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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Storm

Jim Lee Storm 1

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

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, Professor X is all of the Aces, etcetera.  Storm is represented on the face of all of the Queens, which if we consider that Queens symbolize maturity, competence and devotion, makes a lot of sense.  Who better than the former tribal “goddess” and current co-regent of Wakanda to bring the wisdom of these concepts?  Another role that Queens play is that of counselor.  Reflecting back on all of the X-Men who have bent our weather goddess’ ear over the years (Wolverine, Professor X, Nightcrawler, Gambit, Kitty Pryde, etcetera) for sage advice, this aspect also perfectly aligns Storm as Queen (Ororo also become Queen in name as well as role when she married the Black Panther, although that title is up for some debate in recent comic storylines).

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Storm Sunday: Arthur Adams, Part V

Wow.  This is the fifth time I’ve specifically blogged about Arthur Adams.  I hope you will indulge me, dear reader, because I simply cannot get enough of his artwork!

The above image of mohawk Storm is interesting to me due to its depiction of extreme light and shadow.  Storm appears mentally focused on the the flare as it creates a beautiful contrast of light and dark.  I find the three dimensional aspect of this sketch to be amazing.

I chose to share this sketch because Adams has not drawn Storm with the full mohawk he made famous (like the first image), but instead chose to draw a thinner, more subdued mohawk. It reminds me of how Barry Windsor-Smith used to render Storm.  There’s quite a difference in this sketch and the one before it and I’m going to guess and say that this one was first.  I love them both for different reasons.  In the first image, Storm seems intent, focused and her clothes and hair have a lot of tiny Arthur Adams details.  In this one, Storm seems more at ease and her design is a bit more streamlined.  The feathers in the hair are a nice touch.

The interior frontispiece of Classic X-Men #10 shows a young Ororo relaxing before she resumes her adventuring.  This image shows Storm in her natural habitat, full of grace and surrounded by beauty.

This is the original art for the 1991 Marvel Super-Hero trading card.  This is one of the few instances that we see Storm sporting a short cropped hairstyle.  I love Adams’ sleek handling of this costume.  However, I prefer Storm with a long mane.  It’s more dynamic with her power set.

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