Children are the future, that’s what we say isn’t it? Sometimes I think, in our honest desire to help them be the best they can be, we forget to let them ‘just be‘ right now!
So I decided to find a ‘happy deck’ just for using with my littlies. Not to do readings, of course, but just to be able to share some of the happy, hopeful stuff.
The task was much harder than you might imagine, because The Tarot has a full range of dark and wonderful imagery and is naturally considered an adult pastime. So even my most etheric, beautiful decks have a darker side. I looked right through my extensive deck collection – oh, don’t get me started on just how extensive it really is! Truly, I have some delightful decks but all of them, in some ways, have some images that I consider to be unhelpful to the younger seeker.
I mentioned this to my husband, who in his rather pragmatic way asked me if it would be very unethical to simply take out the cards that I did not want to use. Ordinarily, this sort of doctoring of the deck would be quite unthinkable, but in the spirit of joy that is childhood, I decided to do just that. So I took out the Death card first. Even at its most positive, I felt that image would be inappropriate. Then – shock horror – I removed all the Swords. That left me with a delightfully quirky, upbeat and positive deck for the little kiddies to enjoy looking at.
Of course, the Faerie Tarot is a very intuitive deck in its own right and all the cards contain the ancient wisdom of the Arcana wrapped up in their whimsical images.
So with all these thoughts in my mind, I shuffled and out popped – The Fool!
It seemed so appropriate and so very obvious, that I laughed out loud. Such a jolly fellow, playing with his friend, climbing trees, making daisy chains – just being a kid!
But the Fool, for all his games and merriment, is not really a fool. He embraces diversity and regards the world with innocence and faith.
For those young people who are studying hard to get their grades, work is so important, but taking a little time away from the books to hang out with their friends is important too.
To those kids whose lives are so busy with sports fixtures, music lessons and all those extra-curricular activities that we, as parents and guardians, cram into their days so they don’t miss a thing – take a breath and play the Fool! Because there are things about childhood that cannot be taught.
And once we are adults, we spend our lives trying to recapture that wonderful, liberating innocence and childlike joy.
Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related