Pamela Colman Smith 1912 – correspondences

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With these later news articles it becomes apparent how much of Pamela Colman Smith’s work has been lost. We find a tendency among the reporters to “damn with faint praise” as Pixie moves out of the realm of neighborhood parlour entertainment and begins to be taken seriously by people like Alfred Stieglitz—always dangerous for a woman of the time. I’ve placed Pixie’s paintings-to-music here rather than in my 1907 post (when she began exhibiting them) because these news articles are more slanted toward her musical works. See also this article in Current Literature on “Pictured Music.”

Stieglitz purchased quite a few of Pixie’s paintings, which Georgia O’Keefe sold off separately soon after he died—despite his desire, stated in his will, to keep them together—amid some speculation that a decades-old jealousy was involved. The Delaware Art Museum has a few in of her works in their collection and produced an exhibit in 1975 curated by Melinda Boyd Parsons (she wrote the catalog and…

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Pamela Colman Smith 1907 – story teller

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“Once in a long before time before Queen Victoria came to reign over we . . .”

This post features newspaper articles from Pixie’s 1907 visit to New York where she concentrated on presenting her Jamaican folk tales along with recitations of old English ballads and poetry by Yeats. Waite made it clear that “one other” had helped in the creation of the Tarot deck and from the accounts in these papers it is clear that she knew Yeats well. Separately I’ve learned that around this time she performed some recitals with Florence Farr, who taught Tarot to Golden Dawn initiates.

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“never in the least bound down by the traditions”
Sat., Jan. 12, 1907

Miss Pamela Colman Smith, some of whose very interesting pictures are now being exhibited across the river, at 291 Fifth avenue, has recently returned to this country, after several years spent in England. Miss Smith had a…

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Five of Swords – Hostile Conflict!

tarot illuminati 5 of swordsIn numerology, five’s  are  synonymous with conflict, courage,  daring, strife, uncertainty, fear  and upheaval.

Some key words for the five of  swords are Defeat, discord and tension, betrayal, turmoil,  being in a hostile environment, and  victory through dishonor.

It’s a good thing you took the time out to rest with the four of swords. you’ll need to be rested and have a clear mind in order to deal with all of the dishonest and hostile conflict associated with the  five of swords.

When the five of swords  appears in a reading watch out!  It can indicate that someone rather it be you are someone else will go to any means necessary to be the victor. However, just be mindful that although you may have won, your victory was at a high cost.   So  ask yourself,  was it really worth it?

When the five of swords appears reversed it can mean that you are ready to stop fighting and are open to resolving any conflict so it can be placed in the past.

Want a more comprehensive interpretation of the 78 tarot cards which includes the five of  swords. I highly recommend “The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings”, by Brigit Esselmont

 

Pamela Colman Smith: “out of the heart of the Heights”

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“She has always been strange. There is not a page of her life, not an incident, that is not overflowing with romance.”

Pamela Smith in Private Live 1904

I’ve just discovered a lengthy article about Pamela Colman Smith in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Tuesday, November 1, 1904. It gives many details of her large Brooklyn family (much of which I’ve left out) and describes her in terms of a hometown girl. Accompanying the article was this photograph of PCS as a very young girl.

“Winsome Witchery in London Drawing Rooms”

“Remarkable Success of a Height Girl in folk-Lore Tales”
“A Remarkable Personality”
“Pamela Coleman Smith, Closely Related to Many Prominent Brooklyn Families, and Her Strange Career”

In London drawing rooms the enthusiasm and the fashion of the hour is Pamela Coleman[sic] Smith, who, in a brilliant frock of orange with a red turban, sits on a board with two lighted candles in front of her and…

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The Grave of Arthur Edward Waite

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Waite's grave

Waite__1910Many people have been incensed by the lack of a known grave for Pamela Colman Smith, artist of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot. But how many people have made pilgrimage to the gravesite of Arthur Edward Waite? Please let us know if you have. It turns out that Waite lived in his later years and died not far from where Pixie Smith drew many of the cards for their mutual deck. For those who are interested go HERE for the location and some pictures of his grave. At least you can have a virtual look at the place where he was buried. Photo by Julia&Keld

ADDED: On the end of Waite’s grave are the words “Est Una Sola Res.” Someone asked me what these words meant. “There is only One Thing.” But, I’ll let Waite himself explain his understanding of this phrase, from his book The Hidden Church of the Holy Grail, published the same year as…

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Four of Swords – Rest

iluminati 4 of SwordsIn numerology, the number four represents structure, manifestation, stability and foundation.

Some key words for the four of swords are rest, time-out, meditation, relaxation and standstill.

It looks like due to all of the heartbreak experienced with the three of swords, it’ time to take a rest, meditate and relax!

When the four of swords  appears in a reading, it indicates that it’s time to take  a much-needed rest to still your mind and contemplate your next moves.  However, be advised that once you are rested, you will return to the world to face the normal everyday challenges of life.

When the four of swords appears reversed in a reading, it indicates that the individual’s main focus is on the everyday challenges of  life.  The individual finds it difficult to make time to rest, meditate, relax and  rejuvenate themselves because the person is caught up in certain thinking pattern which keeps that person stuck doing the same things over and over again.

Want a more comprehensive interpretation of the 78 tarot cards which includes the four  of swords.   I highly recommend “The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings”, by Brigit Esselmont.

 

 

Three of Swords – Heart Break

tsrot illuminati 3 of swordsThe number three  in numerology represents creativity, initial achievement of goals and growth.

Some key words for the three of  swords are heartbreak, rejection, delays, sorrow, unhappiness and grief.

The three of swords is card that you really don’t want to see in a reading because it indicates heartbreak and sorrow.  In a relationship reading, the three of sword might indicate a relationship break up that is felt not only physically but mentally at a very deep level. However, understanding what caused the pain, accepting it and working through the pain can  help you recover.

When the three of swords  appears reversed in a reading,  it indicates that although you have experienced some form of heartbreak, you are not at the point where you  are starting to recover. Oddly enough, the three of swords can also indicate that you may not be doing the work that you need to for yourself and are at the risk of becoming stuck in your sorrow and pain.

Want a more comprehensive interpretation of the 78 tarot cards which includes the three  of swords.   I highly recommend “The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings”, by Brigit Esselmont.

 

 

Two of Swords – Indecision

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2 of Swords
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The number two in numerology represents balancing,  duality, equalization, crossroad or choice and partnership.

Some key words for the two of swords are indecision, stagnation, blocked emotions, choices and stalemate.

The two of swords usually indicates in a reading that some type of difficult or painful decision needs to be made.   Instead, the individual knowingly refuses  to make a decision  choosing instead to keep both   aspects of the decision equally balanced until a decision is made.

When the two of swords  appears reversed in a reading,  it indicates that the balance of not making the decision has been lost and as a result mental confusion can occur.  The individual may  find themselves caught between a rock and  hard place and may choose not to make a decision, happily staying in a state of indecision.  Stagnation!

What are your thoughts on the two of swords?

Want a more comprehensive interpretation of the 78 tarot cards which includes the two of swords.   I highly recommend “The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings”, by Brigit Esselmont.

 

Ace of Swords – Clarity of Mind / Pure Intentions

illuminatti Ace of swordsAces are equivalent to the number 1 and as such indicate very initial beginnings and are very powerful and forceful.  Aces are also raw expressions of the element that they represent.  Ace of swords  are  part of the Suite of Swords  whose  element is air.  Air  represents thoughts and intellect in the tarot. The  Ace of swords  represents the purest form of air.

Some Key Words for the Ace of swords are new beginnings, awakenings, action, conquest, mental clarity and strength in spite of diversity.

On the overall, the Ace of swords  appears in a reading, it indicates communication and thoughts and how they are used through the power of the mind. The Ace of swords could indicate the beginning thought of a project that deals with knowledge, e.g. writing a book.  The Ace of swords can also indicate an “a ha” moment which brings forth a clarity of mind,  new perspective and understanding to situations that may have seen unclear previously.

When the Ace of swords appears reversed in a reading, it indicates that  there is confusion of the mind caused by a lack of clarity,  self-doubt or distractions caused by the outside word.

For additional meanings regarding the Ace of swords, I would highly recommend, “The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings” by Bridget Esselmont.

What are your thoughts on the Ace of swords?

 

 

 

 

Ace of Wands – It’s a Go!

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Aces are equivalent to the number 1 and as such indicate very initial beginnings and are very powerful and forceful.  Aces are also raw expressions of the element that they represent.

Ace of Wands are  part of the Suite of Wands and its element is fire, therefore,  the Ace of Wands represents the purest form of fire.

Some Key Words for the Ace of Wands are new beginnings, inspiration, power, creativity, motivation, action, potential, enthusiasm, and personal growth.

On the overall, the Ace of Wands can indicate  the start  of an exciting  and enthusiastic new life cycle.  The Ace of Wands indicates a better start at the beginning of some  situation.  The Ace of Wands is also seen as a phalllic symbol which  indicate great sexual energy in  a relationship.

When the Ace of Wands appears in a reading…… It’s a Go!

When the Ace of Wands appears reversed, it can indicate that plans have not worked out could be because that’s how the cookie crumbled or that there were too may irons in the fire.

What are your thoughts on the Ace of Wands?