Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Other Side of the Deck

Jack: "What is this?" [Points to box on dining table.]

Me: "That's the Gummy Bear Tarot. But it's not for me. I'm going to a birthday party on Saturday..."

Jack: "Oh, okay."

Me: "... for a four-year-old."

Jack: "I'm sorry, what?"

Me: "It's totally cool. He's Co-Witch K.'s kid."

Jack: "Why are you giving Tarot cards to a four-year-old?"

Me: "It's not like I didn't clear it with his mom first. Geez."

Jack: "You didn't answer the question."

Me: "Well, see, last year he sort of spontaneously started reading playing cards, so I figured this would be a good transitional deck for him."

Jack: " ... "

Me: "But I'm not going to tell him they're Tarot cards. I'm going to say that they're cards that will help him tell stories. Isn't that clever?"

Jack: "I need you to please stop talking now."

Me: "I'm just saying that if someone had given me Tarot cards when I turned four, I would've been very appreciative."

Jack: "Please?"


Siobhan said...

I came up with a way of doing readings that I found very effective. I took a crowley deck, and blacked out the words on the cards with a sharpie. Now before I do a reading, I hand the person the altered deck, and ask them to go through and really look at each card and "pick some." Then I ask them to put them in order. Then I read them and it gives me a really neat idea of where they are right now.

Apocrypha Jones said...

Siobhan, that is super-duper cool, and I am going to try that.

Thank you!

Kitty said...

Baby Witch O is going to totally love them. I can't wait to see what stories he tells with them. I am even going to write down the stories or things he tells me about each card. Maybe I'll write more in the new notebook than I do on my blog!

Siobhan said...

Thank YOU. One caveat: I always give them the instruction to pick the ones that resonate strongly with them -- including ones that they really HATE. Otherwise people tend to try and pick the happy images only.

Yvonne Rathbone said...

One of my favorite decks was created by a 4-year-old. It's all stick figures and it reads amazingly.

Shonda Little said...

Dude, and think of all the trouble you could have avoided if you'd only known how to predict your own future before you started school. I say go full steam ahead.

Anonymous said...

And children have all that natural intuition that gets beaten out of them by society as they get older... Now that I think about it, can I get a reading from the 4 year old? Does he take appointments (and I'm kinda not joking)...

Kitty said...

Hmmm, let me look into child labor laws and see what they

I try very hard to keep his mind open. He even talks to me about one of his past lives frequently. He told me the other day that he's still 90 years old, not almost four. When I tried to clarify that he was 90 before he was "O" and now he's an almost four year old little boy he wanted to know where all his old friends who were also 90 went.

Anne Johnson said...

This kid is going to be the Michelangelo of Tarot.

Kitty said...

Yeah, but right now his sister's boyfriend is over and he's throwing his underwear on the guy's face and telling everyone at the top of his lungs that he farted. Having teens and a four year old is the best birth control EVER.

Red Delicious said...

Dashing and daring,
courageous and caring,
faithful and friendly with stories
to share
Off in the forest
they sing out in chorus
marching along as their song
fills the air

Gummi Bears!
Bouncing here and there
and everywhere
high adventure that's beyond compare!
they are the Gummi Bears!

Magic and mystery
are part of their history
along with the secret
of Gummiberry Juice.
Their legend is growing,
they take pride in knowing
they'll fight for what's right in
whatever they do -

Gummi Bears!
Bouncing here and there and
high adventure that's beyond compare -
they are the Gummi Bears,
they are the Gummi Bears!

Evn said...

I freakin' loved that show.

Siobhan said...

unbelievably enough, this is the SECOND I have seen reference to gummiberry juice today. Waiting on 3.

Yvonne Rathbone said...

I had chocolate covered gummibears for the first time yesterday. They are amazing.

knottybynature said...

I used to watch the Gummi Bears all the time. I wonder how many witches got their potion-making influence.

Actually, a lot of stuff that I've read dealing with pagan parenting, there is quite a few that use tarot with their kids as flash-cards. Kids learn early on about symbology and color and really, how cool is it? What a cool story for a kid!

I mean, my kid, when she gets older, can tell her buddies that her mommy took her to a tattoo parlour to get her ears pierced (more sanitary/less skin trauma/etc,etc.) and they had to go to some silly place in the mall...

That is an AWESOME present. Don't let anyone tell you different. ;)

word verification:

tiormons - stylish, mondernist mormons.

Souris Optique said...

That's not very nice.
I'm would totally give my hypothetical 4 yr. old that deck.
Only I would get it laminated first!