I'm excited because for Hannukah this year, I finally bought myself Isabella Rotman's This Might Hurt tarot deck, which I may have fallen in love with at first sight. when it got here, I let it sit on my altar for about a week to let it shed any lingering outside energies and soak up some goodness before I used it for the first time. it's a standard 78 card deck (with holographic edges!) after the RWS fashion, which is exactly the reason I got it, and it came in a lovely box with a guidebook, some small cards, and a sticker! 38 years ago I started out using the Tarot of the Witches deck, which doesn't have minor arcana cards, it has 'pips' that lack the traditional symbolic artwork, so I didn't work with the minors until quite recently. to have something resembling community during the pandemic, I joined an online tarot group, and as the weekly discussion included all the tarot cards, I ended up mostly using the Tarot of a Moon Garden during our work together, because it was the deck I had which was the closest to the 'traditional' RWS.
|box, guidebook, deck, cards & sticker|
in that group, it quickly became clear that tarot had remained a blind spot for me in terms of my cultural development over the years. why did all our decks center whiteness? why did they all feature European ideals of beauty, magick, wonder, virtues, and goals? why didn't I see myself reflected in my minor arcana experience? while the majors can be read as more Universal energies, the minors wanted to tell me a story about myself, or a person sitting in front of me, and the Moon Garden deck wasn't giving me the cues I felt I needed to tell it. so when my searching for something that better reflected the world I had come to understand in the ensuing decades brought me to This Might Hurt, it's no wonder I got all excited...I mean, I a star-crowned chick in a leather jacket astride two motorcycles for The Chariot? and The Fool is perfect! this deck is so utterly inclusive and skillfully drawn, I can't wait to get into working with it for my readings!
|ooh, holographic edges!|
fresh out of the box, cards are generally a bit sticky and need a good deal of shuffling to feel in any way natural in my hands, so without putting a lot of thought into any particular questions, I just listened to Craig Prues' 108 Sacred Names, thought about the recent full moon and Solstice, made an effort to move the cards through and through each other, and spread them across my cloth. picking three at random, here's a general energy reading using the guidebook that came with the cards:
|6 of Wands, 3 of Pentacles, King of Swords|
6 of Wands - this is the 'public recognition of victory' card - we are enjoying the external validation of our endeavors...we worked for them, we got them, believe in them! but do we feel we need that acknowledgement? why? if our goals are based on wanting/needing outside recognition, we could probably spend some time finding better motivating desires... and while it's perfectly fine to revel in the laurels, it's perhaps best to avoid resting on them.
3 of Pentacles - "teamwork makes the dream work" (lol)! this is about how we relate to each other in terms of work/group projects. when we combine forces, we can achieve synergetic growth - if you work mostly alone, consider asking for feedback on your process or work-in-progress. find ways to build positive collaborative environments.
King of Swords - leadership through unbiased judgement...this person/card is skilled at cutting to the truth. stern, ethical, & trustworthy, this fair and just leader may exhibit the emotional detachment necessary to function in service to their community. it is for them to be serious and logical in order to thrive (the Bernie Sanders card, lol!).
wow, what a great reading! while we can and should take a few moments to say "yay, we did something worth celebrating, though we don't need to flaunt it, and then we're gonna get right back to making the connections we need to really level up within our respective communities. and if we manage to be logical, fair and rational, then maybe we can model ethical and honest leadership focused in and on those communities.
I really dig this deck - it's whimsical & fun, but also serious in that all the traditional symbolism is there, it's just more easily accessible. what a breath of fresh air! I honestly want to do another reading with them right away...book with me today, and ask for this deck! you'll be glad you did ~