TABI contribution to the Mabon Tarot Blog Hop, I decided to pull out some of those mythologically-influenced tarot decks, and their companion books. This week, then, I'll be drawing from the Babylonian Tarot by Sandra Tabatha Cicero (Llewelyn, 2006). The deck comprises 83 cards: the standard 78, an additional Major (Genesis), and four additional Court cards (the Kerubs) to represent the element of Spirit.
This deck is influenced by the Thoth Tarot, as well as
exploring the mythical characters and stories of ancient Mesopotamia,
birthplace of the Sumerian and later Babylonian cultures. We can see
the Thoth influence in the card titles and keywords, such as today's Ten
of Wands: Oppression.
In the background are ten wands, while
in the foreground we find a frightening demon. This is Pazuzu, king of
the evil wind demons. What, you might ask, does a demon king have to do
with burdens and responsibilities, things that oppress us? Well, I
guess the demon himself could threaten to oppress us. However, the
author's commentary states that in Babylonian cosmology there were
rivalries between the various gods and demons. So, Pazuzu was called
upon to combat an evil goddess who killed babies. In this way, the
image links to choosing the lesser of two evils. It might also be taken
in the sense of having to manage more than you really want: trying to
control and direct a demon rather than man-handling a bunch of wands.
Altogether, the card gives us plenty to work with, both for traditional
and more intuitive readings.
been quite a busy week, definitely in Ten of Wands territory juggling
lots of jobs and deadlines. However, most of that can't leak over into
my Saturday, so I'm a little surprised to see this card today. Still,
perhaps this is about my own demons driving me on. Though I can't
liaise with business professionals, there are several of my off-hours
projects I'd still like to make in-roads on. Yet, do they really need
to be done today?
I am grateful for the reminder not to push myself too hard.