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A liberal and open-minded young man was having a timely stroll along what could be called – an edge of a cliff. His animal companion was somewhat concerned about this potentially hazardous undertaking, but did not want to interfere in any way with young man’s choice of the preferred extreme sports activity.

The youngster was carrying an eco-friendly bag with vegan sandwiches and reusable water bottle in it.

His rather unusual choice of colorful clothing items was widely acknowledged as a long overdue tribute to 80s punk rock stars’ costumes; his cloak had prints in all six official languages of the United Nations and, on the hem finishing it –  beside the embroidered Hebrew letter Shin, was its Arabic equivalent.

Upon acquiring the needed permission for non-commercial use of the copyrighted material, formerly inappropriate WASPy sun above his head was covered with United Colors of Benetton billboard  and it was shining the optimal amount of light over the organically grown rose the Hero was carrying in his left hand.

On his way, he first encountered a non-mainstream practitioner of religion, working on his abilities to affect change by using means considered to be supernatural by majority of the population; in view of the latter, the Magician was granted status of religious minority and all stemming from it communal privileges.

On the table in front of the Magician were laying the following items: a knife made of eco-friendly substitute for plastic, a recyclable glass cup, a wand from certification-verified responsibly managed forest and a nickel free pentacle; he seemed so immersed in his work that Hero felt it inappropriate to interrupt him and walked by.

After the Magician, he met a gender conscious female member of the priesthood. She was sitting in front of an universal congregation constructed of materials indigenous to the area and reading a comprehensive scripture meant for followers of monotheistic and polytheistic religions alike – with special sections added for Atheists and  Satanists.

On Hero’s question which path to take further, the High Priestess choose not to make a statement either in favor of or against any of the perspective paths, albeit she did suggest  that all paths are equally valid.

Next, Hero came upon a democratic female monarch –  a bike riding kind of royal whom you get to see in the streets on a daily basis. The Empress was busy with organic gardening – she was growing several grains acceptable for a gluten-free diet –  corn and rice among them.

Upon Hero’s request, she gave a brief intro into Archetypes’ Gender Equality and a lecture on movements aimed at establishing and defending equal interpretative meanings of Female Tarot Courts. At the end, the Empress added few thoughts on harm done to Male Tarot  Courts by sexism and gender roles and escorted the Hero towards her stay-at-home-husband, the Emperor.

The Emperor was the main caregiver of his and Empress’ children as well as the homemaker of the Court; he introduced the Hero to responsible parenting and shared couple of tips for low cost yet healthy cooking before seeing him off to his next appointment…


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NOTE: An original card from the tarot deck of Jean Dodal, a classic “Marseilles” deck. The deck dates from 1701-1715. This image is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.