Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Nursery Rhymes and the Tarot

I had fun researching this post. Try to keep it as short as possible but there are so many other possibilities. Totally coolio.

I love fairy tales and nursery rhymes. I am type of mom that looks for the allegorical similarities of such movies like "Finding Nemo" after the 100th viewing of it with my daughter. (yes, i have seen it about a 100 times. we have gone through a VHS and 3 sets of DVDs) The origins of some fairy tales and nursery rhymes are not so Love and Light like Disney and can be quite morbid. The Grimm's Fairy Tales are a good example. If you're interested in more information about the gruesomeness of fairy tales try this site. Many fairy tales and nursery rhymes have a hidden meaning to them and since many were passed down through an oral tradition, they provide valuable insight about our history and ourselves. My Builder of the Adytum (BOTA)studies has inspired me to contemplate the hidden meanings of the tarot. Like everything else, I try to find those things in my mundane Life that I can correspond to my occult studies. What better place to correlate a hidden meaning of the tarot with a relatable hidden meaning of nursery rhymes?

The Fool /Lil Bo Peep

Little Bo-peep fell fast asleep,
And dreamt she heard them bleating;
But when she awoke, she found it a joke,
For they were still a-fleeting.
Then up she took her little crook,
Determined for to find them;
She found them indeed, but it made her heart bleed,
For they'd left their tails behind them.
It happened one day, as Bo-peep did stray
Into a meadow hard by,
There she espied their tails side by side,
All hung on a tree to dry.
She heaved a sigh and wiped her eye,
And over the hillocks went rambling,
And tried what she could, as a shepherdess should,
To tack each again to its lambkin.

The High Priestess/ Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are?
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are?

The Devil /Pop Goes the Weasel

All around the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel;
The monkey thought 'twas all in good sport
Pop! goes the weasel.
A penny for a spool of thread,
A penny for a needle-
That's the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.

3 Cups / Rub a Dub Dub

Hey! rub-a-dub, ho! rub-a-dub, three maids in a tub,
And who do you think were there?
The butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker,
And all of them gone to the fair.[1]

8 Pentacles/Itsy Bitsy Spider

Itsy Bitsy spider climbing up the spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
Now Itsy Bitsy spider went up the spout again!

Ten Swords /Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King's horses, And all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again!

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