Greenwood homework

I decided, I want to take a small version of the Greenwood Tarot with me on our trip to Nepal and got to work creating one.
I made a PDF with mini Greenwood Tarot cards, send it to the printer and then cut and corner rounded the card corners.

Scans and back of mini

They are 3cm x 6cm and look really nice and sharp.

regular and mini comparison 2

– You can find the large scan PDF here on my Greenwood page under “large cards no writing”
I printed 3 mini decks in all, one for a friend and one for – ?!? 🙂

Then I went to work and created a miniature pouch for my small deck using Deer and Elk leather with bone beads, a bone Bear and a hand carved Owl button for closing.It turned out to be less than half the size of the original deck.

 Now, ad Heron, Owl and Hawk feathers as well as Lynx fur and voilà!

mini pouch for mini Greenwood


10 of Chalices good for Business?

My Card of the week for our business, Bearpaw Jewwellery: – drawn on the craft show in Fenelon Falls:

10 of Chalices:Aug 31

Saturday; Fenelon Falls show:

To me the card shows only 8 chalices; probably the missing 2 are hidden behind the white banner that says:

If music be the food of love,play on” This is a quote from “Twelfth Night”

This music will have to lead me for only the next 7 day, 3 of which will be selling our handmade artwork

Well, in Fenelon Falls there was music on the show grounds – via large speakers – it was, what many crafters classified as “sleepy time jazz” In any case, it did not help sales at all! Lots of people LOOOOOOOVD our handmade pieces, but they had no money to buy them….. Just my simple $20.00 stuff hopped of the tables….

Maybe I should have cheated today in the morning, when I picked my card….bugeyed

I should have grabbed the 10 of coins!

Well, maybe tomorrow…..

Sunday Fenelon Falls show:

Well, I slept safe and sound – regardless of the rain and the visiting Skunk – until it was high time to get ready for the show opening at 10.00.

We were busy! The weather was ideal: Sunny, but cold wind, so people did not feel like going out on the lakes with a boat – and so came to the show 🙂

We sold quite a few bigger pieces and got several large orders 🙂

we managed to pack everything away, before it started to drizzzzel just past 6.00pm.

So we were as happy as the 10 of Chalice meant to point out.

Wednesday; Gravenhurst Farmers Market:

Well, I did not feel like going: The weather forecast predicted that all 10 Chalices would fall over and we would get wet…..

Nonsense” said my hubby and decided to go anyway….. It is his social life and many of his friends are setting up, so it was more HIS 10 of Chalice, than mine…

And then- yes, they all fell over all right! It started pouring rain and we scrambled to get all the rain tarps up and the tables save and dry beneath.

But all was not lost either. A whole bus-load of ladies from the RED HAT Society had chosen this day for their group outing that included a visit to our market. And with their fancy headgear and nice outfits they all ended up as “rain refugees” in our tent….. 🙂fun_food

Yes, you guessed right!

They did, what ladies do in this situation: They shopped!!!

And they encouraged each other to shop some more and try on something else and in no time were out-doing each other and we were hopping in the rain like Frogs!

In the end we had the 10 of Chalice in the till and by the time we were packing up the sun was coming out again….

What a prediction….


Shakespeare in a Goat shed

Shakespeare in a Goat shed

When it comes to studying my Deck of the Month and doing readings, his one probably tops the list of strange places in which to do that:

The Goat shed / stable on the Fair Grounds of Fenelon Falls, during the Kawartha Arts Festival.

Camping in the Goat shed

Yes, we were “at it” again, setting up on a craft show for yet another weekend of selling our artwork – in torrrrrrential rains with wind, heat and humidity.

the rain coming down like crazzzzzy

To escape the weather at least a little bit we decided to pitch our overnight tent underneath the metal roof of the stable. No sooner were we all set up than the cards came out, for an evening of study and doing the “New Deck Interview” spread you saw in the previous post.

M reading cards

New deck interview spread:

Shakespeare Oracle:

New Deck interview: Deck interview 2

1. What will you teach me?

VIII of Chalices:

The card background is royal blue and there are 6 golden brown goblets/ chalices depicted. A white band weaves between them. On it is written: ”The course of true love never did run smooth” A Shakespearean proverb from “A Midsummer Night’s dream” Well, I do not think, that there ever will be true love between me and this deck, but for right now Iet’s hope the deck will be a true, honest and fun teacher and that I will learn to love it for that.

2. What are your Strengths?

XIII Death – King Lear

On the image a eagerly chatting white dead head is leading away the grey bearded king, who obviously is thinking he can take with him on this journey the crown, sword and sceptre he is carrying.
King Lear is old and trusted his daughters to do right by him. Well they did not and in the end almost everyone in the play died a more or less gruesome death. The king sees, how naïve he was, but it is too late…. So: To me that is not realllly a strength!!
It is a rather dire warning.
I already recognize, that with this one I bit of waaaaay more than I can chew – or swallow= internalize. Learning about all the different characters presented in this deck, understanding the archetypes they portray and get a grasp on Shakespeare himself All in a few weeks? I an just as naïve as good old king Lear! BUT: I now have a n – if ever so sketchy idea, who king Lear is! That is a strengths!

3. What are your limits?
Lord of Sceptres = Richard Plantagenet

Whow! Here we are in the middle of the war of the Roses! Sitting astride his charger he is carrying a red Rose in his mouth and rides into doom and destruction…. “I would a better king than that stupid kid Henry VI! So let’s go and make war!!! “ Yes, right, get everybody killed, including your own son! Smart move – born out of hubris! Biiiig chip on your shoulder!  – 🙂  Seee, what I learned!!!!  🙂  But no hubris or chip on my shoulder! After reading through the synopsis of only a few plays, I realize, this is waaaaaay too big a task with a huuuuuge learning curve . That is the limitation I already recognize: This deck is fun for someone, that KNOWS Shakespeare well, not for a bloody beginner like me!

4. What will our relationship be like?

Queen of Sceptres = Katherine of Aragon

Crowed and sceptre in one hand, a Monkey in her other arm she sits beneath a garland of red Roses. King Henry VIII loved and respected her, she was his queen for 20 years, but in the end, he had to get rid of her, she could not bear him a male heir for his throne. The Monkey in the image points to her loneliness after being deposed and longing for companionship …. But she live out her life and was respected by all who knew her, friends and foes.

I am led to assume, that this is a well thought-out deck, dedicated and serious, respectable and also able to deliver a punch or 2. But in the end I will have to let it go – let is slip back into the obscurity of my back shelf.
Shakespeare and his world is fascinating and I should know a little about it, but is is not my world – the world of Nature, Trees, Medicine Plants, Animal Guides and Guardians, shamanism, trance journeys …..depicted on the cards of the Greenwood and the Ironwing…..
I will talk to Queen Katherine’s little Monkey about that  🙂