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Suit of Lights from the Outsider Tarot by Bobby Abate

THE SUIT OF LIGHTS

(Element of Fire / Wands)

Lights burn over our desks as we work through the night, spotlight us as we perform and play, flash when we capture our memories, and lead us as we navigate and explore the darkness.

Suit of Lights from the Outsider Tarot by Bobby Abate

The suit of Lights is where personal identity is forged in the element of fire. It is the suit where we are inspired to begin new projects and go on to new adventures. It is the suit where our passions burn, consume and transform us, for better or worse. It is the realm of sex and parties, projects and ventures, obsession and rage, travel and an insatiable hunger to learn something new — most importantly, it is a place for new beginnings.

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When I was a kid, I was always mesmerized by the old-school incandescent bulb, the glass orb encasing an impossibly fragile hair-thin filament suspended in the middle that, when electrified, became a tiny sun at the center of its own universe.

Suit of Lights from the Outsider Tarot by Bobby Abate

The Suit of Lights is illuminated by queer author Truman Capote, circus strong-woman Lillian Leitzel, migrants, trans soul singer Jackie Shane, writer James Baldwin, daredevils, hustlers, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger, trans people, punk rock feminist author Kathy Acker, congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and more.