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The Magic of Images

Welcome to the latest Tarot Blog Hop… Joy Vernon threw down the gauntlet with this one!

Ah! Magic and tarot… I’ve always had a kind of haphazard relationship here and to be honest I’m more Jonathan Strange than Mr Norell… I don’t have a problem with structured and studied magic per se… it’s more that I’m basically inept at following rituals… invariably resulting in me accidentally setting fire to something or another… A new rug in the house is a dead give away of nocturnal shenanigans that have gone awry… When I dabble in magic it’s invariably a rumbling from within that rises to the surface and takes on a life of its own… Or often a little joke with myself that I’ve laughed at so hard that it’s found its way into reality… One thing I have learned the hard way is that it’s not a good idea to throw your arms into the air and shout “Hit me with your best shot!” … that’s a phrase that launched me onto a 2 year long rollercoaster of a ride with a lengthy hangover to boot…

I’m not fond of using words in magic… it seems too fraught with too many potential pitfalls and besides, I don’t want folks overhearing… I often work with images and if I’ve done a Tarot reading for a particular reason then I may draw something that I can leave laying around to keep my thoughts on track without it being an image that will invite intrusion or nosy questions from the curious… That’s a kind of wordless process where my mind floats and I forget my thoughts until the answers appear… and when I have the answers then the image is put away…

Sometimes I do use Tarot images… often if looking at my birth chart as the images give voice to the planets… I do have a bit of a predilection for making Thoth Hybrids as the underlying geometry links them together so mesmerisingly… These are not from my chart but are for the 3 decans of Aries mentioned in the brief for this theme…

I was also quite intrigued by the Picatrix descriptions that were given… this one, in particular, captured my imagination as when I read it, it brought very vividly to mind an old situation that took a strange turn…
“There rises in the third face of Aries, a restless man, holding in his hands a gold bracelet, wearing red clothing, who wishes to do good, but is not able to do it. This is a face of subtlety and subtle mastery and new things and instruments and similar things. This is its form.”
  • 4 of Wands
  • Venus will be in the third face of Aries this year from May 26, around 10 a.m. until 1:26 a.m. on June 6.
  • To achieve subtlety and subtle mastery and new things and instruments and similar things”

I decided to draw an image and let my mind float…I lost a couple of hours or so and from my first thoughts, my mind fell into free association football until I’d forgotten what I’d been thinking about… I drew this weeks back and it’s been sat there not knowing what would be written…

 

So… interestingly and somewhat cagily as I’m not revealing details here… over the last week or so I’ve had tides of information flood my way… bringing answers to questions that I’d pondered during this drawing… they seem to be appearing in reverse free fall as there is still no answer to the question at the top of the list but being as the time period for this picatrix has not yet come into play… I guess I’ll have to leave things running for a few more weeks…And… I won’t be revealing the outcome as although I may well be a haphazard magician… I do know that you don’t give away the prestige… 😉

Go visit my neighbours, they may be more forthcoming…

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Noodling on Nodes…

I’ve been studying Astrology for around a year now… and I’m a reluctant study at the best of times as I don’t like to sit down and keep still and keep to routines and timetables… so, it has amused me greatly that during the course, my lessons have landed in my inbox… yet the answers arrive via my environment…

My latest assignment was to look at the aspects of my nodes… I have North Node in Aries and South Node in Libra… and they are unaspected.. they are free range and roaming at large… I’m not going to bore you with lengthy ramblings about my life lessons and past life issues and excessive naval gazing, but I will relate one small thought… that I need to toss out the Libran weighing up and tap in more to the Arian impulsiveness…

So… when I found myself sat in a room with a guitarist and the word noodling came up… then my little Astro heart filled with glee as a-ha… this is a perfect route to off road my studies…

And out came the ink…

I’m not going to lay down my astro findings per se…

I will share a little of how to noodle…

Noodling is focused randomness…

To explore through seemingly random notes (or pen strokes)…

To allow trial and error and intuition to roll out, rather than relying on the rigidity of rules and systems…

To wonder rather than needing to know…

To let your hand play unbound…

To explore…

To feel a pattern emerge…

To notice the cycles, repeats and patterns that occur naturally and to expand them…

To let your thoughts spark!

To support new ideas with things you already know…

To build up your muscle memory to make your mind quicker…

The funny thing is… I do this all the time… It is my natural impulse to explore the word in this way… I have done it since before I was even knee high to a grasshopper… though I tend to call it scribbling… or sometimes doodling… I’d placed little value on it…

Yet suddenly… calling it Noodling… allowed me to see it with new eyes…

It’s funny what a change of name can do…

😉