With the recent upsurge in interest around Tarot de Marseille decks, it should come as no surprise that interest in other historic decks is also waxing. On the TABI forum a few weeks ago, someone asked for Visconti-Sforza deck recommendations. Lon Milo Duquette said that the Golden Tarot by Mary Packard (Race Point Publishing, 2013) was a good balance between authenticity and attractiveness. How could I resist?
Two of Swords
All we see are two crossed swords on a flowery backdrop, with a ribbon inscribed with ‘a bon droyt’. Yet, my mind imagines two fencers perfectly balanced in strength and agility, neither able to get the upper hand. Each believes they are right, and thoughts clash, bringing a stalemate.
A semi-decomposed cadaver stands with a snake-like staff in black and white extruding from the bandages around his head. Transformation comes through decomposition. In order for movement to return, something must be given up, or let go of.
A brawny man beats a lion into submission. His clothes are stark red and blue – passion and action mix with communication and clarity. This is not someone of half measures. He is passionate and decisive, and then finds a way to move forward with that in a clear way, expressing what he needs to.
To let go of my feeling of stuckness, there is something I need to release. I’ve been using a version of a release meditation I uploaded last week for a while now. I think it’s helping, but I also wonder if I haven’t been releasing the right thing, or at least what I need to let go of right now.
It would be lovely if I could get clearer and more focused, and tame my demons!
I also see work things here: I have three main focuses for the week, but maybe I need to let one go, at least for the moment. That way, I can better concentrate my energy where it will have the most effect. Okay, I know that’s not two ideas like the crossed swords, but the Three of Swords would have sent me off in quite a different direction 😉
To read journal prompts based on these cards, click here.