Today’s #Tarot – Five of Moths, Delta Enduring Tarot

Today’s #Tarot – Five of Moths, Delta Enduring Tarot

Five of Moths is the thief!

Five of Moths

Delta Enduring Tarot

Five of Moths is the thief!

The Moths in the Delta Enduring Tarot are the equivalent of the Swords in a typical Rider-Waite style deck. The Five of Swords usually depicts a young man who appears to have bested his competition, and now holds all of their swords. The competition sulks away. When I drew this particular card, the Five of Moths, I didn’t see that traditional meaning. My thoughts immediately went back to Robin Wood’s interpretation of the card: Thief!

Meaning

The Five of Moths shows a young man with a look of contempt on his face. He hasn’t bested equals, though. He’s a contractor, wearing a hard hat, ready to start demolishing homes to build  “Luxury Condos”. Even the words on the sign above the homes sneers contempt, with a fleur-de-lis, mocking the people this new development will displace.

This is a very New Orleans version of the thief. The contractor has bested the neighborhood, and now the residents are forced to load their belongings in a truck and move away.

Purpose

After doing a daily Tarot draw for a while, I began to see that the cards which turn up do so for a wide range of reasons. I’d been working on an article about “ghost signs”, signs painted on the walls of buildings over a century ago. The buildings are still there, and the signs, albeit faded over time, are also still there. What’s changed is the purpose of many of the buildings. What were once businesses are now condos. In the case of the Warehouse District, what could be affordable housing now becomes condos for the privileged. The Thief in New Orleans.

Now, is this a call to personal action, or a card that’s simply telling me, this is how it is here? Well, that’s why it’s called a “reflection” moment.

Hurricane Season is stressful #Tarot

Hurricane Season is stressful #Tarot

Hurricane Season is stressful

hurricane season

Nine of Moths and Hurricane cards, Delta Enduring Tarot

Hurricane Season is stressful

Yesterday, I was shuffling my Delta Enduring Tarot deck, and these two cards jumped out at me. I didn’t want to go into detail on the combination at that moment, so put them back, re-shuffled, and did a second draw.

I do my best to do something with Tarot daily. Usually, it’s a single-card draw, combined with reflection on how that card fits with what’s going on in my head. It’s a good way for me to slow down for a moment, and I like to share the cards I draw with others on social media.

Mechanics

I usually do my card draw in a public place, like a coffee shop. I’ll shuffle the deck until I hit a point where the card on top “feels” right, or maybe another card sticks to my finger a bit. It follows a suggestion I read years ago, by Robin Wood. She said, if you’re shuffling and a card pops out of the deck, don’t just put it back. It’s trying to tell you something. So, that’s become my approach over the years.

Sometimes that single card sticking up is actually two cards. In those cases, I usually ignore them, pushing them back, and continuing the shuffle.

Delta Enduring Tarot

This deck is a bit different. Its focus is very much on Southeastern Louisiana, with a lot of cards focusing directly on life in New Orleans. It’s a traditional RW style deck, with 78 cards. The deck also has a few extra cards, beyond the standard 78.

There are two approaches to a deck like this. If you’re RW person who sees the cards as the same across the work of any artist, you’d likely remove the “extra” cards. I approach the decks I own as individual entities. The RW structure is there, but the variations the creator adds to their deck have merit. I’ll look at the notes that come with the cards, perhaps even buy the companion book.

Moths

The Delta Enduring Tarot has slightly different suits:

  • Moths = Swords = Air
  • Oaks = Wands = Fire
  • Oysters = Cups = Water
  • Cast Irons = Pentacles = Earth

They work for me. Moths aren’t sharp and stabby, but they’re annoying and get in your space. They have that edgy irritation of the swords. The Oysters as Cups is wonderful for someone who grew up in New Orleans. You get the idea.

Nine of Moths

The Nine of Moths follows the RW-style Nine of Swords. The moths are behind the figure in the card, as are the swords in the classic design. I like how they’re hung on the wall, that they’re more a permanent fixture in the seeker’s life. When considered with the Eight of Moths, they tell a story of someone trapped, then free. That freedom has a price, though. Nightmares, PTSD in our modern way of thinking. So, the seeker is released from whatever traps them with the Eight, only to have sleepless stress in the Nine.

Hurricane

Now, add this “extra” card in Delta Enduring Tarot, Hurricane. Many of us living along the Gulf Coast have harrowing hurricane stories. We were trapped by the storm(s), gained release, but the experience hasn’t left us. Hurricanes dredge up a lot of bad memories for many.

So, apply this to my draw yesterday. Two cards standing out? Usually I’d push them back down. I didn’t. The combination felt strong to me. Hurricane stress? Yeah, I’ve got stories. I was at a coffee shop in our Lakeview neighborhood. Is it possible someone near me was stressing more than I do?

As we approach the second half of August, we enter what is, historically, the worst part of hurricane season. The memory of 29-August-2005 is powerful. Twitter presented a memory of Katrina recovery, when Clint Smith, III, tweeted about his experience at Benjamin Franklin High, here in New Orleans. That let me to play “Hurricane Season” by Shorty.

We won’t be out of these woods until November, but if we get through August, it’s a bit of a victory.