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William Blake Tarot
Nine of Science (Despair)

The skeletal Urizen hunches in the fetal position, and collaged above, a woman extends her hand to a hovering infant. Blake's describes the skeleton as being "in a horrible, dreamful slumber...a vast spine writh'd in torment upon the winds...like a bending cavern; and bones of solidness froze over all his nerves of joy." Nightmares of the intellect shrivel us into a ball of self-inflicted despair. The woman and child in the plane above are symbols of acceptance and hope. The woman, her hair bound as a matron, depicts the inner maturity and emotional stability that can penetrate the black cloud of despair, as she does with her right or spiritual hand. She is the earthy green spirit of love and forgiveness. The child she welcomes is the skeleton's pure soul, who looks compassionately at its alter ego.

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.