Five of Coins — Sakki-Sakki Tarot

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Monicka Clio SakkiArtist: Monicka Clio Sakki

Author: Monicka Clio Sakki & Carol Anne Buckley

 

Like all fives, the Five of Coins indicates a situation of conflict. The difficulty here is with money, wealth, or possessions. Times are hard. Life sometimes seems meaningless. What is the purpose of such material things as we surround ourselves with? If we open our minds and accept life without the comforts we are used to, what new things do we find? All things material are impermanent.

 

With patience and courage, the feeling of impoverishment can be overcome. The tools to do the dirty work are with us all the time. It is easy to look in the accustomed places for comfort and a sense of belonging; it is difficult to see a whole new world of riches that lies just beneath our feet.

 

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I once lived in Hawaii. I worked with an arborist in an immense botanical garden, where I climbed trees big enough to hold tree-mansions. In my spare time, I swam in the ocean, out in the open ocean, swam from beach to beach out in the ocean, all alone. I brought nothing with me. I wore goggles and a swimsuit. I swam for hours on end. I swam with turtles, dolphins, humpback whales, and a myriad of fishes, out there, all alone. I came to land like a mermaid, uneasy on my legs. I was in love with the ocean. I was madly in love with the ocean. It was almost enough to sustain me— but I was missing community. I had no family. I belonged in the ocean, all alone, but I did not belong on land.

 

When my boss became tyrannical and abusive, I had no where to turn for help. His actions took away the beauty I had found in life. I became sick. I had no energy. Hanks of hair fell out of my head; much of my remaining hair turned white. Eventually, I realized the most important thing is family. Because I had not made a new family of people to surround myself with, I decided to return to the northeast US, where I grew up. I have family here. I know the seasons. This is my wealth. This is my community. These are the riches that have been beneath my feet all my life. When something is lost and something new appears, quite often, it has been there all along.

Queen of Cups — Sakki-Sakki Tarot

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Monicka Clio SakkiArtist: Monicka Clio Sakki with Carol Anne Buckley

 

Interpretation: deep • sensitive • creative • compassionate • mysterious • visionary • adorable • practical • achieving

 

I finished the last card of my deck yesterday. I did! I did! It only took me 13 years or so to interpret and illustrate all 78 cards of the tarot deck. Never before have I had such a pressing deadline as an imminent child. I chose the Sakki-Sakki deck today because its cards seem like colored confetti thrown in celebration. I said to the deck, “I have no questions. Just congratulate me. Give me accolades.” As I cut the deck, out fluttered a card. I flipped it over. This deck hath bestowed the Queen of Cups upon me!

 

[See January 31 for a complete description of her energy.]

 

I cannot say I am the Queen of Cups; I can only say I love her. I relate to her. This queen-forever-swimming-in-the-sea finds respite and a place to comb her hair upon a rock— a stone— a sea-borne throne. In the Pre-Raphaelite Tarot (which, as far as I know, does not yet exist and I am not about to take the task of its creation upon myself) she is illustrated by one of my favorite paintings, John William Waterhouse’s “The Mermaid.”

 

18. The Moon — Sakki-Sakki Tarot

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Artist: Monicka Clio Sakki
Author: Monicka Clio Sakki & Carol Anne Buckley
 
Interpretation: dreams, unconscious, inner-self, confusion, deception, mystery
 
“The landscape that the Moon’s light reveals is a complex one. Along with its power to fascinate, the Moon arouses disturbing feelings, even madness…. The Moon provokes a psychic awakening, and lights our escape into the domain of our imagination.”
 
I am driving to Syracuse today. It usually takes me about six hours because I drive 55-60 mph, take the occasional accidental detour, have to pee a few times, and maybe nap. My goal is to leave before noon. Despite my love of the moon, I hope not to drive by its light, lest I succumb to shadows one after another. Confusion leads to deception, letting me be overcome by the mystery of what I see as I drift into the land of the unconscious dreamer where there is nothing left but inner-self.
 
I will not deceive myself: these blog entries often take quite long to write. I have yet to pack. The truth is, I must leave by the light of day if I am to sleep in my parents’ house tonight. My inner-self is not licensed to drive a car without the full awareness of my outer-self. I would like to arrive at my destination intact.