Wild Unknown Tarot

This is just a link to a post with my thoughts on the Wild Unknown Tarot.


I received this one for Winter Solstice 2012 and hand painted the cards using Sharpe magic markers.

I am tempted to pull this one out again for a while. after the rather dissatisfying so called “Healing Tarot” I need something that heals my bruised soul.

Ursa Mayor




What?? Rob Ford – again???Rob-Ford

The now infamously famous mayor of Toronto, that, according to his own words, smoked crack cocaine in a drunken stupor??!!??This is the 3rd time this month that I pulled him

= the 9 of Cups that is…..

9 of Cups


I get it!

I get the message:

Live a little, have a little fun….

Fun is good, but any type of booze gives me a nasty migraine, as does cheap chocolate and the cheese, that I would love to have with the wine….

So I have other things to “indulge” myself with:

Books for example, lots of nice books 🙂

And a cup of herbal tea, a delicious home baked cookie or 2 or 3 or….

Sitting in my rocking chair in the afternoon sun, watching the Birds go to and from the feeder and watching the snow glisten on top of the frozen creek…..

9 of Cups afternoon!

Rob Ford, stay sober today or you and Justin Bieber are going to be in the news again tonight.

Aging Queen:

I am in a good mood, exited in fact!

After having been all alone for the last 25 days = over my birthday, Winter Solstice, X-mas, New Years and so on, my hubby Peter is coming home today! ♥

It had been a bit lonely at times, in spite of lots and lots of hard work – in in the Arctic temperatures – all the way down to -38 centigrade – and the lots and lots of snow = 2.70 meters in that time, the ice, the nasty storms, the power outages, the no phone, to call friends or neighbours… all that…….

But today late evening I will go down south and pick him up from the airport bus 🙂 

From the so called “Healing Tarot” I am drawing my card of the day:

The Queen of Pentacles:

 Q of P

She is getting her hair done – in a quite elaborate way.

The image gives me the idea, to also braid my hip long hair in a special and festive way.

I feel like the Queen of Pentacles , actually:)

Just so, and in spite of knowing better, I get out the Healing Tarot book and read the small print page about the QoP:

Queen of Pentacles for AT

Reading the paragraphs significantly dampens my exuberant mood.

Yes, it is true, there is my lingering and slowly worsening back problem – a broken vertebra that never really healed and now dances with arthritis….

Is that normal?

For a woman of 58 that was starved to skin and bones in a christian orphanage, far away from loving parents and subsequently had never quite managed to weigh more than 48kg?

Yes, wrinkles here and there and everywhere and with my physique they show. 😦

Reading this makes me feel ugly and old.

Will it help to braid my hair in a nice special way….

Yes, I HAVE to put myself first!

In terms of food – I can eat and afford to buy anything I want.

I had planned to go to the special deli with European foods in Barrie….

I know that I deserve a little treat after this lonely endurance test, but after reading this message it is not so much fun anymore……

I fell off my “happy” cloud…..


Almost dead – according to my new deck !??

My Deck for January 2014 will be the Healing Tarot , which I received as my Birthday/ Winter Solstice gift.
So far I have looked at all the cards in detail:
The mayors on January 1.
Swords on January 2nd 
the Cups yesterday 
and the Wands Pentacles today.
The deck is largely RWS based and the art is black line drawing on white background with large borders. 
I am not a big fan of black and white decks 
Some of the images are plain weird, some I am taken aback by. What is going on in them?
The book is very detailed , but does not explain the imagery and the artist’s thoughts and intentions.

Ifffff I were to read “by the book” – I would be dead by tomorrow – due to a variety of nasty diseases and full of an assembly of different cancers. 
It WORRRRRRIES ME to think, that there may be people without a medical degree or background who are relating these meanings to their clients…. 

Healing Tarot


Me, cards and divination

My grandmother Elizza (1869 to 1956)Was a Manoush Gypsy and used to read Tarot with her original Soprafino deck. Remembering seeing this deck when I was a little girl and looking at the old worn out frayed cards together with my mother and her cousin, my “Aunty”is ultimately, what later brought me to Tarot.

Read more about that part here:


However, I grew up in the shamanic worldview of my father’s Siberian ancestry where divination was an integral part of working with clients, but divination cards were not used. One had Sheep’s knuckles and Horse hairs of different length and colours and a bag with small divinatory items, each having a specific meaning and being a tangible mnemonic of a shamanic teaching or tribal lore.

So that is, what I had. Then I went to university and became a member of a Peyote lodge of the Native American Church and divination was set into relation with things and events on “saw” in visions and trance journeys and of course meaningful coincidences in and with Nature, especially Animals Birds, Plants, clouds and rocks.

Then there was a time of travelling, where my then boyfriend – now hubby of 30 years – travelled in our VW bus around North America visiting sights and our Native friends, made jewellery on the road and sold it on markets and fairs….

I still vividly remembering the Tarot reader “Solaya” in Key West’s Mallory Square reading with , what i then assumed were the “wrong” cards. It was a standard RWS deck – but I did not know, that I did not know that….:(

Then there was “die GrÄfin” = the Countess, a lady, who was very snub-nosed and knew everything much better than everyone else… She read with a Thoth deck…

This is, how I learned, that there are different “modern” decks!

When we settled in Canada and our log home was all ready, I wanted a Tarot deck to honor my Grandma Elizza’s memory and heritage and to create a bit more balance in my life. I had in all these years always followed the shamanic path of my Father’s clan, and not paid much heed to my maternal Ancestors and their teachings.

And there was the conundrum: All the old decks, Marseille and what else I saw were, in terms of their imagery with the characters and the attire they wore, soooo very alien and removed from my inner life and my world view. I had felt that as a teen and it was the same now. I had a few Oracle decks and stuck to those for readings for self and others. They were all Nature and Animal related.

But then for Solstice, my hubby gave me the Native American Tarot from Maria Gonzales. OUPS!! :bugeyed:

I connected with the images, but there also were quite a few, that were stereotypical and “politically problematic”.

But for me the search was on. That was also made so much more fun, when Peter got a Computer! 🙂

Over the next few years I drifted through quite a few decks, working with each for about a year, always on the look out for the “right one”, but when it came to just reading I could use any deck and the “soul of the querent opened” .

I also made the observation, that some people, liked to come for a consultation and “input”, but were a bit scarrrred of my drums, Owl feathers and shamanic chants and found me reading “the Cards” for them less “strange” and it helped them to get to know me a little. And then, eventually they asked, if I could drum and chant for them and call my Animal Spirits and try to “see” …. whatever was wrong…..

Then I read the cards for a friend and subsequently taught her to read. She went on line, found AT and signed herself up and a year later signed me up too.

In spite of being on dial up my world exploded with Tarot decks 🙂

I think, that is so for most of us. Since then I have the habit of picking a new deck and working with it for a month or 2 and seeing, what it can teach me, what I can absorb form it that deepens my Tarot understanding.

I also gave teachings – about shamanism here in AT and then someone from here gave me a Geenwood deck as a Solstice present 🙂

That was The deck I had wanted to get, since first finding out about it.

It now is my main reading deck for clients and for personal readings.

See the Greenwood images and book here on this site:


Then of course there is my hand painted Ironwing deck.

Ironwing Spirit GuidesE size

It combines shamanism, art, Nature and metal smithing, the 4 mainstays of my life in 78 images 🙂