This could not be a more appropriate spread. It is separated by two different lines, the one on top is the actual reading and the one in the bottom is just the signature of the Tarot and its reader, “Le Bateleur”, or the magician if you will–or me, if you know me.
As we all know now, 2020 was a year marked forever as the year of the Pandemic, a year filled with challenges, change, disease and death. The left card represents the past and card number XVI also known as “La Maison Dieu” shows us exactly that: people jumping out of a window of a tower struck by lightning, in fire and fear. The center card represents the present. The card number X also known as “The Wheel of Fortune” tells us about how whatever or whoever was in charge is not anymore. The card also shows us that our world balance is very delicate, this wheel is floating in rough waters, whereas the monkey is falling and the donkey is climbing -a pun or a reality- only the future will tell. The third card represents the future. The card with no name (XIII) represents the changes that we are living through in 2021. The river in the middle shows us the ever-changing nature of life and death. The sun rising in the distance presents a new future, where monarchies, popes and fools will pass into history as the farce that they are.
Alejandro Garcia Lemos
Studio: Friday Cottage Art Space,
1830 Henderson St, Columbia SC 29201