Posted in Angels, art, Tarot, writing

Weekly Card – Temperance

Temperance aloneTemperance from the Victorian Romantic Tarot 2nd edition from Baba Studio is our card this week. This deck is exquisite, with many beautiful cards, but this one is transcendent.

Temperance is precisely that, in the sense of moderation, not total abstinence. It speaks to us of keeping things in balance in our lives, avoiding overindulging in food, drink, even the need to remain faithful to a sexual partner. It’s combining opposites, symbolized by the two different goblets held by the angel, one silver, one gold. One for the subconscious and one for the conscious, a blending of the spiritual and material worlds. In order to be at peace with ourselves we have to come to terms with our dual natures as both physical and spiritual beings. Easier said than done. Some try to eschew the physical and focus solely on their spiritual lives, giving up most interaction with the world, and denying themselves any sort of physical pleasure. Others do the opposite, denying their spiritual sides in pursuit of a hedonistic life.

Most of us fall somewhere in the middle.

Temperance is the alchemical blending of opposites, refining and distilling them. The blending of fire and water. Temperance is the synthesis of the Empress and Emperor who have sacrificed their egos and joined into one being. When we let go of our egos we can transform ourselves.

Wishing  you a week of peace, healing, and transformation.


Posted in Tarot, Vampires, writing

A Devil That Makes You Say “YUM!”

Yet another Tarot post, so if you have no interest in Tarot you can skip this one.

With all my Tarot collecting, and fascination with vampires, of course I have to blend the two and have been picking up every vampire-themed Tarot deck I can find. My latest addition to this sub-genre of my collection is the Favole Tarot by Spanish artist Victoria Francés. This is an unusual deck in that the artwork was not created specifically as Tarot cards, but was put together from her existing work, apparently with some modifications done to some images to fit the theme. Not the best idea perhaps, as some work better than others. Some are just downright puzzling even if you like the style. Most, if not all the figures depicted are vampires, some bloody, others brooding and mysterious with hollow eyes.

As I was sifting through the deck this morning deciding which cards to showcase, this one popped out and fell to the floor. Many readers take that as a sign that it’s a card you need to pay attention to. So here is the Sun card:

El SolQuite possibly the gloomiest Sun card I’ve ever seen. Be that as it may, I like gloomy, and I like fog and mist-covered wetlands, so this works for me. It makes me think of a swampy area I pass on the way to and from work, and I have long wanted to get photos of it in the autumn when it lies shrouded in fog in the dim morning light, the trees on the hills behind it partially visible. It’s so atmospheric, it’s given me several ideas for storylines. One day, not a work day,  I need to go out there in the early morning and get some good photos. There’s no chance during the morning commute because it’s a very narrow two-lane road with no shoulders, bounded on the east side by a rocky cliff-face, and on the west by the wetlands so there’s no place to pull over out of traffic.

La  Templanza

Some of the other Majors are well-suited to the use they’ve been put to. For instance, I really like the Temperance (La Templanza) card.

In place of the winged angel, standing with one foot on land, the other dipping into a stream, here we have a ghostly figure, partially manifested, bridging the worlds of spirit and matter. She has  enough physicality that she is able to carry a candelabra but it’s obvious she’s a ghost.

The minors in this deck are really different. In place of the usual suits of wands, cups, swords and pentacles, we have Masks, Butterflies, Crosses and Flowers. The little fold-out instruction sheet provided with the deck gives absolutely no hint as to which suit corresponds to which, so it’s every reader for him/herself as to what to make of them. I didn’t even notice as I selected which cards to scan that I had inadvertently chosen 2, 3, 4 and 5. Favole minorsUnfortunately, they are, as you can see, unillustrated pip-style cards, except for the Aces which have more artwork to them.

But here’s my take on which suit is which. I see the Crosses as Swords. Both are made of metal, and both swords and religion have been used to control people. Masks I see as Wands, for obvious reasons. The masks are mounted at the top of a wooden wand and the background color of the cards is a tan/yellow color, closest to fire. Butterflies I attribute to Cups, with the pink background, and the sweet sort of happy feeling butterflies tend to inspire. Flowers seem an obvious correlation to Pentacles/Earth, since they grow out of the ground, and the green background of the card is a link in my little peabrain to money, grass, earthy things. Feel free to disagree. I’ve seen other sites that attribute the Masks to Swords, which I don’t get at all. But as I said, it’s kind of a free-for-all in deciding what’s what. I worked out a system that makes sense to me, and I can remember.

Now on to our delicioso Devil. I couldn’t get this card out of my head for days after I got the deck. Interestingly, the same male seems to be pictured on the King of Crosses:

All I have to say to that Devil is, “Here’s my soul, I had it gift-wrapped for you.”

El Yum-o. Even muy yum!