On This Day
Frankenstein was conceived amidst a wet, rainy summer at Lake Geneva with Lord Byron and her future husband Percy Shelley. Confined by terrible weather, they amused themselves by reading German ghost stories, and, at Lord Byron’s suggestion, each wrote a supernatural tale.
Author Mary Shelley was born on this day in 1797 in London, England. Shelly wrote the dark and gloomy archetypal gothic novel Frankenstein, which she began writing when she was eighteen.
Summation of Spread
With his display of authority and rigid, controlling, and unbudgeable qualities, the Emperor card carries shades of the Frankenstein monster.
Frankenstein is the classic tale of a manmade monster seeking acceptance—a cautionary tale of what goes tragically wrong when man makes Promethian-like attempts to control the nature of life and death. The Frankenstein Spread uses the themes and symbols from the tale to shed light on your life.
Cast Your Cards
Cast in the shape of two lightning bolts:
1. Rebellion: How do I move against the grain?
2. Life Creation: What do I create in my life?
3. Shaping Destiny: What destiny should I embrace?
4. Alienation: What makes me feel like an outsider?
5. Monstrosity: What terrifies me?
6. Madness: What makes me crazy?
7. Secrecy: What do I repress from others?
8. Guilt: Does guilt influence my actions?
9. Desire: What do I crave more than anything?
10. Occult Knowledge: How does occult knowledge help me understand my reality?
11. Dangerous Knowledge: What do I know that I wish I didn’t know?