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... of the ancient world had a most remarkable understanding of the principle of evolution. They recognized all life as being in various stages of becoming.

The World - an unusual representation. This card means rebirth, celebration of an accomplishment that has helped us grow. Giving birth to the true self.

timeline 1493 In his Nuremberg Chronicle of the World, Hartmann Schedel depicts the creation of the earth with seven concentric circles. Also of note, the Chronicle represents royal ancestry with portraits interconnected with vines to indicate marriage and parenthood, thereby participating in a broader tradition that associates genetic lineage and arboreal growth.

"Le Sphere du Monde, proprement dicte Cosmographie" by Oronce Fine, 1549. Online at Harvard University:

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Français 606, detail of f. 14r. Christine de Pizan, Épître d’Othéa. Paris, c. 1406. ‘The Judgement of Midas’. Sadly, Midas preferred wind instruments to strings and was given the ears of an ass for his pains.