Saturday, 7 July 2012

King of the BBQ

©Graham & Kepple
This week, I will be drawing from the recently released Zombie Tarot (Quirk Books, 2012).  Thinking about what deck to use alongside it, I was drawn to the Housewives Tarot (Quirk Books, 2004) by the same illustrator, Paul Kepple.  Both also have a nineteen fifties feel to them, and are highly tongue-in-cheek ;)   (Also, check out the Housewives Tarot webpage!)

The Zombie Tarot is set in a world overrun with Zombies, and looks at the last few humans and their fight to survive.  We can see that mentality here, in the King of Swords, who clutches guns in either hand.  On the wall behind him are several Zombie trophies, including a rotting head - ick :D

The King of Swords is sharp and to the point, and certainly not afraid to act.  He's a strategist, too, in the way of a hunter: scouting for information, checking the lay of the land, knowing his prey.  If he's sometimes a little overly gung-ho, well, that's just a King thing :)

©Buffum & Kepple
The Housewives King of Swords looks distinctly less happy with his lot!  While he may have a big, pointy thing in his hand, he didn't get to hunt anything on it himself.  And the challenges of a barbecue, although greater than one might think, are hardly worthy of his attention.  The suit under his apron suggests his preferred fields of focus: crunching data at a desk, planning deals, negotiating contracts, putting his quick wits and astute mind to work in the jungle of big business.

I like the way that the happy King of Swords in the Zombie Tarot suggests the reasons why the Housewives King looks out of sorts.  That predatory instinct, the thrill of the chase and the love of challenge, are common to them both, but currently unfulfilled in the Housewives King.

No big, or important challenges face me today, though I've some paperwork to do that requires a bit of thought.  What I see more in this card is the editing I'll be doing to the video reading I'll post this afternoon :)  That does take some planning, and is also about communication.  Other than that, I'm kicking back a bit and reading a light novel (The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff), such fun!

I am grateful for challenges that are mentally stimulating, but not too hard.

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