The Tarot of the Origins
will be my deck for this week. I am currently reading 2 books about Ice age art and life ways as well as what ethnologist are finding out about belief systems and spirituality at the dawn of civilization. culture and spirituality. The images of the Tarot of the Origins go very well with this theme and my thoughts about creating some jewelry out of the Mammoth tusk pieces we still have from a dig east of Dawson City in the Yukon.
card 12 of the suite of emotions:
Animal of Soul
What a card to start my week.
The huuuuuuge head of a woolly Rhino dominates the center, just waaaay back in the upper part of the image a human hunter with shield and spear is visible.
It feels as if the Animal is stomping away from him, whirling up dust and dirt and whatever else is in its way…
What, if the beast decides to turn around and face its puny little opponent?
With this HORN !!!!!!is the hunter alone, or are his pals nearby? Can you / can I imagine going after some foe like this – in an attempt to get dinner?
Because eat them we did! In the middle Paleolithic =“30 000years ago, Rhinos made up about 16% of what our Ancestors ate. Later, in the Magdalenian, the time of the beautiful cave paintings, it was less than 1%.
Would we women have joined the hunt?
Me with 56-certainly not, I would be ancient oooold and probably back at camp, taking care of the kids, that for sure were kept out of nose- width of this Rhino.
Well, there is another card with a Rhino in this deck: Death
Here the sandy brown Rhino has speared a puny little human onto its huuuuuuge horn, lifting him into the blood red sky.
A powerful vision of how a warrior or hunter meets the Ancestor Spirits!
Since Rhinos were more and more rare in the landscape, what would our Ancestors have thought about them?
What shamanistic Powers would they have attributed to them?
What stories of the hunt would have been told?
Who saw the last Rhino on the steppes of central Europe?
Were there any over here in North America?
Who will see the very last wild Rhino in modern day Africa?
Could we save it from extinction?
The stern warning is: Do not engage what you may not be able to escape from.
I hope, that does not pertain to the Tarot of the Origins