Shaking It and Twisting It until It Says Yes

I have the divination range of a tiny teaspoon dipped halfway in a huge cup full of hardened cement. My intuition is rarely too far off. But when it comes to, let’s say… tasseography or cartomancy, I’m mostly lost. Still, I love the artful (and often times simplistic) beauty of divination tools like tarot cards.

Currently, I use tarot cards for focusing thoughts and as writing prompts. After my grandmother died, I began to use old naipes españoles (Spanish playing cards) for my own game of what-would-my-grandma-do. I had no idea what the cards represented. I pretty much asked myself a clear question that could be answered with a yes or no, picked a card, and depending on how much my grandma used to like or dislike the image that appeared on said card, I would deduce if she wanted me to do it or not.

This isn’t the most reliable of systems, I know, especially for an expert in the art of cheating by way of rationalization *cough*. Seriously, when I really wanted to do something and the cards suggested that my grandmother wouldn’t do things that way, I would turn the “answer” on its head and shake it and twist it until a negative response became a positive one. It was like having an argument with my dead grandmother; and as silly as this statement might sound to some, I found the act of fighting with her memory extremely reassuring.

pre-Witches in Fiction 2015, second giveaway:
Davide Corsi’s The Ghost Tarot Deck, from Three Cats and a Broom

This giveaway is sponsored by the lovely witchy mistress of Rue & Hyssop and Three Cats and a Broom. I was thrilled when Jen told me that she wanted to give away Davide Corsi’s The Ghost Tarot. “Between the visible and the invisible, between memory and the supernatural, there is the world of ghosts. The Ghost Tarot takes you to a romantic and eternal world, where wisdom abides among the restless spirits searching for lost mortality.” I like the images conjured by the publisher’s description.
The Ghost Tarot, by Davide Corsi (detail)

I would have loved to have this deck available during my what-would-my-grandma-do games. I mean, even The Fool of this deck looks cool and extra sure of himself.
The Ghost Tarot, by Davide Corsi (the fool)

And I’m quite taken by the tribal-like design of the back of the cards, too. Isn’t it neat?
The Ghost Tarot, by Davide Corsi (back of card)

Here is how to enter this giveaway: Leave a comment telling me what comes to mind when you look at The Fool, as illustrated by Davide Corsi. For one extra entry, visit Rue & Hyssop and check out The Great October Book Giveaway. Wishing for a second extra entry? Share this post on Facebook (tag me and Three Cats and a Broom). Get a third extra entry, if you add these words at the end of your comment: “Magaly, do throw my name into your witchy cauldron!” And my nosiness gives you a fourth entry: what is your favorite novel where tarot cards I used? (mine is Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell).

Giveaway Rules, details and stuff…
* I need to be able to contact the winners. If you don’t have a website or social media profile, through which we can interact, then please add your email to your comment. If your name comes up, and I have no way to contact you, I will choose another name.

* You can group all your entries in a single comment—or not… the choice is yours.

* To my Canadians, before you can claim your prize, I must test your mathematical brilliance by asking you a very obscure question, such as… what’s 13 + .5? Yeah, obscure…

* All Witches in Fiction 2015 giveaways will end on October 20th, 2015, at 10:13 pm, EDT. The winners will be chosen using Random.Org, and announced on October 21st, 2015.

* This giveaway is open worldwide, excluding any place where prohibited by law.

This is a pre-party post. Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances won’t take place until October 17th; to join the celebration, click the link.

Other Witches in Fiction 2015 pre-posts:
– “Loving You through the Veil
Culture with Real Fictionalized Witches in It

32 thoughts on “Shaking It and Twisting It until It Says Yes

  1. The Fool looks like he is Peruvian to me. I thought that was interesting.
    I loved Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, too. The tarot cards seemed hand made. I shared Rue and Hyssop’s give away on my profile page. Shared this post, tagged.
    “Magaly, do throw my name into your witchy cauldron!”
    sharonrawson@mac.com

  2. LOL…My first thought at looking at the fool was the ghostly man saying to the dog, “I guess you were right Rover. That WAS a long drop.” But there is something about the way he is standing that makes me think he thought the drop was worth it anyway. 😀 I’ve shared the post and tagged you lovely ladies. Hmm…favorite novel involving the tarot? I enjoyed the Night Circus very much, but I feel like I’m missing an obvious one I loved more than that. If it comes to me, I’ll let you know. And of course I must finish with…“Magaly, do throw my name into your witchy cauldron!”

  3. I had some tarot cards in my early 20s. I gave myself a reading once which you aren’t supposed to do or so it was said back then. anyway, I kinda freaked myself out and never touched them again, eventually giving them away. I’ve been thinking about buying a new deck though.

  4. Hi Magaly —
    (1) I think: “Pay attention, fool!”
    (2) I’ve been over to Rue & Hyssop today and will go back to enter my name for the Brigid book giveaway.
    (3) Does a favourite movie where tarot is used count as well? The Red Violin! It may have been based on a novel too, for all I know.
    (4) “Magaly, do throw my name into your witchy cauldron!”

  5. My first thought was that’s the fool? It reminded me of strength but then I paid attention at his surroundings…
    By the way I do the same in my own readings! Well I don’t argue with my dead grandma (although that has happened on other occasions), but I also tweak the results in the most comforting of ways when there’s something I fear or want a lot. P

  6. Magaly, do throw my name into your witchy cauldron! I don’t really have a favored book featuring tarot, but Runenarks & Runelight are my favorites with Runes.

  7. I love your interaction with the cards and your grandmother! I use my tarot for dad advice and to gain a clearer understanding of which energies are at play. Beautiful tarot deck. Shipping issues prevent my entering the giveaways, but I shall admire from afar.

  8. Thank you for your comment my dear. I am accepting the fact that i have to move on from this plan although it went smoothly for months. There is a tiny bit of hope that I have been fighting something off and i will be able to return to it. Just a teeny tiny sliver.. Brightest blessings.

  9. I am gone for a few days and suddenly I have missed out on several posts – you have really kicked off the celebrations early 🙂

    I am not joining this giveaway, being an atheist an’all, but I look forward to the 17th!

  10. I desperately need new tarot cards, since mine have met with an “accident,” I’ll call it (long story).

    When I look at the Fool, I think of my husband (this is his card, after all), looking down at his dog with fondness, as they prepare to leap to their next adventure.

    I’ve shared this post on my Facebook page.

    “Magaly, do throw my name into your witchy cauldron!”

    I apologize, I haven’t yet read one of your books. This is something I plan to correct posthaste.

    I am going now to enter the other giveaway, thank you for letting us know about it.

  11. This particular Fool reminds me of Hermes the Winged Messenger of the Greek Gods, a powerful God himself. There is a certain degree of recklessness and mischievousness associated with him, but unlike Loki’s Trickster who’s rather cruel and malevolent, his is quite benign and childish. I always found him very lovable.

    I know the cards in the Chronicles of Amber books are not really the Tarot cards we know, but a special deck made out of Major Arcana with magical properties. It was a fascinating concept and kind of makes me want to create my own magical deck.

    “Magaly, do throw my name into your witchy cauldron!”
    icrauta@gmail.com

    • You know, when I first thought about what book held my favorite tarot cards the first choice that came to mind was the Signs of the Zodiac Series, by Vicki Pettersson. These books don’t speak of cards at all, but every time I think about how the characters get their magic traits I see them as landing on them through a card. I guess that what I’m trying to say is that our minds will see what they see, and that’s cool. Now I need to check out The Chronicles of Amber. 😉

  12. The image of The Fool reminds me of the Greek god Hermes.
    He looks like he’s flying with feathers in his cap. And who wouldn’t want a faithful dog companion on one’s travels?

  13. I think the fool looks like he likes ‘simple’ things, loyalty, watching others below but separating himself from being insulted/judged or seen as ‘a fool’ I think he likes the touch (or memory of the touch) of his companion, I think he is at home in nature’s elements, I love tarot cards, what I have seen of this deck is so visual and rich, I can imagine the power would pulse in the hands that held it.

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