We are living in incredibly weird times and one of the suggestions given by our fearless wrangler Jay Cassels for this hop was to "Challenge yourself: Do you know or can you tell us a story using only the major deck (add suits if you wish it) the only stipulation with this is it must begin with Once Upon a Time..."
Here is my tale of life on earth as we go through the darkness.
Once upon a time, a heirophant came to power, but unlike kind heirophants who wanted what was best for his people, this one believed he had dominion over his people and he required them to submit to his will. Anyone who disobeyed him or even disagreed with him was banished from the kingdom and scorned. Unfortunately, people who had lives to live, bills to pay, and other mortal concerns began to tune out his insanity and adjust to life under this narcissistic emperor with no clothes on.
While his power grew, the devil came and those with money and power chose to feed their addictions. They bought more, they spent more, they ate more. And it was not only the individuals who chose to feed their addictions, companies ate more and more oil and used more and more resources. Those with power fed their addictions on the backs of the poor. They thought that it had to be this way and they did not realize they had a choice.
Then the world fell apart as the carefully formed companies and safety nets were blown apart by a virus and people began tumbling out of the windows of the world. Unemployment grew, people grew sick, our economy crumbled and it seemed as if a lightening bolt had struck the world and it was blown apart. Death and destruction came upon the world as people fell sick and cowered beneath death's feet.
The wise ones asked us to all stay within our homes, to conserve our resources, to go within ourselves, to be hermits. However, even as we pulled back our energies for the world, there were those who realized that even in this place of darkness we could all be beacons of light for one another. We could share music, we could share uplifting tales, and we could be there for others. And the world chose to lay down her swords and take a much needed rest.
The end of this story is not yet written and the fool stands upon the precipice waiting to leap. The question is will the fool lead the lessons of rebirth and revising our lifestyle that the tower provides to allow us to rise or will the fool choose the devil's addiction?