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.
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.
And I’m quite taken by the tribal-like design of the back of the cards, too. Isn’t it neat?
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.
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