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Our Starlight Dragon Special for Xmas/Yule – buy a deck or the bundle of deck and book and get one of our pieces of Starlight Dragon jewelry for free (value 19$). This offer is valid until 31st December 2018. Stay tuned for additional seasonal specials!
In her series on Tarot on her Facebook page, fantasy writer and friend Sissy Pantelis posted this week her first impressions on the Starlight Dragons. She permitted us to share her text here: Thank you, Sissy, and continue to enjoy the deck!
Last post about a wonderful tarot deck I discovered recently. The Starlight Dragon Tarot themed on dragons. This is an unusual albeit fascinating tarot deck. Dragons are magnificent creatures: powerful, wise, challenging, they belong in the dream realms and in myths and are more associated with magic powers than any other creature. They are among the oldest myth creatures found in all mythologies; represented as wise and respected divinities in the Eastern myths, dragons were rather feared in the Occident. But they have always been associated with superior knowledge, not accessible to humans. Conceived by Steph Engert, who has studied for a long while all mythic and symbolic meanings of dragons and marvelously illustrated by wonderful Nora Huszka, this unique deck combine the diversity and the universal presence of dragons in various myths from throughout the world. Images of dragons are shaped to suit the card meaning, respecting the symbolism of the cards, the colors associated with the cards, but also the astrological element, the association with numbers and even the Kabbalistic symbols that correspond to each card. The power of the dragon can thus lead in any field one chooses to work – dreams, creativity, fantasy, occult or introspection. The deck is versatile and can allow free readings (in not conventional positions) or readings in new spreads evoking dragon scales. The images and the myths from which they originate are close to archetypal types; they will thus easily incite the state of mind you need to read the cards in the way you prefer. The mandala-style of the cards being another element that will help the mind relax and interpret the cards almost spontaneously. Moreover, the book “Travelling with Starlight Tarots” will help you to be familiar with the deck. You will travel into the various realms, suits, and courts of the deck, in the company of a dragon-companion. You couldn’t find a better guide… 🙂 I loved the imaginative and original way the book introduces and initiates you to the tarot- by stimulating imagination, like a beautiful fantasy story. I also loved the tarot- I think that it is beautiful and inspiring and really easy to use, even if you are not familiar with it. The unique beauty and originality of this amazing deck is that it allows you to find your own preferred way to use the cards- by developing your creativity, self-exploration, or whatever else could empower your own magic. The experience of reading this tarot is quite akin to fly mounted on a dragon. It will take you to new, fascinating and enchanting worlds of knowledge, self-understanding, and inspiration the existence of which you had never before suspected.
The Deck and a bundle of deck and book are available from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NoraHuszkaArts?ref=l2-shopheader-name The Book can be ordered from Amazon or from this website (please note, if you would like a personal signature from the author): Traveling with Starlight Dragons: http://www.starlight-dragon-tarotdeck.eu/travelling-with-s…/
With this spread you discover how a situation in your everyday life is reflected ‘above’ (beyond/in the immaterial world) and how you can benefit from these energies from above to solve the situation below:
1. Shuffle your Starlight Dragon Deck in the way you are used to, think of or envisage your situation while you shuffle. When you are done, lay out the first three cards from above your deck and read them as a narrative of your situation (see my example further below).
2. Shuffle the remaining deck again, opening yourself to the reply from above, then lay out the three cards on top of your deck like so: Read the cards in relation to your first narrative:
3. Finally, look at the bottom card in your deck and put it out on the last empty space in the middle of your spread. This is your ‘bridge’. It Shows what needs doing in your everyday to direct the energies from above to the solution in the below:
My reading of the example:
1. Much intuitive-creative power has accumulated (Knight of Cups) and seeks expression. But there is a blockade on the level of thought (4 Swords). Perhaps planning is needed or the development of the idea of structure for a text or another type of creative work. But at the moment thoughts are just running in circles. The Dragon from the Ace of Swords encourages you to break through this circle, but at the moment there is not enough strength.
2. The Princess (or Page) of Coins brings the message to make a fresh start. Death (XIII)takes this much wider and insists to see and accept a deep-going transfromation to unlock the flow of creative flow (3 Cups) to nourish the Knight of Cups below.
3. The “bridge” is the 7 of Swords, the card of reorganisation of thought patterns and expectation. The work here, energied by the transforming and renewing powers, expressed in the dragon of Card XIII from above will break open the block and set free the flow of the 3 Cups above and the Dragons below (Knight of Cups = Creativity and Ace of Swords (New thinking)) and make your work succeed.
If you would like a reading with this spread for yourself, you can order it from me:
I just read Aidan Wachter’s “Six Ways” and it appeals to my shamanic side, which also formed much part of the Starlight Dragon and my deeper work with it. One of Aidan’s exercises as a meditation, in which one assumes to be a tree. This inspired me for this card exercises, Your inner tree and its growth:
For the Tree I selected the Three of Coins, the three of the growth in early summer, while the light hours are still growing. Gazing on the card and breathing evenly in and out I begin to mirror the card inside me and step by step I turn into a tree, I feel my roots growing down into the ground below and my head transforms into the mighty crown on this old tree full of force from the juices it pumps up from below. From my shoulders to my belly, I am aware of the strong branches full of satured leaves swaying in the wind, enjoying the sunlight. When I have fully formed as the tree, I turn again to my roots and the juices the earth provides. I lay out 2 cards to see from what I am nourishing my growth at this time. I get the Tower and the 8 Wands and learn from this, I have to find new ways, a turnabout underground to find new nourishing resources and they assure me fast, directed growth.
I image new lights flickering in my roots and draw up new juices up to my crown.
Then I lay the card for my crown, which shows my aim: I The Magician, new skills, success and I draw two cards sideways on what I have to do to manifest my growth and my success: The Princess (or Page) of Coins on the left and the 7 Coins on my right. The resources need to be adapted/reorganised (the 7) for a new start (the Princess).
As always with these ‘limitless cards’ you can add more cards to get more detailed information.
I close down my exercise by projecting my tree form back onto the 3 of Coins and feeling myself returning into my present person form.
After the fiery start into the astrological new year with Aries and the corresponding Emperor in our tarot cards, we are now under the influence of Taurus and the Hierophant in the tarot.
Taurus is about enjoying life in a sensual and earthy manner, building stability and being reliable. The Hierophant links this to the all-important activities of teaching and learning.
This is what I wrote about our Starlight Dragon card in “Travelling with Starlight Dragons”:
As we enter the temple, the Hierophant, a tall elephantine dragon, is seated under a stained glass window of a white rose. He is holding an enormous key. The pearl of wisdom shines from his third eye.
Welcome to the temple of teaching and learning, welcome to me, its warden, the dragon says in a voice, reverberating like a deep gong within us.
Here is the manifest home of the knowledge and wisdom dragons have imparted to human beings from time immemorial. You have met already the Magician and the High Priestess. Together we are your wise dragon-teachers appearing in the first third of your Fool‘s – journey, while you grow up and learn. Each of us is teaching you in a different way, as you very well recognised already with the Magician and the Priestess.
I am the transmitter and translator of hidden knowledge into openly available teachings. I am the keeper of the traditions and their inner sense. I open the doors to those willing and ready to put themselves to learning, and I guide them along to the treasures, which I guard under my key. I am the one teaching and counselling Emperors and other seekers alike in all kinds of practical applications of high teachings. I also hold the invisible key to greater mysteries – the path of the rose and the thorn. This path has to be walked with a pure heart and pure intent – hence the rose is white.
Apart from the Five, the number of spiritual endeavour beyond the four earthly elements, you see the Two and the Three making it up. The Two, the number of polarity is expressed in the colours red and blue in the stained glass window. and in the small red rose mirroring the white one, on the bottom of my treasure chest – the rose of love, of passionate dedication to knowledge. The Three is also in the win- dow as well in the bit of the key. This refers to the tripartite world in the oldest cosmologies of the world and the many triplicities in belief systems and symbols. Outside, three steps are visible from each of the two sets of stairs up to the temple, guarded by two dragons.
He comes closer to us.
You see, my dragon form visible to you has features of an elephant. The elephant has esoteric similarities with the bull – and Taurus is my sign: the wisdom and responsibility for the herd, those who are ent- rusted to me. I have a very long memory. I also share properties with the Hindu elephant god Ganesha – a deity of learning and wisdom as well as success.
There is an even deeper lesson in this connection – the one of sacrifice, which we touched upon, when I pointed you to the red rose. One of the legends about Ganesha shows us the importance of being devo- ted to knowledge and learning up to the point, where we are ready and willing to sacrifice our comforts: As Brahma‘s scribe, Ganesha one day missed his pen, when Brahma began to dictate a part of the Mahabharata. To be able to write, Ganesha removed one of his tusks and used it as a pen. This is why he is often depicted with a broken tusk.
We look into his friendly encouraging eyes and feel drawn to him. We intuit his silent plea, that we be open and dedicated to his teaching. But do dragons really care so much? … And then our time today with the Hierophant is over. We know we have to come back here often.
You may also be interested in a video about this card, Nora Huszka and I did a year ago on YouTube.
To celebrate the magic season opened at Halloween/Samhain we offer you two attractive Starlight Dragon Specials:
On each order of the Starlight Dragon deck throughout the whole of November, we will add one of our talismans as our gift to you! Which dragon taliman will come to you? Allow yourself to be surprised – then have your Starlight Dragon always with you!
Reward yourself or treat you tarot- and/or dragon-friend to thus unique present.
Ask the Starlight Dragons any question at this pivotal time of the year:
Steph is I offering the “Flying Dragon” for readings between now and Saturday November 18th, the next New Moon (which happens to be my birthday) at a special celebration price of just 20 EUR!The Flying Dragon shows in his/her body how the elements play for you at this point of time and in relation to your query. The left wing shows what needs leaving behind and the right wing what to welcome and strengthen in your life. You will receive your reading as a pdf-file containing the image of the spread and my text within two days after I receive your order: http://starlight-dragon-press.eu/halloweensamhain-reading-the-starlight-dragon-special/
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.