Tarot History 3

Monday, May 04, 2009

tarot historyThe suit of pentacles is represented by Daedalus and the minotaur. Daedalus was a skilled and gifted craftsman. Daedalus perfected his skills and was famous for his gift. Daedalus also had a few problems. One of his character flaws was jealously. Daedalus was so jealous of his pre-teen nephew, who exhibited craftsman's skills on his level, that he murdered the boy.

Thus, with the sin of jealousy, a great and gifted craftsman succumbed to fleeing for his life. Daedalus took to the road and found himself in the city of Crete and the ruler, King Minos. Daedalus found favor and protection with the king and started his trade all over. But the god Poseidon wanted Daedalus' employer to perform a sacrifice. King Minos disrespected the god and ignored Poseidon's order. Daedalus was not the direct target of Poseidon's revenge, but, nevertheless, was drawn into the drama.

Daedalus compromised his value of loyalty to King Minos when he fell into an arrangement of helping the king's wife, whom Poseidon put a spell upon. Daedalus, without compromising his favor with the king or bringing the wrath of Poseidon upon him, worked at this problem. When Daedalus' scheme worked, he pushed his luck with King Minos one too many times. The end result, King Minos found out of Daedalus' betrayals and Daedalus, once again, fled. Daedalus found favor with the king of Sicily. King Minos hunted Daedalus, but in the end, it was Daedalus who lived a satisfied and rich life.

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