Welcome to the August/Lammas Tarot Blog Hop, in which Morgan, our wrangler, has given us the theme “Respecting the divinatory arts” and asked us to discuss how we show respect for our Tarot/divination systems. Before I continue, here are the navigation links for this Hop:
Normally, I take the opportunity of the Blog Hop to introduce a new card, but I have been a bit remiss in making progress recently, so I thought I’d just talk a little about the thinking behind the deck. The first thing that came to mind in relation to this, my own attempt creating a Tarot deck, was to paraphrase the chorus of the Tenacious D song: “This is not the greatest deck in the world. No. This is just a tribute”. In case you aren’t familiar with it, I’ve included it below. (Worth watching if only to see Dave Grohl as the demon :D)
Of course, it would be nice to think that this is the greatest and best deck in the world, but since it is still incomplete, that would be a bit premature and besides, I’m a realist. No, this is just my own small and personal tribute to the Tarot, though I do hope that other people enjoy it too.
All of which led me to thinking about the Judgment card. Perhaps I have been subconsciously avoiding this one, not wanting my work to be judged, at least until it is complete. That, together with not being able to compose an image (in my mind) which conveys this to my satisfaction and does Justice to Judgment (see what I did there?). In the absence of trumpeting angels and open coffins to photograph, images of scales keep forcing themselves upon me along with the idea of being weighed, judged and measured, though hopefully not found wanting!
So, while I realise that this is maybe a bit more like Justice than the traditional Judgment card (as previously stated, there isn’t an abundance of trumpeting angels and open graves hereabouts), it’s a possibility for this card. It may not be the final image for this card – think of it as a placeholder for now 🙂
I’d like to know what you think, meanwhile, as promised, here are Tenacious D…
I hope you enjoyed that. Before you continue your journey around the Hop using the links below, please take a moment to leave a comment here 🙂