Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pretty Is As Pretty Does

Tarot of the Cloisters- Strength, Two of Swords, Queen of Staves

 I want to give someone a present, but I am unsure how it will be received.  I decided to do a little spread for some insight.

These cards are full of women, which makes sense as I am a woman, and my potential receiver is a woman.  The first card, Strength, I defined as how she will feel about getting the gift.  I see that she will feel loved, and reminded that there are good things in the world.  My first visual instinct was to see this card as the woman embracing the lion.  I think she has been under a lot of duress and could use a hug, in the form of a gift.  I think that affirmation of her value and worth could even help give her the Strength to keep on going.

The second card I defined as how I feel about giving the gift, and the Two of Swords is an accurate representation of my wishy- washiness.  I want to give the present, but I also want to keep it for myself, and as it is likely to be the only one I ever have to give, I am reluctant to let it go, but I know it would bring joy to someone else.  And that is just my Taurean nature, or a better word is probably selfishness, kicking in, because I have one just like it and gave someone else another just like it I found lost year.  There is always more stuff, and this potential gift is just sitting around my home, waiting for someone to love it.  The woman on this card even physically resembles me, long dark hair, scraggly in the wind.  The vast blue in this card makes me think of emotions, and I realize this is an emotional decision for me to make.

Tarot of the Cloisters- Eight of Pentacles
The third card, The Queen of Staves, is the outcome of the situation if I give the gift.  I hate, hate, hate when I get court cards as outcomes!  HATE!  WTF am I supposed to do with that?  But once my irritation cooled, I thought of the keyword for this Queen from Emily Carding's Tarot of the Sidhe, a soul deck for me if I have ever had one; "Gift of charm".  It's nice to give presents, and it feels good to receive them.  I also see this Queen as a progression from the woman in the Strength card, that this gift may help the receiver look outward again in hopeful anticipation.  The Little White Book for this deck describes the Queen of Staves thus, " To receive criticism, good or bad."  That means I must be prepared to have the gift not as well received as I may like, but thanks is not why we give gifts.

Because I despise court cards as outcomes so, I drew another card as well, which is the Eight of Pentacles.  I want to give this gift to this person not only because I believe they have been struggling, but also because they have helped me a great deal.  In that case, the gift is almost like a reward, or compensation, for work well done, though she never asked me for anything.  Combining this card with the Queen of Staves, I believe the gift will be well received, though possibly felt as if they "earned" it.  I am okay with that, because I am responsible for what I put out into the world, and how people react to it, for good or ill, is their responsibility.
Tarot of the Cloisters- The Hermit

My shadow card for the reading, what I most do not want to look at about the situation, is the Hermit.  I'd like the gift to be a bridge to a stronger friendship, because I crave those in my daily life, but it likely won't be.  I'd like the gift to be a token that brings a new light to her world, but I must be prepared for that not to be so.  I'd like to come across as good and noble in the giving, but look how much I am struggling with the decision.  This is my moral issue, not a reluctance to give the gift or concern about the "worthiness" of the receiver.  I have to make sure I am prepared to give freely, for all the right reasons that include the joy of another person, and not for the wrong ones, which would include personal recognition.

Sometimes your cards lay you bare, and that is just a part of reading.  Sometimes, I need to be laid bare, because it is so humbling.





These cards are from the sadly out of print Tarot of the Cloisters by Michelle Leavitt, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

10 comments:

  1. Hi Manda,

    That is a beautiful deck! Hope that the gift is better received than you fear. At worst, I get the sense that the sentiment will be appreciated, even if this person doesn't "get" the gift the way you do. Hope you'll let us know how it goes :)

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging words, Chloe! I think it is being well loved in its' new home :)

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  2. My first thought was, "Gee, I hope I'm the recipient of that Cloisters deck". LOL! ;o) Seriously, what a beautiful, soul-baring and inspiring read, Manda. It makes me want to do more personal spreads and contemplation on my own blogs--sort of a Tarot journal (I don't read for myself much at all. Perhaps I should start). Thanks for being such a strong, smart, wise and bright light!

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    1. Sharyn keeps a succinct and lovely online tarot journal, which strikes me as very contemplative. I like to stop there often. http://quirkeries.blogspot.com/

      I actually read for myself a lot, but I always turn into some long drawn out affair.

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  3. Thank you so much for posting this, Mandy. Your comments and observations are so valuable to me! (I I LOVE looking at those exquisite cards!)

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    1. I'll take that as an extreme compliment, Zanna, since I feel exactly the same about you! Thank you!

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  4. Linked here from Pip's blog (she's terrific, isn't she?). This is so true. I love the way you put it about the "cards lay you bare". It is humbling, and a very balancing way to go through life. Thanks for sharing this and the lovely Cloisters deck - I've never seen that one before :)

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    1. Love Pip! She is a doll!

      The Tarot of the Cloisters is sadly out of print. I am always shocked when some real fugly ones stay in print year after year and beauties go out of. I guess that makes it more sweet to own one :)

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  5. This is a lovely deck, thanks for sharing the images. I love how you connected with the cards. Thanks for baring your soul. :) Sometimes it's hard to give, but sometimes it's also hard to receive. Trust your instincts. If you didn't want to give the gift, you wouldn't even be wondering if you should. Right? Hope your luck receiver enjoys her gift.

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    1. Hi, Cher! Thanks for your encouragement. You are, of course, right. It feels good to give :)

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