I checked to see what was on my docket. I hold court down here every third Thursday. Don’t ask what sort of negotiations made that arrangement. And, it looked like a session in hell in Hell.
First up was an intellectual property, copy right suit. I hated those. Both sides trotted out their share of rapscallions, liars (how do you tell if a habitual liar is telling the truth?), and lawyers (plenty of those down here) to say THEY were first and infringed.
This time it was Pan & Bacchus v Beelzebub aka Satan, aka the Devil aka . . . arguing who had the rights to a tarot card in the major arcana. “God, oops, Hell,” I thought, “this is going to be ugly.”
Apparently Satan thought it a minor nuisance case; he sent his B team of lawyers whose names would still sound familiar. Pan brought a Greek chorus for a cheering section. Bacchus a full scale Caligulian Roman orgy. Which was going to be rather distracting from the bench. And damn tempting . . . . “Clear head, clear heart, no mention of a soul” I mantra’d.
I won’t bore you with all the legalese, gookity-gobble, sly tongued devilishness, raucous spillage, and solemn moaning that filled the courtroom for what seemed an eternity. Down here, time tends to slow down.
To be brief (oh the punishment I can mete out): Satan: the original bad boy; current street cred; meaning of the tarot card. Pan & Bacchus: around for a hellava lot of years before anybody thought about Mr. Diabolical (who did make an entrance in Edwardian garb with wrap-around sunglasses). Covered lots of tarot interpretations as the Greeks and Romans understood Pan & Bacchus.
Both sides argued over the dating of the tarot card – hauling in faded decks on papyrus, vellum, goat skin, clay, limestone, Doric columns. The evidence table had to be reinforced by heavy metal bands 3 times.
I decided to take my thoughts on the case to the next level. The cafeteria. Over deviled eggs, a glass or two of wine, and a café Diablo, flute music on the headphones, I’ll consider both sides of the card question. I’ll let you know who ends up with the trump card. Oops – let’s just say: who cut the deck the best.
Some silliness in honour of Wild Child’s last tarot card prompt: The Devil is in the Details. Wild Child mentioned that the Devil tarot card is also aligned with Pan & Bacchus and thus a law suit was launched.
Good luck, Wild Child. Hope your tarot card readings are always good ones.
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