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William Blake Tarot
Six of Poetry (Cooperation)

Divine inspiration is handed down by the poetic muse as an act of cooperation with man. The man's impulsive leap symbolizes the psychic energy and desire needed to propel us upon the flames of creativity into the spirit's realm. The scene metaphorically describes a psychological process, for the man must take a leap of faith before the angel can give him its book of inspired knowledge. Without man's trust and energy, the divine muse is unable to communicate its message. This expresses what archetypal psychologist James Hillman calls personifying, which means giving names and passions to insensate things, making them into psychic presences with real power. The Tarot itself is a classic example of personifying as a psychological tool for societal and self-understanding. Personifying requires imagination and stimulates personal creativity because it makes gods, demons, and the soul not merely poetic allusions but real 'beings' that cooperate with and serve mankind.

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.