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William Blake Tarot
Ace of Painting (Generation)

This card depicts a naked woman grasping two starry phalluses that snake upwards from the sea of time & space and yet belong to the unformed angels that hover over her. The woman is the prophet Enoch's vision of "the daughter of men," and the angels are her own inner vision, which will impregnate her and generate all the forms and artifacts of humanity. In Blakean iconography, she could be Enion, the Emanation of Tharmas, the Zoa of Matter. Enion represents the generative instinct,or lust. In Blake's myth, she and Tharmas are the parents of Los and Enitharmon (thus matter gives birth to time and space). Her gift is sensation, the sensuality that allows form to recognize 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.