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William Blake Tarot
Seven of Music (Fancies)

A poet-musician strums his lyre while, riding a rainbow above him, his muse pours forth a cornucopia of gift-bearing sprites to inflame his creative passions. This illustrates the lines in Thomas Gray's poem, "The Progress of Poesy": "Hark, his hands the lyre explore!/ Bright-eyed Fancy, hov'ring o'er,/ Scatters from her pictur'd urn/ Thoughts that breathe, and words that burn." As the "fancies" fly before him, the poet-musician records them in music and poetry. The technical term for this is synesthesia: the ability to experience one sense through another. For Blake, the world of fancy is reality, of which the so-called 'real' world of nature is but a reflection. The making of images in the mind, or "spiritual existences," is the process of imagination itself.

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.