Twelve Days 11: Bodacious Space Pirates

I wrote about Bodacious Space Pirates two years ago. Wow. Well, I re-watched it. At this point I think it’s my wife’s favorite anime. I’m certainly mad it hasn’t gotten another season yet. Let’s get to it!

If you haven’t seen Bodacious Space Pirates, it’s a show in a fairly hard SF setting that mostly ignores the hard SF to talk about how the characters move forward toward their futures. That’s very anime sounding, sorry. Basically, the main character, Marika, is a high school student in the space yacht club at a very fancy school. She finds out she’s the daughter of a pirate, which means she can inherit the “letter of marque,” which allows you to legally be a pirate. The government doesn’t issue any more, and if a standing letter goes stagnant for too long, it goes away. So the crew of  her father’s ship really wants her to become captain so they don’t have to quit pirating.

Queue a lot of weird things, like the fact that most piracy is actually putting on shows where you rob people at gunpoint, only for the cruise liner’s insurance to replace everything you stole. I actually wonder what happens to all the loot. The show never depicts anyone selling it, but we never see it in the hold either (mostly). Then there are princesses, clone baths, and a series of stories where the crew is sick and Marika gets her yacht club friends to crew so they can keep that letter intact.

It’s a good show, watch it!


Card reading time, though!


In the past position we got The Star, which indicates, as one site puts it, “starlight vision.” That shows us Marika isn’t just getting into space now, because she is suddenly a captain. She’s been in that club for a while, and before that she wanted to get out into space. She wasn’t sure why, or what she’d do when she got there, but she knew she wanted to do it. That’s the kind of vision she had. The Star’s vision is a kind of guidance, “navigating by the stars.” It precedes the Moon and the Sun, which are, respectively, about the unconscious and conscious mind. The Star is what leads us to those mental understandings. Marika was on her way to understanding things even without the captaincy, which is why it was so important for the show to deal with her decision (full disclosure: I originally dropped this show because the first several episodes are dull. I enjoy them now, re-watching, but I think that shows the series was basically made for established fans. Because if you know the characters, the beginning is interesting. If you don’t, it’s kinda dull).

In the present slot we got the Seven of Swords. The seven depicts a thief making off with some swords (not all, though). He’s slipping away out of the back of a camp. I read this as a reminder that Marika solves most of her problems through guile and trickery of some sort. She’s clever, and she knows her own limitations very well. She plans and avoids conflict when able. This card is often seen as negative, but you can read it as using one’s mind to avoid a conflict better left alone. Given the previous card, we can see that Marika is thinking about things a lot. She knows when to stop thinking (given the Star’s guidance), but she will hash things out whenever she has the time.

And that brings us to the future card, another sword: the five of swords. This one’s always difficult to figure out. Is that guy walking away from a fight he just one? Or did he wander by and start stripping the bodies? Is anyone actually dead, or are the losers walking away in the background there? Who knows? Fives are the card of conflict, and swords are all about trying to win those. In this context, given the previous cards, we can say that the five indicates Marika’s ultimate victory. But it won’t be a total victory. Like in the finale of the show (not counting the feature length piece), the victory isn’t altogether great. There, some people died. More lost their ships, which Marika now associates with a kind of existential freedom. So some people gave up their freedom so others could keep it. Marika has learned not only to scheme but also to handle acceptable losses. I think that’s one reason the show is so good on re-watching — you can see Marika grow up, but not like in Bleach or something. She doesn’t “come into her power.” She had that all along. She “comes into” an understanding of the world as it is. She was never really wrong about it before, but she didn’t consider it in a big picture. Every time she’s surprised by something, it’s because she didn’t know someone, or didn’t know their insurance company, or didn’t know about the cruise liner scam. Each time, she learns something that expands her worldview. And that leads to the knowledge that a win is a win, even if you have to arrive late or scavenge parts to pull it off.

Today’s featured tarot deck is the Robin Wood tarot. 


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