Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot (US Games, 1998).
version of the World, we have a male rather than a female figure. And
rather than dancing within the elements, he is sat at a table with
representative objects before him: a plant in a pot, a glass of water, a
lit candle, and a little cloud. Very reminiscent of traditional
Magicians. Above all that looms the male's head, which is a Eurocentric
representation of the earth.
All in all, it is a very
non-traditional take on the World: stationary, male, clothed and rather
cerebral. Still, I like the bumpiness of the globe, the trees sticking
out of it at odd angles, and the little sun and moon to either side of
It's interesting, that idea of holding the whole world in
our mind. On the one hand, no wonder his head is so disproportionately
big. Yet, on the other, philosophers say it is possible to see the
whole world in a grain of sand, so why shouldn't a human mind encompass
unlikely to have time to gaze at sand today. Still, perhaps I can find
that sense of oneness with the world through a little meditation, and a
lot of being in the world: there's not much that's more mundane than
looking after a young child.
I am grateful for the reminder that I can see the big picture in the little details of daily life.