William Blake TarotThis is the spiritual Eden, a state of surpassing joy and beauty, arising from complete confidence in one's direction. The central figure is Jesus, who glides upstream between the banks of innocence (left) and experience (right), with the tree of life growing on each side "and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of nations". On the left shore, a woman picks the fruit of the tree and another swaddles her child, while on the right shore two elders of wisdom stand with a child of innocence. In the background, the two shores are spanned by the sun, symbolizing innocence and experience being joined at their source by imagination. The children in the river represent the spirit and soul reborn, reminding us that "unless you ... become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." In the foreground, the Greek fate Atropos stoops to sever the thread of life and the cord of remembrance -- the last attachments to old consciousness. Soaring in front of the sun is St. John, an emblem of energy, who greets Jesus to emphasize that "this world of imagination is the world of eternity."
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.