Archive for February, 2008

Choose your card for the week of 2/24/08

February 24, 2008

Choose your card for the week from The Gilded Tarot by Barbara Moore and Ciro Marchetti. When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel.

Gilded Tarot, 2 of Wands Gilded Tarot, 4 of Cups Gilded Tarot, 6 of Swords

Gilded Tarot, Hanging Man Gilded Tarot, 9 of Pentacles Gilded Tarot, 10 of Pentacles

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

The Gilded Tarot by Barbara Moore and Ciro Marchetti © 2004. Llewellyn Worldwide, 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125-2989. All rights reserved, used by permission. Card images are protected intellectual property, and may not be recopied or reused in any manner without written permission from the publisher.

Tug of War: The Fool, Eight of Swords, and Knight of Pentacles

February 17, 2008

The Fool Eight of Swords Knight of Pentacles

That’s been me—there in the middle of the spread—the Eight of Swords, paralyzed and stuck in the mud. For weeks I’ve been contemplating a new endeavor, one that involves risk and a significant commitment. Yesterday I took the leap and sent off an email to seal the deal. I shuffled the deck and drew these cards.

I laugh when I turn over The Fool. I can imagine him grabbing my 8 of Swords self by the arm and  running into the sun. My blindfold shakes loose and drops into a puddle. For a few moments I’m tangled in the ropes that bind me, but they, too, loosen and eventually fall behind. It feels good to run. The Fool is radiant, his laughter infectious. He’s got me by the hand now, and I manage, if barely, to keep up.  We’re approaching what looks like the edge of a cliff.
I turn over the Knight of Pentacles and can feel his lasso grip my waist. He pulls me steadily towards his horse, promising a safe ride in the opposite direction. I swing myself onto the back of the Knight’s saddle. The bulk of his armor leaves little room for me to stretch and is a bit stifling, though I do feel a comforting sense of security. We trod forward at a slow, steady pace.

It’s easy for The Fool to catch up. Soon his little white dog is yipping at the Knight’s horse. The Fool teases me with the pole of his knapsack, dares me to latch on.

We run, under the bright sky, towards the snow-capped mountains.

Choose your card for the week of February 17, 2008

February 17, 2008

Choose your card for the week from The New Palladini Tarot by David Palladini, who created Aquarian Tarot. When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel.

The New Palladini Tarot, Justice The New Palladini Tarot, 9 of Swords The New Palladini Tarot, Queen of Cups

The New Palladini Tarot, The Hermit The New Palladini Tarot, 5 of Rods The New Palladini Tarot, The Tower

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The New Palladini Tarot used by permission of US Games, Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT. Further reproduction prohibited.

Who are you this Valentine’s Day? Who are you when in love?

February 13, 2008

Study the images below and see if there is a figure with whom you most identify this Valentine’s Day. Is there a card that generally reflects who you are when you are in love—or who you have been—or who you would like to be? You might also go through a favorite deck or two and see what you come up with.

Post your thoughts and impressions!

Vanessa Tarot by Lynyrd Narciso

Vanessa Tarot, 5 of Wands Vanessa Tarot, 10 of Wands Vanessa Tarot, Knight of Wands

Transformational Tarot by Arnell Ando (Click on these cards to get to the artist’s site, where you can read her interpretations.)

Transformational Tarot, 5 Cups Transformational Tarot, Death Transformational Tarot, Prince of Cups

The Victorian Romantic Tarot by Karen Mahony and Alexandr Ukolov

Victorian Tarot, 8 Cups Victorian Tarot, 2 of Pentacles Victorian Tarot, 7 Wands

The World Spirit Tarot by Lauren O’Leary and Jessica Godino

World Spirit Tarot, 9 Pentacles World Spirit Tarot, 2 Cups World Spirit Tarot, 7 Cups

If you are looking for love, try this spread from a previous post.

Vanessa Tarot and Transformational Tarot decks used by permission of US Games, Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT. Further reproduction prohibited. The Victorian Romantic Tarot used by permission of Magic Realist Press. Further reproduction prohibited. The World Spirit Tarot by Lauren O’Leary and Jessica Godino © 2001. Llewellyn Worldwide, 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125-2989. All rights reserved, used by permission. Card images are protected intellectual property, and may not be recopied or reused in any manner without written permission from the publisher.

Choose your card for the week of February 11, 2008

February 9, 2008

Choose your card for the week from the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg by Yury Shakov. When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel.

This beautiful deck is done in the Russian style of miniature painting that is traditionally used on lacquered boxes and depicts Russian folk tales. If you buy this deck, you’ll want to get the companion book by Cynthia Giles.

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

Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg, Lovers Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg, Judgment

Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg, 8 of Swords Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg, Page of Cups

Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg used by permission of US Games, Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT. Further reproduction prohibited.

Choose your card for the week of February 3, 2008

February 2, 2008

Tarot Table Talk is branching out from Rider-Waite images, and I thought this week you might enjoy choosing a card from The Golden Tarot by Kat Black. This is one of my favorite decks—a digital collage of images from paintings dating from 1200-1500 AD.

When making your selection, 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 click on a card, it’ll take you to the artist’s site and her written interpretation for it.

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

Golden Tarot Eight of Coins Golden Tarot Seven of Cups Golden Tarot World

Golden Tarot Emperor Golden Tarot Ace of Wands Golden Tarot Chariot

Golden Tarot used by permission of US Games, Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT. Further reproduction prohibited.