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March 3rd, 2003
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Celtic cross layout, Cosmic Tribe deck (kindly provided, along with commentary, by elflet)

Signifier: Princess of Disks: "Defender". "That person in your life or aspect of yourself learning to go slowly and deliberately on a quest for home and beauty."

Challenge: 8 of Swords: "Indecision". Oh, Goddess, yes. No new news here.

Behind me: Ace of Wands: "Epiphany". "Take life's challenge and walk on fire." I think of this card as the beginning of the fire/passion/energy/power suit, the incarnation thereof. So, raw power.

Below me: 9 of Cups: "Joy". Yep, also true.

Before me: 3 of Disks: "Productivity". Oh, the irony.

Above me: 2 of Wands: "Stability crossed with Dynamism". The story of my life, as I remarked to elflet.

How I see myself: Lovers. *chortle*

How others see me: 5 of Disks: "Worry". Well, that's also not a candidate for an NYT headline.

How I experience obstacles: Lovers. (This deck has 3 lovers cards on it: M-M, F-F, and M-F. We play with all three in. :-)

Outcome of my efforts: the Chariot. Motion, detachment, dynamism.

elflet summarized it as "All dressed up and no place to be productive." I just feel that something will break soon. Might be me, might not be, but something's going to snap.

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: The Breeders, Last Splash, "Divine Hammer"

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From:yohannon
Date:March 3rd, 2003 11:30 pm (UTC)

Nosey Boy Noses In

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Okay, obvious question: Which of the two lovers cards came up in the reading?

I agree... something HAS to break soon. Though I did get the good news that I'm going to be published in Carol Queen's "5 Minute Erotica" anthology this fall, and it actually pays a miniscule amount.

Oh, and for some reason I think you and elflet might find this amusing:

There were two old men sitting on a park bench. A blonde woman
walks by. One old man says to the other one, "Ever sleep with a
blonde?"

The other old man says, "Many a time. Many a time."

A brunette then walks by. The old man says to the other, "Ever
sleep with a brunette?"

The other old man says, "Many a time. Many a time."

A redhead walks by, and the old man says to the other, "Ever
sleep with a redhead?"

The other old man says, "Not a wink."
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From:ambar
Date:March 3rd, 2003 11:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Nosey Boy Noses In

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Okay, obvious question: Which of the two lovers cards came up in the reading?


The first one, how I see myself, was the M-M couple. The second one, the obstacles card, was the F-F couple.
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From:drastic
Date:March 4th, 2003 12:06 am (UTC)

Some thoughts. Itemized bill at bottom.

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Signifier: Princess of Disks: "Defender".

Earth of Earth; the Princess of Disks is the expression of pattern in its culmination, fulfillment, maximum dynamic extent. Well-dignified, it's very much a limit, a cusp trembling at the edge of a transformation, be it violent (a faultline just about to let loose at Richter 8.0 and one that'll barely register on the local seismograph over traffic vibration both fit this kind of thing) or subtle. Ill-dignified, it can be stasis.

Challenge: 8 of Swords: "Indecision". Oh, Goddess, yes. No new news here.

Interference, of an Airy nature. Quite a few designs show swords interlocking, and thus all of them going nowhere; others tend to show a figure caged by blades. Same general principle.

Behind me: Ace of Wands: "Epiphany". "Take life's challenge and walk on fire." I think of this card as the beginning of the fire/passion/energy/power suit, the incarnation thereof. So, raw power.

Essential pure nature of it; the Root of the Powers of Fire. Will, in the singularity of first manifestation. In the beginning was the Word--but before Logos could be uttered, tsimtsum, contraction, needed to clear a space within the limitless expanse. To breathe out the first word of Fire, En Sof needed to breathe in. The Aces fall in that single instant between contraction and emanation, between drawing in and bringing forth. So, not raw power in and of itself--but that single quiet moment (life is full of them) from which power--raw or cooked, controlled or not--can flow.

Below me: 9 of Cups: "Joy".

Nines are the foundations of the elements' full manifestations; I think of them as the underpinning substructure that the tens grow out of--tending towards Satiety, in the Cups case. "Happiness...but..."

Before me: 3 of Disks: "Productivity". Oh, the irony.

Perhaps as a middle-management-defined keyword. Think "Work" Effort expended towards ends, of course, and productive in a sense. Not necessarily in an ironic one, though--it depends on the ends, the aim, and the will.

Above me: 2 of Wands: "Stability crossed with Dynamism".

The twos are the outgoing leap; the Word proper of their respective suits. The keyword I accept for the Two of Wands is "Dominion."

How I see myself: Lovers. *chortle*

More on this the second time.

How others see me: 5 of Disks: "Worry". Well, that's also not a candidate for an NYT headline.

The fives are interesting; its where the natural energy of the suits meets its limitations and is cut back into shape. Both that cutting back, and the reaction to it. There's a dual meaning to Worry here; both what immediately leaps to mind, and as a verb--to destructively grind, as a wolf worries the throat of a downed deer, or as sandpaper worries the rough edges of piece of wood.

How I experience obstacles: Lovers. (This deck has 3 lovers cards on it: M-M, F-F, and M-F. We play with all three in. :-)

Using multiples of the same card can yield some really interesting concatenations of meaning. The Lovers is rather more than superficial images of combinations of concave and convex wabbily bits (of course it can certain encompass them); it's about dualities that are nevertheless joined into unities, and about that process. There is a recognition of a basic paradox built into the trump: things which are separate are yet the same, and their joining can be seen by seeing their apartness--because opposite shapes fit into each other in a way that similar ones do not.

Outcome of my efforts: the Chariot. Motion, detachment, dynamism.

Victory on parade. A triumph--not just the usual sense people think of the word as, but including its ceremonial sense. In most depiction of the trump, the figure in the chariot is not driving, it is being borne. There's a difference there.

I just feel that something will break soon. Might be me, might not be, but something's going to snap.

Needn't be dramatic--those faultlines can let loose with tremblors that are barely noticed at the time. Could be anywhere on the scale from what I'm seeing.

My itemized bill comes to exactly zero dollars. No refunds. :)
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From:ambar
Date:March 4th, 2003 12:30 am (UTC)

Re: Some thoughts. Itemized bill at bottom.

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My itemized bill comes to exactly zero dollars. No refunds. :)


I always enjoy your tarot commentary (and I can hardly complain about the price. :-) Have you ever worked with the Osho Zen deck? It seems to complement your approach, the little I've done with it.
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From:drastic
Date:March 4th, 2003 02:26 am (UTC)

Re: Some thoughts. Itemized bill at bottom.

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I don't know the Osho deck beyond having heard of it; I work mostly with the Waite and Thoth decks.
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From:foxmagic
Date:March 15th, 2003 10:01 pm (UTC)
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Psst! Happy Birthday! :)

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