HOW did a reversal sneak in there??? The card sometimes manage it, even though I try my best to keep them all upright. This is all pretty heavy or at least serious stuff to think about.
I’ve been doing daily readings for a little while & I have to say I’m really starting to believe in it! I’m glad I decided to get a deck rather than paying to see a (supposed) psychic. That would’ve been a one-time thing of $115, I think it was, maybe $125. I paid $24 and get a daily, morning ritual.
Friend Maria tweeted me this link about Osvaldo Menegazzi, a famous, old tarot designer in Milan & suggested I design some of my own. The idea has occurred to me!
The process, Menegazzi shares, isn’t always in his control. The images on his cards are often inspired by history, and ideas can appear without warning. Sometimes he finds himself stopping and sketching during a walk through the streets of Milan, or even while dining at a restaurant. But most of the work takes place in his shop, where he has a studio space full of paints, brushes, cardstock and discarded designs. Since Menegazzi researches every theme, some decks take up to a year to develop and print.
He’s been doing it his whole life and he’s in his 70s. I bet it’d take me two years. I already have a Ma’at, who is the feature of my Justice card, VI in my deck. It is also sometimes XI, I found out today. I already have a Ma’at illustration courtesy of the current project, but of course I’d need to decide on the dimensions my cards would be if produced, so I can work in a proportionally larger format.
Though he doesn’t read tarot himself—for him, it’s all about the artistry—Menegazzi is immersed in the history and symbolism of the cards.
Card 1, within: 5 of Cups
Introduction: The 5 of Cups is another card which reminds us that where we put our focus in life has a great deal to do with the quality of our lives and how well they work for us. What are you going to choose to focus on?
General: In most tarot decks, most depictions on each card give solid guides toward interpretation, for this card, this is more than usually the case. Most often, a sad or downcast figure is shown, with five cups. Three are spilled, and two remain upright and whole. The implication is extremely clear; are you going to cry over “spilt milk” or are you going to focus on the “milk” you still have, and get on with things? The point is: watch where you put your focus and make sure that the focus is for your highest good.
Finances: Worrying too much about money can actually have the opposite effect of what you are trying to “make happen” and that’s having a better flow of financial prosperity – that is, a flow in your favor. The way to get a handle on this worry is actually to be generous. You’re probably not as “bad off” as you think. Give something away, or make a small donation to a cause that you believe in.
If the Five of Cups is in the present position, you are probably in the middle of a tough time.
Card 2, without: 10 of Disks (reversed)
Introduction: Even reversed, the 10 of Pentacles is generally a very positive omen. This is not, however, a time to gamble with your security and things that are important to you; in other words, don’t take silly chances.
General: The reversed 10 of Pentacles in general says that you have a great deal to be happy about, but you need to beware a sense of boredom, which often comes about when people are actually at peace. Don’t shake things up for the sake of it. Count your blessings, at all levels.
From the book. Reverse: Not appreciating success. Not appreciating life and the goodness in it, perhaps one can’t see past the negative aspects of the wheel, which are really part of a balanced & perfect whole.
I really feel like the cards are scolding me.
Card 3, advice: VIII Justice
Work, earn, know thyself, create they reality, become they greatest potential. Ground wishes with action. Be the crux of the real and the sublime. Weigh with your heart. Ma’at means truth.
an internal process of reconciliation
Introduction: Justice deals with the idea of karma and the law of cause and effect, stating that all events, and all people, are connected. It’s important to remember that not everything you are dealing with, however, is a direct result of your own actions or karma.
General: This card evokes the need for fairness, balance, and harmony. Operate in as balanced and reasonable a fashion as you can. This includes in how you think about and treat yourself.
Health: It’s important to “stay in the moment” and, once again, to pay attention to how you are (or are not) keeping a sense of balance in your life. Moderation is not just for monks, it’s an important part of living a sensible and healthy life. Consider how you might be “out of balance”.
Spirituality: This is a time to work on being grounded. Do you feel as though you are connected to the earth and your fellow man? Can you be “in the world” but not “of the world?” Balance again is the theme here. Working on keeping the proper perspective about life will help you to stay centered.
When the Justice card appears in the future position of your Tarot reading, the things that you are working on in your life now are inevitably leading you toward having to make a big decision. We think of many things in life as solid, but no matter how firm they are, most things are fleeting or transitory. The deepest friendships of our youth are affected by geography and the shift of what we choose to do with our lives. These shifts are imperceptibly slow, but it is as if they do not actually change until we notice that they are changing; by then they are too far removed from what they once were to ever be again as we lived them. The Tarot is telling you to get ready for a big change no matter how minor a decision you are about to make.