Mercury

Tarot and Astrology have many close connections, and Golden Dawn Astrology ascribes astrological meanings to each Tarot card. This week’s card, The Magician, is linked to the planet Mercury!

Mucha Mercury

Mercury, also known as Hermes, in Greek mythology, is the Messenger of the Gods, a playful and clever trickster. Mercury is the fastest planet – appropriate for the god with winged feet! Mercury rules communication, commerce, and commutes, and has a powerful influence over emotion. Mercury embodies “that unconscious power within which looks after us…and which appears as though by magic at the most critical and difficult moments in life to offer guidance and wisdom” (Sharman-Burke and Greene 22-23). Mercury is all about urgency and quick thinking. As Joanna Martine Woolfolk puts it, “Mercury makes life understandable, for it is the planet of intelligence” (181).

Curiosity is Mercury’s realm, as are excitement, nervous energy, and zipping emotions! Mercury is most prominent as an evening star in March and April, and as a morning star in September and October (Woolfolk 182). Mercury is the power planet for Gemini and Virgo!

The Magician from The Mythic Tarot image via deepestwell.blogspot.com

The Mythic Tarot represents The Magician as Hermes, “guide of travellers, patron of thieves and liars, ruler of magic and divination, and bringer of sudden good luck and changes in fortune” (Sharman-Burke and Greene 21). Hermes is the master of the four elements, and also controls dreams and the weird little coincidences that lend clarity in times of confusion.

Mercury image via BBC

Interesting fact: Because Mercury travels so close to the Sun, it’s always either in your Sun sign or in the sign immediately before or after!

Disney’s Hermes image via hero.wikia.com

Mercury is always thinking and always on the move, reminding us to focus on the present and to stay true to ourselves, and have fun doing it!

Works Cited

Adams, Evangeline. Astrology for Everyone. New York: Permabooks, 1949.

Astrological Oracle Cards. LWB: Lunea Weatherstone. Artwork: Antonella Castelli. Torino, Italy: Lo Scarabeo, 2012. © Lo Scarabeo Italy.

Sharman-Burke, Juliet and Liz Greene. The Mythic Tarot: A New Approach to the Tarot Cards. Cards illustrated by Tricia Newell. Toronto, ON: Stoddart Publishing Co. Ltd, 1988.

Woolfolk, Joanna Martine. The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need. Lanham, MD: Scarborough House, 1990.

Card of the Week: I – The Magician

I The Magician

This week’s card is The Magician, and how appropriate as we get ready to start a new school year on Tuesday! Summer is over, and it’s time to face reality again: back to work after Labour Day weekend. This card is all about finding the magic inside to achieve whatever you set your mind to!

A little Magician cutie via janksmedia.com!

My personal image for The Magician is a young child setting up a scene of some sort using found items. Each of the Tarot suits are represented, as the child uses imagination and spirit to create in the way it sometimes seems only children – or those in touch with their inner child! – can. Children are peaceful and sure in their abilities, and are ready to take on the road of them with unabashed self-confidence!

I – The Magician via Tarot.com

I love the way The Feng Shui Tarot by Eileen and Peter Paul Connolly represents the four suits: Black Tortoise for Wands, Green Dragon for Pentacles, White Tiger for Swords, and Red Phoenix for Cups. The Magician is shown hanging out with all four beasts on a snowy mountain, as opposed to the traditional Magician standing before a table on which a Wand, a Pentacle, a Sword, and a Cup lay, waiting for the best tool to be chosen for the situation. This line from the “reverse core aspect” in the Little White Book that came with this deck is wonderful: “[p]erhaps you should consider how you abuse your talents” (Connolly 8). There is no doubt in this statement that you have the power inside you to achieve: it’s time to figure out how to make the most of it!

The predominance of yellow in both Tarot Mucha and The Feng Shui Tarot is so inspiring! To me, yellow represents optimism, clarity, and happiness – three of the most important “magical” tools that make life so much easier! Interesting too that the roman numeral for “1” is the letter “I,” considering that the Magician is all about finding the power and skill within to reach full potential on your personal journey.

This week, The Magician teaches us about setting up, laying out, assessing what you have to work with and finding the magic within to make whatever you need to do happen!

 

 

Feng Shui Tarot. LWB: Eileen Connolly. Artwork: Peter Paul Connolly. Published by U.S. Game Systems. Scan via Tarot.com, September 7, 2015.

Illustrations from Feng Shui Tarot used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 2001 by U.S. Games Systems.  All rights reserved.

Tarot Mucha. LWB: Lunea Weatherstone. Artwork: Giulia F. Massaglia. Torino, Italy: Lo Scarabeo, 2014. © Lo Scarabeo Italy.

0 – The Fool: My Interpretation

The Fool

Here is my first leap into Tarot card design! This is my interpretation of 0 – The Fool. The Fool represents the beginning of the journey through the Major Arcana, and so I thought using the image of a baby very fitting!

In my card, a sweet little baby has scooted out onto the balcony, fearless of the larger-than-baby gaps between the rungs and the treacherous drop to the city below! Baby’s eyes are on a pretty butterfly, flitting off into the great expanse. Baby reaches out for the butterfly, wanting to grasp life’s beauty, to hold on to it. Although in a precarious position, distracted by joy and fun, Baby is protected by the faithful family dog, always nearby to keep Baby from harm, allowing full enjoyment of life’s adventures and no need for worry! Baby has no expectations and is grabbing life by the butterflies!

I haven’t really used watercolours before, so I am a true “Fool” going into this project! Woohoo!

I had so much fun doing this, I can’t wait for next week!

<3<3

Miriam

Iris’s Spread

Recently, Iris got into my Tarot cards – and much to my delight, she laid out an adorable and innovative little spread, gazing at each card and muttering over it, just like Mama!

I know you’ll enjoy this video of her preciosity, and I hope you’ll find some fun in the interpretation of her “Spread” as well!

I named the positions she chose, and she actually created a pretty insightful Spread! I will be using this one myself! I chuckled a bit as I read “Iris’s cards” based on the Spread positions!

Card 1: Past affecting future

6 of Cups

Card 2: Current Self

XII – The Hanged Man reversed

Card 3: Future aspiration

10 of Pentacles

Card 4: Past aspiration

0 – The Fool

Card 5: Heart/ Soul card

Knight of Cups

Card 6: Takeaway

XX – Judgment

The Story in the Cards

6 of Cups

A young person is hard at work, and pauses to watch two nearby children, remembering feeling as free and playful as they do! Smiling at the memories, it is time to return to the task at hand and prepare for the future!

[Iris remembers the park fondly, and would much prefer being there than at home making it work with her own toys.]

XII The Hanged Man R

Standing up tall and ready to move on, the young person learns from the past and makes a plan to set forth with success. Eyes forward, wary of what held back progress in the past, she has regained her balance and is ready to be back on solid ground.

[“Park? Park. I’m tall.”]

10 of Pentacles

Family values are the young person’s guiding influence. Nothing could compare to the promise of a secure and solid home life! The young person loves when the whole family is together, and looks forward to building a loving family of her own.

[Picking up her doll: “ohhh. Ohh, baby. Come on. Find Dada.”]

0 The Fool

Leaving the maternal cave to cast out independently, fearless of the consequences, the young person dances along her path with joyful abandon. Her carefree conduct suggests the presence of a guardian angel as she is carried along in her journey, unscathed by mishaps!

[Born, walking, talking, climbing, reading Tarot…she’s got this!]

Knight of Cups

The young person is following her dreams, guided by her emotions and desires and nothing else! Her arrival in any situation is a gift. She is a fulfiller of dreams, the result of a fairytale romance!

[She’s the babe of our dreams and we love her so much!]

XX Judgment

The young person knows the value of divine self-awareness. Beyond the earthly realm, right and wrong have no grey area, and the young person knows this well, holding her morals close to her heart!

[More like: she loves the male angel on the card, and points at his chest: “bubbie!!”]

I had a lot of fun writing this post, and I hope you enjoyed it too! More Baby Tarot to come!

Tarot Mucha. Artwork: Giulia F. Massaglia. Torino, Italy: Lo Scarabeo, 2014. © Lo Scarabeo Italy.

Card of the Week: 0 – The Fool

Welcome to my journey through the Major Arcana! This feels like the perfect week to start with The Fool, as it’s the last week of summer before our little family goes back to school. The phrase that pops into my head when I see this card is “joyful abandon!” This card symbolizes leaving the past behind, happily and free of attachment to the outcome, rather finding light in the journey itself. It’s a card of big new beginnings!

0 The Fool

In the card from Tarot Mucha, we see The Fool dancing merrily along a cliff, high above the world. Her faithful dog guards her step, making sure she doesn’t fall into the abyss below, allowing her to dance freely and without fear. The sun is shining and the hurdles of the past are behind her. She carries only a few possessions, and is filled with optimism on her path! Brigit Esselmont of Biddy Tarot describes this card as showing “the highest potential for your life, reaching a state of renewal and new beginnings, where each day is an adventure and each moment is lived to the fullest.”

The Fool represents elemental Air, according to Golden Dawn Astrology. I picture The Fool’s energy as being free and light, embodying the spirit of “blowing where the wind takes you.” The Mythic Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Greene, describe The Fool as being “the impulse toward change which comes upon us ‘out of the blue’, which has no rational basis and no preplanned programme of action” (19). This card represents a striking out into the unknown!

My personal analogy for this card is the concept behind the movie Baby’s Day Out – an innocent soul is out to discover the world, seemingly guarded by an unseen force as he makes his way along the precipice of danger, free from worry and ulotimately unscathed! As Lunea Weatherstone describes in the Little White Book for Tarot Mucha, The Fool “has no expectations, only the willingness to live fully in the flow of life’s experiences” (12). There is no way of knowing if the right decision is being made, and that’s okay: The Fool will figure it out along the way. There is risk involved, but optimism and wonder are the forces at work here. Worrying about looking silly will only dampen the journey!

The Fool – The Mythic Tarot Image via Dragonfly Moon Tarot

The Mythic Tarot draws The Fool as Dionysus. When I think of Dionysus, I think of wine and parties! Comparing The Fool to the spirit of the party implies excitement, openness to a good time, and also perfectly illustrates the reversal of this card: feeling afraid of putting yourself “out there,” worrying about looking foolish, and trying to anticipate or even being apprehensive about the outcome of new experiences. This card is about going out and living, meeting new people and learning life lessons!

The Fool’s number is 0, and I love Biddy Tarot’s explanation: “[t]he Major Arcana is often considered as the Fool’s journey through life and as such, he is ever present and therefore needs no number.” This card is about choosing to cast aside fear and doubt and start afresh, believing in yourself and the universal forces guiding you on your path!

And so, here we go – time to soak up the last of the sun and free our minds, letting this week wash over us, finding enjoyment in whatever life has in store!

Works cited

“Baby’s Day Out – The Worton Twins.” Baby’s Day Out. Jaffyescharcha.com. Web image. August 26, 2015.

Esselmont, Brigit. “Fool Tarot Card Meanings.” Biddy Tarot. ©2015. Web. August 29, 2015.

Northwind, Miria. “Sample Tarot Reading.” Dragonfly Moon Tarot. Web. August 31, 2015.

Palmer, Richard. “Delving Into Tarot and Astrology in the Golden Dawn Tradition.” Biddy Tarot. June 20, 2012. Web. August 29, 2015.

Tarot Mucha. Artwork: Giulia F. Massaglia. Torino, Italy: Lo Scarabeo, 2014. ©Lo Scarabeo Italy.

Full Moon Tarotscopes: August 29, 2015

Tarotscopes for August 29, 2015

They’re here!! I am so, so excited to present the first batch of Tantramar Tarotscopes! Each Tarotscope is based on the planetary positions in relation to each Sun sign and the placement of its power planet! Tarot comes in with a card offering advice based on what will be going on with you on Saturday, August 29: the Full Moon!

I’d love to hear what you think: feel free to leave a comment, including your Sun sign, so I can geek out completely! <3<3!!

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Mucha AriesMucha Mars

You have an increased drive to pursue personal projects. Now is the time to make a move romantically as your confidence is at a fever pitch!

Card: Queen of Swords

Queen of Swords

A cool, intelligent approach is best. Keep your guard up and sit back with confidence. Everything you’ve planned for is falling into place.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Mucha TaurusMucha Venus

Pamper yourself by splurging on that perfect thing you’ve been eyeing! Home is the place to stoke your coals at the moment – recharge with the people you love.

Card: Knight of Wands

Knight of Wands

It may feel like everything is blowing up around you, and you don’t know what to do or where to go even though you can’t stop – home is where the heart is. Channel your energy into relaxing; it will have a magical effect!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Mucha GeminiMucha Mercury

You’re finally achieving the creative balance you’ve been waiting for! It’s like you’re physically breathing new ideas!

Card: XXI – The World reversed

XXI The World

To get those ideas moving, you need to let go of what is keeping you from starting! You can see the way to the finish line – can you see the obstacle keeping you in limbo?

 Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Mucha CancerMucha Moon

Your emotions and intuition are in high gear, and they’re pulling you to explore! Plan that trip or start that personal research project.

Card: Knight of Pentacles reversed

Knight of Pentacles

Taking the time to really figure out the concrete details will save a lot of time and indecisiveness later. Once it’s all laid out in front of you you’ll feel confident in getting started!

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Mucha LeoMucha Sun

Should you buy it? You really want it…think about the practical realities of the investment you’re considering before you decide. Taking time to organize your decision will prove fortunate!

Card: Ace of Wands

Ace of Wands

You’re making a bold new start – it almost feels like a miracle! Summon all your inner power to cut through the fog that’s confusing you now and know that you’re making the right choice.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Mucha VirgoMucha Mercury

Seeking a mental tickle? Why not do an overhaul of all your stuff – keep what you love and get rid of the rest, it’ll feel like a weight off your shoulders.

Card: 6 of Pentacles

6 of Pentacles

Spread the wealth! All that great stuff deserved to be loved by someone else. Donate it or give it away to someone you know, you’ll feel even richer!

 Libra (September 23-October 22)

Mucha LibraMucha Venus

Oh my, Libra: are all your dreams coming true? It feels like it! Be open to the powers of love coursing through your life right now, especially since everyone seems to be in love with you.

Card: King of Cups reversed

King of Cups

Feeling exhausted by all the attention? Listen to your own advice – scale it back and focus on your closest personal relationships to feel on top, you’ll have more fun!

 Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Mucha ScorpioMucha Pluto

The way you express yourself now is unusually practical! Take advantage and transform what you thought you couldn’t!

Card: 4 of Cups

4 of Cups

Feeling bored with what you’ve got? Do something about it – look for the opportunity to make your feelings known, so you can feel like you have what you want.

 Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

Mucha SagittariusMucha Jupiter

Work is booming, and you are the star! The thoughtful decisions you’ve been making are proving fortunate and effective. Good job!

Card: 2 of Cups reversed

2 of Cups

In the flurry of excitement in your career, don’t forget to take some time with your loved ones! Nothing heals emotional burnout like supportive affection.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Mucha CapricornMucha Saturn

If you’re feeling emotional and more than a little challenged by what life is throwing at you, turn to your hopes for the future – they’ll carry you through.

Card: 0 – The Fool

0 The Fool

Your huge new journey is starting. Leave the past behind and dance into the future: all you need to bring with you is your sense of optimism!

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

Mucha AquariusMucha Uranus

It’s time to be bold – you have the power to make changes through the way you communicate yourself to others. Be creative in your approach – and be nice!

Card: I – The Magician reversed

I The Magician

If you’re feeling like you don’t have what it takes for what’s ahead of you – you do! Keep your chin up and find the sparkle in the ambitious feat ahead of you. Look ahead and don’t dwell on the past!

 Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Mucha PiscesMucha Neptune

Your sense of self is at an all-time high – you’re in your element! Listen to your psychic instincts to learn more about yourself.

Card: Knight of Swords

Knight of Swords

Grab life by the reins and charge! You’re full of ideas and already on the road to putting them in motion. Even if it feels out of character, now is the time to take no prisoners in getting what you want!

Decks Used

Tarot Mucha. LWB: Lunea Weatherstone, artwork: Giulia F. Massaglia and Barbara Nosenzo. Lo Scarabeo, 2014.

Astrological Oracle Cards. LWB: Lunea Weatherstone, artwork: Antonia Castelli. Lo Scarabeo, 2012.

Meet My Deck!

Meet my Deck!

home spread

A few months ago, as I was procrastinating my end-of-term project for a cool self-analysis-through-writing course, I stumbled upon a book about casting horoscopes. I bought it, and my scattered thought process reminded me of another book I’d purchased at the same shop: The Mythic Tarot. My mind was on fire with connections between astrology and Tarot: I needed a deck!

Immediately I tried to picture what my ultimate deck would look like. I love the art style of Alphonse Mucha, and typed “Mucha Tarot” into Amazon.ca. To my delight the perfect deck came up, I ordered it, and waited two long months for it to arrive. I was not disappointed!

I felt an immediate connection to the Tarot Mucha deck, published by Lo Scarabeo. Besides the breathtaking images on each card, illustrated by Giulia F. Massaglia with colours by Barbara Nosenzo, the deck itself feels almost electric to me – when I use it the hairs on my arms stand on end! I find the imagery and symbolism light and pleasant, with a good balance of darkness.        The descriptions for each card, written by Lunea Weatherstone, are amazing to boot! When I was learning to read the cards, each visit to the Little White Book ended with new goosebumps after reading the interpretations!

I also love the three spreads included in the book. Each involves four cards, laid in a line to resemble Mucha’s posters – which I absolutely adore! In my first solo apartment, I had my living room decorated perfectly in Art Nouveau style, with a poster of The Seasons above my couch! Every time I use my cards I feel a connected, secure feeling, like relaxing in a favourite room with nowhere else to be in the world.

Deck facts:

Cards: 78

Suits: Cups, Discs, Staves, Swords

Court: King, Queen, Knight, Knave

Strength VIII, Justice XI

  • Rider-Waite based, with much [Much-a! Haha!] original imagery
  • Strong masculine and feminine symbolism
  • Great emotional facial expressions
  • Back artwork is not reversible, but LWB descriptions include both positive and negative aspects of the card

Favourite images:

3 of Cups

3 of Cups: This image makes me feel so good – and it appeals to my childhood love of pink dresses and poofy princess sleeves, not to mention red mermaid hair! It also reminds me of young people drinking and dancing together and having the time of their lives, making me happily nostalgic.

9 of Pentacles

9 of Pentacles: There’s that red mermaid hair again! I think this woman looks amazing – so comfortable and secure, relaxed and hanging out with her pet hawk. She is completely carefree and totally inspiring!

2 of Wands

2 of Wands: This card reminds me of the song “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands!” I love the way a soft wind ruffles the young woman’s hair as she looks out over her homeland, holding a globe of the world and dreaming of exploring it someday. The colours in this card really appeal to me, especially the way the red robes are offset by the soft orange, blue, and green background, which melts almost seamlessly into the grey of the castle walls. Mm!

Queen of Swords

Queen of Swords: This is my favourite card, hands down! Not only does she have red mermaid hair, she is fierce. She doesn’t put up with any bull****, and she stares life down – remaining defensive, but strategically so. Everything she does is to maintain life balance, and her roots are deep.

XV The Devil

XV – The Devil: Isn’t she cool?! Haha, that sounds terrible — but I like how, as opposed to the people in traditional decks, the people in this card aren’t chained in any way. They’re practically chillin’! Her message is to be aware of the interesting and mysteriously beautiful shinies that catch your eye, before they turn out to be all-consuming flames.

So there you have it! Now that the deck is introduced, maybe it’s time to introduce the cards in order, one by one! That was my initial aim with the card-of-the-day posts, but I keep getting repeats and wasn’t feeling the blog posts about them (find them daily on Instagram, @tarotscopemim!), but am feeling a card-of-the-week feature here, beginning with The Fool and the Major Arcana and working through the stories in the suits of the Minor Arcana!

I’ve just received a companion deck for Tarot Mucha: Astrological Oracle, illustrated by Antonia Castelli with LWB by the lovely Lunea Weatherstone! I can’t wait to present the project I’ve been working on with them in the next few days!

<3<3

Miriam

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