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HP Tarot – 10W Oppression


HP Tarot – 10W Oppression

“Finally, the last set of four. After this you’ll see other stuff from me again.

Newsflash: JKR’s publishers have responded very positively to my request – WB’s mail is still on it’s way (they prefer requests to go by snail-mail rather than email)…

In the 10s all elements are subjected to full materialization. The 10s are dominated by the planet Earth. They are the most solid and crystallized manifestation of each suite.

In the realm of Fire and the will it means that all of our wishes, desires, impulses and drives crash-land right into reality. Sometimes that can feel like a bucket of cold water hitting you straight in the face. At age 2 you would have thrown a temper-tantrum at this point.

As a grown-up you are asked to curb your frustration, take a reality check and work out a compromise between what you want and what is realistically possible. Quite often this means that we have to follow rules and repress our wishes. We would like to fly – unfortunately gravity stands in the way. The only way to get our wish without immediate and unpleasant death is to study engineering, to channel all of our other wishes and impulses towards our goal and work hard in order to construct ourselves a flying machine.

A suitable image for the uncomfortable message of the 10 of Wands is Hedwig locked up in her cage by Uncle Vernon. She would love to fly and hunt and spread her wings. Unfortunately the rules in Harry’s muggle residence forbid it and now ten steel bars stand between her and freedom.”

HP Tarot – 10W Oppression
Artist Elly Pieper
Copyright © 2008


Uncle Vernon's locking Hedwig in his cage as long as Harry was staying there represents the Dursleys' willed suppression of Harry's magical powers (and, indeed, his mere existence).

Image title supplied by the artist.


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