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Death card and white rose of the fool.


Is the whits rose of the fool on the Pennant the skeleton rider carries?
(On the Pennant the rose is open). If so, what does this mean ?
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Mystic Rose


this is from Riders pictorial key.
"The mysterious horseman moves slowly, bearing a black banner emblazoned with the Mystic Rose, which signifies life."
thats all it says about the rose.

Hopes it clears things up for you
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rose is a rose


Why! all delights are vain, but that most vain
Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain:

As, painfully to pore upon a book
To seek the light of truth, while truth the while
Doth falsely blind the eyesight of his look.

Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile;
So ere you find where light in darkness lies,
Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes.


XIII _____ and XXII thE fooL
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Originally Posted by meghandawson`
this is from Riders pictorial key.
"The mysterious horseman moves slowly, bearing a black banner emblazoned with the Mystic Rose, which signifies life."
thats all it says about the rose.

Hopes it clears things up for you
LOL! Of course, the Pictorial Key in infamous for its smokescreens. It has a strange way of 'clearing things up.'

The design on Death's banner does not look anything like a typical five-petal rose, such as the one held by the Fool. Maybe it is supposed to represent the Rose of Sharon, some kind of crocus perhaps. This flower is traditionally associated with Jesus Christ, which may explain why Waite says that it signifies life. However, it looks a little like an upside-down pentagram, like the inverted pentagram on the Devil, so maybe in that orientation it signifies the opposite of life.

The Song of Solomon, the Bible book in which the Rose of Sharon appears, is a rather erotic narrative with loving references to things like the protuberances on the chest of the mature female. In order to sanitize it, the Church Fathers decided that this love story is really an allegory of the love between Christ and the Church. Seems like quite a stretch.
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