For nearly 20 years we made the trek over the Mackinac Bridge into Michigan's Upper Peninsula to spend a week at a cabin. Perhaps my favourite signpost of we're almost there! was the lawn of an historic inn, a vast sea of blue forget-me-nots stretching from the highway all the way back to the lake. Oh, how wondrous!
By the time our week ended, that lawn had been cut and the bed of blue was no more. How lucky we were to round that bend in the road at forget-me-not time each year.
When the marriage ended, so did the annual trips to the cottage. That first spring, when Victoria Day weekend rolled around and we were not headed north, was a sad one. But that's when the miracle happened...
In my front yard, beneath the big spruce, were a few tiny tufts of blue forget-me-nots. In all the years in this house, there had never been a single one, and yet they appeared that year, just when I needed them.And there they return each year, more and more of them, and pink ones have joined the show!
Miraculous! Magical! So I'm heading to the Mibramig Magical Tarot for a conversation.
TW: First, a confession. I only chose this deck because of its name. It's not one I've ever used.
MMT (Magician): Harrumph! Is that any way to start a conversation? With an insult?
TW: I'm very sorry, Mibramig, but I like more smiles in my decks, and yours doesn't crack one until the Wheel of Fortune, and rarely after that.
MMT (Wheel of Fortune): Ha! I told you we should smile more!
MMT (Hierophant): Happy shmappy. You young whippersnappers think you can make everything all sweetness and light. Well, let me tell you, life is a serious business.
MMT (Sun): Hey, what about me? I'm smiling! And without me your blue flowers wouldn't have a chance.
TW: That's so true, Sun - thank you! And you make a good point, Hierophant.
MMT (4 of Wands): To your miraculous blooms!
MMT (6 of Wands):
MMT (8 of Chalices): Knowing when to leave off doing a treasured thing like your cottage tradition deserves acknowledgement.
MMT (3 of Chalices): We'll drink to that!
TW: Thank you for your kind words, 8 of Chalices. And now, coming back to my reason for asking you here today: are you a deck that believes in magic, and miracles?
MMT (Hanged Man): Are we going to hang around here 'til we're blue in the face? Will someone please answer the dang question!
MMT (Fool): A creature would be a Fool not to believe in magic! I mean...well...you know what I mean.
MMT (Empress): Of course we believe, dearie. That's what tarot is all about, isn't it? And as for your lovely blue forget-me-nots...I wear blue rather well, don't you think?
TW: I'm convinced, Mibramig Magic Tarot. You'll be out of your box more often from now on!
In neighbourhood news:
First of four new tarot&book shelves going up today. What started as a modest collection, nicely ordered (or at least, I knew where they all were, and why) has grown to 242 decks. Time to put them in alphabetical order!
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