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.