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This article is about the in-world artifact. For the merchandising, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Tarot.


Tarot was a deck of cards used in rituals and spells, notably for divination purposes.

History

In 1997, Drusilla, combining with her abilities as a seer, used a Tarot set to inform Spike that the Du Lac Cross was needed to translate the Du Lac Manuscript, pointing to a card illustrated with where the cross was hidden.[1]

The cards also predicted the order in which the three assassins from the Order of Taraka would attack Buffy Summers, represented by a cyclops (Octarus), a insect (Norman Pfister), and a jaguar (Patrice). Finally, through a card of an angel, the Tarot revealed that Angel was the key to Drusilla’s cure.[1]

In 2000, four Tarot cards were used by the Scooby Gang to perform the enjoining spell. In order to combine their essences and abilities, each was assigned a card, in accord to their most prominent contributions to the group. The cards were, respectively: Spiritus (spirit) for Willow, Animus (heart) for Xander, Sophus (mind) for Giles, and Manus (hand) for Buffy.[2] The deck would then appear in Buffy’s following mystical dream.[3]

Both the witches Willow[4] and Tara[5] owned Tarot decks. An unidentified psychic hired by Wolfram & Hart had Tarot cards displayed as well.[6]

Behind the scenes

  • The tarot is a pack of playing cards, used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play games. In the late 18th century, it began to be used in parallel for divination in the form of tarotology and cartomancy, and specialist packs were developed for this occult purpose.

Appearances

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "What's My Line, Part One"
  2. "Primeval"
  3. "Restless"
  4. "Gone"
  5. "Out of My Mind"
  6. "Quickening"