Friday, August 12, 2005

Tarot of Prague


i recently acquired a new tarot deck - the Tarot of Prague, a modern deck created by Karen Mahoney and Alex Ukolov, who run baba studio in Prague. The card images are photographic collages of the city's artwork - painting, sculpture, mural, mosaic and architecture - spanning seven centuries. It is the most visually stunning deck i've worked with in the 10 years or so i've been reading tarot. Each picture appears lit from within. There's an element of fantasy, but because the figures and backgrounds are actual photographs, it is so obviously grounded in reality, too - making the images seem not so much fantastical as archetypal.

For those who want to know more about tarot in general, and to view hundreds of decks, visit this excellent, informative website.

Personally, i do not use tarot for divination. Rather, i see it as a meditation tool, a means of focusing attention. Each morning, i draw a card for the day - trying to be open to whatever insight it may offer. Because the tarot is very much about archetypes and psycho-spiritual development, there is always something! Today i drew the Queen of Cups (pictured at left - sorry for the blurry photo!). She is the embodiment of sense and sensibility - the balance between intellect and emotion. She feels her own emotions and allows others to feel theirs; she is skilled at intuitive understanding and deepening interpersonal relationships. Traditionally, when one does a larger spread - a tarot reading - the seeker chooses a card to represent him- or herself - usually one of the court cards. i identify strongly with the Queen of Cups and always choose her to represent me. So having her show up as the card of the day is both reassuring and challenging. i'm facing some difficult situations at work right now, revolving around two of my co-workers leaving. There is so much potential for hard feelings and abandonment issues, particularly as, in a small office, any change in personnel means more work - even temporarily - for those who stay. i seem to be the one lately that everyone wants to talk to about the situation. This card is reminding me that i need to pay attention to my own feelings and how they might affect others - and pay attention to how others' feelings are affecting me. Each one of us truly has the capacity to offer blessing or curse to each other; i want my actions and interactions to be helpful - part of the solution, not part of the problem.

8 Comments:

Blogger Bela said...

What I know about Tarot would fit on the end of a pin. LOL! It is fascinating, though. What card would represent me, I wonder.

I used to be someone people confided in too. It can be a burden. You're a naturally insightful person anyway, D.

That tarot deck sounds lovely. :-)

9:34 PM  
Blogger red-queen said...

Thank you, J! What's your astrological sign - Taurus? you would probably identify with the Queen of Pentacles - the lady of practical magic :>) Her intelligence is the grounded, sensible kind; she represents diligence and hard work, and their results - abundance and generosity. Quite a loving, trustworthy figure - i'll post a pic of her from this tarot just for you - she's lovely!

10:11 PM  
Blogger katiedid said...

I do think many Tarot cards are gorgeous, and contain so much symbolic imagery we are already culturally familiar with in the West. I'm entirely too irreverant to pay heed to much of anything in that vein, though. But I sure can admire purty artwork.

10:55 PM  
Blogger Bela said...

Oooh, I look forward to seeing it, D. Grounded sounds right, and diligence and trustworthy. Not sure about the other bits, especially generosity, LOL!

7:51 AM  
Blogger ParisLondres said...

Fascinating! I have never played.
Do you know what it maybe for me?

xoxo

2:58 AM  
Blogger Atreau said...

There is so much beauty in the different decks of tarot cards. I've never used them myself but have a miniature deck somewhere.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

That's weird. I am getting interested in tarot myself. I just happened upon the website you linked to this morning before I saw this! :-)

8:55 AM  
Blogger red-queen said...

thanks for visiting, kate! you have an awesome blog - i saw the link to the Bioneers Conference and knew i'd found a kindred spirit.

(and i thought my family were the only weirdos who said, 'a fungus among us'. hee!)

9:57 AM  

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