Tarot Cards - - the history of

I decide to research on tarot cards and the history behind on it. I learned there are several theories on it: Sufi masters, Grail-related representations, Indian holy texts, Gypsy imports, Hebrew lore, Greek philosophy, and the 13th century alchemists.

Let’s ignore all those theories. I like this paragraph:

“Speculation aside, we don't know, and perhaps will never know, what the original Tarot cards looked like. Nor do we know where they came from or who created them. We don't even know how many were contained in a deck. It has frustrated Tarot experts and inspired countless origin theories. However they came to be, the images of Tarot, like all true symbols, resound spontaneous self-expressions from the psyche's deepest springs; and for that reason they hold up magic mirrors to whatever reactions we bring them. Like all authentic artistic creations, Tarots are ultimately a mystery and will remain so.”

Even though there is countless debate on the origins of tarot cards, I ended up liking only one even though it’s a myth. If you’re familiar with the story Apollo and Daphne, then you’ll be surprised (I hope!) to hear that it had to do with the creation of tarot cards. The laurel tree, Daphne, turned out to be the source of the paper made for the original tarot cards. I love how this turns out to be this – how the tarot cards came of divination.

Trionfi is another word for Tarot cards, used mostly in the ancient times. The name "Trionfi" came from celebration for the appearance of a god.
There is no standard number of cards and the illustrations vary but their suits and meanings remain the same. But so far, the deck usually contains of 78 cards.
There are two sections: Major Arcana and Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana consists of 22 symbolical illustration on the cards. Those are numbered from 0 to 21. The Minor Arcana contains of four suits of 14 cards each. Chalices, Pentacle, Wands, and Sword suit.

I thought that the reader would be shuffling the cards for the consultant. However, this is not the case. “Before a reading is performed, the cards are shuffled by the person receiving the reading. Some say this transfers that person's energy to the deck.”
It makes sense, I realized.

Ah, I could go on and on. :D! I like learning new things, don’t you?
And, by the way, the reason of this research was I got a gift: Tarot Art Nouveau.
<3 thank you, sun.
For online course on Tarot Readings. Go here!

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4


Artists Overdose 000

guu guu
(this is no whatsoever in related to guu guu anime. ^_^;)

nodding cat
read the Snail one.

Mona Caron
I love the Mucha-inspired works.


Peculiar works. Strongly affected by religion art.


jdrama addiction

Kimi wa Petto is a live action series based on Tramps Like Us, the manga. It is wonderful adaption. It's only 10 episodes and I love how it turns out. It is an adorable drama about a supposedly-strong, cool business lady owning a human pet. No, there isn't any sex involved.

Matsumoto Jun (Hana Yori Dango, Tokyo Tower) plays Momo, the human pet. His character is fantastic, I love him. I admitted at first, I did doubt such actor like him could achieve playing the character Momo, but he aced it. I had already read Tramps Like Us so I am entitled to my opinions.
Koyuki (The Last Samurai, Eragon) played Iwaya Sumire, the business lady. She didn't do the character in manga exactly, however, she played the right concept of it. I still like her- she's funny to look at, to see her all confused of her feelings.
Oh yes, the character who played Hasumi Shigehito, the boyfriend - was fugly. His smile was the worse. It reminds me of the Joker in one of the Batman films. I kept on, "don't smile! stay puzzled\confused\unsure." (shudders)
The rest of cast are excellent. The plot was well-established considering the strange situation concerning the human pet. In the manga, Sumire has the balloons to think, ponder, and wonder all the time. We can read her thoughts. But in the tv series, a new character is added. He is the counselor of the company where Sumire works at. He also carry a longhaired chihuahua everywhere with him (think Paris but uglier.. no wait, prettier).
Anyways, this character was added in order to gain what Sumire is feeling and what was going on at the moment.

The philosophy on how one can give more love to a pet but not to a human being; just because of fear of showing oneself. Pets will love without any restriction whenas, humans will always have doubts and fears.


giesele page

i like this perspective.
i should make a sketch out of this...


Mr. Arrogant

100 days with Mr. Arrogant was a delight, comedy film. I love Ha Ji-won's expression. She is always chirping and hopping. :D! :D!

this movie is enjoyable and good laughs.

its too cliche, i admit. even the mushy ending was.

still, its definitely the movie anyone should watch IF they're in mood to laugh at tacky, unreasonable, wtf-ing scenarios.

that. is. fabulous.



Grindhouse mock trailer


the trailer is fantastic. it ultimately mocks what a horror/suspense/cliche film should be. i absolutely love the machine gun leg scene.

if you don't know the facts behind this film - the directors are Robert Rodriguez (Once Upon a Time in Mexico) and Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill). Both worked on Sin City together.

So yes, according to IMDB.com, "Two full length feature horror movies written by Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez put together as a two film features. Including fake movie trailers in between both movies."

It's known as Grindhouse, Planet Terror, or Death Proof.

Gotta to love this idea.

Italian cappuccino

I need an Italian cappuccino.