Amanada Palmer Tarot (1990 Ink, 2013). This is an interesting collaborative deck, but I'll leave the details til Friday, and just dive into the reading.
Situation - XV - The Devil
Card by Clark Huggins: Amanda Palmer, replete with red devil's tail, dances atop the intoxicated bodies of a man and woman. Above her revolves a circle of flames, like a circus hoop for these people to jump through, or a circle of lighters held up by adoring fans. A reminder that often we jump through hoops because of our aspirations, rather than because someone "makes us".
Don't - Ace of Cups
Card by Braden Nesin: A man sits in what looks like an urban American alleyway. He looks out of place in the alley, sitting at a round, pine table and wearing a tux and a black face mask. A red rose graces his buttonhole and he holds up a glass of red wine, completing the image of a strange, romantic gesture.
Do - X - The Wheel of Fortune
Card by Amelie Marandet: Oh, what a fabulous image for the Wheel of Fortune. Lady Fortuna appears at the top, a pair of dice in one hand, a pair of scissors in the other, ready to cut whatever threads the dice decree. Four images of what is presumably Amanda Palmer ride around the Wheel. I especially love the one in the bottom left, who is being lifted by a crowd of hands - Amanda crowd surfing on her way up the Wheel!
For me, this reading is once again about health and poor eating. This is a message I tend to see in the Devil, given that I often say my only vice is chocolate. Just last week, I bought a Kindle book (just £2.63!) on Tapping for Weight Loss and Body Confidence (Hay House, 2014). It's funny, the book's blurb talks about how much our issues around our body are to do with emotions, and here the reading says not to get all gushy about emotion, but to let the Wheel of Fate spin. It reminds me that part of the idea of tapping is to bring about change without sinking into emotion. Some forms of therapy recommend catharsis, plunging into emotion to "get it out". However, some recent studies suggest that, in line with New Age ideas about getting what you think about, catharsis may actually strengthen emotional patterns, rather than weakening them.
This week, then, I shall change the script I've been using while tapping, and see if that helps change where I feel stuck and trapped...