Sticking with this month’s card, The Devil, I thought I’d use a process that Barbara Moore presented at a TABI Conference several years ago. She suggested creating a tarot spread based on the symbols you see in a given card.
This week, I’m drawing on the Everyday Witch Tarot (Llewelyn, 2017). In the Devil we see a red-tailed man with a handlebar mustache. In one hand he holds a swag bag of cash, in the other an ice cream. He offers these to a boy and girl, while two cats seem to try to distract them from these temptations. As everyone has their own particular obsessions and addictions, I decided to consider more the characters involved…
In that sense, I took the boy and his money as the rational mind, the girl and the icecream as the emotional part of us, and the cats at their feet as the Higher Self 😀
How does your mind respond to the temptations you face? – Ten of Swords
A witch lies on the ground, stabbed through by ten swords. Her assailant flees the scene while she strives to reach her broom.
Two things come up for me here. The first is the fact that I am bombarded by so many messages that normalise eating foods which I know aren’t good for me. Is it any wonder that my rational mind sometimes says, why resist, give in, this must be the right thing to do?
On the other hand, I’ve actually managed to beat my cravings for most of the last week. So, right now my mind is responding by killing the cravings 😀
How do your emotions respond to the temptations on offer? – Ace of Swords
A young witch stands, sword in hand, channeling lightning. Around her, seven birds of prey fly, while her cloak flaps wildly in the wind. Yet, her black cat sits calmly at her feet next to her broom.
New clarity has helped calm my emotions. Or perhaps it’s a new message that I’ve taken on board. New isn’t quite the right word, though. It’s more like a switch has been flicked in my mind, allowing me to feel differently. In this, I’ve refound the inspiration I’ve had in the past. So, perhaps it’s more of a coming back around to the Ace after the overwhelm of the Ten.
Yet, I know this often comes and goes. It’s like the lightning strikes, and sometimes being electrified is energising, and sometimes it short circuits me. So, it ends up being a situation where I keep getting re-set, good/bad/good/bad.
What does your Higher Self counsel at this time? – Nine of Cups
Oh, what a lovely card! A witch sits calmly at the edge of the sea, eyes closed, face slightly uplifted to enjoy the pleasant warmth of the sun, or the sea breeze, or both. Beside her, a tortoiseshell cat risks its whiskers playing with a crab. Behind them all is a sandcastle with nine cups resting atop its crenellated towers.
My Higher Self counsels being present in the moment. It reminds me of the emotional abundance available to me, and recommends I stay playful.
To read journal prompts based on these cards, click here.