Tarot of the Black Cats (Lo Scarabeo, 2013) by Maria Kurara. Though the younger brother of the Tarot of the White Cats (Lo Scarabeo, 2005), it is very different from that deck. The White Cats was a straight-up RWS clone, with white cats instead of people (except for the 10 of Swords, which was softened). The Black Cats, on the other hand, are far more innovative and interesting. While still largely influenced by traditional RWS meanings, they portray the concepts in novel ways, and sometimes go off in a whole new direction.
Today's card is a good case in point. It is one of only two cards in the deck to show a white cat, the other being the Fool :) I love the sense of renewal - of change, and of embracing an ending and plunging into a new beginning - that we see here. A white cat has shucked off its black coat, and lifts its face blissfully to the 'rain' of a waterfall. It half stands half kneels at the centre of a pink lotus (seen on a number of other cards in the deck), in a position of surrender and joy. The pool trails off, a river flowing down into the distance, where a mountain can be seen. Altogether, the geometry of the water is somewhat strange and unnatural, but the symbolism still works.
This card certainly seems appropriate for my day. My Dear One and I are on our respite weekend, and already feeling nicely relaxed. We had snuggles on arriving at the hotel yesterday, then an afternoon reading and surfing on-line in the sunshine. A nice meal, and a good night's rest. Today, the plan is for more of the same, though we may also brave the shops - we're both in dire need of some new clothes. Which fits the card, too :D
I am grateful for some time away to rest and relax, and return home renewed.