So here we are Blog Hopping again. For this Samhain Blog Hop, we were asked to:
to discuss or show, via the Tarot or any other oracle, who you would invite to an afternoon tea on the Day of the Dead. What do you imagine they’d be like? What Tarot card (or cards!) would represent them? What would you ask them? What would you like to learn from them? Your “guest” can be living, or dead, but imagine them there and then represent them in a Tarot card (or more).
To be honest, I really couldn’t think of anyone whose rest I wanted to disturb badly enough to drag them back to this vale of tears*. That isn’t to say that there aren’t members of the deceased fraternity (and sorority) that I wouldn’t mind speaking to in order to answer a few mysteries, but I’m not sure I’d necessarily want to have them to tea, though my cherry scones are to die for…er… Anyway, an email exchange or phone chat would probably suffice.
*I said VALE not VEIL!
Good Queen Bess springs immediately to mind. How did she manage to maintain her authority for all those years? Was she really a virgin? Not sure I’d have the bottle to ask that one to her face. Then there’s Jack the Ripper. I would like to know who he was and what drove him to do what he did, but I most definitely wouldn’t want him over for tea. Other deceased persons of interest include Einstein (is a genius of that order of magnitude an interesting person or are they too absorbed in their genius thoughts?), Marilyn (why? Just, why?), Oscar Wilde (would he be spontaneously witty or was it all carefully scripted beforehand?), Shakespeare (did he really write all those plays himself?), JS Bach (is the theory that his second wife wrote some of his best work true?), Lucrezia Borgia (evil poisoner or powerful woman falling foul of rumour and gossip?), Pierre de Fermat (genius or tease?) and the plethora of usual stars and celebs that people want to meet for a variety of reasons.
Then, of course, there are the more personal ones. Friends or relatives you’d just like to have a good chinwag with again, or perhaps ask those questions or say the things you wish you had (or had the chance to) when they were still alive. ancestors you know of, but never met and would like to. I think that maybe these have the greatest appeal to be met in the (un-decayed) flesh, as they are a part of who you are. And what about the far distant and unknown ancestors? (We Europeans are all related to Charlemagne, yanno and I gather Genghis Khan got about a bit as well ;))
Finally, there are the general questions directed at nobody in particular. Is there really anything after death? (Probably a difficult one to get an answer to if there isn’t.) What is it like? How boring is eternity without (delete as applicable) knitting/sex/an iPad/a good book/a purpose for…umm, being dead ?
So, we have established that a tea party is probably right out for some of these characters, which leaves us with the problem of how to communicate with them. Many would be confounded by the telephone and totally out of their depth with email, which only leaves us with the good old Ouija board and our trusty Tarot cards. Have you noticed that Ouija is made up of the word for “Yes” in two languages? Loading the reply, perhaps? But, I digress. I have taken the liberty of combining Tarot and Ouija in a little spread to help you communicate with your chosen corpse. It lacks the breadth of the full alphabet you get on the Ouija board, but should at least allow you an answer to the traditional question, “Is anybody there?” and allows for the possibility that your open invitation to your dead dude of choice may be taken up by someone quite different.
1. Who were you?
I find it’s always best to check to whom you are speaking just to avoid embarrassing misunderstandings. I mean, Genghis Khan may take a very dim view of being asked if he was really a virgin.
2. What do you have to tell me?
A little more polite than just piling in with prying questions. You can always come around to those once you’ve got the polite pleasantries out of the way.
3. The Veil
This is where the burning questions belong – ask away and have the veil of mystery removed, if your
victim guest is amenable.
4. Yes and 5. No
As we know, Tarot does not lend itself well to Yes/No question…until now. Another veil bites the dust!
6. Goodbye – farewell message
It is usual to make polite farewells when the time has come for your guest to leave. Just because they’re dead, doesn’t mean you don’t need to observe social propriety.
I do hope you enjoy the spread and would love to hear how you got on with it 😀
Finally, especially for my Good Twin, whose fondness for the ubiquitous thin veil at this time of year is legendary, I give you some thinly veiled legends….
…(and a greyhound), because, as we all know, the veil is thinnest where the holes are 😀
Before you continue your hopping, can you name these lovely ladies?