This blog is designed to explore the new Fairy Tale Tarot by Lisa Hunt. But since I LOVE to blog....I am sure I'll wander off into some other musings about fairytales!!

"The Fairy Tale Tarot cards are like gazing into that pool. They reflect different aspects of each of us. They illuminate or accentuate those parts of us that we seek, or deny, or just long to understand. The cards and the fairy tales they are based on, provide a framework for understanding self and the human aspects of life. And maybe the "not so human" aspects too....the spiritual. They are the water in the pool. Clear and shimmering, reflecting clearly and yet also bringing forth tiny glimpses of those wings. It is this aspect of the cards that called to me. I feel they have things to reveal to me and I am anxious to hear them "speak."

Monday, January 18, 2010

Little Red Riding Hood: A Tale of a Girl Gone Bad

Do you know the song based on Little Red Riding Hood? Well neither did I until I started doing some research on this classic tale.

Sam the Sham and the Pharaoh's Blackwell 1966

Who's that I see walking in these woods?
Why it's Little Red Riding Hood
Hey Little Red Riding Hood
You sure are looking good.
You're everything a big bad wolf could want...

Listen to me!
Little Red Riding Hood
I don't think little big girls should..
Go walking in these spooky old woods alone.

Read all the lyrics and listen to the tune: HERE

Here are some additional thoughts about the good girl...gone bad....(said in jest)
  • The classic and probably most common interpretation of the message of Little Red is one of being wary of strangers.
  • Some propose that the tale was actually about wolves themselves and being wary of them and the wild forests of the time, as wolves could be quite dangerous.
  • Others believe the tale outlines and describes the cycle of life...starting out innocent and then educated in the ways of the world...coming full cycle and being born again from the wolves' belly.
  • Speaking of "bad girls" ...there are others that claim that the real warning is against becoming a "working girl" or a prostitute. The red cloak was a classic signal of a prostitute in 17th century France.
  • Still others see in the simple tale the story of sexual awakening with the wolf a threat to the girl's virginity.

So as you can see....the Little Red Riding Hood multi-layered and pondering it's meaning can open up many versions and possibilities.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

My Fairy Tale Path

Well I'm back from my blogging vacation. I had to take a little break from blogland for several reasons...the holidays, time, writers block, etc. etc....but I'm feeling like writing again so I was thinking it might be fun to examine each of the fairytales in The FairyTale at a time and examine how the fairy tale speaks to me...what direction it sends me on in the search for self discovery and an understanding of the human experience....

I'm sure my thoughts will differ from others and that's okay. The neat thing about fairytales and the FairyTale Tarot is that they can speak to each person on a personal level...they can teach us the same lesson and different lessons all at the same time.

To simplify matters I will just follow the order of tales as presented in the book ...soooo...first up will be Little Red of my in the next few days I'll get a post or two up about this classic tale of a girl "gone bad"....haha...just joking...sort of!!