#FAIRY #TAROT #FRIDAY ~ August 14, 2020

Welcome to Fairy Tarot Friday. Each Friday I’ll share a card I’ve drawn from the Fairy Tarot deck by Doreen Virtue & Radleigh Valentine, featuring an uplifting message from the fey. I’ll also include a bit of syllabic poetry inspired by the card reading.

I drew this card on Thursday, for Friday as Freyja had an early morning vet appointment.

The Major Arcana contains 22 cards that describe major events and turning points in our lives (marriage, pregnancy, relationship and career changes, and overcoming personal challenges). The Major Arcana cards also represent the different phases from childhood to old age.

Doreen Virtue numbered the Minor Arcana cards to comprise four suits representing different aspects of human life. They number the Minor Arcana cards 1 (Ace) through 10, plus the four court cards (Princess, Prince, Queen, and King). The Minor Arcana reflects the day-to-day aspects of our lives and the people in them. Court cards represent either a situation or a person during a reading.

The Minor Arcana comprises four suits. In traditional Tarot they are; wands, cups, swords, and coins. In Fairy Tarot, the four suits reflect the seasons: Spring for wands, Summer for cups, Winter for swords, and Autumn for coins. In Angel Tarot, the seasons represent the four elements: fire = spring, water = summer, air = winter, and earth = autumn. Consider these elements in relation to the Fairy Tarot, as well.

The divinatory meanings are given for upright cards only—this tarot is not intended for reversed readings.

Once you get to know the fairies, you’ll see they are strong-willed environmentalists. They get perturbed at people who mistrust animals or the earth. Never lie to a fairy. Instead, help them take care of the planet and other living beings. Do your part. Your actions will richly reward you, and the fairies will encourage you in amazing ways.

Today’s Card: The Princess of Spring – Optimistic, Enthusiastic, Creative, Energetic

It’s time to go after your dreams! Do something that expands your horizons. Let your creativity take flight.

How exciting to select the Princess of Spring! This little princess wants to do it all. There’s no experience she doesn’t want to have; no creative endeavor she won’t experiment with. Painting, singing, dancing, acting, tarot card reading… she wants to try it all!

It’s Friday! Did you wake up feeling this positive energy? Don’t you want to get up and do something? Guess what? The best thing about the Princess of Spring card is the optimism she brings to your life. It’s contagious and if you spend some time with her, you’ll find your metaphorical glass going from “half-full” to my cup runneth over!

The energy from the princess is enthusiastic and creative. If you’ve felt uninspired lately, the childlike exuberance for life that you’ve been missing will now return. Take advantage of this time and create a masterpiece.

Focus your attention on the natural synergies as they pertain to achieving results and gaining abundance. Stay focused!

Be like the princess… she’s an eager volunteer and anyone would be lucky to have her on the team. Just remember, with all this energy swirling around you, it’s difficult to concentrate and stay focused. This princess energy distracts us with each new opportunity we find. It’s possible that we will want to wander off before we finish the task at hand.

Additional Meanings of this Card: Doing something that expands your horizons. Taking a lighthearted approach. Exploring what fascinates you. Being fearless. Staying focused.

Creative Energy Abounds

Gogyohka (s/l/s/l/l syllable count)

sanguine energy
creativity abounds
expand your sphere
make courageous choices 
balance your abundance

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

I’ve also written this Gogyohka for my poetry challenge, where we had to find synonyms for the words circled and squared. I used “sphere” for circled, and “balance” for squared. I would say it was a lucky draw of the cards! ❤

Seeking Serenity, #Gogyohka or #Modern #Tanka

Whew! What a busy week it’s been. I’ve struggled to find time to work on my new poetry book amid a series of events which interfered in my time, every day. Between a four-hour power outage in my neighborhood, and the daily mess and noise from a new-build next door, I’m struggling for time to work on my book. Add a day of grocery shopping to prepare for the Coronavirus scare sweeping the world, and I’ll find myself working double-time this weekend to catch up.

This week it was Poet’s choice. Here’s what I came up with!

The greening of spring in my neighborhood

There’s always a ray of sunshine for me in the moments that give rise to inspiration. Such are the ways of the muse. She appears when you least expect her presence, sharing a precious moment of stillness.

Seeking Serenity, #Gogyohka

psychic detachment
Karma transcended
peaceful consciousness

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

I’ve written this Gogyohka in the s/l/s/l/l (short/long/short/long/long) syllable count of a modern Tanka in English, which differs from the traditional 5/7/5/7/7 count. Most poetic journals and literary contests, etc. will call this form the Tanka in English.

Many poets believed the Gogyohka to be more freeing than falling under the demands of a traditionally written Tanka. That’s not the case. The form still dictates the structure of short form poetry, as you don’t use sentences, rhyming, or punctuation. Each line is spoken in a breath, limiting the length of your phrases even though the Gogyohka claims no restraint on words or syllables.

From what my research has revealed, Tanka in English poets have abandoned the syllable counts because of differences between the Japanese and English languages, Tanka in English are functionally the same as Gogyohka in English.

We experienced the same changes in Haiku and Senryu. It appears Tanka/Gogyohka have experienced the same reduction in syllable count.

M. Key of Kujaku Poetry & Ships shares:

Gogyohka are short five line poems, which may or may not be end-stopped; that detail is not clear in Gogyohka. Since tanka in English abandoned syllable counting due to differences between the Japanese and English languages, tanka in English are functionally the same as gogyohka in English. The difference is of great importance in Japanese, but of no significance in English.

Tanka in English fulfill the definition given for Gogyohka. On the other hand, so do kyoka, waka, Japanese tanka, limericks, cinquains, and other five line forms, yet it is clear that Gogyohka does not embrace these as part of its definition and view.

The assumption of a lyric Japanese aesthetic is built into the genre without being specified. Thus, we can define five line poems lacking in a Japanese or at least a lyric presentation as not meeting the operational definition of Gogyohka, even if they meet the technical definition.

A Few Remarks on Tanka, Gogyoyhka, Gogyoshi, and 5Lines

So what does this mean for our challenge? Just like we did for the Haiku and Senryu forms, I’ll offer the traditional and modern forms for the Tanka.

Think of the traditional Tanka as the 5/7/5/7/7 and the Gogyohka, the modern Tanka in five lines: s/l/s/l/l.

Questions? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Friday, poetic friends. I’m done writing for the day!