Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Life As We Know It

At the very beginning of The Marvelous Land of Oz is found one of the most magical moments in the entire series. In a fit of rebelliousness, the enslaved servant boy Tip (who, although we don't know it yet, is really Ozma, rightful ruler of Oz, under an enchantment that has stolen her memory and changed her sex) decides to throw a "jump scare" into his captor, the witch Mombi. He builds a pumpkin-headed man to frighten her upon her return. Alas, his trick scarcely works -- and Mombi decides to test her new Powder of Life on the stick figure. Not one of her better decisions, it must be said. Jack Pumpkinhead is indeed brought to life -- he becomes a fast friend of Tip's, and helps the boy to escape Mombi's clutches.

This is the most overtly occult card I've designed for the deck so far, I think maybe. It corresponds -- quite nicely -- with the Ace of Wands in a regular tarot deck.

-- Freder.