I've been interested in the tarot for quite a long time; anime is the newer development, and Gundam Wing, newer still. I've seen anime tarot cards before (not counting the Escaflowne cards...more on that below), but most of the time they are just images of the anime's characters as some of the trumps of the Major Arcana. The Gundam Wing tarot is the first officially released set that I've seen (read into that--I haven't seen much) to cover the entire Major Arcana. It struck me that whoever had designed these cards had really done their homework; many of the symbols standardized in modern tarot by the famous Rider Waite deck are included. It is to the Waite deck that I will visually compare the Gundam cards; while the Waite is not the "official" standard of tarot, it is widely recognized and has been written about extensively.
I'm doing this for fun, so I probably won't research HARDCORE! like I would for a school assignment; however, I do hope to be somewhat thorough, and I'll try to cover all of the cards with equal depth. Some of them, however, will be tough, as they seemed to have been picked more to make a neat image or clever pun than to connect the ideas of the tarot to the character. I've never tried to analyze tarot, and let me tell you, it's like opening a bottomless bag.
A key to the card descriptions -- please read before going into the cards, as this is where I stuck all my references and credits and stuff.
|The Devil||The Tower||The Star||The Moon||The Sun||Judgment||The World|
*About Escaflowne: While tarot played a starring role in Escaflowne, there's no deck of the characters themselves. Hitomi's deck is a customized Italian deck with very unusual suits, based on the unorthodox Merlin tarot: birds, dragons, beasts and fishes.
At any rate, here are some links to my sources of info if you're interested in more in-depth information.
Tarot - An On-Line Course maintained by Joan Bunning. I referenced
this page heavily.
The TarotL Tarot History Information Sheet compiled by Tom Tadfor Little.
Villa Revak maintained by James Revak. His Tarot Divination: Three Parallel Traditions was of use in finding the card meanings.
Sources of the Rider-Waite Symbols by Robert V. O'Neill. Very nifty!
(More forthcoming, I think.)
Illustrations from the Gundam Wing Tarot Card reproduced without permission of Sotsu Agency and Sunrise. Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck (R), known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced without permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright © 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck (R) is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Don't sue me! I'm poor! ;_;