Change, destiny, serendipity, motion
THE CARD’S STORY BY: STEPHANIE STURM
Fox spirits appear in lore from China to Japan, and the Gumiho is the Korean iteration – a fortunate fox that, with the gift from a shaman can live off energy if it can fi nd it. Now, if they survive a thousand years, a Gumiho is born, a siren of the forest. Able to shape-shift they usually take the form of an otherworldly woman; neither benevolent nor malevolent, but self-interested and curious. One never knows if the Gumiho will aid you, even grant wishes, or if she will devour hearts – literally & figuratively. If able to abstain from consuming hearts, foregoing the sustenance and power, for a thousand days – they may perform a ritual under the full moon with a wish stone to become simply a human. In this way, misfortune for one, may be fortune for another.
THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN
Divorced from human emotion and morality, a fox spirit holds aloft a human heart under the full moon. She has not consumed the heart as she is trying to prove herself worthy – this is just a phase in her journey, from fox, through this, to humanity. Life is a constant journey, just like the phases of the moon, with time speeding by in a fl ash – a day can feel like a second. You can’t stop it, so instead, grab every moment that you can to be happy. Celebrate each gift you receive with every fibre of your being. Make the most of time you spend on top of the wheel, and when things change, make the best of it, and fight to get back on top, knowing that this too will pass.
GUMIHO A Gumiho, (or Kumiho), is a fox spirit from Korean mythology, generally seen as a malignant force that feeds off the flesh of humans, unlike the fox spirits in other eastern myths. This Korean figure is a shape-shift er who often turns into a female form, but retains something of its “foxiness” – usually nine tales. The Gumiho is a phase – if the spirit can endure without killing, then they can become human – it is at the very heart of its legend, a transitional spirit, making it a fitting characterization of this card.
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