We continue with our blog series exercise, using yet a different tarot deck to illustrate the same Gospel passage from Luke for the First Sunday of Advent.
Today we'll use the contemporary tarot deck The Wild Unknown Tarot designed by Kim Krans to imitate the Renaissance practice of ars memoria, visually depicting the gospel text by selecting appropriately illustrative cards… This deck is not the figurative-pips card style that students who are only familiar with the ubiquitous Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck will recognize. But using a different style art deck that offers an alternative, creative, visual representation of the card meanings is important if you want to give your brain a visual-linguistic challenge in tarot card interpretation. The Wild Unknown Tarot is now in its second edition which has slight changes to the first edition that I am using for illustrative purposes below...
Jesus said to his disciples:
“There will be signs
...in the sun,
...and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.
Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”