Reading Tarot Kaizen recently reminded me about writing haikus for tarot cards, something I used to do quite regularly. With May’s focus on the Devil, I decided to let the Sasuraibito Tarot (Stasia Burrington, 2017) inspire me.
He’s a rather handsome Devil, with a bad boy look sure to entice. While sex addiction isn’t something I worry about, he represents overindulgence and temptations of many kinds. It is our senses that make us vulnerable to these temptations, because they feel good. Yet, our senses are not bad per se…
Brings Joy and Inspiration
The haiku then prompted me to create a devilish tarot spread to match it:
How can my senses bring me joy? – Three of Wands
Three wands are tied together in a tripod, looking out from a cliff over the sea. The coming together of creativity, dedication and emotion.
This feels like taking time to appreciate the projects I’m working on, in their physicality. And considering how my senses will perceive any given creative project. If it has an aspect that draws in my senses, it is more likely to bring me joy.
Makes me think about various sewing projects I have on-going or in the pipeworks. I’m working on a tarot bag for a deck I haven’t even unboxed yet 😀 I love the colours and playfulness of the fabrics I’ve chosen – a delight for the eyes. And I like the feel of needle and thread moving through cloth, the fabric soft against my fingers, contrasting with the cold, hard steel of the needle.
I also want to start on my first ever quilting project. Would have started already, but the fabrics I chose for it are in a box somewhere that I haven’t yet managed to find *doh* Hopefully, next week we may finally be able to get into our kitchen and unpack…
How can my senses inspire me? – Queen of Swords
This calm lady seems the least likely of the Queens to fall for this handsome Devil’s allure!
Still, I notice the ribbons of smoke floating around her sword blade. Her element is the air, that which we breathe in. Two thoughts come from that.
Firstly, to be inspired by breathwork to find calm. After all, with peace of mind I am more likely to be able to turn off those negative thought patterns and old tapes that keep me locked in bad habits. Only when thinking with clarity and openness can I find new inspiration.
Secondly, I think about the smell of fresh, healthy ingredients baking. Who hasn’t walked into somewhere that’s just been cooking up something delicious, and felt tempted? Perhaps I can take a look at some microwave baking recipes, to garner some inspiration for healthy treats that don’t involve chocolate or sugar…
What will help me find a healthy balance between sensuality and moderation? – The Lovers
The Sasuraibito offers us a really interesting version of the Lovers. Two figures so entwined we can barely tell where one ends and the other finishes. A red thread swirls around the two, the passion that binds them together.
Choices, then, are fundamental. This brings me back to a previous thought: I have to feel passionate about the choices I make. And if I am to find a way beyond the Devil’s temptations, it will have to include something that feels fabulous, too. Be it sewing something that looks lovely and feels good to the touch, or baking some sweet-smelling healthy treats, I need to find a way to make breaking bad habits a pleasure, rather than a chore. Self-sacrifice and discipline are not great long-term motivators!
To read journal prompts based on these cards, click here.