Three of Cups — The Lovers Tarot

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Jane LyleArtist: Oliver Burston
Book: Jane Lyle


Although I am not a fan of the Lovers’ Tarot per se (see my previous rants here and here), I generally like what Jane Lyle has to say about cards even if I was sarcastic last time and critical about the art the time before.


Because I am using the Lovers’ Tarot, and because I do not particularly like asking questions, I recite “I love my baby” over and over while shuffling this deck then draw a card: Three of Cups, reversed.


Three of Cups says:

Cup, cup, & cup: joy, laughter, & celebration. Positive energy brings on positive energy. Be careful about over-doing the celebration, tho, Barefoot (& Pregnant) Fool: you know you’re prone to over-eating, and it doesn’t help any.


B. Fool hides her dish of food behind the computer screen & wipes her hands on her pyjamas.


Three of Cups continues:

And watch that spending because— income? what income? If you’re going to spend money, try to classify the expenditures as investments or necessary. For example, how many new tarot decks do you really need?


The Fool gets defensive and cries:

Investment! Necessary! Support the Arts! I promise to forego adding to my striped-wool-sock collection! —Tho if there are really cute ones in baby sizes, they’re technically not for me.


Three of Cups rolls three gold eyes & has the final word:

It is possible to have fun while remaining balanced. Be honest with yourself and with your partner. Eat green vegetables in addition to chocolate. Cook for your lover and eat together. Do some yoga tomorrow, go for a short walk, and it will feel good. Admit your accomplishments. Love your friends. Enjoy these fat and happy days. Life will change in a minute.

Eight of Pentacles — The Lover’s Tarot

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

8 of PentaclesArtist: Oliver Burston
Book: Jane Lyle


Martin has been out of town for over a week. With this in mind, I choose the Lover’s Tarot and pull the Eight of Coins, reversed. It says to me [brackets mine]:


“Problems at work [what work?] or with your working life [implying that parts of my life might not be working?] are draining your energy [and everyone else tells me it’s the baby!] or filling your mind with negative thoughts [e.g.: “I am so lazy—” true]. You may feel as if you are in the wrong job [perhaps my partner should be pregnant and I should go to work?], or resent the time you must devote to work [always]. This may, of course, describe what’s troubling someone close to you [even if he expresses himself well and has never said as much]. There is little energy available for love or romance— practical difficulties [i.e.: a few hundred miles between two people] must be resolved before a relationship can flourish. [Be glad your lover comes home tonight.]”


[Insert humming, hemming and hawing noises.]


I think I am more inclined toward sarcasm in a reading when I don’t feel a connection to the deck I am reading from. I am embarrassed to say this, because it makes it seem as if I take this whole tarot-reading thing more seriously than I would take, say, an average college English writing assignment. This is not true: I was an English writing arts major and took every writing assignment quite seriously. I love writing. These daily entries are, to me, little writing assignments. I love everything about keeping a blog other than the fact that it limits what other things I may (or, recently, may not) accomplish during the day.


In addition to learning the meanings of the cards, I am also learning what I like in a deck. I like a deck that pushes me to learn something new. I like a deck that thinks outside of its box. I like a deck where I feel that the artist fell in love, Pygmalion-like, with the completion of each card. I like a deck where I can look again and again at the images and enjoy them. I like to see the genius behind the art.


Does this mean I will no longer read from a deck when I realize I don’t like it so much? Will I come to the point where I can actually get rid of some decks? I don’t know. Right now I still feel ignorant enough that I want to learn from as many sources as possible, even if I do not enjoy each lesson equally.


The purpose of this blog is to gain a better understanding of the cards
that I might better be able to explain the images in my deck
and someday write a little book.

Page of Pentacles — The Lover’s Tarot

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Jane Lyle[NOTE: Not that I’m doing deck reviews here, but I dislike it when some “artist” does a lot of (often poor) cutting and pasting from classical images and then doesn’t tell us where the images are sourced. All ‘ye artists out there: see Karen Mahoney & Alex Ukolov’s excellent book for the Tarot of Prague for an example of beautifully sourced artwork.]


Artist: Oliver Burston
Book: Jane Lyle


Interpretation: upright: It is a joyful, happy card wherever it falls. Listen to your voice. Pay attention to your dreams. inverted: Something is not what it seems. Take time to assess the reality of a situation.


Generally, I look at every card upright. As Brian sang, while hanging on the cross, Always look at the bright side of life— (ba-bum, ba-bum ba-bum ba-bum)  When I flipped the card over, my first thought was, “It’s upside down.”  Either way, it does makes sense to look at both sides at once. Thus: listen to your voice and take time to assess the reality of a situation.


Jane Lyle’s book that comes with the deck is, as implied, skewed toward affairs of the heart. Her emphasis is on self-reflection and introspection, not divination. She asks us to ponder —does this card represent an individual? —yourself? —a situation or a relationship phase? —and says: “When describing an aspect of personality, it heralds an intuitive, creative phase, and has close links with the first stirrings of romantic love and desire.”


If I am a romantic at heart, which I say I am when defining my heart, than all my love is romantic. As for desire— who is free from desire?


In this intuitive, creative phase heralded by pregnancy (intuitive because I haven’t a clue what I am doing; creative because I’ll be making everything up as I go along) there are many things that will need to change. The page of coins tells me to pay attention to what I need to do to manifest my dreams in the material world.


One simple change: Martin suggested we move to Quebec. (The more complex changes that come after having a child are currently incomprehensible to me, and thus outside the scope of my dreams.) After a long period of refusal, (too far from my family, I don’t know the language, I’m sick of making new friends, too isolating, etc.) I am now in love (or perhaps it is lust) with the idea of moving: I have had a change of heart. This material change (relocation) will help me manifest my desire to learn French.


I am especially in love with the idea of Quebec City. What ecstasy to fall in love with an old city— with its arches and staircases— stone walls and churches— steeples— statues— parks and windows— doorways— curves and corners— O! deliciously sensual. I dream of wandering alone. Today I am off to initiate my love affair with Quebec City…