NSFW: Dicks in the Mary El Tarot

Adult conversations and some pretty realistic illustrations of penises ahead. Proceed with caution.

My love for the Mary El Tarot knows no bounds. Obviously, because I’m typing about the various dicks depicted in this deck and posting it on the internet for strangers to read. Zero boundaries.

Digging right in: nudity in the tarot is powerful. Or, it can be. Female nudity is fucking everywhere (and is misused in at least half of the tarot decks I’ve seen with it and that shit is a Whole Other Blog Post), but tarot deck artists tend to shy away from male nudity (which is also Whole Other Blog Post fodder, but I’ll bitch for a second here). You normally find either weird contortions of the card’s occupant or awkward items placed in the way. When you do run into it, you can just feel the embarrassed, slapdash drawing of it like scribbling a peen in a bathroom stall. The Darkness of Light Tarot almost went there, but they had been blurred out when I actually received the cards. The Mary El Tarot, however, is not shy one bit.

I am strongly of the opinion that Marie White (the artist and creator of this deck) didn’t make a single brushstroke that didn’t fucking mean something. And so it follows that the dicks mean something too.

I first really noticed the plethora of penises in this deck when I was posting a card to represent Harry Potter along with a quote (ssshhh, just accept this). In an effort to make the Mary El Tarot seem less scary (I am terrified to ask this deck questions), I decided to use it for this. Everyone knows Harry is The Fool.

Ope.

I wondered if someone would bitch if I posted it on Instagram, but I figured I’d try it and see. No one did.

The next day, my daily draw was the King of Dicks. I mean, Disks.

Bet you didn’t wake up this morning thinking you’d be comparing and contrasting dicks on tarot cards today, did you?

In The Fool, there’s a lot of movement. There are butterflies and dragons and maybe you’re about to get backhanded. You probably saw several things about this card before you noticed his nudity.

In the King of Disks, it’s the focal point. Hey look, an apple and a dick!

Notice anything else? The Fool is cut and the King of Disks isn’t. (I’m not sure exactly where I went wrong in my life, but this is the second post where I’m talking about circumcision on this blog.) So what the fuck does that mean? In my very professional opinion, it’s a representation of how The Fool doesn’t have his guard up. He’s just…out there. The King of Disks is all about what’s natural, and what’s natural rules in his kingdom of earthly delights.

The next question, obviously, is who’s the odd one out? It’s The Fool, further reinforcing that he’s just putting himself out there. It also makes me think that he’s still effected by the decisions of others, as his parents were most likely the ones who made this decision for him.

So who else? Why, the King of Cups.

Here we have a dick just floating among the lily pads. Where The Fool isn’t even aware that clothes are a thing and the King of Disks wants to make sure you notice he’s not wearing any pants, the King of Cups is fully aware that he’s naked and he doesn’t give a fuck. This speaks to his open, honest, and vulnerable nature. He’s not hiding anything from you. Except for, you know, parts of his arms and legs and shit.

The next cards I want to talk about are the Aces. All four of the Aces in this deck depict humanoid figures with both breasts and a penis. This gives the beginnings of all of the suits the feeling of being everything rather than nothing and I love that.

Now, the Ace of Disks is the only one who’s not being partially covered by anything.

As the Ace of Wands is a card of creation and, let’s face it, dicks help make babies. The occupant of this card is ready to get down to making some shit.

The Ace of Swords, however, is completely covered, but you can see the outlines of both body parts beneath the coverings.

This reminds me that the suit of Swords is uninhibited by desire or vulnerable things like emotions.

I know someone’s going to wonder why I’ve mostly interpreted male genitalia as vulnerability rather than power, as it seems to generally be used. This is because I fucking can. This is also because the artist seems to have used it on cards that don’t tend toward power. There are no dicks on the Emperor or the Hierophant (the two most powerfully masculine cards in the tarot), which is very telling.

Anyway, what do you think?

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One thought on “NSFW: Dicks in the Mary El Tarot

  1. That’s a very interesting post! I recently discovered they are going to release a new edition of this deck on May and I got curious. I think Mary White has seen how powerful is showing nudity no matter the sex, and she uses it purposefully in this deck.

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