He’s a man dressed as a bat who strikes terror into the heart of criminals in Gotham City. Concealing his true identity, he masquerades as Bruce Wayne, a mega wealthy industrialist, with a taste for fine wine and even finer women. He is Batman – and he’s back on the big screen with his new film The Lego Batman Movie. Our Witch Twitch didn’t need to be asked twice to dowse his well-documented dark depths…
What’s In A Name
With a name like Bruce, Gotham’s self-appointed protector was always starred for greatness. The name dates from medieval times and means deep-rooted strength. It is shared by the 14th century Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland. Legend has it that the Scottish laird learned the value of perseverance from watching a spider spin a web. However, the tarot shows Brucie Baby hasn’t much time for arachnids, especially the Peter Parker type. Our Witch Twitch says our man Bats doesn’t care to Marvel at web-slinging heroes, it’s DC all the way.
Scratch The Surface
He has the looks, the brains, the physical prowess, with a list of accomplishments that would make Leonardo Da Vinci look ordinary so Batman can be forgiven for coming across as a bit of a pompous jerk at times. Although he has no superhuman powers, he is one of the world’s smartest and greatest fighters. He’s an expert in chemistry, criminology, forensics, martial arts, gymnastics, disguise, escape artistry, ventriloquism … we told you he’s no dummy.
The cards suggest that his knowledge of so many disciplines has made him an unconventional and, somewhat, unpredictable individual. They also show that although he is often perceived to be a loner at his very core friendship, affection and love are extremely important to him. Our Witch Twitch says he needs to open himself up to the possibility of team work. There is no “I” in team.
Tall, dark and handsome our boy Bruce has no trouble when it comes to attracting the ladies. However, keeping them is another matter. The billionaire industrialist has been linked with some real beauties including ex fiancée Julie Madison, socialite-turned-nurse Linda Page, Gotham Gazette reporter Vicki Vale, Gotham City Assistant District Attorney Rachel Dawes, and, arguably his one true love Selina ‘Catwoman’ Kyle. They have each wanted to unmask him, to get to his very Bat being but, no matter how close they have come, the playboy has always managed to exit the relationship before getting in too deep.
Our guides suggest the cool businessman has trust and commitment issues which are likely to stem back to when at an early age he witnessed the murder of his mother and father, Martha and Dr Thomas Wayne. The heart is willing but, sadly, unable. However, the cards show there is hope for Gotham’s finest. To have any longtime luck in love he is advised to lighten up his mood a tad, turn that frown upside down and adopt a more flamboyant, metrosexual aesthetic. Our Witch Twitch says it’s worked wonders for The Joker.
Native American Totem
It comes as no surprise to learn that Batman is under the influence of the Native American totem Bat which is just as well as Porcupine or Moose Man doesn’t quite have the same ring. Bat is the symbol of rebirth and embraces the idea of shamanistic death. To earn the right to fly with bat the individual needs to release any former notions of self, often enduring brutal tests of physical strength and psychic ability and having all their emotional buttons punched hard.
The tarot suggests that at times Batman finds the constant demands on him to grow and become his future, to constantly be reborn a little wearying – and confusing. “Tonight, Matthew, I am going to be… Cybernetic Batman, er, no, Man of Bats, erm, let’s switch that to Earth-Two Batman…” Our Witch Twitch says he would be advised to go and sit in a dark room from time to time or else he may find himself going slightly batty.
The Dark Knight carries a heavy burden of responsibility but he secretly desires to follow a life of freedom, excitement and adventure. The cards show he’s a free spirit at heart who dreams of ditching the cape and cowl in favour of a pair of Billabong boardshorts and thongs, jumping in a Campervan, heading down to Huntington Beach on the Californian coast to catch some rideable waves. This is the secret place he heads to in his mind when he dreams of escaping it all.
In reality, though, there will be no Turtle Rolls or cries of “cowabunga” for this dark hero. Our Witch Twitch says he has a much darker path to follow. He’s vengeance. He is the night. He is Batman! And, we can all sleep a lot better knowing that he’s out there guarding us with his batarangs and a can of Shark-Repellant Bat-Spray.
This Tarotscope appears in The Wharf newspaper.
Batman & Catwoman image courtesy of @awesomeanthd
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The Witch of the Wharf is a published writer, regular columnist for The Wharf newspaper and blogger