Saturday, 20 July 2013

You know what familiarity supposedly breeds?

Sacred Rose Tarot, 1982
This week's tarot is Sacred Rose Tarot (US Games 1982) by Johanna Sherman. It's a deck that began life in 1977, when it was commissioned by Stuart Kaplan, owner of US Games. By 1982, it was finished and the deck was published. It certainly has a 70s feel to it, if you ask me. One of its distinguishing features is the empty (white) eye sockets of the human figures in the cards. There aren't any in today's card, unfortunately.

Most RWS 4 of Cups cards show someone looking decidedly bored or distracted, and the Little White Book that came with this deck agrees with that interpretation: 'This card is the foundation of emotions, the inconsistent nature of which is symbolized by the moon and waterfall. There could be boredom, ennui, lack of appreciation of gifts, and the familiarity that breeds contempt.'

My first reaction is that it's an awfully sparkly and attractive card to mean boredom. But on the other hand, even a room full of gold and diamonds might become boring after a while -- the familiarity that breeds contempt.

I will take this card as a warning against allowing such a thing to happen, as today we are off for a weekend holiday, and I certainly don't want to be bored during it! And I certainly don't want to take hubby for granted--he's a sparkly golden aspect of my life that I should never fail to appreciate.

1 comment:

  1. Yay for the hubster :) It is scarily easy to take the people around us for granted, and a good reminder that they are magical sparks of life to be appreciated!

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