The concept an Elfquest tarot deck goes back several years. Wendy has long been interested in the rich variety of ways that we humans have devised to attempt spiritual awareness, and the EQ tale is packed with the sorts of character archetypes that the tarot depends upon. In 2004, Wendy said: “…the Elfquest Tarot Deck (is) a pet project which has, as of yet, no release date, but whose careful creation I’m enjoying immensely. The deeper I delve into this ancient oracle, the more amazed I am at how well the many characters of Elfquest, elfin or other, fit into the archetypal molds.”
As of this update (November, 2017) only five cards have been visualized and completed. The intervening years have been very full with other Elfquest-related work, the most recent of which has been the wrapping up of “Elfquest – The Final Quest” (scheduled for completion in February 2018). Whether or not any further cards are in the offing, is an open question. Right now, there are no plans to continue the Tarot Deck, as Wendy has said that when Final Quest is done, she wants to explore other projects, including her “Masque of the Red Death” musical theater adaptation.
THE EXISTING CARDS
THE EMPEROR – MATURE CUTTER
Key words: Father, Animus, masculine power, progress, leadership, wisdom, influence on the world, achieves goals, courage, strength
In his youth, CUTTER became chief of the Wolfriders. Through many trials and tribulations, he pursued his quest to find and unite all the scattered elf tribes. Now older, wiser and in his prime, he is their acknowledged leader. Ever a being of action, Cutter responds to the world’s challenges with the spirit of a true warrior king. The welfare of his people always comes first; he has learned to think problems through, never tackling them unprepared. His goal is the safety and security of all who are in his care. He is a loving but sometimes strict father, dedicated to following and preserving the Wolfriders’ code known as “The Way.” Cutter is named, not for his ability to slay with his sword, but for his ability to cut through to the heart of a matter and see it in its true light.
Qualities of leadership arise strongly in you, now, to support you in your quest. Have courage. Be confident in your own strength, for whatever situation you are facing is best met with a cool head and firm resolve. In this positive, progressive time, your effect on the world is felt and noted; you are likely to receive the respect your accomplishments are due. As you rise to new heights and new levels of responsibility, be calm in the knowledge that you are equal to the coming tasks. Above all, in your focused efforts, take care not to be too rigid or rule those closest to you with an iron hand. Rely on your heart’s wisdom as often as your head’s.
reversed aspect: TROLL KING PICKNOSE Key words: wimp, tyrant, bully, inferiority complex, belligerence, coarseness, laziness, narrow-minded, unprogressive, abuses power
PICKNOSE, so named for his nose’s resemblance to the head of a pick-axe, rose from humble beginnings to found his own trollish dynasty in realms underground. Never forgetting his lowly roots, old King Picknose lords it over his subjects with a tyrannical will. None dare contradict him or refuse this indolent monarch’s often unreasonable commands. Secretly paranoid, suspecting anyone and everyone of possible rebellion, Picknose’s one ambition is to cling to his crown and all the enforced tributes that go with it.
Right now the positive state of self-reliance is eluding you. Weakness of will saps your strength, shakes your inner stability. There is a gnawing sense of insecurity, as if all you hold important may slip through your fingers at any moment. You may be taking your worries out on others in the form of some kind of bullying. On the other hand, you may just wish Mommy would kiss it and make it all better. But those around you, no matter what they do, cannot help you at this time. It’s up to you to gain mastery of yourself, to assume the mantle of full adulthood, for only then can you take command of the situation at hand.
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