Everyone in one Box

That is exactly how it felt, when I opened the “Wild Unknown” and flipped through the first few cards of this, my newest Tarot deck. My whole family in in there! My Spiritual family that is.

OK: First up, the Fool, the Chick – obviously me!

Chicken!” It pieped 😉

Well, at least this deck solved the everlasting conundrum of who was first – the Chicken or the Egg!

Mayors

The very next image confronted me head on with Ee’ren Omsür. The proverbial shaman trickster Spirit of my Ancestor Clans. I have written about Ee’ren Omsür here:

“Spirit of Snow” about Snow Leopards in our Clan

https://shamanicdrumm.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/215/

..and you will agree, he makes a great Magician 🙂

Having not seen many cards beforehand, my jaw dropped, when next I was confronted with – my Great Grandmother Ulali – or, to be more precise, her personal Guardian, the Tigress:

Tigers have since the times of old been the powerful Spirit Protectors of the ancestral homeland of my Ada – now called Tuva and the circular Tiger is its main emblem still today. Tiger

In many journeys I have been confronted face on with the Powerful Tigress into which Ulaly at times turns to teach me a hard lesson. Many of these lessons have been about having to overcome paralysing fear and terror and force me into action.

What however I find so very auspicious with the depiction of the High Priestess Tigress in the Wild Unknown is the fact, that she also much reminds me of my other Gran – Eliza, who worked as a Tarot and Crystal Ball reader with several travelling circuses of her time. Also being the one, who was in charge of the health of the Animals the circus featured, she had to deal with sick Tigers, Horses, Brown Bears and Lions and there are stories of her having to pull an abscessed tooth of one of the Tigresses, that was so sick, she refused to nurse her small cubs…..( The story involved ice and copious amounts of hot rum and a large pair of pliers….)

Now here, on the image, the Roman No ll is situated above the head of the Tigress – indicating – for me – both of my Granys…..

Dare I go on to the Empress and the Emperor?

Trees both! What a relief!

The Empress reminds me of the Maple and the here and now: The Maples outside my house in their fiery red Autumn dress and also the fact, that the Maple to the Haudenosaunee is the “leader of the Trees”, providing the sweet Maple syrup in Spring

The Emperor, an enormous Pine, Stands right outside my house, rising 38meters above theNorth West corner, its mighty trunk just 4 inches away from our roof line. I live in its protection, sleep beneath its branches.

The People of the Longhous see the mighty Pine as their Tree of Peace: It was beneath a Pine like this, that the warring chiefs buried all their weapons and covered the hole with a huge rock. It is this pine and the tradition of the Peace it stands for, that the Rohanis, the chiefs, protect with their lives and that is their sacred emblem:

Longhouse emblem

An Eagle alights in the uppermost branches of the Tree of Peace, reminding everyone of the sacred intention of the Creator Spirit, while all the Clan Guardians surround it.

Well, E’eren Karakoruk, the “Black caller” sits on my Pine Tree,outside and here we have the Hierophant of the Wild Unknown. Not only is he in charge of the proper conduct during ordinary daily life, he protects the hearth Fire and also tells/ teaches the legends. He also is the one who knows almost everything that happens in the Middle World and is very good at finding lost things and has “the goods” on anyone that broke a taboo and so drew an illness to him/ herself or loved ones….

To the shaman he is an indispensable informant.

Karakoruk and the Horses

But back to the Lovers – here depicted by 2 Canada Geese. Their Creator – given duty is, to remind us, to never loose our way home, not on the roads of daily life, nor on the roads of Spirit = keeping us from getting lost – in more than one way.

 The next card is all about movement, speed, action and confidence:

The Chariot with the galloping Horse: I see the personification of “Windhorse Energy” Life Energy or Höümoorhüh, as we would call it.

And when I draw the 4 of Cups I can well see, what it looks like, when Windhorse Energy is lacking. When I look at this Horse, I am also reminded of a gray Horse. In Buriatia, Tuva and Mongolia gray Horses are the preferred ones for a ritual sacrifice….. 😦

Well, I could go on and on here; from card to card…..

…Mother Earth the Turtle appears  as the Hermit. Hermit

The 7 of Swords – the Fox, Ee’ren Dilgi the spy…. sooooo reminds me of Ada, my father…..Dilgi

Read world lore about Fox here:

https://shamanicdrumm.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/fox-medicine/

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I will now give a quick look at the Court cards, who present themselves as Animal families:

The Pentacle courts are shown as Deer.

I just recently wrote about Deer – here:

https://shamanicdrumm.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/the-deer-as-medicine-animals-spirit-guide/

the Deer Family

The Cups are all Swans – and for a person from Siberia all the lore and legends of the Swan Maidens, Daughters of Umai Ee’ne flood into my mind…

The Swan Court

The Wand Court is represented by Snakes, bringing us the Power of the imagination and a person’s creativity to transform adversity and grow out of limitations as well as the venom, that may be a part of the cure.

The Snake court

Last is the suit of Swords,who’s Courts feature 4 different Owls. Combining wisdom and vision into other realms with needle sharp talons for executing change, they are a personal favourite of mine.

Read here, why:

https://shamanicdrumm.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/134/

Owls for my Heart

 

Oh yes, in case you wondered; I painted the cards 🙂

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Another Medicine Pouch

Medicine Pouch

in honor of

Dhiivi, the Mink

and

Yölle, the Midwinter Sun

Pouch for Yölle, the Sun

It was  back in late fall, when I started to work on this pouch. I had found the fur – in the form of a rather bedraggled looking Mink jacket – in our local charity shop. At the time I was reading a book about Siberian legends and the one about the Mink and Yölle, the Sun came to mind.
My Ada had known and told that one to me when I was little. But in his version of the legend it was not the Mink but the noble Zobel -Sable, that provided Yölle with his pelt, so she could go outside and put an end to a gruelling Winter storm…. 🙂
This gave me the idea, to create 2 pouches – one featuring the Sable and one the Mink…  The first one of them is this one.  While the Sable is a Spirit of Siberia only the Mink is an inhabitant of all circumpolar forests and here in Ontario he is known as Sha qua sho, the mediator between the Water and the Land Spirits.Further west and especially among the West Coast People Mink is known as somewhat of a trickster.

Saber

Materials used:
Mink fur – recycled
Bone carving of Yölle, the Sun (bleached bone from Moose)
hand crafted bone beads
split skin Deer hide bleached white

Feathers:
Sea Gull  – messenger of the Water Spirits
White Swan – Woman Power
                   -good fortune is always bestowed by the Swan Maidens of Siberia, the Daughters of
                  Umai,the Earth Goddess. The Swan Maidens live in the Pleiades….
Snow Goose – to find your way back home after a long Winter
Snowy Owl – Guide to the Kham = Shaman
Snow Pheasant – pride in your own heritage
Great Horned Owl – Wisdom of Night, dreams and visions – guide to the shaman who heals and knows
                              how to traverse into the land of the dead to call back a lost Soul
Hawk – East, discernment, overview

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