Card: 8 – Strength
Deck: The Vertigo Tarot
Visual Description: A woman from the waist up. Her skin is purple, her hair is made up of purple orchids. There is a slash across her eyes, obscuring them and giving the impression that she is underwater, or perhaps under ground and her orchid hair is blossoming above the surface. Her hands hold apart the jaws of a fierce looking alien beast. The mouth of the beast is full of sharp teeth and opens vertically, which is reminds me of some very disturbing sexual imagery I wish I’d never been exposed to.
Character Analysis: Black Orchid is one of the odder characters in DC’s Vertigo universe. She is an anthropomorphized flower. Or a woman who photosynthesizes. A plant/human hybrid. Or something. Don’t know much never read the book. But I do know enough about her to believe she is a good representation for the subtler – and therefore stronger – powers of nature. The beast below would stand in for natures more blatant strengths.
Astrological Attributions: Leo
Strength in all its forms, but with mental, spiritual, moral strengths taking precedence over brute force.
The warrior wrestles the lion, but the innocent gentles it
Flexibility of the willow balances the solidity of the oak
You will find what you need to get through this
Bast and Sekhmet