“Him the Almighty Power
Hurled headlong flaming from th’ ethereal sky,
With hideous ruin and combustion, down
To bottomless perdition, there to dwell
In adamantine chains and penal fire,
Who durst defy th’ Omnipotent to arms.”
— “The Fall of Lucifer” by Gustave Doré, 1866, for John Milton’s Paradise Lost, re-imagined as a Russian air mail stamp
I am, by no stretch of the imagination, a tarot expert or scholar, however, I have always felt an affinity to the Hermit, perhaps because the card reminds me of Diogenes, who went about, lantern in hand, looking for an honest man. And I thought I was done buying tarot decks, until I happened upon this image, the Hermit card in the China Tarot, with art by Taiwanese painter Der Jen (Dé Zhēn) (1974-2012). It’s magic. I also find that her Tower card is one of the best I’ve ever seen.
Not that I’m planning on getting married again, but where would I register for this china?