Tarot Blog Hop : Distasteful Neighbours

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tarotbloghopWelcome to my entry for the Tarot Blog Hop on Beltane. Our wrangler this time, Morgan Drake Eckstein, asked us to talk about the distasteful cards. The last Blog Hop, the consensus was, that we needed these in the deck.

Hello if you come here normally, or arrived as you’ve skipped forward from Maria’s blog entry. Now, which cards for you (I’m listing justΒ  3 below) cause you to have a negative reaction? Which ones have you hanging your head and wishing for another card, other than the one you’ve turned over? Which ones make you go “eek” when they appear with nicer cards? In The Wildwood, there are a few.

Distasteful Neighbours
Major 8 ~ The Stag

To my mind, Justice is always one that makes people go: Oh bums! Or something similar that might be more colourful! In The Wildwood, Justice is The Stag. The protector of the greenwood, holding in his hands a tree of life shield and a double-headed axe.Β  Like the old tales of Herne the Hunter, this being is dressed in animal head and hide, implying that the Justice this Stag gives out, that nature gives out, is long-lasting. Nature can be cruel and devastating, but the idea of “forgiveness and reward” are not applicable to mother nature. Those are human terms and we’re responsible for our actions. The consequences are ours to bear and be aware of. The Justice of Nature reminds us we are but guests upon this Eden.

Distasteful Neighbours
Major 11 ~ The Woodward

Another distasteful Neighbour that makes folks go: Oh what?! with the Wildwood cards, is The Woodward. I guess, he’d be Strength in the RWS versions, but in truth, The Stag and The Woodward are a combination of them both. This is where the RWS meanings don’t apply to The Wildwood. The Woodward is strong, he symbolises inner power that comes from facing fear, understanding the darkness.Β  He’s the strength we turn to (or find within) in our darkest hour. Unless you’re in Africa, you’re not going to find a lady putting her head into a Lion’s mouth, you are more likely to find a strong person, standing at the back, being the buck that ends it all. That is not done through fear, that is done by acknowledging that there is fear, and using it to their and our, advantage.

Distasteful NeighboursMy third and final offering of distasteful neighbours for this hop, is a Court Card, one that I’ve had an issue with of late, and one I hardly ever pull from the deck or from the app, and that is the King of Vessels, The Heron.

Now, whilst they might be gorgeous birds to some, I don’t see it/ I see them as lonely creatures, I’ve never seen a baby Heron, not even on the Wildlife programs I love so much. The Heron might be gifted with psychic perception and reflection, or hold many esoteric secrets, or be the equivalent of The Crow in Celtic mythology, but I really don’t get him in this deck. Is he the distant father, who never gets to see his kids, supports them from afar and loves them regardless? Or is he the quiet uncle that quietly sneaks you another few sweets, after mum has said “no more” ? This is one I’m going to have to get over and create an Oracular Anomaly for.

On their own, they’re not so bad, are they, but if you were to get a spread with those three in it, I’d be sat there, for quite a while, and thinking insane thoughts. Even if they come up in a spread, I’d still have to take my time with them in this deck.

Lets see what my lovely (and not disgruntled) neighbour & wrangler, Morgan, has to say on the subject. He’s up next!

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Deck used, The Wildwood by Mssrs Worthington, Ryan and Matthews.

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    1. He’s the current hurdle I have to jump: I can’t see the Heron AS the King of Cups, which is probably why I need to get over him PDQ πŸ™‚

  1. I love this entry, it makes me wonder if I got the topic right but this happens to me all the time so I guess it is all good. Herons are really cool and so is the King of Cups but I do not see how they fit for the same card so I would not like to see it on a reading either.


    1. I think that is where I am having the issue too, Maria! The King of Cups AS the Heron?! I think that’s why I’m tripping over that card! πŸ™‚

  2. When I fell pregnant with my daughter, without going into TMI there was a while where I was told I was at risk of miscarriage and that I just had to wait things out and see what nature did… During that waiting time, every day I walked my eldest to school and on the way home, a huge Heron would fly above my head… so every day, I would wave and say Good Morning Mr Heron! I never knew the sex of my unborn though I just knew it was a girl… and Mr S had a dream and saw her in the future and told me that her name was Freya. So bump was called Freya until Freya did indeed arrive. At that time, I’d not really delved into Norse tales in any great detail and when I got her home from hospital, I decided to research her name and the first thing that came up was a picture of Freya stood with a Heron… So… when I see the Heron, I very much connect that with Divine protection and being watched over as things come to be what they will be… So Heron as King of Vessels sits well with me… even though he feels quite swordish… I saw a Heron at dusk once in the twilight as I walked down a canal path and it was there as I turned the corner… That was very eerie… I also saw one standing in a tree at the back of my house last summer… now that was odd… he looked a right muppet and out of his element! πŸ˜€

    1. Wow, how freaky! I had no idea Freya was associate with a Heron, until now. But connecting the Heron with Divine, protection and guardianship, is certainly a start! Thanks lovely!

  3. I have a few different-to-the-usual difficult cards, but on the whole, I’ve never had a problem with these. Interesting what people find distasteful πŸ˜€

    1. I’m not sure if I’ve found these awkward because of the deck. I don’t have an issue with them in the RWS πŸ™‚

  4. Interesting perceptions. There is a heron that hunts on the canal in my town, and I feel a very special connection with it. The bird always seems to acknowledge me when we meet, and has even posed for photographs (seriously!) However, just a couple of days ago I saw him, stopped to take a photo, and he immediately flew away. Obviously he was not in the mood to socialise that day… now I know this has no real bearing to your blog post, but I felt compelled to share my tale, and my sense of kinship with the Heron. I do actually feel your discomfort with the other two cards. They seem overbearing and aloof to me, and I feel I would struggle to interpret them in a reading as well.

    1. As I say with another comment, I think it’s more to do with the DECK, than the card. With The Wildwood, it’s not a direct play / copy on the RWS. The Animal Courts take care of that, for one πŸ™‚
      Coffee and cake one day, my dear? Meeting half way with the kids? πŸ™‚

  5. Hmm, there’s a few others from the Wildwood that might also engender fear: that Guardian/Devil is pretty fearsome, and the Bear in Judgment is not to be sniffed at, either. I like the inclusion of your personal bugbear, the Heron. Not wanting to get his feet wet, always a bit distant, I’m not a fan, either πŸ™‚

    1. I can see that he’s in touch with the water, but not ruled by it. I’m slowly coming to grips with this bird as this card, mostly thanks to this Blog Hop πŸ™‚

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