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The Hawk, the Blue Jay & the Ten of Blades

This evening I saw no less than five Blue Jays frantically perch upon my neighbors oak tree. Mere moments later, a shrill calamitous commotion pierced through the somber dusk for several seconds. Suddenly, a hawk emerged with a Blue Jay in its clutches, flying away, being chased by the remaining Jay's; this is the nature of things. Such is the cycle of life, and in that regard there is nothing unusual about this story, bearing witness to the murder of a Blue Jay was still jarring nonetheless. Seeing something like that almost forces you to disrupt whatever banal thought patterns you may have about day to day life, and focuses your awareness on the moment at hand.
Upon later reflection, I couldn’t help but wonder how a scenario like this would present itself in the Tarot Cards, and what the possible message might be.

The entire episode unfolded in the air, which immediately brings our attention to the suit of Blades (Swords). The Ten of Blades, being the card that stands out for me in this particular context, due to the finality of the circumstances. Quite obviously it’s not a fun card to contemplate; however, it does help us to come to terms with the endings of things. The suit of Blades deals with the world of our thoughts, our intellect, and our ability to reason. Sometimes we may need to accept that a cherished perspective we have on something needs to be purged, to make room for other things, or for the good of the ecosystem (literal or figurative).

Alternately, sometimes we may need to be the Hawk, and actively seek out and dispatch the discordant clamoring of restlessness or distraction. Sometimes a thing just needs to be dealt with, and it needs to be done swiftly, adeptly with sheer focus and concentrated decisiveness.

Whatever the case may be, I hope that this short reflection may be of some use to you either now or at some future time when it is needed the most, blessings.

Thoughts Welcome

Wayne Rodney (Artist & Creator)
The Global Fusion Intuitive Tarot Deck & Guidebook

Introducing The Global Fusion Intuitive Deck

Archetypes of the Tarot are ideal forms that teach us how to master nature and the elements. They sometimes appear to us when we are restless and bored with our usual routine. They silently urge us to unlock our full potential, and teach us how to understand the external world and the world within. Understanding the dynamic messages of these Tarot cards will help us to empower ourselves so that we can attract the things we desire. The Global Fusion Intuitive Tarot Deck encourages you to trust your inner voice and inspires you to live your dreams. There is no time like the present! Embark on this journey today, to discover more about your real potential! Uncover the mystery in The Global Fusion Intuitive Tarot Deck from Rodney Illustration.

Learn Tarot (Global Fusion) Web Series

Hi, my name is Wayne Rodney from Rodney Illustrations. I am the creator and author of The Global Fusion Tarot Deck and Guidebook. I’m here today to introduce my new web series and to speak a little bit on the backstory of my cards which became available in June of 2018. I created the deck to be a source of encouragement, inspiration, and empowerment through the use of archetypes, which I depicted in the Global Fusion style.

For newcomers to card reading as well as advanced practitioners, it should be relatively easy and exciting to read. I would describe it as a vibrant deck, full of symbolism, some conventional and other being unique to this particular set of Tarot cards.

What distinguishes the Global Fusion Deck from many of the already established traditional decks, like the Marseilles or the Rider-Waite-Smith sets, is that the Global Deck, as its name implies is a little bit more culturally diverse, as opposed to being primarily Eurocentric. The symbolism in my deck draws from a wide range of global cultures which have influenced me in one way or another. Aspects or icons of these cultures have then been fused together to create this new archetypal universe.

The idea for integrating the element of Fusion into the Tarot project stemmed from a year-long series of public discourses that I gave when I presided over a fraternal group in Dallas Texas in 2013. The central theme of those discourses was “correspondence and comparisons,” which aimed at fostering a better understanding and appreciation of World culture & Tradition in the context of Spirituality. We attempted to do this by investigating the similarities and consistencies between various global outlooks and spiritual practices both foreign and familiar to us. By doing this exploratory work, not only did I develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the principles that I was already familiar with, but it also became the basis for the concept of the fusion that I would later use in the cards. Speaking about these topics in a public forum helped me to develop a more syncretic outlook, by seeing the unifying thread between various metaphysical currents, and in so doing, it fostered a spirit of understanding, love and greater respect for those on other spiritual paths.

Some of the comparisons we explored in those discourses were “Transcendental Alchemy and Taoist Qigong,” the relationship between “Ceremonial Magic and Mysticism” and also “The Tantric Path versus The Ascetic Path.” Now that some time has passed, I’d like to dive back into that subject matter, and explain just a little bit further how all of this shaped the development of the Global Fusion Intuitive Deck. So I’m happy to announce that I’ll be starting a web series, and I’d love if you could join in, watch, ask questions and participate in the discussion. If you’re on YouTube or Vimeo, please hit the subscribe button, and like, share and leave a comment. I thank you for your time and hope to see you all soon! Blessings.