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    Military Tarot

    Ive recently started working on a military themed Tarot Deck, and am looking for all the advice and opinions on it that I can get. This is just something that came into my head one day while browsing around another forum. I have posted there as well, but am really looking for all the opinions I can get on it. Please let me know what you think and any suggestions you may have. Ive attached my 13- Soldiers Memorial (Death) and my 10 of Army (Pents) as well as a possible design for the back. All of the minors are going to be similar in that they will feature the rank insignia for each branch (Pents=Army, Cups=Navy, Wands=Air Force and Swords=Marine Corps). Hope you like it. If nothing else, it is really fun to make.
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    Ive attached some more cards that I have worked on recently. These are my "Knights". Basically they are the Creeds for all branches. As of now, I have most of the minors completed except King and Queen. I know what Im going to do for the minors, but its a matter of finding the right artwork. I am a terrible drawer, so unfortunatly that is not an option for me. Basically Ive been using clip art, or photos that I have. My question is, if you were to get any tarot deck, how you would feel if there were "personal" pictures in it. Meaning that the only pictures I have include my face. Please any feed back is appreciated.
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    I would love a military themed tarot deck. There could possibly be a market for it :D
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    I think a military deck sounds intriguing. I like the idea and the cards you have posted so far, some of the writing though is difficult for me to read in the pictures though.

    My question is, if you were to get any tarot deck, how you would feel if there were "personal" pictures in it. Meaning that the only pictures I have include my face. Please any feed back is appreciated.
    Hrm....good question. I would not object to the deck with personal pictures in it. But what comes to mind is maybe finding images that you find matches the symbolism and taking an actual photo of those images rather then having humans. For instance, for the Queens you could use pictures of ships (since they are traditionally considered female). For the kings, maybe fighter planes....?
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    Everyone always forgets the Coast Guard =(

    lol that said, that's a really interesting theme for a deck!
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    Phoenix Falls - I didnt not mean to exclude the Coast Guard. When I was looking up rank insignia, I actually noticed that they were the same for both the Navy and the Coast Guard (At least where I looked). I just checked and noticed that some of the ranks are named differently. Ill go back and take a look and see how I might be able to incorporate them in..
    Chaos - Im actually considering using some pictures like you suggested, but the problem is that some of the cards almost require human figures. For example, instead of The Hanged Man, Ill be using Re-Enlistment. Thank you for the idea.
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    For Phoenix Falls!
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    To help make this a little easier to understand, Ive included the list of card ideas that I have come up with. I have begun working on some of them, but am still unsure about how well some of them will work out. Some of them are intended to be funny, and please remember, that Im in the Army so they may be slanted in that direction. If anyone from any other branches has some suggestions, I gladly welcome them.

    “Military Tarot”
    Suits
    Swords –Marines
    Cups –Navy
    Pents – Army
    Wands – Air Force



    Fool – Enlistee
    A civilian who thinks that the Army is just like it is in movies and video games. All he wants to do is to “blow s++t up” and “Kill Terrorists” He believes everything the recruiter says to him, including that he can do any job he wants.

    Magician – Recruiter
    Convinced the enlistee that they can do anything they want to in the Army even though they barely passed their ASVAB. He is the one who is able to get all the waivers needed to get someone in and tells everyone that They will never deploy. After all he's still gotta get his numbers.

    High Priestess – Medic
    The one who everyone goes looking for at sick call. He is able to cure anything that ails you with a simple Tylenol, IV and Ace Bandage.

    Empress – CO
    The highest ranking person in any unit. They are the one who says whether you can or cannot go on leave and determine what you are and are not allowed to do. They are usually accompanied by the 1SG or equivalent. They appear to be the one that runs things, but everyone knows that the 1SG is the one who actually runs the show. This person is more of the public figure head.

    Emperor – 1SG
    The one who is really in charge. Up front he shares this responsibility, but everyone knows that he is the one pulling all the strings. Its with his guidance that the Commander is able to “run” the unit.

    Hierophant – Chaplain
    The Official voice of the higher power. The Chaplain is the one that few people see, but yet everyone knows who he is. No matter what kind of experience you have had with them in the past, you are never prepared for how the next one will be. Everyone will talk with him when hes just hanging around (does he ever work or do PT?), but no one wants to go into his office and have to talk behind closed doors.

    Lovers (Forbidden) “Fraternization” - The PVT and the Officer
    This is the couple that everyone knows about, but no one wants to confront. They try to hide it during the duty day. But are often seen together after hours.

    Chariot – HMMWV (with Driver and TC)
    The standard issue HMMWV complete with leeks, torn door, and broken head light. The scene shows the driver and TC outside of a clearly broken down vehicle (Warning triangle) on the side of the road, as POV's go speeding past. Of course as to be expected, there is no cell phone signal to be able to call back to the unit.

    Strength – SF/ Ranger
    The “High Speed Rambo” This is what the Enlistee strives to be. He jumps out of airplanes, goes on secret missions, and has more tabs than any other Soldier in the Army. He is always deployed, and wears a different combat patch everyday.

    Hermit – The Barracks “Rat”
    This is the young soldier who never leaves the barracks. He stays in his room playing video games or on the computer. You occasionally see him on the weekends at the Chow Hall, but other than that you begin to suspect that he may be allergic to sun light. He will occasionally say that he doesn't go out because he has a “girlfriend” back home.

    Wheel of Fortune – CQ/ Duty Roster
    Its the last day of the month, and the dreaded duty roster for the following month has just been posted. The magical time every month when the duty roster gets posted. “Damn Weekend duty again. Ill pay someone to pull it for me!” Why are there always the same people pulling duty. I gotta remember to start putting in my passes for the weekends, and getting my exemptions put in.

    Justice – UCMJ (Extra Duty/ Corrective Training)
    The time in every Soldiers career when they have finally been caught and have to pay the price. They are stuck at the unit every night until almost 2200 waxing, stripping, and re waxing the floors. They say that its not fair that they got in trouble because so and so did it, and nothing happened to them. They always feel like they have been treated unfairly, but in the back of their minds, they know they deserve the punishment that they got.

    Hanged Man – Re-Enlistment
    A Soldier hangs upside-down over a desk with pen in hand. He is about to sign his reenlistment contract and give the Army another 6 years of his life.

    Death – Soldiers Memorial
    Gone but never forgotten

    Temperance – Redeployment (Good and Bad)
    After a 15+ hour flight, the moment has finally come. After months spent living in close quarters, eating “substandard” food, and porta potties, it is finally time to be happily reunited with friends and family. Smiling Soldiers exit the plane and are greeted by cheering, happy families. There are tears of joy and the sound of crying restless babies, but the Soldiers don't care, they are just happy to be home.
    REVERSED – Weeks after returning, the Soldier is on leave and begins to realize that things aren't what he had expected.

    Devil – The Drill Sergeant
    Every Soldiers first introduction to the Army comes from this person with the funny looking hat. They yell, they scream, they make you do push-ups, and at times you may feel degraded but once the experience is over, you realize that it was all for a reason. You are now a stronger person and more importantly you are now a Soldier.

    Tower – TDY/ PCS (Broken HHG) (DITY)
    In the distance there is a trailer hooked up to the family car. In the house, boxes are stacked up to the ceiling. There is no way that everything is going to fit.

    Stars – The General
    The mysterious officer who has the magical ability to make your entire Chain of Command lose their minds. Now you have to strip the floor, cut the grass, pick up every piece of trash in a 10 mile radius, all for someone who looks like they should have retired 20 years ago, and didn't care what had been done.

    Moon – Deployment
    The time that many Soldiers think they want. They will finally get their chance to get “down-range” and be a Soldier. They look forward to going out on missions, and having the possibility to kill someone. What they don't realize is that they will never be able to leave the FOB. They will be sitting behind a desk or sitting at a radio “not doing their job.” They have constant access to internet, hot food in the DFAC, a PX that is open 7 days a week, running water in the showers, Fast Food, a 24 hour gym, and Air Conditioning. Despite all that they have, they still have time to complain when the internet is slow or when they have to work late.

    Sun – Leave/ 4- Day Weekend
    The last work day before a long weekend, and there are Soldiers in formation that you didn't even know were in the unit. Everyone is there for the same reason. Safety brief before the long weekend. No one is really paying attention, they are all focused on what they are going to do during the weekend. Everyone thinks, they will not be the one to screw up, but it all ways happens anyway.

    Judgment – Promotion Board
    That time in your career when someone has determined that it is time for you to move to the next level. You spent long hours studying, your uniform is freshly pressed, and has been inspected by 5,000 people before you walk into the room. As soon as you sit down you realize that you have forgotten EVERYTHING!

    World – Formations, Formations
    Groups of Soldiers stand around in formation (Gaggles) waiting for End of Day formation. They have been standing for about 2 hours now, and formation was supposed to have been in 10 minutes 45 minutes ago.

    King – Officer
    Queen – SR NCO
    Knight – JR NCO
    Page – JR Enlisted
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    Moon – Deployment
    The time that many Soldiers think they want. They will finally get their chance to get “down-range” and be a Soldier. They look forward to going out on missions, and having the possibility to kill someone. What they don't realize is that they will never be able to leave the FOB. They will be sitting behind a desk or sitting at a radio “not doing their job.” They have constant access to internet, hot food in the DFAC, a PX that is open 7 days a week, running water in the showers, Fast Food, a 24 hour gym, and Air Conditioning. Despite all that they have, they still have time to complain when the internet is slow or when they have to work late.
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    Glad you liked the moon card. I guess it takes someone in the military to understand it. I had someone else tell me that they didnt get the meaning of it.
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