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William Blake Tarot
Assessment

[Note: The numbering of Assessment as VIII instead of XI corresponds to Marseilles-style decks, in part for historical correspondence with decks of Blake's period.] In the Blakean interpretation, this represents Luvah, the Zoa of Emotion. His name is a pun on 'Lover'. In this card Luvah appears as the loving and compassionate instigator of spiritual regeneration. As the "prince of love," Luvah is frequently associated by Blake with Jesus, who in turn represents forgiveness and imagination. Luvah walks naked in beauty upon the empty shells of men's souls abandoned on the materialistic shore of the sea of time and space. He steps through a Gothic gateway symbolizing spirit, inviting us to go further along the soul's journey. A key aspect is that the sword of vengeance is replaced by a scroll of imagination. It suggests using imagination as well as logic in forming opinions and making decisions, and using compassion instead of law.

The William Blake Tarot explores the mystical vision and artistry of the renowned English painter and poet. Through rich interpretations focused on creative undertakings, it has long been the deck of choice for artists, writers, musicians, and thinkers. For more information about this deck, or to buy your own personal copy, go to www.blaketarot.com.