Monday, October 15, 2012

The Wild Hunt

Ghosts & Spirits Tarot- The Chariot
Despite having received the Ghosts & Spirits Tarot by Lisa Hunt months ago, and despite the fact I was anxiously awaiting it, I have been reluctant to work with it, and not because it isn't hauntingly lovely.  It is so beautiful!  I have all of Lisa Hunt's decks, and the art is undeniably lovely, to my eyes at least, but I have to admit none of them are decks that come easily to me for reading.  I have to study them, approach them reverently, and I usually start with one card draws, to get to know the decks better.

This morning I asked how the deck and I would work together if I used my one card draw method of getting to know the deck better, and the answer was The Chariot, here represented by The Wild Hunt.

My instinctual thought when I see The Chariot in answer to this question is that I am going to expand my tarot knowledge, but I am going to have to make a conscious decision to do so, and to chase it down.

In my personal iconography, The Chariot is often a card of good luck and sure success, but The Wild Hunt brings a different flavor to the card.  This lore is nearly universal to Europe, and often involves Odin as the leader of a fey army who are on the hunt for souls who are beyond redemption.  It is considered exceedingly bad luck to bear witness to The Wild Hunt, and it is often a portend of catastrophic events to come.

In the Little White Book, Lisa explains, "This signifies the polarities between life and death, light and shadow, the conscious and unconscious."  With her help, I begin to piece the image together with my understanding of The Chariot, and thus my knowledge grows.  See, chasing it down...

As for me, I do not fear The Wild Hunt because I know I am utterly redeemable, and I hold no fear of judgment, in this life or beyond.

This card is from Ghosts & Spirits Tarot by Lisa Hunt, published by U.S. Games Tarot.

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