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Of Whales & Priestesses

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I've been doing a series this week on the Wooden Tarot, a self-published deck by A.L. Swartz. You can see the full series here.
What a fabulous card we have for our last day of the Wooden Tarot week. Don't despair. I am sure I will turn to this deck again. It has hooked me despite the few small quibbles I have.

A.L. Swartz once again takes a pretty traditional card and turns it on its ear. Or maybe that's turns me upside down. He has taken a baleen whale to use for the mysterious High Priestess. I am not sure which species this is--perhaps a blue whale? Maybe a right whale?


She leaps up out of a sea covered by clouds. She has six fins as well as six eyes making you know that this is a mystical interpretation of this animal. The moon hangs above waxing, full and waning. With those eyes, she sees past, present and future. She knows what it means to see beyond the Veil. Her eyes fascinate me because I think the High Priestess is an oracle who sees this world as well as the otherworld. Also, she sees that misty in-between where we co-exist with spirit world.

While the black and white towers, Boaz and Jachin are not here, I think the waning and waxing moons stand in for them. I love that she is mid-air and out of her natural element. This makes her momentarily more approachable, momentarily accessible.

A whale as High Priestess is good. As one of the denizens of the deep, the baleen whales are more secretive like the High Priestess. Their smaller cousins, the dolphins, are more readily available making them less attractive to me for this card. I love an animal that is hard to find. A seeker must truly want to find Her to see Her. That's the magic in this card for me.

Messages brought to you by this cetacean behemoth won't be easily understood. You may have to sift through a lot of water to get the krill you need.

Today's affirmation:

I am open to the message of the Universe. As a child of the Universe, I recieve what I need to know. I stay open to all that nature has to teach me. I see the hidden secrets easily. Loved and loving, I love each of you.

Seek joy, y'all. Pass it on.

The High Priestess, The Wooden Tarot available from the artist here (note: I have no financial arrangement with this artist. I received no money or free product.)

NOTE: I have added a (c)A.L. Swartz to the images to protect the artist's rights.

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Professional Tarot conversationalist, Arwen Lynch has worked with Tarot as a vehicle for personal transformation since 1980. Her personal philosophy is that Tarot is best used to correct your life course. She is a published author (in romance, as Marilu Mann) as well as past president of the American Tarot Association (4/1/2007-4/1/2014). She specializes in helping people who are determined find their joy and writers who want to finish their book. She's an initiate of Wicca.


  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Sunday, 14 September 2014

    Interesting comments, as always, my dear! Your blogs are always thoughtful, no fluff, no pretense. Blessings on your day.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Sunday, 14 September 2014

    Interesting comments, as always, my dear! Your blogs are always thoughtful, no fluff, no pretense. Blessings on your day.

  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch Wednesday, 17 September 2014

    Thank you. I hope to be as "pretense-less" as possible. :D

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Wednesday, 17 September 2014

    LOL, I love it! Blessed be.

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