The Niggles


Have you ever had  the niggles? It seems like a good word to describe that feeling of an idea that crawls into your psyche and sets up housekeeping and keeps poking at you until you do something about it. I wonder if that’s where J.K. Rowling got the idea for nargles, although I think nargles are more like the troll that steals socks from dryers, but that’s another story.

The thing that’s been giving me the niggles lately is the moon card from Ellen Dugan and Mark Evan’s “Witches Tarot”. I love this deck! The feel, colors, and pure artistry of it is exactly what I’ve been looking for in a deck. It is rapidly becoming my far-and-away favorite go-to Tarot deck. The one thing that bugs me about it is how everyone keeps calling the lady on the Moon card a “crone”.

If that chick is a ‘crone’ I’ll eat my support stockings.

I’m not saying old is ugly. Old is beautiful…Helen Mirin. Maggie Smith. ‘Nuff said.

It isn’t fair…and I believe it to be political propaganda driven by a toxic 16th and 17th brew of church and state on a literal witch hunt… but there is a grain of truth to your garden variety “crone” being portrayed as, well, less than fashion plate pretty.  Crones have grown beyond caring about society’s idea of physical beauty. At some point, life just gets too short for that nonsense.

Or put it this way: After half a century and several laps around the block, I’m convinced that no self-respecting “crone” would ever wear a corset like that. And that’s platinum blond, not old age white, TRUST me!

The Devil’s detail in all this is simply that life is a finite resource for any individual. At some point you have to prioritize. Even if you are young with nothing but potential in every direction you look, it pays to know what makes it all worth-while. It’s more than ok to show your true self and to put your time and life-energy into the stuff that matters to you. Even if your true self wears sensible shoes and mom-jeans.

When you hit middle age, life may not be as long as it used to be, but it dives deep. Don’t get me wrong, I plan on hitting retirement age like the rocket launcher in the movie R.E.D., but at this point I’d rather invest energy into a good life and beauty by my definition than go shoes-shopping. But that’s just me.



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