Accidental Tarot

Do you remember back at the beginning of the pandemic, with the first of the lock downs/stay at home/shelter in place orders, the initial fear/panic and compliance?  We stocked our cupboards as best we could, thanked our deity of choice for having cupboards in our life as well as the ability to stock said cupboards, and then tried – as best we could – for the potential positive uses of our time such as:

not only learn, but master two or three languages,

get started on that book I believe to be lurking inside me, 

achieve the yoga crow pose,

or..um…… maybe I clean out a drawer or two….

Yes indeed that last one was my winner.  I organized, recycled, and threw away bunches of stuff.  During this embarrassingly short purge time, I came across a Rider Tarot Deck.  I had purchased this particular deck years ago in an effort to learn the tarot – something I have wanted to do since childhood.  It was not an instant affinity.

Now this is THE deck that created tarot as we know it and therefore studying this deck is vital.  While I loved the intricacies of the symbolism, the sagas behind each card, and above all learning about Pamela Colman Smith, I did not connect to this deck.  It simply didn’t speak to me – I don’t know why.  Not wanting to give up, I went searching for another deck.  And came across Melissa Wortherspoon’s Etsy site and saw this:

 

The Low Rider Dachshund Tarot

What? Dachshunds speaking tarot? It was too silly and delightful for words. Oddly enough, I did not purchase the deck immediately but continued on my search for a far more ‘serious’ first deck. After poking around various blogs and channels, I realized the truth: the dachshund tarot was my perfect deck.

The artwork is unbelievable! Each card is simply beautiful. The packaging is fantastic: a hard box with magnetic flap closure and an extensive full color booklet. And all the better, since I’ve known and loved dachshunds forever, (and so has Ms. Wortherspoon), I found myself starting to grasp the intent of the cards.

Since purchasing and using this deck, I’ve really begun enjoying trying to learn tarot. Oh it will be a very long time before I gain any skill level, but I’m making a start – I have purchased a brand new all human deck.

Thank you for reading and stay safe.

I’m tickled paisley

I got my second Covid-19 vaccine on Friday!

The first shot had left me feeling a bit sickly for a week. This one had me brain foggy, groggy, inattentive (my sincerest apologies to the very nice person I inadvertently very nearly ran over with my shopping cart in Trader Joe’s. I swear I didn’t think I was that close.), and a bit crotchety for four days. But…. an imaginary drumroll here if you please….my head has cleared! In a couple of weeks, I will be secure in the knowledge I can – with exercising common sense caution – expand my world!

Wheels in motion – plans being made – and a minor celebration is in order. First, to my hair stylist! Haven’t a clue what that color is that’s growing in, (murky brown with gray highlights?) but I shall return to my new natural auburn. Next, a tour of my favorite independent bookstores – I can smell my credit card smoking already -purchases to be enjoyed with a cup from my neighborhood coffee shop. And lastly, a trip to the gluten free bakery across town with a reputation for being the best in town. I’ve only eaten her delightful baked goods once, but I know I’ll want to buy a cake when I get there. To be washed down at home with a bottle of my favorite Prosecco.

Thanks for reading and stay safe.