Strange!?

Magician

I am looking at he image of card 1= The Magician

A raspberry red Tree.

From it are hanging the attributes of the Magician: cup, sword, Pentacle and Wand.

All the Flowers below the Tree expectantly raise their yellow heads, as if ready for something to happen and I have to admit, I am ready too. But- the whole image feels static to me. No movement…..

To me the Magician is about movement, the ability to affect change, action….

Here I see – waiting…. for the act to …maybe… happen….. sometime……

.

With the VII the Chariot I have a sort of sinking feeling:Chariot

The Tree – like the Fool stands at a steep cliff and there is quite a storm brewing, making the leaves fly. The branches of the Tree are all blown in one direction – Soon this Tree, which is not anchored down into the Earth, will be blown of that cliff…

…But is that a good symbol for the Chariot?

Is that movement forward – in the right direction???

Is that fighting so as not to loose control or is this the Fool becoming the Tower ?

Is this the Tower about to topple?

Bold Move!

Knight of Wands:    knightofwands_lg

A bold green Tree growing in the middle of the road!

??

How did THAT happen??

This does not look like an old road, long out of use, that is reclaimed by Mother Nature.

It looks more like a wooden board walk – through a swampy area, maybe an old lake bed. The landscape gently rises in the background, up into green hills.

The Tree’s Roots however are nit anchored into the roadway – nor are they connected to the surrounding lime green ?? meadow?? or whatever it is supposed to be.

This to me looks like an image out of one of my shamanic trance journeys.

Otherworldly.

As a Tarot card – as the knight of Wands, it works for me! 🙂

A bold brazen Tree, stepping out of its comfort zone.

But is is wise?

Will there be repercussions?

Will the repercussions of this bold move be more significant than the advantages?

With the Knights it is always the question.

Let the journey continue, so I can find out.

😉

10 of Swords:

10 of Swords:   tenofswords_lg

It is over!

Yes, Mi-Shell, OVER!

Finished, done!

Move on!

Move beyond it!

Yes, but….”

No yes, but, no ifff, no wait a moment….

Over is over!

You may be having trouble wrapping your head around it, but that does not change the FACT: It is over. Dead, done…

It hurts….. !!!!!!!  😦

THAT is, what the blood on the card is about….

I am still mulllllllling about it,

How did this happen?

How could it have been prevented,

Iffff only…..

But the dead hollow trunk and the loooooong dead roots show me clearly, what deeo inside i had sensed, suspected for quite some time….

That this ending was inevitable. No accept it!

Get over it!

Get over yourself!!!!!

And MOVE ON!!!!

Wrong metaphors?

devil_lg

 XV the Devil:

A purple ominous looking sky is the backdrop for a gnarled old Tree, that someone meticulously put into chains and shackles. It certainly was not the raven, who sits in its upper branches. But maybe he knows, who actually is supposed to be the devil here. The old Tree? Is it even still alive? Are these shackles there, to prevent it from falling over? If it is still alive and we are looking at a winter’s evening then these chains certainly do not prevent any growth come spring. The upper branches are unchained and growth always happens upward and outward. Nothing impeding that growth here.

The Raven/ or Crow does not look all that devilish to me either. Sure, Big Bad Black Birds usually get a bad rap in western culture – as being harbingers of bad omens, death and deviousness. But this specimen here to me, seems to rather just be perplexed by the situation it flew into.

So, who/ what is the Devil here?

The one, that put the chains onto the Tree, in a vain attempt to -?? what?? keep the tree from growing??

keep it from falling over? Or maybe because this is HIS? HER Tree and someone might steal it?

Has this person – yes, it has to be a person, because Cats, Dogs, Chipmunks or Squirrels do not do this kind of thing to a Tree – Has this person chained the Tree, to keep it save from loggers, as again, it is all alone and no specimens of its or any other kind are in the image?

What’s up with chains and shackles anyway? What is this metaphor supposed to tell us?

It appears quite often in Devil cards.

BUT Let me tell you. Chains and shackles can ever only restrain/ bind/ tie down the physical body of a living Being.The mind and the Soul are still free!

I KNOW, because I have been shackled and chained – as a 12 year old for days and days, in the orphanage, to the wet floor of the common shower room, hands behind my back, chained to my ankles, kneeling naked on the tiled floor with a dripping faucet above me. Why? Good question. To make me regret, that I publicly refused to be baptized (in the Catholic church) to make me give in and give up my shamanic belief system… It did not work. Sure, I got sick, deadly so, but I survived and …Well, read my Blog “shamanic drumm and you know, ultimately what it did is make my clan Guardian come in and protect me….

Same with others, who have been chained and shackled:

Nelson Mandela!

Eventually they had to let him go and … we all know, how he led South Africa into freedom.

Leonard Peltier, the Native American activist, who is wrongfully and for political reasons accused of having shot an FBI agent is still in shackles – since 1973…But his Spirit is unbroken…..

There are others, I am sue you know of a few…

so, the question I am asking here is, are chains and shackles the right visual metaphore to convey the meaning of Devil card in Tarot?

Dana Driscoll, creator of the Tarot of Trees writes about this image:

The Devil is represented in a tree, that is bound.

Its branches are weighted down by chains and no growth is possible. No life is to be had in this tree….

As you just read, I do not see that at all!

Dana further writes:

The Devil is about entrapment, slavery, bondage and hopelessness…..

Well, I have a feeling, Dana has NEVER BEEN chained down and bound.

Because if she had, she would know, that chains do not chain anything!

Broken Branches

My card of the day:

5 of Cups:

fiveofcups

Oh!

My first response is :

What a sad picture!

It immediately reminds me of the Typhoon ravaged Trees in the news clips about the Philipines these days.

And of course the immeasurable hardship the survivors, human and none human are suffering. through.

Looking a little more towards myself I also sense the sadness over all the losses that I have experienced in my life. And yes, also the loss of “my time”

I am in my 57th year- for another month and sooooo much life is already passed by… The broken branches speak of things I had to loose, prune, cut….. gifts and Blessings too – represented in the image by the Cups still in the grip of the broken of branches….

But after each storm , even the ones that severely prune a Tree, there is a new up-surge, new growth!

The 2 cups held high symbolize the continuation of life, they also make me think of Peter and me, still close and held up by strong love and a nurturing partnership.

Towards new Growth we raise our cups!

.

.

Oh! just as I am contemplating this, my card of the day….

my eyes are drawn outside my panoramic window and I witness first 1 Raven flying by….

then 2, … 3

then 4

…5…6..

7…!!

Raven_2735_e

7 Ravens

flying North

What does it mean?

What will come forth?

7 Ravens flee from the sun

A Murder of Ravens!?

A dark deed is done!

7ravens-ny_26_905

Taking a Stand:

Some of the card images really surprise me.

One of the first cards I pulled  as the “issue” main topic of my day was the 8 of Swords.

eightofswords

The card is held in reddish purple with highlights of yellow. In the centre is a tall tree trunk, rooted in red Earth. Around this trunk is wrapped a white bandanna/ charma. To the right and left of this tall Tree 4 purple and white Swords each are stuck into the ground.

I KNOW the RWS meaning of the 8 of Swords!!!!!

Very well!! So do you!

BUT: that is NOT, what i see in this image:

I see” Taking a Stand!”

The white bandanna / charma is a sign of peaceful protest white bandanna like this are wrapped around trees by protesters against logging companies that want to clear-cut stretches of forest.

Is this the last Tree standing? It certainly in this card is the only one standing and the reddish yellow background reminds me of a raging fire. The 8 swords flanking the Tree to me look like standing behind the issue that this last Tree is raising. They to me transmit resilience and defiance.

When you fell this last ambassador of the Tree nation…… You will have to fight down the swords that guard it.

After that battle?

Will there be no more trees – or  the infinity sign of the 8 and a new forest?

How will you act?

Tarot of Trees:

This is going to be my “Deck of the Month”

deckbook2

http://www.tarotoftrees.com/purchase.html

I had always thought, that this would be a deck I would choose in Spring. But when I pulled it out last April, I was saddened and dismayed at all the barren dying Trees in the Swords arcana and- put it aside as too depressing for a season of new growth and rebirth. Now however I can deal with these images a bit better, because it is a better fit with what is right outside my window when I do my daily draws. This also is the season, when we make decisions, what Trees we need to fell – for firewood and also for safety reasons, so they do not crash onto our 1500 feet driveway or the house or parking lot and cars….

So, yes, some of our Trees will not wake up in Spring…..

And yes, it is painful to me, when we fell – kill a living Tree. When I place the offering at its trunk, it hurts and I cry, but – it all is part of life in the bush….

We do not log wantonly, take only trees, that are nearing the end of their life span anyway and then pull the logs out of the bush with our own strengths (or not) by loading them onto toboggans and pulling them to the road.

So… Tarot of Trees:

How will this deck work for someone like me, that so intimately works with Trees? Not only in a shamanic/ spiritual way, (see our Tree of Life decorated with charmas) but also planting Trees on our land, doing active conservation of the Tree and Plant/ Animal communities with which they live but also logging them, building timber structures like wood sheds and Tzartans with it and in the end even using their ashes for tanning hides or taking it out back to the land to temper our icy driveway…… 

The deck:

The cards are small and slick, high gloss and feel silky and new and ….wonderful 🙂

I looooove the card backs and could just play with them, shuffle them,, experience the shifting pattern the backs create and how they feel. This in itself is a meditative experience.

I always am a bit leery about Whimsical art and so am a bit torn by this deck. Where is the line between whimsy and “kitsch” for me……

Depending on my mood, that line is shifting, never static…..

It is interesting to see the cards, even the Mayors devoid of humans and the RWS concept depicted by something, that normally is still = none mobile and rooted.I am curious how my feeling to/ with this deck will develop over this month.