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Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Fool Times Four

Today I’m starting a new feature on Tarot Notes in which I share four versions of a particular Major Arcana card, and write a poem that takes us through all four versions. I hope you enjoy!

To simplify the process for myself, I am going to go in alphabetic order by deck. In this post, representing The Fool, we have the Ancestral Path Tarot by Julie Cuccia-Watts (US Games); Tarot of the Animal Lords by Angelo Giannini (Lo Scarabeo); The Animal Wisdom Tarot by Dawn Brunke, illustrated by Ola Liola (Cico Books); and The Animal-Wise Tarot by Ted Andrews (Dragonhawk Publishing).

The Fool
by Zanna Starr

Ancestral Path Tarot (US Games)

Who will read the cards for me
On this sweet September day?
The psychic one,
The caring one
The one who starts with Nothing
And searches for Everything.

Animal Lords Tarot (Lo Scarabeo)

Will she, like the Badger,
Set out on a journey with me?
Leading the way? Following?
Quiet yet fierce.
Always digging…

Animal Wisdom Tarot (Cico Books)

Or will she, like the Coyote,
Trick me into straying too close
To the edge,
And in doing so,
Show me courage and wisdom?

Animal-Wise Tarot (Dragonhawk Publishing)

Wisdom or Folly?
Or a peculiar, clever, deceptive
Blend of both?


  1. The Ancestral Path was the second deck I ever got - love it! And this is a great idea for a series, shall eagerly await the next one :)

  2. Lovely poem, Zanna! And interesting to have two Coyotes ;)

    1. Thank you, Kerry! I think some of the other animal decks I own use the coyote for The Magician so you may see him again in this series.


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