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December 2010
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Rowling and Tarot



Using cards for divination is not permitted, but I didn't know that back in college and I'd just read (oh, the shame of it) Piers Anthony's Tarot series, which was far from his worst work, so I got a couple of decks and started reading about it.

We know about the Lightning Struck Tower - in fact, as I just learned during my reread, Trelawney had found that card just before *that* chapter.

There's at least one other member of the Major Arcana mentioned in the series - in GoF, the pub in Little Hangleton is called "The Hanged Man".

What is the Hanged Man? It's a picture of this relaxed guy *hanging upside down from one heel.* Like this..

Yes, he's tied to an odd sort of tree, but think about levicorpus. I wonder if there are other images that we've missed. *Goes to check Three of Wands*

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Yay, Tarot ! One of my random hobbies !

but I didn't know that back in college and I'd just read (oh, the shame of it) Piers Anthony's Tarot series,

Oooh, someone else read this serie. I remember loving it, it's what got me into Tarot in the first place, even before Tim Powers. It had so many great ideas. Loved the space travel through possession of other bodies.

Yes, he's tied to an odd sort of tree, but think about levicorpus
Yes, I've read the compareason before (actually the Hanged Man is tied to two columns on classical cards, though there's a definitive tree connection to be made through the myth of Odin tied to Yggdrasil)
Snape is an interesting character for a Hanged Man archetype. He's tied up a lot, though, to many different masters, obligations, debts, vows, but might ultimately find redemption and freedom of all of those through his being tied up, so he fits it quite well. (Better IMO than the Lightning Struck Tower fits the 16th arcana which is supposed to be about the myth of the Tower of Babel)
The whole reversal theme with the Hanged man also fits very well to Snape.

I think Luna generally fit well the High Priestess archetype, but I don't think it's meant to be by JKR.

College was far too many years ago - I started it the year you were born - for me to place anyone in the major arcana, and the minor arcana is...well, the elements of the Houses don't match the artifacts, and I hesitate to use physical characteristics.

You studied Tarot in College ? Fun ! XD

I hate using physical characteristics for the minor arcana. I've been wondering also about the lack of match between the elements of the Houses and the horcruxes. I wonder if there's a story behind it that hints at relationships between the House Founders. Something like the Hufflepuff Cup was gifted by Slytherin (the 'water' house) etc.

I was in college when I studied it - I would have taken that as a class even if Rutgers had offered it, which I don't think it did.