Monday, 6 April 2015

Romantic Tarot Reading

Lo Scarabeo are renowned, or perhaps infamous, for their "art" decks.  This deck, the Romantic Tarot (2015) falls in that category.  Let's see how it reads...

Now: Strength

A man uses a combination of (some) logic and (mostly) strength to try to move a statue of the traditional lady and lion.  On the wall behind, there is also a picture of a Marseille-style Strength.

This seems to suggest I may not be achieving an adequate balance between animal drive and a gentler approach.  One thing I see here are concerns I have over discipline.  With my Little One, if he does something I don't like, I tend to pick him up to move him away from the source of contention.  While this may work like a time out, perhaps I could find a way that doesn't require me to heft his ever-increasing weight quite so often...

Don't: Nine of Cups

All the Cups cards in this deck show people with masks.  It's an interesting idea, as I would normally attribute masks to Swords.  Cups, after all, are often happy to express their emotions rather than hide them.  And yet, this acts as a reminder that even emotional outbursts can be used to disguise other issues or feelings.

A man grins under his mask as he embraces a woman from behind.  She looks somewhat less than impressed.  Before them on the balustrade of a balcony, pigeons flit down to drink from an array of cups.

The message I get here is not to take things or people for granted.  While I may wish for people to act a certain way, that doesn't mean I'll get my wish.  My Little One won't suddenly know and do the things I'm trying to socialise him into.  And my Dear One won't always be around to help.  He's going away for three days to visit with friends.  So, I'll appreciate the time he is here, and recognise that sometimes you have to put up with less-than-ideal situations.

Do: The Fool

Updated with thanks to Steve at Tiferet Tarot for pointing out that I misread the card title *doh*

A romantic dandy stands with hat in hand, came over his arm, looking smart but for the bouquet of flowers stalks up on his head.  He stands on a small table, with a teapot and cup.  Yet, this seems to be held aloft by a flock of doves.  He even has one foot resting in mid-air, on the back of a dove.  Quite a feat!

This card tells me I will have to be spontaneous and open to what comes.  Hopefully, if I'm not too rigid in my thinking, I'll be able to find a good way to discipline the kids without relying on the strength of my back to carry them, or the strength of my Dear One.

Wish me luck this week!

For journal prompts based on these cards, click here.

12 comments:

  1. Good Luck!

    I looked at the cards from this deck and I just didn't bond with them. Sometimes that is a relief, lol.

    Look forward to your overview. It reminds me of the Mucha. And also, a Carnival playing deck I have from Lo Scarabeo.

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    1. Hi Steve, and thanks, I'll take all the luck I can get!

      As for the deck, I'm not sure why but I'm a sucker for a Lo Scarabeo deck. This certainly isn't one of their best, but it does have its charms...

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    2. Out of interest, in my Mucha review, I noted thicker card stock. Has this also got a thicker stock or is it as usual?

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    3. Hi Steve, I hadn't noticed it, but when I compared it to my Fey Tarot, yes, the card stock is a little thicker. I still find them easy to hold and shuffle, but it has changed.

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  2. I like the irony of the Strength card - here is the guy trying to accomplish something when the gentler, kinder way is right under his nose. :) I don't get the Nine of Cups card at all though. I'm siding with Steve on this one...

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    1. Ha ha, yes, that Strength guy has the message twice over and still doesn't get it!

      As for the Nine of Cups, I think part of the issue is that they try to put couples in every card. So, from the guy's perspective, having this gorgeous gal may be exactly what he wished for. However, she sees the smug side of him, and isn't so impressed :D

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  3. I wish you strength and fortitude this week. I remember trying to distract my toddlers from doing things I didn't like. so they would forget all about it instead of getting to focused on the forbidden fruit. :)
    For me the Nine of Cups in the "don't " position would advise you to set your own wishes aside untill you DH returns home again and he can take care of the kids
    Encouraging Hugs

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    1. Yes, distraction is a great technique. Sometimes I forget that, or just can't think of what to do to distract him, though...
      Interesting take on the Nine of Cups, I shall bear that in mind :)
      Hugs to you, too, Ellen!

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  4. I do wish you luck, but you have some really strong cards working in your favor, which is great! :) Between Strength and the Magician, I hope you're able to navigate around the 9 of Cups issues and that you come out feeling empowered. Now I'm off to raid the kids' Easter baskets while they're at school!!! :-D

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    1. Thanks, Olivia! Yes, I was glad to see the Magician at the end there :) Happy munching, and hope it doesn't get you in trouble with the kids! :D

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  5. I do hope your week isn't too intense or stressful without extra support. Lots of love to you, MM

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    1. Thanks, dearheart! It hasn't been too bad, though I have been a bit knackered. Tried to keep things easy for myself (semi-ready-made-meals etc) :D
      Love to you, too! Cxx

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