Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Death — Tarot of the Absurd

This was one of the earlier cards I illustrated.


I was trying to show how death is a part of life: how our death is born the moment we are born and it grows with us. We look at death each day and it grows so familiar, we often forget its power and take needless risks. But risk is exciting! Touching Death is thrilling!


The curve of the large snake’s head forms an infinite loop with the moon, signifying the endless cycling dance of Death and Birth. I liked it well enough, but it was not until I realized that Death is also a part of Death that I added the skull and the card felt complete.

Withdraw this corpseβ€”
this footprintβ€” this echoβ€”
this last dissolving trace
of some self-ceased situation.
Back implies front.
Poles of the magnet
appear at different times.
Each birth necessitates
a new life’s end.
A pendulum swingsβ€”
at the apex of each turn
perpetual movement
hesitates to a stop.
This turning point challenges
patterns in time
and patterns in space
and patterns in patterns.
Patterns in patterns.


More words on the subject:

Death is an esoteric concept whose ultimate meaning is unveiled only to the dead. Death is part of a perpetual movement. Death is what one makes of itβ€” disillusion, renunciation, termination, fermentation, decomposition, transformation, initiation, incarnation, new beginning, new illusion. Death will only cease with the cessation of all life. Death is seldom a hooded figure with a scythe going chop-choppity-chop, although a hooded figure with a scythe going chop-choppity-chop will most always be death to those who dare stand in challenge of its power. Be aware of hooded figures bearing scythes, ravenous man-eating pythons, and falling anvils.

3 Responses

  1. cassandra022 says:

    love your take on this card, both visually/artistically and conceptually :]

  2. Jessica says:

    Thank you; I sometimes wonder if cards are conceptually “correct,” whatever that means, tho I seldom doubt my own intention…

  3. eva andras says:

    cassandra022 says:

    July 5, 2012 at 5:26 am

    love your take on this card, both visually/artistically and conceptually :]

    me too!

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