Saturday 5 November 2016

The web - Margarete Petersen’s Six of Feathers

The ever-present sphere in the background, with six feathers radiating outwards like spokes in a wheel. They meet in the centre, reminding me of the Thoth’s Six of Swords – where the sword tips meet, piercing a rose.  I seem to remember that’s about focusing different ideas or points of view, coming to a harmonious (associated with the number 6) intellectual (Swords) understanding.  

Six of Feathers (trimmed): © Margarete Petersen
Six of Swords (trimmed): © Thoth Tarot

This fits in with the idea of transitions (a favourite Six of Swords keyword in many decks), coming to a new understanding. Margarete Petersen’s deck isn’t explicitly linked to astrology, as far as I know, but I can see the Mercury in Aquarius connection to the Six of Swords here…finding our way out of difficulties by coming up with new ways of thinking about the problem, and the solution coming out of a different approach – perhaps even a revolutionary or unorthodox one.

I’m also reminded of a spider’s web, and the idea of networks and connections – how we’re all part of the system, the universe.  The World Wide Web too… all very Mercurical, very Aquarian.

Ideas converging,
Dancing through the mind’s fine web -
Time of transition.

Margarete Petersen Tarot, AGM-URANIA, 2004.  
Thoth Tarot created by Aleister Crowley, illustrated by Lady Frieda Harris, published by US Games Systems, Inc.

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