I have a tarot deck that was gifted to me made entirely of leather and just the major arcana. It has an extremely powerful energy to it, and I knew right away this was a tarot deck to be used in spell work, not divination. So I started meditating and looking into the cards and really thinking about what they could be used for/associations. So here’s what I came up with!
(Note: I mention curses in here because some of the cards do lend themselves really well to that. If you don’t curse personally, feel free to disregard those parts. This is based on my personal relationship with the cards, so your personal associations and meanings for your deck may be very different. Be sure to understand the nuances of your cards before using them in a spell.)
🗝0 The Fool: Wiping the slate clean, a fresh start. Opening oneself to new experiences and knowledge.
🗝I The Magician: Manifestation and invocation. Energy work. Personal capability. Utilizing the power already within you and bringing it to the surface.
🗝II The High Priestess: Secrets. Hide and obscure knowledge to others. Increased intuition. Knowledge of the occult. Learn other people’s hidden knowledge while keeping yours under wraps.
🗝III The Empress: Fertility and abundance. Vibrancy, nurturing. Also to some degree, sensuality and sexiness.
🗝IV The Emperor: Strength and stability. Generic masculine power. Traditionalism.
🗝V The Hierophant: Jobs, mentorship and other positions that require some level of conformity. Traditional knowledge, coming more from a dogma or set path rather than a personal experience.
🗝VI The Lovers: Love (obviously,) union, harmony between two people. But mostly love.
🗝VII The Chariot: Success, motivation, overcoming any nasty obstacle. Personal power working with outside powers for your benefit.
🗝VIII Justice: Pretty self explanatory. Justice, getting what one deserves for better or worse. Could also be used as an aid to help guide you to the best decision when stuck at a crossroads.
🗝IX The Hermit: Knowledge latent within oneself that you want to bring to the surface. Cutting ties between yourself and people/groups that no longer benefit you. Any spell designed to get people to stay away from you (but warning here, the Hermit doesn’t discriminate between the people you still want to see and those you don’t!)
🗝X Wheel of Fortune: Luck, a change of fate. Finding one’s true calling/destiny. A request of a long-term type of success.
🗝XI Strength: Emotional strength, mastery of emotions, self-control. Resilience and courage.
🗝XII The Hanged Man: Release of unwanted emotions, new perspectives. In a curse or hex setting, it can also be used to represent someone who has been traitorous, especially in decks with a more traditional art style.
🗝XIII Death: Can be used to represent death during rituals such as a dumb supper. Important endings, rebirth, shedding the skin of the past. Hard cutoffs.
🗝XIV Temperance: Balance, cleansing, a restoration of energies as they should be. Healing.
🗝XV The Devil: Addictive negativity. All things bad in life that can be avoided, but are easy to slip into. Can be used to sic this on someone else in a powerful hex, or can be used as a representation of your own demons as you break free from them.
🗝XVI The Tower: Another card that’s particularly good for offense magic. Sudden, unexpected crisis. A destruction of what one has been working for. Upheaval. Could also be used to try and protect oneself as much as possible from this before it happens, if you sense trouble ahead.
🗝XVII The Star: Hope, guidance, generosity. Can be used when searching for a sign for something or for a pathway to be illuminated.
🗝XVIII The Moon: Mystery, emotional/spiritual fog, being stuck in a grey area. Illusion, hiding/obscuring yourself or something else. Could be used as a more gentle hex to weaken somebody without wrecking them like some of the other cards. Alternatively, it could be used to represent the literal moon, as either a replacement (if you can’t access the moon) or as a way to draw down the moon’s power.
🗝XIX The Sun: Recharging, success, vitality and enlightenment. Celebration. A powerful source of positive and productive energies, but without a lot of direction on its own. Similarly to The Moon, it could also be used as a representation of the literal Sun.
🗝XX Judgement: Guidance in making tough decisions. Luck or good fortune in the final stages of something important. Reaping the benefits (or punishments, so be careful) of our work up to this point.
🗝XXI The World: Harmony, tying up loose ends. Completeness and wholeness. Resolution of all conflict.
May I just say that I LOVE Rick Riordan? Not for any other reason than the amazing characters he creates:
-Percy Jackson: a boy with ADHD and dyslexia. If you didn’t know, Uncle Rick originally created Percy like this for his son Haley who also has ADHD and dyslexia. But also, Percy comes from an abusive household. Smelly Gabe, even though he, from what I can gather, never hit Percy, nor did he hit Sally while Percy was around, but he was verbally, economically and emotionally abusive toward both Sally and Percy. And Percy overcame that.
-Annabeth Chase: a girl, also with ADHD and dyslexia, who came from a family who she thought hated her. So she ran away. And found a new family. She ended up losing that new family by the time she was twelve. She believes that she can rebuild the world, and make it better. And in a way, she does.
-Grover: a satyr that, when originally introduced to us, is disabled. Even though we find out he’s not, he still has flaws. He has made mistakes, and he feels inadequate. He overcomes this and becomes a member of the Council of Cloven Elders.
-Thalia Grace: a girl who comes from an alcoholic home. She lost her brother, and ran away. She ended up turning into a tree, but came back from that. She became the lieutenant to Artemis.
-Rachel Elizabeth Dare: a girl who comes from a rich home, but just doesn’t like it. She loves the earth despite her father’s company trying to destroy it. She can see through the Mist, and becomes the Oracle of Delphi.
-Jason Grace: a boy forced to grow up too soon. He was two when he was abandoned, then he made his way to being praetor at 15, maybe younger. He never knew his family, and always wanted to bring about change. He was looked on as a hero, but didn’t feel like it inside.
-Piper McLean: a girl raised by a movie star. She disliked being tied to that name, hated the idea of being beautiful. She made herself blend in, except when she stole. Or convinced them to let her have it. She overcomes her insecurities, and becomes beautiful, not through her mother, but through her own power.
-Leo Valdez: a Hispanic boy who grew up with a loving mother, and then accidentally caused her death. He grew up in the foster system, being funny to try and cover up the pain of his loss. He didn’t like looking back, but Camp made him. He grew into his power, and fell in love. Now, he’s mature, and a leader.
-Hazel Levesque: a girl who grew up when it was a sin to be black. New Orleans, in the forties. Her mother seemed to hate her, and she was an outcast. The one boy she loved she never saw. She died, then came back to life. She grew into her powers and made herself new. She started fresh, and now she has found love, and can shape the world however she sees fit.
-Frank Zhang: a Chinese Canadian who lost his mother to a war. He was clumsy, he didn’t fit in. He hated himself. He went to the old country, where he fought and became what he was originally meant to be: A warrior.
-Nico di Angelo: An OpEnLy GaY cHaRaCtEr like THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN A LOT IN CHILDREN’S BOOKS WITHOUT A LOT OF INFERENCE BUT NICO DI ANGELO IS GAY AND BY TRIALS OF APOLLO IS PROUD OF IT!!!!!!!
-Apollo: An OpEnLy BiSeXuAl ChArAcTeR which doesn’t often happen at all ever, but IT’S BEING RECOGNIZED AS AN ACTUAL SEXUALITY BECAUSE HE LIKES BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS AND IT’S JUST BEAUTIFUL
Also: The majority of these characters come from single parent homes.
But that’s just PJO, HoO, and ToA. Let’s talk about other series for a second:
-Carter and Sadie are MIXED RACE. It is canon. Their dad is African American and their mom is British white. Again, that’s not something that really happens a lot in literature, period.
-Carter traveled a lot, he had no permanent home. He was really lonely, and very close to his dad.
-But seriously, even in modern society just imagine how hard it is to be mixed race. You’re not one or the other, you’re both, which also means that you’re neither.
-Sadie grew up with her grandparents, being rebellious and just not wanting to be in England. She wanted to travel with dad, and when he died, it was hard on both of them.
And Magnus Chase:
-Magnus Chase: a boy who loved his mother, and grew up on the streets after she died. He was actually similar to Leo in his back story. He had a rich uncle, but he hated money, hated being confined. Then he died, and now he’s grown to accept himself.
-Samirah al Abbas: a Muslim girl shown in a POSITIVE LIGHT AND DO YOU REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT THAT IS RIGHT NOW WITH ALL THE PEOPLE HATING MUSLIMS???? And in Hammer of Thor, she PRAYS!!!!!! Like do you realize how beautiful this is? She doesn’t believe in the gods as gods, but as creations of Allah. Like, she is one of my favorite characters.
-Blitzen: a guy of unknown sexuality who loves fashion. The best part about this is that Blitz is not openly straight, gay or otherwise. He is just a dwarf who loves fashion, and this proves that you don’t have to be gay to love fashion.
-Hearthstone: HE’S DEAF! Do you realize how many deaf kids will read this and realize how cool it is to be what they are??? A lot, is what I hope. It’s just so refreshing to see a disability like this shown in a positive light. Also, he comes from a home where he is made fun of for his disability. It is shown that he has it hard for being the way he is, which I also think is important. It is important to show that people can overcome people who think they’re stupid for not being like everyone else.
-Alex Fierro: a GeNdErFlUiD cHaRaCtEr LIKE THAT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE GENDERFLUID, yes s/he is binary, but it’s still FREAKING AWESOME OKAY LIKE THAT IS A THING THAT I HAVE NEVER SEEN WRITTEN BEFORE OKAY
In conclusion, Uncle Rick has taken the time to write amazing, beautiful, powerful, unconventional characters that we love. And it’s important that these are good characters, protagonists, because then we love them, and see that unconventional is good.
Hellcat and Valkyrie were big ol’ gal pals when they were members of The Defenders. Honestly, look at this gay ass shit:
What with Valkyrie now joining the MCU in exceptionally badass form, I’m just saying, if someone wants to write some crazy epic fic that leads to her and Trish crossing paths and becoming gal pals, you’ve got an enthusiastic reader right here.
Yo I personally think Yuuri is a Slytherin. He's definitely determined and ambitious WAY more than he is brave or courageous like a Gryffindor. Plus he is extremely loyal and very cunning (I mean, he smiled at the beginning of his free skate in episode 7 after basically saying "haha did you see Victor's face when I started to cry"). But I want to hear why you think he's a Gryffindor! #politediscourse
I think people ignore a lot of Gryffindor-isms and just boil it down to ‘brave’ (which Yuuri is absolutely incredibly brave AF), but Yuuri’s brazen, balls to the wall, reckless drive is so, so Gryffindor. This is a man that has a character journey about winning through the power of love. His character arc is literally half about being selfless to a flawed degree, and having to overcome that and allow himself to have things. It’s so, so Gryffindor.
He’s a normally quiet, sort of meek guy, but he gets pumped up and starts shouting when it’s time for THE POWER OF LOVE.
And yes he is loyal, but that’s never portrayed as a Slytherin trait over a Gryffindor one (in fact loyalty is a huge, key aspect of a lot of Gryffindor story arcs in the series?).
Determination is also not a Slytherin trait either any more than it is a Gryffindor one. I would think hardheaded determination a very Gryffindor thing.
The manner in which Yuuri is competitive, the manner in which he wants to and strives to win is presented in such a Gryffindor manner.
People go on about how ambitious Yuuri is like it’s a huge trait of his, but as much as he wants to win and hates to lose (which is also very Gryffindor, traits do overlap), he can’t even bring himself to admit he wants to win gold until like episode nine. He’s so overly ambitious, yet he makes the decision to retire purely because he loves someone else and thinks they deserve to skate more than him. He’s so ambitious, yet he spends half the time not even thinking he can accomplish anything. Maybe having a goal you strive for and work hard for doesn’t necessarily equate to that kind of ambition.
As for the scene in episode seven. I don’t see how that’s cunning? Maybe a little spiteful but… there’s nothing really cunning about it. He’s just a little salty at Victor and expresses as much. I feel like saying he’s cunning in that moment would half imply that he deliberately upset Victor down in that parking garage, which of course he didn’t (I’m sure you agree). I don’t think Yuuri is incapable being cunning, but it’s not a trait we really see on display.
Yuuri doesn’t have the Slytherin cunning getting him through competitions. He doesn’t think ahead, he doesn’t calculate things. etc. He’s not using cunning. He has the Gryffindor hardheadness and reckless abandon. The Gryffindor daring. He changes his jumps at the literal last minute into jumps he’s never even accomplished in practice (THEN decides to practice it and add it to his program lol). He smacks his head against the wall and gets a bloody nose. He wakes up the day of the GPF and says ‘screw this I’m doing a program as hard as possible’.
Yuuri’s are not calculated, cunning, competitive decisions. The one time that Yuuri does go through a program with sort of that kind of mindset (calculating his score, etc), is the GPF sp, and we see how that turns out for him. It’s bad for him. Yuuri has to skate with that kind of intense passion, or he doesn’t do well. If Yuuri thinks too much, he fails.
(This pretty directly goes against one of the Slytherin traits, which is a highly developed sense of preservation. Yuuri does NOT have that. Rowling actually outright noted that a Slytherin trait is to think and hesitate before acting. Our boy doesn’t do that. When he really sets his mind to do something, he plucks up his courage and DOES it immediately, whether it’s a quad flip or dragging Victor around Barcelona for engagement rings.)
Yuuri is ridiculous. He’s hardheaded, too selfless, and he has enough daring and nerve when he works himself up for five Gryffindors.
Honestly the only major trait from Slytherin that does seem to fit Yuuri is maybe ambition. But If I were to give an example of Slytherin style ambition in the cast, I’d look no further than Yurio.
listen i am super proud of bitty becoming captain for his senior year but like i am also so fucking thankful??? for smh and how instead of bullying this obviously scared/overwhelmed frosh off the team they instead helped him and took him under their wings??????? like i have been on teams where some of the girls would bully those who were different in any way, and sometimes that bullying went to an extent of forcing the girl off the team for her own sanity/safety. (girls are fuckin mean sometimes, i digress) but instead of pushing him off the ncaa squad jack helped him overcome his fears and instead of shunning him when he came out they accepted him and loved him for himself. like. that’s the powerful part of bitty making captain imho. his unanimous vote has his frogs and his taddies and his yearmates voting for him and standing behind him shouting “we respect this hockey player who isn’t the typical hockey bro™ you’d expect to be captain” and yeah. they just love and accept him for who he is and that’s so powerful to me. they love and respect and accept him for exactly who he is and goddamn does that make me emotional.
Last year, I wrote about the overwhelming optimism that drove the characters of the Eleventh Doctor’s era to overcome dark situations that could have destroyed them, and this year I want to return to that theme having now seen the last two episodes of series 9 and how that optimism had transformed but ultimately still triumphed.
Where the Eleventh Doctor’s era could be described much like a children’s fairy tale with characters who are put into truly horrifying situations that they overcome through the power of love, the Twelfth Doctor’s era brought the darker side of those stories into focus. Love remained one of the most powerful forces in the universe, but this era explored the reality that love doesn’t always last a lifetime, even for the main characters.
Rory and Amy left the show when their story was finished, and they lived long, happy lives, dying of old age off screen. We all know Cinderella will one day die and so will Amy Pond, but the picture book ends long before that day. When Amy Pond stopped being the Girl Who Waited, it was the beginning of the end of her time on the show, but River Song and Clara Oswald remained on the show long after the stories of ‘The Woman who Killed the Doctor” and “The Impossible Girl” had been resolved.
And they lived until their lives were cut short in tragic, yet heroic deaths. With the direction the show had been taking in series 8 and 9, their stories could have been bleak reminders of the reality that many people die before they ever reach old age, and what we think of as happily ever after is rare (if not impossible), but instead, their endings came with an acceptance of the inevitability of death, while at the same time allowing these women to control their fate in a way we can only dream of in the real world.
The show did not lose all of its optimism as it grew out of it’s fairy tale era, and instead of telling us that River and Clara won’t get their happily ever afters, it asked us to examine how we define happily ever after. Clara Oswald will face the raven and River Song will go to the Library, but those endings do not prevent them from having their own happily ever afters. These two characters are given the opportunity to seize the time they do have and live it the best they can so that when they die, they will have lived full lives on their own terms.
Happily ever after does not mean forever.
It’s a message we can all take to heart knowing that we too will not live forever.
Clara flies off to see the universe with her new companion, and River Song spends 24 years with the man she loves (and with a vortex manipulator and a time machine, it could easily be more than 24 years). They will both die, just as we will all die, but their stories are neither tragedies nor fairy tales. Their stories are examples of what fantasy does best - addressing the harsh realities of life while allowing the characters to do the things we wish we could do, taking both time and death into their own hands.
There are certain comparisms that can be made when it comes to Frozen and the Flash. I have noticed two and I would love to share them with you.
The First Analogy
I completely believe that whenever WA fans see Snowbarry shippers saying Caitlin and Barry need to be a couple, this is all they can see:
While being compared to an ugly rock troll is extremely offensive, I’m less upset when I remember the fact that for this analogy to work, WA fans are admitting that Anna is Barry (coz she’s engaged to someone else just as Barry is engaged to Iris), Kristoff is Caitlin and that means Iris is Prince Hans. This analogy becomes a tool that can be used against WA because it means Barry is engaged to someone that is only interested in him because that person wants to use him to get power and control over others, just as Prince Hans only wanted to marry Anna so that he could control Arendelle. This analogy works perfectly coz Iris only got to be the Leader of Team Flash because of her relationship with Barry, if she and Barry were not in a relationship, she would never be the Team’s Leader because she is completely unqualified to lead them. In the end, the rock trolls, who were mostly misunderstood, were right for trying to hook up Anna and Kristoff coz Kristoff is the one that truly loved her and not her so-called fiancee. This is undeniably similar to how Snowbarry shippers are mostly misunderstood and perceived as trolls even though we are right and Caitlin does care about Barry ten thousand times more than his so-called fiancee! Make no mistake, Barry is the reason why Caitlin returned to STAR Labs in 04×01. If Cisco had merely told her to come back without mentioning Barry, she won’t have agreed to come back. I believe Cisco knows this coz he could’ve vibed her immediately she left, but he didn’t approach her until it was time to get Barry back. Another proof of this is the fact that in 02×01, Cisco tried to get Caitlin to come back to STAR Labs, but she refused, it was only Barry that could change her mind and its because she really really cares about him.
The Second Analogy
Tbh, Caitlin/Killer Frost is the Elsa of the Flash, Cisco even called KF Elsa when he first met her in Earth 2.
Throughout Frozen, Elsa struggles with her powers just as Caitlin/KF keeps struggling with her powers. In the end, her sister’s sacrifice is the act of true love that helps her take control of her powers. This is highly reminiscent to 03×07 of the Flash, when Barry helps Caitlin overcome KF. Barry and Caitlin are so close that he could help her contain her powers and the only reason he couldn’t help again is coz another version of him encouraged her to use her powers negatively. Caitlin’s control of her powers is always tied to Barry Allen because she loves him. It is only someone you love that can affect you the way Barry affects Caitlin.
Conclusion From the Two Analogies
The first analogy revealed that Barry is doomed - he is about to get married to a terrible and selfish person. The second analogy revealed that Caitlin can only consistently maintain control of her powers if her true love agrees to constantly help her. These revelations shows that Snowbarry needs to happen asap so that Barry and Caitlin can effectively help each other get out of terrible situations.