Sacred Sites: Seven of Pentacles

Seven of Pentacles
Sacred Site – The Lascaux Cave, France.

The Lascaux Caves are a complex of caves in southwestern France famous for its Paleolithic cave paintings. They are located near the village of Montignac, in the department of Dordogne. They are home to some of the best-known Upper Paleolithic art, estimated to be over 17,000 years old. They consist mainly of images of large animals that lived in the area at the time. In 1979, Lascaux was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

At times this card is far removed from the more traditional Tarot, and at others is almost the same card, I think it is the man’s gaze that tells the story and alters the card slightly. In the Waite-Smith deck the look on the main figure is at times one of “is this all worth it” (imo), whereas in this card he seems to have just come out of a reverie, you know that space you go to when you are being creative and nothing will disturb you, almost a meditative state. Then sometimes when this card is drawn he looks to be having a lack of faith in his work.

Keywords: Evaluation, reflection, patience.

Possible deck specific interpretations: If you are doing the best that you can at what you love to do, there is no need to worry about what people think of your work.

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This is a short (2½ minute) clip detailing the Lascaux Cave paintings.

And this an hour long documentary about how prehistoric Europeans came to invent art.

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Sacred Sites: Six of Chalices

In the next few months I’m going to be taking a walk through the Sacred Sites deck card-by-card. I am totally in love with this deck, I thought it was going to be a novelty when I reviewed and interviewed it, but having used it almost exclusively for a year now I feel there is still so much to learn with this deck. Some of the cards I have heaps to say about, some of them maybe not so much.

Six of Chalices
Sacred Site – Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, France.

Les Saintes Maries de la Mer is the capital of the Camargue in the south of France. This site is linked to the figure of Sara-la-Kali who is said to have been the Egyptian servant of Mary Magdalene, Mary Salome and Mary Jacobe, (Les Saintes Maries). Or, in another tale she was the local woman who welcomed the three Marys on their arrival from Alexandria, Egypt. After they’re arrival the area became known as Nôtre-Dame-de-Ratis (Our Lady of the Boat), the name was later changed to Notre-Dame-de-la-Mer, then, in 1838 the residents settled on the present title.

The image shows a crowd on their way to the town to celebrate Pelerinage des Gitans, or ‘Pilgrimage of the Gypsies’, a Roma/gypsy festival held each year on May 24 and 25. The festival is a time to meet up with friends and relatives that –  because of their nomadic lifestyle – have not been seen since previous festivals, a time for giving, sharing and reminiscing. This is a slightly different take on how this card is in other decks where it normally shows just two people sharing a gift or a memory, in the Sacred Sites version a whole crowd is sharing. This could be interpreted as a group or collective conscience, a sharing of ideas that go beyond generations and eventually become inherited memories. Okay, so maybe that’s a bit deep for the average Tarot reading, in a past life reading however it could show that certain traits of a client could be inherited from…. well, a previous life.

Keywords: Sharing, charity, nostalgia.

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Okay okay, so it’s nothing to do with Sacred sites or Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, but they are from France, and they play excellent  guitar, they are The Gypsy Kings.

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