The Wildwood : How can it be Syncretic?

Is it necessary for the Tarot to be syncretic? This was a question that I received from the Twitter-verse. Being honest, I had to look up the meaning of the word, syncretic when it was first posed to me. And several times since. I’ve got to love adding new words to my English vocabulary. Syncretic means “to encompass all things”, in the simplistic term. I’m all for simple, clear communication, so I’ll try not to over complicate the answer, which can turn into an essay if I’m not careful! Does the Tarot have to be syncretic? There are plenty of decks out there with references to the Qabbalah, i-Ching, numerology (in general), astrology. Certainly, there’s numerology involved (we use numbers to identify the cards in lots of different ways). In my view, to have a Tarot deck that encompasses ALL the divination elements from Qabbalah to runes, Hebrew to Chinese Astrology & i-Ching, would make it a particularly busy Tarot deck before we even look at the card itself. The Hermatic Tarot is quite close I think to achieving it, but even that deck stops short of combining a lot of ideas. The Wildwood though isn’t syncretic. It’s not going…

Wildwood : Because I’m Happy

This week, I pulled The Ten of Vessels from The Wildwood and immediately, I have Pharrell Williams song in my head. Oh, boy! Okay, so it’s the first thing that comes into your head, given the keyword, but this week, I aim to be happy  in my birthday week. Soon, I’ll enter the last year of my 30’s and if it’s not the grey hair that indicates I’m not quite the young thing I was before the kids, it’s the kids themselves reminding me that I’m ageing slowly, with my eldest being 30 years behind me. With the youngest recently celebrating being a very simple, gorgeously funny two-year old, I’ve the eldest who is 8, going on 18 and one stuck between these two.What strikes me is that when it’s our birthday week, it’s time to do the things that makes us happy. That could be tickling the toddler, working out maths puzzles with the eldest, doing reading homework with the middle or our most recent fun thing, playing darts in the kitchen. The dart board stems from the husband’s work, who have one for recreational reasons. Now, we get to practice playing and the kids get to do the…

19th June: Thank You, TABI

It is nice to be thanked and it is even to see gifts you’ve made, given or received, being appreciated. It’s nice to say, thank you. Sometimes, you can’t see the gift being appreciated, for it needs to grow, of the recipient needs time to play with the said product. In this case, the “gift” was a rose and she it was sent, had just had its first pruning, so I had to wait to let it grow and flower. Those folk with TABI know, I love gardening as much as Tarot and my favourite flower is the rose.  I’ve loved roses since I was around 9, when I saw my elderly neighbour prune his and cut off a rose accident my from a branch he had pruned and was going to throw away. I played my face and he gave me that rose. Into a little vase it went and for as long as the flower was there, I enjoyed its scent. It did of course, die, like all cut flowers and flowers in general, but I loved that red rose for the length of time I had it. It was because of this elderly ex-fireman of a neighbour,…