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Death

A black armored figure sits astride a white horse caught in midstep. The visor is lifted, revealing a skull where the wearer’s face should be. The figure has no gauntlets, and skeletal hands are seen gripping the reins and the pole of a standard. The reins of the horse are decorated with alternating skulls and crossbones. The standard is a stylized white rose on a black field. Underneath the horse, already trampled, is a king lying face up. His crown is off his head, mired upside down in the dirt. Next to be struck by the horse’s lifted hoof is a small kneeling child that faces the horse innocently. Holding the child’s hand is a young woman, crowned with flowers. She is in the process of fainting. Standing beside her is a bishop in full regalia, his hands clasped before him. It is unclear if he is accepting of Death’s approach or attempting to rebuke the mounted figure. In the near distance is dimly seen a river with a ship in full sail moving along it. Beyond the horse’s head, in the far background, can be seen the towers of the Moon card. The sun is between the towers on the horizon and through its shine can be seen something like mountains or a distant city. Continue reading Death

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