kid is walking on her hands, in the direction of a stream. In the background, the Sun is setting behind the mountains (it’s probably meant to be rising but because the land is coloured pink it makes me think of evening). There are a number of animals the picture: a companion cat (warning to be careful about stepping in the water), a crocodile (dangers of the environment) and a vulture (waiting to recycle the remains back into the great circle of life).
In the stream blooms a water lily or a lotus (lotus being the symbol of spiritual beauty arising from a dirty, base source, perhaps not the best symbol for this Pagan deck). On the other side of the stream a couple of fly agaric mushrooms grow. When eaten, they can potentially induce hallucinations and visions, but are also apparently unreliable as to the amount of toxins contained (as some people joke, all mushrooms are edible but some are edible only once). The kid is carrying a sack with a peacock feather and a couple of bells attached. The peacock feather makes me think of showing off, and the bells – of morris dancing, and also of a means of attracting attention.
The story based on the scene
The kid is attempting to cross a river hoping to gather the mushrooms. She’s doing it in a way no one else ever did: by walking on her hands! It’s easier to grasp a slippery stone with a hand than a foot and that’s why she’s going to have no problems crossing the river. She thinks she’s the first one to come up with this ingenious solution. Everyone, look at her, with her pretty bells and feathers!
The cat, being a domesticated and careful animal, is hesitant, holding her back, hoping to avoid the water – it does not like to go on adventures. A crocodile and a vulture wait to see if the kid slips off the stones. The lotus flower is a counterpoint to the crocodile and the vulture: out of rotted remains, a beautiful flower blooms – this is what became of some person who tried to cross before and failed. Nature consists both of beauty and danger, in balance. The mushrooms just sit there. They may be a prize or a trap and there’s no way to know.
Selected words and phrases from the book
Descriptions: unsophisticated, spontaneity, illogical, irrational, joyful, freedom, carefree, impulse, impractical, golden age, life breath.
Actions: let your kid emerge, do not worry or care, be willing to experience things, take a chance, risk something, trust the love of the universe.
Based on this, my keywords would be:
Positive: beginning, spontaneity, freedom, trust, simplicity
Negative: thoughtlessness, naivete, carelessness, foolish thrill seeking (as in Jackass)
I must learn to love the fool in me – the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries.
Theodore Isaac Rubin
When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.
With age, you see people fail more. You see yourself fail more. How do you keep that fearlessness of a kid? You keep going. Luckily, I’m not afraid to make a fool of myself.
Card meanings in context
Career, Work and Finances
What does the card mean if you are searching for work?
It’ll be your first job. Starting again in a new field. Starting a new business. Taking a course to get into a new field. Be optimistic and adventurous.
What does it tell you about your current work situation?
It’s either your first job at all, or you’re setting up in a new field. You’re a trainee.
What career paths may be associated with the card?
Entrepreneur. Small scale investor. Test pilot. Explorer. Something risky, enjoyable and requiring a great deal of improvisation.
What does the card tell you about your financial situation?
No savings, no debt, no credit history, no plan, no worries!
Relationships and Love
What does the card mean if you are searching for love?
It’ll be your first love, or love at the first sight. Look outside your normal circle of friends. Risk your heart, open yourself, don’t plan and worry about the future.
In a relationship?
It’s your first love, or you feel like it. You’re not giving it much thought, just enjoying the journey. You trust your partner with everything.
Trying to fix a relationship?
As diagnosis: Someone is playing an eternal child role: exhibiting childish selfishness, letting the other person shoulder all the responsibility, thoughtless as to how their actions affect others.
As advice: you need to trust your partner more, and plan/worry less. Treat them as if this was your first date. Remind yourself of what it was in the beginning Try to fall in love all over again.
What does the card tell you about other types of relationships in your life (e.g. friends, family, colleagues, etc.)?
You’re the newbie, the trainee, the child. You are allowed to try things out and have fun, letting others worry for you.
What is the deeper spiritual message or lesson of the card?
Trust the universe and your guides, whoever you think they are. Look at things with the innocence of a child to rediscover the joy of life.
What does this card tell you about your own spiritual journey?
You’re starting out, or starting out again. You suddenly found your inspiration and are following your bliss. However, make sure you have a mentor – someone who knows where the dangers are and can do the worrying for you.
Wellbeing and Health
What does the card tell you about your general health and well-being?
You’re either young, or you behave like you’re young. You currently have no health problems, but you may develop some due to your careless behaviour.
What might be some specific health issues associated with the card? (Remember, though, that if you are not a health professional, do not give specific health advice, unless qualified.)
It’s not something you dealt with before. You need mental relaxation and physical activity. Ask if there is a possibility to participate in a trial of a new therapy.
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