I’m currently using the exquisite Songs for the Journey Home Tarot, a round deck (yes, my love of round cards strikes again!) rich with colour and story. I first encountered it 10 years ago at the 1999 World Tarot Congress in Chicago while participating in a workshop by Geraldine Amaral. Someone a couple of rows in front of me had these stunning purple-backed cards and I had to have them. Found them in the vending room and had a delightful chat with the creators, Dwariko von Sommaruga and Catherine Cook. The accompanying book is scrumptious. Every card description is a profound teaching, even without the cards. I like the description of the readee/querent/client as the “friend”. And there are very good original meditations and layouts. Renaming the Major Arcana the Life Songs, the Court Cards the Shell Songs, and the Pips the Hearth Songs is poetic and seems less patriarchal.
Today’s card, Wave Innocence (equivalent, sort of, to the Page of Cups) reminds me to curl up in temenos to experience deep feelings and to flow with Life’s currents. Good advice today as I’m feeling things deeply and really noticed that when The Two Trees (text by Willie Yeats), a song on Loreena McKennitt’s The Mask and the Mirror CD, came on. The combination of uilleann pipes and ‘cello is devastatingly heartmelting.