Tales of the unexpected
Well what a strange blast from the past the universal comms team have picked for us this morning!
Hands ✋ up , who remembers The tales of the unexpected?
The series, written by Roald Dahl, ran from 1979 through to 1988.
The opening theme featured tarot cards of the major arcana, giving them a most sinister vibe (which is still trying to be shook off even today, truth be told ) well I might as well shine a light on it hey ? Illumination bring clarity of sight and all that.
I wonder how it will relate to today's storytelling?
Let's find out shall we ?
Our first card today is the knight of cups (cups representative of the water element and of feelings and emotions)
Gotta love the knight of cups, he's the dreamer, a poet and a true romantic, full of wonder, creativity and beautiful notions of life and the world.
As with most creative souls he wears his heart on his sleeve, he falls in love with life head first, over and over. He is, so easily distracted though ;).
He truly is all hearts and flowers 💐, high ideals and to him life is a journey and adventure to be fully felt and experienced.
Notice the wings on his heels .... he's not the most grounded of folk in reality . He can be carried away on a whim and loose sight of the practicalities of life.... but hey don't knock it...
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ―Harriet Tubman
We see that he holds a bouquet of deep red roses.
Red roses magnify unconditional love, promote a gentle strength and inspires us to nurture and care for ourselves and others. As we soften our heart and offer compassion to ourself, it will naturally be returned to us.
In the background we see his white horse, this most commonly represents power and stamina.The horse also speaks about freedom. It possesses an unbridled desire for freedom because of its naturally wild and powerful spirit and it always wants to break free. Another horse meaning is journey.
Perhaps he is asking us to stay grounded in our dreams of the future. We cannot yet give flight to our fancy. Romance our ideas, for sure, yet hold fast to our current cause.
Our second card today is 5 The Hierophant.
The number 5 is commonly referred to as the number of humanity.
Human beings have five fingers, five toes, five appendages (if the head is included), five senses, and five major systems of the body. The number 5 is noted for independence, versatility, rebellion, and a daring nature.
Interestingly, today I'm drawn to the very long and steep staircase. Its a long way to journey to reach the light .
We see that huge mandala filling the pink heavens ,in Jungian psychology a mandala is a symbol representing the dreamer's search for completeness and self-unity.
Our hippy Hierophant is sitting in a meditative pose , his expression almost euphoric, as he communes with his higher mind, and universal consciousness.
He sits in contemplation of the meaning of life. He seeks enlightenment.
Again he appears; whilst sitting firmly on the earth, to be somewhat ungrounded in his environment.
Our final card is 16 The Tower.
The number 16 denotes one who seeks wisdom in the attempt to learn enough to both teach and help others.
This number analyses the self to grasp wisdom. 16 brings a knack for research and the realisation that it is important to appreciate both the spiritual and analytical parts of oneself.
1+6 = 7 The Chariot. We have willpower, but not always the reigns to direct life in the way we want it to be. This coupled with the sudden and unexpected lightening strike of The Tower may make us feel that our very foundations have been rocked.
Couple that with the dreamy Knight of cups , the transcendental hippy Hierophant... and we really do have Tales of the unexpected.
And yet the unexpected also brings complete liberation... which is what our knight was flirting with all along and our hippy Hierophant seeking in his quest for deeper meaning and enlightenment.
Our transformation may not be the way we planned it, it may not be the journey or route we may have imagined, yet in truth, it serves our purpose in the most unexpected and unchartered way.
"If you so choose, even the unexpected setbacks can bring new and positive possibilities. If you so choose, you can find value and fulfillment in every circumstance".- Ralph Marston.