By the Numbers (Nine of Pentacles)

Grace asked about the Tarot deck I’ve been using and Dee suggested doing a reverse image search on Google to track it down. Which led to … (note: this link does contain advertising)

Who knew?!

Turns out the deck is the Cosmic Tarot by German artist Norbert Losche, published in the late 1980s. The imagery is based on the Golden Dawn and Thoth traditions (which, as yet, doesn’t mean much to me … I’m still learning).

Anyway, now I know why I thought today’s card looked like Veronica Lake …

What also caught my eye were tall slender objects, a bird (which reminded me of the cedar waxwings that descended on Cascade Trail one year), a plate of fruit, luxe cloth in the curtains, clear blue sky and an overall sense of all being better than well in the world.

My reference books concurred …

78 Degrees of Wisdom: “the good things in life”

Kitchen Table Tarot: “a woman at peace in her garden … gratitude … confidence … perseverance”

The Creative Tarot: “the payoff for a lot of hard work”

So this then …

blue skies over the floodplain, a photo of a tall slender Yaupon tree rendered in an online artistic format titled “cement,” a close-up of Yaupon berries from that same tree, along with a cedar waxwing image, both superimposed on a swatch of fabric from a book about the Arts and Crafts movement, and last, a graphic symbol for “nine.” Phew!

Of course, things didn’t go entirely well … a smudge appeared on the “Nine of Pentacles” label as I pasted it down.

“Was that when you said ‘oh shit’?” Don asked later.

Yeah, well I’m still learning.

And things aren’t quite aligned, but I’m trying (really trying) not to be too precious about this whole collage thing … trying to be loose without slipping into sloppy. Hmmm.

Okay, last for tonight is the personal symbology that I’ve devised for the Ace through Ten cards, here in draft form (still in flux) …

and the cleaned-up versions that are making their way into the card/collages …

Ace – a spiral for beginnings and potential

2 – an infinity symbol for choices and balance

3 – a triangle that might be either the foundation of a mountain or a journey to the top

4 – a stable square for structure and home

5 – a 5-pointed star for the four elements plus spirit, a pictograph of the body and a sense of needing protection or needing to take care

6 – a 6-pointed star with an upward Fire triangle and a downward Water triangle, depicting the ups and downs of life

7 – a rainbow arc for hope and yearning

8 – a double-star full of cycles and hope and sticking points

9 – a tip of the hat to Jude’s nine-patch with its sense of accomplishment and/or becoming

10 – a variation of the Kabbalah Tree of Life with implications of either abundance (good) or excess (not so much)

So yeah, doin’ it by the numbers today feels like a nine: becoming.


I hesitate to write too much in the blog posts lest I get bogged down in verbiage, but here is an example of what I am doing on the journal pages facing each card/collage …

11 thoughts on “By the Numbers (Nine of Pentacles)

      1. Cedar Waxwing energy feels like a really nice match for this particular card. As more of the deck’s vibe settles in I really love the font you chose and this no-nonsense way of marking the cards with their names. Also pleased you discovered the aeclectic tarot site. Haven’t visited in years but I used to do a lot of symbology research there.


        1. The font name is Papyrus and I do love the feel of it … ‘will be interesting to see if the basic structure of these card/collages holds or morphs into something else


  1. I have a very limited knowledge of Tarot, never having used a deck so it is enlightening to see how you are creating your deck Liz. What is so special here is that you are creating from that which you love, the Hill Country so each and every card will be infused with a very special spirit.

    Thanks to your sharing of your Hill Country Tarot project, I have done a little exploring re Tarot decks and I have learned of a deck that seems to fit my sensibilities and interests and I may purchase it in the foreseeable future. I am speaking of Joanna Powell Colbert and Latisha Guthries, The Herbcrafter’s Tarot. Quoting from the web page:

    “The Herbcrafter’s Tarot celebrates the handicrafts, tools, and time-honored folk skills related to herbs, trees, flowers, and other plants that share their gifts with us. The deck and book set explores the relationship between herbs and how people use them for medicine, creativity, delight, tools, ritual, and spiritual guidance.

    It’s an engaging introduction to herbalism and plant spirit magic, and can be used as a profound divinatory tool. The set includes a 78-card deck and a 124-page book full of herbal inspiration and ideas for crafting with the cards.”

    Here is the link below and it is obviously quite promotional with written and video reviews and a way to purchase but it is also a lovely presentation, at least to me, of a unique tarot deck.


    1. Marti – I sense that I may have second thoughts about these early attempts as I learn more, but one has to start somewhere, right?
      And I took a look at the Herbcrafter’s Tarot, which seems like a perfect match for you! When you get it in hand, I hope you’ll share which card (s) particularly resonate with you!


      1. Liz one of the reasons why this deck has captured my attention, besides the botanical aspects, is this from the website: “the sixteen people cards portray the legacy of women healers. What especially grabbed my eye is that the Kings are Curanderas, healers.”


  2. Just chiming in on the Marti-Liz convo. Marti! This deck is PERFECT for you and hope you are able to purchase and work with it. Received it as a holiday gift and haven’t had a chance to immerse yet but you mentioning it seems right on the money indeed!


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