Monday, January 31, 2011

The Only Thing Missing Is A Black Beret And A Coffee Mug

The Golden Tarot of The Tsar is a really nifty gold-foil-enhanced deck that models all it's images the art of Russian Orthodox Christianity. The devil card in this deck is especially interesting. He's very cool-looking, but not all that scary, right? The devil card in a lot of decks can induce some serious heebie jeebies, but in this one, he's kind of like the laid-back hipster devil. Hanging out by the fountain, waiting for his buds to come by with the beer. He's even got the sharp goatee and snappy fingers of a beatnik thinking up rhymes for open mic night at the coffee house. The devil can be a card that invites a lot of misconceptions. Most people think it's all about evil and destruction, but it's not. Nine times out of ten, the devil card is about addiction. Addictive behaviors, especially....stuff you do that messes with your life, but you can't seem to stop doing it. Just like the Death card is almost never about actual, physical death, but that's for another entry.....


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