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EP 144.5: Tarot Analysis: Death | Major Arcana | Rebirth


Hi everyone! This week, we’ll look at Death in my tarot deck, the Fortunus Games tarot deck. I chose to represent Death as Zhuel from Tete’s fantasy series, “Scale, Blood, and Bone,” which you can read on Tapas. “Scale, Blood, and Bone” is an alternative universe (AU) fantasy reinterpretation of some of the events of my “The Book of Joel.”

Zhuel is the AU version of my character Joel Farber from my graphic novel, “The Book of Joel.”

Self-denying, authoritative, and solemn, Zhuel struggles with many of the same self-inflicted issues as Joel: self-hatred, overthinking, and nihilism.

It's not until later in the story that he is "reborn," so to speak...although it comes at a great cost. After all, Death is a kind of rebirth, and many interpretations of the Death tarot card interpret death as a kind of birth. This is because death has a dual meaning: the end of something old and the beginning of something new.

After his old self "dies," the new Zhuel is ready to take on the world with Malka. He's sick of self-denying and hurting Malka in the process - he wants both of them to be happy and he's willing to do anything to ensure her happiness.

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