Heyo, everyone! It’s been a while since we’ve had a content update, but work on this side has been moving steadily along! Today I’m sharing a coupleof cards from the suit of Fire. As always, these images are of my design, and have been beautifully brought to life by Karen Swartz (Talenshi).
This is the first of the suits of the Lesser Illumination/Minor Arcana. The suit of Fire is known as the suit of Rods, Staves, or Batons in other decks. In modern playing cards, the suit of clubs evolved from this. The suit of Fire relates most directly to the natural world, physical action, and our relationship with these things.
2 of Fire
– A roaring fire is before us. In the distance, the flicker of another can be seen. If we cross a mountain and leave the existing warmth and comfort we might possess it. Around both a lemniscate loops.
– Meaning: A challenge, posed by either the environment or an individual. In context, a disagreement.
– Memetic: One challenge begets another once it is completed. Even as we move from the warmth of one fire to the next, we see the glow beyond just one more range of mountains, and the desire to attain it grows within us.
– A roaring fire is before us. In the distance, the flicker of another fire can be seen. Our path leads us from one to the other, though the mountains between are daunting. Around both a lemniscate loops.
– Meaning: Aspiration and goals. The desires which spring from our interactions with the world may play either a positive role, encouraging us to succeed, or a negative one, driving us to exhaustion. We must seek the wisdom to discriminate between the two.
– Memetic: To aspire is to be within the endless cycle of completion and creation of new goals. There is comfort in the closing of one cycle, but if we sit too long before one fire, we will find its warmth dwindling as the flames consume its fuel.
Notes: This card is deviates significantly from traditional imagery. The mountains which are focused on here appear in many interpretations of the 2 of Fire, but they are typically secondary to the a merchant who has not been depicted here. This is one of the few cards which I felt had to have its imagery reworked fundamentally to allow for the intersection of a traditional tarot deck and one which fit with the imagery and traditions of Darisa.
3 of Fire
– Reku contemplates and stares from a cliff. In their hand is Lofsing’s staff, and in the distant sky, Kukung’s symbol shines.
– Meaning: Collaboration. Professional teamwork. In context, upcoming joint decisions.
– Memetic: The emptiness beyond the cliff is the potential which must be filled by the collaboration of friends. Lofsing and Reku are tied closely with one another, fire feeding itself from the product of the Ground. Kukung provides the ethereal element of thought and wisdom. Below, a withered branch encroaches, self doubt.
– Reku contemplates and stares from a cliff. In their hand they hold Lofsing’s staff, and in the distant sky, Kukung’s symbol shines.
– Meaning: Personal effort and the desire for recognition. The need for watchfulness.
– Memetic: Reku looks out over the ocean, their responsibilities. Profit and loss both stem from the quality of their work. From above, Kukung observes, judging their efforts. Below, a withered branch encroaches, self doubt.
Notes: The 3 of Fire closely resembles traditional imagery of a figure staring into the distance. The three ships from many depictions have been excluded, and the withered branch added, as I felt that concrete imagery for potential can be overly specific and that the need for self awareness could benefit from explicit inclusion. The inclusion of Lofsing’s imagery in Reku’s suit is a conscious choice, as the suits are complimentary.