My life is good right now

C. from Wisconsin says her life (job, love, etc) is good right now. She just wants to know if it will continue.

The Cosmic Tarot by Norbert Losche was selected for this reading. It’s a modern deck with some delightful themes that look early 20th-century.

The first card I drew for this three-card reading is The Sun. It shows a child with the sun and a mountain in the background, flanked by plants. This is a good card, it talks about happiness and good energies. Everyone looks to the sun for the source of life and warmth. Even the moon is nothing without the sun’s light. The child represents newness and freshness, youth.

This represents her past, so it’s saying that her past has been good and full of light. It could be referring to C’s children, or her own youth.

The second card I’ve drawn for C. in Wisconsin is the Three of Pentacles. This card shows three men working with masonry. This card is about teamwork, collaboration, the importance of working together. It’s about asking someone for help in accomplishing your goals. This card is saying that C’s relationship with her coworkers is important in her job. She should make sure she doesn’t sacrifice those relationships, and not to try to do things on her own too much.

Planning and management are very important to success with the Three. As you can see from the picture, the masons may be building a church or cathedral, a task that requires a lot of cooperation by many people. This card could be talking about spirituality as much as it could be about work. It’s saying you can get the assistance of others in progressing in your internal pursuits.

Geeks are well acquainted with the Three. We cooperate or work with others all the time. Even when we work in an isolated environment, geeks use tools made by others, or sometimes we contact people remotely to work with us.

C’s final card is her future. For this one I’ve drawn The Lovers. Losche’s version of this classic card has a couple kissing. A yin-yang symbol is over them, and a pair of lovebirds snuggle on a branch.

This card tells us that C’s romantic situation will continue, and in fact will deepen in its nature. It’s no secret that The Lovers is considered a good card in the Tarot. But since C has already indicated happiness in this area, since the card appears I believe that means extra emphasis is in order.

Normally I do three-card readings as a simple past-present-future reading. But taken together: The Sun; The Three of Pentacles; The Lovers. I can’t help but think that it represents a relationship that may be someone she knows from work, or met through work, possibly someone who has children.

Anyway, I hope today’s 11/11/11 reading has been entertaining for all, and helpful for C. from Wisconsin.

Cosmic Tarot – Princess of Pentacles

Most traditional decks list this card as the Page of Pentacles. But in the Cosmic Tarot by Norbert Losche and many other modern decks, it’s the Princess of Pentacles. As you can see from the illustration, Losche’s version has an image of a noble woman wearing a ribbon and flowers in her hair. She wears a single pentacle pinned to her dress, and a flower over her heart.

The page, or princess, is traditionally about an innocent, feminine young person on the verge of stepping into the world. It can be about a student, or learning in general. The princess is also focused on her parents, so it can also refer to a caregiver.

The card can also refer to agriculture, and indeed Losche’s version has wheat over the shoulder of the princess. Many versions of this card also have mountains, which you can see in the background. Mountains symbolize endurance, challenge, triumph.

If this card is in your reading, it could mean that education is in your future, or it could be that a student will be in your life. I just saw a segment on TV about teenagers with rare forms of cancer. Roger Daltry (The Who) is helping found a center for treating teens with cancer. Doctors can be thought of as geeks, the Princess of Pentacles is a perfect example of this. So maybe while the Princess can talk about caregivers, perhaps the Princess is the one in need.

The Tarot is a deep and varied subject that is open to many interpretations. To look at it from a geek’s point of view is really not much different from any other. There’s a little geek in everyone, really.

Cosmic Tarot – Two of Pentacles

The Two of Pentacles in the Cosmic Tarot by Norbert Losche depicts a young man balancing on a shape that forms an infinity symbol. In the background is a single-sailed ship with a Yin-Yang on its sail. On one side of the man is a snake, on the other, a garden. The man is wearing a shirt that has two pentacles on it.

The two of pentacles is about balance. The ship is an obvious symbol of travel, but they yin-yang on the sail shows us that this is an inner journey, one of the subconscious.

The card is talking about balancing aspects of our life as we progress on our path. Many people interpret the pentacles suit as being about earthy things. Money, or basic requirements of living, such as home and shelter.

You need to strike an inner balance
that is harmonious…

Keeping that in mind, from a geek’s perspective it is a good interpretation to say this card is saying to be self-aware of your surroundings at home. Perhaps your work is pulling you away too much, and you need to strike an inner balance that is harmonious. If you have this card in your reading, it’s time to take a good long look at what your priorities are. Perhaps you spend too much time at work, and not enough time doing things you enjoy. Or in the other extreme, perhaps your home life is more demanding than expected, and you need a balance another direction. Regardless, the two reminds us that balance is important and we must focus on cutting back on what weighs heavily on our shoulders and putting more emphasis on what we’re ignoring.

Today I encourage us all, geek or not, to look at your life and see what is out of balance. What can you do to remedy that? Meditate on what you can do to get the elements of your life back on balance.

Cosmic Tarot – Two of Swords

The suit of swords in the Tarot traditionally talks about the mind. Clarity of thought, the duality of the mind and the supernatural. Today we talk about the two of swords, this time again the Cosmic Tarot by Norbert Losche (I promise I’ll get more decks soon).

The version from the Cosmic Tarot depicts a woman deep in thought, petting a tabby cat beneath the full moon. Next to her rest two swords. Her pensive gaze across the water leads us to believe there is much on her mind.

As you might expect from the image, the two of swords is about usually about a decision or path. It can also be about confidence, openness or balance. It’s a very important card because life is about decisions, and this card is all about that.

Whether you choose to go to CES or ComicCon

If you are looking to the Tarot for information about your life path, the two of swords is about some momentous decision ahead. Take care in the near future when presented with such a choice, you should have a complete understanding of each possibility before making your decision.

Geeks make decisions every day. Most of the time they aren’t life-changing. What you have for breakfast isn’t what the two is talking about. The two may be talking about what contractor you chose for a project, or an important aspect of your personal life. It could even be talking about whether you choose to go to CES or ComicCon. Heck, maybe you choose to go to both.

Everything about our lives is based on choices. Some of them are minor, others are important. When the two of swords is drawn in your reading, you can feel confident that whatever is on your mind is an important decision and should receive special attention.

Happy 11-1-11 day!

Wow! It’s 11-1-11 day! An auspicious date for sure, if you’re into numbers. As such, I have decided today’s post will be about how I first started in this field (which I am posting at 1:11AM).

About ten years ago, one of my sisters was visiting. Despite the fact that we’re both adults, as my closest sibling she and I have had somewhat of a rivalry through the years. Anyway, just before she left she took my Nintendo Gameboy Color and hid it as a prank.

At the time I was really into IRC chat rooms. So I figured, well, I think there’s psychic chat rooms on here, so I went looking for such an IRC chat. I found one, and asked if anyone was good at finding objects. Everyone there was nice and friendly, and attempted to help. I must confess, no one there was really all that helpful in finding the gameboy, but it did turn up later.

Get on a path of discovery through any means,
it doesn’t have to be written in stone…

But because the folks in that room were so nice, I returned to talk some more. One of the people who did readings and taught convinced me to purchase my first Tarot deck, which I did with a book as well. It was a simple Rider-Waite deck. I started to do some readings in the room, and I must confess I referenced the book an awful lot. Despite that, people said positive things about my readings and were very encouraging.

To tell you the truth, Rider-Waite never really spoke to me. I have a crappy memory and the cards don’t seem to say anything to me symbol-wise. So I sought another deck. My second purchase was the William Blake Tarot, by Ed Buryn. I liked the idea that the William Blake deck has more writing on the cards to remind you what they are about. The only thing about that deck was eventually I felt that the deck was sort of dark and gothic in nature, and it had weird suits like the nine of poetry or the six of science. I might bring it out for a card or two on the site someday.

So then I went in search of a deck that was more traditional like Rider-Waite, but at the same time spoke to me more. I visited all the review sites and looked at pictures, posted on the forums asking for opinions. Finally I settled on the Cosmic Tarot by Norbert Losche. I like the vintage look of the cards, which remind me of the 1920s.

Then a funny thing happened. I had already ordered my new deck when I received an email from a perfect stranger who happened to be a member of one of the Tarot forums I had posted on. She said she had just purchased the Spiral Tarot by Kay Steventon and said it didn’t speak to her. She was wondering if I would like to have it, as a gift from her. Not wanting to turn down an offer of a free deck, I naturally accepted. So here I was not with one new deck, but two.

As it turned out, I liked the gift deck quite a bit. I can’t say if I like it more than the Cosmic deck, let’s just say I like them equally, for different reasons. I think I like the story behind how I got it more than anything else.

Later, I purchased some deck bags online for my four decks (you can find them on Etsy these days). At my teacher’s encouragement I abandoned my book and did Tarot readings in the chat room without referencing. Eventually, I even tried my hand at reading without the cards at all, and people even said I was even better without the cards.

Well, that’s how I started my small collection of decks. Like many geek stories, my path involved computers. It just goes to show that you can get on a path of discovery through any means, it doesn’t have to be written in stone (or silicon, for that matter). I feel this was a fitting story to begin the month of November, 11-1-11, a date that won’t recur for another century.

Happy Halloween! The Devil

Cosmic Tarot: The DevilFor our first Halloween post, the Dork looks at The Devil, again from the Cosmic Tarot by Norbert Losche. In this deck, there are people enslaved, chained to a devil-like form with prison walls and a watchtower in the background.

Many people associate this card with the actual devil, but historically the symbolism on the card is more associated with Dionysus or Pan, gods of excess, pleasure and abandon. As such, the Devil card can represent addiction, or a person of power.

From a geek point of view, I can’t help but think of video games. Does this card tell us it’s ok to give in to our base desires to kill our Halo enemies? Or are we being told that we spend too much time trying to get that last WoW achievement?

Personally, I look at this card and see a powerful person who has sway over us. Maybe to you it’s your boss, a coworker, or an investor. Maybe a family member. So, if this card is drawn for your reading, try to visualize the chains in your life and try to break them. Or at the very least, try not to let the Devil in your life keep you from personal happiness.

Cosmic Tarot – Nine of Pentacles

Nine of PentaclesToday marks the beginning of a new project, I plan on using this site to analyze the tarot from a geek’s point of view, hoping to give insights that other geeks may find useful.

I’ve selected the Cosmic Tarot by Norbert Losche for my introductory article. It’s a pleasant, vintage deck with images that are reminiscent of 1920s Hollywood.

I picked a random card for today, it chanced to be the Nine of Pentacles. As you can see, it features a woman in a pink dress at a window, with a glass of wine and nine discs decreasing in size.

Traditionally, this card can talk about success in business dealings, or personal finances. The woman in this version appears to be refined and well-dressed, thus successful. For you as a fellow geek, I am thinking this card could refer to an impending deal that is good for your business, which may involve a woman.

The bird in the window tells me this is in the future, but if you don’t act quickly the opportunity may escape. The woman herself seems to be looking to the side, which tells me the opportunity is there for others. If you don’t take the chance, someone else will.

Thank you for reading my first effort on Dork I hope to add cards on a regular basis.