Ellis Tarot (self-published, 2013), has been around for a couple of years and I can hardly believe I only just found it! It's reminiscent of the Tarot of the Silicon Dawn, but in a more standard format: no extra cards or suits. Created by Taylor Ellis, my copy is the Third Edition, just released.
Situation: Eight of Swords
card is one I sometimes look to when deciding whether to get a deck.
And had I seen this version I would definitely have been persuaded! The
woman standing wrapped in spider's silk, with spider-handled swords
lined up in front of her, seems strangely happy despite her bonds. It
looks almost as though she's playing cat's cradle with the spiderweb
wrapped around her hands.
This suggests two things to me.
Firstly, it's a reminder that these bonds are normally our own
creations, no matter how restrictive or unbreakable they may seem.
Secondly, that we can still find joy and some space for playing even
when we are bound by thoughts and expectations.
I create the rod for my own back when it comes to my Little One. At
ten months old, not many babies are still partially breastfed, despite
the World Health Organisation recommendations and the many scientific
studies that show it reduces allergies and asthma, and improves overall
health and IQ. That he won't go to bed at night without me has less/no
positives, and is clearly my own fault, but I believe he'll grow out of
it (though I wish he'd hurry up about it!) Yet, I can still find some
space for myself, and to enjoy life, if I try!
Don't: Ten of Rods
Somehow, I see this figure as a type of centaur. However, I'm not sure whose the tail is....
The message not to take on too much is one I'm heading. Already, I'm trying to reduce some of my commitments, and have turned down three meetings this week (two work, one social). We're throwing Big Boy a birthday party at the weekend, for the first time (his birthday is at an awkward time, and with his special needs a party is rather more complicated than normal). And my Dear One has an operation on Thursday, which will leave him partially incapacitated for a couple of weeks. So, I figure I have more than enough on my plate already.
Do: Page of Pentacles
The boar gives me a feeling of strength and determination, and the figure seems likewise very earthy and grounded in her apparel, despite the alien appearance of her face.
A reminder here to focus on the physical this week. I always work out, but haven't done any yoga for over a month because of my sinusitis following the flu (made downward dog very painful). Perhaps it's time to go back to that practice...
For journal prompts based on these cards, click here.