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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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Planting Seeds: Heroic Tarot’s April Schedule

Ace of Pentacles: Robin Wood deck“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson

The Ace of Pentacles (shown above from the Robin Wood Tarot Deck) is a gift.  It is Earth in all of her glory, bearing magic in concrete terms.  This Ace is a new beginning, a seed for a garden of delights, and the realization of one’s intention.  It gives us results via stable structures and our skill sets.  What new project are you starting?  Can you visualize the results?  What would make you feel more grounded?  Heroic Tarot can assist you in bringing your ideas into fruition!

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Professor X

Professor X by Jim Lee

Greetings, dear reader!  This post is the first in a series about my process regarding my X-Men Tarot.  Today we take a look at all of the cards featuring Professor X.

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, Cyclops is all of the Kings, Wolverine is all of the Jacks, Jubilee is all of the Twos, etcetera.  Professor X is represented on the face of all of the Aces.  If we think about how Aces represent the beginning of an idea or situation, it is proper that Xavier, the founder of a school for mutants to successfully integrate with humans, is on each of these cards.  Also, Aces trump other cards and Xavier is the most powerful telepath on the planet.  With his mutant detecting computer system Cerebro amplifying his powers, there is no where to hide from his powerful mind.  In fact, his onetime friend and oftentimes enemy, Magneto had to create a special helmet to protect himself from Charles Xavier’s mental prowess.

Aces also represent renewal and the Professor has a history of starting over many times.  His school has been blown up countless times and yet he rebuilds.  Many times he has regained his ability to walk and then lost it again.  It is interesting to think that a character in a fantasy universe, who lives in a world of cybernetic limbs, nanotech and clones, has to remain paralyzed.   But every time Professor X found a way to overcome his mobility challenge (even moving his consciousness into a cloned body), something has happened to return him to his wheelchair.  Perhaps the idea of the world’s most powerful mind combined with a physical handicap is too strong a metaphor to leave alone.  Marvel certainly has gone back to this well many times.

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