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I've been using the Haindl tarot for 2-card daily draws for some time because the I Ching hexagrams on the small (2-10) cards add another dimension to the interpretation. Also, since I recently got the wonderfully evocative Shining Tribe tarot I've been drawing what I call a daily "spirit meditation" card from that deck.
Today I drew the 7 of Cups from Haindl that had the hexagram Meng (Youthful Folly) on it. I went to the Wilhelm translation of the I Ching and found what is a fairly good parallel to the tarot Fool, even including the following line: "Stopping in perplexity on the brink of a dangerous abyss is a symbol of the folly of youth" (even though the tarot Fool is cheerfully ignoring the abyss :)) The clincher was that I had also separately drawn the Fool card from the Shining Tribe deck. This was a fascinating case of cards from two different decks that would not otherwise have an obvious correspondence being linked by a third oracle, all coming together on the same day.
Has anyone else had similar experiences with mixed systems? I've had a few between tarot and geomancy but nothing so precise.
Oh yes! I go back and forth between Tarot and I Ching a lot! I’m trying to remember some of the insightful comments that I Ching has made about my Tarot spreads:
-- A tarot spread included the Tower, and a similar question to the I Ching gave me Hexagram 51 Shock/Thunder, and yes, the situation included plenty of surprise.
-- A tarot spread included the Queen of Swords, and a similar question to the I Ching gave me new insights into her perspectives and motives. Hexagram 61 Inner Truth, Wilhelm translation of the Image says, “…the superior man, when obliged to judge the mistakes of men, tries to penetrate their minds with understanding, in order to gain a sympathetic appreciation of the circumstances. In ancient China, the entire administration of justice was guided by this principle. A deep understanding that knows how to pardon was considered the highest form of justice. This system was not without success, for its aim was to make so strong a moral impression that there was no reason to fear abuse of such mildness. For it sprang not from weakness but from a superior clarity.” Is that not a wonderful blend of the truth and sympathy of the QoS?
I Ching has tremendously enhanced my study of Tarot. The penetrating insights are incredible!
Not mixing systems - but often doing a daily draw I do use 2 or 3 different decks for the same 3 or 4 positions because I like the change of perspective it offers. If I draw the 3 or 4 cards from the first deck and don't turn them until I have drawn from the other decks as well I often get the same card coming up in the same position - eg this morning in the position 'the low spot of the day' from both my Oracle Tarot and Tarot of the Trees decks I drew 3 of cups. It's less likely to happen if I've turned the first set over and meditated on them and then draw from the second deck - the next deck will usually show a next step sort of picture rather than emphasising the same card.
Actually I just went and looked at this morning's draw again and I notice that there is a synchronicity in the energy of the images. I've attached them below
The RW 8 of wands and Oracle Tarot 10 of Swords were in the position - Highlight of the day.
Both of them show strong diagonal lines.
In the position Surprise of the Day were RW 6 of Wands and Oracle Tarot 9 of Swords. Both of these have the strong vertical emphasis.
I had another interesting correspondence today. The Haindl daily draw gave me The Tower and The Moon (yikes!). The Shining Tribe gave me the 4 of Rivers, with its meaning of "casting off old ways and embracing new ones." Completely consistent, except that the 4 of Rivers with its "changing clothes" imagery is much more tranquil. Either way, I'm going to be very careful traveling today.
Here's another one. These 3 came up as General Tone of the Day. Picture in the attachment below.
Tarot of Trees - Hanged Man
RW - Heirophant
Oracle Tarot - 8 of Swords
Notice how the shape of the tree in the Hanged Man echoes the Heirophant - with his upraised hands going to the top of the pillars and those swirley shapes at the top of those pillars emphasising the branches of the tree. Above the Heirophant look at how the hair in the 8 of Swords is so like the white at the top behind the Heirophant's Chair and the Swords going down the sides are like the pillars on either side of the Heirophant.
Yes it was a day about shoulds and shouldn'ts and not being able to move forward because of rules and regulations.