I’ve already been reading my very funny Halloween Tarot deck since the calendar finally turned to October. There is a visual joke on every card of the deck, in addition to wonderful drawings. Little red imps are wands, greenish ghosts are cups, bats are swords and – are you ready for this? – big fat pumpkins are pentacles. Along with a black cat who lurks somewhere in the background on every card. The Tower, normally about difficulties and sudden changes, is a visual feast of gargoyles looking bored, whimsical ghosts peeking out the windows, a jack-o-lantern looking startled, and a crown blowing off the top of the tower, which part of a creepy Victorian house. So the challenges can clearly just be laughed at and blown away.
Francine and I read at a huge party in Hyde Park on Saturday night. Another visual feast – creativity rampant. The house itself featured horror in every corner – and on the ceilings, walls and floors. A mangled corpse in the tub and a bloody shower curtain told the story in the bathroom. We were reading in the dungeon – a giant rat, huge hornet’s nest and torture being carried out in the old coal bin. And then there were the attendees…very few standard costumes, lots of wacky ideas. I loved the black eyed peas….a couple in matching green sweats with blackened eyes. A freezing belly dancer who never gave up and put on a coat, lots of sailors and swashbuckling, a dazzle of energy. We had just a terrific time. I love being busy, and this was one fun reading after another – letting each person draw 5 cards, and giving them a brief look at their lives. I never cease to be amazed at accurate and right to the point Tarot is. Incredible. What fun to be the person who gets to do that!
So I’m a happy camper – and ready for Samhain, the Celtic name for Halloween, which is the Celtic New Year. Get those resolutions made as you’re eating all that candy! : >