#Fairy #Tarot #Friday, January 31, 2020

Welcome to Fairy Tarot Friday. Each Friday I’ll share a card 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.

The Major Arcana consists of 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.

The Minor Arcana consists of 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 also.

The Minor Arcana also consists of four suits representing different aspects of human life. The Minor Arcana cards are numbered 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 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 Prince of Winter is a court card that usually represents a person or addresses a specific situation. Drawing this card reminds us of how fluid a situation truly is. Everything moves fast when you pick the Prince of Winter.

By drawing this card, it could relate to the current political events unfolding before our eyes. This card also brings out the characteristics of idealism, decisiveness, focus, and determination. But don’t let the Prince of Winter fool you. He can also be impulsive and undiplomatic.

Does this sound like anyone you know? If you have the opportunity, ask this person to pause and take a breath. Before we proceed, we should ask if the plan put forth is sound and worthwhile before we follow through.

This fairy moves quickly through the forest showing his exuberance at the thrill of the ride. Let’s hope he watches where he is going! Pride goeth before a fall, they often say.

Additional meanings of this card suggest that we should believe in our mission. Fight for justice. Watch out for sudden and unexpected changes. We are asked to reflect on intellectual solutions to our problems.

The Prince of Winter, Traditional #Haiku

oppose injustice
seek rational solutions,
act decisively.

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 162, #ThemePrompt

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Challenge Badge

It’s the fourth week of the month which means I’ll pick a theme for you to write about for this month. On the Monday before the next challenge, I’ll select someone to choose next month’s theme.

This month’s theme is:

“The Circle of Life”

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting blogs and leaving comments. Peer reviews help poets perfect their writing craft. Remember… sharing is caring.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet:

The Gogyoka in English syllabic poetry form is the only form that does not require a syllable count per the five lines. Please be mindful that each line should be the duration of a single breath or a phrase. Choose your words carefully…

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.

I don't get it

THE RULES

Every Tuesday I’ll post the challenge early enough so everyone can see it. Remember, there will be no recap. You have a full week to write your poetry (Tuesday – Monday). Don’t forget to copy your poem into the comments on this post so that everyone can find your poetry.

The rules are simple. Write your poetry on your blog.

Do a link-back by placing the HTTPS:// address of the challenge post into your post. ALSO, please copy your poem and add it to the comments. If you created a Haiga, let us know in the comments with a link to your post. Now, all of the poetry ends up on the challenge post in one place.

Follow the schedule listed below:

Don't forget

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

If you add these hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on Twitter:

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma #Gogyohka

Now, have fun and write some poetry!


Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Etheree #Haiku #Poetry Challenge No. 161 #PhotoPrompt – Henna | But I Smile Anyway

This month, I’ve chosen Ritu to pick next month’s image for the February #PhotoPrompt! I’ve also shared her poetry!

Here’s the link to her original post: Butismileanyway.com

©2019 Willow Willers

Henna

Stains
Hennaed
Signalling
Celebration
The deeper the stain
The stronger the love of
Mother-in-law to-be
His name tattooed on her hand
A challenge, to find it, himself
A game to prove his patience and love
Once found, their true exploration begins

Ritu 2020

Henna patterns stain
The hands of the bride-to-be
Time for married bliss

Henna stains
The hands of the bride
Married bliss

Henna
A bride's hands
Married

Ritu 2020

Ritu, Please email your photo to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. I can’t wait to see what you come up with for inspiration!

the permanence of henna ~ gogyohka | RIVRVLOGR

Source: the permanence of henna ~ gogyohka

Ken shares an amazing poem using a Gogyohka which is a five-line, untitled, Japanese poetic form. Unlike tanka (5/7/5/7/7 syllables), Gogyohka has no restrictions on length. (Wikipedia.org)

Here are the rules for this poem from Wikipedia.com:

Five rules of Gogyohka by Enta Kusakabe (1983)

  • Gogyohka is a new form of short poem that is based on the ancient Japanese Tanka and Kodai kayo.
  • Gogyohka has five lines but exceptionally may have four or six.
  • Each line of Gogyohka consists of one phrase with a line-break after each phrase or breath.
  • Gogyohka has no restraint on numbers of words or syllables.
  • The theme of Gogyohka is unrestricted.

the permanence of henna

the direction
of our inclinations
holds no pattern
carefree, the actions we take
the permanence of henna

©2020 Ken Gierke

I like this form. It’s unencumbered with few restrictions other than writing phrases in each line. It’s super creative!

Let me know in the comments if you would like to see this form added to our ever-growing list of accepted syllabic poetry forms.

Ritual #Tanka Tuesday | Myths of the Mirror

Source: Ritual #Tanka Tuesday

I’m sharing Diana Peach’s Crown Cinquain as part of this week’s Poetry Challenge Stars. This is amazing work. Notice how the stanzas flow from one to another telling the story of the image. ~Colleen~

Image ©2019 Willow Willers

Ritual

mehndi
love painted hands
palms offering the world
the beauty of hearts awakened
sacred

umber
scented color
my bridal ritual
bless me with joyful abundance
wisdom

sweet love
enchant my skin
butterflies transform me
lotus stirs my soul to flower
freedom

water
ripples of change
sunbirds carry my prayers
on gossamer dragonfly wings
reborn

guide me
auspicious art
drawn in ancient symbols
even the gods and goddesses
adorned

**

My first crown cinquain ever.
Written in response to Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday challenge.

Diana Peach: Myths of the Mirror

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 161 #PhotoPrompt

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Thanks to everyone who wrote poetry for last week’s challenge. Check out the COMMENTS to see everyone’s poetry in one place. You can view that post below:

It’s the third week of the month! Time for a #PhotoPrompt

This month’s photo prompt has been provided by Willow Willers. This is a personal photo that belongs to her, so please add the copyright information when you share to your blog.

©2019 Willow Willers

What does this photo say to you? How does it make you feel… concentrate on emotions, or tell a syllabic poetry story.

On the Monday before the next challenge, I will pick my favorite poem from the #PhotoPrompt and share it on my blog as a reblog. Whoever I pick will choose the photo for next month’s challenge!

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting blogs and leaving comments. Peer reviews help poets perfect their writing craft. Remember… sharing is caring.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet:

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.

I don't get it

THE RULES

Every Tuesday I’ll post the challenge early enough so everyone can see it. Remember, there will be no recap. The challenge runs from Tuesday to Monday.

The rules are simple. Write your poetry on your blog.

Do a link-back by placing the HTTPS:// address of the challenge post into your post. ALSO, please copy your poem and add it to the comments. If you created a Haiga, let us know in the comments with a link to your post. Now, all of the poetry ends up on the challenge post in one place.

Follow the schedule listed below:

Don't forget

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

If you add these hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on Twitter:

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

Now, have fun and write some poetry!


A Pregnant Protest, #FlashFiction

The Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction Challenge for January 16, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a protest story. It can be about a protest, or you can investigate the word and expand the idea. Who is protesting, where, and why? Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by January 21, 2019.

A Pregnant Protest

Susan squeezed her husband’s hand, turning his knuckles white.

“I’ll never let you into my bed again,” she protested.

Tim nodded his head. “I’m so sorry love,” he whispered.

The contractions began again as Susan shrieked out a primal wail. She panted through the waves of torment.

“You’re almost there,” the doctor murmured, intent on his ministrations. “One more push, Susan, and that should do it.”

Susan closed her eyes in concentration. With one long scream she pushed out the reason for her pain.

The infant resembled his father. A long-tail protruded from the base of his spine.

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 160 #SynonymsOnly

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

It’s the second week of the month! That means Synonyms ONLY!

Here are your two words:

“CALM & PRESENT”

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting blogs and leaving comments. Peer reviews help poets perfect their writing craft. Remember… sharing is caring.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet:

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.

I don't get it

THE RULES

Every Tuesday I’ll post the challenge early enough so everyone can see it. Remember, there will be no recap. You have a full week to complete your poetry. Only syllabic poetry: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Haibun, Cinquain, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma

The rules are simple. Write your poetry on your blog.

Do a link-back by placing the HTTPS:// address of the challenge post into your post. ALSO, please copy your poem and add it to the comments. If you created a Haiga, let us know in the comments with a link to your post. Now, all of the poetry ends up on the challenge post in one place.

Follow the schedule listed below:

Don't forget

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

If you add these hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on Twitter:

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

Now, have fun and write some poetry!


“Visions of the Past,” #flash#fiction, #writephoto, #MondayBlogs

January 9, 2019, Carrot Ranch prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a carried wife. Why is she being carried? Who is carrying? Pick a genre if you’d like and craft a memorable character. Go where the prompt leads! Respond by January 14, 2019.

Plus… this is also part of Sue Vincent’s #writephoto Prompt, Presence. My first time participating in her writing challenge.

“Charles? Where are you?”

“Right here, dear. I’m reminiscing over some of our past adventures.”

Helen chuckled. “We did have some great times. Do you remember our trip to Europe after graduation?”

Charles sighed. “I most certainly do. Do you remember that starry night in the field near the standing rocks?”

Helen blushed. “That was our first night together. How could I forget? We promised our love for all eternity.”

“Yes, that’s right. I picked you up and spun you around the field. I called you my carried wife.”

Helen’s electric wheelchair turned. “And, you’ve carried me ever since.”

©2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

UPDATE to The 2019 Poet of the Week Compilation

I’ve updated my site’s rating on Google Chrome to a B+ which should make downloading the PDF easier.

I apologize for the inconvenience. It’s been a comedy of errors this week. ~Colleen~

Yay for teamwork! The 2019 Poet of the Week & Honorable Mention Poetry Compilation from last year’s challenges is ready for distribution.

Please join me in thanking H. R. R. Gorman for her help in putting this publication together, including her many artistic skills. Not only did she reformat the PDF, but she also designed the cover art – all during the time she was graduating with her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Thanks, Dr. G. I literally could not have done this without your help!

I’m so proud of all of you… the poets, who worked so hard to perfect their writing craft to make this challenge what it is today. I’ve learned so much from you all. I can’t wait for the new challenges to begin!

Enjoy the Gift of Poetry!

As promised, this is a FREE download. This collection contains a copyright:

“Copyright ©2020 by Colleen M. Chesebro. All authors of poems contained in this compilation retain the rights to their work. The cover of this work was created by H.R.R. Gorman. All rights reserved. This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the poet or artist.”

The NEW challenge starts tomorrow, January 7, 2020. Are you ready to take the plunge and write some syllabic poetry? Let’s do it together!