When I saw Lo Scarabeo had released a Triple Goddess Tarot (2017), I went for it straight away. Not everyone likes Lo Scarabeo decks, I know. However, I like the card stock, which shuffles easily and fits well in my hands. And now that they’ve bought into the borderless deck concept, with subtle titles in numeric and pictographic form rather than writing in six languages, the images are shown in a better light.
The deck has some really interesting concepts. For instance, the women represented grow older as the numbers of the suits progress. So, the twos and threes are kids and teens, while the eights to tens are elders. Less inovative, but along the same lines, the Court cards have been altered to Student (Page), Knight (Wands and Swords are male, Cups and Pentacles are female), Queen and Elder (all female).
The perspective in some of the cards is thought-provoking, with odd and unusual angles. For example, we look down sideways on the High Priestess sitting in meditation by a lotus pond between a dark and light column. The Hierophant is a woman in touch with nature, and we look up at her as though from the perspective of a forest creature, seeing the birds, animals and faeries around her. Or the Tower, where we see an elder who appears half hidden, seen on a slant. Closer inspection reveals she is holding onto a tree root to try to stop herself being dragged into quick sand.
In line with the deck’s theme, I asked, “What can I best do in terms of learning/nurturing/releasing this week?”
Learning – Five of Pentacles
A middle-aged woman stands before two beautiful, stainglass windows. She holds her arms behind her head with her gaze to the ground, a frown on her face. She looks as though she’s trying to block out some sound, or tearing her hair out.
I need to learn to accept what I cannot change, and deal with the stresses of life. We’ll be moving back to our own home this week, and moving is always stressful. Even getting home won’t be without its challenges, as we’re not yet certain whether the builders will actually have finished by then… Whatever the hardships and challenges, meeting them with equanimity can only help.
Nurturing – Two of Cups
Hmm, I find the tree root, or whatever that is down the bottom, rather strange. Two children, or maybe young teens, sit together beneath a grand old tree. They raise cups to one another, and two doves or maybe lovebirds fly over their heads. Is this a match that will stand the test of time? A new realationship that will blossom?
What I can best do this week is to nurture my relationships. Moving is stressful, and not just for me. If my hubbie and I act as a united team, we’ll be able to hold things together far better. This card also came up in a work reading last week: I think I need to nurture my social connections on that project.
Releasing – Three of Swords
A young girls kneels in a beautiful garden before a bed of colourful flowers, head in her hands, sobbing.
Coming up in the release position, this card engenders less sorrow than it might otherwise do. Time to let go of my sadness. And especially of the painful, shameful thoughts that drive blades through my heart. A time to release negative self-talk, and see how beautiful the world is. There have been a couple of things bothering me, but they do feel like they’re on the wane now. This card encourages me to work on releasing them entirely.
To read journal prompts based on these cards, click here.