In de Engelstalige documentaire ‘Decoding The Past – Secrets of the Playing Cards‘ (1) wordt zeer uitvoerig ingegaan op de oorsprong van speelkaarten en hoe ze in Europa werden verspreid. Vanaf minuut 18 is er […]
Momenteel werk ik aan een tarotproject en verdiep ik me nog intenser dan anders in de symboliek van de Waite tarot. De toren stelt het einde van een donkere periode voor of zoals Waite het zegt : ‘ Het einde van het pad van de donkere nacht van de ziel.’
Het gedicht hieronder (uit de 16de eeuw) inspireerde Waite en vele andere mystici tijdens hun zoektocht naar het ervaren van éénheid met God.
The Dark Night of the Soul
St John Of the Cross
Karen Mahony is no stranger in the world of tarot. She is a designer of tarot decks,
a creative person with many skills and a popular speaker at meetings tarot.
Together with her partner Alex she founded Baba Studio in 2002.
Especially for Tarot Cirkel, Karen answered a few questions.
How did tarot came in to your life?
The first time I ever heard of card reading was in a small town on the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland where two card readers had small wooden booths set up right on the rocks by a scenic cliffside walk. One of them was considered a charlatan, the other a true mage. As a small child (I must have been about seven at the time) I found the discussions about fortune telling fascinating and a little alarming! I didn’t begin using the cards seriously myself for many years after that.
What attracts you (the most) in tarot?
The Waste Land
door T.S. Eliot
The blog before me is the Ace of Stars Tarot by Shonna Hill
The theme of this Tarot Blog Hop, celebrating Ostara 2013 is
Dancing Between Light and Darkness
I wot that I hanged on the windy tree
nights all nine,
wounded by a spear and given to Óðen,
myself to myself,
on that tree,
of which no one knows from what roots it rises.
Odin, the mighty Norwegian god, All-Father to the whole of creation, divine and human. In the minds of many people today, the most popular image of Odin is that of a god of battle and of death. However traditionally he was also, if not more, linked to knowledge.
Among his gifts to us was the greatest of all: the gift of writing. Like the Egyptian god Thoth he is therefore also the god of magic.
To accomplish this, Odin self-sacrificed himself by hanging himself upside down in the World Tree, the gigantic ash Yggdrasil. He reached for the runes under him and obtaining them he fell out of the tree.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Studying the occult without stumbling on Crowley is almost impossible.
He left a distinguished mark on spirituality and the occult as we experience it today.
Even if many don’t realize by far, his spiritual legacy is all around.
Words are somewhat insufficient to introduce to you this self called greatest magician of the 20th century. Let me quote the quote Stephen J. King used in his article contribution in Nightmare Paintings :