Majestic in its power, the dragon in Western culture appears in myth and legend as the jealous guardian of a treasure hoard – epitomised by J.R.R. Tolkien's Smaug and seen more recently in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series and George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series. But that is not the whole story – dragons are complex creatures and the beast is usually credited with cunning and often the power of speech – it is not just a brutal, terrifying monster. Although occasionally hostile, as when an earth dragon stirs and human cities crumble, there is no personal malice. Dragons simply operate by different laws that do not always place our interest at their centre. Understanding those laws and adapting to accommodate them is one path to wisdom. This is the spirit in which dragons inspire this tarot – tarot, also, operates by laws that are slightly beyond our conscious grasp, lifting the veil on the spiritual undercurrent of the worlds we inhabit.
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