November is traditionally the month to give thanks. I especially like the non-denominational nature of giving thanks. Thanks comes in all forms and for many reasons.
Speaking of thanks, I want to thank all of you who sent money, or even well wishes to help my sister-in-law through the GiveForward campaign to save her home which she was about to lose due to high medical expenses. My heart has truly been touched by people who don’t even know her who were willing to share their resources.
Gordana Curgus and I are thankful to have completed the art work of the Major Arcana for Tarot of Empowerment, our new deck. You can read below about why we changed several of the traditional names in the deck. I believe we are still true to Tarot and I’d like to hear what you feel or think about that. I’m finishing the writing and we’re working on packaging for the collectors’ edition with the Major Arcana and book. Yes, we will continue work on the minor arcana in 2015.
There are few “celebrities” I have an urge to meet, but the Dalia Lama is someone whose presence I’ve always wanted to experience. I’m thankful we had that opportunity recently at UBC in Vancouver, CA. He really is charismatic, and his laugh is so warm. The translations were amazing, but did not always include what the Dalia Lama found so funny. He amuses himself to no end. He’ll say something and then laugh and laugh. He talked about altruism and compassion, the 4 noble truths. It was fabulous.
I’m also thankful that Larry and I have been able to take our RV, Lucy, out to the Oregon Coast this last month. The coast always inspires me and fills me with gratitude with its magical beauty. The photo in the header above was taken in color, yet the world looked black and white that day.
I’m most thankful for my wonderful family and for all of my friends, readers, and clients who share my life. Every one of you makes a difference and you touch my heart. When you tell me you read my newsletter, or listen to my radio program, it humbles and helps me live my truth more fully.
Thank you for being you and being a part of my life,
The photo in the header is from the the Oregon Coast on Hwy 101. The photo in the header above was taken in color, yet the colors were so subtle the world looked black and white that day.
New names for Traditional images
You’ll find several cards in the Major Arcana deck of Tarot of Empowerment have new names. A major reason I acquiesced to make a deck was because Gordana’s art so clearly reflected the essence of the cards as I saw them.
After Gordana created each card, I would use it to clarify readings. I would read with one of my full decks like, Tarot of the Spirit by Pamela Eakins. When a card we had completed came up in the course of the spread, I would interpret Pamela’s card, and then refer to our card, to clarify or expand on the meaning of the card in the context of the reading.
As I used each new card, I became clearer about my Tarot explanations, and how the visuals of our cards exemplified the meanings. Now that we have gone through this process, Gordana and I feel that our deck achieves the goal of showing how each and every card can be a positive tool of empowerment. Tarot of Empowerment is not the first deck to change some of the names, nor will it be the last.
Empowerment tools must be relevant and accessible. Words and names are powerful. Part of our goal is to make Tarot accessible to anyone by removing obstacles to understanding. For example, the word Hierophant is confusing and not a part of modern day vocabulary, hence out name, the Advisor.
Among the first cards we knew we would rename were the Emperor and Empress cards because those titles are not relevant in today’s’ world. However, the essence of the archetypal Emperor as one who has final authority, is relevant. Hence the name change to Authority. Likewise, the essence of the Empress is to nurture and sustain herself, her family and her community. We decided to call this card Sustenance.
I love the Fool. The essence of the card is a young person naively beginning a journey of self discovery to learn about the world. As I used our card as a clarifier, I realized the Fool is on more than a journey. The young person is on a quest with the goal of understanding each of the archetypes. Finally, we decided that Quester is more empowering than Fool.
There are other names of cards we’ve changed that I’ll explain in my book. Here is a complete list of the cards we’ve changed, and there are one or two others we may yet change.
Fool = Quester, Empress = Sustenance, Emperor = Authority, Hierophant = Advisor, Lovers = Choices, Chariot = Determination, Hermit = Introspection, Hanged Man = New Perspectives, Death = Life Cycles, Devil = Entrapment, Tower = Chaos, Judgment = Awakening.
Meet Pamela Eakins, author of Tarot of the Spirit, Novemeber 12 at 6pm