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New Deck (this time for reals!): Rune Cards

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I have been neglecting my tarot practice these past weeks, and I want to get back into it. So I’m once again picking a new deck, even though I haven’t done much with the World Spirit Tarot.

These are the random number-generated suggestions:

Looks like I’m supposed to go for an oracle, no matter what! And since I decided against the Rune Cards last week, I’m picking them for this week. So far, I have very little clue about and no experience at all with runes. I bought the cards hoping the images would make it easier for me to learn their shapes, names, and basic concepts (plus, they’re beautiful).

When the deck initially came to me, one card was there twice (Water/Lagu), and another one was missing (Riding/Rad). But I immediately got a copy of the missing card from the deck’s publisher after I wrote to them, so that’s taken care of.

I do know that the cards depict the 29 Anglo-Saxon or Futhorc runes, which have five more runes and slightly different names than the more commonly used Elder Futhark set. The deck also has an extra card called “wyrd” to signify a blank rune, but I won’t use that one (from what I read, it has been an invention of a modern author of a rune book).

I’ve also already collected a few links about the Anglo-Saxon runes in general which I’ll now go and add to the Decks & Resources page.

And now I’m really curious about my first draw!

New Deck: World Spirit Tarot

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As announced a short while ago, it’s finally time for a new deck. I promise I’ll actually be using it, too.

The random number generator suggests these:

  • Rune Cards – by Brian Partridge & Tony Linsell
  • DruidCraft Tarot – by Stephanie Carr-Gomm & Philip Carr-Gomm & Will Worthington (my copy is trimmed)
  • World Spirit Tarot – by Jessica Godino & Lauren O’Leary (also trimmed)

The Rune Cards are new (to me), beautiful, still completely unused, and I’m curious to work with them. But I think I’ll still skip them this week and pick one of the tarots to get back into things.

The World Spirit Tarot was the deck I bought to reconnect with tarot about five and a half years ago (after spending several nights looking through the entire AT collection). It remains one of my favorite and most-recommended decks, even though I haven’t used it in quite a while. However, I made scans of the card images into screensaver images for my Kindle (my first hack!), so black-and-grey versions of the images are still a presence in my daily life. But it would be nice to look at the boldly colored versions again!

The DruidCraft Tarot also was among the first three decks I bought after the intial reconnection. I used it a lot in the past, but haven’t read with it for a very long time now (mostly due to its Wiccan influences). I still love the artwork, though (including the big feet), and vastly prefer it to Will Worthington’s newest creation, the Wildwood Tarot (which is wrongly and misleadingly marketed as a re-drawing of the Greenwood Tarot – but that’s a rant for another day).

Soo… I think I will go back to the roots and work with the World Spirit Tarot this week and probably next week, too, because this week is already half over (assuming it starts on Saturday, my usual deck-picking day). My copy is trimmed to the colored frames of the images because I found the amount of black around the image too dominant and the card titles too distracting when I first started to read “intuitively.” It’s still fairly easy to recognize the cards, though, because they have the appropriate number of suit symbols integrated into the linocuts. You’ll see.

New Deck: Shelley, Bride of Frankendecken Tarot

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Today, I got a visitor. She’s been to a lot of places already: U.S.A., Australia, Japan, Germany, and after her stay with me she will travel on to Sweden, the U.K., Canada, and Brazil. After that, she will decide where to settle down and make a new home. Could be in any of these places! She travels with a patchwork sleeping bag doubling as a coat and speaks several languages (mostly English, but also a little bit of French, Dutch, Spanish, Chinese, Latin, Italian, German, and Portuguese). To be honest, she’s something of an oddity, but she’s really nice as well.

What on earth am I talking about? Why, Shelley, Bride of Frankendecken, of course!

Who’s that Shelley? Well, let me explain.

First, about two years ago, Frankendecken: Tarot of 78 Spares was created in an act of collective madness. He was thrown together from 78 cards from 78 different tarot decks by some 37 members of Aeclectic Tarot Forum. He was given a lovingly handmade patchwork bag. And then he went on a tour around the globe to visit his many, many parents. After that, lots were drawn, and one of us was selected to have sole custody of him for the future.

Then of course there were several people who also wanted to be co-parents of a crazy patchwork deck like that, and others wanted a second chance at getting sole custody of a mad deck-child of this kind. And so Shelley, Bride of Frankendecken was born. Like her monstrous groom, she was also made of 78 cards from 78 different tarot decks. She took a lot longer to assemble, but then she was a Bride, so that was to be expected. She ended up with with a few extra cards, but then you can never have enough spare parts when you’re going on a trip around the world, right?

So, now she is here, and she is to accompany me for a week. I’ll be doing all readings of this week with her, and I’ll take her with me wherever I go so she gets some more pictures for her travel journal. I’ll be sure to share some of these adventures here!

P.S. Please note that the bag has a silver, wavy line along the top, as per a special request from me. I believe that this is a wonderful way for Shelley to carry on with her line of fabulous ancestresses.

Sunshine at the edge of the forest

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A majors-only deck seems to lend itself to smaller questions and bigger answers than a regular 78-card deck to me. And the Wild Green Chagallian Tarot in particular makes me wonder about small plants and big healing effects. So this is my first question to this deck.

What’s the “medicine” I need to give myself most today?

High Priestess

A blue-skinned, black-haired woman kneels in the half-shade betweentwo young trees, one of them an apple tree, the other a birch. She is surrounded by violets whose leaves and flowers have melted into the fabric of her white dress. She is reaching up to the one red apple hanging from a branch. In the background, there’s a yellow unicorn galloping along cheerfully, with a black-and-white bird on its back (that bird is a magpie to me, although it’s too small to really see any characteristics).

To me, this is a very peaceful and happy image. Despite the red apple, it’s late spring or early summer to me, as indicated by the flowering violets and the bright green light. This is at the edge of a forest (or a clearing in the forest), and there aren’t any other people around. I’ve been to places that felt like that, like the edge between the everyday world and another, more mysterious/fantastic one where there may indeed be unicorns (or fairies).

Those are places where something happens to your mood and mind, where everyday burdens fall aside and curiosity, wonder and delight sneak in and then tackle you until you find yourself lying on the back in the moss, grinning a little stupidly and sighing contentedly. It smells warm and a little damp and the perfume of forest decay tickles your synapses, the sun makes tiny bubbles of intense red swim around behind your eyelids, and you feel yourself sink into the ground a centimeter or two.

Your fingertips magnify the flat, spined coolness of a blade of grass, the rolling crunch of a pinch of sand, the layers of temperature as you stroke little burrows into the earth. Through the quivering shadows of your lashes you see gigantic moss trees rising up next to you and shiny ants climbing around between the grasslands of gently swaying hair on the mountains of your flesh.

Eventually, something starts buzzing around you and you open a third of an eye, trying to lift a hand to wave it away but all that really happens is a bit of finger twitching because your arm is still melted into the ground. Or maybe it grew a bunch of thin, white, fuzzy rootlets already? In any case, the line of separation between you and the ground isn’t that clear anymore.

Your mind has started swaying gently, too, and sometimes, just sometimes, in the middle of the bliss of being right where you are with nothing to do but be right there, right now, an insight ripens and waits for you to pluck it from its branch, to dig your teeth into and get sticky with its juices, later. Later. For now, there is nothing else to do but slowly blow a tickling hair from your nose and wish you could become small enough to make your home in a cave below the roots of a nearby tree. And then you close your eyes again and your mind goes back into its woven hammock of neurons to once again start swaying gently.

Aaaahhhhhh.

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Indeed. A mix of sunshine and shade. Rolling around words in my mind until they are not only functional but also interesting to look at in that combination. Taking time to be and not rush anywhere else. I think I shall take a small walk and sit somewhere nice now.

New Deck: Wild Green Chagallian Tarot

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After a week-long break from tarot, it’s time for a new deck of the week. Let’s see what the random number generator suggests today:

Aah, that’s a great selection, and I’d be happy to use any of them. But I’m going to pick the Wild Green Chagallian Tarot for this week because it’s the one I’m least likely to use otherwise (I hardly ever read with majors-only decks). Plus, it has plants on every card, and I need some reminding of the beauty and wonder of all those little herbs and weeds and flowers that grow in the wild somewhere not too far from me. Who knows, it may even send me out to look for these plants in Real Life (TM)! And finally, it’s bright and colorful and seems to be optimistic, and that also sounds good after the emotionally exhausting couple of weeks I’ve had.

This is the only “art” deck I own, and the only deck I bought knowing it was a limited edition so it might be even more expensive later on. It comes in a beautiful, sturdy, hand-decorated cardboard box with silver writing that looks as if it has been made by the tiny (and obviously very talented) snail that is on the cover. The companion booklet offers some basic information about the plants that are shown (especially their uses as medicine and/or food), a couple of keywords and an interpretation of the card (often interspersed with some tidbits about the Chagall painting(s) that influenced the card design. I’m looking forward to getting acquainted with the deck!