Archive for October, 2008

Choose your card for the week of 10/19/08

October 19, 2008

Choose your card for the week from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck by Pamela Colman Smith and Arthur Waite. 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.

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

Finally, a Jewish deck!

October 18, 2008

I received an email advertising the new King Solomon Cards—the first deck based on Jewish symbolism. This deck is created by Israeli metaphysical and kabalistic counselor, Itzhak Mizrahi, and Israeli artist, Orna Ben-Shoshan. To go to the King Solomon site in the original Hebrew, click here.

I have not found large-sized images of the cards online, but what a treat it has been to get lost in Orna Ben-Shoshan’s personal website, which includes images of her paintings, prints, and masks. Her work is wonderfully surreal, enchanting, and playful. How fun to adopt another favorite artist!

I have just written to find out whether or not the cards ship to the USA from the King Solomon Cards online store. I sure hope so. I’d love to have this deck. Today I was obsessively looking for places online where I can purchase a print or two as well! I came up with the Yessy art gallery.

SF BATS was a blast!

October 6, 2008

The Bay Area Tarot Symposium was this past Saturday. What a blast! There were many fabulous presentations to choose from—three each hour. After much deliberation, I attended the following:

The Three-Card Drawing by Mary K. Greer and Nattacia Zeviar.

The Cosmic Tarot of the Spirit by Pamela Eakins.

Self-Publishing Tips and Tricks by Leisa ReFalo of the Tarot Connection.

Samhain and the Tarot by  Carole Pierce.

Evelyn Pine and I did a presentation on using the tarot to write a list poem. It’s always fun to present, but that meant having to miss RuthAnn and Wald Amberstone’s presentation: The Tarot Horse.

Evelyn and I started our presentation by having the group collaborate on a list poem inspired by the Two of Swords. Here’s what resulted:

I see a flying owl.
I see blue sapphire break light into facets.
I see tumbled clouds shadowed blue below.
I see a woman at arms.
I see a clashing of minds.
I see two interconnected spirals.
I see with my hands.
I see with eyes that do not see.

Ronda Kisner has graciously allowed me to publish the poem that she wrote during the presentation. She was working with the Alchemical Tarot deck.

I found home in the tragedy of death
I found home atop the pillar of life
I found home in the silence of night
I found home wading in the waters
I found home in the journey of strength
I found home wearing a purple dress

I found home in the giving of myself

-Ronda Kisner

If you ‘d like to listen to the podcast that Evelyn and I did on writing list poems, click here.