felnőtt változatát. Mi lett azokkal a felnőtt szinezőkkel, amiket vettél?

 

Amikor megjelenek, arra kérlek, engedd el a vágyat, hogy mindent te irányíts. Hagyd, hogy megtörténjenek a dolgok, és élvezz egy kis szünetet a kavargó gondolataid helyett. Pihenj! Amikor meglátsz, ideje, hogy gyorsan cselekedj – távolodj el a gondolataidtól, és élvezz egy kis ön-kényeztetést. Ha követed a tanácsomat, sokkal győzedelmesebben érzed majd magad a bőrödben.

 

Üdvözlettel,

 

Botok Hatos

 

Ennek örömére, visszmegyek aludni.

 

Csőcső!”

 

 

 

SummerSolstice Blog Hop 2015 – The Fool

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IMG_0301The Fool. Supposed to represent all who have started their journey with the tarot, or actually anyone who have started anything new. It represents us humans, starting off as innocent, ignorant babies, treading the path of all the Major Arcana cards in life.

For a very long time this was one of my “problem cards”. Why? Because the first time I met him was when I opened my first ever tarot deck (The Ancient Egyptian Tarot, still my favorite working deck), and started reading the meanings of the cards. Under the Fool, you get these lines: “This Arcane, XXII., means that a number of misfortunes are threatening you, and that your only hope is to come to you from Heaven towards which your prayers must rise constantly.” Not a very positive meaning. On the picture you see a man walking towards a crocodile, without noticing the danger. Not exactly a card by which I would want to be described as a beginner reader. But then, this is why you have to constantly read, learn, improve and ask questions.

Luckily my mom had a book on a bunch of different fortune telling systems, and there I have read the “standard” meaning of this little bugger, which is the one with being ignorant and stuff like that. As a beginner, I got confused and decided to stick to whatever was written in the little booklet that came with my cards. Only years later could I accept that there could be other meanings to the Fool, proving that indeed the beginner reader has to be described by him. Oh the shame, the shattered ego….

Since then, I came to a sort of ceasefire with him. Now I want to be the Fool, open to all opportunities and options, but still there is a thorn in me because of the first experience.

As it was a difficult card for me, I was thinking about it a lot. Over time, I have found some characters with whom I can make myself accept and even like the figure of the Fool. I will show you three of them: the Youngest Son, Ganesha and Loki. Three completely different characters from three completely different cultures. I love them all the same.

szegenylegenyLet’s start with The Youngest Son. In Hungarian folk tales (actually almost in every nation’s folktales) it is always the youngest son of the king or the poor man, who will at the end overcome all difficulties, save the princess and live happily ever after. How is he related to the Fool?

Before it’s The End, he has to go on a long and dangerous journey. He has to outwit witches (The Magician), meet the other country’s king (The Emperor), slay the Dragon (The Devil), come back from the dead -as sometimes he gets killed by his own brothers- (Moon, Tower, Death), claim his rightful prize and punish the wicked brothers (Justice), marry the princess (Lovers, Sun, Star) and live happily ever after (The World). If I would think about it I am sure I could fit all the Major Arcana cards in these tales.

The second person who helps me to like the Fool is Loki. let_it_go__loki_by_captbexx-d782dqjMind you, it’s The Loki Laufeyson from the Scandinavian Myths, not the Marvel character. Although the Marvel character is based on Him, Loki being the adopted son of Odin, and all that nonsense made me dislike that story. I mean, the films were OK, the actor was a good choice, I could see him in the role of the real thing, but still I was distracted from liking it by Thor being blond and all…

*slaps herself back to the topic*

Sorry for my ranting. Loki is very precious to me. I could write pages and pages and MORE PAGES about him, I wrote my final paper on him—

*slaps herself back to the topic again* loki ency

So I’m talking about the Scandinavian trickster Loki. He is the Fool in many ways (*concentrating on NOT starting to tell his whole life story*).

He is born to Giant parents, but is considered (up to a degree) to be one of the gods. Just like the Fool, he doesn’t belong anywhere, he is a separate category on his own. He is continuously on the move, just can’t sit down peacefully. He always gets into trouble, but always finds a way out too (well, most of the time). I was thinking of making a tarot deck of my own, and as hard as I tried, I couldn’t fit him in any other Major Arcana card. He just has to be the somewhat innocent, playful, unthinking silly Fool. I have to stop writing about him otherwise I will go astray again.

IMG_0313The third one is the Hindu god Ganesha. Although in his established status he is more likely to be the Hierophant or even the World, Ganesha’s story also starts as the Fool. In a nutshell, he was created by Parvati, wife of the god Shiva. Parvati wanted to soak in a nice hot bath and have some “me time”, but her husband never let her be alone. So, she created Ganesha, who had a normal, human head that time. She told him that he is not to let ANYONE in the bath chamber. As a newborn, he was innocent and without knowledge of how the things were run around there. You can see why he was the Fool at it’s best. So, he was standing guard at the door, when Shiva arrived. He of course wanted to go inside, but Ganesha didn’t let him. After trying to explain Ganesha that he is not just anyone, but he is the husband of Parvati, Shiva got angry, and beheaded the boy. Parvati came out of the bath and demanded that Shiva restored Ganesha into life. That was somewhat difficult, because Shiva hit him so hard, the boy’s head got lost in space. After some troubles they finally have put an Elephant’s head on his shoulders, and voila! Ganesha the wise and kind was created. From that time on he is considered to be Shiva’s son and he is to be revered first in every ritual performed in Hindu traditions.

ganesha(I really hope no one gets hurt by me calling Ganesha the Fool. I don’t mean any harm, the Fool in this sense is only to demonstrate how innocent he was that time.)

As you can see, it was a LONG journey for me to accept and start to like the card of the Fool. But, as it is so important with all the other cards too, associations helped me in beating my dislike for him. I hope this short summary helps every beginner reader to find their ways in accepting the problematic cards in tarot. After all, you all have to work together if you want to join in the journey of the Fool.

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Strength and Responsibilities

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The card of Strength from the Gilded Tarot deck

Strength in tarot means defeating inner demons, overcoming our fears, and mustering the courage to move forward. It also reminds me of the many responsibilities that tarot readers have. We have to be strict but passionate, detached but understanding, truthful but kind and professional but approachable. So many things to be and to think about. For some people it comes naturally, for some it will come with practice. The main point is, that a good tarotist knows how to take responsibility for his/her actions when reading for someone. I will tell you what I mean.

Long ago, in the olden days, maybe even in another galaxy far far away, I was in secondary grammar school. With some other students we got interested in magic. Some of us got into spells, some made candles and dream catchers, and some of us took up tarot. There was a boy, one or two years older than me, who was said to be particularly good with the cards. He always refused to read for me, but others told that he is extremely accurate. One day he agreed to read for one of my best friends. I was not present, but it went something like this: he shuffled the cards, laid them in the Celtic Cross, and then seeing the result, he announced that he will not tell what they mean. He only told that she will have something very bad happening to her in future. As he didn’t say anything else, we forgot about it. Then some years later, my friend’s mom unfortunately got cancer and passed away near Christmas.

Now, I believe he has seen it in the cards. Had he told her what he has seen, my friend would have got freaked out, run home and got her mom do all the necessary tests. If spotted early, maybe her cancer could have been treated, and that would have prevented the tragedy.

Beginner readers often have the mentality of hiding bad news from their seekers, or making it look less threatening. But, as you have seen above, there is nothing wrong with freaking them out. Sometimes it is needed to help them prepare for the worst, or to give them a chance to avoid it. But if you don’t say anything, how are they to know? This is one of our many responsibilities: saying the truth, that too all of it. You don’t have to be blunt, it can be done nice and kindly, but you just have to do it.

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Strength from Archangel Tarot

More recently, I had a lady coming for a reading. She wanted to know how her marriage is going to be, and will they have children with her husband. Normal questions from a newly wed, I thought. But when it came to the topic of having a baby, only swords came out. I got scared as hell, I did. This is not what I expected to see, and definitely not what I wanted to see. But, after recovering, I told her that it will be difficult, in her past I see a miscarriage that will affect coming pregnancies and in general she has to be very very careful. She then told me that indeed she had a miscarriage, and even doctors were surprised why it happened. Both she and her husband are fit and healthy, done all the checkups and everything. I told her all the advices the cards shown and made sure she will be extra careful with the next one. Because the last card was promising, there is a chance of them having a live birth after many struggles.

So, after telling her that it will be difficult, but they can have a child, she will be prepared but won’t lose hope. But if I wouldn’t have told her the whole story, she would have expected a normal pregnancy, and maybe wouldn’t have chosen the doctors and midwives as carefully. You see my point.

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Strength from the Dragons Tarot

Our other responsibility is to accept that we can be wrong. Sometimes we are just too tired, the deck we are using is new and we don’t know it as well… there can be so many reasons a reading can go wrong. Along with this, we have to accept that other readers have their own style, their own interpretations for the cards, and ours is not the only right way to do things. There is no “THE right way”. Cards are speaking to their owners in a private, intimate language, which is no one else’s business.

In the last few months I had two readings which went wrong. The first one I have to admit, was my fault. I was absolutely exhausted, and the cards felt it. I shouldn’t have done it, but I thought ok, one last reading for the day. It was going terrible, I have seen only disaster after disaster, sex, drugs, murder… Luckily it was for a friend. Even I thought it was impossible to happen to her, and she assured me that nothing like this is going on. So, I apologized, and done her reading a few days later. (it went well, of course)

The second one was a bit more interesting. A lady came to me for a general reading about her future. It was an email reading, so I laid the cards and sent her the result. In her reply mail she told me that it is her sister’s life I’m talking about, so I have repeated the reading. Three times. Every single time her sister’s story was there, no matter what I did. She sent a picture of herself, I used a significator, done her sis’s reading and then tried hers, meditation, incense, etc… nothing worked. She told me that the same thing happened to all of the fortune tellers she had gone to. I am not one who would let this go with a “sorry I can’t do your reading”. After a long chain of mails, it turned out that her sister once saved her life. Now that I knew why this was happening, I could do hers, and this time it went without a problem, and she left happily.

Strength from Tarot of St Petersburgh
Strength from Tarot of St Petersburgh

So, if someone tells you that you are off the track with your reading, after making sure they don’t just say so because of their ego or lack of self knowledge, you have to apologize and do it again. If you need some time between the readings, it’s completely fine. If you need more information from your seeker, ask them. But never ever think that you are 100% right, and if the seeker doesn’t agree, it’s their problem. Everyone makes mistakes, we are humans, after all. But it would be an even bigger mistake not to accept it.

So, I wish every reader, beginners and old foxes alike, to have the strength to accept and fulfill their Responsibilities.