Hurricane Season is stressful
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.
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.
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.
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.