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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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April Showers Bring Great Powers: Heroic Tarot’s April Schedule

#fool of #april! #heroictarot #stormantic #tarotYou will gain wisdom only when you realize how much you don’t know” ~Mary K. Greer

Ah, to be a Fool for April–to skip along the springtime blossoms with the wisdom and whimsy of youth!  Although the origins of the prankster holiday April Fools Day are shrouded in mystery (much like the Tarot)–and culturally the word “fool” usually refers to someone easily duped or tricked–the archetype of the Fool has a much richer history:

In her book, Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings, Rachel Pollack reveals:

The iconic modern image of the Fool as a joyous innocent setting off on a journey comes originally from the Rider deck of Arthur Edward Waite and Pamela Coleman Smith. Arms out, happy and carefree, the Fool appears about to step off a cliff. He is fearless, simply because he has never learned to be afraid.

The Fool is the childlike nature in all of us that trusts with an open heart. Since he makes his choices based on love, not out of fear, he finds his needs met by the Universe.  He is a symbol of new beginnings and second chances.  However, as Pollack says:

…the fool as a free spirit is not just a concept. If we can identify with the Fool and allow the card to spark some of that spontaneity in ourselves, we too can do what is necessary in the right moment.

How is the energy of the Fool at work in your life? Are you allowing him to let go of what others think of you and follow your dreams? When was the last time you took a risk?  Come in for a Heroic Tarot reading and discover how you can live every minute to the fullest!

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