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William Blake Tarot

The dog-headed Egyptian deity Anubis, representing the magus (or 'mighty one'), straddles the Nile and channels celestial energies to earth from the dog-star Sirius, called Sothis by the Egyptians. Anubis as the psychopomp or 'conductor of souls' was often identified with Hermes (Mercury), and so is also called Hermanubis. The celestial movements of Sothis/Sirius signaled the flood of the Nile, also called Sothis ("as above, so below.") Traditionally this card depicts the Hermetic axiom, "As above, so below," which here becomes literal as both star and river bear the same name. In the Blakean interpretation, the magus is Los, the Zoa of Poetry and prophecy, defined as truth through time. Thus he is a time-lord, with the river of life flowing between his legs. His element is Earth, symbolizing that imagination is the only solid and lasting reality.

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.