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Friday, 24 May 2013

'Mystic Bastard' Day Five

Mystic Faerie Tarot 2007,  Deck of the Bastard 2013
It's the last day of 'Mystic Bastard', a combination of two very different decks. Today it's Knave of Cups and 8 of Coins. The Knave of Cups (or Page of Cups) is a 'water sprite,' according to the Mystic Faerie Tarot; all the Cups creatures are these mer-fae with wings. I've never seen anything quite like them. They're an oddity to me. Winged mer-folk. Anyway, this Knave of Cups expresses the open guilelessness of the Page of Cups well enough, with the innocent face, androgynous appearance, and friendly demeanor. Meanwhile in the background, the apprentice in 8 of Coins has his sleeves rolled up while getting on with the somewhat thankless task of cranking out loads of 'product', over and over and over. I have a feeling this combination refers to today at work...the BT lines are being replaced and there will be disruption to computers, phones, WiFi and our management system. So there will be a lot of tiresome churning out of the same explanation and apologies to customers, delivered via a pasted-on sweet smile mixed with a bit of 'it's not my fault' in the sub-text. Much fluttering of eyelashes and deflection of poo-poo will happen. Over and over. Yay.

Of course, these cards may not be addressing that situation entirely. Perhaps it's saying that a positive attitude is a skill, a habit, which is learned through repetition. Like affirmations, where you keep saying it even if you don't yet quite believe it. Seems contradictory to think that a gentle, sweet attitude could be learned, but it's possible that cynicism is a habit, and that it's opposite could be achieved through determined practice. 

I'll get plenty of chances to practice today! 


  1. First thing I thought when I saw these is that self-reflection, learning about our own emotions, takes hard work and practice. A cue to meditate :) Still, I think I like your ideas better (the affirmations thing is coming from a similar place, I guess). Good luck dealing with annoyed Joe Public today!

    1. It wasn't as bad as all that--but it's extended on into next week, so I guess the day after Bank Holiday is when we'll all be payin'!

    2. Aack, people will only get more upset as it drags on! Good luck!