Not being the Steampunk expert, I would never have thought of combining this sub-genre of science fiction spirited in fantasy with the age-old game of Tarot. A game of cards some say dates back to the Ancient Egypt. “Barking spiders!” Deryn would often say in Leviathan. A different subject but it would be interesting to research what the ancients Egyptians used as cards. Don’t you think?
|By Barbara Moore and Aly Fell|
So, back to the subject at hand and whether the two play well together. According to the article, “Steampunk and Tarot Are a Perfect Match” written in the Llewellyn Journal by Barbara Moore the answer is a definite yes. She mentions the fact that Steampunk takes place in the past but explores possible futures. “More precisely,” she says, “it experiments with how history would have played out if a few things had been different. This is very similar to the best tarot readings.” Tarot being a means of divination or possible futures. I wonder what Melanie, our resident Steampunk expert would say about this.
Personally, I like the idea of possibilities in both Steampunk and Tarot. Above all, the combination of the two creates wild and crazy images. Don't you just love it? What do you think of the mishmash?