Interviewing the Roots of Asia Tarot:

 

New deck interview reading:

Card 1:

Introduce yourself to me please:

Page of cups:

Looking at the image I feel, as if stepping rather fool-like into uncharted territory. Riding a Fish-Horse Bird of an emotionality charged watery fluid cliff. Nothing relay to hold onto, other than a cracked bowl. Riding like this beneath the sea, can I loose the fluid in that bowl – or is the jist of the exercise, to blend 2 different fluid substances? As in my shamanic tribal belief and the Buddhist teachings that govern this deck?I hope the nautilus-like headdress the knight is wearing indicates, that this is more a journey of the mind than of feelings.

 

 

 

amnart_klanprachar31Card 2:

What are the strengths of this deck?

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The head of a giant Elephant Jungle Spirit looms over several

of his mammalian pachyderm disciples. Her huuuuge pointy green tit prominent and at the ready for ample feeding. Food for thought, food for growth, Food to rarefy emotions

Dharma, if I dare go deeper.

The 6 cups somehow remind me of Avocados, their central stone exposed. Put it into moist Earth and it will sprout!

The young plants are already visible. In the image, in my mind,

on these pages and therefore – in your mind as well……

Spiritual abundance…….

 

Card 3:

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6 of Staffs:

The Spirit Being – part Lion, part Tiger, part human – with a light in its hand loooooooks at me:

Now, that you saw the total logic of Buddhism – The 3 jewels, the 4 fold Truth and all the other teachings you logically HAVE to start following the Dharma (= the teachings of the Buddha and other learned Buddhist scholars) and join the Shanga!!!!(Shanga = the community of practising Buddhists)

Right!??

6 of staffs stands for moving ahead, right!?

I an going to sit down and have a conversation with him

Did you know, that in Buddhist teaching and so for followers of the Dharma Animals are seen as “lowlier” Beings, less worthy, more flawed, beneath humans?????

how do you, as an animal Being feel about that?

To me and to my Miahanits = Animal Spirit Guides THAT is a DEAL-BREAKER!!!

I see every Being on this Earth as an equal. Nobody is more spiritual advanced, least of all humans, hampered by there pesky ego……

 

He looks at me – hesitant – he did not know that! Being a spirit Being maybe he should ask all the Lions and Tigers suffering under human encroachment….

Humans supposedly go through thousands of incarnations. And iffff you “mess up” in any way, you will be “demoted to be an Animal next time – or maybe even a hungry Ghost!

Yuck

Can an animal mess up and be demoted to Hungry Ghost next time around???

who decides that????

That Being should go see a shaman like me about that!!!!!

The LWB says, we will only realllly understand the Teachings, when we reached Buddha hood!???

How can I – or anyone reach such a state, while not regarding all Beings everywhere in every realm as equals?

The Spirit Being in this card is regarded as more advanced than a human, but ifffff he “messes up with me- or you, or … he too can be demoted – to human, critter or hungry ghost or…..?????

Drawbacks of a belief system…….

Card 4:

How will I work with this deck?

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Creative struggggle!! See above!

It has already started.

I could use and treat this deck just like any other Tarot deck Read it intuitively or RWS style or a little bit of both…. just like “normal…

I feel, that is, what the hand stands for. My knowledge and expertise (or not) with Tarot The hands of an elderly person, not a Spring Chicken = experience…

But that is not, why I bought it. I wanted to expose myself to the Buddhist teachings, that gave rise to these images and that are alluded to in the LWB.

I wish I had the full version of the text, to be had as a re-print in Thailand – in Thai language

and writing……

Through the hands manifests the face of the Tigress – my Grandmothers.

My Siberian tribal teachings, Ulali Kham,that inform every step of my life and my love of Tarot, a transgenerational gift from my other Gran, Elizza.

These 2 Tigresses uniting and having to get along with the image of the Tigress in Buddhist teaching and as a symbol used by the creator o this deck.

 

amnart_klanprachar74Card 5:

Pitfalls along the road:

4 of Staffs.

2 Leopards kissing in the Lotus jungle!

So very seductive!

But Leopards to me will always have the Trickster teacher quality of Ee’ren Omsür, our Snow Leopard tribal Guardian. And while right across from them the Lion Tiger Spirit still looks on I am reminded yet all over again, of the Deal breakers.

For right now however, all is good. I will not “fall for Buddhism – I am just learning about it, broadening my horizon.

So the 4 of Staffs is a sign for “all quiet on the home front”!

 

3 glimpses into the future:

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– The Magician with his/ her mind wide open gazing at golden wisdom:

Use all the Tools you have – and make magic!

– The Queen of Swords:amnart_klanprachar2

Be clear of existing obstacles and pitfalls and rise above them. Keep a clear and compassionate mind. I am delighted by all the Birds on the image, The small delicate Tree of life and all it means to me and most of all the Owl in the right corner of the card. My main Miahanit and all that signifies to me. I have a warm loving feeling. 🙂

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Resting within the cradle of the wings of mighty Garuda/ Khyung !

What a journey it all will be!

🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vessels of Wisdom

 Roots of Asia Tarot 5 of Cups:

What a beautiful deeply serene and meditative image!

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Nothing reminds me of the “traditional RWS meaning” of the fear, deprivation and poverty of the 5 of cupsusual imagery.   But first reading the blurb about the image in the LWB I do fully understand the “Buddhist interpretation” that is alluded to here:

Spiritual poverty versus looking the fear of disappointment, rejection and frustration in the eye and persevere by mindfully staying on your spiritual path.

With my very limited understanding of Buddhist teaching I will try to write out an example, that helps me understand the concept:

The current situation in Tibet:

Years ago the Chinese invaders destroyed all the Bön and Buddhist monasteries, smashed the statues, defaced the murals, burned the writings and chased away the monks. The monks and the lay population did not fight back, although in the Middle Ages Tibet was a fierce warrior nation beating up the Chinese on a regular basis. The few remaining monks quietly returned and re- build, recreated the statues and sadly, not having any access or knowledge to produce the natural dye based paints to decorate them are now using the garrrrrish commercial Chinese neon colours.

The Chinese nowadays often refer to these statues as cartoon characters…. They have taken to using the monasteries as destinies for Chinese tourists promoting them as “backward curio cabinets” The slogan of the day is: Look here! Do you want to be a dirty poor backward monk with a begging bowl living in a backward place – or do you want to be and your kids to grow up as modern people, have a cell phone, computer, nice fast shiny motorcycle and drink good Chinese beer and smoke neat Chinese cigarettes”

Most youth in Tibet want exactly that and turn away from the Buddhist foundations of their parents and grandparents. They also think, that denuding the Eastern forests and produce pulp and paper for China is quite OK. It is sad but necessity for  progress!

The Buddhist disciples however let the Chinese reign their personal and environmental terror. For them this lifetime is made up out of silent suffering. To endure and quietly perceive will guarantee them a betterment in the next lifetime and the one thereafter and so they see the destruction the Chinese bring on Tibetan society as aiding their personal and communal path towards reaching Buddha hood, enlightenment nirvana and the advancement of their undying soul, that has to go through eons of lifetimes of suffering in order to escape samsara = reincarnation……

So in this image I see:

Mindfully rise above the hardship and the fear and insecurities it creates. In the “bigger picture” of the undying soul they are just temporary.   That is, in my opinion, why the golden yellow pedestal raising up from the nose ( = breath = meditation) of the meditating Buddha is unoccupied by a Being/ human or Spirit, just the ever present light of enlightenment reflects upon it.

I also see the verdant green as a sign for spiritual growth, forming the mountainous upper body of the Buddha.

Mountains and Mountain Spirits – Tang Lha are VERY important in Tibet, originating in the ancient shamanistic roots of Bön and then were transliterated into Buddhist teachings. By the sacred white Kadhak (=prayer silk scarves) the pedestal is anchored to the simple cups, which are filled with the breath of the Tang Lha like Mountain Buddha. There the mountainside changes over to golden yellow = sacred colour of the Dharma. Fine lines connect the chin = speech and the throat chakra = communication to the next lower 2 cups, which show a few cracks – alluding to the difficulties passing this spiritual wisdom on.

There are illuminated concentric rings below these cups – they are more Earth bound- connected to every day life. The last one is accompanied by small white flowers, probably supposed to be Lotus Flowers. Lotus Flowers grow in the dumpiest most foul polluted ponds imaginable, living proof, that purity arises out of defiled waste. The fine white line continues on down from the last cup. Continues circling the Earth and all that is.

 

Khadaks for the Mountain Spirits

Khadaks for the Mountain Spirits

Of Tigers and Lotus

2 of Wands/ Staffs of the Roots of Asia Tarot

According to the LWB:

In this deck the staffs are the power of creative thinking, the fire of passion, all seen as evidence of the revelation of the Spirit through its creations.

Tigers symbolize the need to clearly recognize one’s own thinking as such.

The cards are supposedly showing us the inner conflict of having to make the choice between ruminating to find logical answers or rather follow our inspirations and intuitions in order to learn to trust our higher Self and communicate with it……

The Staff cards also show stylized long stemmed Lotus flowers, that to me look rather like bezel cups sometimes on flag poles.._lotus_flower

Lotus in Buddhist world view is often seen as the flower of wisdom – or flowering wisdom…

 

Here is an excellent site explaining the meaning of lotus flowers:

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/lotus-flower-meaning.html

 

2 of Wands:

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2 people with a lantern – like Lotus Flower atop a flagpole are on the journey through a valley – its mountainside morphing into the back bone of the Tiger in the foreground. The scene representing the spiritual journey, rather than an actual one.

Is the Tiger the real Animal?

Is it the symbol for our Animal nature, being in the way of following the difficult and often ascetic doctrines of Buddhist teachings?

(Thou shall not argue with your fellow traveller as to how to climb that mountain …

Exercise compassionate detachment to the hardships of the journey = towards your fellow pilgrims and towards yourself…. aaand the very real fear of the very real Tiger lurking…..)

The inner Tiger however at the same time is gnawing at the bones of these 2 Buddhist travellers is pointing out the heat of the jungle, the cold of the night, the hunger, the insecurity, the improper, maybe even lewd thoughts born out of loneliness and lust , the competitiveness…. everything the Dharma wishes to snuff out.

( “The Dharma” often refers to the Buddha’s teachings and their scriptural recension (e.g. the Vinaya and Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Canon), and can more broadly include the later traditions of interpretation and exegesis that the various schools of Buddhism have developed to help explain and expand upon the Buddha’s teachings. In later Mahayana tradition, this was seen as the 84,000 different teachings, that the Buddha gave to various types of people based on their needs.)

Will the flame of the Lotus lantern provide enough light to keep THAT KIND OF TIGER at bay?

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Well, and then there is my rather more personal thoughts on the card:

I see a very un- Buddhist argument between these 2 people, one trying to persuade the other. The yellowish person wishes to move forward according to his/ her plan, the reddish maroon person is bending down submissive trying to persuade a different course of action, maybe a rest or a safer path…..

The Tiger: Is it the Animal of the wilds, the real danger to limb and health?

Is it the spiritual mount of the Hindu Godess Durga?

Is it the “inner Tiger” mentioned above?

To me personally Tiger has a very different meaning.

The Tigress was one of the Miahanits of Ulali Kham, my paternal Siberian great grandmother. She had one painted into the inside of her drum – so, in her honour, do I.

A Tigress called Durga was the beloved life companion of my other Gran, Elizza, my mother’s mom. She hand raised Durga and was in charge of her well being as well as that of all the other circus Animals. When Durga and the Tiger number was traded / exchanged for another large Animal act to another circus – as was common practice back then – Elizza went with her charges – over to another circus, working even one of the large ones like Sarasani, Althoff, Krone, Cirque d’ hiver  or wherever. She, at times for years, had to leave her then hubby and her growing sons behind….. she hand raised Durga’s cubs and trained them ….. Right until the war tore the circus apart…..

As you know, Elizza also read the Tarot. I have written about that at the very beginning of this blog….

On shamanic journey I see my Siberian great gran shape-shifting forth and back between Tigress and human form….. always bringing tough teachings……

Do I “see” Elizza and Durga? No, no so far –

But early in my teens I devoured everything I could about the Hindu Goddess Durga, after which Elizza’s Tigress was named. She is very close to my heart and I see her as part Tigress part Elder woman.

All these images shape my understanding, “my Lotus cup” of Tigers.

 😉 Shiny modern knowledge fit for living in the year 2014 versus the ancient backbone of shamanic family wisdom and alliances = 2 of Wands!?

 

For me Tiger will never only symbolize the need to clearly recognize one’s own thinking as such, but this exercise DOES clarify to me, just WHAT I see, when looking at the Tiger images in this deck.

 

 

 

The Nose

 

The Ace of Swords of the Roots of Asia Tarot:

 Ace of Swords

What do I see in this image:

A rather futuristic Bird Spirit consisting of a prominent nose,and a sword, that winds and curves like a Snake.

Follow your nose!

The breath we take

Breathe out. Air that for a short time was a life giving part of us now rushes out in streams of particles, that rise up and out like winged waves.

The fine line- between breath out and breath in.

The breath that we suck into ourselves will partly be what we just breathed out – to be processed all over again, the familiar. The other part however will contain everything that ever was: The fart of an old Tiger in Borneo, the rumble in the belly of a Mammoth 13 000 years ago, the killing gasses from the death chambers of the holocaust….

It is all still there. It never disappeared, just dissipated.

It makes up the Earth’s atmosphere – and so the cosmos.

How often did we breath it in? How did it nourish / form us into who we are?

It will go up the nose into our lungs and so our body, will pass by our olfactory senses and soon reach our brain, will be processed there and will shape our thoughts, our reactions and so the future of this very cosmos.

The strangely shaped snaking sword reminds me of the cutting edge of having to wind and sort through all this incoming information and decide, what is relevant, what needs an action/ reaction on our part and what is to be filed away for further reference.

The tip of the sword points to a small glowing ball = the crystallized essence of that one breath.

It very well may link up with other such balls of essence and form, what we call instinct – or, when it reaches the conscious mind, wisdom.

 

In terms of Buddhism – as I see it with my limited understanding:

Breath

In meditation breath is everything.

Follow your breath – deep inside you.

What you will find there is a part of Everything that is and ever was.

 

 

 

 

 

Roots of Asia Tarot

Roots of Asia Tarot

This deck will be my deck to explore over the summer month.

At first glance the images remind me of the Haindle Tarot.

I wonder, why that is….

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This deck is inspired by Buddhism and the images show subjects in accordance with that. Images of the Buddha meditating, of Buddhist practitioners, stylized Lotus Flowers, Tigers, Lions, Garudas…..

 

In preparation for my travels to Nepal last fall I had read a lot about Buddhism which, like its predecessor, Hinduism has its roots in the Veda.

The experiences in Nepal, the teachings of several Nepali shamans from different tribes that we received there, and most importantly the Tibetan Spirit, that appeared to me and that since then has transmitted quite profound teachings all have touched me on a very deep and profound level. (Read more about all that on my other blog, Shamanic Drum: http://shamanicdrumm.wordpress.com/2013/10/   and on to present….)

 

I am still reading and studying Nepali shamanism with the help of my teacher from Kathmandu and with several books other western students published while studying with him and colleagues of him.

Now I finally have a deck, who’s images complement that worldview and that I can use it for my daily draws.

 

At first look I find many images enigmatic, dream -like, serene, meditative.

However, what intrigues me most is the LWB that goes with the deck!

The cards are all described NOT with the standard RWS descriptions, but with Buddhist teachings and are referring to aspects of Buddhist practice!

I will have to “start from scratch” and immerse myself into these images and the interpretations that go with them.

It will be an exiting journey!

Here are some more images from the net:

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