Tarot Reading: Mark’s recovery

 This was not an easy reading. I had to work on it. My initial impressions couldn’t help me in the meaning, although I was on the right track on all three, so I turned to the LWB to help me out. With that extra little push it all made sense. Here is my thought process, as written in my reading notebook last night:

I like the 10 of Cups. It is a happy couple. Laying on the ground, surrounded by mostly empty cups. Looks like the morning after drinking all night. They may be Romeo and Juliet dead at the end, but blank stares may be stargazing instead. Me and Mark celebrating something? The 9 of Cups is a woman underwater, and a swan above. Maybe the swan is helping her up, maybe she is drawing him down. Fish looks at scene, like it is looking in? High Priestess is weird, and the eye-less cat and mice are freaky. She has eyes, though – sees what they can not. Means… what? no idea.

Notes from LWB:

High Priestess – familiar with life that goes unseen, beneath floors and in the walls. what others may demean, she values and protects

10 of Cups – well-matched, balanced… shared love, always strengthen each others’ calm center and create a safe place that you can always visit

9 of Cups – even when buried by our feelings, we may still raise our eyes and our hands toward our goal, our hope, our inspiration. there are times when the only way to go is up.

10 of Cups – Mark and me, perfect couple. We strengthen each other through tough times.
9 of Cups – on same side as man in 10 therefore it represents Mark. depressed and at the bottom, he has fallen so far, he has only up to go now.
High Priestess – on same side as woman in 10 therefore it represents me. Maybe because even when Mark can’t see the positive ending, I still can see it and fight for him to trust that it’s there too.

Deck: Tarot of the Sweet Twilight

This entry was posted on May 5, 2010, in Tarot.

Illumination on the Tarot Nova!

I love this quote from Dennis Fairchild’s website. He’s the guy that wrote the book accompanying the Tarot Nova, one of my favorite decks.

Also in the early 1990s, I was assigned to write Tarot: The Complete Kit, a beginner’s book on tarot card interpretation for an in-house deck they called the Tarot Nova.  I’m a huge fan of artist Julie Paschkis who designed the Palm-Reading: Little Guide book.  But my apprehension over doing this particular project was that I wasn’t privy to Julie’s creative designs from which to base my words; it wound up being a good, albeit generic, tarot card interpretation book with good info for divining from any of the hundreds of other tarot decks available.

I did my job, solo. Likewise, Julie did hers minus my text. Neither of us knew or saw each other’s work until the buying public did. And like dining at a buffet, I like some cards but not others. Nevertheless, the packaging and design is wonderfully deluxe, and continues to be a best-seller around the world.

The 78-card Tarot Nova deck at right comes complete with my 87-page booklet and layout “map,” and is on sale via or Running Press for under $8—sweet!

I knew it! I never felt like the book really jives with the images, and now I know why.

This entry was posted on April 29, 2010, in Tarot.

Tarot Classroom: Zero/0

I just came across this blog post that I found really interesting. In the Tarot Classroom, we discuss numerology in relation to the cards. For the zero, I found a lot of what I had to say were things like “emptiness” and “lack” and “hunger.” But I can finally understand a little bit more about how zero is more than just “something missing.”

I was born and raised Catholic, but some of the tenets of Buddhism make sense to me and I’m reading a lot of things about how to reconcile my lifelong faith with these new ideas. This is the blog of a woman named Debbie who is in a similar situation, but further along the path.

Here’s a snippet from the entry…

From the Heart Sutra, we learn that “form is emptiness; emptiness is form”.  The sanskrit for the word “emptiness” is “sunyata.”  Now, anyone reading on Buddhism comes across this concept quite early on. I think that my experience of this initial encounter with the concept of emptiness was probably similar to most who come to it with a western mindset.  My experience of emptiness had to do with being void,  nothingness, darkness, coldness, alienation, ungrowing and non-living.  This experience I had of emptiness fed into my nihilistic tendencies.

Then I was reading David Loy’s Lack and Transendence: The Problem of Death and Life in Psychotherapy, Existentialism, and Buddhism and I came across a discussion of the translation of the word “sunyata.” Loy states that the the meaning of the word “sunya,” and its substantive form sunyata, seems to derive from the root “su” which means “to be swollen,” like a hollow balloon, but also like a pregnant woman.  He suggests that the English translation of “emptiness” “be supplemented with the notion of “pregnant with possibilities.””  “…it is only because everything is sunya that any change, including spiritual transformation, is possible.” (pp 88-89)

I love that. The roundness of 0 IS like the roundness of a pregnant belly… pregnant with possibilities. The Fool setting out on a journey, where anything is possible. Yes. That makes sense to me.

This entry was posted on March 30, 2010, in Tarot.