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The Prague Mage

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Prag MageBurst of energy, creativity, inspiration etc. What I get from this card today is ‘Do it!’ And if you don’t know how then fake it. I’ll get the hang of it soon enough. In the background is Hermes, all about quickness, the messenger of the Gods but quite often with his own agenda. For me this is a warning to not take everything at face-value.

Cards used this week have been from the lovely Tarot of Prague by Magic Realist Press. It is one of my favorite decks and I am lucky enough to own a first edition and no, it will NEVER be for sale 😀

I also want to add a little note that I made a book-blog only in swedish though. I have been on Goodreads a while now and tried to review in my rather wobbly english, here is an oppertunity to review in my own language, with no censorship, no angry author comments, no deleted reviews and I won’t even drive traffic to Amazon! Click the image to see it.

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Can’t bear it

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breakfast in Prague

Breakfast (already ate the ciabatta with soft cheese) The tarot spread I use is knitted by mom, the tarot bag I made myself by hand since I don’t own a sewing machine. I can see it needs an ironing though. I picked the title for this post cause I lack imagination today and sometimes a pun is the closest to hand.

Prague 8 SwordsOn the card is a women, blindfolded, encircled, frozen, immobile. Just by her feet a bear also in chains discovered that the ball that tied him was actually an apple (how clever is not that!!) But she can’t see that now, can she? Or perhaps she just doesn’t care anymore. Being the victim has it’s benefits too (or so many of us wouldn’t place ourselves there so often)

This card today has given me a lot to think about, and it ain’t so pretty. Like why am I still living here on benefits, why am I still single, why do I not get the help I need to fix my life, at least patch it up a bit more.

Big sticks

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Tarot of pragueBig sticks, a little like opinions. We all got them and we either keep them to ourselves, flaunt them or hit others in the head with them. Take a pick. This is the second appearance of the World. I take my que from her then. Handle your opinions/wands with grace. Lashing out won’t get anything done.

Oh funny note: Went to the library today and actually heard the librarian talk about how some people just read too much! *jaw dropped* I took my bundle of 6 books home anyway, like an addict with the weekly ration of illicit drugs.

Little bit of tarot

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Tarot of PragueSneaking in a tarot post here just before the read-a-thon is about to start. I pulled two cards for today and got 10 of Swords and The World. Normally 10 of swords is not a card you jump for joy when you see but just this weekend it makes perfect sense. What other card then the full-fillment of intellect + the full circle of the world on a day 100% devoted to the written word?

I hope I won’t fall asleep like the girl on the card – perhaps some dancing like The World is in place 😀


Mental exhaustion but yet a sense of fulfillment 😀

The deck I use this week (with kind permission) is the lovely but sadly OOP Tarot of Prague by Magic Realist Press

Full hands

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This last day of using the Tarot of Prague, for this time, I pulled two cards and got two Aces. First the Ace of Pentacles. A golden hand holds out a blue and golden disc with the sun inscribed on it. In the background we see an open portal in a stone wall and a sun-lit stair leading up into a autumnal garden behind a white castle. In the second Ace the hand, the same one, has turned green through exposure to the seasons/experience. The hands holds a copper lion that in turns holds the golden cup. The additions on a lion here might indicate that Love does not happen in a vacuum, we need to turn out attention outwards to share our emotions or they will fall flat. The background here is a river, frozen, with a layer of snow and several bridges crossing it. This hand is patient and soon spring will come and thaw that river.

Things left behind like dust

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I have been living most of this week curled up in the sofa, reading novels as I said before. I did pull a card each day but didn’t even think of blogging. I  blog just for fun and sometimes not blogging is just as important as writing. I need the spaces of silence.

Today I pulled the Judgement card and it made me think of what we leave behind. I am reading Douglas Couplands novel ‘Player One’ right now and in it he muses about the Rapture, the moment Jesus will snatch you up to Paradise and just leave your shoes behind. But what will we really leave behind? Coupland writes about the Rapture Goo since all that might be taken is the DNA, all the rest would be left, the shoes, clothes, hair, blood, bone, water, muscle, bacteria, skin, cells – everything not DNA. And the thing that makes me into ME is so minuscule you could carry it in a tea-spoon. Now I am not a believer in the Rapture but it poses interesting thoughts.

When I wake up in the morning, I like to think that I leave behind the worries of the yesterday and step into the brand new day, refreshed, naked, open. And when I make my bed, I like to think that as I shake my bed covers I shake off all the troubles, the shame, the guilt, the resentment.

This Judgement card is an opening to a fresh start, it’s a call to begin my day dust-free.

Puss in boots!

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This has really been my kind of day, just as the card promised. Now I don’t do these daily draws as predictions, more as finding an energy, in the case it has been a self-fulfilling prophecy though. Perhaps if I pulled a more industrious card I would have gone out and about into the hustle of the world. Instead I take a time out like the man here on the card, minus the pipe (gave the smoking habit up in 2001) Now I didn’t lounge about in a fancy painted beer hall with a little page at my elbow either, but close enough. I did have my own personal little puss as a tummy warmer much of the day while drinking tea, eating toast with tzatziki and reading novels. I think my favorite part of this card is the relaxed Puss in Boots in the left hand corner there, so comfy, kicking back, enjoying life.

This is the book I just finished. The poison tree – Erin Kelly. I wish I could have given it 2.5 stars. Perhaps it will grow on my in hindsight and I can add a star later. Right now I am dipping my toes into my latest Douglas Coupland novel called ‘Player One’

Surveying my domain

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Tarot of Prague3 of wands. I see a man in workers outfit, leaning on his ox, holding two wands, the third placed behind the ox. He looks apprehensive, he is not resting, just surveying the area. Perhaps he is measuring out his fields against his neighbors claims. Above him, in a different light, lofty, sits several richly dressed men with tools to measure out the globe. Perhaps dividing it up between them. The man and his ox are the one having to live with whatever decision they make.

Now that was my story, the book tells a different one, both are of course valid. In the book it says that the men around the globe might be adventurers, planning a journey of discovery, and the man leaning on his ox are surveying his domain. Both stories are about getting the large picture, looking over what you have and where you need to go now.

On the smaller jema-personal scale this card urges me to survey my own domain, see to my house, what needs to be done? And then go to my landlord and negotiate with him on how to make it happen. Unless I take the first step, it will never get done.I might step on a few toes on the way but this is where I live! I need it fixed – now!

Image from Tarot of Prague, copyright Magic Realist Press.

3 cards 3/3

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Simple deck interview 3 card spread. Tarot of Prague. Copyright Magic Realist Press

1. Tell me about yourself: Knight of Pentacles – Air of Earth. This is a real work horse of a deck, solid and reliable. This has been a back-bone in my collection since I got it and it ain’t going anywhere 😀 This knight is standing still too as is his dog.

2. How do we connect? 4 of Cups. I might think I already know it all, being too focused on myself and my expectations/dreams and missing out on the task at hand. What ‘sheeps’ do I need to tend to this week? It feels like I sometimes go into life too much of a dreamer and misses out a lot of the real world bustling about around me.

3. Outcome or what will I have to learn? Page of Swords – Earth of Air. Same elements as in the first card. I see it as a challenge to bring my lofty dreamy ideas into reality, to actually DO and not just think. A detail that sticks out to me is that the Page is standing on what looks like the top of a chimney. When you sweep chimneys you get your hands dirty and perhaps that is what I will practice more of this week. Being more in the moment and connect my inner life to my outer, rather stagnant one.

Tarot of Prague

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This weeks deck is an old favorite of mine. Tarot of Prague copyright Karen Mahoney and Alex Ukolov 2005. It is out of print and hard to find so I am very happy I got my set when I did. Well, I got ALL Magic Realist Press decks. I do believe this first one they ever made is my favorite though. I like the chunky woodblocks, the grand statues, the city-scapes… It also feels like a perfect deck for March, when the light returns and the first stirrings of spring.

Yes, I bought new plants to keep my ‘devotional’ collection company. (that is all the tiny figurines) As you can see we still got quite a bit of snow, but the sun is out and melting it off fast, all day I heard large chunks of snow falling off the roof.