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Some Pentacles Spot Cards

January 15, 2012

The previous post of Tarot Trumps seems to have proved popular judging from the number of views it’s been receiving. To follow up, then, I’m posting some of the Pentacle spot cards by the same artist, Clive Blunt.

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  1. Auntie,
    The debt to the Golden Dawn hits you between the eyes here. These illustrations are straight out of the GD handbook! Yet the Willis/Blunt ‘Lovers’ reproduces the Tarot de Marseilles version of the trump not the GD image of Persues and Andromeda. Why this deviation, I wonder?

    • Hi Walt,

      Tony Willis & I were in the same Golden Dawn Temple back in the ’60s. Neither of us took to the Golden Dawn meaning assigned to Trump 6 nor the picture the school associated with it. We were not alone in this among our contemporaries. Nor, in my estimation, is it a coincidence that ex-G.D. initiates, such as Waite, Case and Crowley, did not replicate the Golden Dawn version of The Lovers in tarots they had created to their specifications. Waite and Case also go back to the older divinatory meaning of the card – love, harmony, etc. – renouncing the G.D. significance, which has to do with wisdom descending from above, as Perseus does on the G.D. version of The Lovers.

      Best wises,


  2. Melissa Grove permalink

    I see that in these Trump cards, Tony Willis approves the Golden Dawn illustration for the Fool, which has neither the Rider-Waite nor the Tarot De Marseilles symbolism. The instructions in Book T are rejected in the case of the Lovers but not in the case of the Fool. Would you be able to shed light on this, as I find it puzzling.

    • Hi Melissa,

      While a sizable number of students in the branch of the Golden Dawn to which Tony Willis and I belonged privately rejected both the design for Trump 6 and the meaning assigned it in Book T, none of us as I recall had problems with the illustration for The Fool to be found therein. Nor was the meaning for Trump 0 given in Book T very different from what was then the traditional meaning for the card. The Book T instructions are that The Fool represents folly, stupidity, eccentricity, and even insanity, with an added note that ‘It is too ideal and unstable to be generally good in material things.’ We could all accept that, and the idealized image that went with it. The card’s meaning is regarded as being something very different today, but that is another story.

      As a footnote, I observe that in a Tarot deck Tony Willis had designed more recently, he has reverted to the Tarot de Marseilles depiction of the Fool, appearing to desert the Golden Dawn illustration he once espoused.

      Best wishes,


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