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Join Date: 26 Sep 2006
Location: WI USA
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Swords as Fire

Another justification for the switch to fire for me was the fact that when Pamela Coleman Smith and Arthur Waite were creating the Rider deck it was 1909. The last great wars had been the Civil War and wars in Indian territories. These wars and previous wars would have been read about not experienced, they would have been romanticized and idealized the victors would have spun their ideals into the tales. In our time sometimes called the century of war we know how dangerous FIRE/Swords can be...better that we use our blades as a cooking knife or a plow and our fire for light, warmth and clearing away what is unwanted.
This is what I was thinking when I made these element choices.
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