Sacred India Tarot (Yogi Impressions, 2011). This deck has colourful, detailed imagery, in what I think is a mix of pencils and water colours, or maybe water colour pencils. It uses sacred Indian myths and deities to illustrate tarot archetypes.
Body - The Emperor
This quadruple-headed deity, Brahma, not only creates and brings order to the world. He also has to take responsibility for the consequences, hence his need to see all around him. Yet, he keeps creating, and reminds the beings he has created that they, too, have free will. So, they must also take responsibility for their deeds.
Emperor suggests to me that I need to be a bit more structured this
week in my exercise and diet, and take responsibility for what I do. Makes sense, as being away at the weekend
I ate less healthily than normal. So, I'll try to plan meals ahead,
and perhaps workouts, too.
Mind - Queen of Pentacles
In this deck, the Queen of Pentacles is Hariti, a Queen with a superabundance of maternal and nurturing energy. She had such a desire to mother, that she went around stealing other women's children - yikes. For me, though, one
of the aspects of the Queen of Pentacles is that she puts her material
resources to good use, however great or small. I think of her making a nice meal from
leftovers, for instance. As a card for the mind, it speaks of our
thoughts around abundance, and using our resources strategically.
about how best to use the resources at my disposal fits well with the
Emperor's message. Once again, planning meals and shopping is
appropriate: I'd planned to set up an online shop for the week, but
didn't get around to it with all the craziness of travelling. So,
better do that today!
Spirit - Two of Pentacles
is a very unusual depiction for the Two of Pentacles! It looks more
like the Six of Pentacles, with the wealthy figure above and the paupers
below. It was chosen to show the "secluded youth" of Siddharta, the Buddha. His father wanted to keep him away from all knowledge of poverty, sickness and death. Yet, ultimately the Buddha turned away from this life of abundance and pleasure - finding a balance.
The companion book states that the insight of this card is: "Self-discipline and the ability to say "No!" are your best friends at this juncture." That certainly fits with the previous cards - finding the strength to say no to the temptations of sloth and gluttony, and to embrace a better balance physically, which will also bring a greater spiritual balance to my week...