EXERCISE CT #3--Cosmic Pool macro
Tue, 30 Sep 2003 22:02:46 +0200
To: Comparative Tarot http://comparativetarot.com
Adapted from the exercise "Fish" from the book Tarot Games by Cait Johnson & Maura Shaw.
> From your first (non-comfort) deck, choose three at random, placing them face up in a line. [left to right]
> Card 1: What I have to offer the Universe at this time.
> Card 2: What I catch from the cosmic pool.
> Card 3: What I'll make of it.
First deck: Healing Tarot by Jennifer Moore
1: Four of Cups--The card shows a woman lying face-up holding a crystal
ball over her heart. There are three cups by her head, and one at which
she gazes, hanging over her face. The keyword printed on the card is "Hope."
Couple of possibilities. One could be that the Universe is waiting for
us to mature. I think of wine in the cups, and the vitner down the
street who this past weekend held a "New Wine Festival." He hopes that
his grape harvest will yield a good vintage. Perhaps, in this sense, we
offer the Universe the hope that *we* will turn out good.
(By their fruits shall ye know them.)
Another related possibility could be the theory that extraterrestrials
will make contact when we show that we are ready. They are watching
and waiting, like the woman in the card.
Another possibility could be that the Creator hopes to populate the
Universe with humans, when and if we have the capability to handle it
(e.g. live in peace). OTOH, it could be something about the inherent
quality of human hopefulness and forward-looking which keeps the
Universe going (especially if we're all there is) .
2: Four of Pentacles--A masked person holds four pentacle-decorated
paper grocery bags--one in each arm, one on the head, and one on the
floor. The bags are filled with "stuff"--food, money, flowers,
pictures. The keyword is "Control."
What comes to mind is that we have "possession" of the physical, and
control over matter. We have the ability to create how much we have, or
hang on to. Is matter a gift or a curse? Either way, it's what we're
3: Six of Cups--A garden tea party, playing dress-up, with toys and
stuffed animals. What strikes me is that the "princess" has her foot on
a globe. The keyword is "Nostalgia."
Some day, when we're in the Garden, we'll sit around and "klatschen,"
and look back and laugh at the foibles of the material plane. The earth
will be our "footstool."
Second deck: Palladini
1: Four of Cups--One thing that the Palladini book says is "yearning for
something more." Against the Healing Tarot card, this yearning is
turned away from (RW-style) ambivalence and more toward something
positive. It is, after all, this dissatisfaction which makes us finally
get up off our hineys, and reach out for what we want. (No more Merlot
please. I'll have a Budweiser.) Although the Palladini is a RW
derivative, the man in the 4C at least looks in the direction of the
cups. Maybe he doesn't want what's in the four cups, but maybe he'll
get up and go get what he wants. Maybe it'll be something better.
So, looking back at the possibilities for the Healing Tarot, I tend
toward the last one. If you think about it, the hope for something
better drives many things--careers, religions, activism, parenthood.
Perhaps this is the force which drives the Universe?
2: Four of Pentacles--This guy looks much more at ease with his
pentacles. Relaxed and satisfied. He's materially blessed and comfortable.
3: Six of Cups--No figures, just cups filled with flowering plants.
What will the world make of control over matter? We've got to get
ourselves back to the Garden.
> Now match these cards from your first deck with the same cards
> from your Comfort Deck . . . How does this change your initial
> interpretation? How has your synthesis expanded? What has your
> Comfort Deck whispered in your ear (High Priestess!) that might
> have been missed in your first cursory interpretation? . . .
Like my personal exercise, the first deck reading seems bigger somehow,
macrocosmic, out there; the second seems more microcosmic, down here.
Don't know how to explain it.
One Love All Love,
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