I am really proud of the court cards for both volumes of the Book of Shadows Tarot. Because Lo Scarabeo encouraged me to push the boundaries and explore new possibilities, I tried to meet the challenge.
Because Book of Shadows, vol. 2: So Below is meant to be closer to the RWS tradition (whereas As Above was meant to be a kind of re-imagining of what tarot can be), the court cards are grounded in the familiar Rider-Waite-Smith tradition. However, I did two things that I think shake things up and mess with our expectations.
Instead of letting rank decide the gender of the characters, I let the suits decide. And to play with our heads even more, I designed the â€śpassiveâ€ť suits (Cups and Pentacles) with male characters and the â€śactiveâ€ť suits (Wands and Sword) with female characters.
You know how we all play different roles in life? Sometimes we are a student, sometimes an activist, sometimes a confidante, sometimes a teacher or leader? Well, to help support that point, each suit has the same character taking on each of the ranks. Clever, yes? Well, I thought so.
So let me present the So Below Court Cards. I hope you like them!