Greetings, dear reader! This post is the seventh in a series revealing my Heroic Tarot process. Today we take a look at all of the cards featuring Beast!
The X-Men playing card deck is adorned with images of Marvel’s Merry Mutants. I have created a system combining traditional Minor Arcana meaning with my vast knowledge of X-Men comic book stories. The archetypal roles the X-Men represent bring the energy of the missing Major Arcana to the overall calculation. I reveal the superheroic tales relevant to your path. This dual reading is amplified by the elemental nature of whatever suit is pulled in addition to the numeralogical/feudal court energy contained therein.
One of the interesting aspects of the X-Men cards that I use is that every character gets to be represented four times. For example, Bishop is all of the Tens. Beast is represented on the face of all of the Sevens. The number Seven represents intuition, knowledge and introspection.
Note: I will be referring to each card by their traditional tarot names, although I will provide the equivalent playing card terms under each image.
Above artwork by Jim Lee.
Beast as the Seven of Spades/Swords
The Seven of Swords reminds us to follow our bliss. Individuality is paramount to our existence in this time and place. Oftentimes we need to separate ourselves from the pack to run free like a lone wolf. Removing yourself from the hive mind of group think is necessary to understand your own path. Beast is a bit of a loner, preferring to be in the lab solving problems with science and mental prowess rather than fisticuffs and brawn. His is a strong intellect and the subjects he undertakes need space for investigation. Instead of interpreting this card as running away, I see this card as an indication of a need for a vision quest. It is time to take a break from the world and find your spiritual center. Being alone is not the same as loneliness.
Artwork by Jim Lee.
Beast as the Seven of Diamonds/Pentacles/Disks/Coins/Worlds
The Seven of Pentacles represents the need for patience. Beast would rather be in his lab working wonders with his genetic prowess (as when he sought to find a cure for the Legacy Virus). However, there were times when he needed to step away from his work to help his fellow X-Men or Avengers teammates. After a crisis is averted, he returns to his workroom with fresh eyes. When this card appears it is important to take a break and look at all of the amazing projects you have planted that are coming to fruition of their own accord. Do not rush things. Take a breather. Recheck your strategy, assess your progress, but have faith in your process and trust that the work you have done will come back to you. Do not act in haste, do not lust after outcomes. You will reap the rewards that you have sown.
Artwork by Jim Lee.
Beast as the Seven of Hearts/Cups
The Seven of Cups speaks to us almost subconsciously as its province is the realm of dreams and inspiration. It asks us to see how many options abound, yet also cautions us to express them, not sink under their weight. Sometimes this card speaks to addictions, emotional or otherwise, and requests that we find more constructive ways to focus our mind and passions. Beast was once a regular looking man with large hands and feet. Then he drank one of his experimental serums and turned into the bestial form we see in these cards. Later, during Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run, he experienced a “second mutation” which caused his form to turn more leonine in nature. During these transformations, Beast experienced sadness, anger, and depression. The more he indulged in these emotions the worse his situation. When he opened up to his friends, such as Jean Grey in the X-men or Simon Williams (Wonder Man) in the Avengers, he found ways to cope with his situation. When he grew to accept his form, he found new options for his life. He reconciled all of his different permutations with his emotions and became the hero we know and love today.
Artwork by Jim Lee.
Beast as the Seven of Clubs/Wands/Rods
When Beast is bouncing around the walls of the X-Men or Avengers Mansions full of vim and vitality, comfortable in his blue furry skin and cracking jokes, he represents the Seven of Wands. Beast understands that one needs to defend one’s beliefs without getting defensive. Strength, power, conviction, and righteousness are all hallmarks of this courageous card. In fact, it was this card that inspired me to name my Heroic Tarot business. The world needs champions and the clarion call must be answered without question or compromise!
Artwork by Tom Grummett.
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