William Blake Tarot[Note: The numbering of Energy as XI instead of VIII corresponds to Marseilles-style decks, in part for historical correspondence with decks of Blake's period.] The animals in this card represent instincts and intuitions that are mediated and mastered by the human figure of Tharmas, the Zoa of the Body. To him, "energy is eternal delight." Tharmas, whose sense organ is the tongue, is the ally of the animal forces -- the means through which they 'speak'. Because the first function of speech is the communication of the soul, the animals are metaphors for the range and power of the multidimensional human soul. A lion reclines at man's feet to signify that its fabled strength is under his command, and he can draw on it at will. In speaking for the animals Tharmas demonstrates that he understands (and loves) his bodily instincts and physical capabilities, and they listen to his dictates.
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