|Radiant Rider Waite|
Our wrangler for this hop, Ania, creatrix of many, many beautiful things (if you don't believe me, go check out her site - I especially love her tarot bags!), challenged us with the following question: which tarot cards do you think need to be updated, removed or added to reflect our modern society?
I really struggled with this. Basically, I feel like the archetypes are broad enough to allow modern understandings, without having to go chucking any out or making new ones up. This may just be because I am happy to have very different takes on cards.
Let's take a look at the Temperance card, as an example. If we look at traditional images - in this case from the Radiant Rider Waite (US Games, 2005) we have an angel standing with one foot in water, the other on the ground, wings rising up behind him. He pours liquid from one cup into another, and has the alchemical symbol for fire on his chest. A crown shines above the path behind him, indicating this is the path to greatness. We have here a divine balancing of different elements to try to get the exact right mix to achieve something wonderful, something healing.
|Spirit Within The Shadows|
|Tarot de St Croix|
With all this, what need for a new card to express any of this, Temperance holds within itself such a variety of possibilities...
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