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Surrealist
Surrealist Tarot
Diary
Diary of a Broken Soul
     
bifrost
bifrost Tarot
Langustl
Langustl Tarot
Rider-Waite
Rider-Waite

 

 

Card numbers 11 and 8 are often switched because of the influence of the Rider-Waite tarot deck. Waite first inverted the cards of Strength and Justice for an unexplained personal reason. For the sake of comparison it doesn’t really matter which card has what number so long as we compare the cards with correctly matched concepts. Since the traditional number of Strength is 11 and Waite never even provided an explanation, we’ll keep with tradition, keeping the cards are numbered this way here.

 

Langustl stays somewhat within its regular format, picturing the idea of fire being tamed along with symbols of fortitude and infinity. Going through the deck for my first time, I half expected this card to have a pair of my own hands closing a lion’s jaws.

 


 

Diary and Surrealist share another card in Strength with synchronized symbolism. Both decks deviate from the regular lion on the card in favor of a dragon. Though the actual dragons look vastly different, they share the same pose. Both are tamed by their fascination for small frail humans who display great Strength and courage.

 

In bifrost this card is renamed the Beast. It is another direct inspiration of Thoth’s version, in this case known as Lust. bifrost pictures a biblical Beast of the Apocalypse, a mythological combination of 3 creatures: lion, leopard, and bear.