Tanka, taiga, Tarot

12 Apr

Some last-minute questions came up last month in connection with two of the three articles I was working on for the Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams (due out in March 2012). I was vastly relieved to discover I have several books with the answers—books I hadn’t remembered I owned, because I tend to acquire used books almost as often as I buy groceries, and in similar quantities. These particular books, though, had come from a friend, Patricia, and I’ve been meaning to thank her for their recent help.

Neither of us remembers exactly how we met, but it was in the late 1990s, and our mutual interest in dreams was the reason. She and I lived about a mile apart, but aside from our early meeting, we almost never managed to get together after that….until three or so years ago, when Patricia retired and was packing up to move to California. She invited friends to visit and help divest her of her considerable collection of books and other items related to dreaming and several other subjects. I came home with a cart brimming with books, the source of the welcome information I found last month.

Roswila: poet, artist, musician, Tarot reader, blogger

Roswila: poet, artist, musician, Tarot reader, blogger

Patricia has thrived in her new home. Her several blogs are an outlet for her deep talents in poetry and photography, and now design. (Oh, yeah—she also plays improvisational didjeridu.) Online, she goes by the name Roswila.

On Roswila’s Dream & Poetry Realm, she journals her dreams in a haiku-like form that she calls dreamku, and in several other Japanese forms (such as tanka), each entry accompanied by an original photograph. She’s taught dreamku in workshops several times during the annual online PsiberDreaming Conferences of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

On a second blog, Roswila’s Tarot Gallery & Journal, she posts “unusual Tarot images and meanings, reviews, articles, poems.” And on a third blog, Roswila’s Taiga Tarot (taiga being illustrated tanka), she’s in the process of designing a Tarot deck: “I am not necessarily designing this deck for use in divination, but rather to ultimately share 78 taiga, drawn and written out of my over 30-year journey with The Tarot as a faithful and creative guide.” Her dream-inspired version of The Devil card, which she interprets in terms of psychological projection, particularly moves me both visually and verbally.

It’s all rich, beautiful, inspiring work. How about adding one more, Patricia: what a great blog your didjeridu music would make!

And thanks for the books!

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