Sunday, February 8, 2009

Not For The Faint Of Heart

Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ 9 of Pents

This deck and the 9 of Pents both require some back bone. More about the deck later, the 9 of Pents is the bone of contention here. I doubt anyone among us has not played the game "if I were rich". This card indicates material wealth and if we look around us we can quickly see that material wealth has almost nothing to do with how people see and live their life. Jerks will always be jerks, bubble-heads will always be bubble-heads, saints will always be saints, money just gives the opportunity to be more so.

I'm reminded by this card, once again, that while wealth can mean comfort and security, our true wealth and worth lie within, and is the only thing we'll be judged by when we are gone.

"What right have you to take the word wealth, which originally meant ''well-being,'' and degrade and narrow it by confining it to certain sorts of material objects measured by money." ~ John Ruskin 1819-1900

The Hermetic Tarot, this edition from 1980, published in Spain by U.S. Games Systems. Reconstructed from and based on multiple writings and decks designed by the members of the Secret Order Of The Golden Dawn which was formed in 1888. Part of being in the order was creating a personal tarot deck and many of the features and symbols we see in modern decks are derived from those original Golden Dawn decks. The original Rider-Waite of 1909 and the Thoth deck (published posthumously in 1969) are the two most famous that have survived. Nearly every tarot deck I've used on this blog have been based on the Rider-Waite with the exception of the antique reproductions and oracles.

In addition to the familiar symbols indicating the card numbers and suit, there are astrological and elemental symbols, kabbalah and the 36 decans of the Tree of Life. All exquisitely penned over two years (1975-1977) in black and white ink by Godfrey Dowson. Chances of me picking on up any secret symbolism are slim to none, but it is definitely a beautiful and intriguing deck.

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