The ghostly image of a clown throws two pentacled planets up in the air. The planets are linked by a lemniscate and the clown must juggle to keep them in the air. The clown and the planets float within a vast environment of air and water. No dry land can be seen.
The clown represents our frequent foolishness and immaturity in dealing with our material affairs. I made him ghostly and transparent to emphasise our fragility in the face of trying circumstances. The pentacles are depicted as planets in order to represent everything earthly in our lives. This includes our carnal and earthly desires as well as our possessions and concerns. The fact that the clown floats over air and water emphasises uncertainty and the need to ‘keep the ship afloat’.
This is the everyday struggle that we all face to keep the various material aspects of our life in balance. More often than not, this entails juggling and the un-nerving feeling of walking on water. What If I drop the pentacles? What if I can’t stay afloat?
Just how do I balance so many conflicting demands? Although not exclusively concerned with money, this card can often signify the struggle to keep the books balanced.
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The 78th Fool fell in love with Fergus Hall’s Tarot of the Witches at the age of thirteen. After buying this, a Swiss 1JJ and Rider Tarot he knew that he wanted to design his own deck. He finally got around to it twenty four years later better late than never! He’s the creator of the Butler Tarot, is a freelance artist and He lives and works in London, England.
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