So begins the text in the Little White Book included with this deck, the Ludy Lescot Tarot. The deck purports to follow a young lady in turn of the century New Orleans. It's a fun romp through an imagined gothic landscape of a privileged and unusual young woman, and the facade never cracks. If you enjoy period pieces and the version of Dracula with Winona Ryder, this deck is probably right up your alley, and you will hear the clicking of heels on the cobblestones behind you as the heady scent of the sea air mingles with the heavy scent of gardenia and the jangle of the jazz music plays in the distance.
|Ludy Lescot Tarot- Seven of Pentacles, King of Swords, The Lovers|
The cards I have drawn today tell a story of jealousy, cruelty, and revenge taken. The Little White Book is rather bleak in its' descriptions, and while I do not happen to agree with them or find them particularly useful for reading or working with, they do make an excellent story!
The Seven of Pentacles reads, "Your body is like a garden that grows according to your desires. Don't let it run wild, but cultivate it."
The King of Swords, "Even the smallest man has the right to justice, but beware: the justice of a king with no throne is often revenge."
And The Lovers, "Passion is born of blood. Kindness is born of the soul. Love is cruel and, if it is authentic, you will not be able to escape it."
This sounds an awful like the pure drivel we are sometimes expected to accept when people want to excuse rape and rape culture. The girl is asking for it by virtue of being sexy, whether that is an image she cultivates or not, the man is unable to control himself, and who are we to expect him to anyway, and the inevitable conclusion is consumption, regardless of her will in the matter.
And that disgusts me.
As a mom to four young men and a young lady, this hits hard. As a human being, this hits hard. I am tired of my daughter being held to a standard of dress that is designed to keep males from getting sexually excited, when the truth is boys of her age usually get that way if the wind blows just so, and because she has been blessed with physical beauty, she could wear a potato sack and that would still appeal some some fetish or another. Not to mention that the bottom line is that we need to focus on teaching people of all genders some self control instead of telling people they have to present themselves a certain way in order to avoid being assaulted. I worry for my young men, not that they would cause any harm, but that the world we live in seems to accept a certain amount of sexual assault as collateral damage.
Usually I try to spin these darker cards into a positive message, or at least a reading that is relevant to my life right now, but all I really have to say about them today is, "Don't rape."
And if you are a victim of a sexual crime, don't excuse it or let the blame fall on you. And please, please get some help. The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network is available to help at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). You are worthy of respect, dignity, compassion, and anyone who tells you differently with their words or their actions is a filthy liar.
I am including some handy infographics if anyone has a question about when it's consent and when it's not.
And most of all-
These images are from the Ludy Lescot Tarot by Patrizio Evangelisti, published by Lo Scarabeo.