This week’s deck is another Lo Scarabeo offering, but with fantasy art rather than photo collage. The Barbieri Tarot (2015) hasn’t received much coverage, probably because it is a darker deck, far more niche than the Thelema. As for this week’s spread, following in the theme of exploring our multiple brains, it uses the mBIT 3C’s exploring the highest expression of each of our three brains.
1) Heart – Compassion – Temperance
I do wonder at this mermaid entwined in the coils of her own tail as a representation of Temperance. She looks more like she’s trying to entice some unwitting sailor down, to trap him and laugh as his screams are drowned by the depths! Looking at it more generously, perhaps she is there to help breathe life back into the sailors shipwrecked at sea, giving them air within the watery environment so that they have a balance that allows them to survive. In that sense, she would have a healing aspect, and balance out the uncaring treachery of the ocean.
As for this being the highest expression of my heart brain, my ability to feel and show compassion, this week perhaps I can breathe life into something or someone. Giving someone hope can be a life saver, just as much as the air we breathe. While disappointed hope can cut deep, not having any hope is like being slowly suffocated.
2) Head – Creativity – Knight of Swords
I quite like this fierce, female Knight of Swords. She wields her sword with one hand, controlling a mechanical dragon with the other, and all this with her eyes covered. Does that helmet allow her to see through the mechanical dragon’s eyes?
In terms of creativity, a swords card is perfect as the expression of the head brain. And this particular image makes me think about getting creative to help people deal with difficult situations. Helping them (and myself) to make the most of circumstances where we feel hampered or hemmed in sounds like a good way to go this week.
3) Gut – Courage – Eight of Wands
Talk about an awful arachnid! This spider woman rears up on her dreadfully long legs, a fire in her belly and a rose in her hand. She is moved by passion, able to scuttle quickly along, creating a web as she goes. Speed and action all rolled into one, and she manages it while looking calm and unruffled – definitely something to aspire to!
The gut brain is all about taking action, and trusting our gut to know what action we should take. So, this card fits well, suggesting the gut brain in alignment with its highest expression, the courage to do what needs doing, quickly and without hesitation.
Altogether, this spread makes me think about my magical life coaching clients. If I can harness the highest expression of each of my multiple brains, I can best help them. And part of that may be assisting them in tapping into the potential of their own three brains… 🙂
To read journal prompts based on these cards, click here.