Musings on Mystereum Strength… Part 2…

So… I’ve wandered into the realms of Tarot maths again…

I’ve looked at those eleven Mystereum XIs and today, they want to group themselves like this…

Give me Strength...

Give me Strength…

But even within that… they still want to move around… and some want to form ‘power chords’ and others want to make a break for it…

I’ll start with an obvious trio… The Birthcard Triplets…

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Musings on Mystereum Strength… Part 1…

So… I wander through Mystereum and there’s a girl who gets around quite a bit…

Eleven XIs

Eleven XIs

There she is Strength… Major Arcacna XI and up she pops 11 times…

And it takes very little to tip my mind into to some idle tarot maths… so I soon drift into

XI x 11

11×11

121

And now I’m one to one with Strength…

But I’m drifting into the 11 times table and the pattern that appears when you multiply by 11…

The products of 11…

Multiplication by 11… To multiply by a 2-digit number add the two digits and place the sum in between…

11×11=121

Multiplication by XI…

Apply Strength…

Split things apart and place the sum in between…

The sum of the parts sits in the middle…

Strength is in the core…

Card Images  from Tarot in the Land of Mystereum by Jordan Hoggard

Musings on Mystereum Swords… Part 3…

Mmm… the palm mystery…

There’s a shadowy hand that runs through the suit of Swords… There’s an actual hand that appears in the 6 of Swords and then shadow appears in 7,8,9… disappears in 10 and resurfaces in the Courts…

It interests me that hands also appear in the 8 of Wands and the 9 of Pentacles… but these have a very different feel to the hand in the 6 of Swords…

And when I see hands like this appear, I always consider them to be the hands of the querent… Where are you hands in this situation? The 8 of Wands and the 9 of Pentacles have a similar feeling to me, with their receptive supine position and often seem to say things like – yeah, this is good, I’ll have some more of this… yeah… give it to me! But the prone 6 of Swords… Whoa… enough already… And I think of that saying that gets bandied about – What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger… Yeah? Really? I’m sure those samurai swords stuck in that hand are stronger than bones… but what good is strength when it leaves you unbending and immobilised and unable to pick up what’s bigger and better ahead? And while a bird in the hand may well be better than two in the bush… mmm… 5 Swords in the hand kinda sucks…

So… in 7,8,and 9 that hand has been replaced by a shadow… and very often when I read for people they will pick out that shadow and say things like – LOOK! I have a helping hand…. someone is guiding me… Someone is looking out for me, my back is covered…

Then when we get to 10… crikey! So much for your back being covered… It’s covered all right… but not in the most desirable of ways… And the hand is gone… Why? Why has it gone? Is it a loss of faith? Have you been deserted? Well… I have a few thoughts on this and I’ve been desperately trying to avoid this route as I don’t really want to rename the 10 of Swords in my head as Gobbler’s Knob… because… I struggle to contain my mirth as it is… But I’m going to have to go there, because I can’t stop thinking about Groundhog day and Punksywhatsit Phil coming out to see if he spots his shadow… and when it’s not there, it means that Spring is on its way…  But before I give you my more sober thoughts… I need to skip into the Courts…

In the Courts, that shadow is back… There it is! Yet, when I read for people, they never seem to spot it… They always identify with the character shown and associate with their strength and command…

So… where did that shadow go in the 10? Maybe it is still there but it’s too dark to see it… Or maybe it has been absorbed… integrated… owned… I like to think that it’s the point where people stop looking outside for support and begin to realise that it resides within… Think back to the previous blog post and the picture ‘ 10 of Swords ~ The Kingmaker…’

So… I’m going to take a slight detour now, because… well, just because I can… 😀

So… I’m always wildly amused by synchronicity, so I will share this with you… Look what arrived out of the blue through my letterbox as I sat with palm mystery in draft…

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It’s a funny old world is tarot…

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P.S. Oh… and if you should want to read more sensible thoughts on the shadow hand… then pop over and visit Jordan Hoggard… HERE

All card images are from Tarot in the Land of Mystereum (c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

Musings on Mystereum Swords… Part 2…

So… the 1o of Swords is the card in Mystereum that fascinates me the most…

It feels to be an anomaly for several reasons…

For a deck that went out and created itself a new way of talking, suddenly this card pops up and there seems to be a throw back to the old school Rider Waite…

 And what’s with that X? It’s the only card in the deck to bear its number boldly in the image…

And then there’s the notable exception of there being a figure present… figures are absent from the Sword pips, other than here at 10 and the hand in 6…  What is that figure? Is it a man? Is it a washed up seal…?

10 of Swords (c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

10 of Swords
(c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

I think generally, in any deck, the 10 of Swords is perceived as being heavy duty and often it sends people like this…

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Though I find that is the effect on the casual passer by… when it appears in a reading and we start to talk, it often shows up as being the point where someone has finally had enough… the last straw… you know, the one the broke the camel’s back…

Or did it?

When I look at the 10 of Swords, it starts to multi-stream thoughts a bit like those screens in Minority Report… Swoosh! Swoosh!

I’ve flung down a couple of slip streams…

10 of Swords ~ The Kingmaker...

10 of Swords ~ The Kingmaker…

I like the 10 of Swords…

To me it says  – What are you going to do? Lie down and quit… Or get up and kick ass?

Get some clarity and take your fate into your own hands…

So… I go back to that anomalous X and maybe its not a 10 at all…

Maybe it’s a letter X…

Maybe it’s an X marks the spot…

The place where your inner treasure is buried…