Tarot Blog Hop: Short Form Tarot Interpretations
As the wrangler of today’s hop, I proposed the topic: Short Form Tarot Interpretations. The idea is to find the essence, the kernel, the seed of meaning for a tarot card, while expressing it in a way that is fresh for the ear. (More at the master list.) For my contribution, I’m revisiting the Lunchtime Astro-Limerick series I wrote in 2020. But this time, instead of sticking solely to astrology, I tossed in the related tarot card. My hope is that the result is fun, but also germinates new ideas for how astrology relates to the pip cards. The resulting seeds of meaning planted by these tarot astro-limericks will hopefully grow and branch, inspiring others to write poetical interpretations.
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Seven of Swords: The Moon Ruling the Third Decan of Aquarius
This morning, February 1, 2022, the Moon entered the third decan of Aquarius. She’ll pass into the next sign early tomorrow morning. While the Moon is emotional and intuitive, Aquarius is analytical and linear. I usually consider Aquarius to give the Moon a more rational demeanor. But when I pondered the swords as Aquarius’s big ideas, I discovered perhaps he was striving to reclaim his thoughts from her carnival of confusion.
The Moon through the third face of Aq
Makes his stoic façade start to crack
The stronghold of mind
Pulls the emotional blind…
Is he losing his wits or taking them back?
Three of Coins: Mars Ruling the Second Decan of Capricorn
In the evening of February 6, Mars moves into the second decan of the sign of his exaltation, Capricorn. He’ll traverse that section of the zodiac for two weeks. Thinking of Mars the warrior as a character in the card setting, I discovered a unique interpretation. The priest is Jupiter, signifier of religion among other things, who rules the preceding face of Capricorn. He has a new commission for the hero.
Mars has a hip full of shrapnel
Thinks swords into ploughshares is crap-bull
But the priest goes before
And pledges a war
If the soldier will build him a chapel.
Nine of Cups: Jupiter Ruling the Second Decan of Pisces
Jupiter enters the second decan of his home sign of Pisces on February 12. He’ll slowly sail through this ten degrees over the course of six weeks. Here I liken the jovial deity to the merry merchant from the Nine of Cups, conjuring a barstool bard who entertains anyone who’ll buy him a pint.
Piscean Jupiter tells us tall tales
Of leviathan waves and hurricane gales
With a smirk just too sly
He asks, “Will you buy?”
Then croaks out, “I’m parched! A fresh round of ales!”
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I used to really love seeing your astro limericks. Good to see them back with a tarot reboot!
I like the 7 of swords final line. I have often wondered before whether instead of being a thief, he’s actually reclaiming what is his?
Great post. I especially liked your take on the seven of swords as I usually read that card as reclaiming something that was lost as well.