‘not every angel is terrible’ Gwyn Davy

Two lonely people with differing backgrounds find themselves crossing paths while living in the beautiful city of Prague. They soon discover, however, that they have a shared love of history, and also come to appreciate each other’s love of the works of Rainer Maria Rilke and Matsuo Basho. Fifty-something Englishman Edward Stone is divorced and semi-retired, a man with his own mind who is an enthusiastic blogger and walker. Thirty-something Brita Kraus has never married, and whilst she enjoys her independence, also feels there is something greatly missing from her life, the result of a family tragedy which she dare not divulge to anyone – until now.

World Tarot Today: Potential Big News Day, February 17 2022

An authoritative figure (and/or news story) appears to secure a situation with clear information.

End of a cycle, and a significant overturning, partly concealed.

Important news regarding justice and/or diplomacy.


Copyright Francis 2022

Mozart the Romanticist — The Imaginative Conservative (Reblog)

Mozart’s genius consisted in absorbing, building upon, and transcending the musical influences of his day. The emotional complexity of his music raises it above the gracious, charming, but often superficial and forgettable aesthetics of the rococo era in which he was raised. 1,603 more words

Mozart the Romanticist — The Imaginative Conservative

*More on Mozart!

Tarot Cards Review: ‘Ancien Tarot de Marseille’, Grimaud Cartomancie

I have been fascinated by, if not the greatest practitioner of tarot since I was a teenager.

My love of astrology has generally kept me from continually using tarot over the last thirty years or so. This is no excuse, as both methods of divination are generally complementary.

For a time, somewhere in the 1980s, I did use a deck called ‘astro tarot’, which I think you can still buy, but I ‘lost’ these years ago.

In more recent times, particularly over the last few years, I have been drawn more fully into the mysterious and magical world of tarot, its practise and its disputed history.

Most particularly I have learned to respect and invariably use Tarot de Marseille (TDM), rather than the more well known Rider-Waite style tarot decks.

I much prefer the ‘unillustrated’ pip cards of TDM; I don’t like my intuition being influenced too much by the more illustrative and suggestive Rider-Waite, particularly in the swords suit, where, for example, if one draws the Nine of Swords, this can leave people quite worried!

No, I much prefer to stick to basics: swords is the mind, our thoughts and 9 is attainment. It is up to the tarot reader to interpret this. But more of this in another piece some other time.

One particular deck I’ve enjoyed for some time is the Grimaud Cartomancie TDM, ‘Ancien Tarot de Marseille’. It comes in a beautifully presented, sturdy box, with the usual mini-book with basic interpretive ideas – in French.

The illustrations are very clear and basic, with strong colours and bold black linework. The word is emphatic, which I like. The card stock is likewise quite sturdy with a grey-blue patterning on the reverse.

The history of TDM, like all tarot, is complex. There are many variations of TDM but this overall style developed, as the name suggests, in the south of France, but also has strong links to northern Italy, Switzerland and even southern Germany over the years.

In other words, this card style does not owe everything to the city of Marseilles, which could be regarded as a name of convenience – and it sounds good too, doesn’t it? After developing from the seventeenth century onwards, it was in 1930 when Paul Marteau of the Grimaud family truly established and perpetuated this particular artistic style of TDM.

I am very glad that he did, as these cards are a particular favourite of mine and I would very much recommend them.

Copyright Francis 2021

Destination: Lithuania — Nathan’s Insights (Reblog)

Official Name: Republic of Lithuania Established: 6 July 1253 (Kingdom of Lithuania), 16 February 1918 (Independence from Russia) Population: 2,795,334 (2020 estimate) Religion: 93% Christianity Language(s): Lithuanian, Polish, Russian Capital: Vilnius Order of Visit: Twenty-Fourth First Visit: 17 July 2006 Last Visit: 18 July 2006 Duration: 2 Days Visit Highlights: Vilnius – Gediminas Square, St Peter and […]

Destination: Lithuania — Nathan’s Insights

There’s more to reading than just looking at the words — The Renaissance Mathematicus (Reblog)

When I first became interested in the history of mathematics, now literally a lifetime ago, it was dominated by a big events, big names approach to the discipline. It was also largely presentist, only interested in those aspects of the history that are still relevant in the present. As well as this, it was internalist […]

There’s more to reading than just looking at the words — The Renaissance Mathematicus

On The Fourth Day Of Christmas,My True Love Sent To Me… — Bhuuks and I (Reblog)

Four Calling Birds. Three Years Ago. “I’m just saying if you had handled it in a different way,you wouldn’t have been fired.” Sydney gave an innocent shrug. Hailey,her immediate younger sister,stood up from the couch. “Are you listening at all,Sydney? The man was rude and stupid. He isn’t even good looking,I could have assumed it […]

On The Fourth Day Of Christmas,My True Love Sent To Me… — Bhuuks and I

The History of Yule — (Reblog)

In this post you will learn more about the history of Yule and how it is celebrated around the world today. Yule takes place on the day of the Winter Solstice (around December 21 in the northern hemisphere, in the southern hemispere the winter solstice falls around June 21). Origins of Yule in Europe In the […]

The History of Yule —

Nordhavn, Copenhagen (Take 2) — Life in Copenhagen (Reblog)

I’ve already shared Nordhavn with you before – I went back during golden hour/sundown and wow, it was even more pleasant to walk around than the previous time around. I just love how even the incomplete, construction-site look is part of the aesthetic of the neighbourhood.

Nordhavn, Copenhagen (Take 2) — Life in Copenhagen