The Crone and Bonnie chatted as Bonnie showed off her circus skills by swinging on a playground swing set. Poor Edward the Emu had come to grief when he tried out as a trapeze artist and had limped off to see the nurse to have his bruises and wounded pride attended to.
Believe it or not it is actually quite difficult to get a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo like Bonnie to concentrate for any length of time. Sulphur Crested Cockatoos are absolute characters to watch. They congregate in groups and will hang upside down and drink from the gutters, playing games, daring each other to do the next funny thing. They really have a sense of entertainment and are an utter joy to watch.
So the Crone was quite surprised when Bonnie stopped ‘practicing her moves’ to seriously have a look at her collection of Tarot decks.
“Is the Major Mitchell Cockatoo one of these Major people?” Bonnie asked as she flipped through the 22 cards the Crone still had at the top of the deck.
The Crone was grateful to be reminded that it was the Explorer, Major Mitchell, who was fascinated by these birds and had written that “Few birds more enliven the monotonous hues of the Australian forest than this beautiful species whose pink-coloured wings and flowing crest might have embellished the air of a more voluptuous region.”
According to Biddy Tarot, the Crone said “the Major Arcana Tarot cards represent the life lessons, karmic influences and the big archetypal themes that are influencing your life and your soul’s journey to enlightenment. The Major Arcana card meanings are deep and complex –in beautiful ways! Theses Tarot cards truly represent the structure of human consciousness and hold the keys to life lessons passed down through the ages”.
Bonnie’s eyes began to glaze over and the Crone realised that if she was going to keep this bird’s interest she would have to find another way. She decided, there and then that the best way to explain the Majors to Bonnie was to draw comparisons with the wildlife that this bird was so familiar with. “The Major Mitchell Cockatoo could easily take the role of the Emperor” she thought as she rattled through her bag and found her sketch book and pencils!