Shadows & Light: Grumpy Red Fairy

Today’s Shadows & Light card is Grumpy Red Fairy, and she carries the message “Be your true self!”  She looks pissed, quite frankly, and she has every reason to be.  She is different from those around her and everyone spends a great deal of time judging her for her appearance and her lack of of a smile plastered on her face all the time.  The Grumpy Red Fairy isn’t really mad at the world or upset with anyone or anything, she just prefers to be honest and she doesn’t feel you deserve her smiles and attention then she isn’t going to give it to you.  But with the way everyone judges her for it and the way they judge her appearance, which is also different than those around her, can you blame her?

The message of the Grumpy Red Fairy is that you have to be you, you have to be true to your heart.  So many people spend so much of their time focused on judging others, looking at their outer appearance and deciding who they are and what their worth is based on this.  She says “Check yourself!  Are you judging people based on the outer shell they carry?”  But she seems to stop for a second before even giving you a real chance to think and says “Better yet, are you pretending to be something you’re not because you don’t want to offend those who would judge you?  Are you too afraid of what someone might say to you that you pretend to be happy all the time, presenting yourself as someone else just so you can fit in?”

Take a moment today and sit with the Grumpy Red Fairy and see what she has to say to you and see what aspects of yourself she can show you need to be cleared away to make room for the true you to step forward.  Life is meant to be lived as your true, authentic self.  Life isn’t supposed to be a masquerade party where you go around pretending to be something your not for the comfort and benefit of others.

When I pulled this card today and started to listen to the Grumpy Red Fairy, one of the fairies in the deck that I really identify with, the song “Everyday Is Halloween” by Ministry came into my head.  I think this is a song that resonates with her a great deal and I think it’s one that gets across some of what she’s trying to say.  Below is the song and the lyrics for you to check out.  Enjoy!

well I live with snakes and lizards
and other things that go bump in the night
cos to me everyday is Halloween
I have given up hiding and started to fight
I have started to fight

well any time, any place, anywhere that I go
all the people seem to stop and stare
they say ‘why are you dressed like it’s Halloween?
you look so absurd, you look so obscene!’

o, why can’t I live a life for me?
why should I take the abuse that’s served?
why can’t they see they’re just like me
it’s the same, it’s the same in the whole wide world

well I let their teeny minds think
that they’re dealing with someone who is over the brink
and I dress this way just to keep them at bay
cos Halloween is everyday
it’s everyday

o, why can’t I live a life for me?
why should I take the abuse that’s served?
why can’t they see they’re just like me
it’s the same, it’s the same in the whole wide world

o, why can’t I live a life for me?
why should i take the abuse that’s served?
why can’t they see they’re just like me
I’m not the one that’s so absurd

why hide it?
why fight it?
hurt feelings
best to stop feeling hurt
from denials, reprisals
it’s the same it’s the same in the whole wide world

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