Are you familiar with Mexican Loteria cards? Loteria is a type of bingo game, but the cards can be used like the tarot for a fun type of divination.
I don’t really like the word “divination.” For me, it conjures up bad images of charlatans who are out to bilk the vulnerable. That’s my personal issue and shouldn’t really have an affect, but there it is. The problem is, I can’t come up with another suitable word for what it means ~ “the practice of attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means.” (dictionary.com) That’s the crux of it. I don’t use the tarot to foretell the future, but to understand the now ~ how we got here and where we want to go instead of where “fate” sends us.
How do you feel about the word “divination?” (I admit I need help/therapy here.) Is there another word or phrase you like better?
This morning I decided to pull a Loteria card and who shows up? The Parrot! What a great symbol for Gemini.
Talking is a Gemini thing, as are birds because of the connection to Air. What came immediately to mind, though, is that parrots are such good mimics. It’s a Mercury trait. He’s the trickster, you know, and being a good mimic helps, especially if the laughing god, Jupiter, is involved. That’s probably the reason that people look to Gemini and Sagittarius when thinking about standup comics, but it’s a lot more complicated than that. (For a superb article on comedy and astrology, you have to read What’s so Funny? The Astrological Essence of Comedy by Shelley Ackerman. Shelley was my first teacher in New York and she was so much fun.)
Each Loteria card has a sentence on the back of the card. Here’s what’s printed on the back of my Parrot card: Tú me traes a puros brincos, como pájaro en las ramas. I think that roughly translates to something like “you’ve got me jumping around like a bird from branch to branch.”
Well, now. That’s certainly Geminiian.
I’m in reading mode now, so I have yet another online article to share with you. My Parrot, My Self by Anthony Gottlieb is a NY Times article chock-full of info about parrots in literature. He says, “The revelation of female infidelity is in fact an ancient staple of parrot literature” and “Both in literature and in life, parrots have been employed to bear false witness.”
I’m certainly not planning on being unfaithful today or any other day and have no plans to lie, either. (Or do I? wink, wink) I wonder if the more profound meaning of this particular Loteria card is about repeating what we’ve learned without really understanding the true meaning of something? Have I tricked myself into thinking I know something that I don’t? Am I a mimic, or the real deal?
Are you a good mimic? When do you use your skill at mimicry and why?
This post did jump about a bit “from branch to branch.” Maybe this little bird is really whispering, “Focus!”
You can see some really cool Loteria decks here. Chances are very good that you can pick up a Loteria game at your local bodega for very little ~ $2-$3.00. Instant new tarot deck!!