http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/cosmic/ (note: this link does contain advertising)
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 …