So, I am about 81% finished reading Rebecca Hamilton's The Forever Girl.  I just read a scene where she passes by a woman reading tarot for a customer.  And, of course, the death card comes up.  I wonder what it is that makes us, as writers, drawn to this card.  Sure, both Becca and I know that the death card is indicative of change (symbolic of the death of one series of events and the necessary beginning of the next), but why does it seem that this cards always shows up when tarot readings are done in media.

The last time I remember a card other than one of the "face" cards coming up was The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks.  In that instance, all of the cards drawn were associated with swords and the "customer" was world renowned for his skills with a sword.  Not really the point of the suit of swords.  In fact, the suit of swords is representative of the cerebral side of life, as opposed to the material for pentacles, emotional for cups or creative for wands.  These designations mostly make sense if you think about them symbolically.  Sword fighting (specifically with a foil and related) is more akin to a game of chess than an act of war.  Wands (and with association magic) is all about creativity and openness of mind to the possibilities of the universe.  I never really understood the symbolism behind cups and pentacles and I think I tend to get them backwards because I always think cups seem more symbolic of the material.

But really, I wish people would move beyond the clear symbolism of the Death card.  Though, I am thoroughly enjoying Becca's book and will be giving it rave reviews later tonight, I wish writers would put a little more thought into their tarot, especially when they can use a character's knowledge to explain the significance easily.

And, by the way, booyah!  I've told myself I was going to write in my blog at least daily.  I made it just under the line with fifteen minutes to spare.  Sweet, huh?



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