Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Testing, Testing: The Cat's Eye Tarot

This is Baby; she's fifteen years old and her favourite thing is being petted by anyone who will take the time: me, total strangers, rambunctious little kids. She's one of the "sweet black and whites" as Debra Givin calls them in her suit of Cups.
Here's what we talk about, Baby and I.
Me: No barfing on my books, please.
Baby: (silence)
Me: I think I'll move these books off the floor.

Me: You have perfectly good water in your bowl in the kitchen.
Baby: (silence)
Me: Here, let me turn on the tap for you.
Me: Where the heck did I put that yarn?
Baby: (silence)

Score: Baby 3, Me 0

Cats have a reputation for being aloof. Some probably are but mine haven't been.
They don't need to be walked so they're an ideal pet for a lazy person like me.
You can leave them home alone and go off for a weekend. I like that about them.

Cats are agile, fluid, fast, and fun to watch. A little bit of the jungle right in your own home.
Debra Givin has been a cat vet for 22 years, so she knows a thing or two about them.

Hello, Cat's Eye Tarot. I have a few questions for you.

1. How can a cat's eye perspective help humans? 
Ten of Pentacles

We don't have jobs like you humans do, but manage to look after ourselves quite well nonetheless.

Some of us live indoors with our two-legged pets, and that kind of life comes with its share of responsibilities. Putting up with those scary small humans you call children, making do with foods that our humans think we'll like, chasing toys on command, staying fit with limited resources.

Outdoor cats fend for themselves by hunting for food, staying out of harm's way (traffic, dogs, opinionated territorial cats, rusty barbed wire fences), trying to keep clean in less-than-ideal circumstances, staying warm and dry in all weathers.

So go ahead and ask us about life management - we're experts.

  2. Can you be taken seriously, or are you too cute?  
Ten of Wands 

We can carry our share of the weight.
We're able to come up with dozens of plans and schemes, and we do our best to follow through.

We get all fired up with enthusiasm over a new project - whether it's searching out an elusive mouse haven or chasing the heck out of that jingly catnip toy.

Even though it occasionally seems that we've bitten off more than we can chew, we still get the job done no matter how slippery the subject.
3. The last meow is yours; what would you like us to know? 
King of Wands

We know when to give it a rest, when it's time to quit, when we've done all we can.
At the end of the day, you can rest easy knowing that we've exhausted the possibilities.

Your situation is in good paws.

Welcome to my shelf, Cat's Eye Tarot!
Hope you don't mind that I trimmed your borders.