William Blake TarotThe bizarre, flame-girded vehicle represents the fleshly chariot of experience persevering in the hellish world of matter. With wheels and traces formed of three serpents, drawn by two oxen with lions' manes, men's faces, and spiral horns, ridden by gnome-like eagles, this symbolizes all the contradictory and monstrous forces ruling the fallen world at the end of its cycle of material evolution. Humanity, represented by the aged and weary couple riding the chariot, is physically and spiritually spent within a burnt landscape. "Life lives upon death & by devouring appetite all things subsist on one another." The strange creatures pulling the chariot lead with their left feet, and yet their spiral horns are crowned with laurel wreaths of victory -- a traditional meaning of this card. As distorted forms of the Zoas (recognizable by their features of ox, lion, man, and eagle), their powers throughout the journey so far have won many material victories and conquests, evidenced by their harsh but human faces.
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.