The Empress wraps herself in matter, floating in the air and revelling in all the High Priestess has created. Rules and containment will follow with the Emperor, but for now, it’s time to play.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been taking a tarot class at the Blumin warehouse with an incredible woman who’s been teaching us how to interpret the tarot as a narrative. Thanks to her, I’m more interested in tarot than I have been since I was a teenager.
My first Tarot deck was gifted to me when I was 14/15. I had a hard time getting into it - probably because I tried to learn by memorizing the meaning of the different cards and, well, I suck at memorizing. It was also a classic Raider Waite deck, which is what I had wanted, but I had a hard time connecting to the symbols and imagery. I didn’t realize how important that connection was. I mean, I got the motherpeace deck, but had a hard time swallowing what felt like the work of a bunch of white women. I also grabbed the incredible Collective Tarot and while I wanted to feel it in my bones, I just couldn’t. The images just didn’t have that mythic, magical quality for me. Since taking this class with Carol, I’ve been looking for a deck that I can feel inside of me, that I’m curious about; a deck I want to hold in my heart, feel close to me, and, well, study.
Lucky for me, I found the Light Visions tarot deck by James R Eads just in time. The cards arrived in my mailbox late last week. While I thought I’d need something with bold, bright colours, I’m loving the mysterious, magical quality of these sepia-toned cards. (I especially love how the suit cards line up to form one image - incredible to connect to the stories that way.) Every day, I look forward to getting to know them more and more. Build a relationship with the cards.
While I’ve looked at all the cards every day since I got them, I’m trying to focus on getting more familiar with the major arcana. I’ve been studying the cards, looking at what the symbols mean to me… And I’m motivated to draw a card a day from the major arcana to help guide my day, drawing interpretations and playing with meaning.