William Blake TarotThree figures are encircled by serpents of death, falling head-first into a pit of fire. Two faces peer out from the flames, while eagles circle overhead. In Blake's plot, Urizen, furious with the other Eternals for opposing him, consigns them in his mind to "unquenchable burnings." The two faces peering from the flames are the perennially contending spirits of life who ritually defeat each other: the one on the left, old and wizened, represents repression and loss; the other is young and leonine, representing energy and life. Material defeat and death to Blake mean spiritual victory and eternal life. This requires the voluntary sacrifice of the reasoning mind, for we must die to material consciousness in order to serve the imagination. The birds in the card are the ennobled phoenixes that rise from the ashes of sacrifice.
Ten of Science (Defeat)
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