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William Blake Tarot
Ace of Poetry (Inspiration)

A six-winged cherub descends to touch the poet's lips as he writes upon a scroll draped over his right leg. A manifestation of spiritual power, the cherub represents the divine inspiration as a sexual metaphor. Blake says: "In Beulah the female lets down her beautiful tabernacle, which the male enters magnificent between her cherubim, and becomes one with her." The tabernacle refers to genitalia, the cherubim to the labia, while Beulah is the realm of creativity and sexuality. This card thus symbolizes the reception of inspiration as spiritual cunnilingus, or communicating with the sacred. Blake's lines in the window declare the universal poet's mission, which is to create Poetry by letting spirit in (inspiration), renouncing the "rags" of rules and rationality, and sacrificing one's ego (self-annihilation). "Faith in the Saviour" means believing in your divine self, in your own imagination as your personal savior.

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.