|The Steampunk Tarot. Text by Barbara Moore,|
artwork by Aly Fell. © 2012, Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. 2143 Wooddale
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At first glance, she seems rather delicate and dependent, accepting a man's hand as she rises from her throne, sword held lightly in her right hand. Upon her head is another clockwork crown, and her dress is an amazing silver, with white organza sleeves. She also seems quite young, though I suppose that in Victorian society a woman might be considered an old maid by the age of 25. I think what shocks me most is the fact that she is being offered a hand by a man, whom she looks at seemingly adoringly. Neither of those are behaviours I associate with this normally headstrong, independent, sometimes harsh Queen.
However, reading Barbara's text, a different perspective comes to light: "Of course I will accompany you to the private garden. Don't mind the sword, it is just part of the outfit." LMFAO! Now, that's my girl!
Barbara describes her as someone who can come across as cold and aloof, if only because she's been hurt before and learned to protect herself. Likewise, she won't suffer fools gladly, nor waste time on banalities. She cuts to the heart of any matter, and will not sugar-coat the truth, but will try to be diplomatic as she knows what it's like to be on the receiving end of harsh words.
I think the person I need to be honest with today is myself. Following on from yesterday's straight talking post, I need to gain some clarity into why I've fallen off the chocolate bandwagon. I need to cut through my own excuses, and find what I can do. I'll get back to you on that, I hope...
I am grateful for clarity, even when it is painful to face the truth and admit my own weaknesses.