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The tarot deck. Here is one! I deal 8 of wands, The Star,
ten off pentacles, King of pentacles, 6 of wands.
The problem: what the hell does that mean? The Star?
She is a naked blonde lady pouring water on the ground
and in the water. How starlike is that? King of Pentacles?
the deck would be comprised of
elements. I envision Carbon as Nature Goddess, but also
cards for carbon in her aspect of Diamond and of Graphite.
Nitrogen is an austere ascetic. Oxygen a redheaded
firebrand. Hydrogen would be the Fool.
Additional cards might include other common molecules:
methane, oxides, etc. The noble gases would be there,
Now a hand might make a little bit of sense because of the
molecules which the dealt elements might comprise, or
the sort of biology they are involved with.
Not a baking of this idea, but you could use their deck of cards. [pertinax, Feb 12 2018]
Also not the same as this idea [hippo, Feb 12 2018]
[pocmloc, Feb 14 2018]
||I kinder like it but think it is more bottom up. The card's feel as though they are going to predict bodily state which of course affects behaviour and ultimately fate.
||Running track try for Oxygen and Iron, going to a party draw a Hydrogen with a Nitrogen stabilizer or digging a garden, pick out the Goddess with some of the lesser hard working additives. Of course a drawn deal would scale positive or negative to the action on the table purely due to how the deck collapses by the questioner's touch.
||Its not meant to make sense. Its a card game like whist, where you try to lay a higher-ranking card to beat the other people round the table.
||// a higher-ranking card to beat the other people round the table //
||i could actually design a prototype if this tarot deck. (if
only i understood science and the table of
elements...which i dont...- oh the shame!) .
But i love the concept of transmuting the tarot into
alternative symbolism, like an animal tarot, for instance.
The fool could be a monkey, while the magician could be a
snake, or a leopard...or a spider? Or a white rabbit,
The king of swords, or cups or whatever, -at least one of
the kings- could be a lion...and so on and so forth.
||(Speaking of the term 'so forth' brings a reverie to
mind...bear with me ...or skip the bit in brackets...: i was
once listening to a late night radio show on cooking. The
speaker was describing his favourite potato salad recipe.
He got to the part about putting the potatoes in the bowl
and said: Put the potatoes in the bowl, and add the
seasoning and so forth. On hearing this, my partner, who
happened to be lying alongside me listening quietly in the
dark, muttered wryly: "What's 'so forth'? What kind of
ingredient is that?". I would have laughed until the sun
came up if my partner, who had to work in the morning,
hadn't threatened to smother me with a pillow...and so
||But back to the zoo tarot....The eight of wands could be an
octopus...and the hermit a hermit crab...and, well, so
||So what would Hydrogen mean, when reversed?
||//Hydrogen would be the Fool
||I would have thought Helium, for squeaky voice humour...