Prudence and The Sick Rose

Last night, I spent a lot of time wondering, how am I going to add a tarot card scene to The Haunting? I discussed it with Jen, the author of Rue and Hyssop and the sponsor of today’s Sexy, Dark & Bloody Fiction giveaway. I told her that my first instinct was to have Luna go to a shop and somehow come in contact with the tarot deck; maybe through a reading.

I just finished writing the scene. And after reading it several times, I admit that it didn’t work. You see, forcing characters to do things just because I need them to, is unnatural and it reads as such. As the writer I know it, as readers you would sense it, and at different levels all of us would resent the act.

I archived the tarot scene—I try not to delete things. Just like “Being a Drake” sat in my files for months, this one, too, might return in the future as the seed of a new idea. But for the present, I had nothing to attach to the tarot deck giveaway. Some might say, “Um, Witch, you don’t need much for a giveaway. Just post it. People like free stuff, they’ll go with it.”

I don’t believe in doing things without a reason, so I started drafting an email to send to Pixie, Lyn, Kallan… and other friends who read tarot cards. While I typed, I glanced at Prudence, the eight of disks, and thought, Why does this card reminds me of Blake’s “The Sick Rose?”

I examined the card, the drawing and the poem, and wrote the first 5 words I thought of: decay, bones, transformation, duality, growth. Now I wonder what comes to mind when you consider the same trio (click HERE for a description of the card). One Wicked Luv will win an Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck.
 
O Rose, thou art sick:
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night
In the howling storm,

Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy;
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.
                   by William Blake
This is all you need to do to enter this uncanny giveaway:
- Breathe in and out. Look at the Prudence card.
- Breathe in and out. Look at “The Sick Rose.”
- Breathe in and out. Read the poem.
- Breathe in and out. Write down the first 5 words that come to mind.
- Breathe in and out. Tell me how that felt. Be deliciously honest.
2. Visit Three Cats and a Broom, and then come back to tell me about your favorite item and why you like it so much.
Extra Entries:
1. Be a Wicked Darling (follow Pagan Culture)
2. Blog about this entry, and leave a link to the post
3. Tweet about this entry, and leave a link to the tweet
4. Follow my writing site
5. Favor Three Cats and a Broom on Etsy
* This giveaway ends April 17th.
** The lucky winner will be chosen via Randomizer. I’ll announce her or his name on April 19th at 12:13am EST. Great luck, my Luvs ;-)

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40 comments:

  1. Wow...freaky stuff happening...start again
    my 5 words
    Wrong, Darkness,Hidden,Struggle and Love.
    The images and poem together left me feeling sadness, that the inevitable will be. Only love will give Luna and Leo the strength to survive the rage that battles within.
    My fav item in the Etsy store is the sweet grass braid(could wear it for worship), but the first time I clicked the link, I ended up at a Tarot card sale site, and found a gorgeous deck called "Well Worn Path"...maybe someone wants to tell me something :D XXX

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    1. Yep, I can feel the wrongness. Starting with the title of the poem. And the card... well, those colors look a bit sickly to me.

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  2. I've never been particularly bent on tarot, but I did read on a 1-900 line in the 90's. Most of those people really want a therapist. I haven't owned a deck in many years.

    Wind, despair, soil, dark, cycle.
    I got the images of the circle of life at work, what gives one thing life will kill the other living thing, then the cycle repeats.

    I'm wanting that London Fog Body Mist on that Etsy!

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    1. I didn't know you read in 1-900 line. I need to call you on the phone so we can discuss the details. I bet that was super interesting at times ;-)

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  3. Breathe out/in = light headed, but peaceful
    5 words is hard, as i thought of an impression after the first 2 words: yellow/earth; return (beginning); impression: sickly yellow of plant decay is apparent as the rose grows toward the sky as the same colour shows on the left side of the poem illustration, but the healthy green of a growing plant is facing earth in the card & returning to the rose bush as it turns towards the earth. so, to return to earth/beginning/rebirth is the healthiest thing to do in the circumstances.

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    1. What I like about this combination is that it mirrors life quite a bit. There is pain, beauty, bliss and ugliness and together is just sublime. Lovely.

      And oh my gods, I recently wrote a paper about "The Sick Rose" and suggested that it resembles the circle of life because the rose touches the leaf at the trunk and they both touch the soil. Yay! It feels great to know I wasn't the only one seeing that ;-)

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  4. Skin saver healing salve is my favorite item at 3 cats & a broom.

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  5. A beautiful post. I completely see your comparison to the poem! And I agree - you should never force a scene into a story just for a prop's sake. Now I'm wishing I had this deck myself
    - lol!

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    1. I know EXACTLY what you mean, I want to enter ALL my own giveaways lol

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  6. *twisted thorns (of) love's dark whispers* aaaaaaah.

    i went to check out the 'Aeclectic Tarot' site...got lost there...and fell in love with a Native American deck.
    at 3 cats & a broom...i like the mists...peace & unity. i added her to my circle at etsy.

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    1. Twisted, indeed. And I can see why you got lost in Aeclectic Tarot, for I did the same. I don't even read tarot cards, but the images evoke so many ideas and emotions. Yum!

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  7. My five words are, passion, forbidden, dark, beautiful, sad.
    I love the poem and the pictures on the cards. For me, it's a love, that's suppose to be, but not at this time. One that is secret. One, that is wild in the night, when they meet, but if ever caught, would be the end of both their lives.

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    1. Ooo, I love that it made you think of "forbidden," I definitely think there is something clandestine going on with the warm that has to creep in while the world is dark.

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  8. I went to Three Cats and a Broom. Love the Peace and Unity Herbal Mist ;o)

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  9. I follow Pagan Culture ;o)

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  10. I follow your writing site ;o)

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  11. I favored Three Cats and a Broom ;o)

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  12. Dark
    bitter
    sad
    jealous
    disgusted

    That was fun, I might start doing Tarot meditations that way, it was very relaxing. Poetry really opens you up to something on another level. Anywho, I LOVE the Thoth deck I used to have one but it was destroyed in a very.... interesting way. It would be wonderful if it came back into my life again.

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    1. I don't read torot, my divination bone is well, not quite there, but like you I get extra inspired by the images, the shapes, the colors the structures... they make me want to write. So I, too, have been thinking about maybe getting a deck and start using them as some kind of free-write morning meditation ;-)

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  13. --Dance with Death in joy.

    I remember in high school I found this old book of poetry, and it was all deliciously dark. I ate it up and used poems from it for a class project. I've tried to find it again since then, but I can't remember the author and when I went to my library they had moved everything. This poem reminded me of that book.

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    1. I love those five words. I think they describe the poem and the balance of the tarot card, too. There is darkness and loss, but there is also joy. I'm in love with Blake's poetry. Their darkness, life and magic... yum!

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    2. You know, after I posted this I saw some of the other posts and started to worry I had done it wrong. Then I saw your latest blog post about the reader who e-mailed you, I felt her pain. Sometimes we are just too neurotic for our own good. I'm glad I posted before looking, and while I do that already, I will keep that as a good habit from now on.

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    3. What makes it real, special and shows our true witchiness is to do things naturally. Sometimes they surprise us (at least they do me) but that's what life is all about ;-)

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  14. Yup, added Three Cats and A Broom to my favorites.

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  15. I couldn't resist getting one more entry. :) My blog - here

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  16. *Breathing in and out*

    First 5 words that come to mind: dirt, decay, renewal, blood, destruction.

    It's amazing the relaxing powers of breathing in and out slowly....

    LOL @ the London fog mist; and I could use some of that sweet sleep bath tea stuff!

    Oh, and... In case my comments about the fact on two of the other giveaway posts isn't clear enough... I follow both your blogs. ;)

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    1. This is so awesome! When I wrote about "The Sick Rose" for class, I used all the words you mentioned. There is something earthy, biological and macabre about this trio!

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  17. My five words are despair, hope, darkness, blood, forbidden

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    1. The darkness is all over, and of course, that crimson conjures blood.

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  18. It felt like a surreal walk into the depths of my psyche to face what I thought dead

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  19. I visited Three Cats and a Broom and loved the London Fog spray. Linen and bedding sprays are wonderful and the name reminds me of Victorian nights beneath linen sheets. ;-)

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  20. Wicked darling here.

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  21. Writing site follower

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  22. Favorited Three Cats and a Broom

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