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Goblin Moon / Hobgoblin Night Tarot

Teresa Edgerton

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It is a lovely view, isn't it. I was quite taken with it when I found it. And ever since I made the trailers for the books (which is to say, for several years) I've been looking for suitable stock photos with someone rowing in an old-style rowboat, but everything I found was much too modern or otherwise unsuitable. And then, this month when I went looking, there was this picture and another on one of the photo sites I frequent. I was very excited! This only had one figure in the boat, and the scavengers obviously have to work in teams of two, but I was able to rectify that (at the same time adding the other floating objects).
 

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THE GOBLIN MOON

“When the Goblin Moon rises strange things happen.” All the story world is in a state of flux as the elliptical orbit of their moon brings it close enough to bring dangerously high tides, earthquakes, and other natural cataclysms. Driven from their burrows by underground tremors and flooding from the river, the diminutive hobgoblins of Thornburg are said to run mad. It is a time of unease and superstition.

This is another card that heralds rapid, sometimes drastic, change. It also symbolizes dreams, nightmares, illusions, and delusions, as well as (in a more favorable light) intuition and instinct. Its influence over the Querent will be even more powerful if cards with overlapping interpretations, such as The River or Time, also appear in the spread. The Querent can harness these changes for his or her benefit, but first it will be necessary to see beyond the heavy fog of error and confusion.

Indeed, this is not a time for trusting everything seen and heard, for not all things will be as they appear. The Querent’s own innermost instincts will be a much surer guide. It may seem like forever before the world returns to normal, but this is yet another mirage; before long, the way ahead will be much clearer.

Reversed this card indicates a period where faculties of intuition, spirituality, and creativity are heightened. The Querent would be wise to make good use of the opportunities provided by the sharpening of these qualities, but should not—in the fever of inspiration—give into an accompanying temptation to abandon all practical considerations. Our inner and outer worlds function best when balance is maintained.

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COURTSHIP

This card symbolizes the early stages of a courtship, the moonlight-and-roses, getting-to-know-you period. (This is not always a romantic relationship, though most of the time this card turns up it will be. It could be a business partnership, for instance, or a company that is wooing the Querent to work for them. It could also be the beginning of a close and intense friendship. Alternatively, this could describe a “second honeymoon” in an established relationship, a romantic retreat together, or anything meant to help the parties involved reconnect and build a stronger bond when they had been drifting apart. As usual, the rest of the spread should tell you which it is—and, as always, use your intuition.)

Depending on the specific nature of the relationship involved, this courtship period may or may not lead to something permanent or a commitment on either side—which is why it is called “courtship” and not “marriage.” In fact, this card advises the Querent to take things slowly, so that each party understands exactly what the other has to offer. Many relationships, which might have worked, which could have been permanent and fulfilling, can fall apart because of unrealistic expectations. Enjoy what this stage has to offer, the giddy thrill of being wanted, the dance of courtship, but it is wisest not to let those feelings overwhelm common sense. Indeed, this card may describe an intense process of self-examination where the Querent must decide what they really want, what is not negotiable, and where compromise is possible. Whether or not this ever goes beyond the courtship stage, to achieve such clarity would be of great value.

Reversed this card symbolizes a relationship that is ending. It no longer offers the Querent what they truly wish for—perhaps it never did. It may not be too late to end things amicably. An effort to do so could well lead to something being salvaged: a friendship from a romantic relationship, a useful contact from a business one. However, this should NOT involve all the compromises being on the Querent’s side, nor should it involve being drawn back into something that no longer serves their deepest needs.

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Probably the last card I'll be posting for a while, since I have some things I need to catch up with in the next few weeks.


THE CLOCK TOWER

The clock tower is one of the buildings in Hobb’s Church that are undermined by hobgoblins gnawing on wooden piers and beams in floors and foundations. The whole town is in an uproar as more and more of the buildings begin to tilt. Meanwhile, thieving by these mischievous creatures has apparently increased, as small items are continually going missing: bits of lace and ribbon; handkerchiefs, rings and bracelets; thimbles, pins, and needles, etc. But the New World hobgoblins are not the same species as their Old World counterparts; early settlers mistook them based on a superficial resemblance and that mistake has been perpetuated ever since. It takes the compassion and courage of Sera (acting on hints provided by the ghost of that eccentric scholar Izrael Barebones) to learn the secret of these creatures. But will she do so in time to save both the buildings and the hobgoblins?

This card symbolizes plans and projects being undermined by misunderstandings, and lack of cooperation or compromise. Though the Querent will already be aware that something is going wrong, the why and how will not be as evident, as everyone involved is too much engaged with scrambling for advantage or assigning the blame to others, rather than identifying the real problem (or problems) and working together to fix what needs fixing. If it is not addressed VERY soon it will be too late to salvage anything, but it is not too late to prevent a complete disaster just yet.

The best solution would be for the Querent to find a way to make allies of those who are currently working at cross purposes—though, if their aims are too much in opposition this might not be possible. In either case, keep in mind that time is short. Shed all preconceptions, take a fresh look at things NOW, and formulate a new plan based on the present facts rather than on past hopes or wishful thinking.


Reversed, the clock tower has fallen. It is too late to prevent the collapse of hopes and plans. Whether there will be a chance to rebuild, or a necessity to move on and begin anew elsewhere, it is important for the Querent to discover exactly what went wrong, in order to prevent the same thing happening all over again.


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Ooh, I somehow missed the ones at the end of April. That's a gorgeous backdrop to the courting one, and I love the clock tower -- a wonderful piece.

You do realise that I'm becoming desperate to have the tarot read for me with these cards!
 

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Thanks! Yes, I love the background for the courtship card. Had a bit of trouble setting up that one in my living room, though. (Just kidding. It's a picture of a room in a very famous European palace.)

Unfortunately, I think it will be a long while before the deck is completed and ready for readings (as well as however many of the major cards I decide to do, there are still dozens of the minor arcana).
 

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And, finally, two new cards. Both them rather unpleasant (though colorful) individuals from the books.

First up:

THE FIREBRAND

The figure here is the itinerant preacher Moses Tynsdale, otherwise known as the Duchess’s spy, Euripides Hooke. When events in Hobb’s Church move toward crisis, it is he who stokes the flames of anger and prejudice with his impassioned rhetoric, inciting violence and discord on all sides, not because of any personal convictions of his own but because he knows that a state of chaos best serves his role as the Duchess’s agent.

He is shown here outside a church because Tynsdale (or Hooke) has no parish, no congregation. As Francis Skelbrooke—who knew him as a much younger man—explains it, “no sooner ordained than defrocked,” for there is a scandal involving murder and black magic in the erstwhile clergyman’s past. Now he uses his skills as an orator to manipulate others by first creating fear and then offering the supposed solution—which invariably serves him and those who employ him far better than it ever could benefit those who fall under his influence. He is shown with the beginnings of a mob listening raptly to his harangue. They are already frightened because the very foundations of their town seem to be crumbling and there appears to be no other solution but the mass extermination of the hobgoblins. These men are in no mood to consider that the New World hobs might be sentient creatures, capable of being reasoned with; they are angry and want a violent outlet for that anger. Besides, accepting that the hobs are not quite what they have thought them to be will rattle their internal worlds as their external world is already being rattled.

This card symbolizes fear itself, the kind that drives us to do things that we are later ashamed of—if, that is, we can admit the truth of what we have done or allowed to happen, rather than suppressing it and thus bearing the canker of our unacknowledged guilt forever. When this card turns up in a reading, the only way to combat its influence is through courage and integrity, tolerance and compassion, for the only true danger that it symbolizes is the very fear that the Firebrand—whoever he (or she) might happen to be in the Querent’s orbit—himself engenders.


Reversed the card symbolizes someone with a shameful perhaps even criminal past, a a history of many closely-held secrets. Yet even further back than that was a life of idealism and sincerely held convictions, before he allowed himself to be led down so many dark pathways he was eventually persuaded there was no going back. This person is not, however, entirely beyond reformation, IF he can only be convinced that the mistakes of his past have not rendered him irredeemable.
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THE IMPOSTER

This card is represented by Jarl Skogsrå, the mysterious foreign nobleman who woos Elsie. His origins are obscure and even his title is suspect. He was “a middle-aged dandy in high leather boots like a cavalry officer. Except for the boots there was nothing military about him. He wore his hair unpowdered and neatly clubbed at the back, but the front hung loose in dark golden lovelocks; his garments were laced, fringed, and be-ribboned to a remarkable degree; and he carried a tiny black fan. To many a susceptible maiden, he was a perfect figure of romance.” Nevertheless, Sera, Hermes Budge, and the old men at the bookshop all sense something slippery, something treacherous in his demeanor. Yet he is more dangerous to Elsie than even they suspect, being a creature of wicked obsession. Meanwhile, there are many he meets who fall for his gentlemanly appearance and flamboyant charm.

This card symbolizes the power of outward appearances to lull us into trusting the wrong people. When it appears in a spread someone may be trying to swindle or otherwise cheat the Querent. Especially be wary of anyone whose attentions appear too fulsome and flattering, the suitor who promises and expects too much too soon, or the salesman who presses a binding contract that must be signed NOW before there is time to give the matter full consideration.


Reversed this card reminds the Querent to look beyond the obvious, past the superficial aspects of character, reminds them also that an outwardly pleasant manner does not always indicate a trustworthy individual.

The person we like and believe in because of an appealing appearance and agreeable manner is not necessarily a good person, while the person who is unattractive and socially awkward is not necessarily a bad one. There may be some matter close at hand where people are taking sides, where it is important for the Querent to look into the actual facts and weigh them without prejudice, rather than being blinded by the popularity of one individual, the obscurity of another.

Or the Querent may be obliged to choose between two people for a job or a promotion. Remember that the person who is good at placing any past accomplishments in a favorable light might not be as qualified as the one who has been quietly and efficiently doing most of the work.


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This week, I begin to introduce some of the court cards. Like other Tarot decks, this one is divided into the Major Arcana and the Lesser Arcana (including the "pip" cards and four court cards, most like a set of playing cards, except that there is one extra).

COURT CARDS—STEEL

KING, QUEEN, PRINCE, AND PRINCESS

This suit is represented by, among other things, needles, pins, and scissors (for mending or creating out of whole cloth), the surgeon’s lancet (for healing), and a variety of defensive weapons (daggers, swords, pistols). All this should be reflected in interpretations of the court cards for this suit. The more favorable aspects would be emphasized if one of these cards appears upright in the spread, some of the less favorable, least flattering, or painful, if a card comes up reversed, Near the end of the reading, valuable insights to the Querent's situation can sometimes be gained by determining if one suit dominates, and if it does, consider what influences the suit as a whole may bring. (As always, the reader should use a certain amount to intuition in in doing so, and not confine him or herself to interpreting the symbols literally.)

The individuals symbolized by this suit tend to begin life as idealists: sensitive and compassionate. Many are drawn to careers in medicine, or to pursue a religious vocation, while others may be reformers, politicians, social workers, or work in law enforcement. For those who follow none of these life paths, their desire to make the world a better place often leads to volunteer work on the side, or to other philanthropic activities.

As they grow older they often become more judgmental, less flexible in their thinking. Many gravitate toward positions of authority, at first because they think that working within the system will allow them to better serve others, but as time goes on often because they become more and more convinced that they are the only ones who know how things can be accomplished, the only ones capable of seeing things done correctly. From trying to protect others, some gradually move on to seek control for control’s sake. In such cases they still have their ideals, but they have become embittered because others have disappointed them too many times.

Nevertheless, the sensitivity and vulnerability is still there behind the face they present to the world, which is why those who self-identify with this suit often go (metaphorically) armed in order to protect themselves from emotional pain. This, of course, can backfire, as keeping other people at a distance can also lead to a painful sense of isolation, even when the isolation is largely self-inflicted.

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