What About the Scary Cards?
Rather than bypass the parts of life that challenge us, tarot acknowledges that change can be scary. When we’re going through a hard time, It feels good to have our true experience mirrored and compassionately addressed. Tarot doesn’t skip the bad days and the hurt feelings. It includes them. Often, they show up as the “scary cards”.
— When Cobra Death slithers by, something is coming to an end. Even though it may hurt to say goodbye, Cobra Death encourages readers to let go and give thanks for the time it was part of their life. “Trust the process” he says, “everything is working out just as it should”.
— Tower Vulture reveals that “life gives us a tumble-down sometimes so we can make room for something new even though we don’t know what it will be yet.” When pieces of their world break away, readers are encouraged to trust that life is magically rearranging itself so something bright and wonderful can begin.
Tarot doesn’t skip the bad days and hurt feelings. It includes them.
— The Ten of Swords helps readers understand that sometimes, the healthiest thing they can do is to surrender to what is. The traditional Rider Waite depicts a man lying face down with ten swords in his back. Faunabelle replaces those swords with feathers. The imagery is still there, but much softer and palpable for young readers.
— The Five of Pentacles can also be a scary card to receive. Traditionally, we see two people dressed in rags and experiencing some crisis such as poverty and homelessness. Faunabelle shifts the scene to a thought bubble where the main character is thinking of worst case scenarios. In this card we learn when feelings of not-enoughness arise, we can observe them like clouds that come and go.
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