The above video is for Ciro Marchetti’s Legacy of the Divine Tarot. I first saw this at the 2008 Readers Studio. Ciro had a monitor set up to play it and it had a constant crowd of pleasantly stunned tarot lovers watching. I was one!
Changing the subject….
I have been reviewing all my notes and different subjects related to the 8s, to Justice, to the Star and to Strength. Ironically I am not crazy happy with all 3 of those cards, Strength, Justice and the Star. And, I have not had a whole lot of ideas about where I was going to go with the 8s.
I decided long ago to keep Justice 8, as opposed to the switch of Justice and Strength made by AE Waite on the Rider Waite and now almost the standard. There are a lot of reasons I made that decision but the most important of them is that the Tarot settled into that pattern for hundreds of years and I don’t agree with changing it to match a set of attributions. On the other hand, I can see that this resonates with a lot of people and maybe it is a necessary mutation. In older cards sometimes Strength or Fortitude showed a Hercules type man beating a lion or a woman holding up a pillar. This treatment is as a virtue personified like Lady Justice or Lady Liberty. The woman subduing a lion with only light physical force and more internal strength is very reminiscent of the kabbalistic sephiroth, feminine Hod, which would be a more passive form of strength and it is very Justice like in that the lion is a solar symbol and masculine while the woman in white is very lunar and feminine – together they form a balance, force and non-force, animal and civilized, male and female, etc. It is giving personality to the two cups of the scales or the two sides of the sword. Anyway, the relevance isn’t lost on me, it just doesn’t overpower the reasons to keep Justice in its long held position. I would like to include it though, in the 8s, if I could.
As I was saying these are 3 of my not so favorite cards. I am almost surely going to redo Justice, it totally misses the mark to me. Strength I will most likely leave – it is what it is. The Star I go back and forth on. I think it is better in context of the whole major arcana than it is on its own. Maybe by the end of the 8s I will make a decision on it.
I am mostly gathering information now, gathering my thoughts, wondering what this all means and what is the best way to illustrate it.
BTW I saw a young red tailed hawk fall in a tree in my backyard yesterday! I saw something fall through the branches but thought it was a crow. I grabbed my binoculars and could see that it was just a very dark colored bird of prey, I could see the banding in the feathers, especially the white along the edge of the tail, but there wasn’t the red color yet. I followed up the tree it was in and saw a big nest. It looks like a squirrel nest though. I’ll be keeping an eye on it to see if I catch any activity. The hawk recovered quickly and flew off – it was just a little oops. Awesome! Love those hawks!! Is it just me or are they a little smaller on this coast though?