Tuesday, August 21, 2012

BIT Snapshot: Snow White and the 7 Dwarves


After reading Janet Boyer's Back in Time Tarot Book, I decided to take an in-depth Tarot-centric look at the fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. If you are unfamiliar with the story, you can read it HERE.

I am using Sylvia Gainsford's Tarot of the Old Path (AGMuller), one of my oldest decks and one of my favorites as well.

Here we go!

Tarot of the Old Path
Queen of Pentacles: Snow White

I see Snow White in this Queen because Snow White is known for her love of the forest and its creatures. While living with the Seven Dwarves, she cooks and cleans and cares for them as a mother would. In Tarot of the Old Path, the expression on the Queen's face is reflective and a bit sad, which I think is appropriate for Snow White's situation, having been cast out of her rightful home by her stepmother, who wishes her dead.

Tarot of the Old Path
Queen of Swords: Stepmother

For me, this haughty-looking queen captures the pride and cruelty we associate with Snow White's stepmother. Spiteful and malicious, she cannot tolerate someone else being more beautiful than she is.

Tarot of the Old Path
Ten of Swords

Snow White is taken into the forest to be killed. The huntsman who is ordered to do away with Snow White cannot bear to harm her. He lets her go, but brings animal organs to the Queen and tells her they belonged to Snow White. To me, the Ten of Swords often represents a "darkest before the dawn" situation. At first, all seems lost for Snow White, but a new opportunity arises.





THE DWARVES

Tarot of the Old Path

Page of Cauldrons: Bashful  - self-conscious and sensitive
Eight of Pentacles: Doc  - skillful and confident
Page of Rods: Dopey  - full of good intentions but naive
Knight of Rods: Grumpy  - quarrelsome and stubborn
Nine of Cauldrons: Happy  - fat and jolly
Four of Cauldrons: Sleepy  - tired and disinterested
Ten of Rods: Sneezy  - friendly but his allergies are a burden

Tarot of the Old Path

Ten of Cauldrons

Snow White moves in with the Seven Dwarves. They live as a happy family, even though Snow White is lonely and misses her real home.





Tarot of the Old Path
Five of Swords

Snow White's stepmother gives her a poisoned apple and Snow White falls into a deep sleep. It looks like the stepmother has won.









Tarot of the Old Path
Five of Pentacles

The Dwarves mourn the loss of their beloved Snow White. They feel deprived and helpless.

Six of Rods: Prince Charming

I decided to go with this card instead of the more "obvious" Knight or King figures because the man on the 6 of Rods in this deck just looks the part of Prince Charming to me. He triumphs in the end, waking Snow White with a kiss.

Ten of Pentacles

Snow White and Prince Charming live happily ever after together.




This was fun! I welcome your comments.

7 comments:

  1. that was such a fun read. i love the take on this deck!!! so pretty too.
    you must have hundreds of tarot decks!!!

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    1. Thanks, Violet! Actually, I think my collection still falls short of 100 decks, although I have not counted lately. :)

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  2. Hi Zanna,

    I loved this - a very fun approach. I was especially delighted with your picks for the seven dwarves :D

    Chloë

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    1. Thanks, Chloë. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'm planning to use the BIT method for a more personal reading soon, but this one seemed perfect for the blog.

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  3. this was an awesome read. loved the cards you picked, and this was a great deck to use for it!

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    1. Thanks, Bonkers! I agree it was a great deck to use. I actually got the giggles when I was choosing the cards for the dwarves...

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  4. This is utterly brilliant, Zanna! I can't tell you what a thrill it is to see my BIT Tarot Method put to such creative use. "Doing" fairy tales is one of my favorite BITT endeavors. Thank you for sharing your process with us. And, I seriously need to get this deck...

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