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William Blake Tarot
Child of Painting

This card is from an etching for an edition of Hesiod's Theogony , and depicts one of the 'putti' or Cupid-like children riding on a dolphin that accompanies Aphrodite as she is born from the sea's foam. Cupid, Aphrodite's son, represents innocent sexuality. His flowing banners herald the coming of the goddess, and symbolize psychic energy. Dolphin in Greek means 'womb' and represents the fertility of the goddess. In Greek art, dolphins are souls swimming to the next world for rebirth. As one ephemeral world vaporizes a new one is formed, and the soul arises swimming through matter.

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.