Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Reality Check

Another rather challenging card from the Tarot of the Black Cats (Lo Scarabeo, 2013) today.

Here we have the black cat version of the Seven of Cups.  A black cat lounges in what appears to be a sunlit, daisy-strewn meadow, with five cups brimming with milk dotted around on stones and beneath a lovely tree.  Encroaching on this lovely vision, though, is a dark night sky, with the edge of the moon (replete with cat face, which we see fully in the Moon card) peeking in.  The ground is stony and hard, and the only tree is black, whether from fire or winter is unclear.  Here, there are two more cups, but filled with blackness.

This is an interesting take on the illusion aspect of the traditional meaning of this card.  It could suggest someone living in a fantasy where everything is rainbows and butterflies, ignoring very real dangers and difficulties, and so getting into awful trouble when reality rears its ugly head.  However, we could also interpret this as saying that it's important to Always Look On the Bright Side of Life, else we can end up depressed and unable to make the most of anything good that enters our lives, not believing anything good could happen.  The Moon could suggest that the dark side is just as much an illusion as the sunny image the cat holds to...

A bit of a dilemma, maybe, or a suggestion to look for the reality in both dark and light.  Very few things are black-and-white, and if we treat them that way we do no-one any favours.

I can certainly see the relevance of this for me today.  I'm off on a business trip, which has the downside of nearly eight hours travelling, as well as leaving my Dear One and Big Boy at home.  On the other hand, I won't have to get up at all hours because of Big Boy's retching, poo-ing, crying or anything else...

I am grateful for the variety of life.


  1. I sure do like those cats. They are so striking with their human like forms. Don't feel a bit guilty if you are relieved to get a little time away, even if it's for business. Every mom needs that from time to time.

    1. It's true, these cats are quite strange in their anthropomorphism. I rather like them, nevertheless, and the colours are lovely, too. Time away was good :)