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“We move from terror and loss, to unexpected good fortune, and out of darkness, hope is conceived.” -Angela Chase in My So-Called Life, quoting the tarot. It’s inevitable that tarot cards should make it into popular culture. After all, in this world where people are worried about death and mortality, could be the more alarming than acceptable of the Death Card. This tarot card is perhaps the best in the deck. Traditionally, TV, film, literature, and also the other art have always dramatically presented the sinister side of this tarot card, and so audiences can be forgiven they will mistakenly assume that the Death card is the same as actual dying.

Just to clarify things, the Death card may not be a dreaded card signifying death. Instead, the Death card should be welcomed for the rebirth that must surely follow; it is the only way to be reborn. Death then just isn’t physical dying, but a catalyst for change and transformation to something better and grander. Tarot as the Story-Telling Device What really makes tarot ingrained in pop culture is its inherent story-telling powers. Tarot cards’ rich imagery and symbolism are a great minefield of stories and narratives which have inspired artists everywhere.

And thus we come to two remarkable TV shows which featured tarot cards in an innovative and un-clichd light. Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose, episode in the X-Files first aired October , . In this episode, a serial killer is on the loose, targeting fortune-tellers and tarot card readers. Peter Boyle gives a splendid performance here as Clyde Bruckman, a psychic gifted with the ability to predict people’s death, and whom FBI Agents Mulder and Scully enlist to assist them to catch the pinoy tambayan killer’s next victim.

Inarguably, this turn out to be favourite episodes lots of X-philes fans of the show. Clever story-telling has made a normally simple detective drama into a wry but brilliant piece. As such, the episode clearly reveals the tension between Scully’s skepticism and Mulder’s unwavering faith in matters regarding psychic divination and fortune-telling. Other People’s Daughters, episode from my So-Called Life, first aired November , Delving into the conflict of mothers versus daughters, this episode has Angela Chase played by Claire Danes learning tarot reading through a crash course from her best friend Rayanne’s mom.