Being a sucker for cute decks, I was tempted in by Lo Scarabeo’s Happy Tarot (2015). As I mentioned in last week’s First and Last tag video, I’m not sure how keen I am on its candy-cane-land setting, as I’m trying to go sugar-free. Still, the images are visually sweet even without the ‘sweets’, and I guess it’ll appeal to the Candy Crush Saga set 😉
Now: The Fool
This little fellow seems to be leaping for joy, right off the cupcake cliff he stands upon. He holds a white rose, and his little red kerchief on a stick with his few ‘necessities’. Looks like his little dog can barely keep up, let alone stop him from leaping.
One of the things I like about this deck is the sunshine: many cards are filled with it. How can you be sad when your life is so luminous? A week to stay present, enjoy the moment, and perhaps be willing to take a few risks!
Don’t: Page of Cups
This red-haired cutie tripping along with her full ice cream bowl looks in danger of quite literally tripping over some of the sweets poking out of the ground in front of her. I like the added symbolism of the cat wending along in her wake. The Page of Cups can be a little self-centred, like a feline, yet can also be emotionally caring, taking in strays. The landscape, too, is interesting: a spit of land with water either side.
Although it’s time for living life, best not get too self-absorbed or emotional about it. Action is called for, not daydreaming.
Do: The Devil
A chubby devil with black bat wings, horns and centaur-like legs looks a bit worried. Perhaps it’s because of how keen the female at his feet looks to make a move. Or maybe his inverted pentagram is shining that brightly because his spidey sense is tingling 😉
Interestingly, the landscape is less candy-cane, though chocaholism and sugar addiction are things I’ve often seen in the Devil. And it’s also worth noting that the little humans’/demons’ chains are not loose, as they are in so many versions of this card. I almost get the sense that the Devil is struggling to control these demons or fallen souls.
In the context of the reading, my sense is that it’s a good time to acknowledge my weaknesses, the things that tempt me. Perhaps giving in a little is good, it’s only extremes or getting overly emotionally attached to our predilections that is damaging. So, if I see a deck I like, for instance, I could get it without lecturing myself about how many decks I already have 😀
Overall, these cards speak to me of embracing a bit of ‘naughtiness’ without sliding into soul-searching. After a couple of very busy weeks, I think perhaps I deserve a little spontaneous fun!
Another angle on them is to make a new start, focusing on addiction, but without plunging into emotionality. That fits with the Magickal Weightloss Webinar I’ve just launched, which will take place on 29th July at 7.30pm BST (1.30pm East Coast time, for the USA). In it, each person will explore their blocks to weightloss, what are manageable goals for them, and they’ll create a spell to help focus and reinforce their intent. Making a new start, while clearly acknowledging where our temptations lie 🙂 If you’d like to eat more healthily, why not come along?
To read journal prompts based on these cards, click here.