Monday, 25 August 2014

Penny Dreadful Tarot Reading

This week's deck comes from the Showtime store, and is a deck created for the TV series of the same name: Penny Dreadful.  I had never seen the show, but when I heard there was a deck to match, I decided to check it out.  The series seems to be a horror show of sorts set in Victorian London.  As for the deck, it is in a brash purple, with quite minimalist artwork.  For more details, check back on Friday!

Situation - The Hanged Man

An androgynous figure dangles upside down from the tentacles of a giant squid (or is it an octopus?)  Is the squid rescuing them from the depths, or dangling them there until they are ready (to be eaten, perhaps)?  Either way, there seems little the person can do.

Don't - Two of Cups

A hooded, cloaked figure stands with water pouring to either side of them from two cups.  In this deck, the pips have the same main element, with just added suit objects.  So, all the cups pips show this cloaked figure, with more and more cups pouring around them.  This really doesn't speak to me of partnership, or seeing eye-to-eye.  Far more, it might indicate a situation where we have emotion coming from two different directions.  That could indicate a relationship, I suppose, and one where both people involved are willing to express their emotions...  As what not to do, it suggests not getting into messy emotional territory.

Do - Knight of Cups

The Courts in this deck are quite well drawn, with simple lines and clear symbolism.  This Knight's steed steps forward elegantly, his cup raised high, yet the man's head is somewhat bowed.  While he is clear about his feelings, he knows his may not always be the easiest path to follow.
The weekend certainly felt pretty Hanged Man - waiting and more waiting in hospital with my elder son, unable to help him other than to be there for him.  Everything went smoothly, though, and he's home now, albeit still in need of some recuperation.  Perhaps, then, it speaks more to the fact that I've been somewhat powerless to do things that need doing, and that I want to do. 

For one thing, U.S. Games have sent through the final proofs for the box, card backs and companion book for the Celtic Lenormand (yes, I did a little happy dance!)  That's definitely high on my list of priorities, but may take a little while.  Then, there are other less exciting tasks: some legal documents to work on, accounts and other paperwork.  Yet, making sure my son heals well takes higher priority, and with school still out, on top of a Bank Holiday, well, I'll get to things when I can.

As for the other two cards, they remind me that my Dear One is going away for a few days.  I know he needs the break, and so supporting him to go becomes a loving gift, Knight of Cups style.  Still, I'll miss his presence, and our mutual flow of emotions. 

14 comments:

  1. So happy to hear everything went well in the hospital and do hope BB will recover soon. Do you have some help with the kids when your DH is going away?
    Yeah for the Celtic Lenormand !!! That must have been great news for you (and for all of us who are eagerly waiting)

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    1. Thanks, Ellen. BB is sitting watching TV, which suits the rainy weather, too :) And yes, I have help organised while my DH is away!
      I was very excited about the Celtic Lenormand proofs. There are just a couple of minor changes needed, so far. They say it'll take 3-4 months from the okay, so I'm hoping it'll be out for Christmas :D

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    2. I am so happy for you!! You deserve it my friend :D
      hugs

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  2. I am also glad to hear that your son is recovering in front of the TV.

    I was watching a bit of this and that about Penny Dreadful and the tarot on my Twitter feed a while back from Reeve Carney. This deck looks less interesting than I had hoped though, I must admit. I look forward to seeing more in your overview.

    Yay to the CL proofs and hope you get it out there for Christmas :)

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    1. Well, I think I'll be running a giveaway on an unopened copy come Friday - I bought one for a friend, but on seeing it knew she wouldn't like it. Hopefully, someone will enjoy it, even if it isn't a great deck :)
      It's so wonderful looking through the proofs - it all looks so professional :D

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    2. It 'is' all so professional. I am so pleased with your successes, Chloe. You work so hard to achieve what you have. I really look forward to seeing it 'out there'. Will you be eventually teaching Lenormand again with your own set? This will open up even more doors for you, I feel.

      It is interesting but the 'similar' minors sounds disappointing. You'd think that with such simplistic drawings, it wouldn't have been so hard to create the whole deck. For me, they look very much like something you'd see on the 'back' of a deck, rather than the front, if that makes sense.

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    3. Hi Steve, yes, the similar minors really put a damper on this deck for me, as you can see in today's giveaway. And yes, I see that "backs" simplicity :)

      Yes, I will start teaching Lenormand courses again next year - I love teaching, and as you say it's also a good way to spread the word :)

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  3. So good to hear your son is recuperating, sending loads of healing juju your way. What an unusual Two of Cups this is? An intriguing deck.

    Oh the Celtic Lenormand is coming closer...yippeee! Such a special and magical deck....so many congratulations to you x

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    1. Thank you, Margo. All healing juju is very welcome. As fo the tarot, meh, it's one of my least favourite ever!

      And yes, the Celtic Lenormand looks like it'll be here by Christmas - yippeeee!

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  4. Glad all went well at the hospital. I watched Penny Dreadful and loved it, it's interesting to see the cards close up.

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    1. Well, if you're interested, Helen, I'm running a giveaway of an unopened deck: http://innerwhisperscouk.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/penny-dreadful-overview-giveaway.html

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  5. Hi Chloe! Me alegro muchísimo que todo haya salido bien, y que ya estén en casa. Voy a ir preparando la carta para Papá Noel (o sea Santa Claus)...para el Celtic Lenormand! :D Un beso gigante y las más brillantes Muchas Estrellas!!!!

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    1. Hola LM, no sé como se me pasó tu comentario. Muchas gracias, y como has sido muy buena, seguro que Papá Noel te escucha! :D Aunque puede que llega un poquitito tarde - enero me dicen :(

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