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William Blake Tarot Review
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William Blake Tarot

 

william blake tarotWilliam Blake Tarot – consists of 80 full-color cards with a 176-page interpretive book, and is designed for creative problem-solving, divination, and meditation. All the card illustrations are based on the works of William Blake, collage and colored by Ed Buryn. In addition to the 22 Triumphs cards (Major Arcana) and 56 Creative Process cards (Minor Arcana), it includes the new card called Eternity, plus an introductory Keywords Card that describes the suits. The four Creative Process suits, named after Blake’s “Arts in Eternity: Painting, Science, Music, and Poetry” focus upon the use of creative imagination to illuminate personal and creative issues. The 22 Triumphs tell the story of the “Soul’s Journey” towards redemption. The new Eternity card is a significator of spiritual destiny, a reminder of Blake’s statement that “every Natural Effect has a Spiritual Cause.” Another innovation is that each card of the Creative Process suits includes a “symbol window,” a space in which to write or paste additional symbols, if desired. These can add a uniquely personal dimension to readings and meditations. The accompanying illustrated book by Ed Buryn (which is edited by author and teacher Mary K. Greer) describes the cards in terms of William Blake¹s mythology, in which his “Zoas” or immortal human powers struggle for dominance within the psyche, especially worldly rationality versus divine imagination.

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Ilysa Hazlett

My first impression is that here is an effort in the true spirit of my favorite kind of tarot. My own experience with tarot grows from the notion that each card illustrates and summarizes parables. You learn tarot by learning the stories associated with the cards. Because I grew up in a First Southern Baptist family, I picked up my first Rider-Waite deck with a deep well of Bible tales to draw from. My childhood fascination with the heros and monsters of Greek Mythology added to my tarot foundation.

It offers the invitation to explore a lush forest of William Blake’s mythology. Buryn selects glittering jewels from Blake’s treasure and hangs them carefully on each branch of your tarot tree. He creates a stereoscopic image, superimposing tarot concepts and Blake’s images, illuminating each.

Now, you don’t need to know anything at all about the man to enjoy and use the deck. Buryn’s book provides the basics to justify the deck. Yes, it’s pretty, and the freshly opened pack of cards smell good. But, if you’re not a fan, or if you aren’t motivated to spend an evening or two appreciating Blake’s genius, you’re loosing the real value of the deck.

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