Today’s deck is the Mystic Dreamer Tarot, by artist Heidi Darras, pub. 2008. It’s a gorgeous deck, done in photo-montage style, with a wonderfully dark and yet luminous quality to it. I love the murky, ominous quality of the art, the somewhat muted color palette, and the way light seems to shine from breaks in the clouds. Enormous planets hover and loom, like secret portals to other realities existing in the thoughts and feelings of the characters portrayed in the cards. I am reminded of many of my favorite sword and sorcery movies, and that, to me, is a good thing!
The companion book is written by Barbara Moore, and has a very original journal type approach.
Just a note here, before we begin- and for future reference- I have always used reversals in my readings; I figure they are another means of defining and refining the many shades of meaning in the message. Life is not only black and white, but has an infinite continuum of shades of gray between the two extremes, and reversals help to illustrate this. When I write about reversals, I like to use a simple symbol, Rx, similar to the symbol that astrologers use to represent the term “Retrograde”. So, when you see “Rx” in the future, you will know that I’m talking about a reversal.
Reversals frequently -but not always- mean the opposite of the upright card. Sometimes however, like in today’s pick, they do not. A few cards, like The Sun, are very nearly the same in meaning, whether upright or Rx, only the message is somewhat altered or skewed. The example of The Sun Rx, would be that instead of a perfectly cloudless day of good fortune, there may be a few cumulus on the horizon; so instead of all the luck landing in your lap without effort on your part, you might have to walk to the nearest post office to sign for it and then carry it home. In other words, different, and significantly so- but really no big hairy deal.
The same kind of thing is true of The Ace of Pentacles, Rx.
Barbara Moore, who wrote the companion book for the deck, differs from most in her interpretation: she says that in it’s Rx position, the Ace of Pentacles may represent a moment of bad luck, or something that didn’t materialize as desired.
Most other tarot authors say instead that it represents a delay in manifestation, or perhaps a relatively minor complication that must be dealt with before the desired outcome is attained. In any case, the prize is coming, you just have to jump through few more hoops to get it. Maybe the check will take longer to clear than you thought, or PayPal wants an extra 2%. Maybe there’s required overtime that you didn’t plan for, or the client asks you to hold the order until she gets her ducks in a row. It could also be that you don’t get a job you’d counted on, and will be spending another week or month on unemployment- but, the indications are that the money and the energy is out there, and it’s on it’s way.
Mary K. Greer, in her excellent book “Tarot Reversals” writes that this Rx may indicate money or booty that comes too easily or is somehow exaggerated, “like the curse of the Midas touch.” When considering this, I am reminded of accounts of people who win enormous lottery prizes, and how they are so often tempted to squander the money, as if they are subconsciously ashamed of gains that they have not earned. In that light, this card could be seen as a warning to not waste a sudden windfall- that taxes or unforeseen events could complicate the simple enjoyment of these gains sometime after the prize presents itself.
Janina Renee, in “Tarot for a New Generation” interprets this Rx as lack of enough focus on the immediate goal, and this is one of the interpretations that I personally favor the most. A very smart reader I used to know liked to phrase it:
“The train is on the track- it’s up to you to stay on the platform so’s ya don’t miss it.”
Pack light, so there’s room in your day-pack to carry the booty home.
Bring an umbrella, wear sensible shoes, pack a lunch, have a thermos of tea and a good book to read. You might as well be comfortable while you wait at the station.
So, expect delays, but be ready- because something good is on it’s way. There may be a little twist in the road, or you might have to figure out how to get that magnificent purple elephant howdah from the depot to your home in your tiny car, so be prepared to work a bit to get it. Make room in your living space or in your life to take advantage of the opportunity that’s on it’s way- just remember that it will take some effort or planning on your part.