Pents and Swords

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It’s a sunny day, and cheery outside, with birds twittering and flowers and trees blossoming. Finally throwing off the shackles of winter around here!

And evidently it’s a pents-and-swords sort of day, all practicality and getting stuff done, but with much exuberance! The fellow in the 7 of Pents does make me think quite literally of the gardening I’d like to get done (I saw a planter box on legs at Leila’s kindy and have been wondering if my woodwork skills are up to the task of making one for home? Saw one in the shops for $125, which is more than I’d like to pay for a wooden box that is going to be filled with dirt. But I digress!).

But it’s also a straightforward “reap what you sow” card, which could potentially have some quite negative connotations, depending on your situation. In my case I’m 99.99% positive that this is referring to my writing, and the fact that I’m finally at the end – well, the final quarter of the book, and man, has it been a ride getting here!

The juggler is me (it’s all me, me, me, sorry), but this time I’ve got my fancy hat and hose on and I’m wondering how to manage it all. I do have to say that lately things have got much, much easier around the house. My daughter is now going to kindy three times a week, which gives me three nice chunks of time to myself each week – and I am really feeling positive, and getting stuff done as a result! Not quite at the point where I could go head off on that sailing boat for a bit, although I did book myself in for a weekend stay by myself at a cute bach in Otaki, one weekend in October.

The Page of Swords is looking all exuberant and dreamy, and that’s a bit how I feel today too. Those clouds! The birds! And the world feels a bit like my oyster today (and I’m so excited by the prospect of finishing this book, and then planning the next books I’m going to write next year, and then starting the editing process (slashing with the sword)…the page in me could go on and on).

It feels positive, and wonderfully dreamy and blue-sky-ey.

Where-ever you are, take some time to go look at those clouds. I bet they’re amazing 🙂

Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck
By Pamela Coleman Smith
Copyright © 2009 by US Games
ISBN: 978-1572816398

America’s Cup Part Two…

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The race isn’t for another twenty minutes or so but the cards say we’ve got it in the bag!

Edit to say: drats! The race was postponed again. My question at the time was “will Team New Zealand win race one?” … technically we haven’t raced it yet, so I’m still optimistic the card will stand!

And apologies for the blurry photo. I took it in the lounge, excited, and jittery from too much coffee 🙂

Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck
By Pamela Coleman Smith
Copyright © 2009 by US Games
ISBN: 978-1572816398

Watching the America’s Cup

Bit of a depressing day race-wise. But just for fun I grabbed my trusty Pamela Coleman Smith Centenary edition deck, and asked, “are we going to win race one?”

The answer? The eight of cups.

At first I pondered the card a bit. Did the red figure represent Team New Zealand, with its bright red sail? Why was it turning its back on all the shinies? (Did it mean we’d turn our back on the trophy?)

Sure enough, despite a fantastic start and a lead of over a kilometer(!) the race was called off right before we crossed the finish line… Apparently if you don’t finish the race within 40 minutes the whole thing is called off. (Is it just me or is this a weird rule? I know nothing about sailing, but still…) We felt just a tad disgusted that after such a great start, and a great race(!), it had boiled down to some weird techinicality. Perhaps that was us turning our back on this whole racing thing.

Ok, so we had some coffee and licked our wounds. And then sat down to watch race two.

Did I dare draw another card? I couldn’t resist.

The Five of Cups.

Definitely no victory here. Sob!

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Sure enough. A disastrous race. And after the greatness that could have been with the first race… talk about crying over spilled milk!

Guess we’ll be tuning in tomorrow for yet another day of racing…

Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck
By Pamela Coleman Smith
Copyright © 2009 by US Games
ISBN: 978-1572816398

New year, new blog, new spread

I was looking for something simple to do for the New Year: not flashy, extensive, or OTT. Just a simple reflection on the previous year, and what I’d be bringing with me into 2013. Several people on the Aeclectic Tarot forum recommended this one, called First Footing, by Winterchild. I tried it with the Pamela Coleman Centenary Edition Deck, and was really pleased with the results:

First Footing spread, using the Pamela Coleman Centenary Edition Deck

First Footing spread, using the Pamela Coleman Centenary Edition Deck

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