Friday, May 10th, 2013
The challenge of what has traditionally been known as the Hermit card is to be able to recognize a teacher in a humble disguise. This font of mysterious knowledge will not make it easy for the student to acquire his wisdom, as it takes time and long contemplation to fathom what he knows. He often speaks wordlessly, or in ancient and barbaric tongues, communicating with the elements, animals and Nature herself.
While the hourglass was an identifying feature on the earliest Hermit cards, more modern ones have shifted the metaphor, showing more or less light released from his lantern. In either case, the Hermit card reminds us of the value of time away from the hubbub of civic life, to relax the ego in communion with Nature.
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
Traditionally, the card usually entitled the Chariot points to a triumphal feeling of freedom, as if the charioteer is being paraded through the streets as a hero (or heroine). The card reflects congratulations for high achievement, and serves as a sign of empowerment.
Huge wheels and frisky steeds speed the rate at which the driver’s willpower can be realized. This kind of charge makes more of the world accessible to anyone ambitious enough to seize the Chariot’s reins. But there is danger in this feeling of freedom, because of the increased rate of change and its power to magnify mistakes in judgment. As a seasoned warrior, the Charioteer is called upon to be extra attentive to the way ahead.
Thursday, Apr 11th, 2013
Pamela Coleman-Smith’s artful rendition of an “innocent Fool” archetype (Rider-Waite deck) is often used to represent Tarot in general. Early classical versions of the Fool card, however, portray quite a different character — a person driven by base needs and urges, who has fallen into a state of poverty and deprivation.
In some instances, he is made out to be a carnival entertainer or a huckster. In others, he is portrayed as decrepit and vulnerable — as the cumulative result of his delusions and failures. Not until the 20th century do you see the popular Rider-Waite image of the Fool arise — that of an innocent Soul before its Fall into Matter, as yet untainted by contact with society and all its ills.
Modern decks usually borrow from the Rider-Waite imagery. Most Fool cards copy the bucolic mountainside scene, the butterfly, the potential misplaced step that will send the Fool tumbling into the unknown. Don’t forget, however, that the earlier versions of this card represented already-fallen humanity, over-identified with the material plane of existence, and beginning a pilgrimage towards self-knowledge, and eventually, wisdom. The Fool reminds us to recognize the path of personal development within ourselves — and the stage upon that path where we find ourselves — in order to energize our movement toward deeper self-realization.
Good Sunday Morning, my dearest family, friends and all others! I will have to tell you one of these days why I throw in the “all others” part, lol! But for now, I leave to go birth a calf and come back and see what Mystie has done. WOW! A Tarot card reading for her and another one of our gifted readers, SFPete. It is extremely unusual for Mystie to volunteer to do readings. I guess she knows what is at stake this go around.
I know things are bad all over. Like I mentioned yesterday, the WOTC is a very proud organization and we have fell on hard times. Right now, it looks like it is even going to get hardier for us. We haven’t collected enough money yet to pay the phone bill or our server bill either one. The phone I can live without even though we are an office. But the server bill concerns you, can you live without us. Seriously think about it? Because we don’t pay the server off we go, permanently! It is something I don’t want to see happen but I don’t have the means to stop it this time. I am depending on you.
There has been a few changes in the gifts Mystie and SFPete are willing to give to you for your donation:
$10.00 Three Card Reading
$20.00 Five Card Reading
$50.00 Ten Card Reading
$100.00 Full Runic Reading from Lady Of The Abyss
So just keep in mind this is the only time this month, we will bother you for donations. The next donation period will be in April (if we are still here). I hope you will take the opportunity to make your donation today. Even the smallest amount will make the greatest of difference.
Thank you so much,,,,,
Before I leave for the day, I wanted to remind you that this weekend is “Pass The Hat” Weekend. In case you haven’t found the original post made by Lady Abyss, I will fill you in. Yesterday we had a meeting involving a discussion about how the WOTC could survive the recession. One of the men came up with the idea of a “Pass the Hat” weekend. We liked the idea. We discussed the fine points of this campaign. The campaign will be held the same time each month. It will be a time that we ask our friends, followers, family and anyone else for donations for the WOTC. Lady Abyss listed the expenses we had. The donations will help keep us operating to better times. No matter what amount you can give, it is all appreciated and will be put to excellent use.
Today and tomorrow, you get a special treat if you make a donation of $10.00 or more. SFPete and myself will give each person a Tarot Card Reading. Just for donating, you will get a Three Spread Celtic Reading. In case you are not familiar, this reading tells your past, present and future. It is very rarely that you will get a Tarot Reading from any of the Witches here. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I listed earlier what is required to do a reading and I will do so again. Put this information, in the comment section of your donation:
What you need to include:
The situation that is currently troubling you
Your Full Name
Hour you were born
I have worked, managed, and did anything needed for the WOTC. If you enjoy the information we put out daily and the other work we do, help us please. I love the WOTC. If you love it too, then please give what you can.
Blessings to you,