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From the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “energy and enthusiasm.  Innovations, experiments.  Messages, letters, news.”

darker or more hidden meanings: ” Hidden passions, especially in a young person.  Energies put into negative activities. Nature in a form that is uncontrollable and frightening.”

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from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “Naive, but full of passion and goodwill.  A young idealist, particularly when it comes to the arts- and to matters of love.”

darker or more hidden meanings: “Enthusiasm cut short.  Over-emotional young person, maybe a little hysterical.  A reluctance to grow up and leave childhood dreams behind.”

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from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “Alert and on guard. Loyalty to a person or cause.  Defending something that’s important to you.”

darker or more hidden meaning: “not being guarded enough; there’s danger about. Acting alone, not asking for help.  Paranoia, seeing enemies all around.”

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from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “Study, particularly of practical skills.  A time to learn more about basic, everyday matters such as money and running a household.  Someone a little old and serious for their age.”

Darker or more hidden meanings: “Getting too obsessed with practicalities, taking no time out to dream.  Getting drawn into repetitive, compulsive behavior.  A young person who tends to hoard and save.”

“A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King,
But God be with the Clown —
Who ponders this tremendous scene —
This whole Experiment of Green —
As if it were his own!
“- by Emily Dickinson

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nine of swords

Being caught up in a nightmare.  Emotional and mental problems.  Internal issues rather than external.  Projecting one’s fears onto the world.  Self-fulfilled prophecies.

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THE HAUNTING BLACKBOXCLUB 90

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Strong work ethic.  Stalwartness.  Refusal to give up one’s duties and responsibilities.   Commitment

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Pleasures and indulgement.   Basking in simple luxuries.  Dashes of selfishness.

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Refinement.  Maturity.  Age.  Material wealth.  Comfort with self.

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*all Tarot images from The Bohemian Gothic Tarot

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Dreams, hopes, wishes, mania,  daring to bring castles in the air down to earth, the need to be able to decipher good choices from bad, being kissed by moonlight, debauchery,  emotional drunkiness, Venus in Scorpio

from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “Daydreams- both realistic and fantastical, delusions, choices, hopes, ambitions: some plausible, others not. dangerous delusions, lunacy”

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Seven of Pentacles: questioning our material needs. What is necessary to reach our goals?  What must we strip away?  Taking a rest from our work to reevaluate.  Are we happy with the fruits of our labor?  Was the toil worth it?

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from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “Reviewing what you’ve achieved.  A time to contemplate and to consider.  Making plans at other people’s expense.”

Seven of Swords:

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The perceptive qualities of the rational-minded number seven meet the airy aspect of Swords.  The pursuit of knowledge.  A need and desire to work on one’s own.  Eccentricity.  Stubborness and willfullness.  Evasiveness.  Keeping secrets.

from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “A small piece of dishonesty or deception.  Mixing with things you don’t fully understand.”

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Seven of Wands:      Fiery challenges and fights.  Destroying obstacles.  Strength in the face of adversity.  Staying true to one’s self.  The ego.

from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: ” A battle that you know you can win.  A fight against the odds.  Getting a buzz out of winning through a difficult situation.”

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“Riches I hold in light esteem
And Love I laugh to scorn
And lust of Fame was but a dream
That vanished with the morn–
And if I pray, the only prayer
That moves my lips for me
Is–’Leave the heart that now I bear
And give me liberty.’

Yes, as my swift days near their goal
‘Tis all that I implore
Through life and death, a chainless soul
With courage to endure!”- Emily Bronte

Six of Cups

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Nostalgia.  Fond memories of childhood.  Connecting the past to the present.

from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot:  “Innocence.  Happy memories, especially of childhood.   Indulging in simple, childlike pleasures.  Losing yourself in nostalgia and regrets.  Hiding some ulterior motive under an apparently sweet and naive act.”

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Simone Simon and Amy Reed in Curse of the Cat People

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Six of Swords:  Remaining serene through troubled waters.  Changes and travel.  Nightmares of the dream and physical realm.   Not being able to escape your problems.  Trying to run away.

from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “Getting through a hard time calmly and quietly.  Making a profound change in your life, one that will take some time.  Feeling ‘dead’ to the world.  A period of mourning for a loss.”

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Scene from Let’s Scare Jessica to Death

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Pride in achievements.  Self-confidence.  Valor and bravery through tasks.

from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “A hard-won and worthy victory.  Taking a moment to bask in the glory.  A sense of personal achievement.  A victory won at the expense of others.  Letting a triumph go to your head, becoming dictatorial and over-confident.”

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Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba in Wicked: Die Hexen von Oz

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Six of Pentacles:  Charity.  Helping others in need.  Receiving aid. Financial difficulties.  Monetary and material loss. Making a bargain you may not want to keep.  Making a dangerous pact. 

from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot:  “Charity.  Helping someone in a practical way.  Generosity.  ‘Charity’ with strings attached.  Getting control over someone with your financial support.  A caring act that is in fact hypocritical and self serving.”

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Scene from Fritz Lang’s Der Müde Tod

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Five of Swords:

Looking out for yourself at perhaps a cost.  Going all out for the win.  Fights.  Conflicts.  Disgrace after winning, or having thought you got the upperhand.  Fooling yourself.

from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “Feeling victorious at the expense of another.  A defeat.  An unlikely struggle, the outcome might surprise you.  The thrill of something wild and dangerous.  A victim of abuse or violence who ‘bites’ back.” all-about-eve

“Nice speech, Eve. But I wouldn’t worry too much about your heart. You can always put that award where your heart ought to be.” Bette Davis as Margo Channing in All About Eve

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Five of Cups:

Contemplation.  Mourning.  Regrets.  Living in the past.

from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “Seeing only what is lost, not what’s left intact. Wallowing in melancholy.  Becoming morbidly inward-looking and withdrawn.”

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from the film, Portrait of Jenny

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Five of Wands:

Facing one’s ghosts.  Having to make a difficult decision.  Taking things too seriously.  Forgetting how to have fun.  Concentrating on the wrong things. Coldness.  Unwilling, or unable to grow emotionally.

from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “Hassles.  Petty annoyances.  Getting drawn into pointless battles.  Battling against inner demons.”

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Lugosi and Karloff in The Black Cat

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Five of Pentacles:

Needing to ask for help.  Loss of faith.  Financial difficulties.

from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “Falling on hard times.  Failing to ask for practical help even though it’s available.  Your arrogance and pride prevent you from asking for help.  Getting your priorities wrong at a difficult time.  Focusing on revenge instead of a solution.” fingersmith

Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith

Lenormand. I sounded out the word and wondered about these cards that I was hearing mentioned more and more.  A few YouTube videos later, I was intrigued.  Then I came upon a lady who explained it in the way of a story. “Tarot is the underlying emotions of the character.  Lenormand is the plot.” And right then I knew I must get a deck. But which one?

My very first Tarot was picked at random.  Tarot of the Witches.  I didn’t know then it had been featured in the James Bond film, Live and Let Die.  Kid-me just saw, “oooh! a Tarot deck! oooooh!  For witches!”- and hurried over to the cash register with it.

Kid-me shut self in bedroom, tore open the package, and frowned.  Why did only some of the cards have pictures on them?  (I didn’t know then about pip cards)  And why were the cards with pictures rather ugly?

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Ahem.

Well, I wasn’t going to make that mistake with my first Lenormand.  No siree.

So off I went around the Internet, and to my magpie’s delight, discovered tons of breathtaking decks.  The Enchanted Lenormand came close, but the winner was:

Under the Roses by Kendra Hurteau and Katrina Hill.  Painted in sepia tones with Edwardian imagery, the  2.25 x 3.5 cards fit easily in one’s hands, and can be thrown into even small purses.

From the booklet: “Under the Roses” is a euphemism for buried secrets. The allusion comes from the Latin phrase Sub Rosa, which dates back to classical Roman times when the rose became the symbol of confidentiality and secrets. The expression became well known in German literature, eventually finding its way to English literature in the nineteenth century.

To go along with this theme, keywords are hidden within the cards, only really seen when tilted at certain angles.

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A wonderful added bonus is there are alternative cards.  A white man, woman, and child.  And a black man, woman, and child.  It’s great that card designers are finally waking up to the fact that the whole world is not caucasion.  One can pick from their background or whichever they find more aesthetically pleasing.  Having two male and two female cards will also be useful if doing readings for same-sex couples.

One minor quibble is the booklet, while very easy to understand, really is only a bare-bones introduction, so I am glad to have also ordered a book on  Lenormand.

That aside, I feel in my bones these cards are going to be very special in and of themselves, and in conjunction to my tarot workings.

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Death and I have always held a peaceful relationship.  The presence of his symbols, so frightful to so many others, have always been for me, a salient reminder of  the ephemeral nature of life. I am going to die.  That truth brings me no fear.  There are many ways of dying that fill me with dread, but what comes after that is a mysterious wonder.  While I hold a general belief in reincarnation and in an afterworld, I remain open to the possibility of being totally wrong.  Perhaps those with a pantheistic viewpoint are correct and one day my decomposed bones will return solely to the earth.  I see no reason to stress upon something that I can’t possibly know until the day comes.

What I do know is life is short.   My great aunt was 88 when they found her lying in bed, a book left open on her chest, a smile on her face.  She’d lived a long and beautifully-filled life.  But she wasn’t able to finish that book.  Which is yet another reminder that I will never be able (at least in this form) to do all I wish to do.  Books will go unread.  Films unseen.  Foods untasted.  Places unvisited. Things undone.

What I can do is prioritize.  I don’t see any reason to make myself finish a novel that I’m not enjoying.  Those are put aside to perhaps be picked up another day when I might be in a different mood.   Forcing myself to finish a plate isn’t going to help any starving child anywhere.  If someone invites me to do something that I really don’t like, I tell them honestly that that just isn’t my kinda thing, but thank you very much, perhaps we could do something else together another time.  Rather than forcing myself to do something out of a false sense of obligation, much better they take someone who might actually enjoy the experience.

Time is precious.

Never will I waste it on any of the various inane debates that exist online.  If people can’t accept what works for them may not for everyone, that is their problem.   My ego isn’t so fragile that I need to explain or justify my life choices in order to receive an “okay” from complete strangers.  Instead, I’ll be laughing with Sam Vines and Granny Weatherwax (thank you Sir Terry Pratchett, and RIP), studying language, diving deeper into the paths of Tarot, taking a stroll enjoying the hot sun on my skin. Rereading Wuthering Heights or Carmilla or Little Big.  Or maybe I’ll be just sitting back watching  my son smile as he plays with his fascinating fingers.  Because that’s one of the best things of all.

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Three of Swords: Things are not as they seem.  What killed the bird?  Is that demure-faced woman not so innocent? Lies.  Self-deception.  Emotional manipulation.  Slyness.

from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “Hurt and grief, usually over a relationship. Betrayal.  Sorrow and loss.  A desire for revenge after a relationship ends.”

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Three of Cups: Gatherings. Friendship.  Working harmoniously together.  Group effort. Celebrations.  Peer pressure.  Negative collaborations.

from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “Harmony and collaboration.  Rejoicing.  Friendship .  Teamwork.  Group dynamics that go wrong.  Falling into bad company.  Being pressured by friends to join in doing things that you feel are wrong.”

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Three of Wands: Dreams.  Ambitions.  Looking forward.  Planning.  Imaging better days and hopeful futures.  Things emerging.  Things just out of grasp.  Yearnings.

from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: ” Letting your ambitions and imagination take flight.  Daydreaming about the future and knowing you can make it a reality.  Ability to rise above the gloom and doom.  Forgetting the nightmares and dreaming of good things instead.”

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Three of Pentacles: Adroit.   Deft with one’s hands.  Working with material objects.  Cleverness.  Creativity.   Great achievements.

from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot: “A master craftsperson.  Being recognized for your achievements.  Attaining a high level of skill . Creating a maserpiece.  Putting your own needs to achieve above all other considerations. A lack of ethics in your work.”

The number three as described from Richard Cavendish’s The Black Arts: “Threes sparkle and glitter.  Witty, lively,charming, they are likely to be extremely successful in life.  They are often highly talented, especially in the arts. Proud and independent-minded people, they are ambitious, commanding, sometimes dictatorial.

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from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot:  “The Empress: Motherhood and maturity.  All things natural.  The cycle of birth, growth, death, and rebirth.  Being at one with nature.

shadow meaning: Acceptance that death, as well as birth, is part of the entire natural cycle. Trying to control nature.  Poor, uncaring parenting.”

The Empress.  The Earth, and Dark Mother.

As a new parent one might spend time lurking at boards, picking up tips here and there.  Baby having trouble getting out those dastardly burps?  fennel tea!  And one might pay closer attention to oft- parroted sayings.

My children are my life!”

Normally this would go in one of my ears and straight out the other.  But now it stayed and vexed and I was left wondering why.  Surely, this was a loving, innocent statement.  Nothing to brew about.  And it’s certainly not my beeswax if others think this way.

But as I pondered the statement further, I realized I just didn’t like the implications (real or imagined) behind the words.  Because, no.  He’s not.  I had my own life before him, and continue to now.  My dreams and desires and pursuits continue.  He is the most amazing, awesome, joyful part of my life.  He’s the whipped cream and cherry on top the sundae.  But we are separate entities.  Never do I want to be the kind of person who lives vicariously through their child. That wouldn’t be fair to me.  Nor to him.  He is an autonomous being and he has the right to his own dreams and desires and pursuits.  And yes, the right to his own mistakes and failings, too.

*A Reading for a woman who wanted some more insight into her husband’s health as he prepared to undergo testing.*

Using my Bohemian Gothic Tarot, I pulled three cards: The Empress, Nine of Wands, and Seven of Pentacles.

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So we’re dealing with nature, the cycles of birth, life, death, and rebirth. Using courage to get through a Situation. Contemplation. Looking back at what you have successully completed before moving forward.

All this pointed to a time of a change for *John* (name changed)

As the shadow side of the Empress can mean acceptance of physical death, I wanted to make sure we were just dealing with normal change/transformation and not the biggest kind. Therefore, I took out my Russian Gypsy Fortune Cards. Most importantly, I did NOT pull the hearse or anything at all of a negative nature.

Two pictures formed once the cards were shuffled. The Heart and the Angel. *John* would be surrounded by love, and protected by a heavenly presence.
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Using the information from both decks(and my intuition) I concluded that I thought whatever *John* was going through was not life threatening and he would get through his health problem with the support of his loved ones and spiritual helpers; as well as using his own courage to do so.