Now I am working on Tarot Triumphs, a book to be published by Quest, USA. Our house is a hive of Tarot activity. In my office on the first floor, I’m studying the cards, writing up notes and investigating historical info on line. Up above me, in his studio, my husband Robert is drawing images of the cards, which will be used to illustrate the book.
I have studied the Tarot since my late teens, but I’m doing a conscious re-visiting of every single card now. I take a card a day – in theory! in practice it often takes two or three days – and absorb its imagery all over again. I look up references, and compare packs. Only the trump cards of the traditional pack (commonly known as the ‘Marseilles’) will be used, but I’m fascinated by the history of the Tarot and love to look at ancient examples, especially the high art cards of Renaissance Italy.
Colour and images swim into my dreams – I am dreaming vividly, symbolically, in a way that I haven’t done for some time. And I see anew how the significance of each Tarot card weaves its way through my life. Today – ‘Strength’ – a woman opening a lion’s jaws deftly, gently. Yes, I can learn from her. How to temper energy, and wait patiently until the moment is right.
I’ll aim to update this blog frequently, and share some of my thoughts and discoveries along the journey of writing this book.
I've decided that it's time my website had a spring freshen up too, so I'm experimenting with a new theme and colours. It will be a little while before I get it all sorted, so please bear with me. I'm excited by the fact that I now have two books on the go. First to come out will be the new edition of 'Alchemy, the Great Work' with Weiser's in the USA, which is scheduled for June 15. And I'm currently working on 'Tarot Triumphs', on how to interpret, read, and contemplate the Tarot cards, using the 22 Trumps of the traditional Marseilles pack. More on that later.
Meanwhile, spring steals in little by little. Crocuses are showing, some daffodils are already out, and in Devon the camellias make a wonderfully exotic display, mostly pink and white varieties so far. Today we saw a blackcap in the garden, which for an urban courtyard is good going.
Author of books on family history, relationships, alchemy, myths & legends. Life writing tutor teaching for Universities of Oxford & Exeter. Keen on quirky, ancient and mysterious things.