Bonefire Tarot (Gabrielle West, 2013), and it's been quite a week. Overall, this deck is definitely one I'll be using for regular readings - it has an interesting twist on most cards, and plenty of symbolism to get your teeth into.
Take today's card, the Queen of Wands. At first glance, I don't like her all that much. Her face looks very hard, whereas I associate her with being dynamic and driven, but also sensual and kind. Her cat, too, looks a bit mean, whereas I love cats, seeing them as fiercely independent, but also fiercely loving. Yet, when I look at what she's wearing, and what is around her, this Queen does speak to me. She has a glittery, orange dress on, colour of the second chakra, associated with sexuality. She has a sunflower on her top hat - a symbol of reaching for the sun, as well as bucking tradition, giving her a bit of a Greta Garbo feel. Behind her, a volcano is exploding - plenty of fire and ability to bring change and new growth here.
Rather surprisingly, she has a flaming tattoo of two fish on her arm - mixing Piscean symbolism with the fire of transformation. I wouldn't generally associate this Queen with the sign of Pisces, and when I checked with a blogger whose astrological knowledge I respect (Alison of Alison's Alembic), she associates the Knight of Cups to Pisces. Still, Pisces and Aries (which I associate with this Queen) do sit next to one another, so maybe it's one of those Golden Dawn decanate things...
That Greta Garbo association feels rather apropos today. I mentioned a while back that I wasn't sure what to do in terms of blogging and maternity, but I've now come to a decision. I'm going to withdraw a little: not as dramatically as Garbo did, but then, I'm not a famous movie star :D So, some decisive change that will hopefully bring growth potential for me personally, and for this blog. Recently, I haven't had time to answer comments, or to read other people's posts, and feel like I've barely been managing to post myself - not conducive to feeling creative or relaxed!
My plan is to drop to two posts a week, on Mondays and Fridays. If the spirit moves me, I might post something on a Wednesday, too, we'll see. And if there is no post on a Monday or Friday, odds are good that I've gone into labour, so wish me luck!
I am grateful for over three years of daily posts.