The cards say it all

Posted on March 3, 2009
Filed Under book review, Experiments, meditation, tarot, Taylor Ellwood | 2 Comments

In a recent post, I talked about using a new deck for some of my space/time tarot work. Last night, I finally got around to using it for myself and working with the spider goddess of time again, though as a curious note, since I’m currently letting someone borrow the book, she wasn’t as present, which suggests that the book itself is magical artifact or talisman for connecting with her.

Anyway, I set up my usual circle and invoked my future as well as my space/time deities and XAH. As I mentioned I didn’t feel the spider goddess as strongly, but her silver web was still present. I asked my future self for help in continuing to navigate the current economic situation. Then I shuffled the elemental hexagon cards for a while.

First three cards presented myself and my obstacles.Vanadium- the Seeker was definitely me…and how interesting that for the metaphysical world it’s described as void. That certainly fits my emptiness working. The two cards above the seeker card were apt as well. The one on the right was Fluorine-paranoia and the one on the left was Nickel – cost of living. Certainly the current environment is one of paranoia in general…and that fear can be infectious. The cost of living is an issue as well, given my current economic circumstances.

The next two cards are resources in myself to rely on right now, both for myself and my business. The card on the left, above Nickel is Hydrogen – Building blocks. It’s an excellent reminder that I know how to build a business and also know how to use those building blocks effectively. Strontium was the card above flourine. Strontium is Luminescent Self and what it tells me is to use my meditation, my discipline practices, etc. to work with my fears, but not let them become paranoia…sit with the fear, but not fight it.

The next two cards presented external factors, people, etc. that could help me in this process. The card above Hydrogen is Silver, the moon goddess. I’m pretty sure this is a person and I’m pretty sure I know who this person is and how this person would relate to the cost of living and building blocks aspect, given some of the help she’s already given me. Interesting to get confirmation on this person’s presence and role not only as a helper, but also other ways she’s manifested in my life.

The card above Strontium is Chlorine – Chaos in order, magic. On the superficial level its the reminder to use magic, but on a deeper level, could be more. Too early to tell, but if it’s more then it’s the vector of another person’s path crossing mine…we shall see. Regardless it’s a useful reminder that magic is always one of my most potent tools and actually points to the fact that it’s time to work with Apophenia.

Final card, the outcome as it were is Argon or completion. A light bulb, but also a filament…Everything coming together to provide illumination, wealth..It is the trump card for the world. All things and none, everything and nothing, becoming complete…it’s an interesting theme that continues to play itself out in a myriad of ways.

I’ll be working with Apophenia next.

An interesting reading. Below’s a picture of the reading:

Review: The Art of Memory by Frances Yates

This is pretty much an exhaustive coverage of the memory mansion technology, where a person creates a virtual space and symbols and associates information with each symbol. Yates traces the technique to pre-socratic Greece through Rome and the medieval and Renaissance era. There’s some intriguing overlay with the occult history of Giordano Bruno. I’ll admit, however, I was actually looking for what I hoped would be detailed information on how the memory technique is done. While Yates does provide some information, I didn’t find this book to be as useful as I hoped. It’s useful as a history about memory techniques, but not really for a description of those techniques.

4 out of 5 mnemonics.

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