The symbol to the right is a stylised version of my initials "LD" which is a sigil for my work. It is meant to look something like an opening heart.
Numerologically my name calculates to an 11/2 which is the number of the Spiritual Messenger. My birth date number is the same so I get two hits on that front. It's a lot to live up to, LOL.
Needless to say, I have been interested in all things esoteric from an early age but my main love in that respect is Tarot.
One of my other interests is old movies and culture, so I created the Golden Age of Hollywood Tarot Deck. The deck employs Old Hollywood movies and personalities to convey the meanings of the standard Rider Waite System (RWS) of Tarot.
My next deck is also about culture but with a very different twist. Stay tuned.
Now for some pictures of the lovely Anita Ekberg...
Cavorting in the Trevi Fountain...
Other images from La Dolce Vita...
She was very beautiful ...
Most recently Ms Ekberg has fallen on hard times suffering from poor health and a robbery and fire at her home.
We wish her better things in the coming year.
We will leave with a quote from her from the Irish Examiner in 2013...
Claiming never to have under-gone plastic surgery, Ekberg believes “women who do that are crazy”.
“Forget about the surgeons lifting things, each age has its own charm, it’s all about living life to the full,” she tells me. “Age is a state of mind, who is growing old? I am certainly not, my mind is as clear as when I was 20.”
Her androgynous appeal endeared her to both men and women and Garbo was reputedly bisexual although this was not public knowledge during her lifetime.
Garbo retired relatively early at the age of 36 having made 28 feature films in the previous 16 years. She continued to be offered roles all of which she rejected.
"I was tired of Hollywood. I did not like my work. There were many days when I had to force myself to go to the studio ... I really wanted to live another life."
Hollywood had played on this reclusiveness weaving it into parts of her dialogue in a number of films. But she later remarked about her private life,
"I never said, 'I want to be alone; I only said, 'I want to be let alone.' There is a world of difference."
Her later years were characterised by melancholy and a continuing avoidance of the limelight. She became an art collector and at her death had amassed a substantial and valuable collection.
The Four of Cups is a card that indicates ennuie, boredom, too much of a good thing.
When you get this card you are in a funk, bored with life and all it’s offerings. You want to be left alone. The things that used to inspire, no longer do. I sometimes call this the hangover card – too much of a good thing, possibly at the party with the Three of Cups!
The advice when you get this card is that it is time to get out and about. Go for a run, start that book, watch a movie. Anything to take your mind off yourself for a while. Your funk will pass.
The Four of Cups in the Golden Age of Hollywood Tarot is modelled on Greta Garbo as Mata Hari (1931) and is intended to evoke her famous desire to be ‘let alone’. Reclusive to a fault, Garbo shunned publicity throughout her career.
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