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Monday, March 14, 2016

Old English Tarot: 2 of Coins

In today's blog entry, Helen Howell continues her exploration of cards from the Old English Tarot by Maggie Kneen (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.)

Old English Tarot
Two of Coins
by Helen Howell


Rider-Waite Tarot
The Old English depiction of the 2 of Coins does not speak as clearly to me as its more traditional brother the Rider Waite.  In the Rider Waite we see a figure balancing two coins which appear to run around a never-ending loop shaped in a figure eight. Behind him we see choppy seas upon which a sail boat rides. We are left in no doubt with this image that the message it is delivering is one of movement, and shifting energy as seen in the choppy sea. This image speaks to us of the need to handle various factors in life, remember it’s Pentacles and that relates to the tangible, in order to make a success of them.

However, in the Old English we see a ship on a calm river, sailing away, at least it looks like that to me, from a village/town. The water has hardly a ripple in it and the boat is making very little headway. This can suggest a lack of movement, some difficulty in getting something off the ground. Even though this image is very different from the Rider Waite, it does reflect the idea of the need to handle various factors in life in order to get them running smoothly. For example, the people who set sail should have first checked the wind factor. After all it is a sail boat! Maybe they needed to make sure there were some oars aboard. But I do get the feeling with this card that it speaks more of difficulties rather than of movement.

LWB: Difficulties in launching new projects, difficult situations arise, worry.
Reversed: Able to handle matters, a letter

2 comments:

  1. Something I've never been able to keep straight: when a card is inverted, is it from the perspective of the querent or the dealer?

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  2. Ah when we as readers draw cards we read them from our perspective, so if a card is upright, then one would be applying the more positive aspects and if the card is reversed then the more negative would apply, but that is not to say that a reversed card is purely negative, it can mean a delay, a block or it could just mean the opposite of the positive. However many readers do not read reversals and take into account the positive, negative and neutral aspects of a card and their interpretation would depend on the question, and the surrounding cards as to which aspect would apply.

    I hope this makes things a little clearer for you Larry.

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