Cassie Clare Explains Carstairs Tarot Card, Both the Official and “Deleted” Version

As you might know, Cassandra Jean has been in collaboration to put out 88 official Shadowhunter tarot cards, however, there are some that were created but “scrapped” for one reason or another.  Here, we have the official tarot card of Emma Carstairs and her father, John Carstairs, along with the explanation of it.  After that, we take a look into the one that was not used for the official set, with the explanation as well.

We’ve moved on from the Major Arcana to the minor Arcana — the first suit is the suit of Rings, which takes the place of the suit of Pentacles. The Two of Rings shows two generations of Carstairs: Emma and her father, who plays the family violin. (You can see the name of the second owner etched on the case.) Emma’s father actually does play it; not every generation of Carstairs is musical. Emma is not particularly. It’s a bit of a bittersweet picture since we know small Emma will lose her father in some short number of years.

We’ve moved on from the Major Arcana to the minor Arcana — the first suit is the suit of Rings, which takes the place of the suit of Pentacles. The Two of Rings shows two generations of Carstairs: Emma and her father, who plays the family violin. (You can see the name of the second owner etched on the case.) Emma’s father actually does play it; not every generation of Carstairs is musical. Emma is not particularly. It’s a bit of a bittersweet picture since we know small Emma will lose her father in some short number of years.

Here’s the card that was replaced for it:

This card was meant to be a fantasy scene, the idea of Jem teaching Emma the violin being very touching, but it was intended to take place is a sort of fantasy liminal world where all the characters existed at once. I decided it would be too confusing if people took it as a literal illustration of something that would actually happen, so we decided to go with the first image!

This card was meant to be a fantasy scene, the idea of Jem teaching Emma the violin being very touching, but it was intended to take place is a sort of fantasy liminal world where all the characters existed at once. I decided it would be too confusing if people took it as a literal illustration of something that would actually happen, so we decided to go with the first image!

Although I very much love the card with Jem and Emma together, I fully support the idea of one with Emma and John, along with the script showing the original owner of the violin.  The first image is definitely much more bittersweet not only because of John, but because of the reminder of Jem and the music that he played with that violin as well, to both Tessa and Will.

Check out our Cassandra Jean Tarot Card page, which has all the tarot cards that have been revealed to us, but beware, some are spoilery.

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