Presence-of Card Cameos. . .
Major Arcana cards make cameo appearances in other cards throughout Tarot in the Land of Mystereum. They appear throughout Mystereum in multiple cards, both other Majors and in Minors. This is to add to, to inform Tarot character development through visual story and allusion. I also felt that this multiple-cards-in-a-card visual story technique furthers the deck so The Minors . . . are not minimized.
This visual expression of the cards themselves journeying around The Land of Mystereum is at the heart of the very structure of Mystereum. We could call this opening up the epistemology of card divination, epistemology being philosophy of the study of how we know things. We could call the card cameo appearances a Tarot etymology that expresses snapshots of the origins, the lineage of each card’s divination personality in their ongoing and living developed births of their appearances in your readings. Interestingly enough, we can also simply say, . . .
“Cards in Tarot in the Land of Mystereum inform one another.” Cards in the Land of Mystereum literally inform one another in the visual story of the cards where they appear. They don’t start doing this after you learn them. They start doing this after you meet them, notice them in a “what’s that?” way, can pick their “face” out of a crowd so to speak. Takes a little doing of course, yet play it like a movie . . . “Who’s that? What is THAT thing or person doing here?”
Have some fun opening up and exploring this cameo appearance Presence-Of feature in The Land of Mystereum. It is there to assist you in card inter-relationships and working with your intuition, to further inform the Imagination Tools gifted by Mystereum’s 192-page Imagination Primer book. Pick a Major Arcana character in your Tarot in the Land of Mystereum deck. Then, one by one, go through your deck. See what full portions of the card and what out-takes or details appear in other cards. Once you have walked through your deck and pulled the hangouts, the Presence-Of places of the card you have chosen, ask yourself . . .”How does this card contribute with its appearance in this other card? What clue to this card’s identity does the guest appearance accentuate, how does it flesh out the card’s story? Are these cards the same yet simply at different scales? For example in the Imagination Primer the 3 of Swords expresses in a way that something beyond its grasp is formed that,
3 of Swords to Tower: story excerpt from the Imagination Primer
“ . . . It is important to take stock here when things are distorted or feelings that perplex or confuse you come up. We have not built much here. But, we have heard rumors that when lots of us (3 of Swords) get together over time left unchecked something called The Tower is formed. . . .” Oh, so The Tower is both a natural phenomenon and also preventable at times? Ohhhh the responsibility. What else does this Presence-of quality indicate to you here?
So, on to the Tarot Presence-Of The Chariot Cameos
The Chariot in The Land of Mystereum plays 7 visual storytelling parts, appears in 7 cards. There is The Chariot card of course, and as well The Chariot character makes Presence-Of cameos in the The Tower, Page of Pentacles, Knight of Pentacles, Knight of Swords, Knight of Cups, and Page of Wands. It felt very natural for The Chariot to appear in this way as a perennial story-thread of a card’s character further alluding to and contributing personality to the sense of place throughout these 7 cards in The Land of Mystereum. Why doesn’t The Chariot appear more? Well, maybe he really does, and then again there are 7 appearances to 9’s mirror his identity. This Mystereum visual character dictionary of storied appearances reaches out to symbolically spice up the deck in many places, and like 7 characters on stage in The Chariot’s play. Mystereum is not a deck of card soliloquies or monologues. The whole deck is inter-related both in visual and spoken story. The Land of Mystereum is really a land, a place of divination in community with itself within and about.
More cameos to come . . .
I will be elucidating the story of the appearance of each character and symbol individually in this Presence-Of series one by one. So, for today, I will simply express The Chariot’s appearance in of course his own card and as well these 7 others where he appears . . . directly. Enjoy this additional dna thread of personality and identity structure that weaves through the fabric of The Land of Mystereum, that enhances and reinforces as an inner divination community told through Tarot cards.
The Chariot appearing
in The Chariot card visually expresses the story of bringing powerfully different, inner forces into harmony in action at speed in real-time. Is The Chariot holding on to his Chariot? No, he is connected by and drives with his feet, his groundgrabbers that feel everything coming in like an archetypal McPhereson strut suspension made of hi feet and legs that are unseen.
And, The Chariot makes a cameo appearance out of the lightning purified further by filtering itself through the sacred destruction of The Fool’s lightning voice of truth as it passes through and razes The Tower. Oops whoopsie, there’s another Tarot Birth Card Set present with that as above so below gig in the Tower~Chariot Tarot Birth Card Pair. I like that Mystereum’s Major Arcana characters explore The Land of Mystereum much like Harold and Milo explore their strange new worlds and find them enlightenly entertaining. Alice does this too, though, I don’t know her as well as Harold and Milo, and Mystereum is about higher octave yang energies and putting them to conscientious use.
I’m glad I wasn’t aware of the concept of Tarot Birth Cards when I was divining Mystereum, and that still they naturally occurred for the most part in what I felt was yay or nay about how images and compositions were put together. We’ll have to see if they are all present as I go through this Presence Of series. Similar to my not even ever hearing of the Hebrew character of samech until afterwards studying the Tree of Life, and go figure, samech IS the pattern of the composition in the Mystereum Temperance card. Mystereum’s Temperance card has the visual O with a top-flourish of it of the samech symbol. Gotta love archetypes. Gotta love not having to know, and discovering them nonetheless. Could be gnosis. Could be Know-sis. Could be a comfortability with the not-knowing in design and a wonderful relationship with the Muse Melusina. It’s not really reinventing the wheel you see as that’s mostly only good for a tire designer. Some people call it beginner’s mind. That’s cool. I know it as “forgetting is for getting. It makes more room for the good stuff” and “discover the age-old wisdom natually present in your emotions” to quote myself from my Imagination Primer set of tires so to speak.
The Chariot of course appears 1st as himself in The Chariot
- harmony and agility at speed
- high octane, high performance movements
- to sidle up at speed and engage from the side in synchromesh
The Chariot appearing in The Tower
card visually out of The Fool’s lightning voice of truth shouted down and purified further by filtering itself through the sacred destruction of The The Tower as it passes through it.
The Chariot cameoing in The Page of Pentacles
- AS The Page of Pentacles deftly moving solid new discoveries playfully and directly into Your Royal Court of Higher Self.
- Note that The Magician is also up there on the left from the magical unconscious, and The Hierophant is centered up top to solidly cascade spirit down to the Page’s world of a Pentacle
The Chariot appearing in The Knight of Pentacles
- solidly breaks the border, solidly knows no limits while being continually linked by the Fabric of the ongoing discoveries of his journey.
The Chariot cameoing in The Knight of Swords
- regally generating ideas from the field
- putting ideas into action
- defending stance if necessary with clear and experienced communication
- communications are naturally expressed in actions, presence and stance going beyond spoken words
The Chariot appearing in The Knight of Cups
- things have actively taken on an emotional and intuitive way
- honesty and strength inherent in situations communicated from your core
- emotions and intuitions lead the way on your journey
The Chariot appearing in The Page of Wands
- AS The Page of Wands.
- Page of Wands in one manner being the mundane incarnation of The Chariot?
- Notice the The Hierophant appears at the base of his wand on the left. Down-to-earth-spirit fueling his wand’s energy.
- Notice that Strength appears at the tip of his wand on the right. Clarity of natural, inner-animal voice in his expressions, his points and direction,
Best to your own alchemical team
supporting your Self in Your Royal Court of Higher Self filling the seats of Your Court to cheer on your expert skill expressed in play! Consider these characters to already have season tickets to cheer on your strong play. There are no cheap-seats in your game of life. Play well. Play with the vibrant motions established by The Chariot, The Tower, The Page of Pentacles, The Knight of Pentacles, The Knight of Swords, The Knight of Cups, and The Page of Wands as teammates. Here is expressed quite a band of brothers as allies for you. Play with the vibrant strength of motion YOUR WAY! The Chariot may also be that Chariot-style feeling you get when you stand amidst a vast field of bright sunflowers.
Check out previous Presence Of articles to discover more about the coordinated dynamism present to support and further inform your journey throughout The Land of Mystereum.
- The Presence Of The Priestess to see her guest starring cameos and further inform cards with her presence in The Land of Mystereum.
- The Presence Of The Fool to see The Fool guest starring in cameos that further inform The Land of Mystereum.
Thanks for visiting! Best to this “Presence Of” series more fully elucidating one of the naturally hidden structures that are alive and well in Tarot in the Land of Mystereum. Much like construction documents and specifications . . . suffice it to say that these cameo appearances are a lot like Consultant Coordination . . . the Tarot Consultant Coordination in Mystereum present to round out your inner team’s work. Who knew? Drawing pretty pictures is the smallest part of my job. And, the more you know, the more you enhance informing your intuition. If you’ve ever learned to drive a standard transmission car . . . and how are you with it now? What about an automatic? How are you with it now? Similar to intuition I say. At first there are a lot of things to keep track of, and then you simply drive. The Chariot’s unseen legs and feet which drive his Chariot and feed him all the stability info he needs are a (non)visual metaphor of the unseen and unmoved mover, Divine Groundgrabbers of his toes and feet and legs communicating high performance in the moment, wise in time, at speed. . .and communicating a feelingsense not limited to the physical realm. Divine Groundgrabbers as a receptivity in The Chariot’s All.
Have a VROOM of a great one with a Chariot-thought present in bright field of sunflowers!
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