Here's a round-up of three tarot-related items that are currently of interest to me. I hope you find them entertaining as well.
1. Wisdom of the Cailleach Oracle Deck
Irish artist Jane Brideson, who blogs at The Ever-Lasting Ones, is going to publish a gorgeous oracle deck in the summer of 2020 celebrating the Crone Goddess, known in Ireland as The Cailleach. I've signed up for my copy already! Now that I'm in the Crone stage of life myself, her imagery speaks directly to me.
The art for this deck is so beautiful and compelling that I had great difficulty choosing only a couple of examples to show you here --
You can see more card images here and get additional info about this forthcoming deck at its facebook page.
2. Good Omens in Tarot
Have you seen the new AmazonPrime/BBC mini-series Good Omens, based on the cult classic novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman? I highly recommend it! Who knew Armageddon could be such fun? And this may be blasphemy, but I think the film version is even better than the book! Michael Sheen as Aziraphale the angel and David Tennant as Crowley the demon are simply outstanding in their respective roles.
'Lena, a self-described "geeky art goblin," who blogs at Better a Witty Fool Than a Foolish Wit, has recently created two wonderful tarot cards honouring that conflicted pair, which I must share with you!
Squeeeeeeee! My Rare One bought me this awesome t-shirt in Vancouver when we were there in August! It's going to become my new favourite thing to wear, especially when I'm doing a tarot reading. Isn't it perfect?
Now, you may think it's tacky, but I'll have you know that when I was visiting my sister earlier this month and wore it out inpublic for the first time, I got THREE compliments on it from complete strangers! In Walmart and Tim Horton's, if you must know, but still.
As I've mentioned before on this blog, I've adored Leonard Cohen's poetry and music ever since I was a teenager in the 1970s. People who say he's depressing, negative or can't sing just don't understand! The man was a genius.
And of course, death can't hold him down. Recently, there have been two big announcements about Canada's beloved bard --
(1) Commemorative Stamps!
As announced in The Globe and Mail last week, "[t]hree new stamps from Canada Post celebrate the late laureate of existential despair, with portraits displaying him in different stages of his life."
The first stamp shows him as a young man in 1967 at the start of his musical career. Leonard Cohen was already a noted poet and novelist in Canada at this point. He is squatting, as if poised to stand and grow upwards to reach his full potential.
The second stamp reproduces a 1988 photograph. Here Leonard Cohen is standing upright, tall and confident. having come into the full power of his musical career as a singer-songwriter. This is the period during which he wrote Hallelujah, for example, which is probably his most famous and most covered song.
The final stamp shows an elderly Leonard Cohen in 2012, whimsically perched at the top of the image, looking upward to heaven. Always a spiritual seeker who wrestled with the Divine, he died in 2016, still grappling.
(2) Posthumous New Album!
At the time of his death, Leonard Cohen left a number of unfinished poems and songs which his son, Adam Cohen (also a singer-songwriter), promised to complete and release for him. This final album, entitled Thanks for the Dance, will be available for purchase in November. One short spoken-word song, The Goal, has just been made available --
Oh, that line -- "the neighbour returns my smile of defeat" -- classic Cohen! The art in the video is Leonard Cohen's work as well -- he often doodled little sketches in the margins of his manuscripts.
This album will be going on my Christmas list for sure this year!