William Blake TarotThis Grecian muse is Helice, a virgin form of Hecate whose name means 'willow' in Greek, for willows were planted by streams and their wands used for divination. Like her namesake willow, she merges with the stream -- right foot forward to indicate her spiritual qualities. The 'trembling strings' of her lyre (from (r)olus, the wind-god) are the song of the wind in her branches. The humanized flowers along the rills of the stream all drink and toast the inspirational waters, which come from the anciently famous springs of Aganippe and Hippocrene, which are the home of the Greek muses and thus the birthplace of music and poetry. Their waters inspired whoever drank them, and the fragrant flowers surrounding them were reputed to deprive snakes of their venom.
Woman of Music
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.