I’ve Been Sleeping with the ShadowFox …

ShadowFox Tarot Richard & Jennifer ShadowFox Published by Schiffer

ShadowFox Tarot
Richard & Jennifer ShadowFox
Published by Schiffer

So… I discovered this deck by chance a few weeks back when I was sat up way too late for most people, happily painting away and tuned into the radio, to keep me company… I was listening to Inner State Highways where  Sherry Shone was a guest and in between her causing me to shake with laughter many times, with her many tarot tales, she piqued my interest with a comment along the lines of being able to tell what sort of person she was reading for by the deck they chose… and that very often a Virgo would opt for the ShadowFox…

Now I’m a Virgo… albeit a very cuspy one… so I went to look up the deck… and I thought…mmmm… that’s interesting, that’s not at all the usual type of deck I would plump for to read with… However… If I was sat opposite a reader and being read to… well then yes! I probably would pick up that deck as curiosity would no doubt get the better of me and I’d want to know how it worked… On the other side of the table… I would throw down the challenge… Read for me! Show me what you’ve got!

So a quick impulse buy later and I’m waiting on a new deck… It arrives pretty quick and I am more than delighted! I didn’t take the time to check out the details… so when it arrives… and I realise I’ve bought a Schiffer deck… I am head over heels with glee!!

I love Schiffer decks!! You can’t beat them for card quality and the best bit… OH!! Those boxes with the magnetic clasps… and shhhhh…. here’s a little secret… they come with cardboard inserts inside, to give a snug fit… but it serves very nicely as a false bottom and a handy hiding place to stash a crystal or two or maybe a talisman… out-of-the-way of prying eyes… 😉

The other thing with Schiffer… no LWB… no you get a BFB …Big… Fat… Book… This deck comes with a Book of Shadows.

Now… I  must admit… it’s not that often I take time to read the paperwork that comes with a deck… So… I picked this up and gave it a cursory thumb flip and oh!! How cool is that? It is packed full with every correspondence you could ask for… It’s like someone sifted all the books that I have gathered and scattered around my house over the last nearly 30 years and took out all the top tips and put them in one handy place. In fact… I think even if this deck doesn’t float your boat, it’s worth getting just for the book…

Tarot Book of Shadows

Tarot Book of Shadows

So… like I say… this is not my usual gig… I love my colour and my first hit comes from there as the cards land down like chords of music and I get the tone and feel… and whether we’re singing in major or minor…

So…I asked the ShadowFox… What sort of character are you?

Hierophant & Hermit The Long Walk...

Hierophant & Hermit
The Long Walk…

So… it threw out this duo for me… Which instantly made me laugh, as it brought to mind Judge Dredd and when old judges go off to retire… It seemed to say to me… I hold in my hands the knowledge of a life time… I’ve seen the lightness and the dark side of life and I walk out among the crowds and spread my word and those who care to listen will hear…

Anyway… I’ve spent a while wandering around, in and out of these cards… and they seem to inhabit a strange place of neither here nor there, as though all the characters in the cards inhabit some vast empty waiting room… Like I imagine souls go to hang out whilst they are waiting to be born or reborn… And it has a strange eerie effect on me… Like sitting with the lotophagi
and I’ve worked with decks that have had that effect before… I call them the Narcolepsy & NotePad decks… They drift in and out and are a bit like making a cup of tea, in that you have to leave it time to brew…

There’s a couple of cards that stand out for me… in that they have no Shadow…

So… the Tower that amuses me, in that the Shadow has become disconnected… and my first response to this card was – Hey! Peter Pan! I told you to ask Wendy to stitch that on for you, so you wouldn’t lose it…

And I’m sure if I’d been schooled in Jung, I’d probably have much more to say about that…

I also like Death… firstly because he is pretty rip roaring rather than R.I.P and makes me think of Nicolas Cage in Ghost Rider…though when I finish chuckling… I’m quite surprised at the number of Buddhist quotes that come seeping in… there were several that wafted in and out but the two Buddha quotes that remain, I will share…

‘Wisdom makes light the darkness of ignorance’

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‘He who lives by the sword eats with bloody hands’

There are a couple more cards that catch my eye… The Pentacles generally, as a whole suit interest me, in the way that the coins stack and are positioned to defy gravity…

I particularly like the 8 of Pentacles, as at first glance there appears to be only 7… the 8th is placed over his heart… I see it as his work is a labour of love and he manifests and creates into the world what he feels within…

The 2 of Cups… I love those cups… one black and one white… the whole yin/yang vibe…

So… eventually… I ask my deck… so how will you work with me?

4, 3 & 2 of Pentacles... Tell me you secrets...

4, 3 & 2 of Pentacles…
Tell me your secrets…

Well… I pulled all Pentacles…so it does seem to be a deck ready to work and I like the 4…3…2… that suggests you need to roll your mind backwards…

But what did it say to me?

It said…

Karen… I hold my many secrets close to my chest… You concern yourself with your conversation with your seeker and leave me to work my magic quietly in the background… I hang in the balance and dwell in the spaces between things… I am the dusk, the dawn, I am between waking and sleeping… neither here nor there… I’m everywhere and nowhere baby… 😉

So… on that note… I will drift away… and I’ll leave you to check out this… should you wish…

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From The Powerful Limits to The Shining…

Free association football…

A variation on a theme… instead of a card… a spread…

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Walker waltzes a Boogeywoman Boogie…

So… a few weeks or maybe a couple of months back, on a very warm and sunny afternoon… I drifted into slumber and woke with such a jolt and feeling of terror that washed over me… and as I waited for the adrenalin to subside and for my heart to slow back down… I sat in a cold clammy sweat and thought – What was that? What filled me with fear?

And the words that came were BLACK ANNIS…

Now… anyone who’s grown up in my neck of the woods, would be familiar with the local Leicester lass…

I sat and I remembered how when we were kids, we would run past the place where the Legend was said to have dwelled… and especially as the nights drew in and we were running to get home before total darkness… we would still rather run the two long sides of the triangle and scare ourselves silly rather than take the safe short route…

So… I got out my pastels to explore through a draw…

Black Annis… Who are you? How do you feel…

And this is what I saw…

 

Well… I didn’t really care much for what I saw… and I wasn’t much in the mood to explore…

It was summer… and it’s easy to ignore…

When the sun is out…

But now the nights draw in again…

She returned…

My youngest came home from school and said…

Do you know the Black Annis?

I said… Why….? What do you know?

And he told me the story that he’d learnt at school…

You can meet her … CLICK HERE…

He said… Mum? Why do they tell kids these stories of monsters that rip apart children…?

I said… Good question son… Why do they? But he was gone…

So I pulled out the Barbara Walker Tarot and asked…

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So… I looked at that 6 of Cups… and in most decks… that’s a card that throws back to childhood and early memories which are packed with nostalgia and warm glows… This one here points back to a different kind of childhood…

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It fills my mind with all those thoughts of Speak when you are spoken to… and… I AM BIG… and you are small…

But what of that Queen and King of Swords?

What do they say?

Kali & Yama

Kali the dark Goddess… life and death so closely linked… full of power and worthy of an entire blog post to herself… that I may do at a later date… Yes… Kali… I will return to speak at length with you…

And Yama… Has he slain or has he tamed the beast?

6 of Cups… Queen of Swords… King of Swords…

The whole picture seems to speak of suppression of child like dreams by fear and control…

Yet look again…

I think of Matilda and how she got in touch with her own power…

So… I ask this time…

When I look into the darkness and feel in to the fear to find my Goddess…

And I tame that fear…

How does that feel…

So again I draw…

And this is what I saw…

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