Penny Dreadful. I had never seen the show, but when I heard there was a deck to match, I decided to check it out. The series seems to be a horror show of sorts set in Victorian London. As for the deck, it is in a brash purple, with quite minimalist artwork. For more details, check back on Friday!
Situation - The Hanged Man
An androgynous figure dangles upside down from the tentacles of a giant
squid (or is it an octopus?) Is the squid rescuing them from the
depths, or dangling them there until they are ready (to be eaten,
perhaps)? Either way, there seems little the person can do.
Don't - Two of Cups
A hooded, cloaked figure stands with water pouring to either side of them from two cups. In this deck, the pips have the same main element, with just added suit objects. So, all the cups pips show this cloaked figure, with more and more cups pouring around them. This really doesn't speak to me of partnership, or seeing eye-to-eye. Far more, it might indicate a situation where we have emotion coming from two different directions. That could indicate a relationship, I suppose, and one where both people involved are willing to express their emotions... As what not to do, it suggests not getting into messy emotional territory.
Do - Knight of Cups
The Courts in this deck are quite well drawn, with simple lines and
clear symbolism. This Knight's steed steps forward elegantly, his cup
raised high, yet the man's head is somewhat bowed. While he is clear
about his feelings, he knows his may not always be the easiest path to
The weekend certainly felt pretty Hanged Man - waiting and more waiting in hospital with my elder son, unable to help him other than to be there for him. Everything went smoothly, though, and he's home now, albeit still in need of some recuperation. Perhaps, then, it speaks more to the fact that I've been somewhat powerless to do things that need doing, and that I want to do.
For one thing, U.S. Games have sent through the final proofs for the box, card backs and companion book for the Celtic Lenormand (yes, I did a little happy dance!) That's definitely high on my list of priorities, but may take a little while. Then, there are other less exciting tasks: some legal documents to work on, accounts and other paperwork. Yet, making sure my son heals well takes higher priority, and with school still out, on top of a Bank Holiday, well, I'll get to things when I can.
As for the other two cards, they remind me that my Dear One is going away for a few days. I know he needs the break, and so supporting him to go becomes a loving gift, Knight of Cups style. Still, I'll miss his presence, and our mutual flow of emotions.