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If, as a person unfamiliar with all this, you want one clinching argument for the use of cards, perhaps it is this: it is the inner which determines the outer, not the opposite. I remember once listening to a young woman who had spent most of her life travelling here, there and everywhere. On this particular evening, she had returned to our home town. I was disturbed to realise that, behind her talk of a myriad exotic locations was the parochial mentality of a small-town girl, intact as though she had never set foot outside the municipality. Yet I should not have been surprised. The country yokel who, when asked why he has never made the half-day journey to London, replies ‘Oi bain’t tired o’ round ‘ere yet!’ implies the opposite state of soul. It is not what there is to be seen that counts, but who I am seeing it.

Rainring, then, is intended not only as a map, but also as a mirror. The map, if you like, tells me where I am and where I could go; the mirror tells me what shape I am in. As a mirror, the cards function like a microcosmic world – the world in a pocket-sized format. I study them in the same way that I would try to study the infinite variety of the events, encounters and circumstances which make up my day to day existence – in order to try and progress in class.

Why am I in school, and what am I supposed to be learning? It seems to me that the creation is a process of opening out, growing and diversifying from that undifferentiated, unconscious womb of sleep which preceded the first awakenings of the conscious psyche. I take it, therefore, that the meaning of each life, the purpose of school is to become, to the fullest extent possible to me, the unique being that I was created to be. Rainring, I hope and believe, can be of some assistance on that path. Give it a whirl, and good luck!

Peter Ryley
England, September 2006
 
 
The last survivor of the homemade production: Peter’s illustration for Umpire Bull / No Bull, the only 2-way divided card in the 4-mention pack
The last survivor of the homemade production: Peter’s illustration for Umpire Bull / No Bull, the only 2-way divided card in the 4-mention pack
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