36-Contentment is Wealth

June 11, 2017

36-The Ace of Cups


Starting out the Cups suit with the Ace as usual.  The cups theme is familial love and contentment, feelings, intuition, and matters of the heart--the element is water.


35-The Ash Grove

June 11, 2017

35-The King of Wands


A bold and charismatic man, creative, and forceful.  The ash grove symbolizes growth and expansion.


34-The Enchanted Lady

June 11, 2017

34-The Queen of Wands


A charismatic woman, self-assured, and confident.


33-Ah Surely!

June 11, 2017

33-The Knight of Wands


 This card signifies action and haste, adventure and danger, ambition, ah surely!


32-All Those Endearing Young Charms

April 28, 2017

32-The Page of Wands


Youth, beauty, ambition.

This melody comes from Thomas Moore's A Selection of Irish Melodies published in 1808.  I've included some of Moore's lyrics:



BELIEVE me, if all those endearing young charms,

Which I gaze on so fondly to-day,

Were to change by to-morrow, and fleet in my arms,

Like fairy-gifts, fading away!

Thou wouldst still be ador'd as this moment thou art,

Let thy loveliness fade as it will;

And, around the dear ruin, each wish of my heart

Would entwine itself verdantly still!


It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,

And thy cheeks unprofan'd by a tear,

That the fervour and faith of a soul can be known,

To which time will but make thee more dear!

Oh! the heart, that has truly lov'd, never forgets,

But as truly loves on to the close;

As the sun-flower turns on her god, when he sets,

The same look which she turn'd when he rose!





31-The Wearied Lad

April 27, 2017

31-The Ten of Wands


No doubt this is also a wearied lad carrying so many yokes and probably not lifting with his knees.  This tune is a close relative to the previous tune (arguably the same tune); I heard it on Jimmy O'Brien Moran's flat out amazing album 'Take Me Tender'.  This tune was associated with the pre-famine era piper extraordinaire Paddy Coneely.


30-An Buachaill Droite

April 27, 2017

30-The Nine of Wands


This card has to do with perseverance and strength through adversity.  An Buachaill Droite is roughly translated to 'The Wearied Lad'


29-Haste to the Wedding

April 26, 2017

29-The Eight of Wands


This card is all about speed, action, haste, forward motion, and love.


28-Mairseail Alasdruim

April 26, 2017

28-The Seven of Wands


In spite of the odds being stacked against this fellow, he still manages to have the upper hand and will likely prove victorious.


27-The Master’s Return

April 24, 2017

27-The Six of Wands


This card symbolizes victory, triumphant returns, success.