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William Blake Tarot
Woman of Painting

Here is Athene, the virgin goddess of wisdom, war, and the arts. Garbed in red, she presides over menstruation and blood, and invented all the kinds of work in which women were employed. In the arts, she represents elegance combined with usefulness. In war, she represents intelligence and prudence in lieu of force. Athene's head and crested war helmet are here framed in a cloud (symbolizing body and matter in Blake's scheme), suggesting that her mind is occupied with practical and physical concerns. She awards her sacred olive wreaths to several artists for their industry, competence, and trustworthiness.

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.