In the classic Rider image of the World Card:
A Skyclad Woman suspended in a field of stars,
dances with a veil facing away from us.
Like all the cards,
this refers to our perception of the universe rather
than the Universe itself.
Once we perceive beyond the veil of reality
we can begin to understand the mechanics of what it is we see.
The letter associated with this card is Tau:
the Material World.
On first examination we think we are seeing limitless space,
however that is but an illusion.
Ruled by Saturn,
a symbol of limitation,
this card represents all that we know:
information, knowledge, and hear-say;
limited by the constraints of time and space
and our ability to understand what we perceive.
So often when we look out at the universe we find our own image looking back,
reflections of ourselves in nature,
random patterns in the clouds and stars.
Each time we learn something
our universe appears to expand into a larger manifestation.
Central to the expression of The Universe is the Dance.
In the classic expression of the Tarot we find the image of the Goddess dancing in the stars.
Gaia represents the embodiment of all life on Earth
as a single form of consciousness dancing the ever-evolving modes of being.
Her art is Life itself,
her pallet are the millions of forms of life across the land and sea.
Within the Tarot this image is expressed with a human form
because of our tendency to perceive our world around us
by what it is we already know.
Rhythm is of Gaia;
each beat is a heartbeat,
a turn of the tide or the change of the seasons.
Music of all kinds is associated with The Universe Card:
Rhythm, tone, song, symphony.
Rhythm’s manifestation permeates all things,
Seeing the dance of creation is one thing,
to participate is quite another.
To make music is to participate in Gaia’s expression;
Dancing is embodying her movements,
To make the structured movements and sounds of our own written and choreographed art
is to participate in the rhythms of the seasons and tides.
To improvise is to participate with her Dance of Creation.
The Universe Amulet
presents a veiled Gaia,
immersed in stars and planets.
The letter Tau is set in the middle of the amulet,
representing “The World”:
the material world covering her like a veil.
There is always a part of Her that is obscured:
As our experience of the world around us expands,
so too does our awareness of it.
The more we perceive
the more we understand our limitation of perception.
The pendant is in the shape of the Fool Amulet:
distorted by our ever expanding awareness of what is beyond,
bulging where we find physical limitations.
The Universe Amulet
is for those that are explorers, scholars, students,
those who have taken on the quest of Life:
ever searching for meaning, the source, and themselves.
The Universe Amulet is for musicians, dancers, lovers of music and the arts;
those who push the envelope
unafraid of new experiences,
new ideas and a larger Universe.
The Universe Amulet may be used as a Talisman
or it may be used as a part of a Three dimensional Tarot Deck
The Tarot Casters
created and developed
by Kirk McLaren
of Amulets by Merlin
More Tarot Amulets may be seen on my Wearable Tarot Page