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William Blake Tarot
Angel of Painting

Labeled "The Graphic Muse," a robed angel-woman securely sits on a cloud and gazes over her right (spiritual) shoulder as she holds a scroll of inspiration in her right hand. This image is Blake's frontispiece to a book about art. Below are several tools of the graphic artist: palette, brushes, and engraving tool. The clouds on which the angel rests are metaphorically the material bodies of men, which from a spiritual perspective are but vapors soon to evaporate. Therefore, works of art should not be imitations of nature, but expressions of the artist's own identity; that is, the forms of inner vision, here symbolized by the muse's upward gaze.

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.