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Misty Benson

Idaho USA

Six of Pentacles from the Morbidly Adorable Tarot


Art: Six of Pentacles from the Morbidly Adorable Tarot by Artist Misty Benson
All hail the CLOUD PUP, or the fluffiest sheep you've ever seen! The Six of Pentacles from the Morbidly Adorable Tarot is a card about sharing and charity. Giving your wealth to others helps bring balance to your life. Maybe you need to share your financial prosperity or be generous by sharing your time and attention with others. You may also be in a position of receiving.
Since this is a card about balance, the rocks behind the girl demonstrate the delicate nature of the balance of giving and receiving. The fluffy sheep, or cloud pups, are associated with compassion, sure-footedness (balance), creativity, and even big dreams. They see the small things in life. The wolf is a guardian and a guide. He is also a good counterbalance of energy, a little wild, but also a community-minded companion for the girl and her sheep.
Though the wolf is wearing a little sheep hat, he is not "a wolf in sheep's clothing"* in the stereotypical sense. Maybe the wolf just wants to wear a hat, he likes their style, doesn't want to spook the neighbors, or he needs a little sheep energy of his own! There are so many motivations of a Morbidly Adorable Wolf. Plus, he isn't the first creature to wear a hat! See the cows in the Three of Pentacles.

SIDE NOTE: I am not a fan of animal idioms such as "to kill two birds with one stone," "more than one way to skin a cat," "beat a dead horse," "chicken out," or call people sheep or "sheeple." There are dozens of these sayings in the English language often used as one note insults referring to complex creatures. They demean animals and normalize violence. These idioms are so ingrained in our language that even I have to work to keep myself from repeating them. (As far as depicting animal violence in my art, I struggled whether or not to paint the tattooed pig in the Four of Pentacles. Instead of condoning it, I used it as a statement from a rescued pig. The translated text reads, "Neither your food nor your canvas." In the Three of Arrows, the arrows through the octopus are meant to be devastating. The octopus is a commentary on wildlife as well as a representation of the angel's betrayed heart.)

Six of Pentacles:
16"x20" Original Acrylic Painting: https://morbidlyadorable.com/shop/morbidly-adorable-tarot/sixofpentaclesoriginaltarotartpainting/
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