Symbols and Myths
The Tarot of the Awakened feature the Janni as the Chariot. The Path of Conflict is never an easy path to walk, and it requires of its inhabitants a strong force necessary to bear arms against life’s troubles. Their Mysteries are the Magicians. Survival requires not only power, but control; it is concentrated, conscious action, and so the Janni test themselves continuously, moving against everything that stands in their way the way a river erodes a mountain. Their myths and their personas come from Arabia, the legends of Solomon and genies, the elemental might of the races created by Allah before humanity, but also the bindings and wit that leads to humanity’s triumph against the others. True Turkish rugs, patterns from Solomon’s Key, but also Sufi practices form the backbone of the Janni’s known symbolisms.
The Janni Awakening: The Brass City
The Path of Conflict calls to those who fight. Usually those who Awaken to the call of the Smokeless Fire are those who continuously engage in battle. The survival of a homeless man is contrasted by the constant legal-room warfare of the lawyer, and the insistent buzz of the radio-pirate pleading social justice is contrasted by the very soldier constantly trying not to die so that you can have that freedom. The Watchtower shines when the precious soul defined by conflict comes face to face with her demise, when the conflict she fights for becomes too much for her and she must choose to give her life for her cause or seek the better part of valor. But the Brass City does not care for the dying, and more often than not the very play of the Awakening is the nascent magus’s desperate struggle against unsurmountable odds, from herself or others. Often the local spirits are conscripted into these plays, illuminated by strange mandalas of power, called to be protectors and destroyers in equal measure. It is finally when the Janni snatches victory out of the jaws of defeat, asserting his rule over the forces that he fights against; when they win their first true battle and scream out their name in victory, then, then they have the Smokeless Fire in them and may call themselves Janni.
Where Janni are not yet known, many are mistaken by their Nimbus to be Obrimos. But where the Obrimos are the purity of divine light, the Janni are its authority. A Janni sees the spirits of the world by the role they play in her conflicts. Through the lens of their Path they see the alliances and opinions of those around them, the very clear battle lines and uniforms that say “Ally” or “Enemy”. And while Fire is prominent in their symbolism, their Nimbuses do not burn or smoke. There is no smoldering or ash, only feelings of subservience, that pulse-pounding pressure to win or die, defiance and hopelessness in equal measures.
Symbols and Myths
The Tarot of the Awakened has the Historians as the Hanged Man. They are the wisdom from within, gained from study. Having ignored themselves for so long, now they have to wonder what else they’ve missed from the inner realms. They are also the most likely to seek out the deep Astral places. Their Mysteries, however, propel them outwards, and so represents the Lovers, as the Historians seek out their communities and their partnerships in order to share the accumulated wisdom. Many of their symbols are obvious, knowledge and its repositories for instance, as well the tools of transmission (books and letters, both orthographic symbols and correspondence, but also pens, pencils, writing brushes, computer drives, CDs, etc.). The few Historians from the lower classes however have also discovered a proficiency with oral traditions: epic poems and songs.
The Historian Awakening: Akasha
The Path of Recording calls to the ignorant. No one tells you the flame of knowledge is contagious. No one tells you that you can only hide for so long. The Historians are those who ignored wisdom and truth, who avoided its grasp, who pretended to be ignorant. They are the ones who saw the world around them but pretended it couldn’t affect them, that it wouldn’t change who they were or where they stood in the world. It calls to the rich disproportionately, as they sit in their towers above the masses; but it calls to the poor as well, those who believed there was no escape, despite knowing there was. It is not the path for the lazy; the Swirling Sands flay sloth from the soul as surely as they flay perception and ignorance. The Awakening, so far, begins when a Truth ignored is presented to the aspirant. As the aspirant continues to avoid and ignore the truth the call becomes stronger, the consequences more meaningful. At the precipice of losing everything, the Watchtower calls to those who would turn and accept the Truth before them, rather than fall to their death in ignorance.
The Nimbus of the Historian is above all, learned. They are by turns intimidating and benevolent. The wisdom that brought agriculture to the far-flung places, and the fear that you know nothing. They see the wisdom they have accumulated and see the world through the lens of what is known and unknown. Empty placeholders fill in for symbols or phenomenon the Historian has yet to experience, discover or fully understand, and a continuous stream of data in a variety of presentations is their constant companion.