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Rainring #19 Abandon plus Example of a Rainring reading


The next Rainring card in the study series is #19 ABANDON.

Example of a one card draw advice: If you chose the Abandon card today you could be involved in a variety of situations whereby you need to surrender. This can involve your emotions. You could experience a total physical release during intercourse. On the other hand, you could let go of some pent up frustrations caused by a challenging situation. You could find yourself involved in a creative process with others which requires submission.

Below is Peter’s example of how to read the Rainring. 

Seaqueen and I have been discussing for some time how to suitably mark the festive period. This Rainring series has been running for several months now and I felt it would be appropriate to publish the full text so far of the story which I created for my illustrators to use in order to bring Rainring to life. Seaqueen then suggested that I should also do a revision on how to read the Rainring cards. In the end, I’ve decided to show rather than tell. So what follows is a short cameo taking you in a very abbreviated format into the area of life where we work with Rainring, and giving a sense of the outcome of that work.

Rainring, like any other cards, can be used for divination. However, this is not what they were mainly designed for. Rainring is for understanding about yourself; for developing self-awareness. Most people at the present day find that large amounts of energy are taken up just with meeting their essential needs: food, clothing, keeping a roof over their head and so on It is difficult to find the time and energy to look within. But, where this IS felt to be of value, Rainring can help. To illustrate this, I would like to present a short recent reading to serve as an example of this process at work.

The querant, ‘Nicole’ (with whose permission the following is reproduced) has had a difficult and unsatisfactory experience at work and has now left her job. She wants to know how this unsatisfactory experience could be bettered in the future. So we use a small spread to ask what work environment would be appropriate for her.

A Nicole (as an employee)

Nicole (not her real name) is a woman who speaks her mind. Rather than being cautious, calculating or diplomatic, when feeling the need she will readily go and confront even senior management with whatever may be bothering her at work.

B Suitable employer

She needs an environment where her boss(es) will not be fazed by this attitude. That is, that whoever manages her is secure enough in her/himself to be able to allow Nicole to sound off without feeling threatened and slapping her down, and sufficiently open to be able to take on board whatever content is valuable in Nicole’s feedback.

A & B The Stranger, Umpire Heart

Two things about The Stranger: He (this is a male-sided energy, but either gender can be Strangers) is either a lone wolf or does his own thing – never a follower of the party line. Second, he has a wide view, sees things from all sides. So the interaction which would best suit between Nicole and her future employer will be one where she is given a lot of room, and plenty of scope for initiative.

Central card: Result

We have taken a supplementary here because the first card is complex and best left out of a spread intended to be accessible to everyone. The second (Passion, Umpire Heart) on the contrary is straightforward. It means simply that if Nicole is able to secure a position in a set-up having the above characteristics, she will be able to work passionately. This is heart umpire, so the passion has no sexual reference, but is about warmth and mutual respect between colleagues, or staff/management in this case.


In normal Rainring fashion, a journey of self-discovery is involved here. A more complex reading might have repeated this spread for the job the querant recently left, to give a basis for comparison. However, Nicole felt that she was very clear about those issues, so this ‘post mortem’ was not carried out. We therefore focussed on the kind of future work environment which would suit her – we didn’t aim as high as an ‘ideal’ job, but one certainly which would deliver a positive experience for her.

My intention is not to look at this spread in depth, as this article is aimed at the general card reader, rather than at people already committed to working with Rainring. I hope to have shown the type of reading done in Rainring, and the sort of benefit which this can bring to users of these cards.

Thanks to Peter the above reading. I hope you find it helpful. 

➡ ➡ ➡ As promised, Peter Ryley has written a summary of the cards we have studied thus far. It will be a valuable (lengthy) article to gain a better understanding of the story.

Attraction (The story of Rainring) cards 1-19 will be featured in the next blog post.


Vincent Pitisci’s Celtic Cross + Keywords. Part 2/2


Vincent Pitisci’s Celtic Cross + Keywords. ➡ Part 1/2

In continuation of the last post we will look at the staff cards of the Celtic Cross. If you have downloaded the free printout you will notice the cards are at a slant. Since I am right-handed I will probably slant them the other way (Robin Wood cards). In the image you can see that I followed Vincent’s method with the Golden Dawn cards.

➡ In the previous post I forgot to mention the keywords for the suits according to Vincent. Also, I wrote only one keyword (according to the downloadable printouts) for the Minors in the last post. If you go to his YouTube video channel and locate Tarot card meanings Part 1 The Minor Arcana you can see many keywords which branch out from the main ones.

  • Swords: thought
  • Pentacles: the physical
  • Wands: the spirit  (passion)
  • Cups: emotion 

Part of my stocking stuffer this Christmas is the ‘Genius of the Tarot: A Guide to Divination with the Tarot’, 2013 and ‘The Essential Tarot: Unlocking the Mystery’, 2015 books. Too bad they won’t arrive until the first week of January but it is a hectic time of the year for parcel deliveries. (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform) 

Card #7 is the client’s attitude towards the question. This position is all about how a person really sees their question. Here we have a 6 again which we know is perseverance. The cups stand for emotions. Maybe the client is stuck in the past with regards to the *question. There could be some emotional history to overcome in the RW 6 of Cups.

*Card #1 is the question about the publication of a book. 9 of Cups- emotional attainment. The RW deck illustrates the concept of wishes fulfilled.

The last three cards of the staff are the Major Arcana.

Card #8 represents timing.  The GD Star card’s keyword is direction. Is it a good time to move forward? (remember the opportunity in the 2 of Cups- position 6) This could be a sign that choices need to be made. More clarity is needed for the direction of this goal. Are the planetary transits in the client’s favour?

Card #9  covers the long-range goal or total picture. The GD Tower card’s keyword is disruption. The road to success is not without challenges. Wishes to publish the book could be dashed to the ground. The client should prepare for a rude awakening. Changes can occur midstream. Not so favourable. Is he doing this to himself?

Card #10 is the prediction. The GD Devil card’s keyword is False Truths. The client has a fear of success. This will hinder him unless he overcomes it. He needs to get out of his own way. It could be that deep down inside he is kidding himself about ever wanting to publish the book.

In summary, I do not see the success of the book being published until the person takes a long hard look at what he really wants and why. My best advice for him is to look at his fears. His true intention needs to be in line with his highest good.

The challenge is in the 6 of Swords – intellectual perseverance.




Vincent Pitisci’s Celtic Cross + Keywords. Part 1/2


Today I want to share Vincent Pitisci’s view on the Tarot card meanings and his altered version of the traditional Celtic Cross. ➡ KEYWORDS.

I am featuring the Golden Dawn (GD), 1978 © U.S. Games systems, Inc.  and the Robin Wood (RW), 1991 ©Llewellyn Publications.

The blank Celtic cross printout is available ➡ Free download sheet.  This sheet does not include the meanings of the positions but you can find them on Vincent’s YouTube channel ➡ Videos  I don’t normally lay the Celtic cross this way but for the objective of today’s comparison post I did.

In Vincent’s method he cuts the deck in three piles and flips over the top cards. He selects the card which is the most suitable for the question and proceeds to lay the card beginning with it. The other two piles are discarded. Below is the image from the cut. I only cut the GD and continued with the layout matching the RW cards. Here we have 10 of Cups, 2 of Pentacles/Coins and 9 of Cups.  I chose the latter because the question is about the success of a wish.

The wish/question involves the publication of a book. The 9’s are about attainment according to Vincent’s keywords on that downloadable sheet. Link in first paragraph.

The Celtic cross with both the GD and RW decks.

Ok, let’s begin with the first two cards. 

Card #1 is the question. We already know it is represented by the 9 of Cups. The RW deck illustrates the concept of attainment. Its meaning is all about an emotional accomplishment.

Card #2 is the challenge or something to overcome. The meaning of the 6 is perseverance. The RW 6 of Swords shows the concept of moving away from problems. What does all this mean? It means the person needs to overcome things which will cross their path in order to achieve their goal of publishing a book.

Card #3 is all about current efforts (top). What is the client doing in preparation of reaching this goal. The 5 represents a change. The RW 5 of Cups illustrates emotional defeat. This is a change.  The person needs to put the past behind them and stop dwelling on what was lost in the process of publishing the book. Maybe he gave up but somewhere within him lies the original passion.

Card #4 represents the main focus (bottom). In other words it is the immediate goal or some sort of short-term achievement which comes from addressing card #3 change/5 of Cups.  The 2 meaning is all about choice. The RW 2 of Swords clearly illustrates this concept. In the image though the woman appears to be sitting on the fence.  The way I want to read the advice of this position is that once the change is understood from position #3 a choice in direction can be made.

Card #5 represents the assets (left side) of the client according to Vincent’s method. What advantages are around the client. The 7 meaning is experience. Amazing! The RW 7 of Pentacles depicts this concept very well because a lot of work has already been done and the person is waiting for some results.  So, this means the client has a wealth of information in this book.

Card #6 represents opportunities for the person (right side). We have another 2 and we know this is all about choices.  The RW 2 of Cups illustrates this perfectly. So what is the opportunity? We don’t know yet because it is still coming. In my view, it looks like it will make the person very happy. Maybe he will collaborate with someone else to get the ball rolling in publishing the book.

I really like the way Vincent’s Celtic cross version has played out so far. Please comment below if you have any questions.

continued in Part 2/2

Rainring #17 Domination. Rainring #18 Control.


Rainring #17 Domination

The above card is powerful (one of the mentions). Getting this card in a one card draw to answer your question requires additional study is necessary. What exactly are you asking?

Here are some examples to demonstrate various degrees of understanding connected to this card.

  • Will I have a good time at the party? You might but there is a good chance someone else will take the lead to make it a party atmosphere he or she wants. On the other hand you could possess a strong personality and dictate the overall energy of the party.
  • How can I help my disobedient son/daughter?  With such a question the Domination card is advising you to back off if you are way too pushy with your child. Too much force and discipline may not be the answer. You are not always right even though you are the parent.
  • Where is this relationship headed?  The indication is that the relationship is not a healthy one because one of you is not able to be in your own skin. The card advises that it will be off balance. One leader one follower. Is this what you want?

Rainring #18 Control

This card’s meaning is a little different from the Domination card. There are various ways to control someone or some situation. It is more subtle.

Many situations require a certain amount of intellectual and emotional control. It is the process of harnessing ‘power’ the same ‘power’ that is in the Domination card whereby the latter is extreme, in my view.

  • Will I have a good time at the party? Loosen up and you will.
  • How can I help my disobedient son/daughter? Try some new approaches. Reward you child when he/she does obey you as long as your demands are within reach for the child. Befriend you child to melt away the barriers.
  • Where is this relationship headed? It will be a learning process in discovering what you do not want.

We will take a short break from the Rainring study series until the last weekend of the month.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!


The situation portrayed by these two cards is this: a domineering woman is in a power position vis-a-vis a male employee. The card opposite Domination in Rainring is Submission. For this relationship to ‘work’, the domination of one must be paired with the submission of the other. The man (the traveller) responds not by submitting or by engaging in a battle for domination, but by control – in this case meaning self-control. He doesn’t sleep with his employer – though there is no suggestion that he doesn’t find her attractive – knowing that this would be dangerous, even potentially fatal. He also resists the temptation to run away, fight back, or let go (Abandon, the opposite of Control) in any other form. We see quite clearly, then, that Domination is (typically) a behaviour towards another, whereas Control is not necessarily so.
This scenario is the all-too-familar contemporary one of workplace bullying. Self-control is not any kind of solution.