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I haven’t done much with the Modern Mystic Tarot Challenge, but I haven’t forgotten about it! Today’s theme is “planting.” This isn’t really the time of year one would associate with planting and growth, but winter’s really not a bad time to set things in motion. While the energy of the season is largely restful and dormant, and the harvest is past, there are still things that can and should be planted to make ready for the more active time of year.
So, what should I plant? What should I set up now in order to reap the benefits later?
The answer is…
Okay, I know I used a novelty deck for today, but follow me here. The Regretsy deck, in addition to being full of WTFery, has a major and minor arcana. It has four suits. For me, the Genitalia make the most sense to interpret as the suit of Cups (or Chalices). In a more traditional deck, this card would stand for childhood memories, innocence, and nostalgia. It’s less than two weeks from Yule, so could this be pointing to the idea of creating holiday memories? I’m… not really feeling the idea of childhood innocence from a card depicting two dudes who are literally wearing elephant-face codpieces (nostalgia, perhaps, but that’s neither here nor there), so maybe not.
Ignoring that, you can also interpret the artwork. Here, a faceless man pours a golden liquid from one elephant-head-sheathed cup to another. For me, it immediately evokes the idea of Temperance from the Rider-Waite tarot deck, and its ideas of patience and balance. Could this mean that I need to work on my patience? It’s not a virtue I’ve ever had much of, so that would make sense. Coupled with interpreting the suit of Genitalia as Cups, it could refer specifically to patience in an emotional sphere– patience with my S.O. and others close around me, versus patience while waiting for a monetary big break or a new opportunity.