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William Blake Tarot
Five of Painting (Hardship)

This is the biblical figure of Job fallen on hard times and accused by his friends, but still accompanied by his wife. Kneeling upon barren ground, he is alienated from the true god. Several hands pointing to indicate the scornfulness of his accusers, who seem well-dressed, worldly, and prosperous. The hands of Job's wife are self-protective rather than supportive. Although Job's open palms proclaim his honest innocence and his eyes look heavenward for guidance, he is basically alone in his hardship. His partial nudity dramatizes the nakedness of his appeal and the indignity of his suffering. He will endure, however; his beard symbolizes the wisdom and strength that will see him through, and a small symbolic patch of grass at his feet is a harbinger that all is not lost.

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.