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…

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.…

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 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…

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…

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,…

Week Ahead: The Fisher King and Restoration

This week, Pelles, the Fisher King with his ability to plan and wait for restoration, comes to join us. I think we’re in for a good week! The only thing I know about The Fisher King is that Robin Williams made a movie called The Fisher King: beyond that, I am pretty clueless. However, reading the book, it seems that this King was forced to take things pretty darned easy, due to him fighting with Balin. I know that Balin killed Garlon. Pelles wasn’t keen on the use of magic but relented when he realised that unless he engineered the birth of the Grail winner, (Galahad) he was doomed. Despite the unorthodox methods used to conceive the child, Galahad did wield the lance to heal the King and the land. Pelles retired to a monastery after the quest was completed, and ended his days as a holy man, after fully…

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…

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…

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…