The Minoan Tarot images lure me from the everyday. Even in the currently busy and hectic days, I want to sit down and stare at them. I suspect this is because they contain potent “headology”. My favorite witch is not one of the classics like vengeful Medea or the pig-making Circe. My favorite witch is Diskworld’s Granny Weatherwax who says it isn’t about spells and sticking pins in things — it’s about “headology.” To me, this speaks a real truth about magic and enchantment — the one we usually must enchant is ourself! Or sometimes the need is to disenchant someone. I think the images of the Minoan Tarot have the deeply woven clues and hints to do both!
I am pretty sure Major Arcana card #12 – Sacrifice – will upset somebody with the somewhat graphic image of an animal awaiting getting its throat cut. The card usually called The Hanged Man seemed more upsetting to me because although it had connotations of making sacrifices for future good as well; it also had meanings related to betrayal and treachery – and of being left, somewhat literally “twisting in the wind.” This card, like most of the ‘big 22’ is more existential with the phrase “I surrender” and the Linear B for “olive tree” – long a symbol of peaceful endings. This card hits me hard personally; there are things I need to surrender right NOW, for instance. There ARE patterns in my life that need to dissolve. Reversed, it suggests that refusing to sacrifice what needs to be offered up for the future results in losing control of it all.
#13 – Death – is likewise unsubtle. An open tomb instead of a skeletal figure, with the phrase “I transform” assigned, and Linear B for “divine” suggests that our deepest fears and the change we really cannot see the other side of are right there in the NOW where we must grasp till tiller of our lives (and very rarely, our actual physical demise). Perry insists this card does NOT mean physical death. I beg to differ with her; while it usually means the death of something, not us – that doesn’t mean it cannot. Reversal indicates refusing transformation, holding on to something in need of release and increasing personal pain. Drop the hot rock, Pal, and move on!
#14 – Balance – is a card I much prefer to the usual deck! “Temperance” always had a bit of a preachy vibe to one raised on stories of Carrie Nation bashing in barrels of whisky or beer! Besides, who could resist that lovely young man vaulting that beautiful bull — nobody dies, everything is handled! It IS about balance and focus to achieve and maintain towards a goal; avoiding extremes IS key. Reversed. the card warns against over focus on only one area – over specialization, perhaps? Or being all take and no give?