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Muppets Tarot Deck

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by Nasubionna, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. Nasubionna

    Nasubionna Well-Known Member

    So, I really hope that this hasn't been discussed on a different thread somewhere (I did a search and couldn't find anything), so I'm starting one here.

    I'm thinking very seriously of drawing my own Muppets Tarot Deck, at least the Major Arcana. I love tarot decks (I've already got a massive Harry Potter tarot deck I'm drawing in progress) and I love the Muppets, and since I haven't been able to find an existing Muppety-tarot, well, I should do one! But if anybody knows of an existing Muppety tarot, please do tell me about it, I would love to see it!

    I'm trying to think of the best characters/scenarios to go with the cards. I've done a tiny little brainstorming below, but I would welcome the thoughts of anyone who knows Muppets and Tarot card meanings!

    Fool: Gonzo?
    Magician: Dr. Strangepork? Bunsen Honeydew?
    High Priestess: Janice?
    Empress: Miss Piggy?
    Emporer: Kermit?
    Heirophant: Sam the Eagle?
    Lovers: Piggy & Kermit?
    Chariot: Fozzie's Studebaker or the Electric Mayhem bus?
    Strength: Fozzie?
    Hermit: Rowlf?
    Wheel of Fortune: ?
    Justice: ?
    Hanged Man: ?
    Death: ?
    Temperance: Scooter?
    Devil: Animal?
    Tower: ?
    Star: Robin?
    Moon: Uncle Deadly?
    Judgement: Statler & Waldorf?
    World: The Muppet Show

    There are a LOT of Muppets I've skipped over, who I would like included (like more members of the Electric Mayhem, or the whole band itself...) I want to get Link in there somehow, but I can't figure out where, haha... maybe in the minor arcana.

    Thoughts? Suggestions? Naturally this is a more humorous deck idea, so I guess I'm getting stalled because I'm thinking too seriously about it, haha... plus, I'm really tired right now so I should probably stop attempting to think about it and just go to bed. :B
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  2. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Nice choices!
    Gonzo is ABSOLUTELY The Fool (I indicated him as such in my own current fic, though I'm using the Halloween Tarot for it).
    My vote for Newsie as Knight of Pentacles: steady, grounded, focused on the material world, determined, if a little unexciting...
    The EM Bus for the Chariot, yes.
    I think Sam better fits the Emperor.
    The Magician might be Mumford (if you're broadening the spectrum to include all Muppety creatures)...or maybe Kermit himself?
    Bunsen for Hierophant; more concerned with obscurities and minutiae.
    Piggy is quintessential Empress!
    Lovers, Piggy and Kermit, yes good.
    Tower: Doc Hoppers'!
    S&W for Judgment is wonderful. Love it.
    Devil: Animal and Gorgon Heap in chains held by Sweetums?
    Fozzie as Strength is a nice touch!
    Death: perhaps Gonzo in his Darth Nadir outfit? It is about violent upheaval and change, after all...
    I vote Uncle Deadly for the Star, not the Moon; the Star is more fickle, and one never knows which way the scary dude will go...
    Dr Teeth for the Moon. Yeah, I know, wrong gender, but the quality seems right.

    Will have to think about the others. I'm much more comfortable with Pentacles than with the other suits, least so with Swords, but I'm sure our Muppety friends could be worked into anywhere in the deck, and some of them multiple places... What about Robin for Knight of Cups? It's a great idea, whichever ways you decide to go with it! Look forward to the art!
  3. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Okay, after some research into the matter because of Kris's vonderful fic with the Halloween deck (shout-out), I have some other possibilities.

    Four Suits of Minor Arkana:
    You could have lilypads for the cups (reflecting Kermit's swamp origins), chickens for wands, wedding rings with the pearl Piggy calls BK for coins/pentacles, and frackles for swords.

    Or you could go beyond the limits of just Muppet Show conventions and feature that along with Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and Bear in the Big Blue House as the four main divisions.

    Major Arkana:
    I tend to prefer not overusing characters, but your ideas are certainly okay enough if you believe in them. Some suggestions do come to mind.
    Fool: Lew Zealand?
    Magician: Strangepork?
    High Priestess: Camilla? Sorry, I'm thinking of the Dance of the Seven Clucks from Sesame.
    Empress: Piggy, yes.
    Emperor: Kermit, especially if Piggy's the Empress.
    Hierophant: Bunsen, yes.
    Lovers: Floyd and Janice.
    Chariot: Beauregard in his cab from TGMC?
    Strength: Fozzie.
    Hermit: Pops?
    Wheel of Fortune: Dr. Teeth?
    Justice: Rowlf?
    Hanged Man: Crazy Harry? Sorry, that's a throwback to Kris's first fic, Love Rain or News.
    Death: Uncle Deadly... Or perhaps, Beaker (*remembers his role as the Angel of Death from Silent Strawberries in The Muppets Go to the Movies).
    Temperance: Zoot?
    Devil: Animal.
    Tower: Scooter?
    Star: Robin, I like that... Or if you're going all Muppet-wide, Big Bird when he sang One Little Star?
    Moon: Rizzo?
    Sun: Link Hogthrob?
    Judgment: Statler and Waldorf, natch.
  4. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    I know nothing about tarot cards, but oh my goodness does this sound like an amazingly cool project!
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  5. Nasubionna

    Nasubionna Well-Known Member

    Thanks everyone who had ideas so far! I was mostly thinking of keeping to the Muppet Show group of characters, since I am the most familiar with them (well, them and Sesame Street, but they could probably have their own deck, too!). I honestly don't know enough about Fraggle Rock or Bear in the Big Blue House to feel comfortable including them. *dodges tomatoes*

    I did a little more thinking about it tonight at work.... maybe Beaker for the Hanged Man, Uncle Deadly for Death.... I love the idea of Link for the Sun, in an ironic sort of way! Ha! It would be really nice to get the Swedish Chef in there somehow.
    I also like the four suits idea.... maybe lilypads, chickens, bowling trophies (aka Fred Awards) and dynamite sticks? Hmmm.... so much to think about!
  6. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Okay... Here's a revised offering for your Muppet tarot lineup, feel free to use any or all or even none if you get better ideas.

    Fool - :concern:
    Magician - :hungry:, surrounded by your four suit symbols at the kitchen counter island.
    High Priestess - :cluck:, Camilla in fine feathery arrainments...
    Empress - :mad:
    Emperor - :)
    Hierophant - :confused:
    Lovers - :sing: & :flirt:
    Chariot - :oops: in his cab from TGMC.
    Strength - :o
    Hermit - Pops at the theater's ticket booth.
    Justice - :sympathy:, it just feels right to me.
    Wheel of Fortune - Being spun by :D
    Hanged Man - :eek:
    Death - Uncle Deadly, (needs a smilie campaign!)
    Temperance - :cool:
    Devil - :halo:, unless you want to use the Muppet Devil from TMS Season 4, but Animal's better to complete the band.
    Tower - ;)
    Star - Walter, (also needs a smilie, maybe "Faint"?)
    Moon - :shifty: or maybe :grr:, though UD as Death would fill the Muppet monster quota if you decide it does.
    Sun - Link Hogthrob.
    Judgment - :boo: & :sleep:
    World - The Muppet Show logo and arches with all the characters contained therein.
    Hope this helps.
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  7. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    Very interesting to read. Just the other day a page on facebook asked what tarot deck you would design if you could have anything on it, and I realized there simply needs to be a muppet tarott!

    I'm sorry Ed, but I don't really understand Camilla at all. To me
    would be the antithesis of the high priestess. I mean, I love her as any other muppet, but she's still a chicken. Not room for a lot of mystery there. Then again, I had just a bit of trouble fitting Janice there as well. I'm glad you agree with me though that Janice and Floid would make better lovers than Kermit and Piggy! Man, I wish we were sitting around a table drinking pot after pot of herbal tea and talking/debating this all night... How awesome would that be? lol
    Fozzie as strength is perfect!
    I think the EM bus would make a better chariot. After all it carried the muppets throughout most of their adventures, including many a fanfic. Remember too that GMC was a movie about a movie, so essentially none of it was real. So even though Beau's scene was very cool, it unfortunately didn't mean too much.
    For the heirophant I'd stick with Sam. The page I read focussed a lot on the conservative values and morality aspects, which is Sam all over.

    I haven't read through all the cards yet. I started out in order, but for the last few I just kind of skipped around, so I don't know what all the symbols mean and can't really comment on some of them. I'll post the site I'm using, so maybe someone can tell me if it's inaccurate or something.

  8. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Heh, Fraggie, I've missed talking to you here. For the majority of the cards I just went with what felt right to me. Sure, the EM bus would be a more iconic Chariot vehicle, but then it'd have no character visible driving it. Unless you remove Dr. Teeth from the Wheel of Fortune to stick him in the bus's driver's seat? But then who goes to the Wheel? And then there's the other extreme that you'd keep Dr. Teeth with the Wheel and then stick Lips with the bus? Sorry, but :oops: in his cab feels better to me mainly for the reason of having a different character for each card unlike what Disney does with its pin series in repeating characters.

    Camilla as the priestess... Come on, don't you remember Gonzo as Aladdin asking Marty Feldman as the Genie of the Lamp for a harem of chickens with one of his wishes? They even used that joke on Sesame Street in the form of the Dance of the Seven Veiled Chickens on that episode a couple of seasons ago titled The Spectacular 7 Show!

    As for Bunsen as the Hierophant, I went with Kris/newsmanfan's info about that character being a knowledgable professorial type but being traditionally myopic when it comes to the rest of the world outside and around him.
  9. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    Sad to say I haven't seen the Mardy Feldman episode, nor have I read the story in question.

    Actually when I read the wheel of fortune discription I thought of the standard rich and famous contract, but then again Kermit wouldn't really be able to sign it if he were the emperor... Then again keep in mind it was 2:30 in the morning when I was looking at these, so maybe sharp as I thought I was my judgement was a bit off, lol. Definitely agree with Rowlf as the Hermit though!

    And I missed you and everyone else as well!
  10. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    What do you think of Walter as the Hanged Man? It's about gain through sacrifice, right? Walter joined the muppets, which is sure to give him knowledge and life experience, but in exchange he had to leave Gary and his home.
  11. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Mmm, that could work... Though I keep thinking of Beaker hanging upside-down, caught in some crazed new contraption built by Bunsen as more hilariously capturing the spirit of the card. *Sighs in need of inspiration to try and complete my own project, 40 souls left to at least have a full field, but nothing's coming to mind after running through most sources.
  12. bandit

    bandit Well-Known Member

    Agreed! This is all at a cruising altitude way above my head and yet I kinda want to watch.
  13. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    I actually think Walter comes closer to the spirit of the card, as the Hanged Man, change through sacrifice, and above all being willing to undergo that change. Nice.

    I see Beaker in one of the minor arcana, probably swords...maybe ALL the swords. So many of them are about conflict and difficulty! :eek:
  14. maiafire

    maiafire Member

    Hi folks!
    First post here!
    I thought I'd mention that I will be starting work on a Muppet Tarot deck very soon and loved reading your comments and ideas. Geeky tarot decks are my thing and I've already designed a Twin Peaks tarot deck and am working on a Marvel deck and Cult Television deck. At the moment I am still trying to decide whether or not to include Fraggle Rock and Seasame Street. So many characters I want to include! Haha
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  15. cindysuke

    cindysuke Member

    Hmm, I think Dr.Teeth as the Sun would look posilutely so vivid and psychedelic. The meaning fits him, too. The ultimate warmth and positivity of the image is too much awesome for Teeth.

    And I think the Newsman would look good on the Justice, hmm... or Scooter?

    Beaker would work well on both the Tower or the Hanged Man. Those cards totally need someone terribly unhappy or terribly terrible.
  16. maiafire

    maiafire Member

    I'm kinda tempted to use Crazy Harry as THE TOWER, gleefully blowing it up in the background :-D
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  17. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Good ideas from everyone. *Laughs at :crazy: blowing up a castle tower, because you'd get sooooooooo much flak for the thought of "blowing up the towers" otherwise. Also, you could do individual decks for Fraggle Rock and/or Sesame Street later.
  18. maiafire

    maiafire Member

    Haha yeah I think Harry is the only one that could get away with it ;-)
    I love the idea of Janice and Floyd as the Lovers. I think I'm going to use Wayne and Wanda though because their S1 sketches always cracked me up XD
  19. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Wayne and Wanda as The Lovers, I like it. There's enough Muppets you can make both a complete major and minor arkana.
    BTW: Has anyone thought of running with the idea of Marvin Suggs in his role as the Judge at the Wonderland trial from the Brooke Shields TMS episode as the Muppet for Justice? :zany:
  20. maiafire

    maiafire Member

    Yeah I'm definetely thinking of working on all 78 cards ;-) I've sketched a couple out but I need to finish my current project first plus a couple of other commisssions.
    No idea who I'm going to use Marvin as yet but I like the idea of him in the Wonderland persona! :)
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