Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Secret Life of Bananas

The banana. Bland, commonplace, simple, taken for granted, adaptable, little thought required.

You can hold it in your hand and chomp away at it. Mash it up. Slice it onto something. Flame it into Bananas Foster (it needs a lot of help to arrive at this level of sophistication).
Leave it on your counter until it turns to black mush and then throw it out. Put it into the freezer for future baking and find it two years later and then throw it out.

But the lowly banana has hidden depths. Inside, a banana holds a secret. (I was pretty sure I'd discovered this until I found all kinds of references to it online.)
Test it out for yourself, if you don't believe me.
Take a firm banana (one that's too mushy won't work), peel it, break off a piece, gently push around on it and it will start to separate itself into three. Never four or two. Three distinct tidy sections. Amazing!

What has this to do with tarot?
Some decks look plain and simple at first glance, but yield more with some patient experimentation.
In honour of the threeness of the banana, I've chosen three decks to illustrate this.
To represent its colour, each card contains yellow.
Bananas are silent. I will be too.

1) The Wild Unknown ~  IX of Wands


2) The Rabbit TarotThe Sun XIX


3) Tarot LeavesSix of Cups

Bananas and tarot. Fine companions indeed.