This time we are blogging about our MASKS.
When I was growing up here in Scotland, the most exciting part of Hallowe'en was getting your False Face.
These masks bore no resemblance to the stunning Tarot mask pictured here (it's $300 btw!), but these ones were purchased from toy shops and newsagents and were made of pre-pressed cardboard or plastic with a slender elastic thread to hold it in place. There were eye holes, nose holes and sometimes a mouth hole.
The mouth hole was a killer in the plastic masks though because the edges were wickedly sharp and most of us tried sticking our tongues through the mouth hole - accidentally adding a touch of bloodied realism to the overall look!
Back then, I wore a mask to pretend I was someone else. Now that I am grown, I wear masks for other reasons: to disguise myself and to protect myself.
And yes, sometimes to pretend I'm a pirate :-)
I think that we all still wear masks to pretend to be other people. Not SPECIFIC other people. Not signing cheques as Marilyn Monroe. That would be bat-shit crazy. And result in some kind of restraining order.
But sometimes I disguise myself as someone else in order to empower myself in some situations - and here's a Tarot spread, utilising....... Court Cards!
This is a bastardised, Tarot version of those 'What Would
MASKS FOR DISGUISE
WHAT WOULD THE QUEEN OF WANDS DO?
You may recognise that you revert to a sulky Knight of Swords in the face of your mother's martyred Queen of Cups ploy to get her own way? You just can't seem to stop yourself. Or is that just me?!
This exercise helps me focus on my perception of the problem and also helps me harness the energies that I desire to embody.
Find a Court card that represents You (representing the mask you currently wear with your mother on the issue in hand). This one represents me - combative, moody and (frankly) immature!
Then pick out the Court Card that you would like to be - perhaps the self-confidence of the Queen of Wands might be useful to you? Or the practicality or gravitas of the King of Pentacles? Or perhaps you'll opt to choose your 'masks' using the elements - who would be a good foil for the Water of Water that is the Queen of Cups.... perhaps Earth of Earth - the Page of Pentacles?
Lay them out side by side, but with space between them. You can now pick two random cards from the rest of your deck to lay between your two courts. These will help you move from your current mask (on the left of your spread) to your desired mask (on the right of your spread). You can give them positional values if that helps with the interpretation of them: I tend to use variations of 'Helpful Energy' and 'Unhelpful Energy'.
Ah look, the Tarot is playing tricks on me today! The two cards that are supposed to help me move from the Knight of Swords to the Queen of Wands are these. How can two Swords help me get away from the Knight of Swords nonsense?!
When I look at the 9 Swords, I see a whole load of self-obsessed angst. This is the Unhelpful energy. I could do with shedding that, for sure. My mother's opinion of me ought not to be like the Sword of Damocles. Sure, it would be NICE to have her approval, but why should I get myself in knots (or on my knees as the Fey is here) just because she disapproves. Get over it and get on with it. Look at those stars and the stairway that lie just in front of you!
The 7 of Swords shows a fey in the act of disguise - she is transparent, almost invisible. The card is telling me that making my usual Knight of Swords belligerence (and yes, I'll admit that much lol!) invisible will be helpful in harnessing that Queen of Wands self confidence.
Even by being consciously AWARE of the masks at play, just by completing this exercise, things might be different the next time I butt heads with my mother!
I hope that you'll give this exercise an outing the next time you feel that you need a change of mask. I'd love to know how it works out for you!
.....and if you want to know about Masks for Protection, well, why don't you book-mark my blog and give it a visit at the end of the week? That's what my next blog post will be allllll about!