Sunday, 7 September 2014

Full Moon in Pisces | Knight of Cups

In September, we celebrate the Full Moon in Pisces, or, as we prefer to refer to him here in Tarot Thrones Towers, The Knight of Cups.


Alexander Daniloff Tarot

The Moon, in Tarot, is associated with imagination, dreams, subconscious and illusions.  If there is one Knight who knows all about THAT stuff, it's the Knight of Cups.

The Knight of Cups is very much a Grail Knight to me, so expect to find yourself caught up in a new quest or challenge.  Yes, the Knight of Cups will have you all fired up and trotting off to fight for a cause - or at least taking part in the ice-bucket challenge.

But, like the ice bucket challenge - you might be getting involved in something that you don't really know a heck of a lot about.  Do your homework before you ride off into battle to make sure that you are not under any illusions about what you're doing!

The Knights represent polar opposites, so if he sees himself as a Righteous Warrior For The Cause it's likely that other people will see him as something entirely different - at worst he'll come across as an Evangelical Know It All (who really doesn't know terribly much and who hasn't got a huge amount of experience) and at best others will consider him a half-assed meddler, a romantic dilettante.

As Air of Water, we do have a lot of fizz in our Knightly chalice but, like fizz, the bubbles won't last terribly long, so if you spend too much time gazing at your cup, you'll find that you never actually DO anything other than day dream.

Air and Water can lead to quite a lot of turbulence - strong emotions, grand gestures.....but rooted in what kind of reality.  He's in love with the idea of love, not the nappy-changing, smelly reality of it all.

This is Petrarch and Laura - loads of adoring poetry, but not much in the way of an ACTUAL relationship.

If you are planning any new project or job that requires imagination and creativity he's very auspicious! However, don't get caught up in just dreaming about what you'll wear on the red carpet when you go to pick up your Best Actress Academy Award - you need to get your booty down to the community acting class first!

Don't be caught up in the dream, get out there on the Quest.  And when you're out there on the Quest, when you spot the Grail don't just sit in admiring silence - Go. For. It!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Blog Hop | Lammas | Queen of Pentacles

Welcome to Tarot Thrones - where the best Tarot card is always a Court card!

You may have hopped here from Joy's site or from Mary's site.  Or even just happened here by chance! It matters not a jot - you are very welcome!

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Our Tarot Blog hop wrangler, Joanna Ash from Sun Goddess Tarot set the Lammas challenge: write about the Queen of Pentacles.


Since my blog is alllllll about the Tarot's Court Cards, there was no WAY I was going to be left out of this particular round of the blog hop!

The suit of Pentacles is associated with our physical world - our health, our homes and our wealth.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Tarot in Art | Vanitas | Sebastien Bonnecroy

St James of Morrison once said, 'No one gets out of here alive,*' and he was quite right, of course.  Since 17th century Dutch painters didn't have The Doors as a reference point, they created Vanitas paintings - the purpose of which was to remind us, basically, that no one gets out of here alive.



This particular painting, attributed to Flanders-based French artist Sebastien Bonnecroy, features the usuals suspects - a hollow-eyed skull (to remind us of our mortality) surrounded by temporary things - the cupboard decorated by a skeleton holding an hour glass, the candle that burns down, the pipe that breaks, the clock that ticks out the hours of our lives (I actually typed 'cock'), and a whole load of other symbols that trumpet the painting's purpose:  YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.

Holding the thought that your end was looming at the end of any given sneeze... or pustulant boil, people would then gaze blearily upon their Vanitas paintings and rush out into the world to do good works and lead spiritual lives.  Also, infect people.

In this particular oil painting,  nestled in the middle of the arrangement of symbols is a set of Tarot cards.  The inclusion of Tarot cards may show the fleeting pleasure of gaming, alongside the fleeting pleasure of music (as shown by the musical instruments)...or does it indicate that by the time this painting was produced, 1663-ish people WERE using Tarot for divination and the exploration of our fates?



The painting was in auction at Christies in 2009 for an estimate of £10,000 - £15,000, but I'll be danged if I can see what it actually DID sell for.

What do you think - gaming or divination?!


* Five To One, Waiting for the Sun (1968)

Update - appears to have been sold for $58,941

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Prince George | Queen of Cups | King of Wands




You would need to be living beneath a rock not to realise that the Magnificently Coiffured Duchess of Cambridge and the slightly less magnificently styled Duke of Cambridge have had a BABY!!!! Yes, I know Prince George was born last July, but hey, I like to be UNPREDICTABLE and fashionably late to parties.

Of course,  I'm very pleased that the Little Prince is here, healthy and breaking hearts all over the world - he did an outstanding job in Australia - but I'm more interested in him from a purely Tarot Court Card point of view.

 Tragic and worryingly obsessive, I know.

Monday, 30 June 2014

How to interpret | The Page of Pentacles


From my earlier post on Pages, we know that they can stand for:


Small

Minor (as in relatively unimportant)

Playful

Inexperienced

Young

Child at heart

Curious

Childish