The Wacky World of the Heron LWB
The other day, I read the booklet that comes with the Tarot de Marseille published in France by Heron hoping to find some traditional card interpretations. Instead, I found myself in a topsy-turvy world where the Star card means death, the Death card indicates marriage, and Temperance can predict disasters of a sexual or marital nature. (Temperance with the Ace of Batons means an illegitimate child, and reversed Temperance means a man will kidnap a married woman.)
The card meanings are evidently derived from a traditional cartomancy system where fortune tellers aren’t squeamish about predicting death (Star and Ace of Cups). According to the LWB, if the Five of Swords with reversed Emperor turns up in your spread, a relative will drown. The Star next to the Ace of Batons means the death of a child, and the Star and World together predict the death of a beloved pet.
An invitation to dinner is fraught with so many pitfalls that even the hardiest soul will want to consult a card reader before venturing out. The Seven of Batons with the Fool means you will be invited to a banquet. If the Seven of Batons is accompanied by the Wheel of Fortune, you will eat truffles; but with the 5 of Cups, watch out for bad mushrooms. The Four and Five of Cups together warn that the wine will be sour, and the Nine of Cups with the Queen predicts that a woman will force you to drink alcohol. If you survive long enough to bid your host farewell, with the Page of Cups and Judgment in your reading, someone will have stolen your overcoat!
Just for laughs, I laid out a row of seven cards then interpreted the cards according to the booklet, modifying each card with the one to the right of it.
My week starts out inauspiciously with the Four of Swords reversed: bankruptcy, catastrophe and misery. Force reversed adds disgrace to the mix. Next comes Five of Cups which tells me I’ll receive an inheritance from a remote country, but I’ll have to waste a lot of money to take possession of it (the catastrophe of the previous cards?). Then, after I get my inheritance, I’ll either have a disagreement or have to share the money (Two of Cups) with the cunning Bateleur, who is modified by the evil and jealous Queen of Swords reversed. The spread ends with the practical Eight of Coins. According to the booklet, this card next to a Queen means that even though the queen wants to harm me, she’ll end up benefitting me in spite of herself.