Last one and I'm caught up; #inktober #23 , "juicy," because just look at him.
Included in some modern decks as XXIII, the Happy Squirrel originated in a Simpsons episode (a fortune-teller reacts coolly to Lisa pulling the Death card, defending it as a misunderstood harbinger of change and rebirth, but is horrified when Lisa pulls the Happy Squirrel, and then won't say what it means). It started as a joke, but people have started taking it seriously and assigned it real interpretations. I certainly have no problem with adding to the major arcana, seeing as I'm going to keep going until 31.
I see the Happy Squirrel as Ratatoskr, the Gnawing Tooth, the squirrel that runs up and down the trunk of Yggdrasil, the World Tree, carrying messages and gossip between the eagle Vethrfoln, who sits in the branches, and the dragon Nithhogg, who gnaws the root. Ratatoskr is cute and small, but spiteful and full of schadenfreude; he lies, and uses his role as messenger to ferment hatreds. He is greedy, and selfish, and he knows that when everyone else has killed each other, he'll have all the avocados he wants.
In this sense the Happy Squirrel stands for the forces of chaos that gnaw at the foundations of worlds; sometimes Littlefingers hoping to be king of a world of trash and bodies, sometimes little heroes picking away at an oppressive system or worldview.
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