|Just because you're an immortal murderer bent on vengeance doesn't mean you can't be dapper, too|
Now on to the less than faithful husband. It seems all is not well in Paradise, as new girlfriend is growing increasingly resentful of Trevor's continuing mourning of Helen. Sure, he might be a creep, but at least he has a conscience. Trevor stands before a mirror, contemplating presumably the train wreck his life has become, and inadvertently says Helen's name five times. Oops. Helen appears behind him, her head a mass of scar tissue, but her face untouched, and, hook in hand, well, gets back at her cheating husband. It seems she has taken on the same abilities and rules as Candyman, and become part of the urban legend herself.
|At this point, the run of Trevor's thoughts are "oops."|
The first card to come up, the present situation, was the Fool. This seems to make a good deal of sense, as Helen really gets in over her head, but makes good use of her resources, both internal and external. A lot of her expectations and assumptions fall apart, and she finds herself in many ways out of her depth. Likewise, at the end of the movie, it's a whole new ball game for her, and she no doubt needs to learn a whole new set of rules and adapt to a whole new existence as a figure of legend.
Covering this, indicating influences on the situation, was the 9 of Pentacles. This is interesting, as there's a message of coming into one's own and reaping the benefits of hard work. There's a repeated theme throughout the movie- "It Was Always You, Helen". How much of this is destiny, and how much is Helen's own doing is never clear, but the path she is on does seem to go only one way. And ultimately, Helen gets back at Trevor, who seems too busy keeping his paramour and wife from running into each other to be much concerned about Helen's life and increasingly reckless behavior.
The 8th position tells us of Hopes and Fears- here, we see the 8 of Wands, indicating that Helen needs to re-align that sense of determination and purpose, and in so doing, find a new goal and new reason for her life. It may well be vengeance, much as her predecessor had- he was unjustly murdered horribly, and now is able to wreak vengeance on the world in his odd afterlife.
The next position deals with Hidden Influences, and here was the 2 of Swords, pointing to the fact that perhaps, after all, It Was Always You, Helen. Faced with the decision of whether or not to continue, whether or not to abandon her project as too dangerous, Helen chose to press on, thus creating the circumstances she finds herself in. Perhaps she can take this as a lesson learned; perhaps not. Nonetheless, she will be faced with decisions again, perhaps whether or not to follow in Candyman's footsteps, or to add to the legend, as after all, she did save a baby. Where her aspect of the legend goes remains to be seen- perhaps even as a foil to Candyman's vengeance?
Finally, the Outcome, a bittersweet one for Helen, as here was the 5 of Cups. There are perks, it would seem, to her situation, but at the same time, it means giving up any semblance of the life she once had. It's a whole new ball game for Helen, and the first stop on this new legend for her is Trevor- judging from Trevor's ongoing grief, it seems there may well have been something there worth saving after all. However, what jumps out at me about this card is that the 5 of Cups, despite being an indication of tough emotional times, can also be a valuable learning experience. Has Helen grown from all this? There's a lot of unanswered questions here, though I'm fairly confident Helen will find a way to better her situation, and use it for good rather than simple vengeance. Her legend may well give her existence, but can that work for good? Can she become a kind of protector figure instead of one to be feared? It would seem that though the same rules apply, fortune is not the same for everyone.