The twenty-two Major Arcana cards represent universal archetypes: in the Rider Waite Smith deck the images often express these archetypes in the form of mythological figures. Each archetype in a traditional tarot deck carries a message or a teaching: in The Tarot of Creativity, the contemporary meaning is directly inscribed in the title of the cards.
The traditional titles of the Major Arcana cards can be misleading, especially for the modern reader. For instance, if you get The Hierophant in a reading from a traditional deck, how would you know what this card means? You look at the image, and you see an ecclesiastical figure in the robes that resemble that of the Pope. If you don’t respond to religious imagery, this might put you off so that you aren’t able to see the meaning of the card, which has to do with listening to your higher guidance.
This is why the Major Arcana cards in The Tarot of Creativity have been titled with the attributes of the archetype — as a kind of keyword for the card. The cards retain the traditional title below the new title in shadow text, so that the experienced tarot reader can identify the card according to the traditional system. The two titles — a modern interpretation of the card followed by the traditional title — allow for instant comprehension and individual interpretation at the same time.
For example: Key #20, Judgment, is not about judgment at all, in fact, the card meaning is the inverse of the contemporary interpretation of the word: the Judgment card isn’t about judging anything, but about getting past judgment, into a place of clarity, balance, tolerance, and understanding. The traditional way of titling the cards may have been an intentional blind to conceal the real meaning of the cards.
The title on the equivalent card in The Tarot of Creativity is THE EPIPHANY, which is meant to convey the transformational meaning of the card: an epiphany is a sudden breakthrough in understanding.
Epiphany: (1) a usually sudden manifestation or perception of or insight into the reality or essence of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience (2) an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure
~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul by Aliyah Marr
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