Warm Hearts has recently joined a group of tarot bloggers who have been participating in a “blog hop” where all readers write a blog on the same subject at the same time and share them with one another and with our readers. There is a link at the top and the bottom of this page for a master list of all bloggers who participated. Check them out!
This month’s blog hop is called Junk Mail Tarot: A Tarot Art Project For Non-Artists. The idea is that we all take our old magazines and piled up junk mail, and use the images to create a collage-style tarot card. Then we are all to write about why we have chosen the selected images and why we put them in the configurations we have put them in.
I personally live in an area of the world where junk mail and magazines are scarce, so I made my card with found images on the internet. It’s a doubly great opportunity because I have been wanting to learn to use the open source version of Photoshop, Gimp. The making of this card was my crash course.
The 6 of Cups
The 6 of Cups is a card of absolute sweetness. It is love and pleasure that is experienced by us in an innocently naïve, child-like way. It goes back to the times in life when we viewed the world through the lens of safety, not understanding the dangers that exist because we were sheltered from experiencing harm from those who cared for us.
It is similar to the experience we have when we fall in love for the first time. It seems like the perfect love that cannot be shaken. This other person before you has met every last one of your expectations. You feel complete in their presence. Your heart sings because of this. The “other” is your shelter, your rock, the place to seek refuge in a world that is otherwise too complex to feel safe and secure.
I know a woman who was recently in love in this way. She told me that their love was the archetypal love of the gods that was being channeled into their physical bodies so that all the rest of us living on the planet would know through them what true, pure love is. She truly believed this. His first betrayal of this ideal felt like a bullet to her heart. In fact, I am certain she would have rather experienced the gunshot wound to the emotional wound that was inflicted upon her.
For those of us who have been in love and made it through to the other side, we understand this feeling as much as we understand that this state of being is without substance. We have loved in this exquisite way but then the inevitable betrayal occurs and shatters this sweetness. It is a love that is authentically felt in the heart, however, some things are just too sweet to be maintained. Too much sugar is just as bad for our bodies as is emotional sugar is for our soul.
The true ideal is to grow beyond this naivety. To truly realize the ideal of this card is to experience the betrayal and then transform beyond it. In short, to “grow up” and become emotionally mature adults. Of course, there is no destination point to this. We repeat the lesson of the 6 of Cups over and over throughout our lives, each time transforming our emotional intelligence beyond where things stood previously.
Now for the explanation of my card’s symbolic imagery:
X-Ray Skull With the Faded Image of the Lovers Inside
I wanted to use a skull to show that the imagery inside was an old memory from the past. It is an early experience of love that had a life and is now passed. I wanted it to have a nostalgic feel to it. I used an image that gives us the impression of wholesome, sweet love. It is a moment we continue to hold inside our minds but has faded with time. Our memory of this experience may have morphed over years to become sweeter than was the actual period in life. The memory of the pain has disappeared and the ideal, through faded, remains.
I used an X-ray so we can actually see inside the skull, so we can look into the mind and reveal the memories they contain.
Raincloud With Raindrops
It is said that every cloud has a silver lining. That would mean that every one of those silver linings also contain an inner storm. The ideal of this love that is being shown above has a darker element similar to what I have described. Eventually the heaviness it contains becomes too much and rain begins to fall, similar to our tears that need to be shed when we have been emotionally wounded.
Teacup Filled With Sugar Cubes
In the tarot, cups are filled with the nectar that feeds us on an emotional level. To see this cup filled with sugar cubes shows that this love might be a type of sweet that is just too sweet to be nourishing. There is an over-idealization of the past. There is an over-nourishment that is taking place. The raindrops fall upon them and these cubes will soon melt away into nothing, showing their lack of substance.
The white lilies are a symbol of innocence and purity and are an homage to the lilies found within the cups of the Waite Smith deck.
Shada McKenzie • Warm Hearts Email Tarot
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