See the Cripple Dance

By Maranda Elizabeth

In See the Cripple Dance, Maranda explores Tarot cards through a lens of disability, madness, and poverty.

Each installment details personal stories and reflections on day-to-day life, while connecting their experiences as a mad-crip-poor creature surviving in the city to the imagery portrayed in the cards of various decks.

With an introspective, curious, and brazenly political voice, Maranda not only shares their own interpretations of the cards, but asks readers a multitude of questions to consider in their own process of self-exploration, creativity, and healing.

See the Cripple Dance: Witchcraft for crazy people

Maranda Elizabeth introduces themself as Little Red Tarot’s newest contributor in their column See the Cripple Dance. Read more

See the Cripple Dance: To be disabled is to resist

What does it mean to resist while housebound? Maranda Elizabeth reads Starhadwk’s Dreaming the Dark. Read more

See the Cripple Dance: Finding agency and autonomy through isolation and grief

Do you know crip-time? Do you know crip-grief? Maranda presents a sick and disabled re-imagining of the Eight of Cups. Read more

See the Cripple Dance: To be crazy as a loon

Maranda reads the Two of Swords and Two of Pentacles with ghosts in their hometown. Read more

See the Cripple Dance: On the urgency of writing, borderline dreamscapes, and feelings hidden behind the prolific

Maranda explores BPD, sleeping pills, and the prolific with the Six of Swords and Daughter / Queen of Swords. Read more

See the cripple dance: Bruises as a sign of healing, lilac season, and becoming nobody

Maranda explores the Three of Swords, access intimacy, and the emotions of inaccessibility. Read more

See the cripple dance: Re-reading the Five of Pentacles as cripple-magic

Dumpster-diving and resisting ableism with the Five of Pentacles. Read more

See the cripple dance: The Seven of Cups and the pleasure of sadness

Summertime sadness, becoming smitten with yourself, and navigating internal worlds with the Seven of Cups. Read more

See the Cripple Dance: The Sun and The Moon, being looked at vs. being seen

Maranda Elizabeth encounters creeps & witches alike on the path of self-like. Read more

See the Cripple Dance: The (in)tangibilities of writing, dreaming, & trusting

“Each time I finish a project, each time somebody tells me my writing has helped keep them alive, I remember that I am one of the ones who was not expected to survive.” Read more

See the Cripple Dance: Unlearning sarcasm & self-deprecation with the Six of Cups

On shameless sincerity, and allowing ourselves and our fictional characters to be complicated. Read more

See the Cripple Dance: Strength as intimacy, intimacy as strength

Are you the human or the lion? Maranda re-imagines Strength as care & change. Read more

See the Cripple Dance: The Chariot and using public transit while disabled and crazy

Maranda discusses crip-time, the exhaustion of talking to non-disabled people, and everything you can’t fathom because you weren’t there. Read more

See the cripple dance: On Temperance, bravado, and wanting to change the world

Maranda discusses self-awareness, public meltdowns, and using the cards to reduce harm to themself and others. Read more

See the Cripple Dance | Four of Swords as cripple writer and chronic over-sharer

On recuperation from burnout, claiming anti-productivity, and seeing our hands as always-in-prayer. Read more

See the Cripple Dance | Nine of Wands, migraines, & living a creative life

Maranda discusses believability & environmental illness, asking if sickness can be liberating. Read more

See the Cripple Dance | Embodying the Fool & finding beauty in the escape

Maranda shares brief thoughts and non-revelations on an impulsive trip. Read more

See the Cripple Dance | City-fascination, fibromyalgia, & fiction

Maranda connects the Ace of Wands to disabled psychogeography, learning (& cripping) new words, and inventing literary genres. Read more

See the cripple dance | The Wheel of Fortune: Learning to accept good luck

When good things happen to you, what are your first thoughts? When your wishes come true, do you tell anyone? Read more

See the cripple dance | Idealist pessimism & cynical romance

Exploring unconventional relationships, intimacy through paid transactions, and mutual care with the Lovers. Read more

See the Cripple Dance | Two of Cups: Becoming skilled in emotional conversations and collaborations

Maranda discusses the possibility of no longer losing one’s sense of self in another, and relationships and friendships as always in process. Read more

See the Cripple Dance | Seven of Swords: Shoplifting, style, & survival

Re-visiting the ways in which sick, disabled, & poor people are scolded or punished for having fun (or having anything). Read more

See the Cripple Dance | Nine of Swords: Tears, fears, & being both the caring and the cared for

In which those sharp, bloody swords are connected to medical procedures. Read more

See the Cripple Dance | Six of Swords: Celebrating seven years of sobriety

Leaving behind substances, bad habits, & stagnation without fear; the Six of Swords is growing up, maturing, moving on. Read more

See the Cripple Dance | Trusting the Ace of Pentacles to provide access & luck during tumultuous times

On disabled bodies becoming cockroaches, scars, protests, & altars: Maranda reflects on a recent election. Read more

See the Cripple Dance | The Four of Wands & constructing rooms & bodies of belonging

On the political position of the tenant, & the creative process of imagining homes. Read more

See the Cripple Dance | Post-surgery & post-break-up introspection with the Page of Cups

On reading poetry, refusing to hide from pain, and blossoming in the mud during Chiron Retrograde. Read more

See the Cripple Dance | The sparks that build The Tower & then burn it down

On the weight of the wreckage of the loss of love during recuperation from surgery. Read more

See the Cripple Dance | Leaving things unfinished while wandering & recalibrating with the Seven of Pentacles

Maranda on sickness as a sign that life has become unmanageable again. Read more

See the Cripple Dance | Learning what happens when the figure in Eight of Cups walks beyond our sight

From one form of grief to another, one form of relief to another… Read more

See the Cripple Dance | When the Four of Cups reminds us to resist apathy & cynicism even as we’re being attacked

On attending an anti-poverty march, coping ahead, and dreaming despite disaster. Read more

See the Cripple Dance | A farewell: Eight of Pentacles, language, & emerging themes of Venus Retrograde

In their final column, Maranda talks about building a legacy word-by-word, a commitment to further development of writing skills, and imagining age. Read more

I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.

I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.