Happy Spring, my dears! To celebrate my favourite season, I present to you a tarot challenge for the month of April. You are 100% welcome to alter or skip days as makes you comfortable, as these are just my own silly suggestions. Also, please feel free to @ me or tag with April Fool Tarot Challenge to share your adventures through the month! Write as artistically or as informally as you like! (PS I realise this is a little early/long-winded, I honestly just got excited). Anyway, with your consent, I wish you all the growth and warmth of the season! :)
1. The April Fool Spread: Shuffle, and find the Fool. The
cards on either side are “what to be optimistic about this month” and “what to
be wary of, in case it’s a trick”
2. Tarot Garden: Go through your decks and see if you can
find at least three different flower species depicted. Take a super aesthetic
photo of this tarot garden!
3. The Sun Cross Spread: Shuffle and find the Sun. The cards
on either side are things that will warm up your spring
4. Green Thumb: Find three cards (or more!) with green as
the dominant colour. Do the cards’ meanings relate somehow? If differentiating
colours is difficult, select one or more cards that mean “growth” to you.
5. The April Showers Spread: Pull a card to represent April
showers (an upcoming challenge), and another to show May flowers (a potential
positive outcome of this challenge)
6. The Spring Cleaning Spread: Pull (randomly or by design)
a card to represent something that needs to leave your life
7. The “That Gross Dirty Melting Snow” Spread (I asked my
boyfriend what spring reminds him of, which was a mistake): Tell your deck the
beginning of a classic joke, and then pull the punchline. Guaranteed to be an
8. The Diamond Spread: For the April birthstone, pull four
cards to represent Luxury, Clarity, Strength, and Rarity for the situation of
9. The Blossom Spread: Pull a Blossom (something to strive
for), a Stem (what to do to help you get there), and Roots (what you already
have that will guide your journey).
10. Wild Cards: Take a photo of your cards out in nature (or
if you can’t leave your house, with a sweet houseplant!)
11. Haiku: Pull three random cards to write a haiku
12. Sweet Pea: For the birth flower of April, talk about a card
that always makes you feel good when you pull it
13. Rubber Boots: Pull a card randomly. Its numerical value
is your puddle-jumping-armour stat. How wet are your feet?
14. Hanami: Pull a card (randomly or by design) to represent
something that doesn’t last long, so needs to be appreciated while it’s here
15. Tea Time: Have some tea with your cards! You’re halfway
through and deserve a break.
16. The Two Easters Spread: My family celebrates both new and old calendar holidays, meaning that we usually have two Easters a year. This year, both fall on the same day (today)! To celebrate, pull two cards: The
Resurrection (a lesson you could learn from your childhood self), and Renewed
Hope (a message you need to hear from your deck). Feel free to alter this one
as is comfortable for your spirituality.
17. The Spring Fling Spread: Shuffle, then spread your cards
face up. Are the Lovers closer to the Emperor or the Empress? Use this as
advice in your interpersonal relationships
18. Fairy Tales: Pull a card or two to tell us what your
life as a garden fairy would be like
19. The Aries Spread: For the last day of this sign, pull a
card each for the four stars of the Aries constellation. These will represent
Passion (something to pour your heart into), Impulse (something to follow your
gut on), Optimism (something to lift your spirits), and Aggression (something
frustrating to work on).
20. The Taurus Spread: Taurus has way too many stars for
this (lol), so instead, pull a card each for its two horns. One to represent
something wonderfully stable, and one to represent something just a little
21. The Chinook Spread: Pull a card to represent a very
22. The Earth Day Spread: Pull a card (or two or three) as a
reminder of everything the planet has done for you!
23. The Rainy Day Spread: Pull three cards suggesting your
next rainy day activities
24. Tanka: Pull five cards to write a tanka (like a haiku,
but the syllables are 5-7-5-7-7)
25. Spring Break: Build a house of cards as best you can.
Share pictures, even if it’s kind of a mess (I know mine will be)
26. The Weather: Describe today’s weather using tarot cards!
Maybe even try to predict tomorrow’s weather, if you’re feeling it
27. The Migration Spread: Place five cards in a V, like
geese flying north for the summer. What are you flying towards?
28. The Arbour Day Spread: A pine tree needs all four
classical elements to survive: earth to hold onto, air to breathe, water to
drink, and fire to release its seeds. Choose one card of each suit to describe
29. Rainbow: Find cards in each colour of the rainbow, for
the sheer aesthetic of it. If differentiating colours is difficult (or your deck is fairly monochrome), find a
handful of your happiest cards and lay them out in an arch.
30. Sunday Brunch: You’re off for a lovely Sunday brunch.
Which court card(s) do you invite?
Underrated detail this episode, Lucretia made Merle ginkgo tea sometimes to help with his memory. (He almost definitely followed up drinking cups of it with the classic Dad Joke of pretending to forget who she was altogether and referring to her as, among other things, “probably a very nice young lady” and “the sweet young doctor who works at this here nursing home”.)
Also she knelt down to talk to him and reassure him while he was shirtless which was a brave action and a sacrifice that will not be forgotten.
aeternumque manus carpebant rite laborem. laeva colum molli lana retinebat amictum, dextera tum leviter deducens fila supinis formabat digitis, tum prono in pollice torquens libratum tereti versabat turbine fusum, atque ita decerpens aequabat semper opus dens, laneaque aridulis haerebant morsa labellis quae prius in levi fuerant exstantia filo. ante pedes autem candentis mollia lanae vellera virgati custodibant calathisci.
– from Catullus 64
“…and the hands [of the Fates] properly plucked at their eternal labor. The left held the distaff wrapped in soft wool; then the right, lightly drawing it out, formed the thread with upturned fingers; then twisting it on a downturned thumb, she turned it on a spindle weighted with a round whorl; and from there the tooth, plucking it off, evened up the product, and tufts of wool which were standing out before on the light thread stuck to dry lips; and at their feet twig-woven baskets guarded the soft fleeces of white wool.”
our name is Fayts and wen man laffs at thred of fayt on our distaffs
we pluk the wool we draw tord hed we byt it off we lik the thred
“klangst idea where lance is straight and keith is gay and forever pining after him” — okay but maybe instead of that, don’t use an actual problem a lot of gay people face as some shipping angst fodder and don’t use the classic homophobic joke of a subplot every “”“progressive”“” movie tries to frame as gay rep (i.e. fucking lefou from beauty and the beast)
also like it’s borderline homophobic to ship a gay couple but then??? not want to see them happy and together??? like yeah not everything has to be sunshine and rainbows but frankly the gay community has seen enough media where one of us dies or where we’re forever pining after our straight best friend due to homophobic writing and censorship. so basically putting gay characters in those situations is just Nasty™ and feeds into those ugly ass tropes.