The subject for this post was chosen by our wrangler, Christiana Gaudet, who invited us to explore myth in tarot. I'll admit, I love creating and using simple spreads. So, when thinking about how tarot and myth meet and meld, I thought: why not create a spread based on a myth?
The tale which came to mind was that of Beauty and the Beast. As most people will know, there are a lot of variations, but the tale goes something like this: Belle's father was off on a business trip and promised his daughters to bring back whatever they'd like. While Belle's sisters wanted fancy clothes and jewelry, Belle just asked her father for a single rose.
The father's trip didn't go well, and he was returning sad and empty-handed when he came across a huge castle. He entered it and was treated to dinner in a seemingly empty yet well-tended house. In the morning, he spied a beautiful rose in the garden and took the rose, only to be caught by a terrible monster. When he explained why he'd stolen the rose, the Beast said he'd spare the father's life if he promised to return in a week. The father returned home to see his daughters and Belle extracted the truth from her father and bravely agreed to go to the castle.
The place was spooky, but she was well-treated, and though initially scared of the Beast, she came to respect him. She asked to go home for a brief visit, and her sisters tricked her into staying an extra day. With a magic mirror, Belle saw the Beast pining to death by the side of the rose bush. She returned instantly to the castle. When she realised he was dying, she cried for him, and told him she loved him. Her love saved him and turned him back into a handsome and wealthy noble. They married and lived happily ever after.
1) What is my heart's desire for this turn of the Wheel/at this time?
Beauty wanted a single, red rose. Symbolically, we could take this as her desire for romantic love.
2) What price will I have to pay for it?
Beauty had to leave her family, face her fears and live in the Beast's castle.
3) What lesson will I learn in the process?
Beauty learned that true love is about far more than appearance.
That's it, a simple little spread to look at your Heart's Desire. If you want to see a reading with it, I'll post my own reading here tomorrow afternoon (6pm BST/2pm Eastern American time). For now, though, I hope you'll hop on round to Luminaria Star for more mixing of myth and tarot.