Welcome to another Tarot Blog Hop, where bloggers from all around the globe post different views of the same subject at the same time. You can navigate your way around with the links at the top and bottom of this post.
This time around, our subject is oracular anomalies: those cards or decks that surprise us, and what we have learnt from them. The most anomalous of tarots I have is definitely the Tarot of the Silicon Dawn (Lo Scarabeo, 2011), and so I thought I'd create a spread based on that deck and its anomalies.
Firstly, the elemental associations for the suits of Wands and Pentacles are swapped, as are the cards' content. For instance, the Three of Wands is titled Work. Secondly, each traditional suit has an additional card, the 99, where the suit's energy is taken to a ridiculous extreme. Thirdly, there is an extra suit, titled Void, with black cards where an image can only be seen in the light reflecting off varnish. Fourthly, there are nine extra Majors, mostly variations such as five Fools, as well as a couple of other extra spiral cards.
1a) Where in my life are my assumptions challenged?
1b) What can I learn from this challenge?
2a) Where in my life are things being taken to an extreme?
2b) What can I learn from this extreme?
3a)What in my life is hidden or disguised?
3b) What can I learn from this?
4a) Where in my life do I have extra options?
4b) What can I learn from these options?
I decided to draw cards from the deck that inspired this spread, but it could equally be used with a non-anomalous oracle. Try saying that five times fast! :D
|99 of Wands and White Spiral|
Straight off, some of the extra cards in this deck come out to play, with a card from that anomalous, earthy suit of Wands. The 99 of Wands is the extreme of earthiness, to the point where we have multiple earths as the planets themselves spawn.
What I see here is my assumptions around having children, how each child really is a world unto themselves. Of course, I expected differences between my children, one severely disabled, the other "normal". However, I'm finding the reality still challenges me. My normal baby is both so incredibly much easier, and yet in other ways very hard. I didn't realise how much both of those would be true!
I expected him to be easier, but sometimes it's the really small things that catch me unawares - how easy it is to dress him, as his limbs aren't stiff. And while I know every child has their own challenges, I often feel like a first-time mother, struggling with things like getting him to eat...
What I can learn from this is the White Spiral. This card doesn't even have a description in the otherwise very fulsome book included in this Lo Scarabeo kit. And you can't see the spiral on the scan, but it is there :) One of the last readings I did with this deck a couple of years ago was about my disabled son, and I received the Black Spiral as a reminder that things would never be simple and clear with him (still very true, after an emergency hospital visit not two weeks back). The White Spiral here feels like the reverse of a black hole, and speaks of the joyful expansion of our family, and of my heart, through having both these children. While neither is easy, they are both so full of potential, and they both melt my heart with their smiles. It may not be easy, but this card reminds me the difficulties are worth it!
|9 of Swords and 5 of Cups|
Ha ha ha, okay, as the mother of a ten-month old baby who is teething and still breastfeeding, there is definitely extreme sleeplessness in my life! And I'm probably stabbed in the back, in that regard, by my own ideas about good parenting.
As for the lesson to learn, one day I will be sad when these times, sleepless as they are, are over and my mother's milk has run dry. Enjoy it while it lasts, exhaustion and all!
|Chevalier of Wands and 99 of Swords|
Funny that this guy is actually wearing camouflage, blending into his surroundings. And while he seems tuned into his environment, I wonder how much he understands of himself? What is disguised from me is how much I am this character.
The Knight of Earth is generally a steadfast type, with plenty of stick-to-it-ness. Not dashing or exciting, more plodding and reliable. And really, a huge part of my life is like that. There's my part-time day job, with lots of filing, accounting, legal documents, and a sense of making little difference to the outcome of anything. Then there's my home life: making meals for the family, doing laundry by the ton, changing nappies (diapers for my American friends), wiping runny noses, preparing medicines (both boys were sick last week). My elder son, in particular, with his complex health issues and severe disabilities, requires constant care.
And so the lesson becomes clear: I hide from myself just how much this Knight's strengths are called for in my life, because otherwise I would feel totally overwhelmed. Like the little girl facing that barrage of missiles, it's easier to focus on my red balloon, those things I do which feel exciting and fun. The Tarot and Lenormand parts of my life, and the times when I play with my boys and see their smiles.
|5 of Pentacles and Page of Cups|
4a+b) Extra options and lesson: 5 of Pentacles (Wands) and Page of Cups
This Five of Pentacles image is confusing at first: it looks like a traditional Five of Pents with people outside the succour of a church, because of the shape of the doorway. Looking closer, though, it's more Five of Wands-ish, with the woman in the foreground trying to escape the argument going on behind her. So, when other people are fighting, I have the option to join in, to escape, or perhaps to find another solution. Maybe I can try to think outside the box!
The lesson from the Page of Cups is that listening to my emotions will help me decide which way to go. And her openness to seeing the world as a glass half full will help me stay hopeful. After all, it's only from a place of hope that we can see possibilities opening up.
This reading reminded me just how much I like this anomalous deck. Its quirks make me stop and think, and I also enjoyed the spread it inspired. Anomalies offer us a whole new vista, challenging us to see things we don't always look at. Thank you, Karen, for this excellent topic!
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