Celestial Stick People Tarot review by Danusha V. Goska
Tarot's impossibly ambitious goal is to limn the entirety of the human experience in 78 pieces of paper that can be held in the palm of one hand. Some decks approach this task with overwrought iconography. The High Priestess in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, for example, is overloaded with symbols from several traditions. She wears the horns and sun disc of ancient Egypt's Hathor, or perhaps her crown is a waxing, full, and waning moon. She sits between columns from Solomon's Temple. The moon is beneath her feet, a reference to the book of Revelation. There are pomegranates, perhaps suggesting ripe wombs, perhaps the 613 mitzvot, or Jewish commandments. Meanings, here, are heavy and complicated.
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