Renaissance TarotA prone, armored figure shields himself from the bolt of lightning that sets an anthropomorphic tower of fire. In the upper left corner, Icarus, his wings melting, falls from the sky. On the upper right, Phaeton is toppled from his father's sun chariot by the thunder bolt of Zeus. Mentioned together by Dante in The Inferno, Icarus and Phaeton are examples of mankind flung down for hubris (overweening pride). The tower itself recalls the doomed tower of Babel of King Nebuchadnezzar and the tower that imprisoned Saint Barbara.
The Renaissance Tarot is a modern deck, with symbolism drawn from the heroic age and rendered in renaissance style. This deck is an excellent choice for exploring questions of passion, mastery, and the inner workings of human reason. If you would like your own copy of the Renaissance Tarot, you can buy it now!