If you’ve been following my “RWS storyboard” posts and have read any of my example readings, you’re already aware that I make extensive use of metaphor and analogy when interpreting the minor cards of the tarot, often bringing in shared cultural, social, historical and literary references. The Thoth tarot, my mainstay for many years, offered limited opportunity for such imaginative word-play, but the Waite-Smith deck is another matter entirely. Although I disagree with much of the folklore that has sprung up within the divinatory lexicon customarily used for these cards, I find that injecting my own free-ranging visual associations into the mix often takes off in intriguingly novel directions.
I started down this road with the uncanny resemblance between the RWS 10 of Cups card and the lyrics of the Beatles song “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”:
“In a couple years they have found their home-sweet-home
With a couple of kids running in the yard
Of Desmond and Molly Jones”
Since that time other notions have suggested themselves, and I decided to gather them into an organized list. Here is the first version that I consider “ready for prime time,” but it will definitely undergo refinement going forward. To fully appreciate some of my quirky connections, you will need to have at least a nodding acquaintance with the Beatles’ discography, classic rock song lyrics, common proverbs and homilies, Monty Python, Hieronymus Bosch and the philosophical ideas of Leibniz and Voltaire. Although you certainly won’t agree with all of them, hopefully they will provide food for thought.