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Elitserien VS the Greenwood Tarot

December 4, 2011

I was a bit bored, so I played around a bit with a Tarot-deck (The Greenwood Tarot).

Im following the Swedish Hockey League, Elitserien here in Sweden. So I thought that I could ask the cards, if they can give any hint about the teams and how the season will end.

These are the results of my totally unscientific hockey season forecast. Enjoy! ūüėČ

The questions I ask the cards are:

  • What will the general “theme” be for the hockey teams for the near future?
  • Can the cards tell me anything about the current state or the outcome of the hockey season?

I shuffle the deck and place the cards on the table.

I randomly pick 12 cards that will represent each team. 12 teams, 12 cards.

Its time to turn the cards around.

Team/Card overview:

  • HV71: Horse
  • Bryn√§s: The Seer
  • Skellefte√•: The Lovers
  • Fr√∂lunda: Protection
  • Lule√•: Spark of Life
  • F√§rjestad: Wren
  • AIK: Heartfire
  • Djurg√•rden: Adder
  • V√§xj√∂: Respect
  • Link√∂ping: Endurance
  • Timr√•: Wheel of Fortune
  • MODO: Salmon

Some interesting cards there ūüôā But what does it mean? What do the cards tell me?


 Team: HV71
Card: Horse (King of Stones)

Symbolism: The prehistoric horse, common in Europe until about 10,000 BC, was depicted frequently in paleolithic cave art. The Uffington white horse chalk figure once held a long barrow in its mouth, representing the breath of life and protection of the dead. The 30,000-year-old carving of an unshod hoof is thought to represent both the vulva (the beginning of new life) and the primal footprint that shows the trackway through the forest.

King: A mature man

Element: Earth

Time: Samhain moving through the Winter Solstice to Imbolc.


Team: Brynäs
Card: The Seer

Symbolism: The Seer is wrapped in the owl’s cloak of wisdom which is decorated with the totem animals of power and their shamanic spirits. She stands before the World Tree, studying the roots that are deeply embedded in the earth, and close around her are the symbols of the four elements that she meditates: the cup, staff, arrowhead and stone. Her voice may be hushed and she may speak in riddles, but you will listen, because she can point you to a new, wiser beginnings.

Reading: The time has come to focus your power and let it flow through you. Many dreams or desires related to the creative emotional process are ready to be applied in your day-to-day life and you must now give vent to those hidden or suppressed desires. Now the manifestation of inner spiritual or esoteric insights into your practical and physical daily life will bring profound rewards and results. It is a sign of maturity. The Seer may also relate to creative impulses related to art, skills and crafts, and the joy of bringing pleasure and teaching to others.

Aspects and Facets: Inspiration and wisdom. Oracular prophecy. Inner vision. Shamanic flight. Soul healing. Empathy with nature.

Autumn Equinox


Team: Skellefteå
The Lovers

Symbolism: A handfasted, foilate man and woman stand side by side creating a polaric interchange that generates a Maypole, here symbolized as a living birch tree. The polarity may vary from day to day, moment to moment, but the truly whole person has seen all the fractured elements of their own personality and can deal with them in another.

Reading: Polarity is the key element in the natural ebb and flow of emotional commitment between two people. The Lovers also represent a positive spiritual force of creative emotional energy and the universal desire for harmony and peace. 

Aspects and Facets: Blessed union. Friendship. The rites of spring. The polaric balance of souls. Desire. The Arthurian White Hart. Eternal love. The sacred vow.

Time: Beltane


Team: Frölunda
Card: Protection (Four of Stones)

Symbolism: A newborn fawn shelters beneath a dolmen as the midsummer dawn rises, bringing hope and renewed vitality to the vulnerable. Shelter and protection for the weak or the spiritually wounded is the responsibility of us all.

Stones: Material Wealth / Achievements / Possessions / Security / Skills / Being of the World.

Archetypes: Greenman / Greenwoman

Time: Midsummer Solstice



Team: Luleå
Card: Spark of Life (Ace of Wands)

Symbolism: The turning of the cosmic axis that generates the spark of life. The drill symbolizes the skills that exert control over the environment, directed by the human intellect. 

Wands: Creative / Formative / Enterprising / Science / Philosophy / Ability / Being of the Will

Archetypes: Ancestor / Star

Time: Imbolc



Team: Färjestad
Card: Wren (Page of Stones)

Symbolism: The colours of the goldcrest – red, white, green and black – where once held to be sacred and the common wren was considered a guardian of the winter mysteries. Druids kept wrens as totem animals of augury and prophesy and ritually sacraficed them on St Stephen’s Day (26 December).

Page: A youth or child, male or female.

Element: Earth

Time: Samhain moving through the Winter Solstice to Imbolc.



Team: AIK
Card: Hearthfire (Eight of Wands)

Symbolism: Hope leading to the attainment of innermost dreams and desires. Fuelling your soul with the belief in yourself and natural justice.

Wands: Creative / Formative / Enterprising / Science / Philosophy / Ability / Being of the Will

Archetypes: Hermit/Judgement

Time: Midwinter Solstice.



Team: Djurgården
Card: Adder (King of Wands)

Symbolism: At this time of year adders represent serpentine Earth energies rising from the ground into the air and intertwining, as male adders struggle for dominance. (Sometimes this is mistaken for a mating ritual.) They also represent magical power, balance and the healing arts.

King: A mature man

Element: Earth / Fire

Time: Imbolc moving through the Spring Equinox to Beltane.



Team: Växjö
Card: Respect (Nine of Wands)

Symbolism: When nearing the heart of a sacred quest, motivation and integrity of human desires are challenged. Ancient wisdom demands the seeker be humble and forgiving.

Wands: Creative / Formative / Enterprising / Science / Philosophy / Ability / Being of the Will.

Archetypes: Seer

Time: Full Moon



Team: Linköping
Card: Endurance (Five of Stones)

Symbolism: The inner strenght and courage to protect yourself and survive the challenges of life. This may mean a withdrawal from trauma to focus emotional power.

Stones: Material Wealth / Achievements / Possessions / Security / Skills / Being of the World.

Archetypes: Blasted Oak / Strenght

Time: Lammas



Team: Timrå
Card: Wheel of Fortune

Symbolism: An Iron Age loom rests between two hazel trees. On the loom is an unfinished multi-coloured cloak that shimmers and is ever-changing. The Wheel of Fortune traditionally represents the cycles of eternal law and evolution that all living creatures are governed by. Change is unavoidable and necessary if the cycles of nature are to remain alive and regenerative. We can grasp the web of fate and weave in our own special, personal pattern. Nothing is set in stone.Our actions are not without risk. For if things are out of balance with the universe, the Wheel will bring change in order to once again have natural harmony in the web of fate.

Reading: The Wheel has turned, change is at hand. In all nature there is a time and tide. The cyclic laws of birth, death, rebirth are ever-revolving and without change all things stagnate. It is how you deal with this change that is the issue here. Within the tangled and tightly woven fabric of chance you have the power to make a difference. By your own actions you can change you own life. You are not a prisoner of fate, but an integrated part of it. Remember! This is not a dress rehearsal. Life is what happens to you while you are waiting for it to begin! Whether on the surface the change at hand appears to be for the better or for the worse, welcome it, be at peace with it and take control of your own actions within it. Remember, all things must pass.

Aspects and Facets: The Wheel of Fortune. Reincarnation. Karma and the laws of the cosmos. The cycle of life. Arianrhod of the Silver Wheel. The Weaver of Fate.

Time: Autumn Equinox



Team: MODO
Card: Salmon (Knight of Cups)

Symbolism: Salmon are sacred in most shamanic systems for many reasons, but their ability to swim upstream to their birthplace and spawn is one of the most remarkable. This journey leaves the salmon exhausted and most die in the attempt. Representing, therefore, self-sacrafice and wisdom, salmon were said to swim in pools overhung by hazel trees and to eat the nuts falling off in autumn.

Knight: A young male or female.

Element: Water

Time: Lammas moving through the Autumn Equinox to Samhain.





These are comments and thoughts of mine, about the meaning of the cards. Feel free to add any comments, or interpretations of your own ūüôā

HV71: Horse

The barrow, as I see it, represents the history of the team. The team tragically lost one of its most popular players, Stefan Liv, in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash earlier this year. The King, represents a mature man, and the Element is Earth. As I see it, this could very well represent Stefan Liv. The time of the card, Samhain > Winter Solstice > Imbolc, means its around Dec 21 to Feb 1. Does this mean that HV71 will have a positive beginning of the new year? The Playoff start in the beginning of March, so this could very well be an excellent timing for the team. I think this card means this team will end up high in the end of season table.

Brynäs: The Seer

The time of this card, indicate the “Autumn Equinox”. That is around Sept 21. This makes me cofused. Thats the beginning of the hockey season. Does it mean that Bryn√§s will get a long great season, from the beginning to the end? As I read this card, it means the team has found a great “balance”. I think this card means that Bryn√§s will end up somewhere in the Top of the table at the end of season. The Seer, is a “Major Arcana” card. Its a powerful card, and maybe Bryn√§s is a Powerful team this season.

Skellefteå: The Lovers

The timing of this card is interesting. Beltane; or May 1. The hockey playoff usually ends around April, so I guess this card might indicate that Skellefteå will be in the tournament, til the very end..Will the team have to struggle with some kind of polarity? Or maybe benefit from a polarity? The card mentions The Arthurian White Hart (deer)? A sacred vow? Strange.. Im not sure what this means.. But it sounds positive.

Frölunda: Protection

Now this is an interesting card. One of the things Stones represent, is Material Wealth. Fr√∂lunda has been struggling with their economics lately. This might indicate that the struggle continue. Or maybe that the Material Wealth will increase. As I see it, the “Protection” represents Fr√∂lundas Goalie. (They currently have a danish Goalie that at the moment has the best statistics in the league). The team has also been struggling with injuries lately. Does this card imply, that the weak and wounded need shelter and protection? 4 of stones. As I see it, this is a low value compared to other teams cards. I think this means the team will end up in the middle or lower part of the end of season table. The timing of this card is confusing though.. Midsummer Solstice? Thats around June 21. No hockey is played then.

Luleå: Spark of Life

The timing of this card is “Imbolc”, or around Feb 1. Good timing, thats the end of the season. This might indicate, that the team will get a boost and gain on its competitors, at this time. A spark of life. A star?

Färjestad: Wren

I got a nice laugh from this card! Follow my thoughts now:
“The colours of the goldcrest ‚Äď red, white, green and black – Those are the colors of the rivaling neighbor team Fr√∂lunda!

“where once held to be sacred and the common wren was considered a guardian of the winter mysteries” – Winter mysteries? Well. F√§rjestad played 2 “winter” outdoor games, in 2009-12-27 and 2010-12-26.

“Druids kept wrens as totem animals of augury and prophesy and ritually sacraficed them on St Stephen‚Äôs Day (26 December)”
РTotem animals that were sacraficed at December 26! Färjestad beat Frölunda Indians, in the Outdoor winter game, the 26 th of December!

This card does not tell me much about what the outcome of the season will be for Färjestad. Page of stones is a pretty high value card. At the same time, the timing of the card is Samhain > Winter Solstice > Imbolc, or around Nov 1 to Dec 21. Does this indicate that Färjestad will have great success until Christmas? But where will it go from there?

AIK: Hearthfire

Hearth… or heart-fire? 8 of wands is a pretty low value card. Does this indicate AIK will end up low in the end of season table? The timing of the card is also a bit strange. Midwinter Solstice, Dec 21. Thats in the middle of the season. This could mean, however, that the team will be fuelling up, and gain strenght before the last parts of the season begins.

Djurgården: Adder

The adder is a King-card. It is also a Wand, like the rivaling neighbor AIK. Does this indicate that Djurgården will be the strongest of the two teams? I guess this implies that there will be a continous struggle between Djurgården and AIK, but that Djurgården might be the strongest, at the end. The timing of the card seem to be very good. Spring Equinox to Beltane. Thats March 21 to May 1. The end of season and the playoff!

Växjö: Respect

V√§xj√∂ is the newcomer this year. Therefore it is interesting to see that they drew the “Respect” card. Does this tell us that V√§xj√∂ is here to stay? 9 of wands is a very low card though. The card might imply that V√§xj√∂ will be challenged at the very end, when they “near the heart of the sacred quest”. The timing of the card is Autumn Equinox. Thats Sept 21. I think this card means, that V√§xj√∂ will end up low in the end of season table, but that the team will remain in the Elitserien. Does the team end at place 9 in the table?

Linköping: Endurance

Survive… Withdrawal from trauma… Those are heavy words. The card is also the lowest of the Stone cards of all the teams. As I see it, this does not look good for Link√∂ping. Endurance is the key word though. And I think the question is, will Link√∂ping endure til the end of the season?

Timrå: Wheel of Fortune

Now this is a crazy card! It suggest that “Change is inevitable”, Birth, Death, Rebirth. What does this mean? Will the team Start, then Die, then be Reborn? As I see it, the team will end at the bottom of the table. However, the Wheel of Fortune might allow the team to win the “Regulation series”: Kvalserien? The timing of the card is Autumn Equinox, or Sept 21. Does this mean the team will continue in the Elitserien at the beginning of the next season, or drop down to the league below? I guess we’ll just have to spin the wheel, and see where it ends.

MODO: Salmon

Knight of Cups.. The only Cup-card of these teams. Does this mean that MODO will go for the Cup / Throphy at the end of the season? It sounds unlikely. However the card represents the Salmon. The salmon can swim upstreams.. Does this mean that MODO will gain strenght and climb the table. An interesting card indeed! This implies that MODO is not to be counted out in the race yet.


What will the end of season table look like? Who will win the Playoff?
This is a quick and very inaccurate table. Here I simply listed the teams, based on their card number.
I will add another table, once I’ve taken the card readings in consideration. That table Will look a bit different Im sure.

Here is another table. I tried to take the card readings in consideration here. And the table looks a bit different.


And based on the tables, I predict that one possible outcome of the Playoff might be like this:


Now this ends my totally unscientific hockey season forecast. ūüėČ

See you later.

Fr√∂lunda Indians VS New York Rangers – 2011-09-30 – Scandinavium arena

October 1, 2011

A couple of video clips from the Scandinavium arena, Friday Night Pre-NHL game: Frölunda Indians VS New York Rangers

*pre game warmup
*intro / enter the ice / the return of King Henrik ūüėČ
*a couple of game clips

The final score?
Frölunda Indians 2 РNew York Rangers 4.

Winners: Me & The rest of the crowd that got to see Henrik & His twin brother Joel on the same ice again, in the Scandinavium arena. I bet it was a great experience for Henrik & Joel as well =)


Pre game warmup:

Intro / Return of King Henrik

Enter the ice / Gameplay:

Gameplay / End

Full intro (TV)

Stefan Liv – Ice Hockey Goalie – Tribute

September 8, 2011

Stefan Liv @wiki

Stefan Daniel Patryk Liv (born Patryk ŇöliŇľ, 21 December 1980 ‚Äď 7 September 2011) was a Polish-born Swedish professional ice hockey player. Liv played professionally in Sweden, North America and Russia. Liv played nine seasons for HV71 in Sweden. He played one season of minor league hockey in North America then returned to Europe. Upon his return, he played three seasons in Sweden, then moved to Russia in 2009. He was a member of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL when he died with the rest of the team (except Alexander Galimov) in a plane crash. He was a member of several Swedish national teams, including the 2006 Olympic championship team.

Born 21 December 1980
Gdynia, Poland
Died 7 September 2011 (aged 30)
near Yaroslavl, Russia
Position: Goaltender
Catches: Left
Played for: HV71 (SEL), Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL), Toledo Storm (ECHL), HC Sibir (KHL), Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)
National team: Sweden
NHL Draft: 102nd overall, 2000 Detroit Red Wings
Playing career: 1999–2011


Det är dags att gå hem nu РStefan Liv

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