Sunday, December 10, 2017

Lovers

This card is one that I argue is probably the easiest to remember the meaning of with it upright telling of a time for romance but also temptation and the need to choose with care. The temptation and the need to choose with care can however be unrelated to love.
In reverse this care warns that poor decisions shall be punished and it is a time for separations.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Chinese Fairy Tales And Fantasies by Moss Roberts

This is one of those books that is just a collection of some stories from other books. Useful if you're new to the folklore of China, but if you're in the same boat as me a lot of the stories are the ones already read before, perhaps even several times already. This can make the book redundant to buy if you're well read in Chinese classics, but otherwise the book makes for a good read.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Hierophant

This is a card that whenever it appears acts as bit of a warning regardless of its positioning.
When it appears upright it warns to use your head about things and be careful about your approach. It is a time to act wisely and that kindness can be a useful tool right now.
In reverse it warns of being vulnerable and to be weary of poor advise. This would be a time of unconventional methods.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Emperor

This card tells of a rather obvious message in the upright position; it's a time of leadership and strength, to assert your own willpower. Logic and self-control will need to be asserted also.

In reverse the card points out ineffectiveness and immaturity, of unrealistic behaviour. Loss of control is also of this time.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Empress

This particular card is not a card I have much history with, with the starkest piece of history for me with this card being from my playthrough of the game Persona 4: Golden.
However, the meaning of the upright position of the card I say suits well with the character the card is associated with in that particular game. It tells of growth, a fruitful period that is filled with stability and security.

In reverse the card unfortunately tells of a time of anxiety that forces a facing of reality. A loss of resources is frequently associated with this card in reverse and as such this card in reverse can act as a good warning for what is to come.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Gods And Goddesses: Cho Wang

There is a book by a man known as Derek Walters titled "An Encyclopedia Of Myth And Legend Chinese Mythology" and it has an interesting line.

Sodomy, God of see Cho Wang.

When you went to check Cho Wang within the book there is nothing. That is all the information within this book about this particular god.
Thankfully the site Godchecker brought some more light on this and apparently this god was King Zhou, the last emperor of the Shang dynasty, who because deified as the god of sodomy after death. This man is also notable for being one of the main figures in one of the most notable books from Chinese history and on Chinese mythology, Creation of the Gods by Xu Zhonglin.

The book notes that this man becomes the god of marriage, making him also the god of sodomy interesting in its own right.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The High Priestess

The High Priestess is an interesting card, in part due to how difficult it can be to properly understand the card. This card makes 'practice makes perfect' a phrase best suited to describe the learning process with tarot.

In an upright position the card tells of hidden factors being in play and mystery. It is a time where using your intuition is best.
In reverse the card warns to not fall for deceit and be weary of that as it is a time of superficiality. While this card in reverse warns of such things, it also tells of a time of sensuality.