Musings on tarot, oracles and life
Thanks for this, Chloe, I enjoyed seeing the Happy Tarot but probably won't get it. The Moon Oracle is gorgeous... wouldn't mind getting one of those. Not sure I can remember what my first oracle deck was... I remember my first Tarot but nope, no clue what my first oracle deck was!! I loved hearing about your childhood... my grandmother used to read the coffee grounds too!
Ha ha ha, I'll 'fess up, Lisa. I'm not entirely sure the Moon Oracle was my first card oracle, I couldn't remember, either. But it was one of the early ones, as I was still living in Spain, and I do love Goddess decks, and the friends that gifted it to me. So, I decided that was near enough and went for it :D I didn't realise there was a Swedish style of drinking coffee where you'd be left with coffee grounds - I guess because at home my mum always used one of those French cafetiere's where you had water in the bottom bit and coffee in the top bit, separated by a metal mesh, so you never got the grounds in your cup. Glad this sparked memories of your wonderful grandmother - is this the super well-dressed Edith, or the other side of the family?
Cute!! I had to laugh when you were describing the "yellow skies" being so off-putting! The Radiant Rider Waite was my first RWS deck and I got it for the same reason (I suppose that's probably true for many people!). I ended up giving that one away and the deck I ended up preferring is the Centennial edition (I love the waxy, muted cards). Interestingly, as I was listening to you and thinking about my first, own Tarot deck (my "first" experience with Tarot, like for you, was with my mom's deck!) you mentioned the Moon Oracle by John Astrop - and my first personal Tarot deck was the Runic Tarot, also by him (can't remember the other person who contributed to that). :) Sadly I lost that deck years ago. The Mother's Wisdom Oracle looks really pretty. And "candy cane worlds"!! That Hanged Man looked awfully happy to be there!! Haha... Good luck with removing sugar from your diet!
Hi Olivia,I'm pretty sure it was the same couple: Caroline Smith and John Astrop :) I have the Runic Tarot, too, and their Radiant Sun Oracle :) Thanks, I'm doing pretty well with the sugar thing. I've cut out chocolate entirely, but sugar is harder because it's hidden in so many things...
It is true, sugar is hard to uncover sometimes because it's become a common ingredient even in savory foods!
I know! I had some bbq salmon, and sugar was the second biggest ingredient after the actual fish - about 8%!
I had the Radiant when I first started studying the tarot. It was the only RWS clone that I could cut all the borders and words off of (and still have the cards the same size), which helped me pay attention to the images instead of just relying on titles.I've never heard of the Mother's Wisdom set (uh oh...., lol).I didn't know about the coffee ground and Lenormand connection, that was interesting.
Interesting that you trimmed the cards right from the get-go, I'd never have thought of that!Yes, there's been some interesting posts by Mary K. Greer on the Coffee Grounds Cards - there are a set of them in the British Museum. They don't have the exact same numbering or images as the Lenormand decks today, but they are clear pre-cursors. And they talk about reading images in terms of near and far... from the rim of the cup :D