The night of the last New Moon, I did an impromptu pull of the cards while waiting for my kids get ready for story time.
The first two cards were interpreted quickly – The 9 of Swords is the card of these times of late. Immense Worry. There’s no shortage of things to worry about. The King of Pentacles – A Mountain. In this case probably indicating the trip to the mountains that we’d be leaving for in the morning.
The last card – The Devil. In this deck (Dark Days Tarot by Wren McMurdo) , the Devil sits upon a cracked desert surrounded by campfires holding a mask. This one gave me much to think about. I keyed in on the mask coming off. Would something be revealed on the trip? Would an ugly truth be uncovered in the mountains?
It wasn’t until we were at our destination that I figured out that the Devil’s mask was a literal mask – the face coverings – that people wear (or don’t) to protect against C-19. The fumes coming out of the mouth… So obvious.
When I first started reading tarot, I thought that everything was symbolic. Readings took forever because even though I had memorized the keywords of the guidebook or LWB, I’d still look up each card to see if I missed anything. Now, I rarely look at the books because I don’t want to lock in any sort of meaning unrelated to the question. The symbolic surely comes up, but I tend to lose track when I make the symbolic my go-to interpretation. I try to make the literal my starting point whenever possible.
It’s thrilling to me when the cards are so literal. That these images, sometimes from centuries ago, can speak to the current moment delights me.
Look at the Marseille Tarot’s response to a question about the work and school situation in the Fall. Kids distracting a parent who is working and trying to make a buck.
If that doesn’t show working from home with kids also home, I don’t know what does.
This one likes to pop up when I have questions about certain meetings with groups of parents. Believe me, it’s apt.
This one appears a lot for C-19 readings. The Sunflowers are Coronas.
Last Summer, my daughter wanted to see if she’d get the teacher that she wanted for the next grade. With the combo of XIII and the Ace of Cups showing up, I didn’t think it likely. I thought it was a “No. But she’d thrive better with the teacher she gets.”
She ended up getting the teacher she wanted, so I went back and took a look at the spread in my notes. Ah-ha. Her teacher’s name is pronounced “Strike”. Death strikes people down in that card. So, the cards were indicating Strike’s House (Class).
As much as I like being right with my interpretations, I learn so much from being wrong. And it’s so much more fun when it’s obvious.