Archive for January, 2008

A haunting new deck!

January 28, 2008

I just received permission from Karen Mahony to include images from The Bohemian Gothic Tarot on this blog, and I’m very excited! This deck gets under my skin like no other. I can imagine the source of strength as well as the pain, and self-destruction of each of the figures in the deck and can’t help but reflect on my own. This deck is also particularly inspiring for writing fiction with the tarot—the stories run deep.

I thought I’d include an exercise to whet your appetite for this deck, which you can purchase through Magic Realist Press. The book is a gem, too. It includes a short history of the the Gothic as well as a short history of the tarot, and also has reading tips, original spreads, a great essay on working with a “dark” deck by Dan Pelletier, and some of the original photos and sources that went into the artwork of the deck. Most importantly, there’s a super terrific discussion of each card, including questions for reflection and quotations from Gothic literature.

Okay, and now for the exercise. Study the cards below and see if you can identify one that mirrors your inner demons. It may be the demons that get you every time, or those that surface in particular circumstances. You might consider the lessons these demons are trying to teach you and any strength that you derive from them.

Bohemian Gothic 9 of Cups Bohemian Gothic 8 of Cups

Bohemian Gothic 5 of Wands Bohemian Gothic Emperor

Bohemian Gothic Knight of Pentacles Bohemian Gothic 2 of Swords

After you have selected your card, visit The Bohemian Gothic site, and see if you can find another card that represents what you need to combat your demons. You might also look through another favorite deck for such a card.

Stay tuned for more Tarot Table Talk entries featuring decks from Magic Realist Press.

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Choose your card for the week of January 27, 2008

January 27, 2008

Don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel. If you would like to read about your card, you might click on the appropriate link under The Magician’s Table Tarot in the right hand column.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment!

Five of Swords The Magician Six of Swords

Strength Queen of Wands Three of Wands

Maybe he’s got a fever.

January 24, 2008
Four of Pentacles

Sometimes it’s nice to get sick—just sick enough to stay home from work and sip tea all day and read and play with the cards. A mildly uncomfortable vacation.

This past week I was home sick, but I was too sick. Too sick to read, too sick to look at tarot cards, even. Now and then I’d glance up from the couch at the pips framed on the wall, and it was like looking into the sun. Too much brightness there, too much vitality. It was exhausting and made me edgy.

And, darn it, wouldn’t you know, The Bohemian Gothic deck had just arrived. It occurred to me that it could be quite interesting to give it a spin while I had a fever, but I didn’t have the courage. My dreams were weird enough.

I’m feeling human again, and having neglected this blog long enough, I thought I would randomly draw a card for this post.

The Four of Pentacles. Poor guy. I think he’s got the chills. He’s bundled up in that blanket and all curled into himself—every muscle straining against the cold. The pentacles are the aspirin tablets he clings to with hope that the fever will soon break. Hang in there, buddy. It’ll pass. Soon you’ll be itching to give your limbs a good stretch, and then you might enjoy a nice long walk in that pretty town behind you.

P.S. I love The Bohemian Gothic! Sonia, you’re right, this is a fantastic deck for probing characters!

Choose your card for the week of January 13, 2008

January 13, 2008

Don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel. If you would like to read about your card, you might click on the appropriate link under The Magician’s Table Tarot in the right hand column.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment!

Two of Pentacles Queen of Pentacles 10 Swords

Temperance Three of Swords Seven of Pentacles

Choose your card for the week of January 6, 2008

January 6, 2008

Don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel. If you would like to read about your card, you might click on the appropriate link under The Magician’s Table Tarot in the right hand column.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment!

Five of Cups The World Four of Cups

Page of Swords Nine of Pentacles Nine of Wands

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2008

I thought it would be fun to pull a card right at midnight, and I had the deck shuffled and ready for a quick draw. Alas, I was so absorbed in a good novel—The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea—that I didn’t even notice the magical moment had passed.

This morning I asked the cards what I needed to know to make 2008 a good year. Here’s what they had to say:

Eight of Pentacles Ace of Pentacles King of Swords

Had I gone through the deck face up for my selection, I couldn’t have picked better cards! I’ve got a challenging goal for the year, and each of these cards represent aspects of myself that I must cultivate to be successful.  They will serve as good reminders.

Best wishes to all of you!