Saturday, 29 December 2012

Pure Justice

©Choi & Shina
This week, it's back to tarot, with the Dreaming Way Tarot by Rome Choi and Kwon Shina (U.S. Games, 2012). 

When I first went through this deck, this card grabbed me straight away.  So, I was glad to see it pop up in my very first draw ;)

A young woman with long, dark hair stands in a pouffy-sleeved white shift dress.  Her bare legs, with knock knees, show beneath the hem.  In one hand she grasps the blade of a sword, just below the hilt, while in the other, twisted upward, she holds a scales.  Her eyes are bound with a white ribbon, under which blue make-up seems to leak, and her lips are also painted blue. 

What is it about this image that I find so intriguing?  I think part of it is the juxtaposition of this innocent-seeming girl with the idea of justice - bringing purity to the weighing up of all that has been.  There is also something about the way she holds the sword - not ready to strike with it, but rather holding it as though making a pledge, taking an oath to see justice done.  She seems less wise, less Goddess-like, than many traditional Justice depictions.  Yet, for all that, innocence may also be a good quality to look for in justice, a willingness to look for the best in any situation.

I haven't done anything on my 2013 workbook this week, between all of us being ill, and having people round, as well as Big Boy being off school.  Still, today I would like to take some time to weigh up the past and decide what I want for the future.

I am grateful for some time to assess where I've been, and think about where I want to go.

20 comments:

  1. Oh you're doing the Girls in Knee Socks Tarot this week! ;)

    I decided not to get the Sacred Journey Journal this year because for some reason they've not only stopped using recycled materials for it, they've put actual birchwood covers on it! Why? Why? So I am going to order this Leonie Dawson thingy and see how I go with that. :) Maybe we could compare notes a bit as we go.

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    1. LOL, Carla, great nickname for it ;)

      Maybe you could print out the planner at work... Would love to compare notes, though I've still done nothing today *doh*

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    2. Yes, I'm planning to print at work. Might look into having it printed and bound with a ring binder in a local shop... :) Just looked through the pages today, very exciting stuff there. A lot like the Sacred Journey Journal, but a bit less 'serious'. Wow, that Leonie is on FIRE with enthusiasm isn't she! I feel like a need a lie-down after all those exclamation points. ;)

      Really looking forward to seeing you work with the GIKS Tarot this week. :D

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    3. HAHAHAHAHAHA GIKS Tarot cracks me up. There's a great interview somewhere with Rome Choi about why the kneesocks. It's a sexual thing in Korea apparently. :|

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    4. Ooh, Carla, professional binding might look really nice! I just printed mine and put it in a regular ring binder. And yes, Leonie is definitely enthusiastic ;) I like her quirky sayings, too :D

      Hiya, Arwen! I don't think knee socks as a sexual thing is exclusive to Korea - plenty of that kind of thing in soft/porn, or even the good old British tradition of St. Trinians ;)

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  2. awesome - strongly considering getting this deck in the near future, so yay for getting your take ;]

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    1. Well, I definitely think it has a certain charm... hope you find the rest of the week's posts useful in deciding :)

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  3. Interesting card. I like the fact that she seems like a normal person, rather than the usual Goddess types. Nice interpretation too. Fits with it being the end of the year.

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    1. Funny, I don't really see her as a normal person, either. Like Carla says, there's that Girls in Knee Socks cutesy edge to it... Still, she's definitely different :)

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  4. I really like this card and what you wrote about it! Now I have to go look at the whole deck...

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  5. I adore this deck. I didn't expect to. I've used it as a reading deck with clients as well as my Tarotscopes. It has a strong sense of what's right and can be a bit pointed in the delivery of said opinion. (Yes I anthromorphize my decks. :D )

    Really enjoyed your delving into this. It strikes me how her hand is bent holding the scale. That can't be comfortable but she has a job so she does it.

    The scarf and coloring make me think of Kabuki for some reason. Off to research Korean theater. :D Or is that theatre? hee!

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    1. Well that was fun. Talchum is the mask dance theatre of Korea.

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    2. Definitely theatre ;D

      Yes, I remember you blogging with it a couple of times, it was one of the things that persuaded me to get it ;) And I agree about her hand, though you've got to wonder why she has to do that? Well, I've got to wonder it, anyway!

      Ha, now I'm going to have to go look up Talchum...

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  6. I'm not sure if this deck is for me but it's fashionable and charming, which has its place.

    I think your first goal for 2013 should be 'read more trashy novels'....why not? :D

    Haha. Don't put too much pressure on yourself to finish the workbook!

    I do admit I feel lighter after having done it.

    Can't quite explain it. I'm sure it's purely psychological. Well, obviously it is, but usually I'm rather unfocused before the new year.

    You could do a 2013 tarot spread first to get the juices flowing!

    XOXO,
    MM

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    1. Hmm, I definitely think there's room for "read more trashy novels" somewhere in there - good call MM :D

      Glad to hear you've done your goals for 2013 *majorly impressed face* And doing a 2013 spread is definitely on the cards ;) A good friend is coming over for New Year, and will bring decks (not that I don't have enough here, but you know what I mean).

      Wishing you a focused, fabulous 2013!
      Cxxx

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    2. Lol. No. No. I haven't done the 2013 goals yet! I have only done the questions for 2012 part. So don't be too impressed! Plus I'm not nearly as busy as you are.

      Hope you and your pal will have a lovely new year tarot time.

      Lotsa hugs,
      MM

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    3. Hi MM,

      Don't put down how much stuff you have going on - I know how much work is involved with your daughter! And doing the 2012 bit before the year is out is still pretty good going :)

      How about you, what are your NYE plans?

      Lotsa hugs,
      Chloë

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    4. Ah,thank you. Yes I am glad that I did it. I was worried that I would wimp out and not do the 2012 thing or anything else, but I've found it very focusing and helpful, so thanks again!

      I actually don't have any specific plans. My husband gets that day off which is nice, so we'll hang out as a family and maybe toast (early...not keeping my daughter up that late) and then hang out after she's asleep. I haven't done anything specifically new yearsy for a long time. Maybe one day I'll plan something elaborate. Maybe I should do something ritualistic? :)

      Hugs,
      MM

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    5. I used to love New Year in Spain. Hmm, maybe I'll write about that for tomorrow's post... ;) Hope you have fun, whatever you decide to do!
      Hugs,
      Cxx

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