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William Blake Tarot

Here, spiritual materialism is mockingly symbolized by George III, the unpopular but long-enduring English monarch (and head of the Church of England) during both the American and French Revolutions, who eventually went insane. Derisively called "Albion's angel" by Blake, the king wears a papal tiara and bat wings, symbolizing the unholy collusion of church and state. He sits on a Gothic throne resembling a cathedral and floats on a cloud while he holds open the book of the law. The angels represent the queens of England and France who bow to Deism or natural religion, their wing tips touching the bat wings. The crossed and lowered scepters held by the angels signify worldly control and insincerity. This image is also a political jibe, because Blake ardently (and seditiously) sympathized with the American revolutionary cause and the early ideals of the French Revolution.

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.