Vampire Tarot

Jan 31, 2013 by     Comments Off on Vampire Tarot    Posted under: Adam Drew This, Adam Wrote This, Brian Wrote This, Fiction
Adam again milks inspiration from my tale of romantic desperation. He reframed “She Creates Her Vampire” as a tarot spread.  A Celtic cross variation, with some arguably novel interpretations of the cards. Remember, he’s an artist, not a fortune teller.

So, please, no wagering.

I’ve long had an interest in the design of tarot cards, and have a number of decks.  No, I can’t tell your future, either.  But I love the designs.  Always wanted to design my own deck, and now I’ve added that to the long list of backlogged projects Adam and I have.  For now, here’s the full image, followed by the individual cards.

To keep things orderly, the cards are presented below in the order they’re to be read in the spread, followed in italics by what their position (roughly) means.  Then, Adam’s take on the the card, followed by (parenthetical) gibbering from me wherever I can’t help myself.  Click the cards for full-size, of course.

Adam: I have put in the cards I would use to re-tell your Vampire story using the Celtic Cross.  Plus The Fool card, since it is his journey. For the purposes of this exercise, our narrator will be known as “the Fool.”
(Brian: Because I keep forgetting to name my first-person narrators.)

Card 1: The Present
(Also, the querent, the person being “read”)
The Sun — The Fool is human and can exist in the daylight.
(Usually a happy, positive card about new beginnings after setbacks.  Kinda ironic, here.)

Card 2: The Challenge
Emperor — Madalina’s hypothetical perfect vampire mate stands between the Fool being Madalina’s lover.
(Interesting to cast as his challenge the rival who exists only in Madalina’s fantasies.)

Card 3:  The Past
Empress — The Fool rejected his supposedly perfect red-headed ex-girlfriend.
(I like this. The earthy, vanilla woman wasn’t enough for him. Perhaps that’s his problem real.)

Card 4:  The Future
Ace of Swords — The Fool will die by Madalina’s knife.
(Swords are about rationality, clarity, which is pretty much the opposite of where Madalina’s at … unless you believe her scheme is pure genius.)

Card 5: Above
(Your goal; possible outcomes)
The Magician — Madalina, object of The Fool’s desire.
(I would’ve done Madalina as the mysterious High Priestess, but the Magician, as with the Sun, has a certain rationality that is more sympathetic with the characters than I’d have expected.)

Card 6:  Below
(or the root cause of the problem)
The Devil — The Fool is willing to be possessed by a demon to get Madalina.
(And the Devil card most often signifies base materialism, or carnal, desires.)

Card 7:  Advice
(or an immediate influence)
The Hanged Man — Should the Fool sacrifice his humanity to get Madalina?
(Or have it sacrificed for him …)

Card 8: External Influences
Strength — Madalina is going to turn the Fool into a vampire. (Her strength of will, of personality, overcomes his own, and blots out any other influences. Nice choice.  Also, this is probably my favorite of this set of images.  Strength is often portrayed as a woman in blue, but usually prying open the jaws of a lion or something.  Here, fitting Madalina, the strength is her sexuality, and with the see-through robe, it’s an especially soft image, in contrast to the force beneath.)

Card 9:  Hopes and Fears
The Lovers — The Fool wants to be Madalina’s lover.
(Can’t argue with that.)

Card 10:  Outcome
Death — The Fool is about to become a vampire.
(Symbolizing, usually, transformation rather than actual death. So if you think the magic will work: transformation. If not: death.  Also, I just noticed, Adam’s calling back to the image of our potentially transformed narrator for the original illustration that we posted with the story.)


(Overall, an interesting interpretation of the story, which for me brought some new stuff to a fairly brief scenario.  Also, I am totally going to write a story in the form of a tarot spread now.)



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