Neurotic Owl

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Tag Archives: fairytales

Whenever thingy and the Seven of Pentacles/Snow White and Rose Red

I miiiiight have forgotten that I never posted this one. Snow White and Rose Red, picking flowers from their respective trees to bring in to their mother. I loved the … Continue reading

January 25, 2023 · Leave a comment

Weekly thingy and the Six of Pentacles/The Malachite Casket

I talked about the Malachite Maid way back in the major arcana – she’s woven all through this story, though she never directly appears (except in disguise as the traveler). … Continue reading

December 31, 2022 · Leave a comment

Weekly thingy and the Five of Pentacles/The Little Match Girl

I feel like everyone knows this story? Poor little match girl huddled in the cold, begging passers-by to buy her matches and having no luck. One by one she lights … Continue reading

December 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Weekly thingy and the Four of Pentacles/Diamonds and Toads

I’ve already done a couple of these reward and punishment stories so the basic outlines are pretty clear. Generous kind stepdaughter, mean jealous greedy stepmother, greedy lazy daughter. The good … Continue reading

December 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Weekly thingy and the Three of Pentacles/East of the Sun etc.

Y’all have heard me talk East of the Sun, West of the Moon a bunch already, I LOVE a Nordic fairytale where the girl is the quester. Basically this needed … Continue reading

December 6, 2022 · 6 Comments

Fortnightly thingy and the Two of Pentacles/The Three Little Men

This story is a bit of an amalgam of Snow White and Diamonds and Toads – you’ve got an evil stepmother, the stepdaughter being sent out to do impossible tasks, … Continue reading

November 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Weekly thingy and the Ace of Pentacles/The Tinder Box

Do people mostly know this one? It’s honestly a little icky, the ‘hero’ uses his access to magical dogs to steal a sleeping princess from her bedroom several times and … Continue reading

November 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Weekly thingy and the King of Swords/Myrtha

I’m back to a ballet source, although the Wilis in Giselle are absolutely based in a variety of traditional folktales about vilis/vilas (and of course you may be familiar with … Continue reading

November 7, 2022 · 1 Comment

Weekly thingy and the fully painted Queen of Swords/The Marsh Woman

If you’re not familiar with the Girl Who Trod on a Loaf I am unsurprised – it’s another fairytale from bisexual disaster Han Christian Andersen, and very much in the … Continue reading

October 30, 2022 · 1 Comment

Weekly thingy and the Page of Swords/Katie Crackernuts

I LOVE Katie Crackernuts, it’s in that group of stories like East of the Sun, West of the Moon and The Snow Queen where the heroine is a girl on … Continue reading

September 13, 2022 · 1 Comment