The Universe

April 3rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

#21 The World from the Smith Waite Tarot

In Tarot, the final card in the Major Arcana is most often called The World, or in the case of Aleister Crowley and Frieda Harris’ Thoth Tarot, the Universe.

The World, or Universe card, can represent a culmination of events, and an exciting return to being whole.

It reflects a connection with the grander scheme of existence, and an enlightenment that serves as reward for the long journey through the Major Arcana from the Fool to Judgment.

#21 The Universe from the Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris

When it appears in a reading, it’s most often a joy, and indicates a chance to catch your breath and have a good time before jumping right back in and starting again at zero.

I like to think of the Universe card as a step back into the ether from which the Fool first emerged.

It’s the celebratory dance with the divine after a long haul through the muck of daily life, a chance to float with the stars, at least for a short time.

And though I love what the World, or Universe, represents in Tarot, what science has to say about it is at least as enchanting.

Take a look at the MinutePhysics video below to see how physicists might describe the 21st card of the Tarot deck.

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The Science Tarot

August 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

The Sceince Tarot

The Science Tarot

The designers describe it as ‘a creative science communication project that combines science, art and mythology into a Tarot deck…”

It’s the Science Tarot, a group project engaging the skills of artists, Tarot readers, and of course scientists. Various scientific theories or stories are identified with particular cards. The results are really interesting.

The 2 of Swords, for instance, looks at gravity, and how every action causes an equal and opposite reaction. The Empress is the story of Mendel’s Peas, and the 7 of Wands describes the process of expansion.

It’s a brilliant way to look at the cards. Not to mention, a chance to expand our rational side a little, while engaging the unconscious.

The website lists Logan Austeja Daniel, Martin Azevedo, and Raven Hanna as the creators.

While the artists involved are Suzanne Forbes, Shari Arai DeBoer, Kristian Johnson Michiels, Kristy Whitehouse, Janelle Schneider, and John Daniel.

I hear someone from the project will be presenting at BATS this weekend. I look forward to their talk, and a chance to get a copy of the deck.

Take a look at the videos below to see animated versions of the Hanged Man and Sun cards. And to see more, visit Horgworm’s YouTube channel.

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