Thanks so much for all your positive feedback and enthusiasm for our radio show. Laura and I love doing it...and love that you love it, too! Our shows from September 2013 are below. You can find us at TarotBitches.com, on BlogTalkRadio at this link, at Facebook here and on Twitter @TarotBitches.
Although snow, ice, frost,
frigid temperatures and Northern Hemisphere winters underscore our Snowland Deck, make no mistake: there’s
some heat in this deck!
Such heat manifests in a
steaming train funnel (The Train, aka The Chariot), bright theater lights (The
Sun), a fiery arm melted through truce (10 Mental, aka 10 of Swords) and the
cozy fireplace behind two intimate mugs (2 Emoting, aka 2 of Cups).
Yet, the churning heat that
fuels passionate action, ambition, self-propulsion, vocational fervor and willpower
resides most powerfully in the Energy Suit of the Snowland Deck (aka Wands),
which I associate with the element of—surprise, surprise—Fire.
In the Snowland Ace of Wands, no
mere stick is offered to our snowman cowboy. I mean, what can you do with a
mere stick? No siree, a bona fide lighted match extends from the cosmic cloud.
Even better, the cowboy has a tidy, prepared circle of stacked wood, ready for
a bonfire—as well as a bag of marshmallows, with one already on the stick, just
waiting for roasting!
Aces favor the prepared and
If not, the hand from the clouds
extending a gift is usually met with surprise, doubt and fear. The hand
retracts, the potential is lost, and you don’t move onto the 2s.
Speaking of Tarot’s 2s, our
Energy 2 card depicts the numerological effect of when the “other” is
introduced to the single. In combination with the fiery, willful Energy suit,
we see a literal “butting of heads”—in theSnowland
Deck’s case, two macho, albeit purely instinctual, bighorn sheep. During
mating season, the strongest, most dominant males vie for the right to the
females. These aggressive rituals find the rams charging at one another at
speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. In fact, the resultant clash may be heard up
to a mile (1.6 km) away from the clash site.
As humans, when faced with an
aggressive other—or, perhaps, with interested onlookers rooting for a fight
amid a proving ground—what do we do? How do we engage the “other”, while still
maintaining our sense of Self? What might happen if we lock horns? Will there
be collateral damage…and at what cost?
Moving on to the 3 Energy card,
we chose a different take on the “waiting for your ship to come in”
theme—although it’s still present within the ship in a bottle. Inspired by the
song “Message in a Bottle” by The Police, Ron painted a bass player singing at
the North Pole, aided by a magical amplifier. The 3s of Tarot are an
amplifying, multiplying energy. Beyond the clash of the 2, the energy has
successfully mated into a new creation. Unlike the rams in the 2, this musical
artist doesn’t need an audience to belt out a tune or showcase his talent.
The masses tend to reward art
when the artist isn’t paying attention—or when rewards don’t matter. And so,
thousands of messages wash upon the North Pole shore. Many heard his
Numerological, the 4s are
stable, even sedate. The number 4 corrals, fences, organizes and subdivides. So
what happens when you combine the harnessing of the 4 with the vigor of the
Energy suit? Contained heat! The most obvious symbol of contained heat (and
light) is a house. When we put a bunch of houses together, we have a community.
This microcosm serves as a playground for personality clashes, neighborly
intrigue, warm greetings, holiday gatherings, social events and more. Thus, we
chose a rustic, old-fashioned town for our 4 Energy card.
Moving on to the decidedly unstable 5s, I’m reminded of a familiar
saying here in the United States:
“It’s all fun and games until someone
loses an eye.” This phrase points to the fine line between
horseplay—rambunctious fun—and injury, offense and hurt feelings. The Snowland Deck’s 5 Energy card takes
place in Japan,
and depicts a snowball fight in progress. Looking closer at the image, we see a
snowball headed right for the ear of an unsuspecting boy who’s loaded up with
his own about-to-be thrown snowballs.
In the workplace or at school, the equivalent of this image might be good
natured teasing, practical jokes and repartee that, if not kept in check, could
quickly escalate into embarrassment, intimidation or even bullying.
The 6 of Wands card often
translates into victory and triumph, so for our 6 Energy card, we chose a
triumphant gingerbread man, thrilled to bits that his gingerbread house has won
first place in a competition, signified by a blue ribbon. In modern times, we
don’t often have victorious leaders parading into a town with laurel wreaths
atop their heads—but winners and champions? Ah, yes…that we recognize!
A fierce-looking blue Yeti
towers above a cliff, while a hapless hiker holds on for dear life in the 7
Energy card. Brutal winds and snow buffet him, and the rock he’s clinging to is
breaking. Is the “abominable snowman” a friend or foe? After all, his hand is
extended. The hiker experiences a literal Catch-22: he’s caught between a
(crumbling) rock and a hard place! Will the hiker trust this creature, despite
appearances? Could he be a “friend in high places”? How much of our struggle is
a matter of perception and assumption?
In the Energy 8 card, Ron
decided on a young Buffalo Bill during his Pony Express years. Because the 8 of
Wands often indicates speed and quick messages, what better way to depict these
meanings for theSnowland Deck than via a dedicated young rider delivering mail
during the mid-1800s in wintry conditions?
The Energy 9 card was inspired
by a true story of prisoners escaping the horrific Soviet Gulag in an arduous
trek spanning from Siberia to India (and the movie The Way Back).
It’s a card of grueling circumstances, survival, endurance and perseverance.
Life hardships may “beat” us in various ways, leaving us rough for the wear.
Out of sheer survival instinct, the passionate desire for something better, or
because of the encouragement of other travelers—we make the final push. Yet,
we’ll never be the same as we were going in.
The 10s indicate the fulfillment
of a suit. When pairing the 10 with the powerful Energy suit, we become
overloaded. Burdened, tired and stressed, we face a choice: carry that bundle
of sticks to our destination…or just dump them on the ground, counting our
losses. In the Snowland Deck version
of this card, we chose to embed several hopeful symbols in an otherwise “maxed
out” card. A Tibetan woman is greeted by a boy with a prayer wheel. Is he
praying for her? Offering her the prayer wheel? Is prayer and appropriate
response to her burden when he could just as easily grab a few of those sticks
off her back? On the other hand, why doesn’t the woman just add her load to the
yak’s? Perhaps she’s made a special pilgrimage and the wood signifies far more
than “just” a bundle of sticks.
So it is when faced with our own
workaholic tendencies, shouldering of burdens and need for blessed relief.
In our Snowland Deck, we decided to call the Court Cards “Approach Cards”.
Depicting figures from history, mythology and literature, these ones exemplify
a specific approach to life. The Pages become Youth, Knights become Questers,
Queens become Nurturers and Kings become Directors.
The Youth Energy card shows the
Little Match Girl, the character from Hans Christian Anderson’s heartbreaking
tale of the same name. This is a card of optimism, hope and innocence—of
looking towards the light and longing for heaven. Although the girl perishes in
the story, she is ushered into the Other Side—finally reunited with her beloved
grandmother and freed from the cold, abusive environment, stepfather, society
and peers that shamed, hurt, taunted or ignored her.
For our Quester Energy card, we
Sir Hubert Wilkins. Although New Zealand’s
Sir Edmund Hillary may be more familiar, we chose Sir Hubert Wilkins as our
fiery “knight”, largely because he was more accomplished. A true Renaissance
Soul, Wilkins was a photographic correspondent, an aeronautic pioneer,
naturalist, polar submarine explorer and consultant on arctic problems for the
U.S. Army. He was knighted in 1928 for making a 2,100-mile flight from North
American to the European Polar regions—largely over unexplored Arctic waters.
Lucia, also known as St. Lucy,
graces the Snowland Deck’s Nurturer Energy card. Her tale is one of internal
power, self-trust and clarity of vision. Dedicated to a virginal life, she
refused to marry her unwanted suitor. Differing legends surround Lucia, but the
one we chose to depict involves her gouging out her eyes as an offering. We see
this as symbolic of a more powerful sight: that of the “inner eye” or Third
Eye. Appearing to be made of flames, Lucia is a Way Shower that overcomes
darkness, encourages purity and trusts clairvoyance. In many ways, she
exemplifies the power of a Light Worker.
Lastly, we come to our Director
Energy card, the literary great Charles Dickens. What some may not know is that
in addition to being a renowned storyteller, Dickens was also an orator,
publisher, social activist and philanthropist. When the Directing energy
combines with the fiery Energy suit, we have a self-made person who channels
passion into the arts, as well as towards the betterment of humankind’s state.
Dickens did those things not only in his stories—that highlighted both social
injustice and humanity’s capability for extraordinary kindness—but also through
his public speeches, activism and philanthropy.
I hope you enjoyed this tour
through the Snowland Deck’s Energy
Suit, and found yourself warmed by the thought, attention to detail and passion
we’ve put into our cards.
Because I have a stellium strewn across the 7th and 8th Houses of my Astrological Natal Chart (Sun in 7th), I'm often compelled to seek collaboration with like-minded folks.
Not wanting to do the same ol' type of Tarot blog, I had the idea to examine the cards through the lens of themes.
So I scouted out the brightest and best bloggers in the Tarot firmament from around the world, and assembled a stellar team that brings decades of study, reading expertise and life experience to the cards. And thus, ThematicTarot.com was born.
Our bloggers include:
Laura Brown (aka Tarot Shrew)
Lisa Frideborg Lloyd
My husband, Ron
Read all about us here. There's already a dozen posts on ThematicTarot.com, not including our bio page. I think you'll find it a fascinating, though-provoking endeavor. We may even add several more bloggers within the upcoming weeks.
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Last night I watched a fab movie called Now You See Me starring Hollywood big-hitters like Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Mark Ruffalo--as well as Isla Fisher (wife of Sacha Baron Cohen), Jesse Eisenberg (played Zuck in The Social Network) and Dave Franco (younger brother to James).
Part mega-magic show, part heist, and part secret society intrigue, Now You See Me not only features a stellar cast, snappy dialogue, astounding prestidigitation and fascinating plot, but also one of my favorite movie props: Tarot cards.
Each of the magicians receive a mysterious Tarot card with a date, time and place on the back. When they arrive at at seemingly empty apartment at the same time, they find some clever tricks and, ultimately, an invitation that will irrevocably change their lives.
(=In case you're curious, the cards are The Lovers, Death, The Hermit and The High Priestess. The latter was hard to see/read because it was immersed in a large water tank, but Ron and I thought it was her...and further research proved us right.
Wouldn't it be great to have a deck that looks like this?
If you're interested in aquiring the above props for a pretty penny (3K of them, in fact), click here.
Hi all! I'm excited to tell you about a new radio venture.
I'm pairing with Tarot Shrew Laura Brown for Tarot Bitches Radio. It will be a refreshing take on the cards from two smart, sassy women who are passionate about helping truth seekers cut through the BS to live am empowered life.
We began airing our first Tarot Bitches show on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 9 PM EDT. We introduce ourselves to you, as well as discuss the loaded "B" word--as well as the Bitches of Tarot (that is, among the 78 cards!)
You can listen live on BlogTalkRadio at this link. All shows will be archived here, on our BlogTalkRadio show page and via iTunes. Our call-in number is 1-347-838-9347.