Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Slowing down to pay attention

Daily Draw: Angel Tarot Cards, The Empress

So I had to get my eyeglass out for this one. I've located the squirrel (symbolising the need to be prepared but also to be playful). What looked like a fox I can now see is a cougar (confidence and self assurance) The stag (tenderness) and coyote (group work) were visible from the outset. I think I've found the baby bear but the 'face' isn't right. I also have what appears to be a miniature version of the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz (bottom right foreground). Hmm...

I'm taking a break from historical posts as I want to deepen my knowledge of the cards for which the first step is paying attention and describing. 

The waterfall (stream of consciousness) that pools into a stream leading toward the Empress is the water from the gown of the High Priestess. This reminds me I still don't know the order of the majors off by heart and understanding the structure of the deck and the rationale for it will improve my interpretations. 

I thought the Empress's gown was gold but it's actually copper which symbolises the nurturing aspect of women, feminine beauty, artistic creativity, affection, caring and balance. This reminds of the need for accuracy and specificity. 

On balance it has been a good day to myself - perusing the cards, reading Mary K Greer and browsing the web. Paying attention to my bookshelf revealed I have two of Rachel Pollack's books that I had completely forgotten about. 

Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you're doing. 

Sharon Salzberg, 1952-

PS I had to artificially lighten the card image (should have paid attention to the time :) )


  1. coyote (group work)
    I don't know why that hadn't occurred to me in this concept. We have lots of them here, singing together in the night doing their group work.

  2. Just listened to a 'coyote choir' on YouTube - extraordinary. I hadn't thought of their group work including singing 🎤

  3. I have scanned these cards and the scanner has enlarged the images for like five times but the quality stays the same. It is beautiful to see picture enlarged on you screen! It is almost so clear and almost translucent

    1. Now you say it I quite like the aged/translucent effect. :) Definitely recommend the eye glass for intricate detail which is hidden to the naked eye.

    2. Just looked at the scans on your blog - such beautiful vivid colours! I love your scan of the ten of pentacles and I've never before noticed the dappled coats of the unicorns (nine of air).

  4. I wouldn't know what half the stuff was in the cards I draw without my scanner. That was a great (and surprisingly cheap) investment. Glad you can just have some fun learning the cards; you'll probably still draw some historical information from them without trying. :)
    Look forward to hearing what you think of Salzberg!