Japaridze Tarot (US Games, 2014), when it arrived shortly before Christmas I was too busy and too ill to do it justice. Having seen it on quite a few other blogs, now, I decided I was ready.
Situation: Five of Winds (Swords)
rider in the foreground is riding away, not only from the city in the
distance, but also from the two other horsemen. The traditional idea of
humiliation or defeat can certainly be read here, though other
intuitive readings of the image are definitely possible. After all, he
could also be a scout, ranging ahead of his friends, or someone in need
of a bit of quiet time. Or he could be leaving a situation behind,
Eight of Cups style.
And perhaps a blend of those might be
useful to consider, this week. After all, defeat is a state of mind
rather than an absolute. When feeling that kind of let down, some of
those other readings may offer helpful suggestions. Can I find a
different perspective or something else to focus on? Would finding some
quiet time help me deal with my feelings? Do I just need to let this
Don't: Two of Winds (Swords)
phrase that comes to mind here is 'neither fish nor fowl'! This
creature has strange horns that look almost more like wings. At the
centre of those, a face divided in two. Beneath this monochrome
element, a body equally divided: half blue and yellow snake; half
jointed robot figure.
How can such a mish-mash creature ever
hope to wield its two tools in a united way? The message I get is to
stay clear and focused in one direction, rather than trying to please
everyone, to be 'all things to all people'. That rarely, if ever,
Do: Three of Gardens (Pentacles)
An artist at work
doesn't immediately scream teamwork to me. Yet, without the woman to
paint, without someone to commission or buy his work, perhaps without
another who makes the paints he uses, he would not survive.
reminder, then, that even in the midst of creative inspiration, when
seemingly alone, I should remember my interconnectedness. In the light
of the situation card, this acts as a prompt to find some time to feel
creative, and also to value the other people who make that possible.
Just as defeat is a state of mind, so too is feeling alone in it.
Giving thanks for the ways in which I am supported sounds like a very
good antidote to both :)
To read journal prompts based on these cards, please click on over to TABI.