William Blake TarotThis image illustrates poet Edward Young's lines comparing the "mortal man" (shown holding a hand-mirror and writing on his lap) with the "man immortal" (the angel at his right foot) and the "world's dark shades" (the group of spirits below his knees). The ethereal blue mountain establishes that spiritual aspiration is the background of this card. The seated man sees his material self in Blake's "vegetable glass of nature," but if he puts aside his ego-mirror he will see his immortal self reflected in the square mirror at his feet, as well as a reflection of the infinite sky overhead. His true individuality is his divine reflection, the angelic self. The angel bows not to the mirror but to the divine spirit it reflects. The huddled "dark shades" represent the self-enclosed society that urges people to stay focused on their egos. In his quote, Blake's own "individiality" is wryly shown by his misspelling the word.
Two of Poetry (Individuality)
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