In the original Rider Waite Smith deck the four of coins shows a man possessively holding his coins close to him. So much so that he can’t stand up and walk away for fear of losing possession of the two coins his feet are protecting. In the Isidore Tarot the same message is trying to be conveyed via this, uh, we’ll say pup owl mix? 😉 The creature’s wings are keeping guard over two coins, while its claws hold the other two coins in place. This bird cannot fly without giving up that control of his coins. That’s the nature of this card: Both positive and negative depending on how you choose to guard over and control the possessions you’ve worked very hard to come by.
The coins suit, overall, appeals to my Taurus nature when it comes to material things or wealth. It makes me think because I have some hang-ups when it comes to having things. I grew up very poor in a rather chaotic household. The only time I felt any sense of security was when I spent my summers at my father’s house, which was fairly well off, lacking in the chaos, and I knew I would be able to lay down in my bed with good sheets at night and wake up to a healthy breakfast and a day that was going to be routine and most likely safe. Because of this I have triggers when it comes to my environment and what makes me feel safe.
I relate well to this card because I find my security in having the resources to take care of my life and the people around me. I guard over every cent and I’m very proud of any coinage my pursuits provide me. It gives me confidence. However, I’ll never be able to forget my upbringing; the two sides of it. This might lead me to being too possessive of my things, my fiances. It can sometimes lead me to wanting to give into greed. It’s a balancing act and that’s what I meditate on when I see this card.
The four of coins can represent being in a place where you know what works and in needing that control you become inflexible to change. You might be too concerned with controlling everything around you to keep it that way–to keep the status quo and the security it brings. There is something positive in protecting what you work hard to earn and the life it provides, but sometimes change can’t be avoided so it’s good to allow a little flexibility in life. That’s a hard concept for me at of late. So today this card gave me pause to sit and think about things a little. What does it make you think about?
So to kick off October I thought it would be fun to take a look at those decks that celebrate Halloween. The first one is Kipling West’s Halloween Tarot. The theme of the deck is based off the Rider Waite Smith tarot with just a few changes to keep within the deck’s spooky holiday theme. The artwork is simple but authentically Halloween and fun. This deck was originally published way back in 1997, but is easy to pick up through Amazon. 🙂 I don’t care about superstitions, a black cat won’t steer you wrong for the best holiday of the year!
The Devil is perhaps one of the most occult symbolism happy cards in the traditional Rider Waite Smith deck. In my Isidore deck the traditional satyr becomes a horned (and dashing) buffalo and the people chained to his podium are my dapper hippo & goat couple very happy to be clothed. I tried to stay true to the original symbolism beyond that right down to the bat wings and pentagram.
The devil card has a lot of shock value to it when using the tarot as a prop, but it is indeed and troublesome card. It has always reminded me of that line from Labyrinth when the goblin king says “Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave.” only without the hot David Bowie accent and far darker tones. The devil gives you the illusion that you are stuck within whatever has you held back and you believe there’s nothing you can do about it. He offers a self imposed bondage where one feels retrained even though they have the ability to simply remove the bonds restraining them.
So if you meditate on this card, I would suggest asking yourself what is holding you back and why do you feel helpless to do anything about it? Perhaps it’s just a matter of taking a step back and really looking at the situation and realizing you’ve put yourself in that corner and it’s time to step out of it. The devil is a deceiver but in the end he only has the power you give him and that’s a good way to look at life and your own issues. Perhaps the only thing holding you back is your unwillingness to take a step and start the process of moving forward.
As a side note: This photo features my Isidore doll sized deck. The doll in the photo is Corina Corina and you can’t see it, but she has her own black bare tree twig wings, a lot of red and black, and she permanently holds this card in her arms. She is part of my U.F.R.L. doll collection; all made by hand by me. Doll making has become a bit of a distraction for me when I wasn’t able to do much computing. She, or a doll like her, is available should anyone be interested. 😉
The Paulina Tarot is new to my wish list, though cards from the deck have been bouncing around my pinterest for awhile now. This romantic and whimsical deck by artist Paulina Cassidy is based upon the Rider-Waite-Smith deck with some personal artist influences. And as a wonderful touch for deck collectors each deck comes with a hand painted water-color by the artist! You can purchase this deck here and see Paulina’s portfolio here. Check out her other beautiful decks while you’re there. 🙂
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 World card being pulled from my Black Ibis deck as we come to the end of the year seems fitting. This card represents, among other things, completion of a cycle. It could be most anything. You’ve seen a major goal full circle from start to completion. It can also be most literal and pertain to getting out there in the world.
The Black Ibis tarot’s World card is one of the designs I didn’t stick with the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith style much of the other major arcana cards have in this deck. I choose to represent the worldly suggestions of this card a bit more literally. My card gal is a worldly traveler who has seen a thing or two. There is a world map behind her outlining her path to enlightenment. She understands things from a larger world view and her eyes express this. A top her head she wears a wreath (as oppose to the one traditionally surrounding her body) to suggest her crowning achievements.
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.
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 four and six of wands.
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 three and ten of cups.
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 the Hermit and Strength.