Dave was helping me draw a patella so he is a bit late using his new Mystical Cats Tarot.
I liked this deck the minute I saw it and Lunaea’s book is excellent with some fresh commentary. At some point when I get the energy I’ll do a discussion of it.
Dave and the sheep went to visit Kuan Yin and her cat Lotus Blossom in poetry corner. Kuan Yin can always be found by The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats, contemplating life and death and the Wild Swans at Coole. In the past week Dave decided to name his sheep friends: the Shropshire is Tulip and her companion is Tilly.
Before we begin, a visual identification of the cast (click to enlarge):
So what’s our card today Dave?
FIVE OF SKY (5 of Swords)
Lotus Blossom has taken a particular interest in this deck.
The poor little Sphynx cat on the card is being bullied by the neighbourhood toughs. I love that Mickie has even drawn graffiti on the wall in the alley.
If you can’t win the battle it’s better to leave, as you can’t reason with closed minds or hearts. Being mean is a hollow victory.
There is also a twinge here of taking on the persona of the wounded survivor, which reminds me of my comments about the betrayal of friends in my last post. The reverse of this card cautions against identifying yourself with your traumas, which is unbalanced and gives the people that hurt you power.
I never thought of it like that, there are two sides to identification and closed minds.