Stars, Sun and Moon

I did a reading for someone earlier this week, using a well-seasoned deck that I really enjoy, but don’t use often enough: the Jolanda Tarot, by Hans Arnold. The Jolanda is a deck that has a great deal of depth to it (it’s a reprint of the Swedish Witch Tarot, created by Jolanda Den Tredjes, who is a famous witch in Sweden). But what I really like about it is that it isn’t a straight clone of any of the ‘tarot schools’. It also has a youthful freshness about it that I really enjoy, but it doesn’t fall into the traps that so-called “young” decks sometimes do, which often results in them feeling a bit shallow. (Absolutely no offense intended for those of you who identify yourselves as “young”. What I mean to say is that many of the decks that try to slate themselves to the young person’s market often come up a bit short, or like they are trying just that little bit too hard.)

In any case, it’s a deck that feels like a young person with an old soul. It’s energetic, good looking, vibrant and unusual. When I first received my copy I found it a little difficult to read with. What to make of the strange gnomelike creatures, the oddly-placed animals, and the interesting (yet symbolically unique) human-animal hybrids? In the end I let it all go and just went with the flow – and wound up with some very lovely and insightful readings as a result. (Oh – and the artwork is fantastic. Simple but much more to my taste than the cartoony style of some of the Lo Scarabeo decks (Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn, I’m looking at you!) with large barbie doll breasted women dripping with water done in a really comic book style – and don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of comics and graphic novels. It just still feels out of place to me in a tarot deck.)

In any case, I was performing a reading for someone using this deck. I gave it another good shuffle and drew:

Jolanda

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New Year reading

Happy New Year! I hope your holiday celebrations were excellent and you are looking forward to 2014 feeling refreshed and energised.

We are still completely shattered, hehe, but that’s because we have a baby around the place who is nearly standing and walking by herself. It’s crazy times around here, I tell you! Added to that (and on top of all the wedding hoo-hah) we have been looking at a house! What was going to be a two-year plan of fixing up our place and selling it, has rapidly changed to a two-MONTH plan after we fell in love with a place we spotted while tyre-kicking. It’s still not all-go, but it’s looking likely.

I know – we’re idiots.

But in any case life has been insanely busy, or at least it felt that way after the wedding, and then Moo getting mobile, and the build up to Christmas. So: heartfelt apologies for the three month lapse in blogging, but I hope you’ll accept my excuse.

I would have liked to do my New Year reading yesterday, but the 2nd of Jan is close enough! I made up a little three-carder and pulled some cards from my newly-acquired Sacred Rose Tarot.

As a prelude to this I have to mention another story that really deserves a blog post of its own: a very kind woman who I met through Aeclectic Tarot recently bequeathed me her entire tarot collection: books, decks, even some beautiful spreadcloths and jewellery. I need to dedicate a post to this – and multiple posts to the beautiful decks in her collection – but that will come shortly.

In the meantime:

New Year reading

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