I thought I would profile a few more cards from the deck with a Halloween feel leading up to this great festival, plus make some recommendations for your Halloween viewing pleasure. I'm kicking off with the Birth (Ace) of Swords from the Golden Age of Hollywood Tarot Deck.
This card was inspired by scenes from Barbarella (1968) a science fiction film featuring Jane Fonda as the indomitable stellar secret agent. Her mission is to find Doctor Durand Durand the inventor of the Positronic Ray before the weapon falls into the wrong hands. Barbarella crash-lands on the 16th planet of Tau Ceti where she is abducted by feral children who set their mechanised dolls on her. She survives and has many more adventures, including meeting 'Pygar The Angel' and 'The Great Tyrant' as well as falling into the 'Matmos' before completing her mission.
Fortunately, Barbarella is rescued. The children are captured and taken back to Matmos City.
I have reacted to Barbarella (1968) very differently over a lifetime of viewing. Some of those reactions have included being disgusted with the movie's sexism moving through to viewing the main protagonist as quite liberated and emancipated. The movie is at the same time beautiful and silly with lovely performances from it's actors.
Highly recommended Halloween viewing.
In honour of this great festival I'm profiling XX Judgement from the Golden Age of Hollywood Tarot Deck. I have reproduced Arthur Edgar Waite's description of the Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) card from the Pictorial Tarot and I have unpacked the Golden Age of Hollywood version so you can see the detail better.
But first - one of the images that didn't end up in the final version, but one I like and am posting because it's Halloween.
Halloween is a good time to be looking at XX Judgement. Halloween is a celebration of and for the dead. The veil between the worlds is thinnest at Halloween so communication with those that have passed is thought to be easier than at any other time of the year. But the card is complicated so I thought Halloween would be a good time unpack it.
Wishing everyone a very happy Halloween. Get out there and party hard! And watch some movies too!
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.”
Some publicity shots for the movie.
The Matriarch/Empress in the Golden Age of Hollywood Tarot Deck
Key Words - Nurture. Fertility. Abundance. Cornucopia. Safety.
The Matriarch is the embodiment of mother love. Seated on her beautiful throne, with her cat, she is a symbol of fertility. She is blessed by the stars and surrounded by all good things that have flown from her cornucopia – flowers, wheat, fruit, nuts, money, luck and love. She symbolises nurturance, safety and growth. She is a safe haven, a place where the inner child grows and develops. A fierce protector when the need arises.
When you get the Matriarch, the advice is to look to your support systems especially your informal nurturing networks. They will be looking out for you. Things will develop in an organic rather than structured way.
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.
What a great week of birthdays coming up for the Golden Age of Hollywood Tarot Deck - Lauren Bacall, Anne Bancroft, Greta Garbo and Sophia Loren (who turns 80 this year). Also my grand-daughter Althea who turns 7 - what great company to be in! You are a star!
In honour of Ms Loren's 80th birthday, I am offering the Golden Age of Hollywood Deck and Pouch (International Version) with The Matriarch on the back of the pouch until September 20 2014 for US$39.99. That's $5 off the regular price.
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