Langustl Tarot

November 20th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Take a look at this series of videos on the Major Arcana of the Langustl Tarot.

I like the deck. Bright colours, powerful lines and a dreamy melting feeling about the cards. On Langustl’s site you can see all of them, move them around, and even get yourself a one-card reading using the deck.

But what I like about the videos (or really the still pictures with talking) is how Langustl describes the cards. In each short clip, he focuses on the symbols in his own deck, but also tries to explain the overall theme of each archetype. He’s got an interesting take on them.

Here’s his Wheel of Fortune. I like it.

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Psychic Setting for your Holiday Table

November 20th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

good fortune tablescape

Good Fortune Tablescape

Want a fresh look for this year’s Holiday table? Maybe one with a mystical twist? Look no further. Shelby’s Garden of San Carlos, California came up with the Good Fortune tablescape.

A Ouija board, Magic 8 ball, and curtained-off fortune-telling area are all part of the design.   But where are the Tarot cards?

It’s not a setting for everyone’s tastes.   And it seems more about the psychic than simple ‘good fortune’, but I’m kind of liking it.  If conversation lagged over dinner, there’d be lots there to get it going again.

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Tarot Card of the Day – 11/20/10

November 20th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Ten of Cups from Georgie's Tarot

10 of Cups

Saturday, November 20, 2010
10 of Cups

You feel full up with all the love around you.  In fact, you might even be a little overwhelmed with how much you care and how loved you feel.  This is a happy time to be with your family or friends or whoever it is that makes up your social community.

You’re probably nearing the end of an important emotional phase.  Taking the time now to recognize and be grateful for all you have will help prepare you for the beginning of the next stage of your journey.

Celebrate with your loved ones, remembering with joy and humour all the good and not so good days that brought you to where you are now.

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Exhuming Tycho Brahe, Again

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe

He was buried over four hundred years ago, exhumed about a hundred years ago, and now they’ve dug him up again. Tycho Brahe was a Danish nobleman, astronomer, astrologer and alchemist who died mysteriously in 1601.

Born in 1546, Brahe is considered the founder of modern observational astronomy. And he came up with his own model of the universe, the Tychonic system. He thought that all the planets but the earth revolved around the sun, and that the sun and moon revolved around the earth. Of course he was wrong.

But he was correct about a lot of other things. No one before Tycho had ever tried to study the stars and planets as comprehensively as he did. Prior to him, it was commonly believed that beyond the moon, the universe was steady and unchangeable. His meticulous observations challenged that view and there was no going back.

Details surrounding his sudden death in Prague have remained elusive. Bladder infection, kidney failure, maybe murder. Perhaps poisoning from his prosthetic nose. We don’t know. But Danish scientists from Aarhus University are determined to find out.

They have to return the bodies of Tycho and his wife to Prague today, but the researchers have been feverishly sampling tissue and bone, and promise to share their discoveries in a book due out next year.

antimatter

antimatter

What beautiful synchronicity that the man who coined the term nova and changed our view of the universe forever, resurfaced the week CERN scientists captured antimatter and another team of researchers found a Jupiter-like planet on the outskirts of the Milky Way.

Tycho was above ground for a moment in 1901 as well. Just as the Curies were playing with radium and polonium, and Marconi received his first radio signal from across the Atlantic. Nothing’s been the same since.

What’s that antimatter going to tell us? And the new planet? What huge discoveries are we about to make? Are our perceptions of everything, including our place in the world, about to change?

Exciting times. No wonder Tycho wanted to join us for a bit. Or maybe he’s some sort of herald.

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Tarot Card of the Day – 11/19/10

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Two of Cups from Georgie's Tarot

2 of Cups

Friday, November 19, 2010
2 of Cups

It looks like it’ll be a sweet day.  Open communication full of love and tenderness.  This is a day to make sure you tell the people you love how much they mean to you.

If you’re starting a romantic relationship, or in one, it can be especially delicious.  Be romantic and enjoy each other.  It’s a time of beauty, peace and innocence, the reason we love love so much.

If you’re not feeling romantic, take the energy and let yourself simply express how much you care about those around you.  It will be most powerful if you tell them one-to-one.  Let them know they’re special, it’ll make you feel great too.

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The Ritual Project

November 18th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

The Ritual Project

The Ritual Project

If you’re a music loving mystic and happen to be in San Francisco this weekend, stop by the San Francisco World Music Festival. Door Dog Music Productions has put together The Ritual Project: Offering | Entering the Fire | Feasting.

Through the exploration of ancient rites and rituals, The Ritual Project has brought together artists from diverse cultures and spiritual traditions.  By sharing the spirit, this musical project is looking for ways to understand our obligations to a world that is changing so profoundly around us.

On the overtly mystical side, the show includes rituals of the Tibetan Shamans of the Himalayan and Pamir Steppes, the spirit infused classical music of India, initiation rites of the West Africa and Caribbean Santeria, Humaya singers and dancers of the Costanoan, Jewish Aramaic rites for the dead and the Chinese I-Ching.

Musically, you’ll find Afro-Cuban percussionist John Santos, Burmese harpist Su Wai, Uzbek percussionist Abbos Kosimom, Tibetan opera singer Techung, Chinese percussionist Wang Wei, Indian tabla master Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, South Indian violinist Anuradha Sridhar and a number of Bay Area youth ensembles.

Sounds like it’ll sound fantastic.

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Tarot Card of the Day – 11/18/10

November 18th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

#10 The Wheel of Fortune from Georgie's Tarot

#10 Wheel of Fortune

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wheel of Forutune

Do it now!  That’s right it’s a fantastic day to get going on whatever project (especially a new one) you’ve been thinking about.  Opportunities abound for you to finally move forward with your plan.

Don’t be afraid if you think you can’t do it?  You’ve been spending plenty of time thinking about it.  Look close, you’ll see you have all you need to make it work. The only thing that will slow you down is doing things the same old way.  So stop that – and start fresh now.  You’re ready to go.  Go!

And if you happen to be feeling in the writing or publishing mood – this is an especially fantastic day.  Take the chance and see what you come up with – you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the effort.

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Toronto Graffiti Tarot (Version 1)

November 17th, 2010 § 7 comments § permalink

Every now and then I get the urge to grab my camera and walk around the city looking for a Tarot deck. The magical symbols can be found all over the place.

This time round, I focused on Graffiti. There are so many great paintings in our alleyways it seems a shame how fast they’re replaced. Sometimes by other amazing images. And sometimes with ugly scrawls of nothing. But I think that’s part of what makes Graffiti Art a good match for the Tarot.

Tarot cards represent change, or the transformations we face in our daily lives. Through it’s temporary nature, Graffiti Art does the same. It quickly reflects the world around us, then changes up just as fast to mirror new pictures as they arise.

For now this is a Majors Only deck, but it might grow into a full 78 cards with time. Most of the images are from a long alley just south of Queen Street West. A few of them are from along Spadina Avenue.

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Tarot in the City 2
Georgie’s Tarot

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Tarot Card of the Day – 11/17/10

November 17th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

NIne of Cups from Georgie's Tarot

9 of cups

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
9 of Cups

It’s back again so soon! We just had this card last Friday. But I’m not complaining – what a wonderful day.  You feel open and loving and willing to let the world know – at least if they ask.  You might not feel like running out and embracing everyone you see, but there’s a sense of contentment and well-being that’s impossible to ignore. This is an excellent time to enjoy and share.  Be generous with your feelings. There’s really nothing to fear in letting people know you care.

There’s a good chance that you’ve just gotten through some murky emotions and aren’t quite ready to be completely open yet.  That’s okay, you don’t have to be. Give as you can and laugh out loud as much as possible, even when you’re alone. It may have been some time since you’ve felt this good.  Enjoy. You deserve it.

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The Power of Ten

November 16th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Watch this brilliant video. You’ll go from a picnic scene in Chicago to the far reaches of the universe, back on down to the protons in the body of the man still at the picnic in Chicago. All in degrees of 10.

Not surprisingly, this short film is called The Power of Ten. It’s based on the 1957 book, Cosmic View by Kees Boeke and was created by Charles and Ray Eames in 1968. The Power of Ten was re-released this year on 10/10/10. For obvious reasons.

What’s this got to do with Tarot you ask? First off, it’s all those 10’s. In the Minor Arcana, the cards run from Ace to Ten. That’s where the story of our mundane lives is to be found.

But the Major Arcana, or big energies of our world, are there too. The whole thing starts 1 meter away from the man on the picnic blanket and grows and recedes with the simple addition or subtraction of a Zero.

It’s like the Magician (#1) and the Fool (#0) are taking us on a trip to the ends of the universe and back.

And the whole journey is done in 40 powers of 10, or 1 and 40 zeros. How could I not be reminded of the four suits of the Tarot – 4 suits of 10.

Ultimately, I think this film and the Tarot deck are telling the same story, the big and little story of life.

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