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William Blake Tarot
Nine of Music (Happiness)

Blake describes this as "the purple year awaking from the roots of nature & the hours suckling their flowery infants." The waking 'year' is the young man. Naked, he pushes himself up from the roots of nature, rising into "Cool Zephyrs" who he sees as two bare-breasted women "whisp'ring pleasure as they fly." His head is between us and the rising sun so that it forms a natural halo, signaling his spiritual grace. Around him the "rosy-bosom'd hours...disclose the long-expected flowers" (Gray's lines) as fairies extract babies from amidst the blossoms and then, nursing them, float heavenward. Two other fairies carry food and musical instruments. The man's ability to see such things of the spirit shows his heightened psychic perception. A cuckoo balances on a tendril above the Star of Venus, both symbols of springtime sexuality -- of which the young man is quite aware.

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.