Welcome to the International Tarot Day 2017 blog hop! Why today? Today is July 8th, or 7/8—and a typical tarot deck contains 78 cards (22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana). Each blogger participating will be featuring a single card per post, and you can find links to the previous and next card within each post, allowing you to make your way easily from start to finish of a traditional deck, if you so wish. The card I'm feauturing today is the 6 of Pentacles!
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So, the 6 of Pentacles, but specifically the corresponding card in my current favorite deck, The Illuminated Tarot, which is the 6 of Diamonds. I adore the illustrations throughout this deck, which actually only has 53 cards since it uses a playing card "base" (including the joker as the fool). But my favorite part is that is still covers all 78 cards by merging the major and minor arcanas to form some, what I like to call, dual cards.
This is an extra large deck with a cardboard-style card stock, and I'm hoping that one day the publisher will put out a bridge or poker-sized deck, as well. I love this deck so much that I want to share it with you, so be sure to read this post all the way through and scroll to the bottom to enter for your chance to win your very own deck, because I'm giving a copy away!
Back to the 6 of Pentacles. In a RWS-based deck, this card imagery featuring a merchant doling out gifts, is not one of my favorites. While the basic representation of giving is present, I prefer decks with a gentler, less condescending tone...ones that actually feel open and generous...like the one from The Illuminated Tarot.
What better way is there to convey generosity, charity, harmony, and cooperation than through food? Offerings coming from different sets of hands...a sense of community and sharing what we have with others. The riches shared are from hard work, from the earth—they are our reward for the hard work we've put in. Instead of being from different stations, we're all equal when we join together around the table.
My original intention was to recreate this entire table scene, but it's been a busy summer and I didn't get started soon enough. I had surgery this past Wednesday and am concentrating on recovering right now, so I scaled that goal down a bit, and am sharing a recipe for roasted vegetables that are a simple way to show-off and share the earth's bounty. I just wish I could have gotten my hands on some purple carrots...
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I hope you have been enjoying this International Tarot Day blog hop (thanks to Bree from Nym’s Divination for putting this blog hop together)!
To see the previous entry, 5 of Pentacles, please visit Gypsy Rose Tarot. To see the next entry, 7 of Pentacles, please visit Spiral Sea Tarot. Thank you for reading - and don't forget to enter for your chance to win your very own copy of The Illuminated Tarot below the recipe!
Yield: variesAuthor: Heather Schmitt-GonzalezPrint Recipe
Roasted Vegetables (for sharing)
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 45 MINStotal time: 60 mins
- 1 small-medium butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
- 6-8 whole carrots, scrub and trim stems
- 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed