Thursday, March 27, 2014

Colors - Silver

Silver got the most votes in the poll, so here we go:

Silver is for girls, plain and simple.  It's all about everything feminine, including matters that are usually associated more with women than men, the softer aspects of human nature revolving around empathy and maternal instincts.

Silver is one of the colors associated strongly with goddess figures, mainly The Great Mother, the all-encompassing female creative force that runs the engine of the universe.  White is another common color used to represent the Mother, but personally, I tend toward silver because I see white more as a general symbol of purity and innocence, regardless of gender. Of course, your mileage may vary.

Silver is also the color most associated with the moon, for obvious reasons.  And since the moon is most often thought of as female, you'll usually see references to the moon alongside references to many goddesses.  Women and the moon are often seen the same way:  mysterious, graceful, and containing a darkness that is calculated and cunning.  Women are intimately connected with the moon in more physical ways, as well, both running on nearly the same monthly cycle.

As mentioned above, the color silver is commonly associated with traits that are usually thought of as feminine, and "understanding" is a good umbrella term for stuff relating to empathy and compassion for others.  If you've got a loved one in your life that drives you crazy, silver can help you get past the anger and slide into "understanding" territory.  It's easier to deal with people problems when there's an understanding of *why* that person does what they do.  If you're into the idea of using colors to help ease your path through life, and that crazy-driving loved one is something you can relate to, try using silver to help you chase away the anger that can cloud your judgement and influence your actions.  If you have photos of that loved one, put them in silver frames or border them with silver ribbons.  Pick a silver charm, pendant, bracelet or ring, sit quietly with it for awhile, thinking calmly through your emotions and making an attempt to figure out why the person might be acting the way they are, and make it a gift to that person.  Any little bit helps.

Silver is also the color of connection.  We live in a world where we are becoming more and more isolated from eachother, and the sad thing is, we're doing this to ourselves, choosing to sit in a darkened room in front of a screen, cloaked in anonymity,  rather than putting ourselves out there emotionally in front of others.  If you have this problem, you can use the bright, shiny motivation of silver to help yourself make that leap.  Choose a favorite silver item that's small enough to carry around with you, and squeeze it for confidence when you find yourself shrinking away from connecting in a real way with other people.  And I don't mean to use this as a way to meet new people, I mean use it as a way to connect on a real, open level with people already entrenched in your life, people you may be keeping at arm's length.  Picture yourself and the people in your life wound together by a silver thread, and try to let that image guide you to living in a less emotionally isolated way.

Think of silver like a bead of mercury:  smooth, shiny, heavy...calmly sliding with only a small amount of movement.  Beads of mercury join together seamlessly, with no resistance, and create a larger whole.  Being more at one with the feminine aspects of the universe....empathy, understanding, connection....can only help us as humans, I would think.  I mean, not to get all new-agey and hippie-dippie on you guys, but.....well, actually I guess I did get all new-agey and hippie-dippie there, didn't I?


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nope. Wrong.

The other deck I forgot to review before my huge hiatus:  The Anne Stokes Gothic Tarot.

King of Cups

Knave of Swords


The Magician?

Anne Stokes' work is all over the place.  And I mean ALL over the place.  Hell, a bunch of the images from this deck adorn decorative tiles that can be bought at the vendor fair in one of my local restaurants, a place that is frequented by mostly senior citizens and the after-church crowd.  That is not a dig, by the way.  I eat there a lot.  I'm just saying, Anne Stokes has managed to get her work out there into the smallest, most out-the-way corners of Middle-Of-Nowheresville.  No surprise, then, that this deck is basically a re-hash of all her most popular images, not unlike the Royo Dark Tarot or Tarot Favole by Victoria Frances.  Most of the images don't have much to do with the card meanings, but whatever, because really, how awesome are the images?  Stokes' work is very polished and, even....goth for the mainstream...but I have to admit, I still really like a lot of it.

There's pretty much only one thing about this deck that dumps it squarely into my "Decks I Collect For The Art But Would Never Actually Use" category, and that would be the Magician card.  If this were the first time I'd seen this, I'd be like "Hmm...they got that wrong", but I've seen it many times, and I seriously don't get it.  Public service message for tarot deck publishers:

The Magician is male.  Always.  Never female.  Male.  A guy.  The Magician should always be a guy.

Whew.  Feels good to get that out of my system.  But seriously, the core meaning of the Magician card has to do with all things testosterone-addled and manly.  That red-winged faerie up there is super cool looking, but the absolute opposite of what the card's supposed to represent.

So, anyway, yeah.  Buy this deck for the art, but use a real deck for readings.


Monday, March 24, 2014

I Tarocchi Classici

I'm back!  It's only been, what, two years?  I'm actually really surprised everything's still here and the format of Blogger seems to be pretty much the same as I left it.  I'd like to start posting regularly again, but we'll see how that works out, since my whole life has been completely flipped over and turned around since the last time I was here.  I've got a household and a family to look after these days.  I'll do my best, though.  We're settled now and things have quieted down, so it shouldn't be too hard.

Anyway!  We'll start with a tarot deck review, since I recently re-discovered some decks in my collection that I never posted about.  Here's what Lo Scarabeo refers to as "The Classic Tarot" or "I Tarocchi Classici":

The Empress

The Star

The Sun

Two Of Cups

You really can't go wrong with this deck, seriously.  The Classic Tarot is perfect for times when you want to feel all old-world and archaic while doing readings.  I'm not even going to complain about the unillustrated pips, which is usually a grinding pet peeve of mine, because they're so awesome looking, as you can see by the example of the two of cups above.  This deck is also really great for situations where you're going to be leaving cards laying out for awhile.  Ancient-looking images, numerous foreign languages, simple, sort of primitive color scheme....makes them nice and mysterious without being too dark for the average person's comfort.

The cards themselves are nice and sturdy.  They were obviously meant to be used.  This is one of those decks that you just know has become the go-to for many readers, especially people who enjoy the historical feel of the whole thing.  Once you shuffle the hell out of them, pick them up off the table by the corners a hundred times, and drag them around with you everywhere you go for awhile, you know the images in this deck are going to jive perfectly with the weathered look the cards are going to get.  I know it should be more about the feeling and meaning than the aesthetics, but sometimes....well, we can let it be about the aesthetics SOMEtimes, can't we?

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