While it's been a few years since I went to the Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer, it's about time I shared some photos of the tarot and Lenormand cards that I viewed during my visit. The pièce de résistance is one of the oldest known tarot cards, a 15th-century hand-painted gold-stamped work.
I also share photos of some fascinating antique playing cards. There are many cards in their collection as you'd imagine. Please excuse some of my photos. I shot these in 2015 using a Samsung Note 2, so the photos just don't compare to current smart phones. That, plus the challenge of taking photos through display glass sometimes made it difficult to capture the cards. (They keep it dim in there, which actually made browsing the museum's collection a delight!) I did spend some time adjusting the photos in an app to try to improve them, but there's nothing I could do about light reflection. I hope you still enjoy looking through these!
The Lua Tarot has been nominated for Best Indie Deck at the WDA 2021 Awards! What an incredible honor to be included in this group of amazing deck creators! Thank you to the folks who nominated it.
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The Lion's Gate, a celestial stargate, is when the 2nd brightest star in the heavens, fixed star Sirius (aka our "Spiritual Sun"), aligns with Earth; and it is “activated” with the New Moon this weekend.
As I continue to read and travel through 36 Secrets, A Decanic Journey through the Minor Arcana of the Tarot by T. Susan Chang, I keep finding fascinating connections between the cards and the stars.
For example: The Lion’s Gate happens during this Leo II time, the decan of the 6 of Wands “Lord of Victory” card (Jupiter in Leo). >>>>>
We've entered Leo Season (Strength energies) today. I’m exploring the 1st decan of Leo in the Minor Arcana. Leo I is associated with the Five of Wands, which starts today and ends August 1st. Put the Five of Wands on your altar or reading table during this time to see how it shows up for you.
The Five of Wands can reflect anything from disputes to competition. Because this card is considered the “Lord of Strife” we can see struggle between two or more parties, but it does not necessarily have to be negative, as we can look at this as friendly competition and sportsmanship, if we come at it with a shift in perspective.
When we look at the astrology in the Five of Wands, Saturn in Leo is not harmonious, which is why we often see disputes with the Five of Wands, “Lord of Strife.” Saturn is restrictive & stern and Leo is creative & warm, but both can express control. >>>>>
Yesterday, we entered the third decan of Cancer, represented by the Four of Cups—the Moon in Cancer decan. The High Priestess (Moon) and Chariot (Cancer-ruled).
The original Golden Dawn title for the Four of Cups is The Lord of Blended Pleasure.
Four of Cups can bring up feelings of boredom, apathy and discontent in one's life. As we see in the RWS Cups Four, an angelic hand reaches out to show the young person the bounty that sits right in front of them. But, they don't even notice the miracle of this divine hand. >>>>>
We've entered Cancer II, the decan of the Three of Cups tarot card that lasts from July 1st - July 11.
This is the Lord of Abundance card, associated with Mercury in Cancer—and the Magician (Mercury ruled tarot card) and the Chariot (Cancer ruled tarot card).
Three of Cups is a card of celebration, friendship, community, creativity, fun, and abundance.
Consider how this energy may reveal itself to you in the next 10 days. Is it showing up for you yet? How does it want to be expressed? How does the Magician and the Chariot cards come into play? These cards will reflect the macrocosmic energies, while the Three of Cups shows the micro.
For me, these cards are reflecting my wanting to connect with the magical friendships and community that I celebrate. I need to get out and connect, dance, and play with the people I adore and want to toast. Abundance is found in these connections. Cheers to you all, magic ones!
I'm inspired to do a "decan walk" since I've been reading 36 Secrets by Susie Chang. I hope to post more of these.
Cards are the Lua Tarot on top of the Antiquarian Tarot large size.
Catching up on some reading during my staycation! 36 Secrets, A Decanic Journey through the Minor Arcana of the Tarot by Susie Chang is an incredible work, which she says was inspired by astrologer Austin Coppock’s 36 Faces, but here she focuses on the astrological decans that were assigned to the tarot’s Minor Arcana by the Golden Dawn.
In the book, Susie explores her one year “decan walk” of the Minor Arcana tarot cards. I haven’t seen this subject tackled like this before and I’m really loving it and inspired to do my own decan walk. I'll try to share if I do.
I highly recommend this to intermediate tarot students and beyond if you're interested in learning astrology connected to the Minors.
Shine bright like the sun. Happy Solstice! Happy Pride!
1970 1JJ Swiss Tarot on the Celestial Spheres Mat
The Lua Tarot deck is featured in Parq Magazine! A Portuguese trends magazine dealing with art, photography, fashion and urban lifestyle. Read the article in English by tarotist Roger Winstanley.
Full Moon is exact tonight at 8:31pm PT (11:31pm ET). This Moon’s influence is under Scorpio, which is associated with the Tarot’s Death card—the Child of the Great Transformers, and the Lord of the Gate of Death.
Scorpio’s ruling planet is Pluto and Pluto stations Retrograde tomorrow (1:03pm PDT) for 6 months.
ALSO: The USA has been in the thick of its first Pluto Return, currently 26° Capricorn (within 1° orb of US’s natal Pluto). >>>>>
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Maree Bento is an artist and practitioner of the mystical & healing arts.
She’s a professional tarot reader and veteran deck creator born under a Sagittarius Sun with a Libra Rising & Capricorn Moon conjunct Pallas Athena. She's been deepening her astrology studies the last few years, after a years-long hobby interest in the subject.
Maree was a licensed massage therapist for 17 years practicing various holistic modalities for body, mind, and spiritual well-being & connection.
Her background in the healing arts inspires her present approach to tarot, creativity, ritual, and divination.
She loves traveling, especially to her ancestral homeland, the Azores, and has been relearning her mother tongue. She enjoys connecting with family, friends, & animals, She lives in Portland with her beloved, David, and their huggable hound, Dante where they hike rain or shine.
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