The Raven and the Writing desk

I am a fan of Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland and wish I could spend more of my time his stupendously concocted world of wonder; for I believe that life itself can become easier to understand, when one is surrounded by complete and utter silly madness :)

There is a lot of comfort to be found in the following exchange: (Alice) “Do you think I’ve gone round the bend?” (The Hatter) “I’m afraid so. You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

… And then you have The (mad) Hatter’s riddle: “Why is a Raven like a Writing Desk?” which is wonderful, because, no matter how many outlandish suggestions one may arrive at (and no matter how entertaining these suggestions may be), this riddle was penned by its author to remain forever without an answer – or to quote the Hatter:
“I haven’t the slightest idea!” 

Why is a raven like a writing desk?

Wonderland,  Riddles and Tarot cards?

Drawing parallels between quotes and riddles in a children’s story (though I believe it is for grown-ups too) – and the insight sought in Tarot cards, may not seem like the most accurate or straight forward approach… Yet, have you ever experienced times when your Tarot cards literally *throw their proverbial hands in the air* and give a you a ‘Mad Hatter’s’ response? Almost as if to say: “Look, we have tried to tell you that you really don’t want to know this one at the moment, yet you persist and keep on asking… so here is a completely ridiculous answer to throw your mind in a different direction….”

The things we don’t need to know – just yet

Everyone goes through times, when they feel as though knowing or getting to the bottom of a particular question would solve everything. However, I do believe that our sub-conscious aims to protect us from that which we are not yet ready to grasp or take on; situations where the wheels of time must turn and patience needs to prevail in order for us to progress. So, rather than provide clues which could further muddy the waters through unintentional misunderstandings – the sub-conscious (in cohorts with the cards) may throw caution to the wind, Dormouse out with the teapot, and give an answer which can only be semi-understood if one is standing on ones head…

When you feel like your cards are taking you on a journey through Wonderland, try sit back and enjoy the ride; you may not find answers to your questions, but a distraction from the things troubling you in the ‘here and now’ may be all you need to feel rejuvenated and ready to move on. :)

1 thought on “The Raven and the Writing desk”

  1. I agree with you completely about listening to one’s subconscious; we usually know the answer to riddles – it is just that we find it so difficult to listen to ourselves. I loved the connection with Alice in Wonderland. Wonderful post (as always). Thank you.

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