If I could add sound to a Tarot card, I would add circus music to this one.
This card signifies the ups and downs of the material (coins) world in formation (twos). The character is dressed a bit clownishly with that silly hat. Perhaps he needs it to hold his big ego and all the desire (red = desire, will , passion) he has.
The waves that carry his ships to harbor and out again are large and unpredictable. He does not see the waves however, as his focus is on the coins he holds. He cannot put one down, as they are attached by an infinite loop. He cannot throw one coin higher to gain time in the juggle – he just has to deal with all the activity and keep up the show. But that is what I love about clowns. Just when you think everything is going to fall apart on him, a good performer will make his pratfalls and glory moments all part of the show. He is just having fun and doing his best, but it is the twinkle in his eye that makes you think he knew what he was doing all along.
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.