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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.

Why spacecraft?

Spacecraft are extensions of ourselves. As they traverse into the unknown, their instruments of detection are like metallic versions of our own eyes and ears, taking in all types of data around them and working to make sense of it all. In many ways, their ventures into the darkness of space reflect our own journeys through life — constantly taking in new stimuli and fitting it into what we already know.

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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…


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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.

In the early days of spaceflight, the United States and the Soviet…


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The Emperor is a symbol of authority in your life.

This authority can be masculine in nature, taking the form of either a father figure or another type of leader. The Emperor institutes clear rules, affirms strong boundaries, and governs with a stern yet loving force. Always true to his word, he values integrity and discipline above all else. He can be a sign that you have reached a point where you feel like you are in control of a situation — or that you are in need of an authoritative guidance to get you where you want to be.


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The Empress represents the unwavering, protective spirit of a maternal presence.

She is the embodiment of what it means to be a good mother: loyal, comforting, and selfless. She can often find herself running in circles taking care of what she needs to, but she thrives on fulfilling her purpose of being a provider for others.

The qualities of the Empress can be easily seen in the Juno spacecraft, which is currently improving our understanding of our early solar system through its scrutiny of the planet Jupiter.

Jupiter is a unique planet in our solar system. In addition to being…


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The High Priestess is in tune with her intuition.

She represents a hard look into the dark mysteries in life — but also the ability to tap into those “gut feelings” in order to guide the way. In many tarot decks, there is a strong association between the High Priestess and the Moon.

The revolution and the rotation of the Moon are about the same amount of time — 27 days — which is why we only ever see one side of the Moon from Earth, and also why we don’t see the other “far side” or “dark side” of…


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Picture for yourself what it would mean to reach your full potential — that is the Magician.

The Magician is the first official card of the Major Arcana, following the Fool card, which is usually numbered “zero.” In many decks, the Magician is depicted as a robed male figure holding a candle to the heavens, standing behind an altar. The Magician represents the ability to achieve your goals through willpower, creativity, and adaptability. The Magician is both someone seeking truth, and the source of that truth.

The Magician tarot card can be perfectly embodied by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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The Fool, in essence, represents a new beginning.

In many tarot decks, the Fool is depicted as a jester-like character, so absorbed in the happiness of the moment that he doesn’t realize he is about to step off a cliff. The Fool is naïve and open to new experiences, without any skepticism or weariness to deter him. He is prepared for sudden developments. And while there may not be much clarity or certainty surrounding upcoming events, he reminds us to boldly take steps into the unknown without fear or reservation.

The Fool tarot card can be easily embodied by the…


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Doug Sanford

Mid-September. When I pull into the lot by Heritage Rail Trail in York, Pennsylvania, a circle of soccer moms in jogging outfits hover near my car and discuss whose house is better for their kids to get drunk in the basement. I pull on my coat, cover my face with a mask, and stuff a notebook in my pocket.

I wave down the photographers, Shamal Halmat and Doug Sanford. They’re both unpacking the necessary equipment — cameras, monopods, Whoppers.

“The only thing that keeps the poltergeists at bay,” Sanford says with a wink.


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Rob Klug

When the world erupts in reaction to videos that surface on social media of police brutally murdering people of color, it’s very easy to point your finger at the image of a white man kneeling on a Black man’s neck and say: “That’s racism.”

It’s uplifting to see such blatant acts of discrimination and cruelty being given international attention, and being used as grounds for fighting systemic racism in our policing systems and prison-industrial complexes. However, it is important to recognize in tandem how racism is playing out in other less noticeable yet more insidious ways.

As white society pats…

Tippy Ki Yay

aka Thalia Patrinos. Science writer by day, fire dancer by night. Views are my own.

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