Last night after learning about the violence in Paris I pulled cards from the City Mystic New York Deck created by Virginia Jester and Chris Hopkins. Interestingly, as I shuffled the black limited edition New York deck a major part of my psyche knew I was actually reading the forthcoming City Mystic Paris deck that Virginia is just finishing. After these cards revealed themselves I asked Virginia about her take on the two cards that spoke of what Paris wants/needs from us now. Here is Virginia’s reading:
“First, with the Two of Cups, it is a time to alchemize on the ground. By merging our masculine and feminine energies, bringing together our forces of nature, we are strong enough to truly support Parisians in our hearts. It is difficult to stay impersonal as the creator, but I will say that I got the Two of Cups A LOT in reference to the creation of City Mystic Paris while I was there, reading with City Mystic New York, mind you. I was also staying very close to Republique- the square itself and the Luna cafe off to one side of it was my safe haven on some very sad, difficult days during the shoot- and in general very close to the area where all the shootings happened. I’ve written in other places about my impressions of the tension on the street when I was there shooting the deck so I won’t go into it again… All that being said, I believe the Two of Cups comes up as an urge to really show up in solidarity by not only opening our hearts to Paris, but also our minds. We need to ask questions. We need to take on the protective role insofar as we must not let ourselves be duped… We have the chance to see how many of the manipulative political tactics we are experiencing here in the USA are also being employed at an even more grand, organized scale around the globe.
And on to that Page of Wands- a further reinforcement of my last point- we need to see where we fit in this picture, and when I say we I mean our American culture.
Being in Paris in June and really experiencing the palpable fear and unrest between refugees (in June, before this became the romanticized refugee crisis, it was clearly an obvious issue bubbling up), native Parisians, and others was a stark eye-opener. It was a chance to see what its like being in a society very uncomfortable with its massive surge of unwanted newcomers. As an American it was a reminder that just because we are not in Europe it does not mean the same cannot happen here. Being faced with the realities of the extreme wars in the middle east, the trauma and poverty their people hold in their hearts, the tremendous need they bring with them in looking for a safe haven… all with too little infrastructure or resource to really help. It’s the recipe for a perfect storm. As the Page we have the chance to see ourselves in the greater scope, and our policies which may have contributed.
My sense is we should be looking at Paris as though it could well be a pre-cursor for possible planned changes in the states. We should be learning what this means for us while keeping our hearts open to the French and seeing ourselves in their current struggle. WE SHOULD BE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION. We should not only be making choices to send energy and solidarity, but we should strongly consider what steps we take and what channels we utilize to do that- are they run by big war-machine owning companies or are they grassroots, for example. We should be asking ourselves where we fit into all this. Those kinds of questions and considerations are what can make us truly able to give back to the French (whom, I will remind us, funded our revolution and helped us to create independence from the British… they even went broke while doing so which sparked their own national revolution). There is something so deep to this reading.
How are our countries sisters-in-democracy? How have powers that be turned against us? How do we stand together as people and not policies? How do we see the depths of our national relationships and the reflecting-pool that is French-American relating culture? As things unfold and the spirit of France rises, we can be assured that the same flame lives in our culture, and it too will be called upon, likely at some later date.
And those be my most genuine thoughts on the matter. And that is why I make these decks- because the folks who designed these cities, created their architecture, curated and commissioned their public art, wrote their stories… those people are also politicians, wealthy land owners, educated folks. And those folks have A LOT to do with the massive wave of cultural change sweeping over our globe at this time. Looking more into their curated stories gives us the power to rewrite the narrative in healthier, more alchemized, more loving, more empowering, more peace-supporting ways.”
True brilliance from Urban Priestess Virginia Jester. City Mystic Paris deck coming soon birthed from a wildly successful Crowdfunding campaign, and the New York deck is available now.