Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Zombie Tarot: The Emperor

The Emperor is the Father of the deck. He is warlike and has clear opinions on issues. Where the Empress is emotional and feminine, the Emperor is physical and masculine. In the zombie tarot, George Romero is the Emperor. As the father of modern zombie movies he seemed like a natural choice for the Emperor.

The Emperor sits in a director's chair. He is the master of all he surveys as he seeks to make his vision a reality. He is an old man who has seen much but he is still powerful.

Upright, The Emperor stands for power and fatherhood. He provides order and stability in chaotic situations.

Reversed, The Emperor is inflexible. He can not change and only seeks to recreate what made him powerful.
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Zombie Tarot: The Empress

Tarot card from the Rider-Waite tarot deck, al...Image via WikipediaThe Empress is the mother of the tarot. She is an example of all the potential a woman can have. While The Priestess is the thoughtful aspects of womanhood, the Empress is the emotional. In the Zombie Tarot, she is Lori Grimes from the comic book The Walking Dead.

The Empress sits in an abandoned campsite in the woods. In the woods are zombies but she is not concerned for she is powerful in her own right. She holds the keys to life and death and upon her head is a crown. Her kingdom may have fallen but she will survive.

Upright, The Empress stands for life and love. Even when surrounded by Zombies she shows that there is still something worth living for.

Reversed, The Empress suffers from anxiety. She is afraid for her loved ones and this can turn into unhealthy obsessions. Her emotions can lead her to betray them.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Zombie Tarot: The High Priestess

Tarot card from the Rider-Waite tarot deck, al...Image via Wikipedia

The High Priestess is the third tarot card. Her number is 2 and she represents wisdom. She has a somewhat restrained femininity and prefers to slay zombies using her hard earned skills. In the Zombie Tarot she is Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

The High Priestess stands ready for a fight in a stately Victorian home. It is night outside her home but inside is brightly lit. Near her is her father's study which contains many volumes concerning the mystery of the zombie menace. She is dressed in a light blue gown but she won't let it impede her in her fight. She has spent grueling years training and gathering knowledge of how to fight the zombie hoard. She is justifiably proud of her skills.

Upright, The High Priestess stands for wisdom. She knows how to fight the zombies and is willing to teach others providing they are worthy of her instruction.

Reversed, The High Priestess is judgmental and she can be overconfident. Both of these traits can lead her into errors regarding her fellow survivors.
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Zombie Tarot: The Magician

1 - The MagicianImage by ξωαŋ ThΦt via FlickrThe Magician is the second card in the major arcana but his number is 1. Number 1 is how he thinks of himself. He is proud and self-sufficient. He is the jack of all trades. He is skilled at using all sorts of weapons. In the Zombie Tarot he is akin to Tallahassee in Zombieland.

The Magician stands alone. He is outdoors and he stands by a truck. In the bed of the truck are the tools of his trade, a sword (Swords), a bat (Wands), a zombie skull (Cups), and a riot shield (Pentacles). On his head is a helmet with the infinity symbol on it, to show that life and hope are eternal.

Upright, The Magician stands for creativity. He knows that you can turn just about anything into a zombie killing weapon. He has confidence in his own abilities, and even though he might seem reluctant, he will help those he considers his friends. He is willing to do anything to survive.

Reversed, The Magician is arrogant and does not suffer fools lightly. This makes him despised by others. Since he is not well liked he is the most likely to be abandoned when the worst happens. He is also the most likely to abandon the others in favor of his own survival, this can backfire and leave him without help when he most needs it.
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Friday, December 10, 2010

Zombie Tarot: The Fool

The FoolImage by Donna L. Faber via Flickr

I had an idea for a zombie tarot but to be honest I can't draw, so I thought I would write out the concepts for each card anyways.

The Fool

Some say that The Fool is the key card of the tarot deck, and that the tarot is really the story of his journey. This works really well for a Zombie Tarot. The Fool is someone who does not yet know that the zombie apocalypse has happened. He is like Shaun from Shaun of The Dead.

The Fool stands on a cliff, or perhaps the roof of a high rise, looking at the sun and is oblivious to the danger that surrounds him. Nipping at his feet is a zombie dog. Little does the Fool know that he has the key to his survival in the pack that he carries.

Upright, the Fool represents the kind of innocence that will save him from the initial outbreak. The Fool has a knack for gathering allies who will help him. He is the kind of person who will try anything and therefore is more likely to figure out how to kill the zombies.

Reversed, the Fool relies on a kind a of dumb luck that can only get him so far. The Fool makes poor decisions which can lead to his allies or himself being turned into zombies. He will try to find places, like a pub, to hide in which will only turn into a deathtrap.
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