I just made this card, clearly Council to me, thinking it had something to do with Fate. However, when I let it speak it helped me to investigate the distinction between Fate and Destiny. It's now become "Destiny" and speaks to the capacity to co-author one's story with the Universe.
As I prepare for a the season, I am reviewing my deck. While I have a card for Gratitude in my Council suit (shown here), I've yet to make a Committee card for "my grateful self." That's been a placeholder for far too long. So, it's time to peruse my image boxes and get going. There is gratitude throughout my deck, but it's time to imagine that aspect of me on to a card!
Tarot's numerology makes 2017 a "Wheel of Fortune" year, which is card X of the Major Arcana. Indeed, we expect all sorts of new spins and surprises this year. I made a Wheel of Fortune card to reflect that archetype of opportunity and expansion (Council), and I also have a "Queen of my own fate" Committee Card which holds that energy for me personally.
For me personally (based on my birthdate), I'm finishing up a growth cycle of Art/Temperance (XIV) and will transit into The Devil on my birthday at the end of January. Can't wait to see what that brings! I've yet to make a Council card for that energy, but I've got several Committee cards that evoke Pan/Devil.
As we Northern Hemisphere peoples prepare for the introspective winter season, we also greet the return of the light, the lengthening days that begin December 23. It is a sacred time for intentions and transitions. An abundance of light-related words come to mind - enlightenment, lighthearted, lighten, delight, lightening, and lighten-up. Here’s an idea for this time of year:
My two cards (“Hitting the Wall/Defeat” and Queen of My Own Fate”) are shared here, as is my sacred space where they rest together in a purple scarf. As I was placing my cards together, I noticed they each have a fist – one of frustration, the other of power. Wonder what they’ll have to say on December 23…
A few Sundays ago, I decided to challenge myself to create a meaningful card using just what was available in the New York Times "Style" Magazine. Here's what came forth. She's my "Pause and Ponder" Committee Card. A valuable Neter as I create an exploration of Discernment!
What card making "games" have you created to enjoy when working alone?
"Great Spirit, grant that I may not criticize my neighbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasins."
This is a SoulCollage® card I made in response to the tragedies of the past week. It's not much of a collage really, just the addition of a small image to a larger one. It's called "Other People's Moccasins." READ THE WONDERFUL POEM BEHIND THIS SAYING HERE (my other blog page).
The moment I met Madagascar character, King Julien, I fell in love with him. Not only do "I like to move it, move it," but I enjoy being as absolutely silly as he is, particularly as a leader. In the recent months, I felt compelled to include him on a card and to explore this fascination further. I finally found an appealing image of him, but it wasn't clear to me where he belonged - a new card?
I usually review my deck before making an "intentional" card, particularly a Committee or Council card. This is to refine and specify the energy and to see how it relates to other aspects already settled into my deck. As I revisited my "Playful Self" card (left), which I made about 8 years ago, it was screaming for King Julien to join it. This card's (right) refreshed, more true-to-me, energy is SO MUCH FUN! A more authentic Playful Self is now in place, and this inner clown is feeling inspired and ready to MOVE IT - using humor to move obstacles from the path to happiness!
For the past 20 weeks, I've participated in Stephanie Ladd's 22 week SoulCollage® Tarot Journey which is internet-based through Facebook discussions and emailed materials.
It has been a wonderful trip through the 22 cards of the Major Arcana, which reflects inter-related archetypal energies in the pathway of psychic development. Each week with the new Tarot card wisdom that Steph shared, people showed and wrote about cards they were inspired to make and/or cards already existing in their deck. A community grew within the secret Facebook page, and it was a delight.
As you might expect, I mostly searched my deck for cards that corresponded to the Tarot cards - yes, a Card Game of sorts! But some new cards also came forth and they were meaningful and timely.
I created a figure that shows my evolving view of the relationship between the underlying structures of the SoulCollage® and Tarot decks. I hope this is useful to you.
As I continue to develop SoulCollage® Card Games to dig deep, take inventory, and get the most from our decks, I plan to incorporate the wisdom of Tarot. I am particularly fond of Angeles Arrien's work with Tarot, as it speaks clearly and practically about the psycho-spiritual applications.
There is so much wisdom to draw upon in this world, and we must make time to allow ourselves to meet, greet, and incorporate it as we learn to survive and even thrive in this disenchanting era!
I'm grateful to Steph for the course she offered, and highly recommend it when she next makes it available! Thanks also to all those who participated in the course and shared in such deep and authentic ways.
Have you ever added to an existing card, long after it has settled into your deck? Here is an alteration I made recently to a Bear Companion card that I created 3-4 years ago, and another made to Panther, which was created perhaps 8 years ago. The impulse was driven (in both cases) when I saw the image that I added - knowing that it needed to be a part of what was meant to be expressed energetically by each helper.
For Bear, it is now much more clear that this is one who brings the medicine of bear, in a heavy and light form. And in the case of Panther/Jaguar, it is much more consistent with the image I had when I first met this powerful helper in Peru over 20 years ago.
Here's to ever growing and evolving, within ourselves and our decks!