Saturday, 11 June 2011

Torment

Having mentioned the Vision Quest Tarot last week as a semi-illustrated pip deck I love, I was inspired to dig it out again and use it for this week's daily draws.  This deck was created by Gayan Sylvie Winter & Jo Dose, and is published by AGM Müller.  The first card out was XV - Torment.  All the Majors in this deck have been renamed, and the suits have been changed to Fire (Wands), Water (Cups), Air (Swords), and Earth (Pentacles).  For a full review of the deck, see here.

This simple image allows for a lot of scope.  I notice that not only are the man's hands bound, but he is also tied to a post.  We just see his back, and the beautiful view in front of him - a multi-hued sky.  Where, then, is the torment?  Is it simply the fact of not being free?  Or especially not being free when faced by such beauty?  Or is the beauty part of what enslaves and holds him there?

I am grateful for the addictions I have managed to control - no chocolate or sweets for five months!

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