Seeing the Solar Eclipse with the Dragon Eye

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The Dragon eye is a symbol of dragon power. The very word dragon, in the original Greek drakon, was derived from a root meaning ‘see clearly’. For the powers of their sight, dragons were often engaged as guardians, for example the 100-headed Ladon, protecting the golden apples in the garden of the Hesperides for the goddess Hera.
 
The eyes of dragons were also considered as very dangerous, their glance often lethal. Those going out to confront a dragon usually were warned to avoid looking the dragon in the eyes, so as not to be turned into stone are be killed on the spot.
 
We see in the Greek root ‘to see clearly’ more of a reference (and reverence) to the dragon’s superiority in seeing things in a much wider perspective than we, due to their great wisdom, gained in their long lives, but also due to their detachment from human affairs.
 
In the Starlight Dragon Tarot, we emphasise this on several levels:
– the eyes are an al pervading symbol throughout the deck; this applies especially to the pip cards, many of which show no dragon figures. But do pay attention and you will see dragon eyes lurking, gazing at you, assessing you in practically all of the cards.
 
See above a collage of some of these eyes, which we use in our presentations of the deck.
 
But we also included in the deck an extra card “The Eye” (see above) as a Major  without number.
 
This card can be used if different ways: if it comes out in a reading it is a very strong hint that you need “to see clearly” n the matter you are enquiring about. This means, to look beyond your immediate concerns and from a position of detachment, the long view, a circumspect view. Ask yourself what you refused to see so far.
In readings and other practices of self-exploration you might also take out this card as a witness and guide to your interpretation of your cards.
 
The Solar Eclipse is also about seeing. Because the sun is eclipsed we see things in the shadow, which are usually invisible or in the background because we see what is in the sunshine. I will use this time tomorrow to see clearly with the help of the Starlight Dragons that which is hidden by the bright sun-light and which I need to perceive and to act upon in order to advance.
 
I will take out the “Eye” card and immerse myself into it.
Then I will draw as many cards from the shuffled deck as I feel I need and will lay them out face down under the Eye, having considered my concern while shuffling and paying the cards. I will do this well before the time of the eclipse and leave all the cards. At the time of the eclipse, I will return to my cards and my concern and while keeping in my mind I will touch the Eye card lightly and allow it to move and select up to 3 cards. These three cards will have the message for me.
 
 

The Sun in Pisces: Our Moon Card

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As the Sun has recently passed into Pisces, we share today a snippet on the Pisces card, XVIII The Moon, from my book “Travelling with the Starlight Dragons” (forthcoming):

We find ourselves on a dark and misty night, weakly illuminated by the Moon on a desolate shore by the sea. We are all alone. Adjusting to the scene, we become aware of the primeval smell of brine and sea-weed. The sounds of the sea with the tide coming in, like a deep breathing in and out, is muffled by the fog. But it touches us deeply and we find ourselves breathing along with it.
In the dark and moving mirror of the water, the silver moon looks up to us, weaker and even more mysterious than the moon up in the heavens. Both are tugging at our soul with a bitter-sweet yearning for something lost, not yet retrieved, something aspired to, not yet achieved. In the moon’s reflection in the sea, make out a silver dragon striving upwards to meet her heavenly counter-part. Fascinated by this marvellous figure we observe its movements and become aware of a silvery conversation beyond words between the Dragon and the Moon. We remember the many cyclical rhythms connected with the Moon, her own eight shapes in one cycle and how they may affect human moods and activities, women‘s menstrual cycle,the tides caused by gravity and a complicated interplay of Moon, Sun and Earth.
While we think about the many associations of the Moon and what they might mean to us personally, we suddenly see a huge fish, intertwined with the dragon. Dark red, we had not noticed her so far.
We recognise the fish as an extremely ancient creature from whom the silver dragon arises, like a higher lighter ‚octave‘ of the fish. Again the mood has changed. We are now tuned to the deep dark water, the primeval ocean, the chaos from which all life came forth – a vastness without limit and structure, fear-inspiring, of inexhaustible fertility. It is present not only to our eyes, but also in a deep throb. And then the alienness of the fish and its abode find a resonant throb inside us. We become part of our own evolutionary history. The ancient fish is our ancestor. The dark vastness before us is also inside us: our unconscious, where shadows dwell and also our dreams, our intuition, the fertile ground of our fears, but also our creativity.

The 9-Dragon Wall with the Starlight Dragon to Align with the Festive Season

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I woke today to the phrase “Always coming home”, title of a novel by Ursula Le Guin. I looked it up but could not find why it had come to me. But I thought about how we nearly always are coming or staying home at Christmas, a time of family gatherings, sometimes even of reconciliation.
My thoughts went on to what home (ideally) means: the place where we are known, where we find our close relations, where we feel comfortable and secure. 
Wishing you all a warm, secure and festive end-of- the year days at wherever true home is for you, I share the  9-dragon wall with the Starlight Dragon. In Chinese imperial culture 9-dragon walls (which could include many more dragons) were used to close off palaces for privacy. But through the number
nine they were also linked with well-being, especially longevity. The 9-Dragon walls showed dragons in a row, I have developed a specific layout for the Starlight Dragon.
 

While shuffling the cards, we focus on what is home for us and how we wish to come home this year. 
After shuffling he cards, we take out the bottom card and without looking at the picture, we put it aside, Then we take 8 cards from the top and play out 3 in the top row, 2 in the next, 1in the next, then we complete the one with 2 more cards below, then we take the original bottom card, turn it face up and complete the lower square. This card sums up the reading and we honour the imperial Chinese tradition, in which the emperor and other very highly placed persons wore garments with 9 dragons, at least on of which would remain hidden.
 
From the elemental rings and the colours of the cards we see at a glance that the top row and the left diagonal run from cold/cutting/difficult to harmonious/emotional/warm, even fiery in the case of the top row. We hope and expect to leave the bustle and struggle, the need permanently move forward behind (10 and Knight of Swords), to open up to our emotions, and feeling homely (Ace of Cups, Queen of Cups).Similarly, the top first cards:: to leave the 10Sw, the struggling and overthinking and let go into the balanced 4 of Cups, which even hints at the solemnity of the festive season.The third card even intimates the lively fire of a fireplace and the star form of Christmas cookies. The five here is not the challenge it usually is, but the break from the straining everyday routines, but also the inner space for the reassertion of what is truly important for us (5 Wands), this carries over in the Fool, which might incite in us the confidence for a new adventure to be undertaken in the New Year. The Ace of Cups, the centre card of the spread gives the nourishment of our intuition to these new ventures and mediates the flow into the the 7 Wands: we should stand up for ourselves with these new initiative and not allow ourselves to be distracted. Justice sums it up: this is a very good balance dragon wall, auspicious for our year end celebrations and to think about the coming year. The earth element is missing, though. Only in the (near?) future we will start to worry on how to make real that which we now experience as a new spark of inspiration springing from our rest and turning towards our intuition and deep-felt affection for those close to us.

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The Court Cards

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We present an example of two of the court cards from our deck: the King and Queen of Cups,  or in our elemental characterisation: Fire of Water & Water of Water.

If you are not familiar yet with this system, you will surely catch up quickly with our overview further below.

And soon you will benefit from this new perspective on the Courts! It is much easier than it might look at the first glance…

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The courts correspond to the elements. So instead of Pages/ Princesses, Knights/ Princes, Queens and Kings we have Earth, Air, Water and Fire in their particular suits of Pentacles/Earth, Swords/Air, Cups/Water and Wands/Fire.  So for example, the King of Cups bears the symbol of Fire (top) and Water (bottom) and is Fire of Water, whilst the Page of Wands is Earth (symbol at top) of Fire (symbol at bottom).

The Pip Cards

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Today, we share our conception of the pip cards and two of our images as an example

The 6 of Swords & The 2 of Pentacles:

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We decided to keep the pips unillustrated, to focus on the numbers and the element of the suit symbol, similar to the tradition of the Tarot de Marseilles. But as Lady Frieda Harris in the Thoth Tarot, we go beyond the symbols in expressing meaning through colour and form. Each suit has its own colour scheme to fit the element. So for the Swords it is colours of coolness for the rationalty and decision-making of the suit, whilst the Coins are in colours of earth and vegetation. But here and there you can also discover a dragon-figure or dragon-eye. Just look closely …

Tarot Conference 2016

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On our TarotCon last Saturday, Nora Huszka and Steph Engert presented the deck to the highly engaged audience. As the deck has progressed considerably since our last presentation in November, we now focussed not so much on showing individual images, but on the overall conception and on how to work with the deck. Its unique format of square cards “on tiptoe” opens new possibilities for spreads and readings. Here a first glance on one spread pattern – just the ‘mechanics’, not the interpretation.

We begin with one card as a significator (drawn or deliberately chosen as an expression of what the query is all about):

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Then we lay out the spread as four cards marking the axis points of the Significator:

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We read the cards along the axes like from the bottom (base) card up and from left to right. Obviously, the Significator card has here a real position of power, integrating as well as directing the flows from the cards.

Then we have different options to ‘mutate’ the original spread, this is one of them – completing the picture:

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The added cards can be viewed as ‘bridges’; they say something about how we get from one to the other axis cards. They also a square of energy of their own around the Significator.

TarotCon Solingen – Pressconference

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Today, we invited the local press in Solingen to the Atelier WeCreate, location for our conference on March 19th. The press meeting as well as  the event itself naturally includes a presentation of the Starlight Dragon deck.

See here Nora and Steph proudly presenting the Empress and the Hierophant from the deck on a photo from the excellent article by Martina Hörle for the Solinger Bote, a local paper on the Internet:

The Emperor as the emblem for the TarotCon and the Star grace our information flyer and set the scene for our highly creative conference

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Stay tuned, another card will be revealed shortly!

 

For more about our TarotCon, please see our event page on Facebook.

 

Celebrating the Magick of Dragons

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The Starlight Dragon Deck is the exciting, collaborative tarot-creation work by Steph Engert (conception/texts) and Nora Huszka (conception/images). Fired by dragons and our creativity we take you on a journey to dragon-land never experienced before. Tarot methods, some specifically inspired by this deck, will further unlock its wonders for you.

The deck is  currently in the making and will be published in late spring/early summer 2016 after a crowdfunding campaign.

Today, we are showing three images of the Major Arcana as a first teaser.  Each Image is accompanied by a verse in a form approximating old Norse/Anglo-Saxon Hrynhenda, which is so fitting to these mysterious creatures:

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Draco, dancing – neversetting

Star snake sov’reign – of our zodiac

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Central Star – life source, splendour

I sing sublime celebration

XIII:
Dragon of Kur – killing by glance

Lapis Lady – Water of Life

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