1x01. "Milfay"

written by Daniel Knauf
directed by Rodrigo Garcia

original airdate: September 14, 2003
running time: 57 minutes



A tarot deck consists of 78 cards that you lay out in any one of a number of spreads. Each card is symbolic of an energy or spiritual truth, its relevance depending upon its position in the spread. There are so many possible outcomes that tarot readers spend decades mastering the meanings of all the cards in all the different combinations. There are twenty-two spiritually archetypal cards in Tarot, called the Major Arcana, and four suits (wands, swords, cups, and pentacles) of more ordinary cards. These "ordinary" cards referred to as the Minor Arcana can be further broken down into "royalty" and "numeric." The tarot deck Sofie uses are a French language Rider-Waite deck. The deck used in the opening credits of Carnivale appears to be a fictional deck created entirely for the credits.

  The Moon This card represents the ever-changing moods and cycles of life. The Moon is closely related to the feminine aspect as well as the tides of the ocean. What one tide brings in may have little impact on us, while another tide may bring significant change and enlightenment. The moon works strongly with inner intuition which has a subtle influence on our everyday lives. The Moon always has an affect on life as many lives are attuned directly to the cycles that the moon presents. While the Moon is subtle and inconsistent, it has one constant and that is of cycles. The Moon reinforces that life refreshes and rejuvenates through the use of cycles and the more we attune to nature the more prosperous we can become.
  Death The single most misconstrued card in the tarot deck. When most people see this card they immediately associate it directly with a physical death which it almost never means. Death represents change and more specifically change for the better. Death also represents a releasing of spirit or a releasing of an old outdated way of thinking. Only when the caterpillar is completely ready will it spin a cocoon and make its change. Likewise, people will naturally change when they are ready and life will provide the means in which to initiate this change. Trying to force someone's system of belief should be considered just as unwarranted as trying to take someone's life physically. The Death card represents positive change into a higher state of consciousness, one that is much more understanding and considerably more aware.
  The Magician (reversed) The presence of The Magician reversed in a reading may indicate the use of ones creative energy or wisdom for destructive purposes. It can signify the attainment of goals through manipulative or controlling means or it can depict the lack of awareness of one's true inner potential. General qualities associated to the Magician reversed are fear, shyness, or the inability to act.