Tarot by the Mouthful Theresa Reed and Kyle Cherek

Kyle is a foodie who loves Tarot. Theresa is a Tarot reader who loves food. 

Together, we host Tarot by the Mouthful: a mouthwatering, multi-media culinary tour through the world of Tarot. 

Sublime recipes. Soulful stories. Essays, videos, interviews and delicious surprises. 

Join us every Sunday for a new installment — and get ready to sip, slurp, crunch and savor your way through the entire Tarot deck! 

This week: Nine of Swords

Nine of Swords - Tarot by the Mouthful

Nine of Swords: One look at this card and it’s clear what it’s all about: anxiety, worry, and sleepless nights. What are you losing sleep over? What nightmares are keeping you up at night?  Are they real or a figment of your over-anxious mind?  The Nine of Swords symbolizes mental stress, anguish, and sometimes a stab in the back.  This card can also represent illness, rehab, or hospitals.

Kyle is out this week for Mother’s Day stuff – so it’s just me!

Theresa – Sick food

The Nine of Swords shows a figure sitting up in bed, head in hands, a picture of agony.  That was me this week when I came down with a vicious cold.  I’ve got a pretty strong immune system but this bug managed to get past my firewall and knock me clear off my feet.

I can safely say that this is the sickest I have been in years (other than two bouts of food poisoning).

I’m still dealing with a lingering cough – eight days after I first contracted this garbage.

When I am ill, my cooking goes on hold and there is only one thing that I want: Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup.

That salty, chicken-y broth with tiny slivers of chicken and slippery noodles.  No other soup will do. I don’t want fancy Progresso or the even fancier “organic” stuff in cartons.  I won’t even consider the “homestyle” Campbells.  I want none of it.

I just want the old red + white can stuff that mom used to make when I was a little girl battling a cold.

Mom might have been the greatest soup maker in the world (she made homemade noodles for her chicken soup) but when a kid was home sick, she always pulled out the Campbells.  It was easy for her and we liked it.

It’s the perfect “sick food” for a little kid – or an old broad like me who just isn’t up to the task of cooking and needs the kind of comfort that only comes in that can.  As I l poured the soup into the pot with the requisite can of water, I knew that I would be feeling better as soon as that broth hit my parched throat.

I was right.

A few slurps and I was like a little kid, happy and feeling a smidge better.  While a can of soup can’t take away the actual virus it sure can take away the misery a bit.  Thanks, mom.

What do you cook when you’re under the weather or feeling blue? Share with me on Twitter @thetarotlady

Bon Appetit!

Theresa and Kyle

© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2016

photos from personal collection and Jessica Kaminski

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