So Cassandra Jean has finished the complete Shadowhunter Tarot, so for the next … seventy-something days I’ll be posting a card a day (okay, maybe not every day — I tend to get distracted!) in order, from the first card to the last. Some will be under spoiler cuts; some you’ll have seen before — I’ll explain why each character has the card they have.
We’ve moved on from the Major Arcana to the minor Arcana — the first suit is the suit of Rings, which takes the place of the suit of Pentacles. The Three of Rings shows Cristina and Jaime Rosales from The Dark Artifices. Cassandra Jean has included Cristina’s pendant and Jaime’s crossbow, and the rose-pattern ring of the Rosales family.
Jamie and Cristina are not brother and sister. Interestingly, the Four of Pentacles is a card that can be about fear of love: losing it, or getting it.
Cassandra Jean has finished the complete Shadowhunter Tarot, so for the next … eighty-four? days I’ll be posting a card a day in order, from the first card to the last. Some will be under spoiler cuts; some you’ll have seen before — I’ll explain why each character has the card they have. Today is day 3.
This card corresponds to the High Priestess card. It’s a traditionally religious card. Cristina Mendoza Rosales is a Mexican Shadowhunter; she’s one of the main characters of the Dark Artifices. When I talked to readers in Mexico they asked for a Mexican Shadowhunter girl. I get asked for characters from specific geographical places a lot, but when I thought about setting a book in LA, where there’s such a huge Hispanic presence, it felt wrong not to include Cristina.
I’ve been asking lots of questions of my Mexican readers since starting to write about Cristina about what they’d like to see in a Mexican Shadowhunter girl, and a lot of the response I got was “strong in her faith.” So Cristina takes the High Priestess card here to show she is strong in her Shadowhunter faith. Cristina’s wise; she’s a little shy; she’s funny; she loves her family but she doesn’t always want to do what they say. She believes in angels. :) I hope you’ll like her.
More of Cassandra Jean’s Shadowhunter Tarot! Cristina, looking fierce with her butterfly knife, taking the card of the High Priestess.
A couple of people have asked me if there’s any plans to sell the Shadowhunter Tarot but it hadn’t crossed my mind, really! They’re meant to be fun — maybe Cassandra and I can figure out a way to make them downloadable/printable.