Another entrant in the unusual tarot theme this month, the inimitable “GUMMY BEAR TAROT” brings us the Nine of Pentacles. Our golden-lemon lady Bear strolls with calm poise in her garden vineyard which is resplendent with grapes heavy on the vines, and gold coins blooming everywhere. Perched on her gummy paw is a falcon wearing a hood, the symbol of her mastery over her responsibilities, reactions and emotions. She’s enjoying the good life and she’s brimming with self-confidence and is enjoying a moment in the sun. Everything is coming up roses….. and grapes, and gold coins! All the symbols of fertility, progress and satisfaction (at last!) are here.
Yes, we still have some of that Mercury Retrograde err… specialness … influencing us through the end of the month, but this week brings us some very unique opportunities to present mastery and confidence and thus to enjoy some of those SHINING gold riches and blooming grapes of joy. We may have felt scattered, and had a hard time focusing (and even felt some negative emotions rising up trying to promote a real BREAK from the old energies) but this week we have a chance to take responsibility. Remember that falcon? The falcon represents the harnessing of our emotional power. Are you taking responsibility for your own emotions this week or are you blaming others? Are you letting your feelings just push you around? Did you forget who is in charge? Use your emotions and flow with them instead of letting them control YOU. The little blinder that the falcon wears reminds me of how we can’t always listen to the impulses and reasoning our ego “Little Me” fear brain tells us. I also think of how the falcon soars above us… trying to see a big picture (and little gummy mice to swoop in on) but doesn’t always have a very good IMMEDIATE view. Our Lady of the Gummy-Vineyard is enjoying her time RIGHT HERE and right now. She’s not trying to soar past Pluto to see what’s coming around the bend. She’s enjoying the fruits that are in arm’s reach and is instinctively good at knowing how to feel secure, safe, sound and confident within material wealth and well-being.
Your homework this week is to allow yourself to feel that confidence and enjoyment of the moment. At the very least, reign in your falcon and remember that you are responsible for yourself and your promotion of confidence and security. There are times when others aren’t watching out for you … so YOU must do it for yourself. Now’s not the time to let go of personal responsibility.
Enjoy the bounty this week!
About this deck: The card for this week hails from the irresistible, cheerful pocket-sized (yet readable and serious) “The Gummy Tarot” deck by Dietmar Bittrich from US GAMES. Have you ever had gummy bears? In case you live under a rock and you’ve missed out on these little Gummibärchen (Gummy Bear) candies; they’re roughly bear-shaped little bits of “gummi” (a gelatinous confection) which are gorgeous, like fragments of stained glass yet rubbery and of indeterminate fruit identities. They’re peculiar, but addictive (especially in a movie-theater) . Alas, I don’t eat animal gelatin, but luckily for me I can enjoy gummy bears in this cute tarot deck. This deck is truly awesome and comes in its own colourful tin. It follows the basic Rider Waite illustration template but with simple drawings of Gummy bears. Cards that have serious or frightening traditional iconography like “The Tower” are more digestible and less threatening in adorable gummy-form but the messages are just as powerful. This deck is much beloved with young and old for good reason.