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OSCAR NIEMEYER, Maison de la Culture “Le Volcan”, Le Havre, France, 1972

The infamous Tarot reference

Tarot reader here. Let me break this down for you. 

Premises - skip them if you’d like, the content is  down -. Way too often I have seen, in all kinds media, Tarot references that make absolutely zero sense to a reader. The whole “oh my he pulled the Detah card” discourse is the quintessence of it: as any tarot reader knows, the 13th card is not negative and in general - with an exception for this panel and this particular card - , not any card in negative per se. It all comes with the reading, in the context with the other cards and with the reading verse the card itself. 

Secondly: Simbolisms and Numbers. out of the many different decks - the Marseille Tarots, the most common, the Ryder-Waite, the ones I use in normal readings, the various kinds of historical tarots, the Cat Tarots, the Witches Tarots, the Stained Glass Tarots the [insert random stuff here] Tarot - out there, how do we readers identify the single cards? With the numbers, with the name - which is usually written in either Italian or French, for traditional decks - but most of all, wth the imagery. For example we know that The Fool Card, Il matto, card number 0 or 22 or no number depending on the decks, represents a young man dancing at the edge of a cliff, well dressed, uncaring, with one or two dogs by his side - if it’s one, black, if two, one is white. Because the imagery itself is a mnemonic technique for the the reader to remember the meaning - badly needed, if I may, because just the Major Arcana are 22, each with a wall of text of meanings and interactions with other cards, while the Minor, a whole deck consists of 78 cards. The number, to a tarot reader, is not even useful. It represents the stream of consciousness of the deck - here it gets complicated, so I’ll cut short - , it’s needed to identify the card just to non Tarot readers. That is wht most tarot references in media are simply not accurate: the author picks the cards, reads the meaning anc copies and pastes the number. But to say that is a reference is at the very least a simplification. However, I am not here to explain why it’s innacurate, I’m here to try to sneak a peek inside Ishida Sui’s mind and understand what this reference, for as innacurate as it may be, means to story. 

Thirdly: Interpretations. To be added to the massive amount complications above is the fact that every tarot reader has their own method. I for one know that mine is different from many others, from my mentor’s method, different, also, from Carl  Jung’s method - yes, Carl Gustav Jung, co-founder of modern psychology, used tarots. So while what I say to you cannot be completely different from the intepretation of another reader, I can assure you it won’t be the same. Before begininning a reading, I always warn my “clients” - in commas cause I don’t get paid lol - that this is a game, do not take it too seriously, it doesn’t define your existence, past or future. 

Lastly: I’ll be simplifying majorly the meanings and simbolism, for the sake of clarity and time. All that I say is accurate to the ends of explaining the issues here, but not for the issue of Tarots in general.

Having said all of this, let’s begin

Assuming that the number to be read in the panel up there is a 16 - next I’ll write what it could be in case it were a 6 instead -, assuming that all the premises didn’t happen and we are, in fact and without doubt, talking about the Tower card, La Torre, in Italian, and in French, in the ancient Marseille Tarots, which go back all the way to the Reinassance, La Maison Dieu, The house of God. Let’s concentrate on this meaning: the card is associated to the Babel Tower, a story of the Old Gospels, in which the Tower which intended to be as tall as the sky, to reach even God, is fated by Him to fall to ruin, as per the impossibility of communication between its builders, who all speak different language, and for the curse that is shall fall in the basements as it gets taller and taller. 

The Tower of Babel, Bruegel, 1563 - in front is King Nimrod, descendant of Noah, and the one who ordered the construction of the tower, overlooking the workers.

In short what does the Card mean: the rovinous triumph of the Ego. Failure, due to inattention, aiming too high and then falling apart. The bad materialization of ideal values who cause ruin and despair. God sent lighting to destroy the tower, and the tower fell

La Torre, Ryder-Waite tarots

Seeing that this is quite abstract, I’ll be more explicit. Just like Nimrod forgot to bow his head to the deity, so he is punished, for relying too much on everyday material values. The Tower was meant to achieve everything, it was meant to reach the sky, and it was, indeed, very high; but God let men build it so high just to make its fall even more disastrous.  

Now: substitute God with Ishida sui and men with “fans”, and you’ll immediately see what I’m getting at. 

When I do a reading, however, this is not all that I say. As my client stares at me baffled, I explain that in short, The Tower means BAD STUFF. Remember before when I said that the first thing a reader learns is that the Death Card is not negative, despite all the rumours, and it actually means “death” onky reversed? Well, here is your scapegoat ladies and gentleman. This card is the embodimen of the Murphy Law: if it can go worse, it will.

However, the number is reversed. Which means, according to the imagery of most decks, that the card itself is reversed.  The second thing a reader learns is that the meaning of the upright card is the contrary of the reversed one, so, if the Death means means “change”, the Death reversed means “bad change, possibly even death”, and if a card has a general negative meaning, reversed it will have a positive meaning*. Here’s your exception - well also the Devil technically, but it’s not the point now -: La Torre upright means bad stuff and when reversed, it means worse stuff. It’s the black cat of the deck, the card you hope not to turn. 

Summing up: things are looking very promising now but they won’t be for long. All of this wonderful happiness is just to make the wounds in the future hurt much more.  Again: I’m just explaining the meaning of the card, I’d rather not have to write what I’m writing now. And yes, this chapter is shouting “death flag” as much as it could, and unfortunately, the meaning of the card confirms it.


*an example would be this cover featuring Kaneki, Furuta and The Hanged Man, L’impiccato,

… and seeing what the imagery of the card is…

The Hanged Man, Marseille Tarots

I’ll be short and tell you straight away that Kaneki is the positive position now: he’s enduring a harsh path to obtain, as the card says he will, a great reward. While Furuta is putting too much at stake. This a perfect reference, as it fits precisely with where the story is actually going. The card itself has a very beautiful meaning: stay strong, endure, be brave. So fear not: all should be okay, in the end - at least for Kaneki. 

So, yeah. My general intake is that Touka will die, while Kaneki may or may not, but before he does, he will have accomplished exactly what he wanted.

Game of Thrones french vocabulary post

Le Trône de Fer - The Iron Throne

Port-Réal - King’s Landing

L’hiver arrive. - Winter is coming.

La nuit est sombre et pleine de terreurs - The night is dark and full of terrors.

Où sont mes dragons? - Where are my dragons?

Tu ne sais rien Jon Snow. - You know nothing Jon Snow.

(la) guerre - war

(le) traître / (la) traîtresse - traitor/traitress

(le) chevalier - knight

(une) épée - (a) sword

(le/la) sauvage - savage

(le/la)  bâtard/e - bastard

(le) manipulateur/ (la) manipulatrice - manipulator

(le) menteur / (la) menteuse  - liar

(la) Garde de Nuit - Night’s Guard (the term for it in the english GoT is Night’s Watch)

Marcheurs Blancs - White Walkers

(le) vin - wine

(le) banquet - feast

(le) mariage arrangé - arranged marriage

(le) cimier de maison - house crest

(le) loup - wolf

(le) corbeau - raven

*ending this on a personal note*

Sansa Stark mérite d'être heureuse. - Sansa Stark deserves to be happy.

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Chanel, Bosch, Disneyland, Décathlon renoncent à faire de la pub chez Hanouna
Des décisions tranchées qui ne vont pas plaire au groupe Canal+.

Bosh, Chanel et Disneyland annoncent renoncer à diffuser des spots publicitaires qui accompagnaient ou devaient accompagner l'émission phare de C8, “Touche pas à mon poste.”

“Bosch ne cautionne pas ce qui est s'est passé et les propos qui ont été tenus. La marque a décidé d'arrêter la publicité digitale et télé en cours et à venir pour cette émission”, a déclaré une porte-parole du groupe allemand au site BuzzFeed.

Pour la direction de Disneyland, l'émission, “va à l'encontre des valeurs” de la marque. Même son de cloche pour Chanel qui estime que le programme n'est pas “en adéquation avec les valeurs” de la “Maison.” Décathlon et Petit Navire annoncent également renoncer à publier des spots lors des émissions “Touche pas à mon poste.”

Des prises de position tranchées qui pourraient provoquer un effet boule de neige sur les autres annonceurs qui travaillent avec le groupe Canal+. Ainsi, la marque Lu annonce désapprouver le canular et envisage de cesser leur collaboration avec les émissions de Cyril Hanouna. Même chose pour la compagnie aérienne EasyJet qui explique “étudier la possibilité de communiquer à nouveau sur cette chaîne.”