Chance & Indeterminacy Final Product

Here are the final submissions for my Chance & Indeterminacy homework. The final system is described below the images.

Visual Tarot 1

Visual Tarot 1

Visual Tarot 2

Visual Tarot 2

 

And below are the steps to the system:

  1. Assign each of the four suits a color — Cups are red, Wands are yellow, Coins are green and Swords are blue. Use a separate color for the Major Arcana trump suit (I used purple here)
  2. Shuffle the deck five times.
  3. Draw cards one at a time. For each card drawn, perform the following steps:
    1. Place a corresponding symbol in the next space on the grid. If the card turns up reversed, then you flip the colors of the symbol. The colored symbols on black backgrounds here represent a “reversed” suit card, and a white symbol on a purple background represents a reversed Major Arcana.
    2. If it’s a suit card, multiply its number by 7 and set the opacity to that number. For face cards, Page is 11, Knight is 12 and Queen is 13. Kings default to 100% opacity.

The system is simple but it is made more complicated by the innate complexity of the Tarot deck. That simplicity played against the complexity reflects the nature of the Tarot. Occultists and fortune tellers believe that the Tarot represents infinite possibilities. My purpose in creating these pieces was to show glimpses at those possibilities, reveal how no two people, no two readings, no two outcomes will come out identical. Everything is different and the future is full of potential.

To give an idea of the scope of this near-infinity, the likelihood of getting any given deck order without reversals is 1 in 11324281178206297831457521158732046228731749579488251990048962825668
835325234200766245086213177344000000000000000000. Reversals increase the odds that much more. So the possibilities may not be precisely infinite but they are large enough that the human mind can’t really comprehend.

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