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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Major Arcana X-Men, Part VIII

Kitty Pryde by Kevin Wada

8 Strength: Kitty Pryde

“Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.” ~Leo Buscaglia

Today we continue our look at the Major Arcana of the Tarot through the lens of Marvel’s X-Men comic book characters! Thus far we have discussed Professor X as the MagicianStorm as the High PriestessJean Grey as the EmpressCyclops as the EmperorNightcrawler as the HierophantRogue as the Lovers, and Wolverine as the Chariot! Today we showcase the intangible Kitty Pryde as Strength!

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Major Arcana X-Men, Part VII

Paul Smith Wolverine

6 The Chariot: Wolverine

“It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.” ~Winston Churchill

Today we continue our look at the Major Arcana of the Tarot through the lens of Marvel’s X-Men comic book characters! Thus far we have discussed Professor X as the MagicianStorm as the High PriestessJean Grey as the EmpressCyclops as the EmperorNightcrawler as the Hierophant, and Rogue as the Lovers! This week we shine the spotlight on Wolverine as the Chariot!

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Major Arcana X-Men, Part VI

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6 The Lovers: Rogue

“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.” ~C.G. Jung

Today we continue our look at the Major Arcana of the Tarot through the lens of Marvel’s X-Men comic book characters! Thus far we have discussed Professor X as the MagicianStorm as the High PriestessJean Grey as the EmpressCyclops as the Emperor and Nightcrawler as the Hierophant! This week we celebrate Rogue as the Lovers!

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Major Arcana X-Men, Part V

Ed McGuinness Nightcrawler from Amazing X-Men #1

5 Hierophant: Nightcrawler

“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” ~Epicurus

Today we continue our look at the Major Arcana through the lens of Marvel’s X-Men comic book characters! Thus far we have discussed Professor X as the MagicianStorm as the High PriestessJean Grey as the Empress and Cyclops as the Emperor! This week we celebrate the fuzzy elf with a conscience known as Nightcrawler!

The teleporting mutant known as Kurt Wagner, aka Nightcrawler, was born to the shape-shifting mutant terrorist Mystique and a demon lord named Azazel. Abandoned by his mother at birth, Kurt was rescued and raised by a sorceress and trained in the circus as an acrobat. It was some time during his years in the carnival that he found faith in the Catholic religion. This connection to a higher source of power would be of great resource to Kurt through many tumultuous years of challenges.

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Major Arcana X-Men, Part IV

Chris-Bachalo Cyclops

4 Emporer: Cyclops

“In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” ~Desiderius Erasmus

Today we continue our look at the Major Arcana through the lens of Marvel’s X-Men comic book characters! Thus far we have discussed Professor X as The MagicianStorm as the High Priestess and Jean Grey as the Empress! This week we celebrate the mutant leader known as Cyclops!

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Major Arcana X-Men, Part III

Jean Grey by Mike Mayhew

3 Empress: Jean Grey

Today we continue our look at the Major Arcana through the lens of Marvel’s X-Men comic book characters! Thus far we have discussed Professor X as The Magician and Storm as the High Priestess.  This week we honor the telekinetic Marvel Girl, Jean Grey!

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Major Arcana X-Men, Part II

Storm by David Yardin

2 High Priestess: Storm

Today we continue our look at the Major Arcana through the lens of Marvel’s X-Men comic book characters! Last week we examined Professor X as The Magician.  This week we honor the weather manipulating mutant known as Storm!

Born from the union of an American photojournalist and an African princess, Ororo Munroe was worshipped as a goddess in her native Kenya.  On a quest to rescue his original X-Men students, Professor X recruited Ororo, informing her that she was a mutant, not a goddess, and that the world needed her. Storm decided to accompany Charles saying, “You present a most peculiar argument–yet I sense a deep sincerity in your words…Perhaps the time has come for me to leave the nest at last.”

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Major Arcana X-Men, Part I

I have been an avid reader of the X-Men comics and a reader of the Tarot since I was in my early teens. I thought it would be an entertaining exercise to “cast” my favorite mutants as The Major Arcana. This is a fun way to learn about the Tarot archetypes if you are an X-Men fan, or a great way learn about some awesome characters if you are a Tarot practitioner. When studying mysticism it is always a good idea to keep mixing it up. It’s important to keep concepts flexible!

Professor X by Marc Basile (after Jack Kirby)

1 The Magician: Professor X

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Toad and Arcade

Toad by Jim Lee

Greetings, dear reader! This post is the fourteenth in a series revealing my Heroic Tarot process featuring my award-winning X-Men cards.   Today we take a look at cards featuring Toad and Arcade!

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 is that every character gets to be represented four times.  However, there are two different characters on the two Joker cards!  Each card features antagonists from X-Men mythology:  Toad and Arcade.  Due to their “bad guy” status, we will be looking at each character as a Shadow Guide.

A Shadow Guide is a spirit teacher that activates our fears in order for us to transcend them.  They represent a lesson that we need to learn in order to let go of negativity.   A Shadow Guide encourages us to return to the heroic path by activating change in our thoughts and actions.

It is important to note that the Joker in a deck of playing cards is not descended from the the Fool as many Tarot practitioners (including myself) have thought.  The Joker was created by a New York poker club as a ‘wild card’ to add zest to the game. That said, it does correspond to the same energetic qualities as the Fool, bearing in mind the figure of the court jester.

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.

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Magneto, Sabretooth, Mr. Sinister & Apocalypse

Magneto by Jim Lee

Greetings, dear reader! This post is the eigth in a series revealing my Heroic Tarot process.  Today we look at four distinctive shadowy mutants!

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 is that every character gets to be represented four times.  However, there are four different characters on all of the Eights!  Each card features four prominent antagonists from X-Men mythology:  Magneto, Sabretooth, Mr. Sinister and Apocalypse.  Due to their “bad guy” status, we will be looking at each character as a Shadow Guide.

A Shadow Guide is a spirit teacher that activates our fears in order for us to transcend them.  They represent a lesson that we need to learn in order to let go of negativity.   A Shadow Guide encourages us to return to the heroic path by activating change in our thoughts and actions.

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.

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