Obsession, temptation, addiction, self-destruction
THE CARD’S STORY BY ENYS GUERRERO
For this card I’m using a faun as the Mythical element. I chose the faun because it was the first image that was used (and also stolen from the pagans) to represent The Devil. This card is ruled by Capricorn so the “goat” image on her, I think is the best option for the card. The plush around her, are prisoners and in chains in bondage to the material and sensual side of their nature. They have also syringes and razor blades, representing the lowest and most harmful passions and addictions. To represent the dark side of the magic on this card, I drew into the background a big bloody inverted pentacle.
THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN
A faun sits, scarred and bruised, her clothes suggesting that she has been through an ordeal. But the only battle she is fighting is with herself – plushies are chained before her, needles and paraphernalia evident around, but she herself is free. It’s all too easy to give into short term fixes – comfort food when feeling stressed, or a few glasses of alcohol to take the edge off a hard day. But they often cause more heartache in the end, making you feel worse as your guilt rises. Instead, consider the future benefits of rising above the distractions. How much better you will feel for not bowing to obsession, and take meaningful action towards improving your life for the long term.
In ancient Greek mythology, a faun is a fantastical creature with the legs of a goat, but the top half of a human, oft en depicted with goat’s horns. Th e most famous of these was the god Pan, a rustic god with a reputation for chasing nymphs and giving into his sexual urges. With the obvious parallel of the goat horns to the horned god that is oft en used to represent the Devil, we felt that this female faun, also driven by “baser” needs would make a perfect Devil.
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