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December 2010
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Mama Deb [userpic]
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*


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.