In this, our final rendition of the tarot exercise we've been working on this week, to illustrate the Gospel passage from Luke for the First Sunday of Advent, we'll use another non-traditional tarot deck: The Collective Tarot.
By using a different style art deck that offers an alternative, visual representation of the card meanings, we can challenge our visual-linguistic talents in tarot card interpretation. (The Collective Tarot is now—last I knew—an out-of-print tarot deck. People have been known to pull their hair out trying to find a copy anywhere online. The creators surely get lots of requests, so fear not—if you like the deck below, it's entirely possible that a new printing will happen sometime in the future. Keep an eye out!)
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.”