William Blake TarotThis is Albion, the universal man, spiritually reassembled and his Humanity fully awakened. At the end of Blake's prophetic epic poem Jerusalem, Albion sacrifices ("annihilates") himself for Jesus, throwing himself into the "furnaces of affliction," an act of love that inspires the Zoas to finally unite and restore Albion to eternal life. He is a metaphor for our own individual self-image. His spiritual regeneration shows our own possibilities for rebirth, for self-integrating and becoming a new and sacred being. In the border, depictions of creation from Genesis flank Albion, the supreme creation. The upper left oval shows the creation of light on the first day; the middle oval shows the firmament dividing the waters on the second day; the lower left oval shows the gathering of waters to create dry land on the third day; then the upper right oval depicts the creation of the sun, moon, and stars as the lights of heaven on the fourth day; the middle oval shows the creatures of the sea and air being created on the fifth day; and the lower right oval shows the creatures of the land being created on the sixth day, along with man who is given dominion over all. Albion's pose expresses wonder and gratitude for these fruits of God's imagination.
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.