II Red Earth Ten of Spikes Apprentice of Blades Six of Spikes
FIRE: Inspiration, creativity, intuition, timing.
II - Red Earth (The High Priestess):
The extinct Australian Pleistocene horned tortoise, Meiolania, carries a shell of iron ore stromatolites (fossil algae), one of the earth's oldest life forms. Unknowable guardian of earth history and geological secrets, she is a guide to true knowledge and opens the door to new mysteries we would not have guessed existed.
WATER: Feelings, emotions, attachments, subconscious.
Ten of Spikes:
Ten malevolent-looking pins surround a desert pinacate beetle that stands on its head in self-defense. Entomologists use black pins for mounting insects. Some shamans remove harmful intrusions as black pins, in a burst of purifying energy that burns out to exhaustion and release.
AIR: Thought, intellect, conflict, communication.
Apprentice of Blades: Earth of Air.
She holds a winter orchid (Aplectrum hyemale) and an ancient Greenland eskimo knife, cold-hammered from a flake of meteorite iron. Orchid flowers decorate her hair, and seeds blow when she plays the xun, a Chinese ocarina. Seeking intellectual challenge, she studies form and pattern in nature and applies it to practical design.
EARTH: Material world, physical body, work, skill or craft.
Six of Spikes:
An iron agave stalk holds sparkling seedpod lamps, and the base holds a honeycomb. These spike-leaved desert plants take years to mature, then they flower in a blaze of midsummer glory before dying. Young rosettes of new plants are hidden under the dead leaves.

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