Sunday, March 1, 2009

It's a joy for me to present a post by guest blogger Craig Conley, creator of the wonderful Trump L'Oeil Tarot. I was intrigued by his insights into this arresting image, and am so grateful to him for allowing me to share them with others on this blog.

With its symbolic artwork and word "Justice," this poster for a social gathering suggests a Tarot card. Justice is here depicted as a serpent entwined around a staff, like the rod of Asclepius. As an animal, the serpent suggests the principles of natural justice (the "law of the jungle") as opposed to civil justice. As a shedder of skin, the serpent indicates a self-renewing impartiality. The serpent embraces the staff's two branches (perhaps symbols of vengeance and mercy). The serpent's venom may kill like poison or heal like medicine, depending upon how it is administered.

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