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William Blake Tarot
Ace of Music (Passion)

In Blake's opening illustration to Thomas Gray's Poems, a naked youth astride a giant swan ascends in full flight. In one hand he holds an upraised lyre and in the other a pair of reins. This image represents Genius being carried by Inspiration. In Blake's symbology, upward flight signifies energy - the life force associated with man's desires. The swan embodies purity, grace, and fertility, in union with the youth's naked innocence. In Greek mythology, the swan is the mount of Apollo, the god of music whose instrument was a lyre, and who Blake related to the divine imagination. The lyre is the instrument of Luvah, the Zoa of Music. Its shape symbolizes sexual energy, for the sounds rising from between its horns are said to have initiated the birth of the universe.

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.