Back in love again with my Tarot of the 1001 Nights (Lo Scarabeo, Turin). This is one of those decks I return to periodically; I love its gorgeous, richly ornamented images by Léon Carré, taken from a 12 volume edition of the Arabian Nights which was published between 1926-36. The cards lend themselves beautifuly to tarot and – for me – don’t feel shoe-horned at all into the traditional tarot archetypes. Even where they stray slightly, they still feel eminently readable as cards and I feel they sum up a world which I love; the Orientalist, Scheherazade world of the Ballet Russes brought to life by Nijinsky, Diaghilev & Co in the early years of the 20th Century. This is exotic, deco Orientalism at its best.
I pulled the 7 of Swords on Sunday night (thought I’d draw a card for the following day). At first glance it meant nothing to me (traditional meaning; craftiness, deviousness, slyness, cleverness in perhaps not the most positive light. Not meanings I have ever been cmfortable with). Then mid-morning, we had a problem with the computers here and dug out an old laptop which had been deemed “unrepairable” by the technicians at the shop where we bought it and was consigned to a cupboard, still wrapped in shrink-wrap from when it had been dumped there. I had the idea to take it to the local computer repair shop (which we never use) where the very nice man there magically brought it back to life, restored the hard drive and charged blissfully little. It was ready by the end of the afternoon. As I was returning home, pleased at my initiative, this image of the turbanned man lifting off the cloth came to me when I remembered the man in the shop unravelling the laptop in its shrink-wrap. That and the unidentified ladies standing in a line each side and watching over, seemed (to me) friends and contacts in cyberspace with which this resurrected computer will enable the re-establishing of contact again. So, in a sense the traditional meaning of “initiative” comes through here. I couldn’t help seeing this image as a metaphor of the unwrapping of the dead computer which would be brought back to life through my own initiative.