Link: Marvel Tarot Feature Announced

The Marvel Comics announcement blog announced a magazine scheduled for January, 2020 release to be entitled “Tarot.” It will feature the Avengers and the Defenders, and focus on the Sub-Mariner and Captain America. We’ll have to see just what role tarot plays, but it might be interesting. Given that I haven’t purchased a Marvel #1 in about fifty years, I might get a kick out of it, actually.

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Tarotgram – The World/Earthrise

I think we sometimes forget The World originally represented a supremely religious vision—the New Jerusalem—where we’ll all be (if we’re good, I guess) after the second coming. The place where good has won over evil; where all is divinity and divinity is all. In my increasingly cluttered and disorganized spirituality, I thought the NASA “Earthrise” image might convey something of the original content of that message. It might be generation specific (I was 13 when that photo was taken), but then again, I also thought about putting John, Paul, George and Ringo in the corners.

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Tarotgram – Chrysomallus/Liebig Trading Card

The illustration was taken from a trading card issued by the Liebig Extract of Meat Company. The cards were published beginning in the 19th century, though this one may be from the early twentieth century. It depicts the source story of Aries the ram. It represents Chrysomallus, the flying ram that rescued two children and provided the Golden Fleece. Aries can therefore embody protection, rescue and wealth. The Three of Wands, we’ve noted, is influenced by Aries. Its focus on commerce and trade (sea trade in the RWS illustration) may invoke the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece, which also touches upon Mars (the fleece was kept in a grove sacred to him) the Sun (Chrysomallus was descended from the Sun God), and Binah (the “mother” symbol of the qabala—Hera figures prominently in the Golden Fleece story). All of which are influences upon the Three of Wands.

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The Six of Pentacles – A One Page Guide

That one of the strengths of tarot is its strong storytelling ability may have something to do with a foundation in mankind’s oldest and most important myths and stories. In the Six of Pentacles it appears as if the rich man weighs the worthiness of the beggars before giving them charity. A century after the publication of the RWS deck, we as viewers may interpret this as an act of a very ill-natured type of charity. But the incorporation of the scales may have a different purpose. Taurus represents the Vernal equinox, the beginning of the life cycle in the agrarian age. Libra was the other end: the Autumnal equinox. This is why Venus is sometimes represented alongside both the bull and scales. The generosity of the Earth and agriculture then should be the main theme; but does our merchant portray that? We can trace the words of the divinatory meanings to their influences, but it is not certain that the message is entirely satisfactory today.

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Link: The Comfort of Divination

An interesting opinion/analysis article regarding divination appears on the web today from the Reporter Magazine of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Karina Le approaches astrology and tarot from a health and wellness viewpoint. The analysis of astrology relates the spatial positioning of the constellations and planets (astrology) as a metaphor of our relationship to the universe. Tarot, it is said, helps people “open up” about what they’re going through. The conclusion is that “the real magic in divination” is the experience of “expanding one’s horizons and thinking more deeply in the introspection of self, and the way we handle our lives.”

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Tarotgram – It’s a Summer Solstice Celebration!

It’s a Summer Solstice Celebration! Colman Smith may have been inspired by and picked up some of the attributes of the three dancers from the story of Cancer, a giant crab who guarded Poseidon’s daughters, the sea nymphs. With this being a water sign, the three dancers celebrate what appears to be a burgeoning, no doubt well irrigated crop with a cup of wine or two. It symbolizes all that is beautiful and kind about agriculture. We should recall that the first astrologers, the Egyptians, depended on the annual flooding of the Nile which began in the southern part of Egypt around early to mid June. More here.

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