I bought the original Mythic Tarot about fifteen years ago. I’d found it in a small bookshop by the coast and quickly became attached to the images and the stories which accompanied them. Like many, I was shocked when the original set was taken out of print and replaced by this version, illustrated by Giovanni Caselli in 2008. The greatest surprise was that the original artist of the Mythic Tarot, Tricia Newell, had not been informed and only found out that her paintings had been redrawn and published via an online forum.
This newer version did not go down well with Mythic purists. Most people preferred Tricia’s softer style and felt that the way the new deck had bypassed her into publication was unfair. I prefer Tricia’s cards but thought I would finally give this set a workout on the reading table.
For today, we have the Knight of Cups. From Greek Mythology, we are greeted with Perseus.
Perseus, son of Zeus, was a hero who fought for no more than his love of women. Not only did he kill Medusa for the love of his own mother, Danae, he also won the favour of Athene and rescued his future wife, Andomeda, from the clutches of a sea monster. In today’s card, we see him in pursuit of the perfect relationship.
Ruled by Pisces, this card will often concern love and the lover. This could be the idealistic or romantic side of our self, a suitor, or an emotional proposal.
Who does Perseus symbolise in your day? Are you feeling romantic, perhaps? Or are you on hot pursuit of something you love? Today is about sharing your emotions and, like Perseus, fighting for those who are truly important to you. However, with the Knight of Cups comes a warning. Don’t lose touch with your mind entirely. Sometimes, we can become so blinded by our love for something or someone who we can become taken advantage of or miss what is really going on in a situation. Share the love, but don’t lose your wits in the process!
Illustration from New Mythic Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Greene, illustrated by Giovani Casseli, published by Connections 2008