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For many years now, I have been wanting to design my own tarot deck. Well, I’m finally doing it. I’m designing and sharing with you the Spacecraft Tarot.
They venture out into the unknown with instruments that serve as our eyes and ears, taking in stimuli and sending us messages about worlds beyond our imaginings. In many ways, their missions into the darkness reflect our own journeys through life. They wander. They observe. They try to make sense of it all.
Whatever it is that grips us with a feverish passion, that keeps us dreaming long after we have woken up — that is the Chariot. But it is not enough to have an idea of what we want. We must be willing to commit blood, sweat, and tears to emblazon our vision onto reality.
The Chariot itself is already reminiscent of a rocket. NASA’s Apollo Moon landing program was aptly named for the image of the mythical god Apollo, pulling the Sun along the sky with his chariot.
We are living in times of excess. Excess of information, excess of waste, excess of stimulation. In a world where it’s easy to overdose on fake news or feel genuine fear of “missing out,” it’s important to remember the value of patience and moderation. In many tarot decks, temperance is personified in the image of a person with one foot on land, the other in water — finding balance between both worlds.
Streaking across both the landmasses and bodies of water of our home planet is Landsat, one of a series of Earth-observing satellites that provides us with invaluable information…
Death is a fundamental part of life.
As this tarot deck explores the universal themes in both people’s lives and space-exploring craft, we delight in tales of new beginnings, awe-inspiring discoveries, and successful missions.
However, we must not misrepresent the duality of life. We must not leave out the stories that these moments of victory and triumph are built upon: stories of pain. Stories of regret. Stories of failure.
As humankind pushes the capabilities of intellect and technology to dare explore the unexplored, sadly some pay the ultimate price. The death tarot card honors the process of mourning the fallen…
The Hierophant leads us through ceremony.
As a spiritual leader, the Hierophant serves as a conduit of faith. He carries us through the important milestones of life: The baptisms. The weddings. The funerals. The Hierophant recognizes the value in traditions: our connections to the past are what help guide us through the future, whether we are celebrating a new beginning or mourning a loss. The Hierophant reminds us of the beliefs we hold close to us, whichever they may be — and how they give shape to our perceptions and our interactions with the world.
The Hermit takes solace in time spent alone.
Recognizing the value in quiet reflection, he does not associate alone time with loneliness or despair — instead, he relishes it. He sees it as an opportunity to tend to his mental health, seek inner truths, and withdraw from the day-to-day bustle. Some people crave solitary activities more than others. However, those of us who are afraid of being alone are usually the ones who need it the most.
The World represents our connectivity to each other.
In a typical tarot deck, the World tarot card appears at the very end of the Major Arcana in order to signify the end of a journey or completion of a project. The feeling of the world lying at your feet, or being on top of the world — these are the same feelings the World tarot card invokes. The World represents a shared success.
The strength tarot card represents the ability to overcome.
Whether you are battling an adversity, an enemy, or an inner demon, the urge to give up will be strong. You will be tempted to admit defeat, perhaps because you are exhausted, or maybe because you tend to second-guess yourself. Strength is what you will need to overcome all obstacles.
What better spacecraft to embody strength than the Perseverance Mars Rover, which recently enjoyed a successful landing on the Red Planet after a seven-month journey through space.
On Feb. 18, 2021, the teams at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) landed the…
The Lovers refers to the cohesion between two different entities.
They could obviously refer to a romantic relationship, but they could also represent a different type of partnership, such as a business relationship or a very strong friendship. The Lovers remind us of the importance of commitment. Commitment to any partnership strengthens the possibility of it being successful.
The union of the Lovers is reflected in the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, which brought together two former Cold War rivals and ushered a new era of international cooperation in space.
aka Thalia Patrinos. Science writer by day, fire dancer by night. Views are my own.