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Mary El Tarot - The Ace of Disks

The Ace of Disks is another calm card. The Ox or Bull headed creature bears wings and the features of both male and female. This is the first of the four aces to have it elemental glyph on its forehead only – not on the chest. Its element is earth, it sign is fixed Taurus.

One hand is exposed bearing the circle seen on the hands of the Star. The sweep of the bull’s tail is like a ‘reverse-scythe’ bearing the stems of wheat ready for harvest. The bounty of earth…

On the creature’s belly we see a labyrinth and it is appropriate considering the mythology of the bull-headed Minotaur:
Originally Posted by Wikipedia
In Greek Mythology, the Labyrinth (Greek labyrinthos, place of the double-axe...) was an elaborate structure designed and built by the legendary artificer Daedalus for King Minos of Crete at Knossos. Its function was to hold the Minotaur, a mythical creature that was half man and half bull and was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus. Daedalus had made the Labyrinth so cunningly that he himself could barely escape it after he built it.[1] Theseus was aided by Ariadne, who provided him with a skein of thread, literally the "clew", or "clue", so he could find his way out again.
Looking at the serpent on the left of the card, one wonders if it is the ‘clew’? The head of the serpent bears the symbol of a Labrys – the double edged axe.

Originally Posted by Wikipedia
Labyrinth is a word of pre-Greek (Minoan) origin absorbed by Classical Greek and is perhaps related to the Lydian labrys ("double-edged axe"), a symbol of royal power, which fits with the theory that the labyrinth was originally the royal Minoan palace on Crete and meant "palace of the double-axe")
The colours in this card are earthy – greens and browns. The pubis seems to emerge from the labyrith itself as if a further symbol of fertility.

There is a general commentary on the Aces as a group and their commonalities here.

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