WalesWoman, I knew I shouldn't have told you our secret!
Originally Posted by RedMaple
I'm just learning the Celtic Wisdom, and it does mess with my internal spiritual geography to put the suits in different places than I'm used to, but I will give it a try, picturing the geography as Ireland.
I think flexibility is good, but so is tradition. It grounds me to have this geography of correspondences and directions. ( Although, lately I've been switching the water to East and air to the West, since where I live the ocean is to the East. This doesn't seem to mess things up as radically as changing the elements with the suits, though.)
RedMaple, I notice from another thread that you've been cutting the captions off your Celtic Wisdom
cards, heh heh
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who puts water in the East - and I have at least one whole continent between me and the eastern oceans, but just three blocks west of me is the open Pacific. Some people are never satisfied! I put it down to indoctrination with European imagery when I was growing up in England.
Based on my personal Journey to the East
(Herman Hesse), the ultimate land of the east, of the feminine soul, is the South Pacific Islands, approached through India, China and South-East Asia.
When I started learning the Tarot from Eileen Connolly's Tarot: A New Handbook for the Apprentice
I had been doing a lot of dream work, and of course also had Sophie in consciousness, so I actively personalized Eileen's Tarot imagery into what would actually fit with my internal experience, as follows, clockwise from the East:
Cups: Spring, East, Water, Soul, Feeling, Chalice
Wands: Summer, South, Fire, Spirit, Intuition, Crosier
Swords: Autumn, West, Air, Ego, Thinking, Cross
Pentacles: Winter, North, Earth, Body, Sensation, Host
Having expounded this fine bit of dogma, I recognize that by next year I may have thrown it all out the window, and that's fine too. Change is Life, Life is Change!