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HP Tarot - King of Cups



(2007) 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" Pencil on Paper. Processed and framed in Photoshop.

Well, there could hardly be a more auspicious day to launch my latest (and so far my probably most ambitious) project, than Halloween.

I've been mulling this over for a long time, and I've finally decided to produce a Harry Potter Tarot. The Major Arcana and the sixteen court cards have all been decided, and I will just draw my way through the whole thing, one by one as I have time.

Of course I had to start with my favorite character, and I give you Lucius Malfoy as the King of Cups.

A bit about my approach to the Tarot. I've been following Aleister Crowley's reinterpretation of the Tarot and its assignment to the Tree of Life for many years, actually working with the Thot Tarot as my deck of choice. I think it is the intellectually and emotionally most satisfying and rounded interpretation of this divination system. Anyone interested in this for further study should really read a copy of "Liber 777".

However, I have also had my fair share of disagreements, such as the reinterpretation of the court cards with the Queens incorporating Water and the Princesses Earth, the Knights replacing the Kings and the Princes being the stable element. I can grasp the kabbalistic reasoning that made him do it, but emotionally it doesn't sit right with me. Therefore I will follow the old assignment of King, Queen, Prince and Princess, associating them with Fire, Earth, Air and Water respectively.

Also I have reversed Crowley's renaming of "Lust", "Art" and "The Eon" back to "Strength", "Temperance", and "Judgment".

Finally I ask serious Tarot students to take my images with a grain of salt. For example Lucius would not come to mind as your garden-variety compassionate and emotional King of Cups, though the fact that pain and humiliation taught him compassion is not that far off after DH.

I have let the Potter novels intrude on my interpretations in so far that I let the four houses and their elementary connotation regulate quite a bit of my layout in the Minor Arcana. And Water/Cups is simply reserved for Slytherins with their snakes and their common room under the Hogwarts lake.
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