A few days ago, in a post titled Hermes Retrograde, I described some of the incredibly frustrating delays, mishaps, and outright blocks Robert and I had been having getting the Burning Serpent Oracle cards out of customs and warehousing in the New York/New Jersey shipyards. It felt like Hermes (a personal deity/friend to both of us) was trying to get to us, but was blocked at every turn.
Before the holiday weekend we thought we had it all solved. We’d gotten the proper papers from Europe, expressed them to the shipping people, and now they would be on the way to us. So–yesterday Robert called them (yet again, again) to confirm they would be arriving this week. We had a workshop scheduled for Saturday, so they had to be there.
Oh no, the agent said. Now he can release them to the trucking company, and they’ll schedule it at some point and let us know.
That was it. We each got on the phone with rental places, and Robert found a U-Haul company that could let us have a 14 foot truck for this morning. I drove over to Robert’s house (luckily we live only about 30 minutes from each other, on opposite sides of the Hudson), he showed up with the truck and we headed down to New Jersey.
The trip was about three hours each way (through NJ/NY traffic), and we were both secretly worried we’d get there and they would say “Oh no, these are the wrong papers,” or “Oh, were you supposed to pick that up? We sent it off to the trucking company.” But no, after some tense examination of our documents the dispatcher sent us over to a gate (we looked like the Little Engine That Could alongside those fleets of 18-wheelers), and we gained possession of the decks.
Of course, I had to open it immediately. And they look wonderful. Intense, luminous, powerful and subtle at the same time. Now they are safely Anchored in our separate houses.
Now begins the process of mailing them out to people. The shipping labels are addressed, we have the boxes. [Special note to those who pre-ordered and are coming to this coming Saturday workshop (July 12)–rather than trust the Post Office to get them to you by Friday, we will have them at the door when you arrive.]