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First Impression: Moving while being still
Two Keywords: The sense of completeness just by being in the moment; Ease
I have no idea why this awkward, contradictory phrase was my first impression, but I guess when I think about Earth, I think about how we might be sitting or lying down, but in the grand scheme of space, we’re still moving. Even when we think we’re still, we’re never actually at rest. So my first keyword is this super long phrase about being in the moment. And “ease” because she looks pretty at ease, balancing where she is.
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First Impression: Opinions once given are not so easily take back.
(Also, while I was memorizing the cards, I kept calling this card “Victory” for some reason)
Two Keywords: An outcome; An irretrievable opinion
I obviously kept my first impression, and you know, once a judgement has been made, an outcome has been decided on. So, all in all, pretty straightforward. I was tempted to put “victory” but ultimately decided against that.
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First Impression: Remain in awe of things greater than you.
Two Keywords: Splendor; Content with unsolved mysteries
"Splendor" should be fairly obvious. It’s the sun; the lifegiver and the center of the universe. The second one is probably the one that needs more explanation. (A quote from The Gunslinger goes here) But again, "size defeats us", but from The Sun card, what if size didn’t defeat us? What if we stopped asking "why" and wound up being content with the fact that there are things beyond our comprehension? That’s why I went with the second keyword I went with.
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First Impression: With no human figure, it was kind of hard to judge. Sleep, obviously, and then later, I thought lunacy, with the wolves and whatnot.
Two Keywords: Diving deeper into one’s subconscious; Romanticism
Well, I kind of wanted to just go with “sleep” and “lunacy”, but I felt like future me would find that to be too ridiculous. Now that it’s been several days since when I made that keyword to when I’m writing this post, I actually don’t find it that ridiculous. “Diving deeper into one’s subconscious” sounds much more awkward to me now, but so it is written, so it is done. Plus, I think that phrase goes well with “romanticism” and I’m definitely not changing the “romanticism” because I had to pass up that word for Queen of Cups because this card already used it.
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First Impression: I’m not a total prude, but full frontal nudity is still awkward and distracting.
Two Keywords: Abandonment; Overly uninhibited
I mean, yes, I really wanted The Star to mean something positive, but I just couldn’t see it that way. Just the way she looks, and the fact that she’s pouring water back into the stream for some reason just spoke “abandonment” to me. And originally, I was going to try to salvage this card with the second keyword as “tranquility” but then I need that for the Queen of Pentacles, so the second keyword got a very last minute change to “overly uninhibited”.
First Impression: Be wary of arrogance; pride goes before a fall
Two Keywords: Melodrama; Unexpected catastrophe
Besides ruin, catastrophe and all that stuff, The Tower is normally representative of severe changes or a hard truth, but this picture looked very melodramatic to me (and it was mentioned in the guide book), so I went with that.
First Impression: Beware of those eyes-less ones who arrive in fire
(That’s a rather dumb first impression now that I read it, blargh)
Two Keywords: Blind obsession; base, vindictive desires
Perhaps the most negative card so far, even worse than Death, haha. Blind obsession and base desires, whew. A lot of addictions and excesses to iron out if this card ever comes up.
First Impression: Indulge as long as you remember its opposite
Two Keywords: Synthesizing opposites; True/pure interest
I know temperance is normally frugality and balance and whatnot, but I think this card, as opposed to Justice’s balance, is about being about to combine opposites into one entity rather than balance the two opposites and keeping them separate.
And as with some of these other cards, the picture just does not show moderation or frugality, so I scrambled for a second key word. This is probably the most I struggled today, just in the amount of reading I did. (And if you notice the huge delay between this and Death, yeah, that was me being frustrated and running off to do other stuff, haha) On supertarot, it mentioned a reverse meaning could be “conflict of interest”, and I was like, what if I reversed the reverse meaning and made Temperance “true or pure interest”? She looks pretty interested in what she’s doing. XD Yeah, that second keyword is pretty flimsy, oh well.
First Impression: Death is the conqueror of all things; or alternatively, there is elegance and a natural order even in death.
Two Keywords: End; The path not chosen
I don’t expect to ever use that second key word. I mean, death is just, the end. I did kind of want something like rebirth or natural, because I didn’t want it to be overwhelmingly negative, but I couldn’t really manage that for Death, probably because I’m not completely at peace with that concept yet.
But everything else, corruption, destruction, etc, seemed too strong and obnoxious for this card that’s rather pretty and not at all loathsome. And like with some of the other cards, I was a bit stuck, but then going off of my Justice’s second keyword, it’s also the death of a choice. There might have been a white flower or a white horse waiting on the other path, and Death mocks you with what could have been. (But with Death, it’s not a regret or a longing for the other path. It’s a stark reality and an elegant sort of sadness)
First Impression: Find stability in a different perspective
Two Keywords: Inner harmony; Letting go (potentially sacrifice)
Really, who would have thought The Hanged Man would wind up being a positive card? But in this, he’s not The Hanged Man, but rather The Hanging Man. Rider-Waite is probably the only sort of decks that show the figure as someone content rather than suffering.
And I think this picture is quite brilliant at getting that point across. It’s not about being hanged, but finding a sense of peace despite difficulties. I thought “inner harmony” worked really well the moment I laid eyes on it on wikipedia.
I also really liked “letting go”, because it could be letting go of social conventions or negative thoughts, but it could also potentially be letting go of something you wanted, sacrificing yourself to remain in place while others move forward.