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What Does The Deck Say? June 09 2014

The Fey Tarot is the work of Mara Aghem and Riccardo Minetti. While the card names mostly track conventional tarot naming, the scenes differ from Pamela Coleman Smith’s renditions. Not all minors display the full pip count of their number. Rather, the scenes are meant to evoke the intuition of the reader rather than depend on long lists of regurgitated meanings.

Today’s cards: Judgement, Knave of Wands, & The Wisest [V].
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The Moon

The top third of the card is dominated by a stylized rendition of the waxing crescent moon. The whole of the disc is drawn, and within it the “man in the moon” faces towards the ground at an angle implying the moon is halfway between moonrise and the height of the night. The eyes of the apparition are closed and the mouth is slightly frowning. Spikes of light emanate from the moon disc, giving the idea of the brilliance that is the full moon. 15 small licks of what could be dew or cold fire appear to fall from the moon onto the landscape below. Two great towers are on either side of the card in the near distance. In the foreground, a dog and a wolf, facing up towards the moon, stand aggressively on either side of a small path. In the foreground, a stagnant river or small pond is seen, with a crayfish emerging from the waters onto the small path which continues between the canines, between the towers, and into the far distance where it disappears over the mountains.
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4 of Wands

Four tall rods stand two on each side of the card. Each is budding at the top. A garland is strung between the outermost rods, which are also the tallest. From the garland hang flowers, large leaves, tendrils of ivy, and bunches of grapes. The garland hangs behind the two inner rods. In the gap between the two groups, in the lower third of the card, are two women crowned with leaves and flowers. They are waving posies as if in celebration. An archway is to the lower right of the card, also bedecked in flowering plants. To the lower left are three people, possibly dancing. A grand keep or walled town is behind them. The scene invokes the gaiety of a festival. Continue reading 4 of Wands

The Chariot

A large canopied chariot is drawn by two mythological figures. The combination dominates the card, leaving just enough sky to see it is cloudless, and that there is a walled city in the background, with a strip of trees between the walls and a river that flows behind the chariot. The canopy is adorned with stars to emulate the night sky. The armored charioteer, facing the viewer directly, wears a crown with a large prominent star. The left spaulder resembles a smiling moon, the right spaulder resembles a frowning moon. Upon the cuirass, over the breastbone, is engraved a square with no other adornment. The belt, slightly askew, is meant to remind the view of the zodiacal belt. Covering from the waist down are vertical strips of overlapping armor, marked with alchemical symbols. The charioteer’s left hand is bare, his right hand holds a tall, thin rod. No reins are present, nor any obvious means by which the beasts are attached to the chariot. Also, the charioteer is not standing in the chariot, but appears to be part of the chariot itself and is emerging from the block. The front of the block bears a shield marked with a rod penetrating a disk. The crest of the shield is marked by a small disk and two outstretched wings. On the viewer’s left, lying in repose before the chariot, is a black sphinx with a striped headdress, holding her tail. On the viewer’s right, in the same but mirrored post, is a white sphinx doing the same, but the colors of her stripes are the inverse of the black sphinx’s. Behind them, on the outside of the chariot, can be seen the two great wheels that the chariot will ride upon once underway. Continue reading The Chariot