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This blog describes my journey with the tarot. Here you can find articles, spreads, deck reviews, tarot fiction, practice readings, exercises or get readings (see tabs above).

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Montag, 27. Februar 2012

Musings on my muses...

Housewives Tarot - A Domestic Divination Kit by Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum, Quirk Books.

I just found a "Three Muses" spread here and wanted to give it a try. I'll be using the Housewives again. 

Here goes...

1) You - The Emperor 
2) The Idea - Knight of Swords
3) The block - Knight of Pentacles
4,5,6) The three muses that can help you get back on track. - Nine of Wands, The Chariot, Eight of Wands

The Emperor - This deck really doesn't bother with being polite methinks. The Emperor card in this deck totally looks like Louis de Funès in this film scene. Also his body is made up only of staple foods with a long shelf-life. So in short, he's a bit of a Nazi, opts for the quick fix instead of something fresh and just isn't too original. Not what you would like to hear about yourself as a writer. But then again I suppose the bitter truth is...it is me. I am holding on to my old ideas too much, I'm a total Nazi about grammar, choice of words, perspective, research on details...so I keep losing myself in editing, researching things like "would it have been possible to cross over to Worm's Head in Rhossili at a particular time of day on a particular date" instead of just giving a f*** about it and having my character cross over there anyway. I mean...who is going to notice if indeed it would not have been possible at that time of day? On the positive side, the Emperor here can rely on a solid basis and good structure - he won't starve but he won't be able to make the most interesting of meals. So on the bright side, I do have the necessary skills and know how to structure my stories, I'll just have to add a little more freshness, improvisation, spice...that sort of thing. 

2) Knight of Swords - A Marlon Brando type on a motorcycle wielding a razor blade. The project I'm totally stuck on literally has something to do with a knight. And he's being a bit of a rebel without a cause at the moment as his quest - the way I intended it, just doesn't work out. There are two girls in the background making googly eyes at the Knight on his motorcycle, so I suppose my main characters are at least lovable. It's more the plot that's the problem. 

3) Knight of Pentacles - What is the block? Someone mowing the lawn. So surely everyday life and my daily chores get in the way a lot but it also means that I've been allowing grass to grow over my initial idea. I have to cut what's grown too long and let it grow back from the root. I just know I'll have to say goodbye to a few things I had originally intended and planned. I got that in a reading I received in an exchange on Aeclectic Tarot, too. 

4,5,6) Nine of Wands seems to tell me to be prepared for all eventualities - wearing my little black dress even when I'm cleaning and using a ladder to reach spots I haven't before with my brooms and mops. That means, I should start thinking outside the box and expect success. The Chariot tells me there is no gain without risk - it says so on the tins one of the women on the card has just bought, so I need to be a bit more daring and Eight of Wands tells me to mount my broom and fly. All in all I need to be a bit more daring and innovative and faster, stop editing, write more, get back to it later to do the fine tuning but get moving. I suppose those are all great tips and I'll try to do that. :)

So far I have to say I like the Housewives better than I thought. They are refreshingly concise and clear - at least that's my impression so far.

Sonntag, 26. Februar 2012

Getting to know the Housewives

Housewives Tarot - A Domestic Divination Kit by Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum, Quirk Books.

Today I'm going to have a closer look at the Housewives Tarot. As much as I like the New Deck Interviews I found on Aeclectic Tarot, I thought I should perhaps invent my own as it could help me to work with my own questions.

Here goes. I'll ask the Housewives the following questions :

1) What adjective do you think describes you best?
2) What will you help me with?
3) What would you rather not be bothered with?
4) What lesson can you teach me?
5) Your message for me?
6) What would you like to ask me?

I'll add a photo tomorrow. Right now I'm in the bedroom and the camera is downstairs. So I'll take a picture tomorrow.

1) Eight of Swords - "limited"
2) Knight of Swords - I'll help you cutting to the chase, giving clear-cut, no nonsense answers and I won't bother sugar coating things for you.
3) King of Pentacles - I don't like to answer job-related questions or anything that concerns finances.
4) Four of Cups - I can teach you where to draw a line and when it becomes "too much". Don't expect me to lose myself in details and ramblings. I'm concise.
5) Six of Swords and Queen of Pentacles jumper - Sometimes it is necessary to walk a path that does not look inviting or particularly risk-free in order to take care of the ones you love.
6) Queen of Wands - When are you going to get up and get started, huh?

What an opinionated yet fun and very straight-forward deck. I found this very surprising. I wouldn't have expected this deck to be so direct and in your face. But there you go. 

As for the question the deck asked...I know what you're referring to and I'm going to start tomorrow. I promise. 

Blogger's block...

Sorry everyone! It's been quite a while without any entries here but things have been pretty chaotic here as at least one of us was always ill. Me, my hubby, the baby, my dad, me, the baby again, my mother, right now it's the baby again. I just about had it. So I didn't get round to writing anything much. Not my book projects, not my blogs...but there you go. Life happens. :) 

Inspired by Cat's blog I decided to use the random generator to see which decks he would suggest from my (growing) collection that I should spend some time with and it came up with

Druidcraft Tarot
Rider Waite Coleman Smith (how novel!)
Housewives Tarot

As I have worked a lot with both the RWCS and the Druidcraft the choice was easy. So during the following week I'll do some readings with the Housewives Tarot (starting with a New Deck interview) and then I'll give you my opinion on the deck. So bear with me. It might take some time as the baby has been running a fever and was super clingy. I don't know how much time I'll have to blog. Tuesday I have a dentist's appointment (again! meh!) and I'm treating myself to having my nails done on Wednesday. We'll just see. I'll do my very best. 

Mittwoch, 1. Februar 2012