I promised myself I wouldn’t hate-blog anything for #12Days, and I’m not. But this comes close. I’m sort of boredom-blogging it, I suppose? If this show were any longer than five minutes an episode I would have quit watching. But it’s not, and I love drinks, so here I am, having watched something that I don’t particularly care for. I do, however, have a very interesting tarot spread to make up for it, by way of apology!
Seriously, though, I’m just running out of shows I watched. No one wants me to try to talk about My Hero Academia after two whole episodes; I think maybe I watched some of a *monogatari way back last winter? So here we are, I suppose.
Look, you give me a show about drinks — with recipes, no less — and you’ve got me like three quarters of the way sold. I’ll say this simply so we can move on, because if you like the show I have no beef with you: the characters don’t interest me, and I think the lady is cuter with her hair up and the glasses on. There, I said it. However, I hope that the reading itself will help me appreciate the show more. I’ve done that before (I absolutely hated the first Faulkner novel I read, in grad school, until we discussed in it class. I left loving it).
Here’s what’s far more interesting: a cocktail tarot spread!
So, you see, every cocktail is like a musical chord. You can have two note chords, sure, but most are three — and most cocktails are (at least) three. Think of a gin & tonic, which has three ingredients: gin, tonic water, and lime juice. The base in a drink is the liquor (or wine, maybe). It’s the thing itself, the element that holds up everything. The modifier is what makes the drink unique. Coke, ginger ale, even vermouth could be added to the same base and you’d have a different drink. So the modifier is the element that makes the thing unique, itself. The accent, in a drink, can be as varied as an olive, a liqueur, or a dollop of cream. It’s what brings the thing to your attention, what finishes the chord and harmonizes the first two elements. It’s the element that brings everything together, but can seem insignificant or out of place if looked at the wrong way.
This tarot spread is good for just about everything! You can analyze yourself with it: what are you at your core? What makes you unique? What harmonizes those two things? You can figure out a situation: what is this situation? What changed it? How did the change come from the base issue?
That’s something like what we’ll do with it here. Let’s look at the living situation, the relationship itself, in Love is a Cocktail.
In the base slot we have the King of Swords, who represents the firm foundation of intellect. I actually think, here, he represents the conflict in the show. There isn’t really much of one, but this makes clear what is there. The king of swords is a contradiction. Swords are all about free movement and swift thinking, but the kings are about settling into a throne and directing things. So the king of swords can be unrelenting, if he gets moving in one direction, or he can be lost in his own plans, or his own mind. He has great plans, but if they don’t need to happen, they may not.
I think that’s the conflict of the piece, inasmuch as there is one: second-guessing oneself. The main character consistently hides herself, because she feels she needs to. She has set herself up on a “throne,” but at the cost of her own mobile mind.
The modifier, is the two of cups, which depicts the beginning of a relationship or the joining of equals in, well, in a drink. That’s painfully appropriate here. The base of the show is the mind in the world, so the modifier is the emotions at home, with a partner.
The accent is the King of Pentacles. This is the most solid of kings. He’s secure in his wealth and his throne. He looks on at his coin in satisfaction, knowing what he’s sewn will grow. The accent that brings the first two elements together is earthly security. I admit to thinking that this show sure depicts a nice way to spend your evenings if you’re made of money: Go and get all the different ingredients they use, and keep them all on hand all the time. You’ll be out a lot of money stocking that bar.
The positive side — for us in the audience, at least — is that the security doesn’t have to be financial. The sensual side of things matters, too. So through sensual delights the partnership modifies the “stuck in our heads” problem of the original base.
That’s the show, right there.
There you have it! As I hoped, this gave me a slightly brighter impression of the show. That’s definitely a positive result. Try this reading yourself! Let me know how it works for you. I think it’s adaptable, which is why I didn’t write out detailed instructions for each position. So long as you keep the idea of a harmonious chord in mind, and the three keywords: base, modifier, and accent, you’ll be fine!