Saturday, 27 September 2014

Poisoned Apples

Last night, we tried a new medicine for my elder son, which a doctor had prescribed.  We were a bit nervous about it, and so I decided to draw some cards.  I pulled from the Nicoletta Ceccoli Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2014).  It works quite nicely for a draw regarding a child, as the images have a fairytale quality to them.

Situation - Four of Wands

My first thought here was: what big lollies for a tiny child. And there's certainly an element of that here, in that I worry this medication is too big, too strong, too dangerous to give my child.

Perhaps strangely, my second impression was: like a kid in a candy store. There is also an excitement and hopefulness in giving him this medicine.  For over a year now, we've had nothing we could give him besides regular, over-the-counter analgesics.  So, the chance that we now have something that might help when things are really bad feels exciting.

Avoid - Ten of Wands
Avoid... being crushed by giant vegetables?!?  Okay, how about avoid being overwhelmed by that feeling of bigness. The doctor did not prescribe this medicine lightly, and there is a chance it may really help.  While I wouldn't want to give it to him regularly, doing so now and again when things get bad may work out.

Embrace - Death
Yikes, never a card I like to see in relation to health questions.  And yet, isn't this a beautiful version?  I see Snow White laying in the snow, the poisoned apple by her side, and dwarves standing around her.

As the card to embrace, it makes me think of embracing the possibility of a profound change which could lead my son to sleep much better.  And while the apple was poisoned (and I see this medicine as dangerous) a little didn't kill her, just as many medicines, when dosed right, help rather than hurt.

Now, the morning after, although he was restless for a patch in the middle, he then slept later than he ever has done before when not ill.  And although he still looks tired, he's been sleeping badly for years.  I guess we'll just have to see how his pain is today, and how he sleeps tonight...


  1. This is a great example how scary cards can mean something entirely different in a reading. Although personally I would be to much involved to perform such a reading.( I did it recently about Tara and she would be cured very soon :( )
    I do hope the medicine works both for BB as for you because I can image how awful it must be to see you child hurting and you can't help him
    Hugs for both of you

    1. Well, Ellen, I had to take a step back and see these cards talking about my state of mind, rather than his actual health. Otherwise, as you say, it is scary and not often helpful :)

  2. Glad the initial trial with the medicine seemed to go well - may it continue to help your son!
    I'm excited to see you using this deck. I've had my eye on it, though it won't be released here in the U.S. for awhile. (I'd order straight from LS, but the shipping would be more than the deck.) I hope you'll use it more later - it's interesting to see how you work with the fantasy-like imagery (you're doing great so far!).

    1. Thanks, Bev! As for the deck, it is beautiful and strange. Not totally straightforward to read, but I do like it :)

  3. Firstly I do hope you little one is feeling much better! It was a hard call, but if it helps it's a good one.

    What beautiful imagery in this deck. Very Tim Burton like.

    Prayers for good health to your boy!

    Blessing to you and yours,

    1. Thank you, Catherine. He's doing okay, but it's an on-going struggle.

      Yes, definitely Tim Burton-esque. Or someone else pointed out this artist, whom I didn't know:

      Blessings to you, too!