If you haven't gone and had a look at Zanbul, what the heck, guys? It's so easy! Book one is the prelude to the story, where everything gets set up. Book Two is the "live" work. Every fourth page, I'll be sharing them online. I can't say things will go exactly like clockwork, but you will get to see the story progress.
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SWORD OF CONSEQUENCE
We may spread our wings a bit after the Wheel gets in our heads. We revisit the esoteric black and white of the High Priestess, and we start to practice a controlled execution of natural law. We realize that equality looks different to different sides, and to keep from playing favorites, we have to give up our own vision and play this game fair.
As we meed Lady Queen Justice we see she has two tools at her disposal. First in her listening - left hand she has a scale with yin and yang set to a perfect balance. Her closed eyes means that she relies solely on the feeling of the scale to know when it is even. In her action - right hand she holds a powerful sword of light. Each of these tools has our friend the snake. In her right hand, the snake lost out to the tenacity(yang) of the eagle. In the left hand, the flexible(yin) snake evaded being dinner. Above Justice is a three pointed crown, hinting at the Empress III to say that beyond manmade justice is the natural sea of consequence. This is our chance to take correct action from a sincere standpoint. Take note that while everything around seems black and white, Our Lady is grey.
XI Is the Number of Justice. Now we pass through the pillars (11) into the realm of the new cycle, and we best keep balance.
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DEEP SEARCH WITHINN
Man. How long have we been in the mountains? The thing about going off the beaten path is that eventually we run outta relatable people. Finally you find someone far far into the mountain range, and this guy has made a career out of it. When we saw his lantern, we hoped it was shelter, but maybe a little company sounds good.
First of all, the Hermit is not lonely. He has his buddy the snail, and his other buddy the turtle, and they romp around out there for weeks, not speaking a word, just digging the mountains. The hermit’s pretty into that lantern, though. It’s made out of the suits of the Tarot. We remember some of that from the magician, but this guy isn’t giving up a thing. We see the purple robe that Emperor had, so this must be Grandpa. No tricks, just guidance. He says “you were going in circles up here for days, this place is a spiral.” So we guess we’re going to the top. When we really get int the solitude, we give space for some “us” stuff to come up. It’s good to be the hermit for a while, but unless you’re about to get into boiling roots up in the hills for a career, come down from the mountains so you can inspire others. As we find that maybe the only light we see right now is ours, we use it to keep up this path we got on.
IX Is the Hermit’s Number. A great spiral makes the numeral 9. It looks like a spiral or a magatama from the Shinto. Things are can get neat if you go digging.
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THE MEANING OF THE WORD RESTRAINT
So now you’re on the move and you have a bit of a name going. Things are easier in some respects. You leveled up a bit. You don’t need the heavy armor, so you heroed yourself some mighty monster hide for clothes. The Wheels of the Chariot have gotten you far, but have also started to slow you down off-road. Things have also started to get more interesting and more complicated.
As you stroll off the beaten path into the mountains (long term achievements) you start to encounter the monsters they draw at the edges of the map. If we maintain our innocence in these situations (the child-like face poking out of the beast hide) We can understand more complicated natures and how to befriend them. We know the wild snake is a wild snake, and that is how the kundalini is going to get at you when you start feeling strong. Poisons bubble up and we make a hero out of not letting that trash get on others. That leaves us space to receive the warm love the lion side of this beast has to offer. Pet that dude behind the ears, he’s a pussycat. Now look at you. Freakin Hercules.
8 Is the number of Strength. Flip it on it’s side and we saw the magician had it above his head. Hmmmm….. #tarot #ellisdeck #cardoftheweek #vectorart #comics #graphicart #design #occult #divination #8 #chimera #gentleness #power #theellisdeck #tarotcards #digitaldrawing #lions #viper #hercules #leminiscate #force #kettlebell
READY TO RIP
So you’ve been in town for a while. You’ve been staying in style with the Empress and the Emperor, learning from their Hierophant, maybe even fell in love, but the road is calling you. Remember you were gonna go on an awesome quest! The good news is, looks like you don’t have to leave on foot. Now that you understand opposites a little better, you can get cooperation spinning wheels the way you want.
Have you ever tried to walk across the continent you live on? If so, hit me up so I can hear about it. Probably not, though. To leave the nest and stay gone, you’re gonna need a vehicle. So what do you get? A Chariot! What’s gonna pull the Chariot? Those opposing forces we’ve been thinking about! How are we going to get them to listen? A little knowledge and a little love, in the correct amounts to the correct critter. The Chariot bears a sun and moon mark, once again, the light in all its forms, but a Chariot is just a disaster waiting to happen without a charioteer! Imagine the child of the Emperor and Empress, black and white together, understanding opposites from being opposites. The Charioteer gains empathy holding his sword by the blade. He is aware of his power and keeps it responsibly to himself. The white and black lions of the chariot forgo their wild natures, sitting patiently for command. The same way a dog ignores someone who doesn’t believe in themselves, so does the force!
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VI The Lovers
YOU GOTTA HAVE HEART
We don’t always travel alone on Tarot Road. Sometimes we find another that doesn’t complete us, but compliments us. The perfect couple sounds like one of the Hierophant’s stories. Careful when you roll your eyes, you might miss your first alchemy lesson. How do we make the right choices? Listen to the whole heart.
The Lovers are light in this world. The Sun and the Moon have lit us up longer than LED’s, Filaments, and bowls of burning animal fat combined. Bird feather or bat leather, both give flight. Logic and Intuition have their limits on their own, but when combined, reveal more complete truths. The green heart-shaped island is the heart charka these two build their nest on. On this island, the tree of life and its roots work with it’s own viney partner to prevent soul erosion. The male with his red hair and the female with her blue hair show the beginnings of the merge of fire and water within the self. WTF I’m talking about will make itself clear with later cards. For now, enjoy the things in life that go together.
VI is the Lover’s number - If we choose correctly, we open ourselves to victory when we are tested.
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V The Hierophant
KNOWLEDGE AND STUDY
Now that we’ve met the Emperor, we have our plan. We try out our plan and it fails. That’s ok. Almost all plans fail. What do you do? You hit the books. Someone has learned the hard way so you don’t have to and if you’re open to this thinking, the Hierophant is ready to teach you.
This guy isn’t for everybody. First of all, he is orthodox - by the book, straight up and down. That doesn’t mean he has nothing to teach the independent mind, he’s just not interested in how you are going to do it your way, so drop it and check out a lecture. Seated between two grey pillars, he has figured out a little of the mystery of the High Priestess - the glaring opposites of black and white have come into balance. Why? so you can learn. Calm down, we can get back to the mysterious journey after we get a little knowledge of the coming terrain. ASTROLOGY WARNING: A TAURUS LIKE STUBBORNNESS. Almost levitating, the Hierophant perches on a stack of books, showing you clearly where the source of his power comes from. His staff represents ritual, which again, is not for everyone, but he will hit you with it when you stop paying attention. No curtain drawn, his temple shows the daytime sky behind him, more heights await. While some Hierophants represent the pope, I didn’t connect with the energy, so I thought a more Guru(non-charlatan), Master Yoda approach fit the world of the deck. Simple robes, simple belt, with all that knowledge as his decoration. His golden and silver keys will help you unlock both conscious and sub-conscious knowledge, so take notes.
V is the number of the Hierophant - 5 is a bump in the road after we evened everything out at 4 - time to do some research and there is probably a book for your situation.
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Zanbul is live at Zanbul.com . This is the product of three years of dedicated effort. The goal is to build a story alien to the reader, outside of time and language - the visuals are provided, but the details are up to the individual. I was inspired to do this after creating the Ellis decK and getting wonderful feedback and interpretations from fans whose insight had gone beyond what I envisioned. I wanted to give you the chance to make a story. Love it, hate it, or be baffled by it. It starts here. Due to real life, I can't afford to publish this book. To remove the worry about whether or not it was going to make me any money, I decided to put the work up to date online for free.
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