The Week Ahead : New Adventure Awaits

The last card from the Camelot Oracle comes to join us and if we were unsure about starting a new adventure, we need not be, for it promises to be more than we think. The White Hart was often seen as the ultimate challenge and adventure, yet whenever he was spotted, the adventure became far more. To the ancient celts, all and any white animals were magical. The saying goes that anyone who captured the White Hart could demand a kiss from the prettiest girl in the court. The first time the White Hart is seen in the legends is when the beast itself enters the hall of Camelot, being chased by a dog who was followed by a damsel who was carried off by a stranger. Three knights scattered, one after the Hart, another after the dog and a third after the lady. Arthur and the rest of the Knights hunted such creatures, often being taken into fresh adventures as a result. I’m sure you’ve heard of a lucky rabbits foot etc. Not so lucky for the poor rabbit but perhaps for the person who holds such items (horseshoes, antlers etc.) it may signify luck. The White Hart is…

The Week Ahead : Restless Power Descend

This week Arthur’s Father, Uther, comes out to join us. With his restless lust for power, he has come to show us the way. Uther is one of the most popular Arthurian figures of all time. He is of course, Arthur’s father, second husband to Igraine and a Pendragon (that is, a Chief); Arthur will of course inherit this name when he becomes king. Unlike the TV adaptation of these tales, Arthur never learns who he is until Uther is dead. They have never spoken or shared any fatherly time, and that I find quite sad. What makes someone want something so badly that they’ll con people into it? Uther wanted Igraine so badly, that he was willing to ruin her reputation and her marriage to Goloris, to get what he wanted. Did it work for or against him, in that he never knew his son? We’ll never know, really. That Goloris never killed him? That was probably for the best. I would find his totalitarian rule hard to live by, but as they say, it’s a dirty job and someone has to do it. How much stamina, determination, strength of character and will, passion and restless nature did this…

The Week Ahead : The Skill of Perception

This week, the enchanting Ragnall comes to us, in both maiden and crone apperance. What is your desire? Lets improve our perception this week. Ragnall is not one of the names I know, but I did know Gawain was married, but not to whom. The crone we sometimes see Ragnall as, are years that some of us have years ahead of us; for others, we are in our crone (wisest!) years. The legend says that Ragnall was cursed to be a hag until a good Knight married her. It was in her hag form that she helps King Arthur and he grants her the only condition that she placed upon him: To marry Sir Gawain. The reason she helped King Arthur was because he had faced a riddle and challenge by her brother, Gromer Somer Jour. The question was this: What do women desire most? What does any human desire the most? To have the power to make their own decisions, be you male, female, straight, gay, lesbian, trans-gender or swinger. Who cares? Providing you harm none, I’m pretty much good with it. If it makes you happy, that’s all that really counts. When Ragnall and Gawain married, she was…

The Week Ahead : Testing & The Questing Beast

The Questing Beast, the aid of any challenger, comes to us this week. After one testing week, we may have another. This week however, help is at hand. The Questing Beast heralded the start of the Grail Quest, before the vessels appeared in Camelot. We don’t know where the Grail ended up or even if it’s still in one piece, buried somewhere deep. The Questing beast in this case might be metaphorical, it might be mental, paranormal. Life has a funny (and I don’t mean hilarious) way of testing us. Life, they say, is what happens when you leave your comfort zone. That might well be true, but sometimes and regularly, we need to be in the comfort zone for our own sanity. I had hoped to be back at that point this week; no such luck I fear. When we venture out, beyond that comfort zone, the Questing Beast is what we’re chasing. It can come to challenge us in many forms, testing our weak points, our strategy, our theories. It can make or break us, it can create situations that define us and if we conquer it, we can be like the two hero’s (Pellinore and Palamedes) from…

Week Ahead : Perceval And On-Going Remembrance

This week we remember those that have gone before in Remembrance Sunday and I wonder why people give their lives that others may live? Today as the poppy petals fell, the young and old remember those that fell in WWI, WWII and conflicts since. We remember those that gave their lives so that others like me may live the life they choose in relative peace. In answer to this, Perceval, son of King Pellinor, comes out to join us and gives us an insight into the psyche of the brave and the bold. Perceval was kept away from battle by his mother after losing Perceval’s brothers in other battles. Her wish was to keep her son safe, away from the war and the horror it contained. However, he was a natural soldier and knight, so he naturally found his way to King Arthur’s court. It stands to reason he’d protect another’s honour and quite quickly after arriving at Court, he set off in pursuit of a knight who had insulted Queen Guinevere. He is brother to Dindrane, who could have and nearly did, complete the Grail Quest. He was tagged as “The Perfect Fool”, due to his innocence, but above…

Week Ahead: Pellinore And Purpose

This week the father of eight strong Knights of the Round Table come to join us with his qualities of honour, purpose, strength and honesty. Pellinore was one of the first to join the Knights of the Round Table, however how he and Arthur met was rather unfortunate, they ended up fighting each other. However, Pellinore wasn’t aware he was fighting his king. Pellinore’s main task (pointless as it was) was to slay the Questing Beast. That quest eventually fell to Palamedes. For a man who fathered a total of nine children (eight of whom were boys) he was away a lot of the time, I wonder how his wife coped? After a weekend of looking after my own three on my own, I can only relish the time I’ve had and the time I get to share the responsibilities with my husband again. Pellinore fought against Lot of Orkney, Gawain’s father in the War of the Eleven Kings. He was full of earthy humour, determined energy and these valuable assets can help us too in the coming week. Pellinore is strong in physical body and courage, so having him by your side this week is going to be a…

Week Ahead : Intelligence has Subtlety

This week we’re joined by Palamedes, a Saracen Knight of the Round Table. He was clever, full of intelligence but subtle in his approach. Palamedes (or Palomides) was the only Saracen Knight to sit at The Round Table, according to the decks creator, John Matthews. His two brothers, Safre and Segwarides seemed to come and go, but Palamedes was a Prince in his own right. It is written (p64) that he was so enamoured with the chivalry of Arthur’s Court, he came to Camelot and was asked to join the fellowship. Seems love didn’t go smoothly for our Saracen, he fell in love with Isolt, Tristan’s love and as such, had a long running rivalry with Tristan over Isolt. Palamedes is one of the characters searching for infinite and true spirituality. Once he’s started on a quest or an enterprise, it is very hard to discourage him. He understands others and how they think, how they dream and their desires. He is quite skilled in being subtle and his deepest joy is in the skill of the mind. Some of the questions he has for us this week may hurt our little grey cells, but there lies the intelligence. It…

Week Ahead : Time to Contemplate the Myths

This week Nasciens joins us and I admit, I’m already going: Who? So, lets explore his background in these myths and contemplate things for a while. Nasciens is a character in these legends that I really don’t have any idea about. Reading the book, he is one of the many hermits that appear to the Knights when they’re on the quests in question. He is apparently, a distant ancestor of Galahad and is closely linked with the Quest of the Holy Grail, as well as representing all the wise men who were allies in general. If this Oracle deck had a Hanged Man, like the Tarot does, this is probably their equivalent answer to him. If anyone is going to ask you to contemplate things, it will be Narciens. He’s quite the person to understand a situation. The stories tell that he lost his sight when he looked into The Grail and is therefore more cautious than most. They say that blind people see better than sighted people. I believe it is because the other senses kick in to compensate for the loss of sight. They can pick up the meaning and context in someone’s voice, even though they’re not…

Week Ahead : Morganna and Cunning Knowledge

This week we’re joined by one of the more famous characters from the Arthurian Legends: Morganna. What can she lend to us about knowledge, wisdom, cunning and foresight? Well, there are various stories abound about Morganna and her fight with Merlin. Whether that was two people not being able to get on, a serious case of personality clash or something more, we never will truly know. The history books sometimes declare that Morganna was sent to a monastery to be educated as a nun (ha!) and that is where she learned the magical arts, rather than spirituality. She was apparently, married  (new information for me!) and a mother (I thought to Mordred, but I now know that isn’t the case) However, what is wildly known was her battle with her half-brother, Arthur. Whether she felt slighted because males were favoured over females in that time (or one child is favoured over another, a pet hate of mine!) or because her half-brother came about because her mother got tricked by Merlin, we’ll never really know. She must have some positive aspects, so lets look at those, eh? She is linked to the ancient figure of The Morrigan, an Irish Battle Goddess…

The Week Ahead : Honesty and Determination

This week we’re joined by Linet, or Le Damsel Sauvage.  She’s an honest one, feisty, full of truth, honour, knowledge, determination and when she is able, full of healing. Linet comes to Arthur’s court seeking assistance to help free her sister, Lionors. The only available knight though, was Beaumains (Gareth in his kitchen knave disguise). Linet mocks him, but she slowly recognises his character and finally, likes him. Linet comes across as an angry young woman. But the land at that time was quite hostile, unfriendly and if you weren’t ruthless, or at least able to hold your own, you were toast. So to speak. Linet is good at challenging us, as all the characters of Camelot are. She asks why do we undertake this journey? If you’re seeking something, Linet is quite good at finding it, whatever and wherever it is. She has quite a sharp tongue (Queen of Swords, anyone?) and strong determination. She’s certainly got a fire in her stomach and I’m sure that dagger at her side is wielded as often, if not as much, as her tongue. However, you never have to worry about where you stand with her, she certainly has a no-nonsense approach.…