Today’s TBT takes a look back at the many specialty backs the Isidore Tarot has had over the years. None of these are standard. Most of them were specials for various sales. My favorite will always be the knight of cups. Mermaid! Remember, right now is your last chance to nab a second edition.
I could say that Halloween is fast coming into view so to celebrate we are starting to put our Jacks out for the season. Then I’d giggle a little. Why? Jack and every other form of Halloween thing we have is typically out year round. Halloween time simply means I switch out all of my summer flowers for autumn ones. Today Jack has selected three cards for me from my Isidore mini tarot. I have decided to touch upon the first one; if you can see it! The Hanged Man.
I’m not a fan of this card. I never have been. I think this can be strictly chalked up to how I feel about the symbolism on the card. Simply put? It bothers me. That aside, there are a few different ways to take this card. I typically think of it as a suggestion of being stuck or indecisive. Though it is also often a suggestion of giving up the lesser to gain something greater. The Hanged Man is willing to sacrifice himself for a greater good. It’s like I really want and need this now! But if I just wait and try to be patient something better might come along. There’s a lot to it. But like I originally said, for me it’s a card about being held in one place. Thankfully right now I’m only surmising it for you and not having to apply it to myself.
For the Isidore Tarot I was very mindful of keeping a certain whimsy to every card, even the darker ones. In the case of this card my hanged man is a happy little gent who was thoughtful enough to strap his hat down so he does lose it as he dangles upside down. It takes a little of the harshness out of the card’s symbolism for me without removing any of the meaning.
Would it be too cliche of me to say, given the nature of my swords suit in the Isidore Tarot, stick a fork in me I’m done? I picked the Ten of Swords today to be dramatic, because this card looks most brutal and dramatic, but a lot of the perceived woe in it really is more just the drama. It’s about hitting the bottom and looking up and seeing that’s the only way left to go. I’ve felt very much like that the last few months.
All the misery I went through leading up to my diagnosis that resulted in surgery did a lot to squeeze the happiness out of my summer. However, no matter how hard it squeezed at the end of the day I could still take a step back and realize that I was still happy for the most part. Much of my perceived irritations in life are ones that I know I can easily sweep to the side. Like my surgery. I didn’t want to go into my fifth major surgery, be sure of that. However, the surgery went very well, I was healing very quickly, and I was no longer suffering those painful episodes. I didn’t want to do it but was very grateful it went as well as it did. It was a little harder to keep that chipper frame of mind when at the end of that healing process I took a header down a flight of stairs.
Now that I’m recovering I’m able to, here too, take a step back and allow myself a smile when I think about it. Attic is on all of my branding and it was my attic stairs that did me in. Our duplex has one large bedroom and a long finished attic. We opted to turn the spare room into a work room for the gent and I. The attic we split in half; one side being our bedroom and the other side my sewing and project room. The stairs leading up to it go through the middle of it in what looks like a closet with a door at the bottom. Well on route to the bathroom downstairs around 5am three Sundays ago I took a trip head first that left me in a trauma center looking like Edward Norton in Fight Club as he lay on an ER bed telling the nurse I fell down some stairs. Meh to that. I don’t need to recap it all here. It sucked. My personal blog has the bits for the curious.
The point being: I was knocked out cold long before I lay at the bottom of those attic stairs in a heap, but I can imagine looking up from the bottom of them in that heap and thinking sonofabitch (in a Melissa McCarthy voice). All the specialists, brain scans, body repairs, and time spent confined to a recliner half blind and feeling tore up really knocked the wind from my sails. I can look at this card and say it represents how victimized I feel by circumstance and how beat down I am. And when you hit the bottom what is there left to do? Start climbing back up. The night is always darkness before the dawn but the sun will surely rise again. So I got back up and dusted myself off, plugged my many holes, and started to trudge back forward. I still give the attic stairs the weary stink-eye though. I’m not altogether unconvinced there isn’t a gnome living under the top step. I just happened to step on his roof at the exact moment he decided to pop up to go investigate the cat’s food dishes downstairs.
So in closing, with tarot symbolism I like the fact that even when you’re looking at something that should make you shudder, there is a place to drag some hope from it. So always keep a stiff upper lip and stay positive. Life is about ups and downs, bumps and bruises, and maybe, like me, when something so horrible happens a little of the brightness comes in with how those around you circle and show how much they care. And with that, I’m back to regular updates again. Hopefully! I’m still half blind at the moment, so screen time is off and on. I hope you’re all well!
I have Isidore decks available again but only in a limited number. When this printing sells out I’m not sure when I’ll be able to order them again, but I’m working on that. You can grab an Isidore Tarot deck with full packaging here. For those who’d like just the deck you can pick that up here, there is also the option to add a book. These are available until I’ve sold out. And as mentioned in the previous post: These decks will come with my version of the Happy Squirrel card for tarot fans who collect decks with those. I’ve also listed them (at that link) for anyone who already has the deck and would like to add it to their deck. 🙂
So as I mentioned in my previous shoppe update there is an add-on card for The Isidore Tarot. I included it in the doll-size version of the deck (pictured here) and showed it off at my last convention and everyone loved it. I hadn’t included it originally because I didn’t have the space. I mentioned to a few people that I was planning to include it with the third edition of the deck that I would eventually publish. A few of my existing Isidore deck owners cried foul so I made a promise to make it available for anyone who’d like to add it to their deck.
So here it is! Since there are two editions of the deck I’ve made sure to order cards that have both card backs. These are being printed through the same printer whose cardstock and printing are pretty uniform. I’ve never had any decks that felt different than the others and the size is also uniform so this card should fit right into an existing deck. Below are options for each deck back. Select the one that matches your deck. Cards are a whooping $2 to cover the card, envelope, and stamps. Cards are printing and will be available to ship in two weeks. As for the card going into the deck, it will be available in every deck for the third edition and I will be including one in any second edition orders. Nab one by hitting that little more button.
Today’s card is from my Isidore Tarot and features my rather dapper Hermit. Dapper seems to be the go-to word for me with this deck! The hermit, as a card, is about soul searching and introspection. As we grow older many of us tend to desire a greater understanding of the world around us and not just as a living soul that is here to be a cog in the machine. You might want to look inward and see what makes you tick, what things do you desire to know or understand? Typically the card is read as one that suggests taking some time to yourself to think upon such things and, as said at the start, do a little survey of the soul. It’s a thoughtful card and one I associate with consciousness and spirituality. And once you’ve found your understanding or have come to see how you’ve grown more mature and wise through life experiences, it might be time to share that wisdom. 😉
The Happy Squirrelthulhu card in my Isidore Tarot’s doll size deck went over very well at the convention. I had random cards laid out for people who wanted to buy the small cards for their hats (yes, that is a thing for convention costuming) and H.S. cards were snatched right up. He is such a wonderfully dapper and quirky chap. I have been asked about regular size cards and yes, I am doing those. I’m having them printed so anyone with the rounded edges style cards from the first and second editions of the regular Isidore deck can order one to include with their own if they’d like.
I met the good gent Robert Scott from Arcana Advising at the convention this weekend. Thanks to him I was introduced to a world of tarot magazines I didn’t even know existed! He was kind enough to give one of my Isidore Tarots a new home. He also posted a review of the deck to his youtube channel. Many thanks to him for that! My only disappointment was I wasn’t able to get away from the table long enough to get my own reading. Though I have to note he is probably the very first person who pronounced my last name properly on the first go. 😉
Eddie says your heavy metal card of the day is BAD!!! \m/ \m/
Ha! I couldn’t resist. But seriously… the nine of swords, whether upright or reversed, is not a happy card. Because of this when I created this card for my Isidore Tarot I went for one of the more disturbing illustrations from J.J. Grandville. In the original Rider Waite card there is a woman in bed sitting up and covering her face as though she’s just woken from a nightmare. In my deck I made the slight change of having the nightmare represented; something unsettling and uneasy.
This card doesn’t necessarily point you towards the things going on around you, but what is taking place in your head. Anxieties, uncertainty, and those things that trouble you. Like all cards in the deck you should meditate on this card as you feel works best for you. Perhaps this card is asking you to stop a moment and take a look at what is bothering you and what you might do to move past it. Maybe you’re beating yourself up and need to exhale and take a step back for a moment. Or throw on some good old Iron Maiden and do a few head thrashes to dislodge those pesky dark thoughts! 🙂
I received my Isidore Tarot doll size deck sample deck today. It’s wonderful!! It’s so tiny! We have a new section we’re adding to The Attic Shoppe that is devoted to the dolls we sell at shows and craft fairs. I’ve been stitching together a quirky little fortune teller doll who needed a a deck to keep with her. My printer just started offering mirco-sized decks so I shrunk the entire Isidore deck down (I even added a Happy Squirrel card, well… Happy Squirelthulhu, you’ll see soon) and now I have a deck that is about one inch by one and a half inch in size. More to come.
Ugh, the two of swords… fitting. I hate to admit it right now, but it is fitting. It makes me reflect upon the fact that I’m getting sloppy around the edges, so to speak. Pardon me while I get a little wordy.
Almost two years ago I began a process to improve my health and curb my worsening weight issues. For a couple of years my gent and I let ourselves get far too comfortable with our bad habits. We considered it a winter funk and did everything to avoid admitting we were in a fairly serious depression after my (TMI alert) ectopic pregnancy. We both gained weight, but I seemed to be approaching it like an Olympic event. My daily habits were horrible. I ate little to nothing all day long as I worked my butt off, though that work typically was done from a desk. I made us a very large comfort foody type meal late in the evening when we sat down to watch our favorite shows. Typically we drank a few beers. It was just bad and I felt it in every inch of my body.
When there came a point where my gent needed to move down to Ohio, I realized I was barely able to get around on my own. I have a particular type of arthritis in my back that has bothered me since I was a kid. I spent a lot of time having my back manipulated so I wasn’t stuck in either a sitting position or standing. The more weight I put on that existing problem the worst the pain became. So I decided screw this. I’m not going to slowly kill myself because of bad habits. So I went to my doctor and started the process of taking rather drastic steps to fix myself. I won’t go on about that here (I actually tackle that subject in my portfolio blog) but the end result was I lost a good chunk of that weight, all of my weight related issues are null and void now, and after going through physical therapy and now being quite active, my back experiences nearly no pain. When it acts up a little heat and the wonderful kneading fingers of my gent can fix it.
So yay me! Right? Well that would be what it looked like if this was the closing of my television show. The truth is life rolls right along and the behaviors that were there before are always lurking and it gets really easy to fall back into them. The two of swords is me looking away from my slipping habits and finding reasons to rationalize why everything is fine. The truth is I’m a little stressed out and overwhelmed with the great amount of creative work I deal with day in and day out and trying to be a budding business woman. That is quite a bit for a woman who only a few years ago was a hardcore procrastinator and temperamental air fairy. Sometimes my desire is to address that stress the way I used to because it’s easy and what I’ve known for so long. The world has been trying to nudge me for awhile to get my poop back together and get back on track. It is far too easy to go back to the place I came from and I absolutely don’t want to do that.
In this card’s artwork a woman (or grasshopper here as this is my Isidore Tarot) sits blindfolded with two swords crossed before her. Each sword is perfectly balanced with the other one. They represent a stalling point for me. I need to push past that point and remove my blindfold and take a good look at my habits and make better decisions regarding them. Of course my friends tend to tell me I’m being hard on myself, but I tend to counter with: A personality that is all about obsessive behavior needs to keep a tight reign on itself. A personality that is able to rationalize away nearly anything needs to shut up and do better. That is my take on this card. There are additional meanings you can look up for it when you find it in your spread or card draw, each to be used for what you’re looking at the tarot for.
Are you on Facebook? Are you following Attic Cartomancy there? If you’re not you might have missed this wonderful graphic my gent made for me that takes advantage of FB’s stop and start function for animated gifs. This post features the major arcana for the Isidore Tarot. Let the graphic roll and stop it to see your tarot card. 🙂
A few years back my shoppe prepared to offer the second edition of the Isidore Tarot. We did some fundraising to get the second edition printed and one of the options was handmade tarot bags in one of these materials, and hand painted Isidore prints. They were fun to make, but the size and scope of fundraising like that means A LOT of work at the end of the day. I got really sick of metallic paints for awhile there. :p
Today’s card of the day is Temperance from my Isidore Tarot. This is actually the first version of the card. There are only a few special decks that included alternative versions of certain cards. There were very few card designs that were a challenge for me, but I struggled a bit with the Temperance card.
As for the card itself, I like to think of Temperance as the just take a moment to exhale and relax card. It’s about patience and knowing how to calmly balance things in your life. When I see this card it makes me want to take a moment and give thought to what is going on in my life and what it is I’m trying to achieve and am I still on track for that? It’s a card of quiet thoughtfulness.
The Knight of Cups is a charming card, or should I say that knight offers a bit of feminine charm. It’s also a card that is about going with your heart, whether that makes good sense or not. As it happens, it’s one of my favorite cards from my Isidore Tarot. Yes, probably because I went with a mermaid to represent the knight and she rides her trusty water steed. As I’m pretty sure I was a mermaid in a past life, a mermaid never disappoints. It also represents the fantasy side of my brain.
As I’m still trying to get my strength back from my downtime (and juggling much needed site revamps to my portfolio and writing site as they make the move to this server) I’m going to be a pinch lazy today. The Biddy Tarot site was one of my first online resources years back when I was trying to broaden my understanding of tarot symbolism. It’s still one of the best online resources for quick card go to. I’m going to take a quote from their Knight of Cups page:
“The Knight of Cups represents the undertaking of the creative adventure hinted at in the Page of Cups. Whereas the Page encounters the mystical fish out of the golden cup and is thus initially inspired with creativity, the Knight has already encountered his inspiration and is about to undertake the journey of imagination and creativity to which the unconscious has impelled him. If you are about to start a new creative project, direct your imagination into the ‘real’ world. True imagination feeds on ‘action’ thus if you do nothing with your dreams they will remain vague and unrelated to the rest of your life. The Knight of Cups brings a warning about getting too caught up in fantasy and the romanticism of life. Fantasy excites but it lacks any real meaning as you deny your basic commitment to the world and your imagination produces nothing. ”
Once again I’m temporarily leaving you in the good hands of my best tea-mate Kate. I really do like her take on things and I can, from personal experience, attest to her making work fun. Remember to pay her a visit at The Wormwood Queen.
Kate’s Card of the Day: The Isidore Tarot’s Three of Cups: “It’s been awhile since I’ve pulled a card. Tonight in particular I was called to pick up the deck. The Three of Cups jumped out as I shuffled. Since that was the one that seemed to want to talk, I decided to listen.
“I think it’s been talking to me all day. I’ve been mulling over in my brain the idea of play. I mentioned something about that in my reading for the year that I did in January. Now a couple of months later I am beginning to see how that might work in my life. Play, as a sustainable way of living. Wouldn’t that be amazing?
“The Three of Cups traditionally represents friendship and celebration, creativity and community. As a culture, we tend to work an awful lot. We work through our lunch breaks, we work on the weekends, we work through the night. For most of us, we don’t see much return for all that work we put in. So why not play once in awhile? What have we got to lose?
“There is something to be said for doing that thing that brings you joy, makes you laugh, connects you with others. When you celebrate life, celebrate living, your energy changes and you begin to bring to you all those juicy things life has to offer. Who wants to hang out with someone who only works, is stressed, doesn’t take time for love, beauty and joy?
“This card will pop up in your life when it’s time to celebrate. It’s YOUR time now. Maybe you don’t think you have anything to celebrate, but you do. If you’re reading this, you’re alive. Celebrate that. You will begin to see more and more things in your life that are good. You will shift away from anxious feelings. And more and more good things will come to you.
“Play with your work, make it a game. Play with your money, make it a game. You know it really is. Most of us take it so seriously. We get caught up in a mentality that keeps us forever stuck in a certain kind of relationship, a certain socio-economic status, certain jobs. We buy into the idea that we must work, work, work, work to be of any value. But what of the value of play?
“Play brings laughter. Play brings joy. Play brings a creative mindset that allows us to see solutions to our problems. Play brings people together so that we can support each other and help each other. Play allows friendships to grow and relationships to flourish. There is great value in that.
“Take the time. Make the time. You hereby have my permission. Go have some fun. You’re worth it.” – Learn more about Kate here!
In my absence I’m reposting some of my best tea-mate Kate’s previous card of the day posts that make use of my decks. Even though this one features an unhappy card, it also features Kate’s beautiful original Isis Oracle board. You can find out more about Kate and her many talents by visiting her at The Wormwood Queen.
Kate’s Card of the Day: The Isidore Tarot’s Nine of Swords: “I will be working on an Isis Divination Board for a client today so I thought I’d cast some stones for myself this morning. Then I realized my stones were ALL THE WAY downstairs. My cards however, were right next to me! I pulled the Nine of Swords.
“Well, there ya go, the card of nightmares. It’s still weird to me how these cards, pulled at random reflect what is going on in the moment. Yes, I’ve been stuck living in a nightmare. My anxiety levels are pretty high. I’ve been pretty tough on myself, trying to do too many things at once. I’ve been trying to make something happen to move us to where we need to be. Even though it is apparent that I don’t have control over it. Not over all of it anyway. I’m not an advocate of doing nothing. I think we all must do our part. But to expect that I have ultimate control over the situation and therefore ultimate responsibility is silly and harmful.
“This card tells me that my suffering is really of my own making and it is not necessarily reflective of my true situation. I think it’s human nature to see the negative before the positive and that can be overwhelming. I need to remind myself that my attitude really is everything. How I approach my situation affects the outcome. We are all, at some point in our lives, faced with tough situations. The trick is to stay flexible, stay hopeful. And for me, I think I need to approach it like a game. There are strategies to be applied and maybe even some fun to be had, if I can remove my personal expectations and attachments. It’s time for an attitude change.
“When you are in the grip of fear from a nightmare, it’s time to wake up, splash some cold water on your face and reassess your surroundings, your reality. Move forward with a new approach. Fear can be debilitating and right now, ain’t nobody got time for that!” – Visit Kate’s site!
The Isidore Tarot is my take on the classic Rider Waite Smith deck using J.J. Grandville illustrations to recreate the original scenes and symbolism. These are side by side samples to show details. Today’s cards are Death and the Devil
The Isidore Tarot is my take on the classic Rider Waite Smith deck using J.J. Grandville illustrations to recreate the original scenes and symbolism. These are side by side samples to show details. Today’s cards are the Page and King of Cups.
As it continues to snow and snow some more, I’m officially looking towards spring. This is from a few springs ago with the original Isidore Tarot cards, when they were still square. I need me some spring mermaids!