When a Friday the 13th happens, my friend A. hosts a dinner and game of Tarot of his own devising.
The wizard in charge
We go around the table, putting out a card each. "The ghost" hand is played by its neighbour. The cards are valued in reverse - i.e., a ten is worth 1 and an ace is worth 10. Trumps also have their values reversed. (I forget what happens with the court cards...) The person with the highest card in the first hand plays first. Next person has to play same suit or, lacking same, a trump. Person ending up with highest card gets a reading from the cards laid out. If the ghost wins, then the reading is a general, group reading.
Lots of food and wine are involved.
First round complete, ready for reading
If you don't like your reading, tough.
I think this was my lay-out. The only thing I want to know about my future is if I have one.
Counting me (unseen), the appropriate number of 13 people were present - but "the ghost" made 14.
Round and round and round we go.
A. presiding over the proceedings
Scrying in the chocolate fondue is optional
Tri-colour pasta - because our host&chef is Italian
Tarot placemats! (Plasticized from a calendar)
Moon in Aquarius, so seafood - shrimp w. peppers
Olives and hot peppers
The piece de resistance - tho I didn't see anybody resisting: Poached salmon
One of the wines - a smoked (!) (slightly) variety
A good time was had by all.
Next Friday the 13th - in July. Moon in Taurus. I guess that means boeuf! Meatloaf, roulades, steak tartare (there's a Syrian restaurant across the street we could get from)...