Monday, 19 January 2015

Gorgon's Tarot Reading

Beth of Little Red Tarot turned me on to this deck, created by a fellow Londoner, Delores Fitchie.  The Gorgon's Tarot (Schiffer, 2014) is a black-and-white, circular deck with touches of red on just two cards: the Devil and an extra card titled The Blind Gorgon.  The Gorgon is Delores herself, though I'm not sure where the nickname comes from...

Situation: XVIII - The Moon

A female figure stands in the sea, arms raised as though to draw down the moon.  Fishes swim around the sides of the card, emissaries of the depths.  They form a geometric pattern, and whether you see a dark or a light fish depends on how much/which part of the pattern you can see.  Similarly confusing, light pours down from the dark moon, in wavy, uneven lines.  Nothing is simple and straight!  How can anyone see clearly or trust their feelings under such circumstances?

A week of possible confusion, then, of emotions that may feel changeable and hard to grasp.  That makes a lot of sense, as we are waiting to hear about an emergency admission for my elder son.  Although it's a theoretically simple procedure, it is still stressful, and not knowing when it's going to happen doesn't help, either!

Don't: Two of Pentacles

A smiling woman in a simple, black one-piece sits on a column, with a pentacle balanced in each hand.  Unlike other depictions, these pentacles seem perfectly balanced, as does the woman, the fish leaping to either side of her, and the boats: one black with a white sail, the other white with a black sail.  Even the birds flying above are evenly spaced.  The only think that isn't in perfect balance is the cat in the foreground, and everyone knows cats are perfectly balanced within themselves, though contrary on the outside :D

As what not to do or expect, this card suggests to me that I not even try for balance under these circumstances, and certainly not expect simplicity!  I won't be able to balance work and family, I will have to just drop everything when the call comes through.  Still, that's why I decided not to go back to a regular work environment...

Do: Two of Swords

Here, the woman wears a dress with a complicated pattern of black and white diamonds.  She sits with her back to the waters behind her, and the two fish are in different postures and locations  The Moon above her has a calm face, with eyes wide and dark, while the woman's own eyes are bound.  She holds the two swords straight up, with her arms crossed over her heart.

This card speaks to me of sitting with uncertainty: holding different/opposing notions until that little voice of intuition, with the vision from the Moon, can make itself heard.  Sitting with not knowing, being in limbo, isn't easy.  Meditation can certainly help managing these situations, and although that's not an interpretation I normally see in this card, it makes sense here, both in terms of the image and the context.

To see jornal prompts based on these cards, click here.

8 comments:

  1. It is remarkable you have drawn these two two's. So you don;t have to try to juggle the practical matters for that is impossible in such a situation but you do can try to ease you mind (a bit)
    I know how excruciating waiting can be when a loved on is involved.
    wishing you lots of strength and patience

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    1. Thank you, Ellen! In the end, the wait hasn't been too long. After five phonecalls back and forth, they've confirmed he'll go into hospital tomorrow...
      Hugs, Chloë

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  2. Interesting that there are fish in all three cards, while one has a moon, one a sun and the other stars. Will you do a review of this deck?

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    1. Hi Bev, the fish thing was a semi-fluke - there are a lot of fish, but only six on non-cups cards, and I drew two of those six. Your comment made me go through the whole deck, checking out the wildlife :D And yes, there'll be a review up on Friday!

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  3. Nicely interpreted, and I'll be thinking of you, of course, during the stressful time when you're figuring out this situation and having to sit with uncertainty.

    I really like this deck. I love the black and white simplicity and the designs are simple but elegant. I have only used the online version, but don't have the print version. This is one I will probably buy, though!

    Lots of love,
    MM

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    1. Glad you liked the interpretation, MM, it certainly helped me :)

      As for the deck, it's kinda expensive, and the card stock annoys me (always does with Schiffer decks). If you do get it, make sure it's the second print run (I talk about that in the review on Friday).

      Lots of love,
      Cxx

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  4. I like how you've discussed the 2 of Swords - definitely along the "peace" connotation. If you can't balance the material world, you can at least work on balancing your mind and energy. I love it!

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    1. Thanks, Olivia! It was a supportive reading for me, accepting I can't balance the outer, but had darn well better try to balance the inner :D

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