All posts by K. Nox

Queen of Wands

A woman sits on a throne facing the viewer. She wears a long robe that drapes loosely over her and covers her feet. A cape rests across her shoulders and upper arms. Her crown rests on her hair as she looks off to her left (the viewer’s right). She holds a large sunflower upright in her left hand, and a tall budding wood rod in her right. Her throne is decorated with heraldic lions and sunflowers. The sides of the throne bear carved lions as well. Behind the throne is a clear sky with mountains and hills low in the background. At the foot of the raised throne sits a housecat that stares at the viewer. Continue reading Queen of Wands

What Does The Deck Say? May 22 2014

The Sweeney Tarot is the work of Lee Bradford. While the deck’s meanings are a derivative of the Rider-Waite-Smith, the imagery is based on key characters in Lee Bradford’s works. An inclusive deck absent of hard religious symbolism or the trappings of esoterica, the Sweeney Tarot is designed to be open and approachable. The artist has several easter eggs hidden in the cards, some of them in plain sight.

Today’s cards: Knight of Wands, The Towerrv, & 5 of Cupsrv. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 22 2014

The World

A woman dances in the midst of nothingness, her foot alighting upon what is implied as emptiness by the lack of ground under her foot. She is naked except for a long length of cloth that spirals once around her. The cloth leaves her breasts exposed but covers her genitals. An oval wreath, bound at the top and the bottom by red cloth, frames her and separates her from the four corners of the card. In those four corners are the heads of a man, an eagle, a bull, and a lion. These in turn appear before puffs of clouds. Continue reading The World

What Does The Deck Say? May 21 2014

The Legacy of the Divine tarot is an artistic work by Ciro Marchetti. While the imagery is based loosely on the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the official meanings of the deck are a collaboration between Ciro Marchetti, Ruth Ann, Wald Amberstone, James Ricklef, and Leisa ReFalo and demonstrate a mix of Waite’s and Crowley’s systems as well as symbolism sparked by Ciro’s art in the cards. Purists might want to shield their eyes. The meanings would not work well with any other deck, but with the Legacy of the Divine, they make a perfect match. Certain imagery and symbolism will not make sense until the reader understands they spring from the short story included in the official guidebook. It is up to the reader to keep the story and fiction, or to use their own personal meanings for the cards.

Today’s cards: 3 of Cups, 7 of Coins, & Ace of Wands. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 21 2014

The Magician

Flowers frame the card by means of tree branches above and vigorous bushes below. These hand in the immediate foreground as a plain table is set to the viewer’s left. Half obscured by standing behind the table is a man in tunic and robe. His belt resembles a snake biting its tail as he faces the viewer. His left arm is slightly outstretched and points down to his left while his right arm is raised up to vertically hold a double terminated rod. A lemniscate (the infinity symbol) is above his head. A band is tied around his forehead and is partially obscured by his hair. On the table lie a platter marked with a pentacle, a tall cup, a wide hilt sword, and a long rod. Continue reading The Magician