I finally got around to watching The Dark Knight Rises months after everyone else. Am not a big fan of movie violence so was a bit meh about the action but enjoyed the characters and the plot. Let’s have a look at the Tarot of this movie…
Justice: Batman is all about justice isn’t he? (Which is great because it means that for the first time since I started this blog I’ve got a reason to mention this very important card.) Justice stands for the law, the legal system etc. But I think Batman represents the highest expression of this card. Natural justice. Some might call it karma. He fights not to uphold the law but for what is right. And that is why we love him (even though he’s a bit creepy and weird.)
Six of Wands: At the start of the movie everyone is congratulating each other because crime has been pretty well eradicated in Gotham City. The feeling is that the battle is over and the good guys represented by the deceased (and secretly evil) Harvey Dent have won. But as we all know that situation isn’t going to last long in a Batman movie.
The Hermit: In the meantime since Batman was framed for Dent’s murder Bruce Wayne has become a bit of a recluse. He is jolted out of his lethargy when Catwoman comes to call.
Seven Of Swords: Anne Hathaway’s cat burglar Selina Kyle is an opportunist to say the least. That’s her whole raison d’être. The only reason she ends up on the side of the good guys is because she has the hots for you-know-who. Soon after their meeting the bad guy shows his face for the first time (or at least, shows the mask on his face, lol)…
The Devil: Batman’s nemesis in this movie Bane has all the hallmarks of this card. His face is inhuman, he has lots of minions running around doing his bidding, he likes playing with (gun) fire, he even lives in a dark underground lair aka the sewers.
The Wheel Of Fortune: Bane sends Bruce broke by using the fingerprints stolen by Catwoman to carry out a transaction at the stock exchange which bankrupts him.
The King of Swords: Alfred, the loyal butler, in the belief that he has to be cruel to be kind, abandons his beloved master in order to encourage him to give up his life-risking hobby i.e. being Batman.
The Queen of Pentacles: Batman gets a new girlfriend. Some rich chick who was in partnership with Bruce to develop an environmentally friendly machine. Bruce shut down the operation when he realised it could be used as a weapon.
Five Of Swords: Bane and his cronies kidnap Batman and take over Gotham City.
The Tower: They threaten to blow it up with Bruce’s machine.
The High Priestess: Batman manages to escape his underground prison by literally taking a leap of faith as he climbs up the stone wall which is the only exit. Only one other has performed this incredible feat before him. The child of Bane’s old master.
Three of Swords: The child of Bane’s old master turns out to be Bruce’s new girlfriend. She betrays him at a key point in the fight between Batman and Bane who is her protector.
Nine of Wands: Batman might be down but he’s never out.
The World: Batman and his allies save the world in the nick of time. Surprise! (Or maybe not.)
The Star/The Lovers/Six Of Cups: At the end Batman finds peace and sanctuary after *spoiler alert* faking his own death and moving overseas with Catwoman. In fact bizarrely enough Bruce lives out Alfred’s fantasy of how he would find happiness.
Any other suggestions for the Tarot of The Dark Knight Rises?