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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

Not so weekly thingy and the 10 of swords/Twa Sisters

If you don’t know this ballad/set of ballads, the basic story in the variation I know best is: Two sisters are in love with the same man; the older dark-haired … Continue reading

September 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

Weekly thingy and the Nine of Swords/Kay

Someone is going to have to beg me to stop doing Snow Queen cards – it won’t work, though. I was a little stumped on this till a friend suggested … Continue reading

August 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Weekly thingy and the Eight of Swords/The Wild Swans

I already went through this story pretty thoroughly back in the Major Arcana, so no recap tonight. I was casting around for a character trapped between terrible choices and remembered … Continue reading

August 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Weekly thingy and the Seven of Swords/Rumpelstiltskin

I’m pretty tired, so not going to write a lot here – luckily I can safely assume you all know Rumplestiltskin. I had my gall bladder out Thursday, so honestly … Continue reading

August 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Weekly thingy and the Six of Swords/Death of Arthur

It’s kind of wild that I waited till swords to bring in Arthurian legend and now I’m already on my second card referencing it, but the imagery felt just perfect. … Continue reading

July 31, 2022 · Leave a comment

Weekly thingy and the Five of Swords/The Robber Bridegroom

I was casting around for what to do with this one and sort of thinking about whether it would fit for Bluebeard, which led to me rereading variants and then … Continue reading

July 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Weekly thingy and the Four of Swords/Sleeping Beauty

Y’all know this story plus I’ve already been through the basics at least once, so I don’t feel like I need to provide a synopsis. Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll … Continue reading

July 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

Weekly thingy and the Three of Swords/Koschei’s Heart

MAGICAL TURDUCKEN TIME!!!!!!!!!! I talked about Koschei a while ago so just a quick reminder – his heart/life/soul is hidden on an island, buried under a tree, in a box, … Continue reading

July 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Weekly-ish thingy and the Two of Swords/East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Back to this story again! It took a little bit longer to work out exactly how I wanted to show the girl in bed waiting for the bear/prince to join … Continue reading

July 6, 2022 · Leave a comment