Tarot Trumps
by Time Runner

The Empress
Dowager Queen Anthy
Daughter of Anno, Keeper of the Logrus,
widow of King Gendo of Amber


The Hierophant
Prince Souji Mikage
Possibly the son of...Gil-Galad and Utena?


The Heirophant is the representative of the orthodoxy in the Tarot, and is the guardian of sacred secrets. The card indicates the influence of tradition, or the need to follow set rules of engagement. It may also indicate someone well-versed in etiquette and the rules of society.

In the Tir-Na'nog set, the Heirophant is represented by Mikage, who is known for his meticulous planning and sense of  propriety, which he tailors to fit the situation. He has spent over a millennium studying, preparing for the day when all secrets shall be revealed to him, when revolution is finally brought to the world. The blurred, fresco-like tombs behind him indicate that he is intentionally withholding information from others. The shadowy sword represents the intellect, and it appears to be cutting through Mikage, which shows a likelihood of him being too intellectual for his own good. The writing on the monolith is in an old, obscure tongue, possibly elven.

The butterfly frozen in place shows the sterility of his study which has isolated him from others for far too long, and poses a paradox -- the need to kill, to render motionless that which is living in order for it to be studied academically.   Also, it represents Air -- and indeed, there is a wispy, almost ghostly quality to the card, which is apt: Air is Mikage's element.

The ghost of a rose in the upper left corner is the key to the revolution -- the secret he is trying to hide with all the other details in the card, but which ultimately shines through. Finally, the ghostlike quality of Mikage himself indicates that his conception of himself is not quite complete, somewhat tenuous, and there is a hint of danger, almost as if, like Tir-na'nog itself, his self-concept may somehow flicker and disappear, leaving nothing behind.

The Heirophant has no astrological attribution, unlike all the other Major Arcana, save one -- the Devil, represented by Annadil. This seems to suggest a link between both cards -- and both men, which neither one would care to admit.

The Star
Prince Kaworu Nagisa
Son of Kozue and someone.


The Star is the symbol of innocence, and of portents. The Star has foretold both the rise and fall of kingdoms throughout history, and sometimes the birth of kings.

There is music in the celestial spheres, and this card is no different -- Nagisa Kaoru is an accomplished musician, and there is a shimmering image of a violin on the side.

Kaoru is an innocent -- he grew up in a shadow of Amber where Machiavellian plotting was underplayed in favor of family loyalty and unity. However, there is something flawed about Kaoru, just as there is something flawed about the Pattern of Ambre. Whenever Kaoru invokes the broken pattern all color is leached out of him, his blue hair turns gray, and he becomes emotionless, almost apathetic to everything. The Tir Na'nog version of The Star, then, hints at the fragility of innocence, even as it extols its virtues.

The jug pouring out blue water onto Kaoru signifies emotion, and indeed, when emotion returns to Kaoru it is like someone is decanting the color blue onto his hair. It also signifies the power of Water, which is Kaoru's element.

There is a faint image of Kaoru sitting alone in the background, singing to himself -- as if he were watching the horizon, waiting for some omen. And indeed, Kaoru is the prophet, making age-old prophecies known to his cousins, and the rest of his family.

The attribution of the Star is Venus, the evening star. Its link to Venus emphasizes the emotional, dreamy nature of this card.

The Sun
Prince Hisame Shizumaru
Son of Touga and Hisame Atsuko.
Or possibly the son of Utena and a Shadow of Touga.


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Last Updated: August 20, 2003