Saturday, 26 October 2013

Could you make it shallow so that I can feel the rain?


It's Halloween week and this year I'm featuring the Wicca Moon Tarot. To me, it's an ideal deck for this time of year, very atmospheric, nature-centred, full of leaves and trees and images of people wearing pointy witch's hats. Plus, it has a pumpkin and a black cat on the cardbacks!

Today's card is The Fool. It's quite a departure from the RWS Fool. Instead of a jester type stepping blithely off the edge of a cliff with his little dog trying to warn him to watch out, here we have a pointy-eared bloke in a camouflage cagoule, holding a shovel over his shoulder and wearing a panama hat and shades. He stands on a hill made of lilies and crystals, and his companions are a fox and a crow. He holds a pink-tinged lily in his hand instead of a white rose.

For some reason, this guy makes me think of a grave digger. It's surely the shovel combined with the crow, the bare, icy trees, the dark night and the lilies. Come to think of it, that's a lot of reasons. Now, what does a grave digger have in common with the Fool?

Well, both are associated with the beginning of an important spiritual journey into the unknown, a journey that does not have a true set progression nor finite outcome. That's a profound enough connection for me on a Saturday morning, having gone to bed at 3.45 AM and gotten up at 4.50 AM. I hope I get a nap later this morning. This sleeplessness is going to do me in.

6 comments:

  1. It is like this card is one step ahead of the fool; After the burial the soul reincarnates in the world again. It should be numbered -1 :)
    Hopefully you can catch up on your sleep this weekend

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    1. That's a neat idea, one before the Fool. I like that! Do you have the Silicon Dawn Tarot? It messes around with tarot structure a lot like that. I feel some better today, thanks. :)

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  2. If I didn't already have it set, waiting, I'd use your title for my gravestone.
    Great thought and wordsmithing.

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    1. I'd like to take credit for it but alas, it is not mine. Comes from a song:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_Gi7revlSQ

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  3. This guy reminds me of a dark murdering type out of a Steven King novel/movie - quite a sinister figure :-/

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    1. The pointy ears, though, make him seem beyond the human. He's something in disguise; he has a higher meaning.

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