Dragonlance Tarot: Fantasies and Archetypes, part 2

I thought with this post I would continue my exploration of the Dragonlance Tarot.  Again this Tarot is not for sale, and was not meant to be a profitable venture.  It was meant merely as a way for me to investigate the lessons gleaned from a world of good, evil, and neutrality; heroism, courage, and villainy.

Some  of the Cards
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The Queen of Orbs (Cups)
Crysania Tarinius is depicted as the Queen of Orbs
Golden Dawn title from Book T – Queen of the Thrones of the Waters
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” Beautiful, fair, dreamy – as one who sees visions in a cup” (1).
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In the Dragonlance Tarot Cups have been transformed into Orbs and the Court is controlled by Mages and Clerics.  This choice reflects the intuitive nature of magic and the inner work that allows for the healing of others via communion with the gods.  Orbs also play a central part in the themes and plots of the ‘Chronicles’ story arc functioning as a metaphysical bridge for self (personal power), the Krynn cosmos, and the near immortal essence of the dragons within the setting.
Crysania Tarinius
In the card image Crysania is accompanied by Tandar, her protector and unbeknownst to her a former trusted ally turned tiger, Valin.  Crysania is blind, a metaphor which heightens the aspects of intuition found within the Orbs suit; the Queen of Orbs/Cups is a woman of heightened inner awareness.  She may be prone to strong visions, but not controlled by them.  Crysania is the highest Cleric/Priestess of Paladine and able to mitigate the lessons of her god with the inner lessons of her intuitive wisdom.  A crescent moon also appears in the background further acknowledgement that the Orbs signify a inner wisdom and intuition.
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The Star XVII
Golden Dawn title from Book T – The Daughter of the Firmament, the Dweller between the Waters
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” Dog-Star, or Sirius, also called fantastically the Star of the Magi.”(1)
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Here we see Guerrand DiThon standing before the gates of the Lost Citadel, a repository for the wisdom of Magic(K) beyond the material plane.
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If we look at the DL Tarot and the Waite-Smith Tarot side by side we see some interesting similarities.  The mountain imagery, the stars, the fog and water.  The Wizard, Guerrand carries a staff ( a wizards staff is the symbol of marrying Above and Below, Earth and Sky) and the woman carries jugs of water, one foot on land the other in the pond, symbolizing the knowledge of elemental workings and of standing in two worlds at once.  The Lost Citadel is only accessible during the Night of the Eye, when all three moons are imposed upon on another and inhabit the same spot in the sky; there is an order to things that must be adhered to in order to gain Magic(K)al insight.
Waite associated the Star with the Sephirah Binah and therefore with the Mother of All, the matrix that informs all creation (2).  The Lost Citadel is also an enclosure of great wisdom, a place set aside by the gods of magic to safeguard the lessons and laws of Magic(K).  Both cards remind us that ultimate knowledge demands a journey of a lifetime, a journey of Hope and Aspiration, and the realization that the Truth may be unattainable or beyond the comprehension of the seeker.
The King of Swords
Sturm Brightblade is depicted as the King of Swords
Golden Dawn title from Book T – Lord of the Winds and Breezes
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The King of Swords is defined by the phrase Force of Will.  He is not merely a warrior, but a man of mental alacrity and cunning.  Sturm embodies the tenants of judgement, authority, intelligence, and law. It is the role of the King of Swords to challenge the present with Reason, sometimes that reason is born from the lessons of the past or from battles won.
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Est Sularus Oth Mithas  (My Honor is my Life) is the motto by which the Knights of Solamnia live and Sturm is the epitome of this ideal.  Sturm however challenges the notions of honor that the Solamnic Knights have embraced in his time.  He reminds them, and us, that following our Will must be done in a way that incorporates Honor and Pride and the respect of others.
The image used card is one of the my favorites of Sturm.  He stands against the cold winds of winter that seem to be a direct metaphor for the failure of the Solamnic Knights to recognize him and his code of ethics because they seem outdated.  He looks out above the mountains and the trials that await him with an even stare and a silent grace, his strength held within, his determination and bold resolve symbolized by the armor of his ancestors.
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1. Waite, Arthur Edward. The Pictorial Key to the Tarot: Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition under the Veil of Divination. New Hyde Park, NY: University Books, 1959.
2. Katz, Marcus. Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot: The True Story of the World’s Most Popular Tarot: With Previously Unseen Photography & Text from Waite & Smith.
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Star Wars Tarot: Episode 2

This is the second part of my Star Wars Tarot post, the first part can be found here:  Episode1

Episode 1 showed some of the Major Arcana and discussed a few of the specific cards and how they relate to the traditional Rider-Waite deck.  This post will be similar, but will highlight the Minor Arcana.

So the main reason why I chose the deck I did for the creation of the Star Wars Minor Arcana is because of two things; the Pictures are great and every card image is unique, second each card along with an image has an individual quote from the films.  Tarot is about symbolism and the images are very important, not just for the reader but also the querent – If there’s one thing that’s important to Tarot it’s the images and what they represent.  Now, being that I’m creating a deck here from cards that have been massed produced without the intention of holding any symbolism other than for mundane play not all the cards excel at presenting the ideas found in the Tarot…but surprisingly most do, and hit the mark dead on.

When I use normal playing cards as a Tarot stand-in my system of correspondence is this: Wands=Clubs, Pentacles=Diamonds, Cups=Hearts, and Swords=Spades.  This makes sense to me, but I have seen other correspondences around and in books, but this works well and with the Star Wars deck it works to near perfection.  As long as you understand the correspondences you have assigned to the deck prior to readings you’ll be fine, I’m not one to get to caught up with how things “should be”, my main goal is that things work.

Minor Arcana

Here’s an example of some of the cards

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7 of Cups/Hearts

9 of Swords/Spades

Ace of Swords/Spades

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Ace of Wands/Clubs

10 of Pentacles/Diamonds

Queen of Pentacles/Diamonds

Highlights from the Minor Arcana:

The Six of Cups: Generally this is a card showing Hopes rejuvenated, recreated, or returning.  Leia being saved here by Luke is representative of that hope.  This is the first meeting of the two siblings and the card details well the turning point in the first film and in the Saga – A new beginning.

The Seven of Cups: This card has to do with wishful thinking and/or illusions that come from within and effect our lives.  Obi-wan and Anakin are meeting for the first time in the card image and it’s fairly easy to embed the traditional meaning onto this card.  Both Anakin and Obi-Wan can be seen here as harboring thoughts and feelings about the other that are illusory…both immediately as in the scene presented and down the road as their relationship evolves.

Nine of Wands:  I won’t get into this card to much.  Resolve – plain and simple

Ace of Wands:  Vadar here with the super statement that had fans quaking.  Motivation and actions of Determination are what this card is about.  Both themes are readily seen here.  Vadars motivation is apparent, and he is Determined to push his will onto the Galaxy and onto his son.

King of Swords:  Force of Will.  It’s important to know that Swords as a suit represents mental aspects of the self.  Here Palpatine in full Sith transformation mode represents the complete ruler of his will, no longer hiding, no longer a shadow of the man he was…he is fully truthful to himself and others and therefore an honest being.  Good or bad do not factor in here…the King of Swords is beyond such things.

Ace of Swords: Luke in Episode 1, about to work his magic.  Swords, again is about mentality.  The Ace of any suit holds the purified intention and meaning of the whole suit.  This card is about the Clarity of Intent.  To me the Ace also signifies intellectual clarity…and Luke, recognizing the power of the Force, here for the first time, is shown clearly understanding the Force as real and intellectually accepting the peace and calm that comes from that knowledge.

The Ten of Pentacles:  This card is about wise investment, having the insight to look to the future and understand the need for prudent management of the present leading to beneficial consequences.  Here Luke confronts Vadar in Episode 6 with all the wisdom he has been granted by his teachers…easy to see the meaning here.

Queen of Pentacles:  For me the Queen of Pents is about earthly intuition.  This intuition relates to money, physical life, and material based wisdom.  Amidala is a ruler and knows the burden of understanding, body and soul, the needs of her kingdom and people.  She must make intuitive choices that come from within based on her compassion for her planet – choices that are made quickly.

Conclusion:

This deck is used and quite frequently.  On thing with this deck is that it has no Knights being that playing card decks don’t have Knights.  Not a big deal in my opinion, but others may have a problem with this.  The power of decks like these that hold common social imagery readily recognizable by most in our modern culture is that the querent brings to the table her/his own ideas of the scenes and characters displayed.  Not only are my interpretations in play, but also the person getting the reading.  I enjoy this aspect of reading, it’s a two way street and a conversation instead of merely me as the reader interpreting cards.

If you would like a reading with these cards give me a buzz at  risinginsight at gmail.com