Joseph Smith Jr’s Cane: A “Thing of Nature”? is a Brodie Award winning article from 2009 written by Mike Reed. You can find the full article on CulturalMormonCafeteria.blogspot.com or clink on the link below. The serpent cane is being held by Joseph in The Hierophant card.
A walking cane that Joseph Smith Jr. used when attending formal occasions in Nauvoo, has been an object of controversy in Mormon scholarship over the past two decades. The cane is carved in the shape of a serpent, having (among other things) a shield with Joseph Smith’s initials (“J S”) engraved into it.
Historian D. Michael Quinn, in his ground breaking book Early Mormonism and the Magic World View, argues that this symbolism on the cane reveals Joseph Smith’s belief and involvement in astrology and talismanic magic. Quinn brings his reader’s attention to an “x” on the crown found directly above the shield, and says that although some may think this is Saint Andrew’s cross, there are no other Christian symbols on the cane—unless you interpret the serpent as a symbol of the devil (which he thinks unlikely)—and so it is more probable that the “x” is instead the magic sigil of Jupiter.
An article about Joseph's astrology chart from Astrotheme.com:
"Joseph Smith, Jr. (December 23, 1805 – June 27, 1844) was an American religious leader who founded the Latter Day Saint movement, also known as Mormonism. Smith's followers declared him to be the first latter-day prophet, whose mission was to restore the original Christian church, said to have been lost soon after the death of Apostles because of an apostasy. This restoration included the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the publication of the Book of Mormon and other new scriptures. As a leader of large settlement communities, Smith also became a political and military leader in the American Midwest."
Read more about Joseph Smith's biography and birthchart on Astrotheme.com.
When will the cards be available for purchase?
I plan on having a grand trumps collector's edition ready for purchase by Summer of 2019. The grand trumps deck will be larger than a traditional deck. It will be printed in a higher quality format and contain the 22 major arcana and a few bonus cards.
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